Time Delay Patents (Class 340/527)
  • Patent number: 10222344
    Abstract: A gas sensor including a first sensing component, a second sensing component and a voltage enhancement circuit is provided. The first sensing component is coupled between a first voltage and a first node, where an impedance value of the first sensing component is proportional to a gas concentration. The second sensing component is coupled between the first node and a second voltage, where an impedance value of the second sensing component is inversely proportional to the gas concentration. The voltage enhancement circuit is coupled to the first node to receive a node voltage provided by the first node, and correspondingly provides a gas sensing voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Winbond Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Hsuan Ho
  • Patent number: 10194280
    Abstract: A system and method for integrated emergency notification is provided. It may be decentralized and integrate essential notification functions to manage an emergency situation through a single system. Accordingly, in the event of an active threat or other emergency at a location (i.e., a building), the system and method according to embodiments of the present disclosure may provide an immediate, effective way to simultaneously notify/alert users that may be on-site as well as first responders and other interested parties of emergencies and provide a means of communicating site-specific information to one another, such as through a real-time chat feature. The system and method may provide color-coded floor plans that may be updated to show user status, automatically detect inactivity, and provide easy-to-use reference materials for standard response procedures that may be employed depending on the type of alert situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tresit Group, LLC
    Inventors: Cole W. Smith, Solomon C. Smith, Cody M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9959724
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of indicating safety of a hydrogen tank when a vehicle fire occurs are provided. The apparatus includes a hydrogen storing tank and a thermal pressure relief device (TPRD) mounted within a valve of the hydrogen storing tank. In addition, a controller is configured to detect a flow rate of hydrogen discharged from the hydrogen storing tank, using a sensor to determine whether the detected flow rate of discharged hydrogen is within a predetermined reference flow rate range. The controller is also configured to transmit a warning signal when the detected flow rate of discharged hydrogen is included within the predetermined reference flow rate range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chang Ho Kim, Sang Hyun Kim, Ji Hyun Shim
  • Patent number: 9704380
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using multi-criteria state machines to manage alarming states and pre-alarming states of a hazard detection system are described herein. The multi-criteria state machines can include one or more sensor state machines that can control the alarming states and one or more system state machines that can control the pre-alarming states. Each state machine can transition among any one of its states based on sensor data values, hush events, and transition conditions. The transition conditions can define how a state machine transitions from one state to another. The hazard detection system can use a dual processor arrangement to execute the multi-criteria state machines according to various embodiments. The dual processor arrangement can enable the hazard detection system to manage the alarming and pre-alarming states in a manner that promotes minimal power usage while simultaneously promoting reliability in hazard detection and alarming functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Jeffrey Lee
  • Patent number: 9569940
    Abstract: An electronic device has a number of ports that have the same physical form factor and that are receptive to cable insertion. The electronic device also has visual indicators corresponding to the ports. Each visual indicator indicates at least link establishment when a cable has been inserted into its corresponding port and a link has been established. When a cable is removed from a port, the electronic device controls its corresponding visual indicator to identify the port as one from which cable removal has recently occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Gary D. Cudak, Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Edward S. Suffern, John M. Weber
  • Patent number: 9443418
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for identifying to responding police officers at a scene the individuals that are legally carrying a firearm. A wearable light source includes a light source on an exterior surface. The light source is activated when turned on by the wearer, or when permitted by the wearer to be turned on by a transmitter operated by a responding police officer that sends an activate signal that is received by the wearable light source, such as a bracelet, watch, or badge, either by a receiver incorporated into the wearable light source, or by a smart phone carried by the wearer that relays the activation command to the wearable light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew D'Orazio
  • Patent number: 9417150
    Abstract: A pressure transmitter and method for measuring pressure exerted by a fluid on the diaphragm of the pressure transmitter. A pressure sensor assembly can include a diaphragm displaceable under pressure exerted by the fluid, and first and second electronic circuits generating first and second oscillating signals, respectively, whose frequencies depend on the displacement of the diaphragm. First and second numerical values which are representative of the oscillating frequencies of the first and second oscillating signals, respectively. A signal indicates pressure exerted by the fluid on the diaphragm based on the first and second calculated numerical values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventors: Eugenio Volonterio, Gabriele Crotti
