Lockbox Patents (Class 340/5.73)
  • Patent number: 10891363
    Abstract: Provided is an authentication method including receiving an authentication request; obtaining authentication data for authenticating a user from at least one of a plurality of external devices as when the authentication request is received; obtaining an authentication score based on the obtained authentication data and reliability information assigned to a type of the authentication data in advance; and determining whether additional authentication is necessary based on the obtained authentication score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO.. LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-ah Kim, Hee-kwan Lee
  • Patent number: 10827868
    Abstract: A tamper resistant parcel delivery box includes a container configured to receive packages therein. A lid is secured over the container via a hinge and a locking interface is secured to the container and has a retractable deadbolt. The box also includes a locking bar having a first end and a second end, where the second end cooperates with the retractable deadbolt. A catch is secured to an underside of the lid to lock the first end of the locking bar to the lid when the deadbolt is extended to force the first end into the catch. In addition, the box includes a tamper prevention circuit configured to selectively prevent the locking interface from actuating the retractable deadbolt when the lid is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Keith Wheaton, Steven A. Amato
  • Patent number: 10808449
    Abstract: Various embodiments, relate to a system of lockers including a plurality of tracks and a plurality of walls. At least two of the plurality of walls slidably coupled to at least two of the plurality of tracks. Four of the plurality of walls form four sides of a locker cavity. The system also includes a plurality of doors. Each of the plurality of doors are oriented perpendicular to the plurality of the walls. A first door of the plurality of doors is coupleable to a second door of the plurality of doors so as to form a third door, and at least one of the plurality of doors form one side of the locker cavity. The system also includes a back wall, which forms one side of the locker cavity. The system further includes a lock for securing positions of the plurality of walls and of the plurality of doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Darren M. Goetz, Chris Kalaboukis, Lisa R. Magana, Andrew L. Martinez, Uma Meyyappan, Dennis E Montenegro, Marla M. Pacis, Timothy R. Ward
  • Patent number: 10803462
    Abstract: An attempt to conduct an electronic transaction using an electronic device is detected. The electronic device contains one or more sensors, such as an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, a gyroscope, a GPS unit, or a transceiver. In response to the detected attempt to conduct the electronic transaction, an analysis is performed using data gathered by the one or more sensors to estimate one or more current statuses of the electronic device. The estimated one or more current statuses of the electronic device are compared with one or more expected statuses of the electronic device according to a model. An alert is generated in response to the comparison indicating that some of the estimated current statuses of the electronic device are inconsistent with the expected statuses of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Abraham Doris-Down, Miguel Angel Escobedo, Matthew Wilczynski
  • Patent number: 10803416
    Abstract: A food locker includes a housing, a food support member, a first door, a second door, and a lock. The housing includes a front wall a front wall, a rear wall, and a chamber. The front wall includes a first opening in communication with the chamber. The rear wall includes a second opening in communication with the chamber. The food support member is disposed within the chamber. The first door is supported by the housing and is movable between a closed position and an open position. The food support member is accessible through the first opening when the first door is in the open position. The second door is supported by the housing and is movable between a closed position and an open position. The food support member is accessible through the second opening when the second door is in the open position. The lock is operatively coupled to at least one of the housing and the first door and is actuatable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent A. Deemter, R. William Kneifel, II, Matthew Omlor, Rick Moreno, David Scrivano, Dana Tilley
  • Patent number: 10757371
    Abstract: A lock box including a main body, a lid, an electronic locking mechanism, a lid sensor, and a processing circuit. The main body defines a compartment. The main body is structured to be secured within or secured to a substantially permanent structure. The lid is positioned to selectively enclose the compartment. The electronic locking mechanism is positioned to selectively lock the lid to the main body. The lid sensor is configured to detect at least one of an attempt to open the lid or opening of the lid. The processing circuit is configured to generate an alert in response to the lid sensor detecting the at least one of the attempt to open the lid or the opening of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Geoff Smith, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tom Celinski, Mark Richards, John Bartucci
  • Patent number: 10726652
    Abstract: An information processing device relates to a predetermined service provided to a user by allowing a worker to temporarily access a vehicle cabin including a trunk of a vehicle used by the user. The information processing device includes a processor. The processor is configured to determine whether the worker relating to a service provider of the service has unlocked a door of the vehicle using key information for unlocking the door, the door accessing the vehicle cabin of the vehicle, and notify the user of a warning or activate an alarm device of the vehicle, in a case where the processor determines that the door has been unlocked and in a case where the processor determines that a state in which the door of the vehicle is not locked continues after a predetermined time has elapsed from unlocking of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kuniaki Jinnai, Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 10711488
