Tracking Location (e.g., Gps, Etc.) Patents (Class 340/539.13)
  • Patent number: 11412547
    Abstract: [Problem] A communication device that can more efficiently avoid the hidden node problem is provided. [Solution] The communication device includes a communication unit configured to receive a data signal from another communication device, a determination unit configured to determine whether the data signal received by the communication unit includes a request for transmission of a busy signal indicating that a channel is in use, and a control unit configured to control a process of transmitting the busy signal by the communication unit, in accordance with a determination result of the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Ryuichi Hirata, Yuichi Morioka, Yusuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11403382
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of comparing one or more genetic traits of two users. Each user has a wearable device storing data indicative of the one or more genetic traits, the data having been obtained by an analysis of a biological sample provided by the user. The method comprises: transmitting the data indicative of the one or more genetic traits from a first of the wearable devices to a first computer device using a short-range wireless data connection; transmitting the data from the first computer device to a second computer device over a data network; transmitting the data from the second computer device to a second of the wearable devices over a short-range wireless data connection; and comparing the data from the first wearable device with the data stored on the second wearable device to determine whether there is a match between the users' one or more genetic traits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Christofer Toumazou, Georgina Toumazou
  • Patent number: 11403471
    Abstract: A delivery monitoring device includes: a reading unit that reads a tag signal transmitted by a tag signal transmission device, the tag signal transmission device being attached to a package located in a vicinity of the delivery monitoring device; an acquisition unit that acquires position information indicating a position of the delivery monitoring device; and a transmission unit that transmits management information including the tag signal and the position information, to a delivery management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Jun Uchimura, Hiroshi Takahashi, Masato Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11402219
    Abstract: A method is described for setting up or updating an environment map and for ascertaining a position within the environment map based on a scan of an environment using electromagnetic radiation, in which environment data is ascertained by scanning the environment with the aid of at least one localization system using electromagnetic radiation, data pertaining to at least one wireless communications unit are collected by the at least one localization system, the ascertained environment data are allocated to at least one position or to at least one section of the environment map, and the collected data of the at least one wireless communications unit are used by an internal control unit or an external control unit of the localization system for plausibilizing the at least one position or the at least one section of the environment map of the ascertained environment data. In addition, a localization system is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Haug, Markus Ferch, Sheung Ying Yuen-Wille, Stefan Leibold, Torsten Scherer, Yorck Von Collani
  • Patent number: 11397258
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for outdoor target tracking are described. In one example, a described system comprises: a transmitter, a receiver, and a processor. The transmitter is configured for transmitting a first wireless signal through a wireless multipath channel. The receiver is configured for receiving a second wireless signal through the wireless multipath channel. One of the transmitter and the receiver is a located device at a known location. The other of the transmitter and the receiver is a moving device. The second wireless signal differs from the first wireless signal due to the wireless multipath channel which is impacted by a movement of the moving device. The processor is configured for: obtaining a plurality of time series of channel information of the wireless multipath channel based on the second wireless signal, computing a spatial-temporal information (STI), and tracking the moving device based on the STI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Xiaolu Zeng, Feng Zhang, Beibei Wang, K. J. Ray Liu, Oscar Chi-Lim Au, Chenshu Wu
  • Patent number: 11393062
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a memory that stores code executable by the processor to transmit a passenger status message in response to a trigger event indicative of a passenger failing to be picked up at a pickup location by a ride service vehicle. The passenger status message is transmitted to a passenger mobile communication device and a driver. The code is executable to transmit a help message to members of a passenger trusted list in response to receiving a reply to the passenger status message from the passenger indicative of a request for help by the passenger. The code is executable to transmit to a police agency a police request to assist the passenger in response to a trusted list timeout, which is indicative of not receiving a message from a member of the passenger trusted list that indicates the passenger is okay before the trusted list timeout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: LENOVO Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Roberto Jacob Da Silva, Radu M. Iorga, Corneliu-Ilie Calciu
