Selection From A Plurality Of Sensed Conditions Patents (Class 340/517)
  • Patent number: 11081872
    Abstract: The invention proposes a method for localizing a ground fault of a fire protection system and also a fire alarm and/or extinguishing control panel comprising a plurality of connection points, a central unit and a ground fault identification module, wherein one or more subscribers can be connected to each connection point via a connection line. The method comprises, during or after identification of a ground fault by the ground fault identification module, the following steps: disconnecting the connection lines of one, more or all of the connection points by opening switching elements until at least no ground fault is identified by the ground fault identification module, and then connecting the connection lines successively for each connection point by closing the respective switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Minimax GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Detlef Mandelkau
  • Patent number: 11055973
    Abstract: A method includes reading a digital signal from a sensing device in an area of a structure, where the digital signal is configured to be present periodically. A trailing edge of the digital signal is determined. An analog signal from the sensing device is read, where the analog signal includes an output from a sensor included in the sensing device, and where the sensor is configured to detect an aspect of an environment. The analog signal is read after the trailing edge of the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: OneEvent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Joseph Wedig, Daniel Ralph Parent, Anton Vermaak, Scott Holmstrom, Chris Snyder
  • Patent number: 11036993
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a first imaging device, a controller, storage, and a notifying section. The first imaging device captures an image of a first imaging area to generate first captured image data indicating a first captured image. The controller detects the events based on the first captured image data. The storage stores data indicating a first flag and a second flag. The events include a pre-event and a post-event detected after the pre-event has ended. The post-event indicates a detection target removal act for a detection target placed in the first imaging area. The controller changes the first flag from the off state to an on state upon detecting the pre-event, holds the first flag in the on state even after the pre-event has ended, changes the second flag from the off state to the on state upon detecting the post-event, and notifies of consecutive event occurrence information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Fumiya Sakashita, Yoichi Hiranuma, Shoichi Sakaguchi, Shohei Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 11010780
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a warehouse server, flash sale data file from a retail-type server. The method further includes storing, by the warehouse server, the flash sale data file in a database that functions as a virtual warehouse of flash sales. The method further includes interpreting, by the warehouse server, the information of the flash sale data file to determine flash sale parameters. The method further includes determining, by the warehouse server, whether a computing device has customer-device data that corresponds to the flash sale parameters. The method further includes, when the computing device has the customer-device data that corresponds to the flash sale parameters, generating, by the warehouse server, a customer specific coupon regarding the flash sale. The method further includes transmitting, by the warehouse server, the customer specific coupon to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Raise Marketplace Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Robert Spalding, Alven Diaz, Rodney Yates, Milo Todorovich
  • Patent number: 10971264
    Abstract: Medical services are offered by various facilities near a patient's residence. The number of facility options continues to grow and the patients can now receive various different health care services. One example method of operation provides retrieving a schedule associated with sensor data being received from a number of sensors, receiving updated sensor data from the sensors at an updated sensor data receive time, comparing the updated sensor data to the schedule, identifying a time discrepancy between the schedule and the updated sensor data receive time, and creating an alert status based on the discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: INTRADO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert J. Dudzinski, Jil M. Fisher, Troy G. Hottovy, Pamela Ann Mortenson, Craig A. Webster, Michelle Mason Winston
  • Patent number: 10950116
    Abstract: Alert systems provide increased functionality and interactive operation by use of subsystems (240, 250, 260) that are coupled between the GUI/rules engine (220, 210) and the alert devices (248, 258, 268), wherein the subsystems (240, 250, 260,) provide for bidirectional flow of information. Therefore, in one aspect, the GUI (220) displays functional and operational parameters of associated alert devices (248, 258, 268) in real time and thus allows an administrator rule building without knowledge of installed devices. In another aspect, as the alert system displays and controls all associated alert devices (248, 258, 268) via the GUI (220), contemplated alert systems allows activation of multiple and distinct alert devices (248, 258, 268) using a single user interface. Viewed from another perspective, contingency and area specific alerts can be triggered from the GUI (220) using only point and click action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Jeff Whattam
  • Patent number: 10931593
