Lockbox Patents (Class 340/5.73)
  • Patent number: 10382608
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for operating a remotely operable lock. In an example embodiment, a method comprises receiving credentials at a web service from a portable electronic device, authenticating the credentials, and based on a successful authentication, issuing a command for receipt by the lock from the web service or the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Michael Gerhardt, Charles Cameron Robertson
  • Patent number: 10325433
    Abstract: In one exemplary method relating to a lockable medication container, a request from a user may be received by a medication provider for a medication. The medication may be placed in a medication container with a locking mechanism that is operable to lock and unlock the medication container. The medication container may be locked using the locking mechanism. The locked medication container with the medication within may be provided to the user. Subsequent to providing the locked medication container to the user, a request may be received from the user to access the medication in the medication container. A credential may be sent to the user that is usable, via the locking mechanism, to unlock the medication container. The user may then input the credential into the locking mechanism to unlock the medication container and access the medication therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Satish Poddar
  • Patent number: 10296866
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to support the delivery of products. Some embodiments provide a retail delivery locker system comprising: multiple delivery lockers comprising: a housing enclosing an interior product cavity; a door enabling access to the product cavity; first and second docking couplers each configured to securely dock with a docking station and a docking coupler of another locker; and a communication link between the first and second docking couplers; and multiple docking stations each comprising: a locker coupler configured to secure a locker with the docking station; a station control circuit that obtains a first locker identifier from a first locker, confirms the first locker is scheduled to dock with a docking station, and authorize the locking of the docking station with the first docking coupler; and a transceiver enabling the station control circuit to communicate with a remote central control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Bruce W. Wilkinson, Todd D. Mattingly, Brian G. McHale
  • Patent number: 10290173
    Abstract: Disclosed is a modular locker system. The modular locker system may include a plurality of slave lockers and a control cube. Each of the plurality of slave lockers may have a slave processing unit. The control cube may have a master processing unit electrically coupled to the slave processing unit of each of the plurality of slave lockers. The control cube may be configured to: receive a customer code, and transmit an unlock command to one of the plurality of slave lockers in response to receiving the customer code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Tim Gerlach, Tomasz Kruczek
  • Patent number: 10255740
    Abstract: A method for unlocking a lock may include receiving, via a network, a first service request to unlock a lock from a terminal device. The first service request may be associated with a wireless connection between the lock and the terminal device. The method may also include transmitting, via the network, a password associated with the first service request to the terminal device and receiving an input associated with the terminal device. The method may further include determining whether the received input satisfies an unlocking condition and actuating, based on a result of the determination that the received input satisfies the unlocking condition, a locking mechanism to unlock the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: JIANGSU HONGBAO HARDWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Duan, Tao Fang, Zhifeng Hu, Qizhong Hu, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10229295
    Abstract: A system, exhibiting a communication station for communicating with a number of radio tags in a time slot communication process, in which a number of time slots per time slot cycle in a repeating sequence are available for communication, and each time slot is characterized by a distinct time slot symbol, wherein the communication station is designed to send out a synchronization data signal exhibiting the time slot symbol for the currently present time slot, and wherein a radio tag is designed for changing from a sleep state into an active state at a wakeup instant, and for receiving the synchronization data signal in the active state and, if the received time slot symbol indicates a time slot intended for it, for defining a new wakeup instant corresponding to the next appearance of the time slot intended for it in a time slot cycle that follows the currently present time slot cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SES-IMAGOTAG GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Rößl, Andreas Hechenblaickner, Christian Frießnegg
  • Patent number: 10229296
    Abstract: A system, exhibiting a communication station for communicating with a number of radio tags in a time slot communication process, in which a number of time slots per time slot cycle in a repeating sequence are available for communication, and each time slot is characterized by a distinct time slot symbol, wherein the communication station is designed to send out a synchronization data signal exhibiting the time slot symbol for the currently present time slot, and wherein a radio tag is designed for changing from a sleep state into an active state at a wakeup instant, and for receiving the synchronization data signal in the active state and, if the received time slot symbol indicates a time slot intended for it, for defining a new wakeup instant corresponding to the next appearance of the time slot intended for it in a time slot cycle that follows the currently present time slot cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SES-IMAGOTAG GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Rößl, Andreas Hechenblaickner, Christian Frießnegg
  • Patent number: 10198603