  • Patent number: 11392885
    Abstract: A hierarchical aggregation tracking and monitoring system using “smart” tracking labels on packages and on the items contained in the packages. The labels may have printed information on the top and electronics and sensors embedded in thin, flexible layers underneath. Multiple levels of packaging may be tracked, such as boxes aggregated into pallets, which are in turn aggregated into larger containers. Smart labels on packages may communicate with smart labels on the contained items to retrieve item-level sensor data and forward this data to a central server. By using the package labels as gateways, item labels may be made simpler and less expensive. Package labels may detect when an item label does not respond and may notify a server that an item may be missing. Sensors and communications interfaces on labels may be used to automate generation and confirmation of containment data that indicates which items are in which packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ferret Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Leung, Venu Gutlapalli, Joseph Reddy
  • Patent number: 11395099
    Abstract: A student tracking system deploys distributed sensors throughout a school building. The distributed sensors receive identification information broadcast by user devices carried by occupants of the school such as students, teachers and school administrators. The student tracking system tracks the location of the occupants within the building based on which sensors most recently detected the user devices. The system sends the location information for the occupants to tracking devices operated by tracking users such as school administrators, emergency responders and/or parents. The tracking devices also present to the parents image data captured by surveillance cameras depicting the students. Additionally, the distributed sensors detect the presence of unauthorized individuals within the school building by determining whether an individual detected via a proximity or motion detector corresponds to identification information for a registered user device received by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Miguel Galvez, Walter A. Martin, Danny Hyun
  • Patent number: 11395104
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein enables electronic communications with pretrial defendants, probationers, and parolees about their court mandated obligations. Specifically, the present invention makes it easy for probationers to comply with court mandated requirements and makes it easy for supervision officers to administer the parole process as well as other court mandated requirements. For example, the invention enables a parolee to electronically receive reminders about court mandated deadlines. It permits parole officers to obtain a location associated with a parolee and helps ensure that the location is not spoofed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Enrique Pavlioglou
  • Patent number: 11394601
    Abstract: A method for assessing completion of events in a network environment is provided. The method includes receiving a first event vector, generating a second event vector, machine matching the first event vector to the second event vector, and generating an output that includes a variable indicating whether an event corresponding to the first event vector is complete. If each of a plurality of first nodes of the first event vector matches a corresponding one of a plurality of the second nodes of the second event vector, the variable indicates that the event corresponding to the first event vector is complete. If at least one of the plurality of the first nodes of the first event vector is mismatched with the corresponding one of the plurality of the second nodes of the second event vector, the variable indicates that the event corresponding to the first event vector is incomplete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: C/HCA, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Boles, Alan Scott, Julie Leraun Nash, Donna Ann Nayduch, Gregory McCormack, Thomas Hoy, Sean Albert
  • Patent number: 11379678
    Abstract: An interaction point includes a hardware-based processor, a local cache data store that stores attraction data pertaining to an entertainment attraction, and a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader that receives electromagnetic radiation of a wearable electronic device indicative of an interaction with the interaction point. The hardware-based processor, based upon the interaction with the interaction point: causes feedback to be rendered by the wearable electronic device, causes modification to at least a portion of the attraction data, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Wei Cheng Yeh, Travis Jon Cossairt
  • Patent number: 11381604
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to exfiltrated data detection. A computing platform may receive secure enterprise data from an enterprise data management platform. In response to receiving the secure enterprise data, the computing platform may generate data entities. The computing platform may load, into the data entities, secure enterprise data. After loading the secure enterprise data into the data entities, the computing platform may activate a verification process associated with each data entity, which may include triggering each data entity to send verification messages to other data entities. Each data entity may be configured to receive and validate verification messages received from the other data entities of the plurality of data entities, and may be configured to delete secure enterprise data stored in the corresponding data entity upon failing to receive the verification messages from the other data entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Maharaj Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 11361391