  • Patent number: 9342936
    Abstract: A door lock system can comprise a door lock movable between a locked state and an unlocked state. The door lock system can detect a first indication suggestive of a presence of a visitor. The door lock system can also detect a second indication suggestive of an identity of the visitor. As well, the door lock can validate that the first indication and the second indication are associated with a first identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SkyBell Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Frank Scalisi
  • Patent number: 9279895
    Abstract: In one example, a land based seismic sensing device includes: a seismic sensing unit having a seismic sensor in a housing configured to be buried in the ground; a control unit including a battery in a weather resistant housing configured to be exposed above ground; and a flexible cable mechanically and electrically connecting the seismic sensing unit and the control unit. The cable includes a weather resistant jacket and an electrically conductive element inside the jacket detachably connected between electronic circuitry in the sensing unit and electronic circuitry in the control unit. In one example, the control unit housing includes a first compartment configured to stow the seismic sensing unit and a second compartment configured to stow the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Kevin E Swier, David A Champion, David R. Otis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9218735
    Abstract: The invention relates to a patient monitoring system comprising at least one monitoring unit (24) for monitoring the physiological status of a patient and a host system (14) comprising a network of access points (16, 18, 20) for wireless reception of physiological status data. Each monitoring unit (24) is provided to transmit physiological status data to the access points at selected points of time, together with time related data indicating the expected point of time of the next data transmission. The invention further relates to a respective method for monitoring the physiological status of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Guenter Gegner, Harald Greiner, Martin Bufe
  • Publication number: 20150145669
    Abstract: A computing system is described that receives, at a particular time, notification data, the notification data indicating a threshold amount of time for which the computing system is to delay outputting an alert based on the notification data. The computing system initiates, based on the threshold amount of time, a deferred output of the alert based on the notification data. Responsive to determining that the threshold amount of time has elapsed since the particular time, the computing system outputs the alert based on the notification data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Faaborg, Austin Robison
  • Patent number: 9024747
    Abstract: A computing system is described that receives, at a particular time, notification data, the notification data indicating a threshold amount of time for which the computing system is to delay outputting an alert based on the notification data. The computing system initiates, based on the threshold amount of time, a deferred output of the alert based on the notification data. Responsive to determining that the threshold amount of time has elapsed since the particular time, the computing system outputs the alert based on the notification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Faaborg, Austin Robison
  • Publication number: 20150102923
    Abstract: A device configured for capture of activity data for a user includes a housing, a sensor, a motor, a memory, and a processor. The sensor is disposed in the housing to track activity data of the user. The motor causes vibration of the housing. The memory stores an alarm setting that defines a time of day for triggering an alarm on the device. The processor activates the alarm upon reaching the time of day defined by the alarm setting, with the alarm causing the motor to produce the vibration of the housing. The sensor, which is interfaced with the processor, is configured to detect a current level of activity of the user. The processor is configured to automatically deactivate the alarm if the current level of activity qualifies for deactivating the alarm. The deactivating of the alarm causes the vibration of the device to be suspended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jayson Messenger, Shelten Yuen
  • Publication number: 20150102922
    Abstract: A controller arms an alarm aspect of a corresponding security system. The corresponding security system is initially configured to audibly activate an alarm in response to detecting motion of free-to-roam entities in a monitored location. The free-to-roam entities can be provided unrestricted access into the monitored location. In addition to monitoring for presence of motion at the monitored location, the security system monitors the location for presence of a disarming device. At times of detecting presence of the disarming device at the monitored location, the security system prevents activation of the alarm based on detecting the motion of the free-to-roam entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Melinda C. Witmer, Peter Stern, Adam Mayer, Christopher Williams
  • Patent number: 9000912
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus includes a processor that executes a procedure, the procedure including outputting an alert when observation data satisfies a certain condition, the observation data being obtained at a certain time interval, suppressing the outputting of the alert in accordance with control, and performing control the suppressing until the certain time elapses since one of the outputting of the alert and the suppressing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hirokazu Sato, Toshiyuki Ito, Yasuomi Iriyama, Yasumasa Oshiro, Tomohiro Nakamura, Tomonori Ota, Junya Hiramatsu, Yuta Inoue
  • Publication number: 20150042466
