Acknowledgement Patents (Class 340/502)
  • Patent number: 11043095
    Abstract: The disclosed technology uses signaling devices and sensors that are distributed throughout a building in order to provide egress guidance to people located in a building when an emergency occurs. Such signaling devices can be located at or near doors, windows, and/or other junction points between different parts of a building (e.g., passageways between different rooms). Signaling devices can provide audio and/or visual information to people to guide them along a safe pathway that is selected to provide safe egress for the person, including anticipating and protecting the person from changing emergency conditions within the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: LGHorizon, LLC
    Inventor: Russell G. Derickson
  • Patent number: 10872520
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include methods, systems, and non-transitory computer readable media that perform the steps of determining, in response to receiving a first failed supervision signal, a notification signal, or failing to receive a first anticipated supervision signal, that at least the first communication channel is entering into a failure state or in the failure state, monitoring, in response to determining that the first communication channel is entering into a failure state or in the failure state, a second communication channel for a second supervision signal from the security device, and receiving the second supervision signal from the security device via the second communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TYCO SAFETY PRODUCTS CANADA LTD.
    Inventors: Derek Carl Smith, Stephane Foisy
  • Patent number: 10781116
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for applying electromagnetic fields to liquids, such as water, to treat unwanted material in the liquid are disclosed. Such devices, systems and methods may include a cylindrically shaped, water-immersible probe configured to generate electromagnetic fields that are effective to treat unwanted materials, such as scale, and microbes in the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Reverse Ionizer Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, Desmond A. Fraser, Hossein Ghaffari Nik, Richard B. McMurray, Robert A. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 10725557
    Abstract: An input device is provided which includes: a first light source which emits light to cause a first design to be displayed on a display region: a second light source which emits light to cause a second design different from the first design to be displayed on the display region; a switch which receives an input from a user; and a control circuit which, according to the input received by the switch, (i) controls displaying of a design on the display region, by controlling a lighting state of the first light source and a lighting state of the second light source, and (ii) outputs a control signal corresponding to the input received by the switch, to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Kontani
  • Patent number: 10719526
    Abstract: A system and method for synchronizing instrument specification data between a process control system and an external database are provided. A software application automatically connects to the process control system and scans a set of data utilized by the system to detect changes in the data since a previous scan. If changes are detected, the application notifies a manager to accept or reject changes. If changes are accepted, the application updates data stored on an instrumentation database external to the process control system so that the data stored on the instrumentation database is synchronized with real-time data used by the process control system. The system and method provide automated updates to ensure the accuracy of data utilized by users not having regular access to the process control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hargrove Controls + Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Burton, Karen Griffin
  • Patent number: 10636283
    Abstract: A system and method provide for the immediate transmission of a potential alarm to a remote alarm signal escrow site and from the escrow site to a host station in the event where a control panel or an alarm signaling device is tampered with or destroyed by a disablement tactic, e.g., a “crash and smash intrusion.” A system and method may also send an alarm signal during such an attack by using predictive analysis of real-time events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10586082
    Abstract: Advanced micro-location of RFID tags in 3D and 2D spatial environments includes a mobile platform having a known location within a three-dimensional (3D) space. A plurality of RFID tags is located within the 3D space. A plurality of RFID antennas is mounted on the mobile platform, wherein backscatter signals of at least one of the RFID tags are collected by at least one of the plurality of RFID antennas and time-synchronized with the known location of the mobile platform in the 3D space at a time of collection. A computerized processing device is in communication with the plurality of RFID antennas. The computerized processing device performs algorithmic RFID tag localization using at least the collected backscatter signals of the at least one RFID tag and the time-synchronized known location of the mobile platform to determine a micro-location of the at least one RFID tag within the 3D space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FELLOW, INC.
    Inventors: Xinyi Daniel Tang, Utkarsh Sinha, Daniel Thomas Barry, Jagadish Mahendran, Marco Octavio Mascorro Medina
  • Patent number: 10373116
    Abstract: An intelligent system for performing inventory management within a facility includes at least one imaging sensor, a transmitter for sending inventory information to a database, a receiver for receiving information from a database, and a computer in communication with the locomotion platform, at least one imaging sensor, the transmitter, and the receiver. The computer is configured to capture inventory images from the at least one imaging sensor, detect inventory by comparing captured inventory images with stored inventory images, determine inventory information, determine a confidence level for the inventory information, and communicate at least a portion of the inventory information to the database. In one embodiment, the system includes a robot having a locomotion platform, the at least one imaging sensor, the transmitter, the receiver, and the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FELLOW, INC.
