Including Central Station Detail Patents (Class 340/539.16)
  • Patent number: 10739013
    Abstract: A method for operating a connected oven based on subjective user feedback, wherein the connected oven includes a set of in-cavity sensors configured to monitor the foodstuff throughout a cooking session; the method comprising: executing a cooking session according to an initial set of operation instructions to achieve a target food output condition; collecting subjective feedback values from the user for the resulting food output condition of the foodstuff after the cooking session; and updating the initial set of operation instructions based on the feedback values from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: June Life, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikhil Bhogal
  • Patent number: 10728729
    Abstract: A method at a power-limited computing station for communicating in an intelligent transport system, the method including operating the computing station in one of a non-critical radio operating state and a safety-critical radio operating state; receiving a trigger at the computing station; determining whether the trigger should cause the computing station to transition a radio operating state; and if the trigger should cause the computing station to transition the radio operating state, changing the radio operating state to the other of the non-critical radio operating state and the safety-critical radio operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: James Randolph Winter Lepp, Stephen John Barrett, Ian Christopher Drummond Doig, Gordon Peter Young, Michael Peter Montemurro
  • Patent number: 10726214
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention provide for storing a unique identifier for an RFID tag associated with, and affixed to, an asset. An RFID reader, coupled to a server computer through a network, executes firmware instructions causing the reader to receive a transmission from a server computer to run a customizable software with programmable logic at the reader. The reader then recognizes the tag according to its signal strength, and determines a tag state for the tag according to a state machine in the customizable software. If the tag state changes, the reader publishes the tag state and transmits it to the server computer using a low bandwidth solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex C. Rein, Gregg J. Haensgen, Jeffrey C. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10607477
    Abstract: Techniques for conducting, with a single human inspector, a walktest of a fire alarm system having a fire alarm control panel that does not include an RS232 interface are provided. A fire alarm control panel is coupled to a plurality of field devices. The fire alarm control panel provides an output signal identifying a zone of a field device when the field device is activated. A walktest decoder is coupled to the fire alarm control panel and is coupled to a computing device. The walktest decoder converts the output signal from the panel to a format for reception and processing by the computing device. A mobile computing device is wirelessly coupled to the computing device. The mobile computing device receives a wireless signal from the computing device indicating the identified zone. The mobile computing device is used by the inspector to determine if the correct zone was identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS FIRE PROTECTION LP
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bonfiglio
  • Patent number: 10547978
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed to enable customers and store personnel to communication while the customers are in an access area of a brick-and-mortar store. The access area may have one or more transmitters installed at predetermined locations. By utilizing an application installed on each customer's mobile computing device, each mobile computing device may transmit ranging data and information indicative of the customer when within range of one or more of the transmitters. The ranging data may include an indication of a range between each of the customer's mobile computing device and one or more proximate transmitters. By correlating the information indicative of the customer to a customer's account information, information relevant to the customer may be determined. A customer may be sent a notification including a portion of the relevant information. The notification may enable the customer to contact the personnel of the brick-and-mortar store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventor: Benjamin Weiss
  • Patent number: 10356152
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a system for processing local information. The system provides feedback of certain information from a central processor to local processors, thus leaving the local processors to decide on the relevance of the individual contribution of same before transmitting the local information thereof. This allows the central processor to obtain all the information it needs in order to perform a real-time merge, while greatly reducing the number of messages transmitted by the local processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventor: Benoît Lemoine
  • Patent number: 10261023
    Abstract: A remote illumination and detection method, node, and system is described. The remote illumination and detection method generates a detection message when motion is detected by a detector. The detector includes a wireless communications module that wirelessly transmits the detection message to a remote sensing device. The remote sensing device includes a camera having a field of view and wirelessly communicates with the detector. The remote sensing device then proceeds to generate an illumination instruction to illuminate an area within the field of view, when the remote sensing device receives the detection message. The remote sensing device transmits the illumination instruction to an illuminator. The illuminator wirelessly communicates with the remote sensing device. The method then illuminates an area near the illuminator, when motion is detected by the detector and the illumination instruction is received by the illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: David Curtis Gaw
  • Patent number: 10187557