    Abstract: An alarm suspend system utilizes an alarm trigger responsive to physiological parameters and corresponding limits on those parameters. The parameters are associated with both fast and slow treatment times corresponding to length of time it takes for a person to respond to medical treatment for out-of-limit parameter measurements. Audible and visual alarms respond to the alarm trigger. An alarm silence button is pressed to silence the audible alarm for a predetermined suspend time. The audible alarm is activated after the suspend time has lapsed. Longer suspend times are associated with slow treatment parameters and shorter suspend times are associated with fast treatment parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Massi Joe E. Kiani, Steve L. Cebada, Gregory A. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8952822
    Abstract: A smoke alarm comprises smoke detection circuitry for detecting smoke and generating a detection signal responsive thereto. Proximity detection circuitry generates a proximity detection signal responsive to detection of an object within in a selected distance of the smoke alarm. Alarm generation circuitry generates an audible alarm responsive to the detection signal. The audible alarm may be deactivated for a predetermined period of time responsive to at least one proximity detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne T. Holcombe
  • Publication number: 20150022345
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using multi-criteria state machines to manage alarming states and pre-alarming states of a hazard detection system are described herein. The multi-criteria state machines can include one or more sensor state machines that can control the alarming states and one or more system state machines that can control the pre-alarming states. Each state machine can transition among any one of its states based on sensor data values, hush events, and transition conditions. The transition conditions can define how a state machine transitions from one state to another. The hazard detection system can use a dual processor arrangement to execute the multi-criteria state machines according to various embodiments. The dual processor arrangement can enable the hazard detection system to manage the alarming and pre-alarming states in a manner that promotes minimal power usage while simultaneously promoting reliability in hazard detection and alarming functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Jeffrey Lee
  • Patent number: 8880922
    Abstract: The power consumption of a computer is dynamically managed independent of the OS or applications and without any delay time caused by system control. A blade server has server blades each including a processor, a power-saving control unit and a power sensor unit; a power supply box that supplies power to the server blades; and a single service processor which defines an electric current consumption upper limit value in the power sensor unit via the power-saving control unit of each server blade. When the electric current consumption of the server blades exceeds the electric current consumption upper limit value, a signal outputted by the power sensor unit is communicated to the processor, the operating frequency of the processor is controlled, and the maximum average power is controlled to be at or below the power consumption upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuitirou Siba, Hidenori Ito
  • Publication number: 20140320284
    Abstract: A device configured for capture of activity data for a user includes a housing, a sensor, a motor, a memory, and a processor. The sensor is disposed in the housing to capture physical contact upon the housing. The motor causes vibration of the housing. The memory stores an alarm setting that defines a time of day for triggering an alarm on the device. The processor activates the alarm upon reaching the time of day defined by the alarm setting, with the alarm causing the motor to produce the vibration of the housing. The sensor, which is interfaced with the processor, is configured to detect a physical contact upon the housing. The processor is configured to deactivate the alarm if the physical contact qualifies as an input to deactivate the alarm. The deactivating of the alarm causes the vibration of the device to be suspended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Jayson Messenger, Shelten Yuen
  • Patent number: 8742920
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide real time anti-smash protection for monitoring systems includes a displaced server which communicates with a plurality of monitoring systems. Methods of operating the server provide assurance that alarm indicating messages are forwarded to a monitoring station for evaluation by an operator even where a local monitoring system has been damaged or compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Lewin A. R. W. Edwards, Robert W. Marabella, Dan Tyroler
  • Publication number: 20140125478
    Abstract: An alarm suspend system utilizes an alarm trigger responsive to physiological parameters and corresponding limits on those parameters. The parameters are associated with both fast and slow treatment times corresponding to length of time it takes for a person to respond to medical treatment for out-of-limit parameter measurements. Audible and visual alarms respond to the alarm trigger. An alarm silence button is pressed to silence the audible alarm for a predetermined suspend time. The audible alarm is activated after the suspend time has lapsed. Longer suspend times are associated with slow treatment parameters and shorter suspend times are associated with fast treatment parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: MASIMO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Massi Joe E. Kiani, Steve L. Cebada, Gregory A. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8717184