    Abstract: A system, exhibiting a communication station for communicating with a number of radio tags in a time slot communication process, in which a number of time slots per time slot cycle in a repeating sequence are available for communication, and each time slot is characterized by a distinct time slot symbol, wherein the communication station is designed to send out a synchronization data signal exhibiting the time slot symbol for the currently present time slot, and wherein a radio tag is designed for changing from a sleep state into an active state at a wakeup instant, and for receiving the synchronization data signal in the active state and, if the received time slot symbol indicates a time slot intended for it, for defining a new wakeup instant corresponding to the next appearance of the time slot intended for it in a time slot cycle that follows the currently present time slot cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SES-IMAGOTAG GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Rößl, Andreas Hechenblaickner, Christian Frießnegg
  • Patent number: 10176652
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling access of a user to a structure, or objects stored within a compartment of a secure lockbox is provided. In some embodiments, the method may be used to control the access of a user to a structure, or one or more objects, such as a key, located in the compartment of a secure lockbox. In further embodiments the method may include the steps of: receiving identification information describing the user from the secure lockbox or electronically-controllable electronic lock device; receiving identification information of an account holder; verifying the received identification information of the user against the account holder information; providing an unlock code to the secure lockbox or the electronically-controllable electronic lock device if the user identification information matches the account holder information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Alberto Romero, Michael Watroba
  • Patent number: 10161178
    Abstract: A bicycle security vault system includes a compartment, a door, a digital number pad, a digital thumbprint scanner, a mechanical lock, at least one front wheel security device, and a rear wheel security device. The compartment includes an exterior and an interior, the interior forming a large cavity suitable for storing multiple bicycles. A door is integrated into the compartment to provide access for storing and removing the bicycles. A mechanical lock secures the door shut with the compartment, preventing access to the interior. A digital number pad and a digital thumbprint scanner are provided to unlock the mechanical lock by an authorized user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Cory R. Appleby
  • Patent number: 10152584
    Abstract: It is presented a method for conditionally authenticating a user for access to a computer device, the method being performed in an access control device connected to a computer device. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining first sensor data being based on a mobile device sensing a physical movement of a user; obtaining second sensor data being based on a stationary sensor sensing a physical movement of a user; determining whether the first sensor data matches the second sensor data; and sending a match signal to the computer device when the first sensor data matches the second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Einberg
  • Patent number: 10152838
    Abstract: It is presented a method for conditionally authenticating a user for access to a physical space. The method is performed in an access control device connected to a physical lock device. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining first sensor data being based on a mobile device sensing a tap of a user; obtaining second sensor data being based on a fixed sensor sensing a tap of a user; determining whether the first sensor data matches the second sensor data by determining whether the first sensor data reflects a tap of the user and corresponds to a tap of the user also reflected in the second sensor data; and sending an unlock signal to the physical lock device when the first sensor data matches the second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Einberg
  • Patent number: 10144391
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronics unit (11) to be fit in a vehicle (10) and designed to control a functionality of the vehicle (10) upon receipt of a request from a user terminal (20), characterized in that same comprises:—a memory unit designed to store a counter and data representing a duration;—means for periodically modifying the value of the counter, the period of time being equal to said duration;—control means for controlling said functionality only when the counter is within a given range of values. Also disclosed are a method carried out in an electronics unit of said type, a method for sharing a time frame between a server and an electronics unit, and a method for synchronizing a server and an electronics unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE
    Inventors: Eric Menard, Bruno Benteo, Aymeric Chalochet
  • Patent number: 10068113
    Abstract: A system, exhibiting a communication station for communicating with a number of radio tags in a time slot communication process, in which a number of time slots per time slot cycle in a repeating sequence are available for communication, and each time slot is characterized by a distinct time slot symbol, wherein the communication station is designed to send out a synchronization data signal exhibiting the time slot symbol for the currently present time slot, and wherein a radio tag is designed for changing from a sleep state into an active state at a wakeup instant, and for receiving the synchronization data signal in the active state and, if the received time slot symbol indicates a time slot intended for it, for defining a new wakeup instant corresponding to the next appearance of the time slot intended for it in a time slot cycle that follows the currently present time slot cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SES-IMAGOTAG GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Röβl, Andreas Hechenblaickner, Christian Frieβnegg
  • Patent number: 10055920