    Abstract: Provided a management node etc. that is possible to alleviate a delay in a time to start analyzing sensor data. The management node analyzes sensor data collected by a sensor device, and includes: an assessment unit configured to determines whether a first time period required to process the sensor data at a center node within a data center is larger than a prescribed threshold; and a determination unit configured to determines the sensor data is to be analyzed at the center node when the first time period is equal to or less than the prescribed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaya Fujiwaka
  • Patent number: 10931546
    Abstract: Data reduction techniques are provided for a multi-sensor IoT environment. An exemplary method comprises: dynamically determining, by a device within a distributed network comprised of a plurality of sensors, an amount of sensor data to be collected by and/or transmitted by a sensor within the distributed network based on at least one predefined spatial-based rule and/or at least one predefined temporal-based rule; and processing the sensor data based on the dynamically determined amount of sensor data. A percentage of the plurality of sensors within the distributed network that collect and/or transmit the sensor data can optionally be specified. One or more sensors optionally collect the sensor data at a default resolution and a predefined spatial-based rule and/or a predefined temporal-based rule specifies a predefined trigger for at least one sensor to collect and/or transmit the sensor data at a higher resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Jehuda Shemer, Kfir Wolfson, Assaf Natanzon
  • Patent number: 10901035
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe methods, apparatuses, storage media, and systems for in-field safety tests on system-level and circuit-level, providing real-time and on-chip tests with respect to, including but not limited to, circuit reliability, power consumption, and system safety. The in-field safety tests may include implementing voltage droop monitors (VDMs) and signature collectors with authentication-enabled launching. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Lakshminarayana Pappu, Amit Kumar Srivastava, Robert Milstrey
  • Patent number: 10889418
    Abstract: A storage container can include at least one movement sensor in or on a frame of the storage container and at least one movement sensor in or on a door of the storage container. A processor can compare outputs of the movement sensors to determine whether the door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Knox Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: James McBride, Hans Rodrigues de Miranda, Jason Pedersen, Terry Mosier, Bryan Edward Pavlovic, Joshua Jacque Edberg
  • Patent number: 10838379
    Abstract: A controller stores an apparatus-room association table in which an apparatus installed in a home is associated with a room in the home, and stores a room-user association table in which the room in the home is associated with the user. The controller determines whether the user is inside the home, and updates a user status. When the user status changes, the controller determines the apparatus corresponding to the user whose user status has changed, and controls the determined apparatus to execute a predetermined process based on the apparatus-room association table and the room-user association table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Yabe, Ichiro Maruyama, Satoshi Minezawa, Toshiaki Yoshikawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Daisuke Iizawa, Kenichiro Tanaka, Takashi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10757790
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and a storage medium associated with a sensor hub are disclosed herein. In embodiments, a sensor hub may include a body with a plurality of apertures disposed on the sensor hub body at substantially equal distances to each other, oriented towards a plurality of directions, and a plurality of sensors disposed inside the sensor hub body to interface respective apertures, to sense ambient conditions in the plurality of directions via the apertures. The sensor hub may further include one or more communication interfaces to transmit the sensor data or results from processing the sensor data to an external recipient. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sandhiprakash J. Bhide, Sheldon L. Sun, James Bigler, Christopher T. Sauvageau, Henry Bruce
  • Patent number: 10745950
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for determining operation of an openable barrier and direction of movement of a person through an opening controlled by the barrier. A method includes detecting with a hinge sensor a closed position for the barrier, the hinge sensor being mounted to a hinge of the barrier, determining with the hinge sensor when the barrier changes position from the closed position to an open position, detecting with at least one motion sensor motion of an object in proximity to the opening, and determining a direction of movement of the object through the opening based on whether the motion is detected before or after detecting the change in position of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Ricks, Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10733449
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes an imaging device, a controller, storage, and a notifying section. The imaging device captures an image of an imaging area to generate captured image data indicating a captured image. The controller detects events based on the captured image data. The events include a pre-event and a post-event detected after the pre-event has ended. The controller changes a first flag from an off state to an on state upon detecting the pre-event, and holds the first flag in the on state even after the pre-event has ended. The controller changes the second flag from the off state to the on state upon detecting the post-event, and directs the notifying section to notify of consecutive event occurrence information indicating that consecutive events have occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Fumiya Sakashita, Yoichi Hiranuma, Shoichi Sakaguchi, Shohei Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10708749