    Inventors: Marco Octavio Mascorro Medina, Thavidu Ranatunga, Utkarsh Sinha, Sivapriya Kaza, Jason Hoang, Jagadish Mahendran, Christopher Yang, Zhengqin Fan
  • Patent number: 10372260
    Abstract: Methods and devices for adjusting a power mode of a display are disclosed. An example method includes detecting a set of contact signals on a surface of the device and determining whether the set of contact signals correspond to a contact signature associated with an in-use state of the display. The example method further includes transitioning the power mode of the display to a power saving mode in response to determining that the set of contact signals do not correspond to the contact signature associated with the in-use state of the display, and retaining the power mode of the display in a current power mode in response to determining that the set of contact signals correspond to the contact signature associated with the in-use state of the display. An additional example method may further include detecting whether a proximity sensor at the device is occluded prior to the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Katherine B. Huffman, Kyle T. Beck
  • Patent number: 10311400
    Abstract: A robot for providing intelligent service within a facility includes a locomotion platform, an upper sensor for detecting objects within an upper field of view of the robot, a lower sensor for detecting objects within a lower field of view of the robot, a display and a robot computer in communication with the locomotion platform, the upper sensor and the lower sensor. The robot computer is configured to inventory products within the commercial facility and provide inventory discrepancy data to a user at a computing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FELLOW, INC.
    Inventors: Marco O. Mascorro Medina, Zhengqin Fan, Thavidu Ranatunga, Utkarsh Sinha, Sivapriya Kaza, Justin Din, Daniel T. Barry, Varun Krishna, Jagadish Mahendran
  • Patent number: 10260966
    Abstract: To provide a motor control device that specifies a type of temperature sensor by a simple technique, even in a case of the type of temperature sensor installed to a motor being unclear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuuki Morita, Tadashi Okita
  • Patent number: 10237300
    Abstract: A system for detecting a targeted attack by a first machine on a second machine is provided. The system includes an application including instructions to: according to first parameters, group alerts for attacking machines; each group of alerts corresponds to attacks performed by a respective one of the attacking machines, and each of the alerts is indicative of a possible attack performed by one of the attacking machines; according to second parameters, group metadata corresponding to attacked machines implementing cloud applications; based on the group of metadata corresponding to the second machine and one or more co-factors, evaluate one or more alerts corresponding to attacks performed by the first machine on the second machine relative to alerts associated with attacks performed by the first machine on other machines or attacks performed by the attacking machines; and alert the second machine of the targeted attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Gazit, Moshe Israel, Hani Hana Neuvirth
  • Patent number: 10086949
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that are capable of processing incoming status data from a variety of sources to identify an event therein. The identified event is then processed with a rules engine to determine an intended or authorized recipient for the event, wherein the intended recipient is one or a plurality of potential recipients. A communication protocol is then determined that is based on an annunciation device uniquely associated with the intended recipient. The event is then selectively annunciated to the authorized, intended recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Manjunatha Karunakar, Aman Dubey
  • Patent number: 10069650
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques relating to network upgrade and protocol selection in wireline communication networks are described. A described network device includes ports to connect with destination devices over wireline transmission mediums, wireline transmission mediums respectively comprising at least one pair of wires for transmitting and receiving data; a packet processor configured to forward packets to and from the ports; first transceiver circuitry configured to communicate using an Ethernet protocol over at least a portion of the wireline transmission mediums; second transceiver circuitry configured to communicate using an OFDM broadband protocol over at least a portion of the wireline transmission mediums; and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: David Terol Munoz, Antonio Jiminez De Parga Bernal, Jose Luis Gonzalez Moreno
  • Patent number: 9990838
    Abstract: A digital emergency signal transfer system includes a receiving terminal; the receiving terminal including at least one emergency button; when accident occurs, pressing the emergency button causing the receiving terminal to emit an emergency call to related receivers for adapting required actions; a network switch receiving signals from the receiving terminal and then converts the received emergency call into digital signals which have formats and protocol matching the protocol acceptable in the network communication; and a controller connected to the network switch by wired or wireless way; the controller serving to receive the digital signals from the network switch; then the controller emitting alert signals corresponding to the emergency signals to a plurality of electronic information device at the same time or sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Yi-Lun Yang
  • Patent number: 9973626
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for back-end failure redundancy in security and automation systems. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for back-end failure redundancy includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. The instructions are executable by a processor to detect an alarm event, and attempt to establish a connection between a control panel and a backend system. If no connection between control panel and backend system is made, the instructions may initiate a two-way cellular call between the control panel and a central station, and deliver a caller ID from the control panel to the central station via the two-way cellular call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jungtaik Hwang, Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy Bruce Warren, James Ellis Nye