    Abstract: Method to facilitate communication, between a lock and a key, with at least one of the lock and the key being equipped with an emitter for emitting radio frequency signals and at least the other one of the lock and the key being equipped with a receiver for receiving this radio frequency signal, comprising the steps of: a) receiving the radio frequency signal from the emitter; b) recovering a bit stream encoded in the radio frequency signal; and d) transmitting the bit stream to a server for the bit stream to be transmitted from the server to an electronic device for transmitting a second radio frequency signal to the receiver, wherein the second radio frequency signal encodes the bit stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Zubair Mohammad, John Draper, Stefan Ferber
  • Patent number: 10039401
    Abstract: A smart parcel safe including a container defining an enclosure with an opening, a lid attached to the container by hinges and formed to fit over the opening and securely close the enclosure in a closed orientation, the lid being hinged to move from the closed orientation into an open orientation so as to provide access to the enclosure through the opening, a mobile communication device including an app designed to control locking/unlocking of an associated locking mechanism, and an electronically controlled locking mechanism affixed to the container and the lid, the electronically controlled locking mechanism being associated with the mobile communication device so as to be locked/unlocked in response to operation of the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Rebecca Romanucci
  • Patent number: 10043331
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system can trigger an action to be performed at a property based on satisfaction of criteria related to location information and a connection status of a mobile computing device. Location information of the mobile computing device relative of a pre-defined geographic region including at least a portion of the property is initially obtained. A connection status of the mobile computing device for a short range wireless connection with a communication-enabled device within the property is then obtained. Criteria for an action at the property is then determined to be satisfied by the location information and the connection status of the mobile computing device. The action is finally triggered to be performed at the property in response to determining that criteria for the action is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Kyle Rankin Johnson, William Wireko Mensah
  • Patent number: 10043151
    Abstract: Technologies are described related to the delivery of items utilizing electronic locker arrangements. Systems described herein coordinate and manage the delivery of items by large numbers of couriers using a network of electronic locker arrangements. Implementations are described corresponding to couriers delivering items between electronic locker arrangements without the use of a distribution hub. In certain implementations, delivery of items is consolidated to electronic locker arrangements that include a number of lockers. This can increase security and privacy by eliminating the need to know a recipient's address in order to deliver an item. The system can notify a recipient that an item is available for pickup at a nearby electronic locker arrangement. Authentication techniques are described to enable the secure access to electronic locker arrangements that are storing items for delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Zipcodexpress, Inc.
    Inventors: Yonghui Richard Zhu, Rongchuan Zheng
  • Patent number: 10017154
    Abstract: An identification kit includes a first tag member and a second tag member. The first tag member is for mounting onto a rearview mirror of a vehicle and has at least one first visual identifier displaying a unique identification code and a first passive RFID tag. The second tag member for mounting onto a vehicle key and has at least one second visual identifier displaying the unique identification code and a second passive RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FOXTRAC INC.
    Inventor: Marco Lisi
  • Patent number: 9940642
    Abstract: A system for providing physical access to a building that is for sale, lease, or rent is described. The system includes a server, a remote device located at the building that prohibits access to the building, and a handheld device. The handheld device transmits location information for the handheld device and identification information to the server. The server identifies the building based on the location information and transmits marketing information for the building to the handheld device. The device displays the marketing information and transmits a request for access to the building, the request transmitted to the server. The remote device is configured to provide access to the building when the remote device receives an access signal from the server or from the handheld device. The access signal is sent from the server based on confirmation of the location information for the handheld device and confirmation of the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SHAH TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Ayman Atef Shahid, Shady Atef Shahid
  • Patent number: 9916706
    Abstract: A customer vehicle management system includes fob devices that each include a customer portion and a key portion, that are separable and may be magnetically interlocked with a charging and communication link between them. The system provides dynamic association of fob customer portions, fob key portions and docking units housed within a cabinet. Customer portions are deployed to a customer (driver) who may later request retrieval of a vehicle the keys of which were left with an operator (valet). Vehicle requests are made through a wireless link. A communications and management module within a fob and key storage cabinet receives the request signal and activates an indicator on a docking unit associated with the customer portion and where an associated key portion is docked. The operator may then retrieve vehicle keys associated with the customer portion from which the request was made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Wayne Gardner, Luke Gardner, Edwin T. Horton, Ronald Dir
  • Patent number: 9898711