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for validating and supplementing emergency call information removing private information. A Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) receives an emergency (e.g., 911) call from a mobile device. Parts of the emergency call are processed to identify an emergency call location. Characteristics of the emergency call are combined with characteristics of other signals to identify an emergency call event, including an event location. The emergency call event is sent to the PSAP. Prior to receiving phase II data, and possibly even prior to receiving phase I data, the PSAP receives the event. The PSAP tailors dispatch of emergency resources responding to the emergency call based on characteristics of the event, including the event location. A privacy infrastructure spans signal ingestion, event detection, and event notification and protects the integrity of private information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Damien Patton, Rish Mehta, Christian Gratton, Michael B. Dodd
  • Patent number: 10701544
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for validating and supplementing emergency call information removing private information. A probability that an emergency call originated from a location is derived from features of a normalized signal version of the emergency call. An additional normalized signal is accessed within a specified distance of the location. The location is validated from features of the additional signal. An event is detected from the features of the normalized signal version of the emergency call based on the validated location. The validated location is associated with an obtained event truthfulness probability for the event. The event is sent to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). A privacy infrastructure spans signal ingestion, event detection, and event notification and protects the integrity of private information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Banjo, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien Patton, Rish Mehta, Christian Gratton, Michael B. Dodd
  • Patent number: 10669025
    Abstract: A response system may be provided. The response system may include a security system and an autonomous drone. The security system includes a security sensor and a controller. The drone includes a processor, a memory in communication with the processor, and a drone sensor. The processor may be programmed to link the drone to the controller, build a virtual navigation map of the coverage area based, at least in part, upon initial sensor data stored by the drone, determine that the coverage area is unoccupied, deploy the drone from a docking station, control movement of the drone within the coverage area based upon the virtual navigation map, collect drone sensor data of the coverage area using the drone sensor, and/or analyze the collected drone sensor data to identify an abnormal condition within the coverage area, the abnormal condition including at least one of damage or theft occurring within the coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Bryan Flick
  • Patent number: 10657776
    Abstract: An alarm handling and viewing system includes an alarm display interface that enables the different alarms generated by the same control module, safety system module, device, etc., to be handled and viewed in a manner that is different than each other and/or that is different than the display parameters specified for the module or device that generates the alarms. The system thus enables the selection of various different alarms of a single control module, device, etc., to result in different plant displays, different faceplate displays, and/or different alarm handling parameters to be used to provide further information to the user regarding the selected alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Godfrey R. Sherriff, Brandon Hieb
  • Patent number: 10574558
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes receiving, by a computing system, first data defining an alarm associated with an infrastructure asset, the alarm having an alarm condition that causes a notification to be output indicating the alarm condition is met, and receiving, by the computing system, second data defining a one-time trigger condition for the alarm. The method also includes, in response to determining that the alarm condition is met and the one-time trigger condition for the alarm has not been met at least once, suppressing, by the computing system, output of notifications for the alarm, and in response to determining that the alarm condition is met and the one-time trigger condition for the alarm has been met at least once, outputting, by the computing device and for display, the notification indicating the alarm condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Equinix, Inc.
    Inventors: William Maloney, Pamela Brigham, Marcelo Schmidt, Ernest A Holloway, Jr., Christopher W Nigh
  • Patent number: 10527304
    Abstract: An air conditioning management systems and an air conditioning management method based on demand response requirements. Particularly, their implementation involves stepdown and precooling optimization within the air conditioning management system and air conditioning management method. The technical achievement is that even when demand response power limitation is required, a user can still enjoy optimum cooling comfort within the power restriction limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ECOER Inc.