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention relates to an outdoor lighting fixture that includes a ballast for controlling the amount of current provided to a lamp. The lighting fixture also includes a fixture housing at least partially surrounding the ballast and the lamp and a mounting system for holding the fixture housing to at least one of a wall and a pole. The lighting fixture yet further includes a camera coupled to the housing and a control circuit wired to the camera. The lighting fixture also includes a radio frequency transceiver wired to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to cause information from the camera to be wirelessly transmitted by the radio frequency transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ORION ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Neal R. Verfuerth
  • Patent number: 10164604
    Abstract: A crystal device includes a package including a cavity formed therein, a thermistor disposed on a bottom surface of the cavity and integrated with the package, a crystal blank spaced apart from the thermistor in the cavity, and a lead coupled to the package so as to cover the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Sup Cho, Katsushi Yasuda, Sang Yeob Cha
  • Patent number: 10153966
    Abstract: Techniques are described to improve the robustness of communication of critical life safety data when broadband networks are used as uphaul networks. Monitoring systems are examples of critical monitoring appliances, but the techniques described throughout this disclosure may be applied to any type of critical monitoring appliances, such as fife-support devices, fire detectors, smoke detectors, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10146319
    Abstract: Systems and methods systems and methods for altering a state of system using a remote device that processes gestures are described herein. The electronic device can communicate with the system in response to monitoring a user generated gesture or other interaction. For example, a user can wave the personal device or wave to the personal device, and in response thereto, the personal device can transmit an instruction to the system that causes it to change its operational state. Thus, embodiments discussed herein enable a user to perform remote gestures with a first device to affect the operation of a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Harry Tannenbaum, Scott Hong, Hirofumi Honjo, Prashanth Ramachandran, Mikko Sannala, Naveen Singh, Wes Calidonna, Arjuna Sivasithambaresan
  • Patent number: 10078943
    Abstract: Method for synchronizing a non-symmetrical tonal pattern in a wireless alerting system involves receiving at a plurality of alerting devices a beacon message. The beacon message is used at the alerting devices to synchronously generate a synchronization pulse signal comprised of a plurality of synchronization pulses which are periodic in accordance with a predetermined synchronization pulse interval. A cadence section indicator (CSI) in the beacon message is used in combination with the synchronization pulse signal to determine a portion of an alarm cadence to sound at each of the alerting device so that the alarm cadence is synchronized among the plurality of the alerting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Feltham, Martin Chiarizio
  • Patent number: 10051414
    Abstract: In a general aspect, motion is detected using vector representations of channel responses. In some aspects, a first set of channel responses are obtained based on wireless signals transmitted through a space during a first time period. From the first set of channel responses, a set of orthogonal axes in a frequency vector domain are determined. A second channel response is obtained based on a wireless signal transmitted through the space during a second time period, and a channel vector representing the second channel response in the frequency vector domain is determined. Motion of an object in the space is detected based on a projection of the channel vector onto one of the set of orthogonal axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Cognitive Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Mohammad Omer, Christopher Vytautas Olekas
  • Patent number: 10009742
    Abstract: An indication of the location of multimedia information for an emergency alert is distributed via text based protocols such as a Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) and/or a Short Message Service (SMS). Multimedia information can include maps, graphics, video clips, audio clips, still pictures, and the like. A text based alert message along with an indication of the location of the associated multimedia is distributed to users. The indication can comprise a link to a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), or the like, from which the multimedia can be retrieved. The indication can comprise a pointer to a link. For example, the alert message can comprise an address in storage of a user device, and the address can contain the link to the URL. Further, the multimedia can be retrieved automatically or manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: DeWayne Allan Sennett, Brian K. Daly
  • Patent number: 9958948
    Abstract: Systems and methods systems and methods for altering a state of system using a remote device that processes gestures are described herein. The electronic device can communicate with the system in response to monitoring a user generated gesture or other interaction. For example, a user can wave the personal device or wave to the personal device, and in response thereto, the personal device can transmit an instruction to the system that causes it to change its operational state. Thus, embodiments discussed herein enable a user to perform remote gestures with a first device to affect the operation of a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Harry Tannenbaum, Scott Hong, Hirofumi Honjo, Prashanth Ramachandran, Mikko Sannala, Naveen Singh, Wesley Calidonna, Arjuna Sivasithambaresan
  • Patent number: 9635561
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for performing distributed channel sensing in which channel information is collected by performing channel sensing according to a channel sensing priority which is determined according to a relative position of a cell to which a wireless connection device belongs from among a plurality of cells which logically partition the zone of the wireless network, and thus the overhead of the channel sensing which is generated in a cognitive wireless multi-hop network environment is reduced, and the transmission failure which occurs when the wireless connection device detects frequencies is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Kyung Yul Cheon, Chang Joo Kim, Young Bae Ko, Jae Beom Kim