    Abstract: An interior localization system for manufacturing control, with multiple, fixedly installed transceivers for determining the position of multiple mobile units, the position being determined in particular by evaluating the runtime of electromagnetic (radio) signals. The interior localization system is used to associate one of the mobile units to a person in an industrial manufacturing plant that processes steel and/or sheet metal, to determine the position of the associated person by localizing the associated mobile unit using the interior localization system and to integrate the interior localization system into a manufacturing control system of the industrial manufacturing plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Jens Ottnad, Korbinian Weiss, Benjamin Schwarz, Ulrich Schneider
  • Patent number: 11348427
    Abstract: Active radio-frequency identification, RFID, tag, and a product surveillance method using active RFID tags. The method includes: transmitting (202), by an active RFID tag, continuously a signal comprising an own identifier according to a predetermined schedule; receiving (204), by the active RFID tag, continuously a plurality of signals comprising a plurality of foreign identifiers transmitted by a plurality of other active RFID tags according to the predetermined schedule; measuring (206), by the active RFID tag, a received signal strength indication, RSSI, of each received signal; storing (208), by the active RFID tag, each foreign identifier of a signal whose RSSI exceeds a predetermined strength threshold; detecting (210), by the active RFID tag, that a signal with a stored foreign identifier is no more received according to the predetermined schedule and marking (212), by the active RFID tag, said stored foreign identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: HALTIAN OY
    Inventors: Teemu Vaattovaara, Ville Ylläsjärvi, Marko Parttimaa, Jussi Kivilinna, Aleksandre Pekki, Juha Pikkarainen, Pertti Kujala, Jyrki Okkonen
  • Patent number: 11347986
    Abstract: A dynamic information tag is disclosed for performing a dynamic information tag operation. The dynamic information tag includes a tag housing, the tag housing being sized to fit within a recess of an information handling system configured for receipt of a static information tag; a control and connection portion; and, a display coupled to the control and connection portion, the display being controlled via the control and connection portion to present information handling system information, the information handling system information comprising dynamic branding information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: John C. Donachy, Richard A. Crisp
  • Patent number: 11348690
    Abstract: System and methods for anonymously selecting subjects for treatment against an infectious disease caused by a pathogen. The system comprises a plurality of electronic devices comprising instructions to generate an ID and, when in proximity of another such electronic device, one or both electronic devices transmit/receive the ID to/from the other electronic device. Then, a score is generated based on a plurality of such received IDs. Additionally, based on information received from a server, relevant treatment instructions are displayed to the subjects based on the received information and the score. The server comprises instructions for sending to the plurality of electronic devices the information to be displayed with the relevant treatment instructions, additionally the server and/or the electronic devices comprise instructions to generate a prediction of likelihood of a subject transmitting said pathogen, based on the score of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Gal Ehrlich, Maier Fenster
  • Patent number: 11344227
    Abstract: An article of apparel, a system, and methods include a fabric configured to conform to a body of a wearer. A plurality of ultrasonic positioning sensors are secured with respect to the fabric at a first set of predetermined locations, each of the ultrasonic positioning sensors configured to emit a sound wave configured to be detected by other ones of the plurality of ultrasonic positioning sensors and output an electronic signal indicative of having emitted or detected a sound wave. A plurality of feedback devices secured with respect to the fabric at a second set of predetermined locations, each of the feedback devices configured to output a feedback signal configured to be detectable by the wearer of the article of apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest Kim
  • Patent number: 11341511
    Abstract: Implementations relate to systems and methods for generating a user profile based on periodic location fixes. A cellular telephone or other mobile device captures location information via GPS or other capability. A location history can be generated from accumulated location fixes. The location history is then analyzed to detect the user's travel and dwell patterns. That information can be combined with business classification (e.g., SIC, etc.) or Point of Interest (POI) databases to identify a user's likely home, work, or other locations based on dwell-times, time of day, and other parameters. The user's age and gender can potentially be inferred based on types of locations visited, such as school locations. The user profile can be correlated with market segmentation databases to generate a marketing rating, such as a Nielsen or Claritas rating. Advertising, media, or other content can then be tailored to the user's individual location and demographic profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Chandrakant Mehta, Robert Lewis
  • Patent number: 11341776