    Abstract: An electric door lock and monitoring system and method of use provides for intelligent control of a door lock, including fire alarm control and monitoring. The system employs location-based rules to facilitate code compliance, such that the system controls the door lock at least in part based on a selected subset of the location-based rules data, the subset of location-based rules data being automatically selected by the processor at least in part based on data indicative of a geographic location of the electronic door lock. The system, also employs spoken word alarms increase in frequency and/or in sound pitch over time to portray increased urgency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Isac Tabib, Mohammad Mehdi Daryadel
  • Patent number: 10713348
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate, generally, to touch panel security, and more specifically, to using one or more security features present at one or more electrodes of a sensor module of a touch panel. Embodiments of security features may affect the capacitive coupling at a node of a sensor in a manner detectable by a microcontroller or other logic circuitry, and the location of the security features may provide a basis for an identifier usable to identify a touch panel to a host device with which the touch panel attempts to communicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Hsin-Ching Chih, Chi-Chun Cheng
  • Patent number: 10708410
    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: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Michael Gerhardt, Charles Cameron Robertson
  • Patent number: 10678925
    Abstract: In some embodiments, disclosed subject matter involves proactive monitoring and detection of anomalies in user data hosted by a cloud storage server and user interaction with data to trigger quarantine of user data stored in the cloud storage. In at least one embodiment, data recovery from one or more quarantine states is available to a user after authentication. Quarantine levels may permit or prohibit various actions on the user data by the user who owns the data, an asynchronous process for data cleanup, and access by other authorized users, etc. In an embodiment, quarantine levels are associated with the user and affect the user data space rather than merely individual files. The proactive monitoring may include collection of telemetry based on the API calls to the cloud server, scanning of user file system and hierarchy, and other file or data space corruption. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Bruso, Andrew Glover
  • Patent number: 10676963
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for electronic locks with a selectable power off function. The electronic lock includes an electronic controller disposed within a lock housing and operable to control a state of the lock between locked and unlocked positions. An electronic actuator electrically coupled to the controller is movable between first and second positions corresponding to a locked position and an unlocked position of the lock, respectively. The electronic lock further includes at least one electrical energy storage device and a selector switch coupled to the controller to define a desired state of the lock between one of an electrically locked (EL) and an electrically unlocked (EU) state in an electric power off condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Sundar Raj Dore Vasudevan, Dilip Bangaru, Adam M. Litwinski, William B. Ainley, Russell L. Steiner, Michelle Vickrey
  • Patent number: 10504313
    Abstract: A method is disclosed in which a challenge from a locker system is transmitted to a mobile device. A response is received from the mobile device at the locker system, and the response was generated by a backend system, which received the challenge from the mobile device, at least based on the challenge received by the backend system and on a first key stored at the backend system and has been transmitted to the mobile device. At the locker system, it is checked whether the received response was generated under usage of at least the challenge and a key that corresponds to a second key stored at the locker system. Access is granted to a compartment of the locker system at least depending on a result of the checking. Further disclosed are methods performed by the mobile device and the backend system, and according apparatuses pertaining to these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Christoph Dautz, Markus von Gostomski, Birgit Lange, Nadra Mechlaoui, Cem Celikkaya, Marc Bauer, Michal Kolodziej, Johannes Schröder
  • Patent number: 10486252
    Abstract: A dust collector in one aspect of the present invention comprises a dust collection portion, a communication portion, and an interlock operation control portion. When the communication portion receives an interlock command transmitted from an electric working machine, the interlock operation control portion makes the dust collection portion operate interlocking with the electric working machine. The interlock operation control portion includes a storage portion, in which identification information specific to the electric working machine with which the dust collection portion is to be made to perform the interlock operation is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10423136
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices relating to administration of a portable electronic key are disclosed. The portable electronic key is configured for controlling access to an electronic locking device. A motion detection sensor detects a movement of the portable electronic key. Based on the movement of the key, a wireless communications link is established between the portable electronic key and an access administration device for exchanging messages related to access control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Videx, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Davis
  • 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