  • Patent number: 9489357
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a server computer, a data processing system and an access control system. Data related to items that are supposed to be in the possession of an employee is retrieved from distributed data sources. A web page is generated using these data values for the employee's information and review. These data values can be stored on a chip card that is used for access control and/or control of the circulation of items within the premises of a company.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ariane Skutela, Dirk Ahlert, Christian Guenther
  • Patent number: 9413171
    Abstract: An apparatus may control the power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical load, and may comprise a controllably conductive device. The apparatus may also comprise a controller that may be operatively coupled to a control input of the controllably conductive device. The apparatus may also include a first wireless communication circuit operable to communicate via a first protocol and to join a first wireless communication network operable to communicate via the first protocol. The first wireless communication circuit may be in communication with the controller. The controller may be operative to determine a first condition for communicating via the first protocol. The controller may also be operable to control the first wireless communication circuit to join the first wireless communication network upon the first condition being satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy Thomas Neyhart
  • Patent number: 9293023
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and/or system for monitoring a user and transmitting an emergency notification is disclosed. The apparatus can monitor a user's overall wellness and adherence to a therapy regimen. The apparatus can also detect a variety of emergency situations affecting the user. For example, the apparatus can detect a fall affecting the user, the activation of an emergency indicator by the user, or an emergency based on vital signs and the overall wellness of the user. The apparatus can generate and transmit an alert notification in response to determining an emergency is affecting the user. The apparatus can select the form of the alert and the network on which to transmit the alert. The apparatus can determine the form of the alert and the network based on the severity of the emergency and the strength of the networks available to the apparatus. The form of the alert and the transmission network selected can optimize the likelihood of the alert notification being successfully transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Jack Ke Zhang
  • Patent number: 9225587
    Abstract: A method of alarm management in a communications system having a number of Femto base stations, the method comprising the steps of: detecting disruption of a communication link between a Femto base station and a management system via which alarms are communicated; blocking the sending of alarms by the Femto base station; generating a report representative of the accumulation of alarms; detecting re-establishment of the communication link; sending the report to the management system; and reporting alarms to the management system on the basis of the report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY
    Inventors: Yi Zhang, Wei Hua Zhou, Shun Liang Zhang, Christian Markwart
  • Patent number: 9135480
    Abstract: A multi-protocol RFID interrogating system employs a synchronization technique (step-lock) for a backscatter RFID system that allows simultaneous operation of closely spaced interrogators. The multi-protocol RFID interrogating system can communicate with backscatter transponders having different output protocols and with active transponders including: Title 21 compliant RFID backscatter transponders; IT2000 RFID backscatter transponders that provide an extended mode capability beyond Title 21; EGO™ RFID backscatter transponders, SEGO™ RFID backscatter transponders; ATA, ISO, ANSI AAR compliant RFID backscatter transponders; and IAG compliant active technology transponders. The system implements a step-lock operation, whereby adjacent interrogators arc synchronized to ensure that all downlinks operate within the same time frame and all uplinks operate within the same time frame, to eliminate downlink on uplink interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Amtech Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Steven J. Catanach, Robert W. Tiernay, Joseph H. Kao, Michael Melville
  • Patent number: 9129498
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a node located in a structure, an indication of an evacuation condition. The structure includes a plurality of nodes in communication with one another. The method also includes sending, by the node, a message to one or more additional nodes. The message informs the one or more additional nodes that the node is going to determine an evacuation route in response to the indication of the evacuation condition such that the one or more additional nodes do not determine the evacuation route. The method also includes determining, by the node, the evacuation route based at least in part on the indication of the evacuation condition and at least in part on a layout of the structure. The method further includes providing, by the node, the evacuation route to the one or more additional nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ONEEVENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Joseph Wedig, Daniel Ralph Parent, Tammy Michelle Wedig, Kristin Ann Sutter-Parent
  • Publication number: 20150145675