    Abstract: A sensor device detects an object, in particular for optically detecting smoke particles. The sensor device contains a transmitting device for emitting transmit radiation, a receiving device for receiving receive radiation having scattering radiation that is generated by an at least partial scattering of the transmit radiation by the object, and for outputting a measurement signal indicative of the receive radiation, a signal modification device for modifying the measurement signal and for outputting a modified measurement signal, a level of the modified measurement signal increasing after the transmitting device has been switched on, and a calibration device for monitoring the modified measurement signal. The calibration device is embodied such that a reaching of a predefined signal level for the modified measurement signal can be detected and that a time interval between the switching on of the transmitting device and the reaching of the predefined signal level can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans Aebersold, Ke Wei Bi, Hu Lin Wang
  • Patent number: 8698624
    Abstract: A method includes energizing an ultrasound driver to emit ultrasonic energy in a space, sensing ultrasonic energy within the space, determining an occupancy condition of the space in response to sensing ultrasonic energy reflected from the ultrasound driver, and determining the occupancy condition of the space in response to sensing ultrasonic energy in the space that was not emitted by the ultrasound driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Hick
  • Patent number: 8680982
    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 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 8674832
    Abstract: A wireless bolt lock remote is disclosed. The wireless bolt lock remote includes a control circuit adapted for use with a bolt lock system and configured to detect a locked state and an unlocked state of a bolt lock, and upon detection of a change in state to wirelessly transfer a status to identity the detected state to an alarm system. The control circuit is wirelessly coupled to the alarm system for wireless communication. The wireless bolt lock remote includes a power source to supply power to the control circuit. Associated systems and methods for remote wireless security for bolt locks also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Tregnel Kynta Thomas
  • Patent number: 8604932
    Abstract: Method and system for monitoring a vehicle driver includes an optical imaging system that obtains images of the driver, and a processor coupled to the optical imaging system and arranged to analyze the images obtained by the optical imaging system to locate a head of the driver in the images and monitor the driver's head or a part thereof over time. The processor also determines, based on the monitoring of the driver's head or part thereof, whether the driver has lost the ability to operate the vehicle. A reactive component is affected by the processor's determination that the driver has lost the ability to operate the vehicle, and requires action by the driver to indicate regaining of the ability to operate the vehicle or exerting control over the vehicle to slow the vehicle and bring it to a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: David S Breed, Wendell C Johnson, Wilbur E DuVall
  • Patent number: 8600604
    Abstract: This invention is a system and process for determining and verifying the voracity of data gathered for use in recording and tracking vehicle usage. The device operates to verify and detect events that may affect data integrity by sensing a condition indicative of faulty data acquisition or of corruption of data integrity. Data evidencing potential problems are encoded and included with normal data uploaded to a central server. The central server compares the encoded entries against criteria that have been determined to indicate potential data inconsistencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Otman Adam Basir, David Bullock
  • Publication number: 20130314225
    Abstract: Provided is a smoke alarm device (10) comprising a motion detection module (14) for generating a motion detection signal on detecting human motion within a detection zone, a primary sensing module (16) arranged to generate an alarm signal where the primary sensing module senses a hazardous condition, at least one secondary sensing module (18) arranged to generate an alarm signal where the secondary sensing module senses a hazardous condition, and a controller (20) arranged to activate an audible alarm module (22) on receiving any of said alarm signals. The controller has a timer and is arranged to be in a hush state for a preset time period upon receiving said motion detection signal. In said hush state, the controller is arranged to activate the audible alarm module upon receiving alarm signals from both the primary and the at least one secondary sensing modules, or from either the primary or any one of said at least one secondary sensing module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Lyndon Frederick Baker
  • Publication number: 20130293373
    Abstract: The invention relates to a patient monitoring system comprising at least one monitoring unit (24) for monitoring the physiological status of a patient and a host system (14) comprising a network of access points (16, 18, 20) for wireless reception of physiological status data. Each monitoring unit (24) is provided to transmit physiological status data to the access points at selected points of time, together with time related data indicating the expected point of time of the next data transmission. The invention further relates to a respective method for monitoring the physiological status of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Guenter Gegner, Harald Greiner, Martin Bufe
  • Publication number: 20130278411
