Specific Environmental Sensor Patents (Class 340/539.26)
  • Patent number: 10367839
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods for visualizing cybersecurity threat information are provided. A computer system comprises a display and processors coupled to the display and non-transitory computer-readable storage media coupled to the processors and storing data and sequences of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Hiral Vora
  • Patent number: 10366794
    Abstract: A system and method for consolidating data collected using a hierarchical scanning system and assessing security risks regarding the shipping containers is provided. The hierarchical scanning system collects information from distributed and repeated screening throughout a container journey and enables pattern analysis over groups of containers. During the journey of a container, risk profiles are created at short term events based on information collected via non-intrusive rapid inspections. Using combined information from the risk profiles, the initial manifest, and group based statistical intelligence, a risk quotient for each container is determined based on deviations calculated at each point of the journey. Accordingly, authorities are alerted when the risk quotient indicates that a specific container is at risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventor: Richard C Meyers
  • Patent number: 10359457
    Abstract: A method of determining the energy level of an electromagnetic field (EMF) received from an EMF source (EMFS) and for identifying the EMFS is provided, the method using a plurality of EMF sensing apparatuses to combine data gathered by the apparatuses in order to identify the level and the sources of the EMF at locations over time. Historical and anticipated EMF-related data is used to warn a user of EMF levels above a preset value. Past, current and future anticipated EMF levels are adapted to be displayed on a map. Methods thereof, apparatuses thereof and computer-readable mediums storing the methods are within the scope of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: 9224-5489 Quebec Inc.
    Inventor: Mathieu Audet
  • Patent number: 10339819
    Abstract: Beacon pods that provide location information to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The beacon pods may emit location information, which may replicate global positioning system (GPS) satellite information, provide a homing signal, provide access to a mobile telephone network as a signal repeater or booster, and/or provide other information and/or connectivity to a UAV, which may aid navigation and/or other operations of UAVs. The beacon pods may be configured for use in a residential location, which may enable a beacon pod to connect to residential power and computing networks. The beacon pods may establish secure data communication with UAVs and may log events related to UAVs, which may be used for various purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Kristofer Gentry
  • Patent number: 10297354
    Abstract: A method of aggregating medical information can include receiving, at a remote aggregation system, individual syndromes collected by mobile personal medical devices associated with respective bodies as the mobile personal medical devices move within an environment, aggregating the individual syndromes at the remote aggregation system, and determining whether an environmental syndrome exists for at least some of the individual syndromes. Related systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ari Craine, Jonathan Reeves, Steven Tischer
  • Patent number: 10270372
    Abstract: A piezoelectric energy harvester system for collecting kinetic energy is provided, wherein the kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy, and wherein at least a portion of the converted electrical energy is utilized to operate a load. The system comprises an energy input portion and an energy harvesting portion. The energy input portion includes an input member configured to be actionable by an outside force. The energy harvesting portion includes a capture member, a sprocket portion, and a piezoelectric energy harvester. The capture member is adapted for receiving mechanical input from the input member. The sprocket portion is disposed for movement with the capture member. The sprocket portion includes at least one radially disposed sprocket actuator configured for making contact with and exciting the piezoelectric energy harvester. The piezoelectric energy harvester is excited by the contact to produce the kinetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Webb, Leland J. Hanchett, Jr., Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10257330
    Abstract: A mobile device with an integrate hazardous detection system which surveys the surrounding area for potential dangers to the wearer. The system includes a mobile device, a housing body, a plurality of holes, an external microcontroller, and a plurality of hazardous condition detectors. The housing body encloses and protects the electronic components and is mounted adjacent to a rear surface of a main enclosure body of the mobile device. The hazardous condition detectors survey the area for dangerous indicators such as smoke, explosive chemicals, oncoming traffic, and guns to name a few non-limiting examples. The hazardous condition detectors are distributed about the rear surface and mounted within the housing body. The holes expose the hazardous condition detectors to the environment outside the housing body. Specifically, the holes traverse into the housing body. The microcontroller gathers and analyzes the data gathered by the hazardous condition detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Ben Mercer
  • Patent number: 10197661
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device in a network receives a radio frequency (RF) beacon. The device determines a received signal strength indication (RSSI) of the received RF beacon. The device compares the determined RSSI to an RSSI threshold. The device sends a burst of ultrasound or infrared beacons when the determined RSSI of the RF beacon exceeds the RSSI threshold. The burst of ultrasound or infrared beacons is then used by a location service in the network to determine a physical location of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jagdish Girimaji, Santosh Ghanshyam Pandey
