Programmable Patents (Class 340/539.19)
  • Patent number: 7046153
    Abstract: A monitoring and locating device includes one or more remote child units and a parent unit in communication with each of the child units. The parent unit is adapted to assign and transmit an individual identifier to each child unit. The parent unit is constructed and arranged to continuously monitor each of the child units by transmitting and receiving signals to each of the child units using the individual identifiers assigned thereto. The monitoring and locating device may be used in a method for monitoring and tracking a living entity that includes acquiring the plurality of child units using the parent unit based at least in part on user input. Monitoring each of the plurality of child units individually with the parent unit. Tracking the location of each child unit with the parent unit and locating a selected child unit of the plurality of child units with the parent unit based upon the tracked location thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: VitalTRAK Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond G. Oja, Roger A. Moore, Milton E. Hamilton, Michael Hreha
  • Patent number: 7012522
    Abstract: A child monitoring system for allowing an adult to be alerted when a child moved beyond a specific range from the adult. The child monitoring system includes an adult assembly transmitting a monitoring signal over freespace. The adult assembly is designed for being worn by the adult. At least one child assembly receiving the monitoring signal whereby the child assembly produces an alarm sound when the child assembly detects that the monitoring signal is traveling over a distance greater than a pre-determined safe distance. The child assembly is designed for being worn by the child whereby the alarm sound emitted by the child assembly alerts others that the child has ventured to far away from the supervising adult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Katherine Le Van
  • Patent number: 7009521
    Abstract: A contactless ambient condition detection system includes at least one base connectable to a power and signal transmitting cable and a compatible detector. The detector removably engages the base. Electrical energy, from the cable is wirelessly coupled to the detector via the base. The detector is in wireless bidirectional communication with the base. Alarm indicating signals, generated remotely, can be wirelessly coupled, from the cable via the base, to the detector. Locally generated alarms can be wirelessly coupled to the cable. Detectors can be replaced without exposing the installer to AC contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: BRK Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd E. Brooks, Romualdo S. Siazon, Kenneth L. Venzant, Derek S. Johnston
  • Patent number: 6995675
    Abstract: A system and method for agricultural data collection and management is described to provide quality assurance source verification data and performance tracking for agricultural items throughout the production cycle. Individual item data is efficiently collected, transferred, and shared in a transactional, event-oriented, row-oriented structure with few columns without need for creating relational structures. The system includes software components for data collection and real-time data lookup components; share, switch, route, and interface components; extract, transform, and load components; and report and analyze data components. Embodiments include data acquisition from multiple RFID reader locations; a web-based information system for a beef marketing alliance; value-based procurement, and supply chain management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventors: Leland D. Curkendall, William R. Pape, Andrew J. Dolan
  • Patent number: 6980124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security, telemetry and control system which utilizes wireless communication between a control unit and smart relay(s) within the vehicle and also utilizes wireless communication between the vehicle and a remote base station to monitor and protect a vehicle or piece of equipment against unauthorized users and thieves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Autosafe International, Inc.
    Inventors: Qin Kong, Frank Stevens
  • Patent number: 6975229
    Abstract: A system and method for acquisition management of subject position information that utilizes radio frequency identification (RF ID) to store position information in position tags. Tag programmers receive position information from external positioning systems, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), from manual inputs, such as keypads, or other tag programmers. The tag programmers program each position tag with the received position information. Both the tag programmers and the position tags can be portable or fixed. Implementations include portable tag programmers and fixed position tags for subject position guidance, and portable tag programmers for collection sample labeling. Other implementations include fixed tag programmers and portable position tags for subject route recordation. Position tags can contain other associated information such as destination address of an affixed subject for subject routing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute K1-53
    Inventor: Curt Carrender
  • Patent number: 6960998
    Abstract: A system is described for detecting at least one event of interest. The system comprises a detector, a programmable controller, and a network. Upon detection of an event of interest, the detector communicates that information to the programmable controller through the network. The programmable controller allows a user, who may be in diverse geographic locations, to control the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Royal Thoughts, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Menard, Curtis E. Quady
  • Patent number: 6956480
    Abstract: A mobile telephone includes a control device, which comprises a receiver to receive an enabling signal and a controller to enable operation of the mobile telephone in dependence upon the enabling signal. An active badge transmits the enabling signal. If the telephone and the badge are separated and the mobile telephone is no longer able to receive the enabling signal, then the controller disables the mobile telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Limited
    Inventor: Hans Jacob Jespersen
  • Patent number: 6940403
    Abstract: An automated, real-time, reprogrammable monitoring and control system for portable, remote sensors and subjects includes one or more portable monitoring units, each of the portable monitoring units having a sensor, a location-determining device, and a sensor interface unit. Each sensor interface unit is separately configured to monitor its sensor and to transmit that sensor's data, via a digital wireless communications network, to a central monitoring device. The portable unit is carried or worn by a person or animal, or affixed to an inanimate subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: CardioNet, Inc.