    Abstract: A security system having a device that attach directly to and locks on or around an object to be secured, or one or more parts of the system are integrated into a full or partial enclosure that fully or partially encloses or surrounds the object to be secured, that cannot be removed from the object or enclosure without disengaging the locking mechanism through a provided method, and when the device is attached to the object or integrated into the enclosure, the system renders the object unusable for its intended use, and the system is capable of determining location, has a radio transmitter and/or transceiver capable of processing, transmitting and/or relaying information, data and images over terrestrial and/or satellite communication networks, and can include various sensors and other data and image gathering methods, and can contain an audible alarm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Paul Roy DiBella, David Homer Biggs
  • Publication number: 20130222131
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide real time anti-smash protection for monitoring systems includes a displaced server which communicates with a plurality of monitoring systems. Methods of operating the server provide assurance that alarm indicating messages are forwarded to a monitoring station for evaluation by an operator even where a local monitoring system has been damaged or compromised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Lewin A.R.W. Edwards, Robert W. Marabella, Dan Tyroler
  • Patent number: 8502660
    Abstract: An occupancy sensing system includes a driver to emit energy in a space, and a sensor to detect energy reflected within the space. An electrical load for the space is controlled in response to an occupancy condition determined in response to the detected energy. The driver may be selectively de-energized. In some embodiments, the driver may be de-energized during all or a portion of an unoccupied period. In other embodiments, the driver may be de-energized during all or a portion of an occupied period. In some further embodiments, the driver may be de-energized in response to detecting other sources of the type of energy emitted by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Hick
  • Publication number: 20130194218
    Abstract: It is presented a method including: presenting an alert on a display; detecting a user input associated with said alert, said user input having a momentum; and deferring said alert to be presented again at a new alert time, said new alert time being calculated as a time in the future using said user input momentum. A corresponding device, computer program product and user interface are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Nokia Corporation
  • Patent number: 8453674
    Abstract: According to aspects described herein, there is disclosed a method of and system for indicating a fault associated with a fluid valve moveable between an open and a closed operative position. The method and system compare a valve state indicator to a valve last command, wherein the valve state indicator represents a detected operative position of the valve and the valve last command being an operative command sent to the fluid valve. The method and system also initiate a fault indication after a predetermined time delay relative to the valve last command being sent and when the valve state indicator does not match the valve last command. After the time delay a fault indication can be initiated immediately upon receipt of a different valve state indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Target Rock Division of Curtiss-Wright FLow Control Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Gerard Cordle, John Behm
  • Publication number: 20130120136
    Abstract: A plurality of hazard alarm devices are in spatially diverse locations and coupled together with an input-output bus. An interconnect protocol enables non-originating alarm devices to synchronize their audible alert tone pulses with audible alert tone pulses from an originating alarm device in a local hazard alarm condition. Hence, all audible alert tone pulses start sounding substantially together with allowances for signal contention and arbitration between the spatially diverse alarm devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Erik Johnson, John M. Yerger
  • Patent number: 8441354
    Abstract: An “RFID-Based Inference Platform” provides various techniques for using RFID tags in combination with other enterprise sensors to track users and objects, infer their interactions, and provide these inferences for enabling further applications. Specifically, observations are collected from combinations of RFID tag reads and other enterprise sensors including electronic calendars, user presence identifiers, cardkey access logs, computer logins, etc. Given sufficient observations, the RFID-Based Inference Platform automatically differentiates between tags associated with or affixed to people and tags affixed to objects. The RFID-Based Inference Platform then infers additional information including identities of people, ownership of specific objects, the nature of different “zones” in a workspace (e.g., private office versus conference room).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Venkata N. Padmanabhan, Lenin Ravindranath Sivalingam, Piyush Agrawal
  • Patent number: 8401776
    Abstract: A method of using airport surveillance data to determine a location of a delay and an amount of time a vehicle is subjected to the delay during a movement of the vehicle between locations including obtaining a time-ordered sequence of data points representing the movement of the vehicle, creating a speed vector (sv) for each data point, replacing ground speed elements in the speed vector (sv) with a one when the ground speed element is less than a speed threshold, performing a spatial density test on each data point in a sequence of consecutive one entries, defining a starting and stopping index for a consecutive sequence of data points as a preliminary hold, determining whether to merge adjacent preliminary holds, determining a time duration of each preliminary hold and eliminating any preliminary hold having a time duration less than a predetermined time duration and outputting the results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Saab Sensis Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen T. Roman, Collen J. Knickerboker, Benjamin S. Levy
  • Patent number: 8395494