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a programmable wireless alarm device comprising a detecting and input unit, a central processing unit, an output unit, an indicating unit and a wireless transmission unit. The central processing unit receives a detecting signal and an input signal from the detecting and input unit, and generates an alarm signal according to at least one of the detecting signal, the input signal and a control signal. The output unit receives the alarm signal. The indicating unit generates an indicating signal corresponding to the alarm signal according to the driving signal of the output unit. The wireless transmission unit has an UART interface for receiving the control signal which is used for redefining the indicating signal corresponding to the alarm signal by the central processing unit. Accordingly, the programmable wireless alarm device has more flexible functions, and the design and manufacturing cost could be saved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Shih-Hsiung HSIEH
  • Patent number: 9041534
    Abstract: Fluid tanks in a hospital or similar environment include sensors to detect, e.g., state and location, which can be communicated to a central station where this data can be processed to permit predictions of resource usage and enable automated management of the fluid tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: en-Gauge, Inc.
    Inventor: Brendan T. McSheffrey
  • Patent number: 9035772
    Abstract: A wireless system (101) includes a plurality of objects (106). The wireless system includes a controller 102 and a radio frequency identification (RFID) read-write (RW) device (103, 104, 105). Each of the objects includes an RFED device (107) and a transceiver (108). An object and methods of tracking objects are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Amjad Soomro, Yasser Alsafadi
  • Publication number: 20150123797
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for transmitting event codes from a base station to a remote location. In one embodiment, a method is described, executed by a processor within an event communication module, the method comprising receiving an encoded event code from a base station over an interface connection, selecting a first transmission method from two or more communication methods based on the received event code, encoding the event code based on the first communication method, and transmitting the encoded event code to remote location by a communication module configured to communicate using the first communication method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Darling, George Seelman, Fong Chang, David Martinez
  • Patent number: 9007205
    Abstract: An embedded security system for an environment-controlled trailer including a transportation refrigeration unit. The security system includes a plurality of sensors mounted to the trailer and a communication device embedded in the transportation refrigeration unit of the trailer, the communication device being configured to receive data from the plurality of sensors, and to send the received data to a controller being remote from the trailer. The controller is configured to monitor the security status of the trailer and to determine a security risk at the trailer based, at least in part, on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Alan Walker, Eduardo S. Tan, Ulrich Fink
  • Patent number: 8996240
    Abstract: Vehicle event recorders are arranged with integrated web servers to provide a simple user interface and control mechanism which may be address with commonly available hardware and software. A vehicle event recorder of these inventions couples to a network having a workstation node. The workstation having either of the many available web browsers can be used to view, address, control, perform data transfer, et cetera, by way of data exchange in accordance with simple IP protocols. A vehicle equipped with these systems returns to a household to make a network connection. A local server is used to see all exposed system controls as provided by predefined web pages provided by a web server integrated as part of the vehicle event recorder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James Plante
  • Patent number: 8988218
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for self-detection of lost device status using device-to-device communications with one or more expected neighboring devices. A device can detect when the device itself is lost, by determining one or more expected neighboring devices for one or more time periods; monitoring a local environment for one or more of the expected neighboring devices using device-to-device communication; detecting when the device is lost based on device-to-device communication and whether a threshold criteria of the expected neighboring devices in proximity to the device for a given interval of time; and sending at least one relay message to notify an owner of the lost device. The threshold criteria comprises, e.g., whether a minimum number of expected neighboring devices are nearby or whether at least one fixed neighboring device is nearby. The device-to-device communications employ one or more of short range relay communications and low-power mesh communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shang Q. Guo, Canturk Isci, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee, Emmanuel Tong-Viet
  • Patent number: 8981925
    Abstract: A system provides for radio frequency detection of an offending device within a specific range of a body worn device. Upon detection of the radio frequency signal, the body worn device communicates to an infrastructure to alert of the presence and optionally the location of the radio frequency signal, and therefore the offending device. The user and/or location of the body worn device is/are revealed and the source of the radio frequency signal is readily determined for confiscation of the offending device. Other features include locating/tracking of the body worn device (and wearer) detection of tampering with the body worn device, and detection of cloaking of the body worn device (e.g. submerging in water or covering with aluminum foil, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven D. Chapin, John C. Defant, David Segal
  • Patent number: 8970364
    Abstract: An adaptor for remote coupling a security system to a monitoring center is described. The adaptor includes both a wireless connection to an alarm panel and a remote wireless interface. The wireless connection to the alarm panel is configured such that the adaptor appears to the alarm panel as a control pad. The adaptor communicates with a central station using the remote wireless interface and is operable to translate messages between the alarm panel and the central station into an appropriate protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Numerex Corp.