  • Patent number: 9838854
    Abstract: A system and method that provides one or more programs that can be installed and activated on a smart device such as a smart phone, tablet, phablet, laptop, or other mobile computerized device to enable the device to be used by an individual to be monitored remotely for the potential occurrence of an injury or medical issue(s). This is done through operation of an application installed on the smart device which is regularly “pinged” by a central server, requiring a response from the individual to ensure that the individual is not impaired. Should no such response be forthcoming, the system will detect the lack of response and notify an appropriate person or organization or responder to attempt to contact the monitored individual and/or send aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Helen Fretwell
  • Patent number: 9796093
    Abstract: A robot for providing customer service within a facility includes a locomotion platform, an upper sensor for detecting objects within an upper field of view of the robot, a lower sensor for detecting objects within a lower field of view of the robot, a display and a robot computer in communication with the locomotion platform, the upper sensor and the lower sensor. The robot computer is configured to detect the presence of a customer within the facility based on information received from at least one of the upper sensor and lower sensor, and the robot computer is further configured to access one or more databases storing information associated with products available to customers within the facility and to provide customer service to the customer based on the accessed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: FELLOW, INC.
    Inventors: Marco O Mascorro Medina, Zhengqin Fan, Thavidu Ranatunga, Daniel T. Barry, Utkarsh Sinha, Sivapriya Kaza, Varun Krishna
  • Patent number: 9792589
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products acknowledge a reminder in a calendaring application. When an acknowledgement of the reminder is received, a message is communicated to similarly acknowledge a pending reminder in another instance of the calendaring application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: James C. Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9775006
    Abstract: Provided is a remote broadcast system including an audio amplifier activation device configured to turn on when a level of input sound via a smartphone mobile unit exceeds a threshold, a power source for an audio amplifier configured to amplify a signal of the input sound into a broadcast audio signal, and output the broadcast audio signal to a broadcast loudspeaker, the audio amplifier activation device being configured also to turnoff the power source for the audio amplifier when the level of the input sound remains lower than the threshold for a predetermined time period. A broadcaster carrying a smartphone base unit can select a smartphone mobile station via the smartphone base unit, and establish a communication link between the smartphone base unit and the smartphone mobile station. With this, the broadcaster is allowed to broadcast evacuation guidance information even while evacuating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: QUESTAR INC.
    Inventor: Mamoru Oishi
  • Patent number: 9753123
    Abstract: A more dynamic situational awareness may be provided by processing received attack radar pulses in a radar warning receiver in such a way as to provide an indication of where the aircraft is within the transmit beamwidth of the attack radar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Stanley I. Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 9742698
    Abstract: A disclosed switch includes: plural ports each of which is connected to another apparatus; a determination unit that determines, for each of the plural ports, whether the port is connected to one of plural switches integrated logically; and a setting unit that sets, for each of the plural ports, a port type or propriety of use based on a result of determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Daisuke Namihira
  • Patent number: 9739878
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining an angle of arrival in a radar warning system that uses tracking to provide a more accurate angle of arrival than conventional systems. In exemplary embodiments, angle of arrival and range are mapped from measured body angles to a 3D coordinate system where modern tracking techniques are applied to improve accuracy and stabilization of measurements, then mapped back into body angles for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric J. Gudim, William H. Wellman
  • Patent number: 9691261
    Abstract: A system includes a computing device programmed to receive an alert signal indicating an issue associated with a customer premises. The computing device is further programmed to transmit a notification signal to a plurality of remote devices, determine whether at least one of the plurality of remote devices has responded to the notification signal, and transmit an update signal to the other of the plurality of remote devices after one of the plurality of remote devices has responded to the notification. The update signal indicates that one of the plurality of remote devices has responded to the notification signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies International Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick Tuck, David B. Lett, George Horkan Smith, Mark Wayne Lea
  • Patent number: 9678986
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for registering, curating, enabling, and controlling the use of non-locational identifiers, such as phone numbers and domain names, as physical addresses and location identifiers (LIDs) for purposes of providing instant access to enhanced cross-platform location information and services imbedded in other devices and services through an LID registry. An exemplary method for registration may include receiving a request from a requester to register a non-locational identifier owned by the requester and create an LID for a physical location, creating the LID within the LID registry by verifying that the LID is unique within the registry, that the requestor owns the LID, and registering the LID to the requestor within the LID registry. Users may then use the LIDs as physical addresses for purposes of navigation and obtaining information related to such physical locations only as authorized and controlled by the owners of such LIDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: WGRS LICENSING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: S. Lee Hancock, Stephen L. Hancock, Chris Kerstner, Phil Dhingra