    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: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Alarm.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 8368532
    Abstract: A security system including a main control unit, a plurality of sensors and a user interface device. The main control unit communicates with a remote central monitoring station when a sensor detects an alarm event. Once the communication signal from the main control unit is successfully transmitted to the central station, a siren is sounded. Thus, the delay time to trigger the siren is dynamic based on the time it takes for successful transmission of an alarm notification to the central station. This dynamic delay accounts for transmission interruptions between the security system and the central station and allows the location of the main unit and/or the siren from being detected prior to successful alarm transmission to the central station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Safety Products Canada Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephane Foisy, Brian Storrie
  • Patent number: 8368559
    Abstract: A Network of Traffic Behavior-monitoring Unattended Ground Sensors (NeTBUGS) is configurable to detect the passing of vehicles, determine when and where individual vehicles have stopped for a period of time that raises suspicion of illegal or dangerous activity, track the vehicles after the stop and to generate a location-tagged alert for the timely dispatch of a response asset to investigate the anomalous behavior of the vehicle. NeTBUGS sensors are small, camouflaged, easily concealed, and operate for long durations independent of the electrical grid or large, obvious power generators and thus well suited for operation in a hostile environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Pixley, Martt Harding
  • Publication number: 20130002421
    Abstract: An improved electronic device and method provide an improved clock feature that includes a BEDTIME mode that is initiated by execution of a BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode comprises a number of features that are conducive to sleep by performing operations that minimize distractions to a user, and all such operations are initiated by execution of the BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode can be triggered in a variety of fashions, such as by setting an alarm or by docking the device with a predetermined other device such as a docking station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Mihal LAZARIDIS, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Neil Patrick Adams, Haejung Lisa Koh, David Paul Yach, Rohit Rocky Jain, Michael Thomas Hardy
  • Publication number: 20120326859
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus includes a processor that executes a procedure, the procedure including outputting an alert when observation data satisfies a certain condition, the observation data being obtained at a certain time interval, suppressing the outputting of the alert in accordance with control, and performing control the suppressing until the certain time elapses since one of the outputting of the alert and the suppressing is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hirokazu Sato, Toshiyuki Ito, Yasuomi Iriyama, Yasumasa Oshiro, Tomohiro Nakamura, Tomonori Ota, Junya Hiramatsu, Yuta Inoue
  • Patent number: 8321046
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus including a controller connected to a plurality of sub-controllers for controlling a substrate processing, and an operating section having a display unit for showing an operation screen displaying a daily check data for checking utility equipment relating to each part and having a daily check initial parameter file defined in a client type, a presence of an item and unit conversion. The controller is configured to receive the daily check data from a sub-controller, to convert a unit of the received daily check data, and then to transfer the unit-converted daily check data to the operating section, and the operating section is configured to refer to the daily check initial parameter file and to display the daily check data transferred from the controller on the operation screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Masako Sueyoshi, Kazuhito Saito
  • Patent number: 8275541
    Abstract: A method using airport surveillance data to output a location of a delay and an amount of time a vehicle is subjected to the delay during a movement of the vehicle between two locations, the delays being observed in the surveillance data as a knot of several data points. A first method is used to identify proposed knots based on distances between individual data points within the data. A second method is used to identify proposed knots based on the speed of the vehicle. Another method can be used to separate proposed knots have been incorrectly joined together. This method performs the separation by arranging the data points into a two-dimensional grid to form clusters of grid cells having data points. The location of the individual cells is then analyzed to determine whether clusters should be separated. Each of the remaining clusters defines a hold where the vehicle is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Saab Sensis Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin S. Levy
  • Patent number: 8217780
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for extending the expiration of an entry delay period for disarming a security system based on the entry of a keypress that matches a valid access code before expiration of a preprogrammed entry delay period. The security system includes a plurality of detection devices to detect any number of conditions, a user interface such as a keypad, and a control panel communicating with each of the detection devices and the user interface. The system extends the entry delay period based on the input of each keypress using the user interface that matches a symbol of a valid access code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Safety Products Canada Ltd.