    Abstract: A method, an electronic apparatus and a recording medium for automatically configuring a plurality of sensing devices, applicable to an electronic apparatus having at least one sensor and a communication device, is provided. In the method, a first sensing data is detected by using the at least one sensor. A plurality of second sensing data is respectively received from the plurality of sensing devices by using the communication device. The first sensing data and each of the second sensing data are analyzed to obtain a moving pattern of the electronic apparatus and each of the sensing devices. A position on a user's body of each of the sensing devices is configured by comparing the moving patterns with at least one movement model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Cheng Lee, Ting-Pang Hsia
  • Patent number: 11341799
    Abstract: A credentials verification system for controlling compliance with required carrying of permit cards at construction work sites has an association database with stored data that correlates work permits with RFID data corresponding to RFID tags, where a respective and unique RFID tag is assigned to and irremovably attached to each work permit. A local control system at each work site includes: an RFID tag reader that reads an RFID tag wirelessly when a worker approaches within a predetermined distance of the RFID tag reader; a local processor and a software facility associated with the local processor that verify that a sensed RFID tag is authorized; and an entry controller operating under the local processor for controlling the entranceway into the work site so as to admit a worker only when the worker has been determined to carry the required work permit(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: ASSURETECH LLC
    Inventor: Isaac Feuerwerger
  • Patent number: 11336334
    Abstract: An electronic label apparatus comprises: an inductive communication unit which communicates wirelessly using inductive signals; a processor; memory including a computer program code; and a power source which supplies electric power to the inductive communication unit, the processor, and the memory for enabling their operation. The processor, the memory, the computer program code and the power source with the electric power cause the electronic label apparatus at least to: receive a plurality of inductive signals of known transmission powers from known locations; measure signal powers of the received inductive signals; and determine information about a location of the electronic label apparatus based on the measured signal powers, the known transmission signal powers and the known locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Ville Kolehmainen, Jukka Kämäräinen
  • Patent number: 11328163
    Abstract: Systems and methods to automate both emergency identification and emergency response to minimize response time while optimizing the dispatching of different types of first responders are provided. The system may include an automation system. The automation system may receive a plurality of data elements from a plurality of sensors. The automation system may extract a set of features from the plurality of data elements. The automation system may identify an emergency situation based on the set of features and a set of rules. The automation system may assess the priority of the emergency situation based on a set of data elements associated with the emergency situation and a set of policies. The automation system may select a responder in response to the identified emergency situation. The automation system may dispatch the selected responder to an area related to the identified emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Abeykoon Mudiyanselage Hunfuko Asanka Abeykoon, Yoriko Kazama, Wujuan Lin
  • Patent number: 11323844
    Abstract: A system described herein may identify proximity events using geofencing capabilities of user equipment (“UE”) such as mobile phones. The UE may interact with a mobile client manager (“MCM”) to identify landmarks (or “locations of interest”) near the UE. The UE may identify a set of local landmarks that are nearest to the UE. The UE may utilize geofence-based location services to reduce power consumption when outside geofences associated with local landmarks. If the UE enters a geofence associated with a local landmark, the UE may utilize granular location services for increased accuracy. The UE may notify the MCM when the UE “dwells” near a given landmark by entering the geofence associated with the landmark but does not approach a threshold distance of the landmark. The UE may cease utilizing granular location services when dwelling, and may instead use location services based on push messages received from the MCM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Arindam Mitra, Kyle Matthew Hedden, Alan Lobo
  • Patent number: 11317269
    Abstract: Systems and methods for triggering an emergency call based on sensor data indicative of the response of a number of users in a given location to a possible emergency situation are provided. In an example computer-implemented method, an indication of data captured by respective sensors associated with each of a plurality of individuals in a geographic area may be received, and an indication that each of the plurality of individuals is reacting to a possible dangerous situation in the geographic area may be determined based on the data captured by the respective sensors associated with each of the plurality of individuals. A communication connection may be established with an emergency services dispatcher to facilitate dispatching emergency services to the geographic area based on the indication that each of the plurality of individuals is reacting to the possible dangerous situation in the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: T-MOBILE USA, INC.