    Inventor: Wesley Watts
  • Patent number: 8970368
    Abstract: Techniques are provided that enable a wireless security system that is designed to detect and receive wireless transmissions in one protocol, to use sensor-transmitters that operate in a different protocol. The techniques involve, generally, the use of an integration device, and in some implementations, first enrolling sensor-transmitters of a first protocol into the integration device, along with device type information for the sensor-transmitters. Thereafter, during system operation, transmissions with message packets in the first message packet protocol are received by the integration device, recognized as having been previously enrolled, and a message packet in a second message packet protocol that includes device type information is then formulated and transmitted by the integration device, for receipt by a system control device for the wireless security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Resolution Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Bergman, Paul G. Saldin, Brian K. Seemann, Daniel Mondor
  • Patent number: 8928459
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for determining the location of a transmitter by jointly and collectively processing the full sampled signal data from a plurality of receivers to form a single solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: David Cyganski, R. James Duckworth, John A. Orr, William R. Michalson
  • Publication number: 20140354425
    Abstract: The invention relates to an alarm device for detecting and communicating environment and device-specific states, comprising a communication interface for the wireless transmission of information G to one or more destination addresses B, wherein the communication interface is designed in particular as a WLAN interface and/or as a mobile radio interface, wherein the communication interface is designed in terms of program and/or circuitry to establish and/or maintain access to the public Internet (A) in order to transmit the information (G) to one or more destination addresses (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Bernd Siber, Ulrich Oppelt
  • Patent number: 8886127
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods provide feedback about the quality of communication between a device and a remote control. A wireless signal is sent between a controlled device and the remote control. The quality of the signal can be measured and reported to a user, installer, troubleshooter, customer service agent or other person in any manner. Quality may be determined based upon the strength of the received signal as well as the amount of noise that is present. The quality measurements provide feedback that allows a user, installer, customer service representative or other person to change the positions of the device or the remote control, or to take other actions based upon the quality of the wireless signal that is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Anthony Kozlowski, Henry Gregg Martch
  • Patent number: 8873442
    Abstract: The described method and system provide for notification to network applications by a telematics unit in standby mode of when the telematics unit is switching away from standby mode and will be come unavailable for communication with the network applications. The network application may include mobile applications for mobile devices (such as smartphones) and web applications accessible through web pages. The telematics unit may communicate with the back office(s) of the network applications. If the vehicle is a plug-type vehicle, the telematics unit or network application may further extend the standby period of the telematics unit or vehicle when the vehicle is plugged in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Carl J. Hering, Timothy R. Nixon
  • Patent number: 8872650
    Abstract: A processor is disclosed that may be configured to receive a status report for a vehicle in a container yard and/or a status reporting device configured to monitor the vehicle. The processor may respond to the received status report by creating a system action request and/or a system log. The system action request may include a fault condition problem report and/or a maintenance schedule request for the vehicle and/or the status reporting device. The processor automates generating responses to the received status reports, providing a fundamental tool to reduce down time for vehicles and improve their support of container transfer operations in the container yard. The system action request, system log and/or system action may be products of the processor's operation. A computer readable memory and/or a server may be configured to deliver a report, program system and/or an installation package to the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: HKI Systems and Service, LLC
    Inventors: Henry King, Toru Takehara
  • Patent number: 8824996
    Abstract: A method for broadcasting messages in a wireless communication system is provided. The method includes employing a paging channel to receive a broadcast event on a wireless device and utilizing the broadcast event to trigger a warning message on the device. For example, the broadcast event can be detected from a natural disaster such as a primary earthquake warning or tsunami.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Niels Peter Skov Andersen, David Williams
  • Patent number: 8816850