  • Patent number: 9659470
    Abstract: A window or door position detector includes an RFID tag attachable to a window or a door and a transceiver. The transceiver emits an activating signal to the tag. The tag, in turn, responds with an identifying RF signal indicative of a predetermined position of the window or the door. The detector includes a transceiver that can communicate with both the tag and a displaced monitoring system control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Richard Alan Smith
  • Patent number: 9635599
    Abstract: A radio communication system comprises a communication channel for the transmission of data packets from a primary station having a plurality of antennas to a secondary station having at least one antenna. The channel comprises a plurality of paths, and the primary station transmits a plurality of packets substantially simultaneously. Each of the plurality of packets is transmitted via a different subset of the plurality of paths, for example by arranging for each packet to be transmitted via a different antenna or antenna beam. The secondary station receives the plurality of data packets, determines whether each packet is received correctly and signals this determination (typically as an acknowledgement or a negative acknowledgement to the primary station for each of the plurality of packets. The signalling may be by any convenient means, for example transmitting each acknowledgement or negative acknowledgement via a different subset of available uplink paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Moulsley, Matthew P. J. Baker, Bernard Hunt
  • Patent number: 9560109
    Abstract: A message management facility is described herein that is hosted by a networked node, in a process control network environment, that is separate from a control processor. The message management facility routes a stream of messages received from the control processor to a set of destinations on a supervisory network. By interposing the message management facility on a node that is interposed, in a message steam, between alarm message sources (control processors) and alarm message sinks (workstations, printers, historians), a number of additional functions can be implemented to carry out a number of advanced functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Irvine William Wilson, Markus Stephan Paul, Ewald Gerhard Weiss
  • Patent number: 9552056
    Abstract: A telepresence robot includes a mobile platform, a camera, and a computer in communication with the platform and the camera. The computer receives video information from a remotely located camera relating to a gesture made by a remote human operator, and the robot is configured to operate based on the gesture. The computer may further predict an emotional state of a person interacting with the robot, based on video information received from the robot camera. A telepresence robot system includes: a telepresence robot having a mobile platform, a robot camera, a robot display, and a robot computer; and a control station, located remote to the robot, having a control station camera, a control station display, and a control station computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: FELLOW ROBOTS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Barry, Zhengqin Fan, Alaina L. Hardie
  • Patent number: 9191237
    Abstract: Wireless communication systems and methods are provided. One such system includes a server configured to transmit an electronic message to a mobile device via one of a push communication and a non-push communication. The server is further configured to transmit a duplicate of the electronic message to the mobile device via the other of a push communication and a non-push communication. Systems for wireless communication with robots are also provided. One such system includes a user device, a robot interface application, hosted at least partially on a server, and a robot. The robot interface application receives an electronic message from the user device, and transmits the electronic message to the robot via one of a push communication and a non-push communication. The application further transmits a duplicate of the electronic message to the robot via the other of a push communication and a non-push communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: DAN BARRY, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Barry, Andrew J. Barry
  • Patent number: 9173080
    Abstract: A method of handling notification message transmission for a network of a wireless warning communication system includes when content of a notification message comprising a message identity is changed, modifying the message identity, wherein the message identity is included in a system information block, hereinafter called SIB, and indicates which notification message a notification message content in the SIB belongs to; and sending the SIB and a paging message comprising at least one of a flag and an element, wherein the flag is used to notify a user equipment of a change of the SIB, and the element is a notification indication used to notify the user equipment to acquire the SIB when the element is found in the received paging message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiang Wu
  • Patent number: 9013334
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for automated computer-based notification systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Eclipse, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Horstemeyer
  • Publication number: 20150077241
    Abstract: A personal monitoring system and method is provided which includes a monitoring device including a positioning sensor for identifying and storing position data of the monitoring device and a transceiver. A remote computing unit for receiving proximity signals and position data received from the monitoring device at a predetermined interval. The remote computing unit also receives position data from the monitoring device. A central computer for location data collection receives proximity signals and position data from the remote computing unit at a predetermined interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Sentinel Offender Services, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Contestabile, Steven Durana
  • Patent number: 8952802