    Inventor: Jianliang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10530101
    Abstract: A plug-in connector part for connection to a mating plug-in connector part includes: a housing part; at least one electrical contact element, which is arranged on the housing part, for establishing electrical contact with the mating plug-in connector part; and a temperature-monitoring device including at least one sensor device for detecting a rise in temperature of the at least one contact element. The temperature-monitoring device includes a support element that extends over an entire surface thereof along a plane and includes at least one opening and one contact surface arranged at the at least one opening, the at least one contact element extending through the at least one opening such that the at least one contact element abuts the contact surface, and the at least one sensor device being arranged on the support element so as to detect a rise in temperature of the at least one contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT E-MOBILITY GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Rose, Thomas Fuehrer
  • Patent number: 10510035
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 10448324
    Abstract: Certain aspects involve power management subsystems for a distributed antenna system (“DAS”) or other telecommunication system. The power management subsystem can include a measurement module and an optimization module. The measurement module can monitor a utilization metric for a remote unit in the DAS or other telecommunication system. The power optimization module can determine whether the remote unit is underutilized based on the monitored utilization metric. The power optimization module can configure the remote unit for a low-power operation in response to determining that the remote unit is underutilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Neil T. Hobbs, Nelson Christian Schmidt, Jr., Michael J. Williamson, Fred William Phillips, Charles B. Morrison, Christopher Goodman Ranson, Thomas Kummetz, Matthew Thomas Melester
  • Patent number: 10383525
    Abstract: A medical device for the measurement of brain temperature data through the Abreu brain thermal tunnel (ABTT) is described. Brain temperature measurement is the key and universal indicator of both disease and health equally, and is the only vital sign that cannot be artificially changed by emotional states. Currently, brain temperature is difficult to measure. However, the present disclosure describes a device that readily locates the Abreu brain thermal tunnel, and is configured to provide a non-contact temperature reading of the brain. Embodiments of the disclosed device enable an individual to measure their own temperature and enable medical professionals to measure the temperature of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 10382375
    Abstract: In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation systems, may facilitate communications between a remote user and an occupant of a residence. The automation system may receive one or more communications from a user and deliver the communication to the specified recipient when the recipient occupies the residence. The automation system may determine the recipient is proximate the residence and may notify the recipient of the pending communication. The recipient may use the control panel or another device associated with the security and/or automation system to receive the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy B. Warren, James Ellis Nye, Jefferson Huhta Lyman
  • Patent number: 10324474
    Abstract: Vehicles and methods of navigating vehicles comprise at least three receiver antennae configured to receive radio frequency (RF) signals from one or more RF-transmitting antennae coupled to an object, receiver circuitry coupled to the receiver antennae to acquire the RF signals and to determine timing information from the acquired RF signals, memory storing information related to fixed distances between each receiver antenna and each other receiver antenna, a processor configured to determine a relative position of the vehicle with respect to the one or more RF-transmitting antennae based on the stored information related to the fixed distances between each receiver antenna and each other receiver antenna and on the timing information determined by the receiver circuitry, and a control system configured to control operation of the vehicle in response to the relative position of the vehicle with respect to the one or more RF-transmitting antennae determined by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: POSITION IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Edward L. Hill, Brett Bilbrey, Harry Lee Deffebach, III, Krenar Komoni
  • Patent number: 10302522
    Abstract: A method for determining correct performance of a sampling pipe in an aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system. The method includes causing a change in airflow in a sampling pipe of the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system that induces a change in at least one airflow property within the sampling pipe, and detecting an effect of the change in said airflow property. Also disclosed is a method for determining correct performance of an aspirated particle gas sampling system. The method includes determining correct performance of a sampling pipe in the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling and determining correct performance of a detector in the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system, wherein a test fluid is introduced to the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system at or near the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Xtralis Global
    Inventor: Alasdair James Williamson
  • Patent number: 10289108
    Abstract: A device for use in monitoring operation of a plurality of system assets includes a storage device configured to store a model of a plurality of system assets and a processor coupled to the storage device. The processor is configured to receive data representative of a status of the system assets, and display, in a first display state, a plurality of asset images representative of the system assets using the model. The processor is also configured to display, in a second display state, a first asset image of the asset images within the display upon a determination that the system asset represented by first asset image is in an alarm state, and display, in a third display state, the remaining asset images within the display upon a determination that the system assets represented by the remaining asset images are not in an alarm state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Paul Ceglia, Scott Terrell Williams, Charles Terrance Hatch, David Michael Robertson
  • Patent number: 10269224
    Abstract: A security system includes sensor devices, a security panel that receives signals from the sensor devices and that executes algorithms to determine the presence of an alarm that is sent to a game console coupled to a monitor. The game console includes a processor and memory, a graphics processor, and a network interface that receives data from the security panel and causes a message regarding the alarm condition to be displayed on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Sharma, Yatishkumar Ravinath Pokale, B. Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10256989
    Abstract: An application method of a communication terminal is disclosed, the communication terminal being applied to a smart home system based on IoT protocols. The application method includes: installing, by the communication terminal the IoT protocols, acquiring, by the communication terminal, a first message from a device of the smart home system; and comparing the first message against a preset message comparison table, and, when a match is found, acquiring a second message matching the first message, and further sending the second message by the preset mode. Thus, the communication terminal according to the disclosure can connect to the appliances of the smart home system based on IoT protocols, enabling the smart home system relying on the communication terminal, which can provide realtime information reporting. In addition, the smart home system provides a low cost, a wide coverage area and a high intelligence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: JRD COMMUNICATION (SHENZHEN) LTD.