    Abstract: The tracking and monitoring system for opencast mines of the present invention enables continuously tracking and monitoring vehicles and moveable equipment in opencast mines using ZigBee-enabled active RFID devices forming a dynamic wireless network among them and other static and mobile ZigBee devices placed at strategic locations. The present invention provides a tracking and monitoring system for opencast mines comprises in combination of ZigBee-compliant devices (programmable to operate as end devices, routers and coordinators by hardware specific embedded software) and wireless sensor network software having various application modules for opencast mines. Use of the system of the present invention would help in maintaining computerized record and analysing the performance of costly shovels and dumpers deployed in opencast mines. This would help in optimising the placement of dumpers with each shovel depending on the change in working and dumping places.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Lakshmi Kanta Bandyopadhyay, Swades Kumar Chaulya, Pankaj Kumar Mishra
  • Patent number: 8810374
    Abstract: An integral locating system for child's drinkware accessories comprises a receiver with a speaker removably attached to a rear portion of each accessory. The speaker is activated by a remotely located transceiver preferably carried by or located adjacent to the parent or care provider. In such a manner, the parent or care provider can depress an activation button on the transceiver to locate the specific article. The article will alert in response period of seconds to allow the parent or care provider to locate it. The receiver unit is removable from the child's drinkware accessory to allow the article to be washed or sterilized. The receiver unit is placed in a central recharging station that accepts the different sized receivers for recharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Elizabeth Giegoldt
  • Patent number: 8803681
    Abstract: A receiver of an object finder includes an antenna to receive a signal from a transmitter associated with the receiver, a PIN diode having a first terminal coupled with the antenna, and having a resistance that increases as a current flows therethrough decreases, and vice versa, a variable resistor coupled with the first terminal of the PIN diode to control the amount of a current flowing into the PIN diode, and a radio frequency integrated circuit (RF IC) having a first pin electrically coupled with second terminal of the PIN diode to receive the signal from the antenna via the PIN diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: FAVEPC Inc.
    Inventors: Hung-Cheng Chen, Keng-Hao Chang
  • Publication number: 20140197949
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a premises based system is provided. The control apparatus has an improved memory and processor configuration for separate operation of the life safety and life style code so that the operation of the life style code may be changed without changing the operation of the life safety code, such as through the use of a virtual machine or code running at a single operating system layer. The memory may store life safety code in a first partition and life style code in a second partition. The life style code may be updated while life safety code continues to run.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: ADT US HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven SHAPIRO, Raymond NORTH, Timothy Albert RADER, Jorge PERDOMO, Anne-Marie ROUSE, James Timothy BLACK
  • Patent number: 8779919
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for transmitting event codes from a base station to a remote location. In one embodiment, a method is described, executed by a processor within an event communication module, the method comprising receiving an encoded event code from a base station over an interface connection, selecting a first transmission method from two or more communication methods based on the received event code, encoding the event code based on the first communication method, and transmitting the encoded event code to remote location by a communication module configured to communicate using the first communication method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Instant Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Darling, George Seelman, Fong Chang, David Martinez
  • Patent number: 8766794
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool is provided. The tool includes, among other things, a wireless process communication protocol module configured to communicate in accordance with a wireless process communication protocol. The tool also includes a display and an input device. A controller is coupled to the wireless process communication protocol module, the display, and the input device. The controller is configured to generate a map on the display indicating a position of the handheld field maintenance device relative to at least one asset, such as a field device. The controller is further configured to determine a position of the handheld field maintenance device by triangulating using wireless process communication with a number of known, fixed-position wireless field devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Ferguson, Christopher P. Kantzes, Brad N. Mathiowetz, Todd M. Toepke, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund, Donald R. Lattimer, Brian A. Franchuk
  • Patent number: 8760291