    Abstract: An event notification method and a portable apparatus with event notification function are provided. The method comprises the following steps: A notification event is detected. Whether the notification event is read after no operation is applied to an electronic device for a first time interval is determined. If not, whether the electronic device changes to a second moving state from a first moving state and maintains the second moving state for a second time interval is determined. If so, a notification signal indicating the occurrence of the notification event is outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Hui-Wen Wang
  • Publication number: 20150029020
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a response to an alarm event for an alarm system monitoring a premises are provided. The premises is associated with at least one user device. The system includes a monitoring device including a processor programmed to: determine whether an alarm event has triggered at the premises, determine whether a user response message associated with the at least one user device has been received, and in response to receiving the user response message, cause an indicator at a remote monitoring center to indicate whether the user wants at least one response action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Beth Ann BAILEY, Travis MEYER
  • Patent number: 8912897
    Abstract: A method for controlling alert notifications includes receiving, at an alert notification monitor, notifications from at least one medical device. The method further includes analyzing, at the alert notification monitor, the notifications based on one or more complex triggers to identify at least one triggered notification. The method further includes transmitting the at least one triggered notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Tony C. Carnes
  • Patent number: 8896435
    Abstract: A monitoring service is described that allows flexible response through operators taken from a group of chosen individuals. When an alarm state is triggered the chosen individuals may act collaboratively as operators to manage alarm conditions for a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Philip, Geoffrey Vanderkooy
  • Patent number: 8897217
    Abstract: A system and method for providing wireless communications between a medical controller hub and an implant node are disclosed. The hub transmits signals to facilitate communication connections with the node. The signals include connection invitation polls with identification parameters. A node monitors the hub's transmissions for the connection invitation polls. When a poll is detected, the node compares the identification parameters to a list of preferred identification values. If the received identification parameter is on the preferred list, and the node and hub are not already connected, then the node responds to the connection invitation poll. If the received identification parameter is not on the preferred list, then the node continues to monitor hub transmissions for other connection invitation polls that include identification parameters that are on the preferred list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Jin-Meng Ho, JuneChul Roh
  • Publication number: 20140320282
    Abstract: An emergency notification and response system is linked to a fire alarm system, a security system and to a communication network over which it sends and receives emergency messages to and from building occupants and to emergency response personnel. The emergency notification and response system comprises a notification module which operates to receive signals from a fire detection system and send one or more messages to building occupants to investigate the validity of a possible fire event, and to respond to the message with an indication that a fire event is in progress or not. Depending upon information received in the response, the notification module sends an evacuation message to a selected sub-set of the building occupants that includes instructions for evacuating the building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Globestar Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: YIHAN ZHANG
  • Patent number: 8711010
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for automated notification systems. One representative method, among others, comprises the following steps: monitoring travel data associated with a mobile thing (MT); scheduling a notification communication; analyzing traffic flow predicament data associated with a travel plan of the MT; and rescheduling the notification communication, based upon the traffic flow predicament data. A representative system, among others, comprises a computer or other automated system that is programmed to perform the foregoing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Eclipse IP, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Horstemeyer
  • Publication number: 20140091922
    Abstract: A real time automatic headcount system is configured with a portable transmitter operated by a crisis coordinator and operable to output an alert signal which is received by a plurality of receivers which are coupled to respective persons associated with a crisis-event site. The receivers each generate an acknowledgement signal transmitted via a central processing unit to the transmitter. Upon receiving the acknowledgement signal, the central processing unit is operable to update a check list of all person associated with the crisis-event site, identify those who have not been accounted for and implement back up procedures for locating and accounting for the previously unaccounted for persons in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Richard B. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8686849
    Abstract: A method of wirelessly transmitting alarm signals includes wirelessly transmitting an alarm signal from a transmitting station. It is determined whether an acknowledgement signal wirelessly transmitted from an access point in response to the access point receiving the alarm signal has been received by the transmitting station. A relaying station is woken up and kept awake during a plurality of periodic time intervals for overhearing transmissions from the transmitting station. If it is determined that an acknowledgement signal from the access point has not been received by the transmitting station, then the alarm signal is wirelessly re-transmitting from the transmitting station during at least one of the time intervals in which the relaying station is awake. The alarm signal is received at the relaying station. The alarm signal is transmitted from the relaying station to the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Huang Lee, Murat Senel