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for shipping and delivering a parcel, including reserving a terminal for a parcel; placing the parcel in the terminal, the parcel having a virtual delivery address of a recipient; picking up the parcel by a carrier; converting, through a central computer system, the virtual address into a postal address; delivering the parcel to a destination terminal drop-box corresponding to the postal address; notifying the recipient of the delivery of the parcel; and unlocking the drop-box only upon verifying the recipient's identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Filippo Beretta, Jorge Calzada, Tito Costa
  • Patent number: 9869978
    Abstract: A method for commissioning a collection of electronic locks by inserting the same electronic key into each of the locks and recording in the electronic key an internal code unique to that lock which identifies the lock and is needed to open the lock and a method for biometrically permitting controlled secure access to a container having one of the commissioned electronic locks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: 3-EAST, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Gilbertson, Timothy A. Freese
  • Patent number: 9858738
    Abstract: A delivered-package vault has a selectively-lockable access portal that is configured to contain at least one package, which package has at least one recipient-specific requirement associated therewith. The delivered-package vault also includes a two-way communications interface configured to communicate with a remote source having that at least one recipient-specific requirement and further includes a control circuit that operably couples to the two-way communications interface and the selectively-lockable access portal. The control circuit is configured to communicate with the remote source regarding the at least one recipient-specific requirement for the at least one package that is presently in the delivered-package vault and to unlock the selectively-lockable access portal to thereby provide access to the at least one package by a recipient who meets the at least one recipient-specific requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9792468
    Abstract: A system, comprising a communication station for communicating with a number of radio tags in a time slot communication process, in which a number of time slots per time slot cycle in a repeating sequence are available for communication, and each time slot is characterized by a distinct time slot symbol, wherein the communication station is designed to send out a synchronization data signal comprising the time slot symbol for the currently present time slot, and wherein a radio tag is designed for changing from a sleep state into an active state at a wakeup instant, and for receiving the synchronization data signal in the active state and, if the received time slot symbol indicates a time slot intended for it, for defining a new wakeup instant corresponding to the next appearance of the time slot intended for it in a time slot cycle that follows the currently present time slot cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: IMAGOTAG GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Röβl, Andreas Hechenblaickner, Christian Frieβnegg
  • Patent number: 9725929
    Abstract: Electrified access-control technology devices for a door, particularly electrified locks for a door, having embedded circuitry therein, and methods of making the same. One or more printed circuit boards (PCBs) having various electronic circuitry are secured inside a housing that encases an access-control device, particularly a lock, for a door. The one or more PCB(s) may be embedded on an internal surface of the housing such that the embedded PCB resides inside the housing along with the lock itself. The embedded PCB(s) avoid interference of both any working components of the lock inside the housing and any openings residing in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sargent Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Picard, Robert C. Hunt, Scott B. Lowder
  • Patent number: 9704330
    Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium to store inventory information pertaining to items stored in a dispensary system; receive a request from a user via a user device to retrieve one of the items from the dispensary system; determine whether the dispensary system stores the one of the items based on the inventory information; validate an identity of the user, a location of the user, date and time, and a location of the dispensary system; determine which of the lockers of the dispensary system stores the one of the items, in response to a successful validation; transmit to the user via the user device, a message indicating one of the lockers in which the one of the items is stored; and transmit to the dispensary system, a command to open the one of the lockers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Paul V. Hubner, Robert A. Clavenna, Steven T. Archer
  • Patent number: 9681359
    Abstract: Techniques for providing friction-free transactions using geolocation and user identifiers are described herein. These techniques may ascertain a user's location based on a location of a mobile device. A transaction between the user and a merchant may be completed with zero or minimal input from the user based on the geolocation of the mobile device and the user identifiers. In some implementations, a transaction initiated earlier is completed when the mobile device arrives at the merchant. Additionally, a parent-child or similar relationship may be established between multiple devices. Security on the mobile device based may be provided by biometric identification and calculation of variance from regular movement patterns. Advertisements may be sent to the mobile device based on bids from merchants near to the mobile device. Promotions may be sent to the mobile device when more than a threshold number of mobile devices are located at the same merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Ramalingam, Paul J. Walsh, Michael Carr
  • Patent number: 9672673