    Inventors: Jingmao Lin, Dan Li, Dawang Xu, Haizhu Yan
  • Patent number: 10203230
    Abstract: A multiturn rotary encoder includes: a measuring standard having at least one graduation track, with whose aid the angular position of a shaft is absolutely encoded; a first scanner, with which the at least one graduation track is able to be scanned in order to generate first position signals; a first single-turn evaluation unit for forming a first single-turn code word from the first position signals; a first multiturn evaluation unit for forming a first multiturn code word from the first position signals; a second scanner, with which the at least one graduation track is able to be scanned in order to generate second position signals; a second single-turn evaluation unit for forming a second single-turn code word from the second position signals; a second multiturn evaluation unit for forming a second multiturn code word from the second position signals; and a battery, with which at least the components necessary for forming the multiturn code words are able to be supplied with energy upon loss of a main pow
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Von Berg
  • Patent number: 10198921
    Abstract: A transportable container assembly including a transportable container defining an enclosed interior space and having an opening member cooperatively engaging a mounting frame. The opening member has a closed position and an open position and access to the interior space is permitted in the open position. A localized device or system is attached to the transportable container and is coupled to an electrical power source. A reed switch apparatus coupled to the transportable container communicates the position of the opening member to the localized device or system. The localized device or system provides a localized function depending on the reported position of the opening member. The localized function includes at least one of a group consisting of a local lighting function, local locking mechanism action and local refrigeration system action/function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Glendell N. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 10154802
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and an apparatus for precisely perceiving an indoor activity. The method may include: receiving a vibration signal on a floor by using multiple vibration sensors disposed according to a preset rule; and determining a location of a vibration source according to a phase difference of a vibration signal of the same vibration source in different vibration sensors. The monitoring performed on the indoor activity in the present invention can be performed without disturbing the monitored person, and can resolve the concern about leakage of privacy of the monitored person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen Zhiying Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun Hu
  • Patent number: 10145617
    Abstract: An oven temperature monitoring system including a box top and a box body formed out of an alkene fluorocarbon material for monitoring the temperature and duration of a powder coat curing cycle is provided. The box top includes a receptacle in communication with a printed circuit board and an antenna that are secured within a housing on the inward facing surface of the box top. A pair of thermocouples are attached to an item that has been powder coated and communicates temperature data back to the electronic device that can be transmitted out of the oven during curing cycles to a computer monitored by a user. This information can be used to ensure proper curing time and temperature and significantly reduces wasted thermal energy due to incomplete or repeated cure cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Temperature Monitoring Systems, LLC
    Inventor: M. Joseph Young
  • Patent number: 10146860
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for providing notifications based on biometric data are presented. Biometric data from multiple biometric sensors is aggregated and stored. Inferential analysis is performed on the biometric data to characterize an associated user. A user characteristic is correlated to one or more consumer characteristics in a consumer profile and output information is determined based on the consumer profile. A notification that includes the output information is transmitted to a computing device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Devin Wenig
  • Patent number: 10118698
    Abstract: A method includes dispatching a drone to a site. The drone includes audio/visual equipment. The method includes logging a plurality of timestamped locations of the drone and receiving, from the audio/visual equipment, site data captured by an on-site operator of the audio/visual equipment. The method includes correlating a portion of the site data with at least one of the timestamped locations of the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliette Zerick, William Cottrill, Michelle McHugh, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 10084668
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed that enables a customer to specify when services should be provisioned on a “just-in-time” or elastic basis. By dynamically specifying when services should be received, a customer is better able to suit such services to customer needs, thereby allowing the customer to only pay for what is actually used. Using an on-demand portal, a customer may prescribe when (or the degree to which) services should be enabled, and/or when the devices that utilize those services, or the services themselves, need to be monitored. Accordingly, the customer is given flexibility to dictate when services are required or when their services or devices require monitoring by a service provider, and the service provider is given the flexibility to tailor the amount of resources required to support and manage the customer's demands, thereby enabling more efficient use of both the customer's and service provider's resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Witzman, Paul T. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10076012