    Inventor: Sean Donnelly
  • Patent number: 11310624
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, systems, computer program products, and computer-implemented methods for cognitive location and navigation services for custom applications are disclosed. More specifically, the cognitive location and navigation services include, but are not limited to beacon-based communication with vehicles. For instance, a method includes: summoning a vehicle to a designated position; communicating with one or more location sensors deployed throughout a location including the designated position; determining a user has exited a building at the location based on the communication with the one or more location sensors; and transmitting a position of the user to the summoned vehicle. Notably, the position of the user is accurate to within 10 inches. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Moitreyee Mukherjee-Roy, Shikhar Kwatra
  • Patent number: 11308479
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing method performed by one or more processors of a first information processing device that executes predetermined settlement processing corresponding to a predetermined settlement service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Mercari, Inc.
    Inventors: Keisuke Sogawa, Nobuaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11310865
    Abstract: A network system for accessing situation related information is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a network connection for receiving an indication of an occurrence of a situation; a situational network formed based on the occurrence of the situation, the situational network including a plurality of participant devices determined to be geographically proximate to the situation, each of the participant devices corresponding to a participant in the situational network; a second network connection for presenting a roll call query to each of the plurality of participant devices soliciting a reply related to a status of the participant; a plurality of network connections established for receiving a status response from the participant devices; and a database for aggregating the status responses from responsive participants into a roll call list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Resource Consortium Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Cona, Patrick T. Igoe, Leonid Kravets, Edward A. Ehrlacher
  • Patent number: 11308808
    Abstract: In a method for reducing risks in road traffic, using a motor vehicle an information signal is generated and transmitted to an analysis unit. The information signal contains a position of the corresponding motor vehicle and an associated hazard level. Using the analysis unit, the position is assigned to a route section and a risk characteristic value is determined as a function of the hazard level. Using the analysis unit, a risk signal is generated based on the risk characteristic value and provided to at least one traffic participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Matthias Klawitter, Daniel Münning
  • Patent number: 11304047
    Abstract: A real-time, interactive incident reporting and alert system and method is provided. The system includes at least one server configured to: receive, from a user device, an incident report, the incident report including an identifier of a user associated with the user device, a location associated with an incident, and information relating to the incident; identify a plurality of users in proximity to the location; and transmit an alert to a plurality of user devices associated with the plurality of users to inform the plurality of users of the incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Garry Sweet
  • Patent number: 11304064
    Abstract: A first electronic device for expanding a wireless communication includes a first RAT communication unit for transmitting a signal to or receiving a signal from a reader via a first radio access technology (RAT). the first electronic device also includes a second RAT communication unit for transmitting a signal to or receiving a signal from at least one second electronic device via a second RAT. The first electronic device further includes a processor for transmitting, to the at least one second electronic device, a message requesting to initiate a communication using the second RAT, and performing control such that a communication using the first RAT between the at least one second electronic device and the reader is performed by using the second RAT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sehwan Choi, Jaeyoung Shin, Woosup Lee, Jungsik Park
  • Patent number: 11304030
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes providing, by a tracking system, an application associated with the tracking system configured to cause a computing device to determine and send a location associated with a tracking device and an identity of the tracking device in response to the computing device receiving a signal from the tracking device. The method includes receiving, by a tracking system server, from a first computing device executing the application associated with the tracking system, a location associated with the tracking device and the identity of the tracking device. The method includes receiving, by the tracking system server from a second computing device, a request to locate the tracking device. The method includes providing, by the tracking system server to the second computing device, the location associated with the tracking device received from the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas George Evans, Michael George Farley
  • Patent number: 11299872