    Abstract: In a system of locks, typically lockers for temporary use, but also including long-term lockers and locks in office furniture, each electronic lock has an access terminal for entry of a user's code. The electronic locks each have a processor and a programmable memory to receive inputs for setting and resetting access codes for the lock. The system includes a smartphone or other hand-held computer device, with a program for control of lock access. When locks of the system are to be set as to permitted access, or operating parameters of locks are to be adjusted, or for downloading information from the lock, information is entered into the smartphone and downloaded to a portable electronic data key. The data key is then touched to contacts of each lock to be affected, whereby the locks are set or the locks provide audit data to the smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Digilock Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Asil T. Gokcebay
  • Patent number: 9633984
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a semiconductor module includes a first semiconductor element, a second semiconductor element, a first light emitting element and a second light emitting element. The first semiconductor element is provided with a first light receiving circuit and a first output circuit. The second semiconductor element is provided with a second light receiving circuit and a second output circuit. The first light emitting element is electrically connected to the second output circuit and mounted on the first semiconductor element such that first light emitted from the first light emitting element is received by the first light receiving circuit. The second light emitting element is electrically connected to the first output circuit and mounted on the second semiconductor element such that second light emitted from the second light emitting element is received by the second light receiving circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Naohisa Okumura, Daijo Chida, Hiroaki Kishi, Isao Ogawa, Masaru Koseki
  • Patent number: 9542785
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for communicating information, altering access rights, and transferring power to and from an electronic programmable key are disclosed. A mobile key interface device is configured to couple to a contact pin of the electronic programmable key to establish a channel of communication. Using the channel of communication, the mobile key interface device may communicate information, alter access rights, and transfer power to and from the electronic programmable key. The mobile key interface device may also communicate with a mobile communication device. Using the mobile communication device's network connection, the mobile key interface device may further establish a channel of communication from a control center to the electronic programmable key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Acsys IP Holding, Inc.
    Inventors: David Meganck, Ahmad Fares, Karim Belhadia, Jean Mouradian
  • Patent number: 9479498
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide for brokering limited access to a service device via an intermediary. In one example, the method may include receiving a request communication at a control device including a request for limited access to a service device, wherein the request is received from an intermediary device on behalf of a request device, and transmitting an access communication to the intermediary device, wherein the access communication includes an access ticket to be used by the request device to gain the limited access of the service device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tobias Kohlenberg, Steven Birkel, Rita Wouhaybi, Stanley Mo
  • Patent number: 9472034
    Abstract: A system is provided including a smartphone configured to wirelessly communication with an electronic lock. The smartphone wirelessly transmits data relating to a personalized user interface configuration, and the electronic lock receives the data from the smartphone, implements the personalized user interface configuration, receives additional information from the smartphone, and performs at least one function based on the additional information and the personalized user interface configuration. A method is also provided including personalizing a user interface configuration, transmitting the personalized user interface configuration from a smartphone to an electronic lock, implementing the personalized user interface configuration to the electronic lock, and performing via the electronic lock a function based upon the personalized user interface configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Ahearn, Joseph Wayne Baumgarte, Gabriel Daniel Focke, Michael Scott Henney
  • Patent number: 9322205
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus for use with: an RFID proximity card; a frame including a pair of jambs; a door hingedly connected to one of the jambs, the other being hollow and having a rabbet defined by a pair of surfaces, one surface presenting to the closed door and defining part of a stop against which the door is positioned when closed and the other surface flanking and presenting towards the door edge when closed. The other surface width is in the direction which defines the one jamb depth. The one jamb thickness is in the direction which defines the doorway width. The apparatus comprises a sensor which: produces a signal when the card is presented thereto; and has thickness T, width W and height H. T<[thickness of other jamb?thickness of stop]. W is equivalent to the width of other surface. H<doorway height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Farpointe Data, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred Dawber
  • Patent number: 9325182
    Abstract: A surface-mountable electric vehicle charging station is disclosed. The charging station includes a housing, a first mounting member having a first coupling portion and a first locking portion, including a first locking aperture therethrough, and a second mounting member having a second coupling portion coupleable to the first coupling portion to prevent a movement of the housing in one of a first and a second direction. The second mounting member also includes a second locking portion with a latch surface. One of the mounting members is coupleable to the housing, and the other mounting member is coupleable to the mounting surface. A lock member is disposed in the first locking aperture, movable between a first disengaged position and a second engaged position. The lock member cooperates with the latch surface in the second engaged position, to prevent a movement of the housing in a third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ganesh Venkataraman, John Legato, Michelle Harmin, Pradeep Thimma