    Abstract: A system and method provide fail-safe operation of a lighting system. A lighting level detector is used to obtain a baseline lighting level for a low-intensity light. If the detector measures less than the baseline level when an occupancy sensor determines the space is unoccupied, a high-intensity light is energized and an indication is provided to a user that the low-intensity light has failed. A method provides daylighting operation of a lighting system. An occupancy sensor can have Wi-Fi functionality to enable remote configuration of the sensor. A line voltage occupancy sensor can include an interface with low voltage devices. An occupancy sensor can include an integral interface to enable an external control system to override the sensor's normal logic under emergency conditions. An occupancy sensor can include an active temperature compensation feature. An occupancy sensor can also incorporate an automatically adjustable coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jaiganesh Balasubramainian, Justin Morton
  • Patent number: 10067512
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for enabling sensor discovery in autonomous devices herein. An example system for enabling dynamic sensor discovery including a client that includes an autonomous device. The autonomous device is capable of navigating from a current location to a destination location using sensor data. The client provides a request for sensor information for sensors along a planned route and receives respective sensor information for each of a set of selected sensors selected by a data server based on the request. The client subscribes to a data feed of a sensor of the set of selected sensors along the planned route based on sensor information corresponding to the sensor and client analyzes the data feed to determine whether to proceed with the planned route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tobias Kohlenberg, Ravishankar R. Iyer, James Jin-koo Kim
  • Patent number: 10068077
    Abstract: Among other things, a system comprises a processor device, a memory in communication with the processor device, and a storage device that stores a program of computing instructions for execution by the processor using the memory. The program comprises instructions configured to cause the processor to receive from a user device biometric information of a user requesting access to the security system. The biometric information is associated with the user in possession of the user device. The processor is also caused to analyze the received biometric information to determine whether the user in possession of the device is a person authorized to access the security system with the user device. If the user is determined to be authorized, the user is allowed to access the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Anthony Mucci, Michael Garavuso
  • Patent number: 10007850
    Abstract: A system for event detection and reporting has primary sensors for producing raw data from observing the proximate area, one or more processors for the primary sensors, for processing the raw data to produce output, a centralized controller to which each of the processors is connected, for receiving the output, a security network for communicating between the sensors, the controller, and one or more remote terminals, the security network having an alarm, and a plurality of auxiliary sensors for providing secondary sensor information to the one or more processors wherein the controller provides an alarm to the remote terminals through the security network if an event has occurred. A method of event detection has the steps of receiving a control command, alarm message and sensor information, determining if an event has occurred, and sending alarm messages and filtered sensor information to remote terminals if an event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE ALERT SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Henry Leung, Xiaoxiang Liu, Ha Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9997054
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for automatically disarming a security system. For example, a method for automatically disarming a security system is described, comprising determining, by a personal communication device, when a person is in proximity to the person's home or business and, in response to determining that the person is in proximity to the person's home or business, transmitting a disarm command by the personal communication device to a security controller for the security controller to disarm the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Sweeney, Thomas Thibault, Thomas Henley, Louis Hughes
  • Patent number: 9955124
    Abstract: This sensor placement determination device is provided with an external storage device (15) in which traffic data, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Miyoshi, Manabu Katou
  • Patent number: 9910668