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for a monitoring system including a plurality of dispensers each configured to be located in a washroom and dispense a respective consumable hygiene product through a dispense cycle, where each of the dispensers is associated with a water source device; a water flow measurement device configured to measure water flow to the water source devices; and a data processing apparatus configured to receive indications of dispense cycles from the dispensers, to receive a water flow measurement from the water flow measurement device, determine which water source device was active by associating one of the water source devices with one of the dispensers based on a first time of the dispense cycle of the one of the dispensers and a second time of the water flow measurement and determine a water flow fault of the one of the water source devices based on the first and second times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Cleary E. Mahaffey, Stephen Becker
  • Patent number: 11303715
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request from a requesting user for communication-channel information from a client device, determining a set of communication channels based on an affiliation coefficient between a target user and the requesting user, wherein each of the communication channels is associated with one or more user-selectable elements of a plurality of user-selectable elements, calculating a score for each of the communication channels based on a social proximity between the target user and the requesting user, and sending to the client device instructions for presenting one or more of the user-selectable elements associated with each of the communication channels in an order based on the respective score of each of the communication channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 11297799
    Abstract: Source data associated with an ornamental organism is obtained and stored in a unique account/location in an ornamental organism database. Each unique account/location is then assigned a unique access path. A unique information access device, such as a sticker or tag, is then generated that includes a unique account access symbol or code that is a representation of the unique access path data. The unique information access device is then included with the specific ornamental organism, or lot of ornamental organisms, at each level of the distribution and sales chain. Then, whenever the unique account access symbol or code is scanned, the unique access path data is obtained and used to access the unique account/location that is associated with specific ornamental organism, or lot of ornamental organisms, and includes the source data for the specific ornamental organism, or lot of ornamental organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: ALLAQUARIA, LLC
    Inventors: G. Christopher Buerner, Kurt A. Soderberg
  • Patent number: 11294449
    Abstract: A computing device includes a control system that communicates with multiple sensors that capture data regarding a user. The control system communicates with each of the sensors to obtain information regarding the capabilities of each sensor, and uses this capability information to determine how to configure each of the sensors. The control system also selects one of the multiple sensors to be the master sensor, and the rest of the multiple sensors are slave sensors, and notifies the multiple sensors of whether they are a slave sensor or a master sensor. The master sensor collects sensor data for the multiple sensors, capturing data itself as well as receiving data captured by the slave sensors from the slave sensors. The master sensor sends an indication of the collected data (e.g., the collected data itself or data resulting from processing the collected data) to the control system for analysis and/or processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Scott Patrick DeBates, Vivek Kumar Tyagi, Sudhir C. Vissa, Douglas Alfred Lautner
  • Patent number: 11297282
    Abstract: A surveillance system including a fixed camera and one or more temporary cameras and a control means coupled to the fixed camera and the one or more temporary cameras is disclosed. The control means is configured to extend coverage of the fixed camera using the one or more temporary cameras coupled to the fixed camera. Each of the one or more temporary cameras includes one or more sensors and is configured to be deployed and adjusted based on sensor data obtained from the one or more sensors of the one or more temporary cameras and from one or more fixed camera sensors co-located with the fixed camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Lei Li, Takeshi Arikuma
  • Patent number: 11293813
    Abstract: A temperature monitoring and labeling system that includes, among other things, a computer and a thermometer having an electronic label display in communication with the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: E Smart Labels LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Gayer, Jeffery S. Palmer, Christopher Harold King
  • Patent number: 11287153
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a refrigerant leak. The method includes monitoring, by a first controller, operation of a first HVAC system for conditioning air within a first level of a residence, monitoring, by a second controller, operation of a second HVAC system for conditioning air within a second level of the residence and determining, using a plurality of leak detectors, whether refrigerant within the first HVAC system is leaking. Responsive to a positive determination in the determining step, receiving, by the first controller, a refrigerant leak warning signal, forwarding, by the first controller to the second controller, the refrigerant leak warning signal. Responsive to receiving the refrigerant leak warning signal from the first controller, activating, by the second controller, a variable-speed circulation fan of the second HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Payam Delgoshaei