  • Patent number: 9312908
    Abstract: Systems and methods of interconnecting devices may include a connector assembly having a substrate, a set of input/output (IO) contacts, an antenna structure and transceiver logic. In one example, the transceiver logic may process one or more IO signals associated with the antenna structure and process one or more IO signals associated with the set of IO contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen R. Mooney, Howard L. Heck, James E. Jaussi, Bryan K. Casper, Debabani Choudhury, Frank T. Hady
  • Patent number: 9208466
    Abstract: An electronic lock box system that includes a central computer, which allows “listing agents” (if used in a real estate sales environment) to custom tailor a survey questionnaire that relates to features connected with the potential sale or lease of a property, and thereby garner feedback information from potential buyers (or lessees), or at least from “showing agents” that represent potential buyers/lessees. To improve response rate, the listing agent can add incentives to other agents who provide useful feedback. Furthermore, the system can be configured such that reciprocal feedback is necessary in order for a participating agent to see feedback about his or her own listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: SentriLock, LLC
    Inventor: Scott R. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9183692
    Abstract: Assisting users with controlling, navigating and performing any number of other operations for a secure storage apparatus is contemplated. The assistance may be in the form of easily navigable instructions/menus/screen and/or printed instructions, which may be optionally tailored to the particular operation contemplated for performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Fire King Security Products, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Smith, David Murch, John Rhoads, Matt Marquardt
  • Patent number: 9080707
    Abstract: Intelligent contrast warmers and methods for operating and using same are described. An intelligent contrast warmer may include elements configured to monitor information associated with the intelligent contrast warmer and contrast media stored in contrast bottles housed within the intelligent contrast warmer, such as contrast warmer temperatures, contrast warmer temperatures outside of specifications, contrast media inventory, expiration dates of contrast media, personnel authorized to access contrast media, and dates and times associated with contrast media added to and removed from the intelligent contrast warmer. A method for monitoring the expiration date of contrast bottles may include labeling the contrast bottles and reading the information from the label into a computing device. The computing device may be configured to monitor the expiration dates and to generate an alarm responsive to a current time being within a threshold duration of the expiration time for a contrast bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Bayer Medical Care Inc.
    Inventor: Bernhard D. Kohler
  • Patent number: 9053629
    Abstract: An electronic lockbox sends identifying data to a portable communications device, which relays that data to a central computer, generating a response from the central computer containing customized information of special interest to the user. Such data can include information relating to the lockbox's property, and contextually relevant information relating to other similar properties nearby. Such data from the central computer also can be delivered to one more auxiliary portable communication devices, including such devices carried by individuals either in close proximity to the lockbox or at a remote location. The data also could comprise visitation history relevant to the user, allowing an agent or a prospect to review information about previous visits to properties. The central computer can also query a user to provide location information for a lockbox that has been added to the system database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: SentriLock, LLC
    Inventors: Scott R. Fisher, Marcus D. Adams, Robert A. Bollas, Steve L. Caupp, Connie F. Carver, Kyle T. Etgen, Christopher A. Hunt
  • Patent number: 9041510
    Abstract: An electronic key may include a partial capacitor comprising a capacitive metal plate in communication with a processor. The capacitive metal plate of the partial capacitor is configured to form a capacitor with a corresponding capacitive metal plate of a lock when brought into proximity with the metal plate of the lock. Data may be transferred from the key to the lock using a capacitor formed by combining the two metal plates, wherein a common ground is established between the metal plate of the key and the metal plate of the lock through a parasitic capacitance present between the key and lock circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KNOX ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: Keith T. Wolski
  • Patent number: 9000890
    Abstract: A box contains a motorized latch for locking the lid of the box and a GPS device for determining a geo-location. The box also contains an electronic controller, which is programmed with a predetermined geo-location and is programmed for driving the latch and a display. The controller is programmed to cause the display to show distances to the predetermined geo-location in response to actuations of a push button mounted on the box. The controller is also responsive to respective current locations. The controller is programmed to disengage the latch If a distance indicated by the GPS device to the predetermined geo-location is less than a predetermined distance, revealing whatever treasures have been hidden inside the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mikal Neal Hart
  • Patent number: 8994497
    Abstract: An electronic key for a merchandise security device is provided. The electronic key may include electronic circuitry for providing electrical power to a lock mechanism for locking and unlocking the lock mechanism. The electronic key may also include an audio component configured to indicate a status of the lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Christopher J. Fawcett, William M. Warren
  • Patent number: 8981899