  • Publication number: 20140085076
    Abstract: A method for controlling alert notifications includes receiving, at an alert notification monitor, notifications from at least one medical device. The method further includes analyzing, at the alert notification monitor, the notifications based on one or more complex triggers to identify at least one triggered notification. The method further includes transmitting the at least one triggered notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: NELLCOR PURITAN BENNETT LLC
    Inventor: Tony C. Carnes
  • Publication number: 20140070939
    Abstract: An interactive wireless life safety communications system is disclosed. A central coordination server is linked to a first network, over which there is a connection to at least one resident life safety device at a specific location or for specific resident. An alarm signal is generated by the resident life safety device upon detection of an alarm condition and transmitted to the central coordination server. A caregiver communications device is connected to the central coordination server over a second network, and is receptive to an alarm notification that is generated by the central coordination server in response to the alarm signal. The caregiver communications device is also receptive to a caregiver user input, from which an action status response is generated for transmission to the central coordination server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: MICHAEL HALVERSON, Richard E. Knecht
  • Publication number: 20140009278
    Abstract: A system for patient-staff acknowledgment is disclosed that includes a wireless staff member device and a wireless patient member device. The staff member device has a receiver that receives a signal from a wireless patient member device; a transmitter that transmits a signal to the wireless patient member device; and at least one switch. The wireless patient member device has at least one switch; a transmitter that transmits a signal to the wireless staff member device; and a receiver that receives a signal from the wireless staff member device. An alarm is activated by a switch on the patient member device. The staff member device causes patient member device to send, and the staff member device to receive, a signal from the patient member device within a specified range from the patient member device and within a specified time period of activation. The staff member device transmits a signal to cancel the alarm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: David Jostrand, Hans Verstraelen
  • Patent number: 8604926
    Abstract: A system and method for guiding server chassis enumeration in a computer system are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method of connecting a plurality of computer server chassis configured as a plurality of nodes. For each cable connection between any two server chassis, a port on the first of the two server chassis to which a first end of a cable is connected is identified, and a port on the second server chassis to which a second end of the cable is connected is identified. The node containing second server chassis is uniquely designated by the port designator on the first server chassis, and the node containing the first server chassis is uniquely designated by the port designator on the second server chassis. An electronic alert is generated in response to any conflicting node designator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael H. Nolterieke, William G. Pagan
  • Patent number: 8564459
    Abstract: Automated notification systems and related methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Eclipse IP, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Horstemeyer
  • Patent number: 8537726
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed that secure data transmission in a communications system employed to control safety-relevant processes, through the provision of cooperating evaluators arranged in a shared manner in communications stations in order to evaluate safety-oriented data in a simple and cost-effective way. In the disclosed method, a data report is transmitted from a first station, by means of a communications system designed for serial data transmission, to a second station and said data report is checked by means of a second evaluator arranged in the second station. Depending on the results of the check of the data report, an acknowledgement report is transmitted from the second station to the first station, which acknowledgement report likewise is checked by the evaluator arranged in the first station. Furthermore, the disclosed system carries out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Johannes Kalhoff, Karsten Meyer-Graefe
  • Patent number: 8531317
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for automated notification systems. A representative method, among others, can be summarized as follows: engaging in a communication session with a personal communications device, based upon impending arrival or departure of one or more mobile things in relation to a location; during the communication session, providing a plurality of arrival or departure times in relation to a location and enabling selection of one of the times; and causing a mobile thing to arrive at or depart from the location at substantially the selected time. A representative system, among others, is a computer system that has been programmed to perform the foregoing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Eclipse IP, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Horstemeyer
  • Publication number: 20130201016
    Abstract: Methods and systems for contingency communication are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for providing emergency services may be performed by a portable device operating in a communication system. In an embodiment, the method for providing emergency services includes operating in at least one of a plurality of modes. A stress mode may be entered from a normal mode in response to receiving a beacon signal indicating an emergency status. An indication may be provided on the portable device regarding the emergency status via an audio, visual, or mechanical user interface during the stress mode. An acknowledgement signal may be transmitted in response to the beacon signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Neocific, Inc.
    Inventors: Titus Lo, Xiaodong Li