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for reducing network traffic in an event-driven infrastructure by a two-stage notification subscription mechanism may be provided. The method includes subscribing, by client components to notifications for topics at a client-side hub, opening, a connection to a server-side notification server initiated by the client-side hub and subscribing, by the client-side hub to the server-side notification server for a united set of topics client components subscribed to at the client-side hub. The method also comprises, based on the subscriptions, a communicating, a united set of data relating to the united set of topics from the server-side notification server to the client-side hub, wherein the united set of data comprises data the client components subscribed to at the client-side hub such that the network traffic is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthias Diester, Patrizia Gufler, Andreas Nauerz, Thomas Steinheber
  • Patent number: 9865147
    Abstract: A self-contained collision warning device warns of possible collisions between people and between people and moving objects on opposite sides of doors and other visual barriers. Motion sensors detect the presence of people or moving objects and activate indicators that warn of the presence of unseen people and moving objects. The device can be mounted to a door or wall without modification to the door or wall or access to electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: David Langford, Joseph McGinty
  • Patent number: 9727048
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus, system and method for monitoring plant. A sensor means can be adapted for receiving plant growth information of the plant being received inside a container. An indicating means can be adapted for indicating information of the plant growth information. A wireless communication means can be adapted for transmitting the plant growth information to an external device. A control means can select a working mode of the indicating means and the wireless communication means. Through the cooperative effect of the sensor means, the storage means, the indicating means and the wireless communication means, operators do not have to take along with instruments to perform measurement reading of the on-site plant growth information at a regular time, thereby saving labor cost and time cost of monitoring the plant growth information and improving efficiency of plant monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SANG ECO SYSTEM LIMITED
    Inventor: Kwai Sang So
  • Patent number: 9703939
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having a face recognition function and a control method thereof are provided. A mobile terminal includes a display unit, a memory, a photographing unit and a controller. The memory stores first photographing distance information mapped to a plurality of coordinates in a previously obtained first face image, as reference information for releasing a lock mode in which a touch input applied to the display unit is restricted. The photographing unit obtains a second face image by photographing a subject, when a face recognition function is performed in the lock mode. The controller computes second photographing distance information mapped to the plurality of coordinates in the second face image, and releases the lock mode, based on a result obtained by comparing the first photographing distance information and the second photographing distance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Uisoo Tahk, Minhun Ha, Uijun Kim, Jaeyee Lee, Sanghoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9685061
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing spoken messages that reflect event status of one or more hazard detection systems within a smart-home environment are described herein. The messages can inform occupants in concise manner that does not overload cognitive recognition of those occupants. For example, the messages may be prioritized to limit the amount of information that is spoken and intelligently condense information in as concise a manner as possible. This may be accomplished by using one or more speaking paradigms to compile audible messages to be played back through a speaker of the hazard detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Nina F. Shih, Lauren Von Dehsen, David Sloo, Tyler Moore, Nicholas Unger Webb
  • Patent number: 9666047
    Abstract: Techniques are described for moving asset location tracking and monitoring system technology. A system monitors for events related to a monitoring system that monitors a fixed property and the system detects an event related to the monitoring system based on the monitoring. The system performs an operation that leverages geographic location tracking of at least one mobile asset associated with the fixed property based on the detected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin, Daniel J. Ramos
  • Patent number: 9662620
    Abstract: A temperature measuring device (1) with a thermometer (2) has a plurality of temperature sensors (3) on one side (10), which function on an electrical basis. The thermometer (2) is immersed in a container or beaker (4) set up in a usage position on a heating plate (102) of a magnetic stirrer (100) and in a medium (5) present therein. The plurality of temperature sensors (3) are arranged spaced apart from one other vertically on the temperature measuring device (1), and are immersed in the medium (5) at different heights in the usage position. It is therefore possible firstly to recognize a temperature stratification inside the medium (5), and secondly, to detect level changes of the medium (5) in the interior of the container (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: IKA-WERKE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Erhard Eble, Uwe Brauch, Thomas Hensle, Christian Babel