    Abstract: An electromechanical lock and its operation method is disclosed. The method includes: reading data from an external source; matching the data against a predetermined criterion; providing a fulcrum provided that the data matches the predetermined criterion; holding the lock by a locking pin, when engaged, in a locked state, and, when disengaged, in a mechanically openable state; and if the fulcrum is provided, levering mechanical power with the fulcrum to the locking pin to mechanically disengage the locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: iLoq Oy
    Inventors: Mika Pukari, Hannu Jokinen
  • Publication number: 20150058163
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for standardizing delivery of products in an online marketplace using one or more locker systems. In some embodiments, a system of lockers is presented. The locker system may be configured to store one or more products sold in an online marketplace. The locker system may also include a processor coupled to the one or more lockers and configured to generate access code information for a buyer to enable access to a locker storing the product. One or more sensors may be coupled to the one or more lockers and configured to examine the product for a level of product quality. A transmitter of the system may be configured to transmit the access code information to the buyer. The system can later accept the access code information inputted from the buyer and open the locker storing the product after receiving the access code information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Chahn Chung, Myra Sandoval, Ben Mitchell, Timothy Sean Suglian
  • Patent number: 8928453
    Abstract: The mechatronic locking apparatus comprises a control circuit (4), from which information signals can be transmitted to a control circuit (6) of the lock cylinder (2) using a first communication path (5). A security key (3) has at least one second communication path (7) for storing and/or processing access data. The two communication paths (5, 7) are connected to said control circuit (4) of the security key (3). The first communication path (5) preferably uses an electrical contact in the lock cylinder (2). The second communication path (7) comprises a transponder (8). The first communication path (5) may also be used for power supply purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Assa Abloy (Schweiz) AG
    Inventors: Detlef Sprenger, Andreas Münger
  • Patent number: 8928454
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fastener system, in particular a system for improving computer room security, that reduces energy consumption. This invention provides a fastener system comprising at least one fastener for fastening a first element to a second element, the at least one fastener having a sensor to determine status of that fastener; a trigger box having an LED panel; a junction box capable of receiving and relaying authorization access; and an IP-connected control appliance with relay input/output for access control applications. This invention is particularly useful within server racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Brown, Andrew Jimenez, Timothy D. Holloway
  • Patent number: 8922335
    Abstract: A weapons container for releasing a defense weapon includes a cabinet, a cabinet door, and an interior securing the defense weapon. Upon detection of a fingerprint input by a biometric sensor, a surveillance camera captures video and an audio intercom provides communication with a central command center. A recording system saves the video and audio to a storage database. A delay release lock secures the defense weapon for an amount of time and releases the defense weapon depending on a signal from the central command center. A communications system is connected over a network to the central command center, a local authority, and an emergency responder. The communications system notifies the local authority or the emergency responder upon detection of the fingerprint input and streams the video and audio to the central command center and at least one of the local authority and the emergency responder over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Deweese, Brandon Delibro
  • Patent number: 8922367
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments relate to a medicament storage case including: a case body securable to a wall; a door connected to the body; a sleeve to contain an epinephrine injector; a medicament lock including a hook, wherein the hook is positioned to engage the sleeve when in a first position and is positioned to disengage the sleeve when in a second position; an actuator including a solenoid, wherein the solenoid, upon activation, moves the hook from the first position to the second position; a microphone configured to receive first audio as input; a speaker configured to output second audio; a communication unit configured to provide Internet connectivity; a button; and a processor configured to: in response to pressing the button: establish communication between the local user and a remote site, receive an unlock message, and in response to receiving the unlock message, activate the solenoid to release of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mylan, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Denny, Kevin Ostrander
  • Patent number: 8912884
    Abstract: An electronic lockbox system includes a wireless portable transponder that communicates with an electronic lockbox using a low power radio link. The portable transponder includes: a wide area network radio to communicate to a central clearinghouse computer, a motion sensor to activate its wide area network radio, and a connector to communicate with a secure memory device. The electronic lockbox sends a hail message that is intercepted by the portable transponder; the hail message includes identification information. The portable transponder responds with a message that includes a time sensitive encryption key; the lockbox authenticates this response message using its own time sensitive encryption key. If an electronic key is used to access the lockbox, the improved system effectively disables the electronic key during a showing, so that the electronic key cannot be used to access another lockbox until the correct dwelling key has been placed back into the lockbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: SentriLock, LLC
    Inventor: Scott R. Fisher