  • Patent number: 11287512
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking a subject using radio-frequency identification (RFID). In an embodiment, an antenna array comprising a plurality of articulating brackets and a plurality of antennas is provided. Each of the articulating brackets is configured to move one of the plurality of antennas into a plurality of positions, and each of the antennas is configured to receive a RFID signal. In addition, a processor receives RFID data based on RFID signals received by the antennas of the antenna array, and determines a trajectory of a subject based on the RFID data. Based on the determined trajectory of the subject, the processor controls one or more of the articulating brackets to move one or more of the antennas into a position to track the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: QUAKE GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Chetan Shantilal Karani, Luke Christopher Waidmann, Walker Edward Bolger-Kumm, Ronan Wisdom
  • Patent number: 11290840
    Abstract: An Automatic Emergency Call Initiator (AECI) initiates an automatic emergency call protocol on a mobile communication system, which can be done using signaling messages. The user uses the AECI to initiate the call on a mobile station. GPS or other location data is automatically determined. Data is stored on an Emergency Notification Server (ENS) associated with an event identifier for easy retrieval or notification to emergency responders. The ENS generates an automated call to a call center and also supports the automatic emergency call protocol by storing GPS and identifying info on mobile stations meeting location criteria of the AECI initiated call. The ENS can also tag a mobile station to continue tracking mobile stations coming within a specified distance of the mobile station. A security alert protocol for predetermined mobile stations detected by a network can also be implemented using the ENS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Malcolm Pipes
  • Patent number: 11280933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling an augmented reality device to easily collect, analyze, transmit, and act on wireless information transmitted from various instruments on hydrocarbon production and pipeline skids. The augmented reality device preferentially presents and records available data streams from the various instruments on the hydrocarbon production and pipeline skids in an augmented reality user interface. The augmented reality user interface preferentially presents such data streams as readings from the various instruments in an easy-to-read, color-coded display, wherein the color coding relates to various in-tolerance and out-of-tolerance ranges related to each of the various instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: FW Murphy Production Controls, LLC
    Inventors: Kennon Guglielmo, Frank Murphy
  • Patent number: 11281958
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to wireless sensor networks installation, deployment, maintenance, and operation. A distributed network of wireless tags enable a wide variety of different indoor and outdoor applications to be implemented, including asset finding, workflow automation, and internet-of-things applications. The physical premises environment may be any location in which there are persons, places or things to be monitored, tracked, sensed, or inventoried, or other defined space. The distributed network of wireless tags is associated with a wireless client device that enables a customer to configure and retrieve status data, event data, and sensor data from wireless tags and other components in the physical premises environment. Embodiments utilize different types of network nodes to collect data from the physical premises environment. Examples of the types of data that may be collected by the wireless tags include asset status information, event data, and sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Hendrik J Volkerink, Ajay Khoche, Scott Filler
  • Patent number: 11273005
    Abstract: An apparatus for tracking surgical assets includes a processor, a power supply for providing power to an entirety of circuitry of the apparatus, and a communications engine coupled with the processor. The communications engine is configured to communicate with one or more mobile devices external to the apparatus. The tracking apparatus further includes a piezoelectric element for generating an audible indication in response to an activation signal supplied thereto, and a piezoelectric driver coupled with the piezoelectric element and the processor. The piezoelectric element is disposed on an exterior surface of the apparatus. The piezoelectric driver is configured to generate the activation signal supplied to the piezoelectric element as a function of a user-initiated request signal and/or a control signal generated by the processor. The tracking apparatus is adapted to withstand elevated temperatures during a sterilization process of a medical asset to which the apparatus is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SENOPS TRACKER
    Inventors: Christopher J. Beck, G. Michael Wright, Michael R. Bielski, Michael Calamita, James Patrick Lanzilotta, Sr., Timothy Joseph Relihan, James Clinton Wightman, II
  • Patent number: 11276052
    Abstract: In one implementation, a checkout lane includes a point-of-sale terminal configured to complete a transaction, a payment terminal configured to receive payment information and securely transmit payment information, and a customer-facing device configured to add a product to the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayachandran Sivan, Mindy Meyer
  • Patent number: 11276294