    Abstract: A notification apparatus, system, and method that provides up-to-the-minute status information for a facility or a group of facilities to an administrator and to persons who work at or otherwise frequent such facility or group of facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin W. Mullins, Gary McConnell
  • Patent number: 8754769
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining whether and/or when a patient is taking his or her medication and, when appropriate, providing reminders and/or alerts to the patient to improve adherence to a medication regimen. In some embodiments, a medication container is provided that includes a capacitance sensor for sensing the contents of the medication container (e.g., pill count or quantity of liquid medication). The capacitance sensor may include interleaved or interdigitated electrodes oriented vertically, horizontally, or angularly (e.g., diagonally) relative to an axis of the medication container. Reminders and/or alerts to the patient may be triggered based at least in part on the contents of the medication container, when a cap of the container was last opened and/or closed, the location of the medication container, and/or the container's surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: AdhereTech Inc., The Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Alabama, For And On Behalf Of The University Of Alabama In Huntsville
    Inventors: Joshua Stein, John Langhauser, Michael Morena, Emil Jovanov
  • Publication number: 20140159896
    Abstract: A security control apparatus, system and method are provided. The security control apparatus includes a wireless communication element that supports a plurality of wireless communication protocols. The wireless communication element is configured to provide wireless communications with a user interface device and at least one premise-based device. A remote communication element is configured to provide remote communications with a monitoring center. A processor is in communication with the local wireless communication element and the remote communication element. The processor is configured to use the wireless communication element to communicate with the user interface device to receive local control and configuration data. The processor is also configured to use the remote communication element to communicate data associated with at least one of a life safety feature and life style feature with the monitoring center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: ADT US HOLDINGS, INC
    Inventors: Steven SHAPIRO, Raymond NORTH, Timothy Albert RADER, Jorge PERDOMO, Anne-Marie ROUSE, James Timothy BLACK
  • Patent number: 8738077
    Abstract: The mobile radio unit (phone, smartphone) comprises body 16 with an incorporated processor 1. The processor 1 is connected with memory 2, display 3, audible alarm aids 4, keyboard 5, power unit 6, navigator 9, and transceiver 15. The radio unit is equipped with radiation detector 8, electronic amplifier 7 and interface 10 connected to the processor 1. The detector 8 provides measuring alpha-, beta-, gamma- and neutron emissions and solar radiation levels. The processor 1 is provided with software, which ensures both communication functions and control, warning of exposure levels, measuring background radiation, building diagrams illustrating state of human organs. The keyboard 5 comprises keys for dosimeter and/or radiometer mode control. The detector 8, the interface 10 and the amplifier 7 can be placed in the mobile unit body 16 or in separate detachable unit. Thus, there was constructed an efficient mobile unit, which ensures an extended functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Vladimir Aleksandrovich Elin
  • Patent number: 8734340
    Abstract: A patient terminal can communicate with doctor terminals and a center terminal via a communication network. The patient terminal acquires vital data from a measuring device with a receiving unit. A control unit determines whether the vital data contains an abnormal value and the necessity of messaging depending on the presence or absence of a manual messaging request with a message button and selects the doctor terminal or the center terminal. When it is determined that messaging is necessary, the control unit makes a communication unit call the selected terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mariko Shibata, Yoichi Takada, Motoji Haragashira, Kozo Sato
  • Patent number: 8731512
    Abstract: A system for effecting context-cognizant medical reminders for a patient; the system including: (a) at least one sensor unit situated proximately with the patient; the at least one sensor unit sensing and indicating at least one aspect of a personal context of the patient; (b) at least one long-range communication unit configured for wireless communication with a remote patient care monitoring facility via a wireless communication network; and (c) at least one short-range communication unit communicatingly coupled with the at least one sensor unit and with the at least one long-range communication unit; the at least one short-range communication unit and the at least one long-range communication unit cooperating to convey information from the at least one sensor unit to the remote patient care monitoring facility regarding the personal context of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Generationone
    Inventors: Jaime Borras, Don Rosen, Jeffrey A. Wolf