    Inventor: Kylie J. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8212547
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measuring the duty cycle of a clock signal, the apparatus having a first multi-tap delay module, a second multi-tap delay module, and a multi-element detecting module, the input terminal of the first multi-tap delay module and the input terminal of the second multi-tap delay module coupled to an input node IN, the first multi-tap delay module receiving the clock signal and then providing it a first constant incremental delay at each tap, the second multi-tap delay module receiving the same clock signal CLK and then providing it a second constant incremental delay at each tap, and the multi-element detecting module determining the ratio of the number of outputs of the multi-element detecting module in which the sampled clock level is high with respect to the total number of steps covering one complete clock cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics International N.V.
    Inventors: Anurag Ramesh Tiwari, Kallol Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 8203430
    Abstract: An RFID communication system comprises an NFC device (11) and a smart card (2) with contactless card functionality, wherein the NFC device (11) and the smart card (2) are couplable to each other via a protocol converter (7), wherein the NFC device (11) is coupled to an antenna (3) to receive electromagnetic signals (ES) from an RFID reader/writer and to transmit response signals (RS) to the RFID reader/writer by modulating received electromagnetic signals (ES). The electromagnetic signals (ES) contain first and second characteristic components (FE, RE) which define the begin and the end of a predefined signal pattern (PA), wherein the second characteristic component triggers a predefined response delay time (FDT) at the expiration of which the RFID communication system has to respond to the RFID reader/writer. A device (12) for compensating signal delays is provided that comprises signal pattern shortening means (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Klemens Breitfuss, Peter Thueringer
  • Patent number: 8175953
    Abstract: A prepaid messaging solution using open networking standards (e.g., TCP/IP) to support pre-payment of Internet messaging services. The disclosed prepaid architectures/methods determine if a subscriber has sufficient account balance to deliver a short message, prior to message delivery. A message may be prevented from being delivered (at the source end or destination end) if a subscriber account has insufficient funds. A prepaid tariff engine supports remote interaction with the SMSC and web chat servers to apply real-time billing for each message. A service provider may define subscriber rates and/or tariffing plans to apply real-time billing for sending/receiving messages. Message billing may be based upon, e.g., rate per message, message count, character count, Time of Day, Day of Week, message type, and/or mobile location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Titus, Dara Ung, Carle S. Johnson, Jr., Erik Wallace, Phillip Geil, Daniel Hronek
  • Patent number: 8145415
    Abstract: A method using airport surveillance data to output a location of a delay and an amount of time a vehicle is subjected to the delay during a movement of the vehicle between two locations, the delays being observed in the surveillance data as a knot of several data points. A first method is used to identify proposed knots based on distances between individual data points within the data. A second method is used to identify proposed knots based on the speed of the vehicle. Another method can be used to separate proposed knots have been incorrectly joined together. This method performs the separation by arranging the data points into a two-dimensional grid to form clusters of grid cells having data points. The location of the individual cells is then analyzed to determine whether clusters should be separated. Each of the remaining clusters defines a hold where the vehicle is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Saab Sensis Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin S. Levy