    Abstract: An example system coupled to a rollator for monitoring usage of the rollator, includes a grip assembly and/or a hip sensing assembly. The grip assembly includes a first sensor configured to detect a force applied to the first sensor. The hip sensing assembly includes a second sensor configured to measure a distance between the second sensor and a hip of the user positioned with respect to the rollator. A microcontroller is electronically coupled in signal communication with the first sensor, the second sensor, and a feedback circuitry. When the force applied to the first sensor exceeds a first threshold, the microcontroller activates the feedback circuitry to generate a first response indicating that the first threshold has been exceeded. When the distance exceeds a second threshold, the microcontroller activates the feedback circuitry to generate a second response indicating that the second threshold has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Timothy Visos-Ely, Andrew Jeffrey Plum, Maxwell D. Watrous, Humsini Kadiresan Acharya, Thomas Saunders
  • Patent number: 11272313
    Abstract: A system and method for providing communication with a tracking device are disclosed. An example tracking device includes a location detector, a communication device, memory, a processor, and a configuration routine. The location detector is operative to determine locations of the tracking device. The communication device is operative to communicate with a remote system. The memory stores data and code, the data including location data determined by the location detector and configuration data. The processor is operative to execute the code to impart functionality to the tracking device. The functionality of the tracking device depends at least in part on the configuration data. The configuration routine is operative to modify the configuration data responsive to communications from the remote system. Thus, functional access to the tracking device is provided to the remote system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Inventergy LBS, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick E. Bertagna, Michael J. DiBella
  • Patent number: 11272344
    Abstract: A network system receives an order request from a requesting device including a list of requested items and a delivery location. The network system may create an order entry by selecting a source location and a provider for the order. The network system sends order information from the order entry to a provider device of the selected provider and a source device corresponding to the source location, where the order information includes an order identifier, a source identifier, and a provider identifier. The provider device broadcasts a beacon including the source identifier and the order identifier. The provider device detects a short range beacon signal from the source device and determines whether the detected source identifier and order identifier match the received source identifier and order identifier from the order information. Responsive to a successful match the provider device verifies its proximity to the source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine Swanson, Zachary Tyler Stewart, Erick Chang
  • Patent number: 11265681
    Abstract: An electronic device is capable of determining a radio communications configuration. The electronic device includes a GPS module arranged for receiving an updated GPS coordinate. A controller is electronically coupled to the GPS module, and arranged for controlling the GPS module to receive the updated GPS coordinate and for determining the radio communications configuration based on the updated GPS coordinate received from the GPS module. A transmitter is electronically coupled to the controller and arranged for transmitting a message from the controller according to the determined radio communications configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Chun-Yi Lee, Hung-Ta Tso, Chun-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 11257352
    Abstract: A container network includes a first container system that includes a first container first type communication interface, and a second container system that includes a second container first type communication interface. The second container system communicatively couples to the first container first type communication interface via the second container first type communication interface to form a first container-to-container connection. The second container system performs an exchange of election information of the first container system and second container system with the first container system via the first container-to-container connection, and elects, based on the election information, a second container second type communication interface included on the second container system to provide container network communications to a wide area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Jacky Sai Ping Tsang, Cheuk Kuen Chim, Gordon Christopher Pope, Wing Hung Cheung
  • Patent number: RE49088
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and method for supporting enhanced target pursuit. As an example, a system is disclosed that includes a monitoring device including: a location determination circuit and a controller circuit. The location determination circuit is operable to identify a location of the monitoring device. The controller circuit is operable to: receive a request to modify a schedule of location updates from a standard mode schedule to a pursuit mode schedule, where the standard mode schedule calls for updating the location of the monitoring device at a lower rate than the pursuit mode schedule; and cause an increase in the rate of updating and reporting the location in accordance with the request to modify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: BI Incorporated
    Inventors: James J. Buck, Jr., Michael Todd Cooke, Joseph P. Newell