    Inventor: Karl A. Kail, IV
  • Patent number: 6928614
    Abstract: A user interface for a mobile office is provided for allowing simple, safe, and convenient access to electronic mail, calendar, news, and web browser functions. The dialog or number of steps required to access desired items is minimized using a state controller responsive to voice commands and manual activations of reconfigurable steering wheel switches. Someone unfamiliar with the user interface is assisted by prompts for various commands and can use the mobile office without needing to resort to use of the reconfigurable steering wheel control elements. A more experienced user can bypass prompts by interrupting them with voice commands and can quickly move through various steps by utilizing the configurable steering wheel control elements to gain access to individual items within the mail, calendar, and news functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Allen Everhart
  • Patent number: 6919807
    Abstract: Data is stored on a tag unit. The tag unit provides for alert monitoring capabilities and monitoring of events, these capabilities allow for supply chain plans to be restructured and for events to be rescheduled. The tag unit is attached to an item for tracking purposes. The tag unit monitors and stores a status of the item. Then the item is sent to a destination. The tag unit is scanned when the item has been sent to a destination. The data on the tag unit is updated as a function of scanning. The data is updated when the tag unit is scanned at a destination. Then the data on the tag unit is validated. The data is validated for security purposes. The data on the tag unit is scanned to identify conditions to trigger actions. The system recovers from failure to read data on the tag unit by reconstructing the expected data from a history of the tag unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Vizional Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eddie C. Shek, Greg Kaestle
  • Patent number: 6909985
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to recording changes associated with the acceleration of a structure. An exemplary embodiment includes an accelerometer array having at least one silicon beam type accelerometer, a nonvolatile memory, a clock timer, a programmable control unit operatively coupled to the accelerometer array, at least one non-volatile memory, and clock timer. The accelerometer array, the at least one non-volatile memory, the clock timer and the programmable control unit can be formed on a common semiconductor substrate (e.g., integrated), with the accelerometer array disposed in a central region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Stana
  • Patent number: 6885288
    Abstract: A wireless communication system to obtain data from a medical asset, such as mobile equipment. The system utilizes a transmitter coupled to a programmable interface. The programmable interface is, in turn, coupled to a device associated with the asset. The device or application communicates data about the asset to the interface. The interface is programmed by a user to communicate with the device and couple the data to the transmitter in a configuration selected by the system user. The transmitter is operable to transmit the information to one or more antennas of the wireless communication system. The information from the antennas is coupled to a cell controller and to an information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: GE Medical Technology Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David Pincus
  • Patent number: 6833787
    Abstract: A user contracts for service with an operations center (12) in order to provide monitoring and tracking services for a plurality of devices (30). After contracting for service, the operations center provides an agent (81) for download by a user to one or more of the user's devices (14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 630) for which the user has contracted for service. The agent is installed on the devices associated with the user's sites and communicates with the operations center. A listening process (710) at the operations center listens for periodically sent beacon packets (640) generated by a monitored device (630). Using location indicators included with the beacon packets and generated by an agent (681) on the monitored device, the operations center provides notifications (712) to a handler regarding the location of the monitored device if the monitored device is reported as stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: ASAP Software Express, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew E. Levi
  • Publication number: 20040246128
    Abstract: A personal and/or institutional health and wellness communications system, which may be used for a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations using two-way communication devices and a bi-directional communication network. In one application two-way pagers are adapted for use in the system. In one application cellular devices are adapted for use in the system. In one application an assisted living response center is established using various embodiments of the present personal and/or institutional communications system. The system provides multiple levels of prioritization, authentication of person (task, step, process or order), and confirmation via interrogation of person, device, or related monitor. One embodiment provides a method for receiving, evaluating and responding to calls received from a subscriber, patient, related party, or health care provider or health care system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Raymond J. Menard
  • Patent number: 6794991
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a master station and a plurality of monitor stations which are spaced from the master station. Each of the monitor stations includes a programmable computer which is connected with a radio and a sensor. The computer and radio may be enclosed in an explosion-proof housing. To change a program in the computer at a monitor station, the program change may be transmitted from the master station to the monitor station. In addition, data relating to a condition to be sensed may be transmitted from the master station to the monitor station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Gastronics′ Inc.
    Inventor: Cornelius P. Dungan
  • Patent number: 6759956
    Abstract: A system is described for detecting at least one event of interest. The system comprises a detector, a programmable controller, and a network. Upon detection of an event of interest, the detector communicates that information to the programmable controller through the network. The programmable controller allows a user, who may be in diverse geographic locations, to control the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Royal Thoughts, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Raymond J. Menard, Curtis E. Quady
  • Patent number: 6700479
    Abstract: A vehicle security system for performing selectable vehicle security functions that are programmable in a wireless manner. The system has a microcontroller controlling a vehicle security interface including at least a siren control unit and a vehicle head/signal light controlling unit. A physically independent remote programming unit is used for transmitting function-programming information to the microcontroller, and a radio receiver is connected to the microcontroller for receiving function-programming information transmitted by the remote programming unit. The remote programming unit includes a switch array for setting up a security function code pattern representing the selected security functions. The remote programming unit also includes a radio transmitter for sending, in an electromagnetic transmission, the function-programming command in a signal string representing the security function code pattern to the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Directed Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Wayne Birchfield