  • Patent number: 10187748
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for motion-based tracking of package placement in a logistics container are described using a container node associated with the logistics container. In general, the container node activates a scanning mode to electronically listen for an ID node associated with a package being shipped within the logistics container. The container node detects a signal broadcast from the package's ID node and then senses an impact force on the logistics container using a motion sensor on the container node. The container node determines whether the detected signal broadcast from the ID node and the sensed impact force indicate the package was placed within the logistics container, and then transmits a notification to a managing node to reflect that the detected signal and the sensed impact force indicate the package was placed within the logistics container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud
  • Patent number: 10186142
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for detecting intrusion in advance using an SMS notification service and a system and a method for notifying a rescue signal, and more particularly, to a system for detecting intrusion in advance using an SMS notification service capable of promptly notifying a situation by transmitting an SMS notification message to a user terminal of a pre-registered recipient while promptly displaying a warning light and propagating an alarm sound to the outside in an emergency situation, and a system and a method for notifying a rescue signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CRISIS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
    Inventor: Hyung Gin Lee
  • Patent number: 10140834
    Abstract: A mobile transceiver having an asset-based alarm profile and a method of operation are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver: sending to an asset tracking service a message including a device identifier (ID); receiving from the asset tracking service an alarm profile assigned to the device ID, wherein the alarm profile defines a plurality of alarms, each alarm including a trigger condition and one or more actions; storing the alarm profile in a memory of the mobile transceiver; and applying the alarm profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Sergio Barcala, Sergio Javier Berriz
  • Patent number: 10134205
    Abstract: A portable electronic wireless lock for ensuring the safety of goods, including humanly consumable goods. The lock is controlled by a smartphone, which also acts as a communications hub between the lock and a truckload owner or supervisor. According to the present invention, a truck driver uses a smartphone to interface between a trailer payload supervisor and the payload lock itself, to ensure the safety of the transported goods and comply with regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). An electronic lock may, according to the present invention, interface electronically to a smartphone, so that while in motion, the smartphone ensures that the lock remains locked and controls its operation. Alternatively, such an electronic lock may be designed to permit only a limited number of locking cycles initiated by a truck driver until a loading supervisor intercedes in compliance with FSMA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: David Arena
  • Patent number: 10107132
    Abstract: A magnetic communication system for a gas turbine engine may include a sensor coupled to a microcontroller. A low frequency radio-frequency identification integrated chip may be coupled to the microcontroller. A first coupling circuit may be coupled to the low frequency radio-frequency identification integrated chip and may include a first coil winding wound within a first core. The first coil winding operatively associated with a low frequency magnetic flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xin Wu, Nicholas Charles Soldner, Cagatay Tokgoz, Joseph V. Mantese, Joseph Zacchio
  • Patent number: 10111046
    Abstract: A portable type information processing apparatus includes a plurality of sensing units that acquire information convertible into place information indicating a current location and detect an event which occurs in relation to the place information obtained through conversion from the information, a storage unit that stores event transition information indicating a relation between order of transitions between events and transition time periods spent on the transitions, and a control unit that obtains, as a current event, a latest event and controls an operating state of a sensing unit to detect a transition destination event of an event corresponding to the current event in the event transition information based on a relation between a transition time period spent on a transition from the event to the transition destination event in the event transition information and an elapsed time period since detection of the current event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Miwa Okabayashi
  • Patent number: 10102590
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to gathering, storing, analyzing and distributing data acquired by unmanned vehicles after catastrophes. The vehicles can be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. The gathering phase of the process may being by receiving requests from the interested consumers as to the type of information desired, and this information is used to determine and/or configure the mission. The storage phase may include pre-processing data during the mission, and optionally storing the data in a cloud network. The analysis phase may be performed vehicle-side, server-side, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Farnsworth, Justin Dax Haslam, Kathleen L. Swain, Teddy Joseph Edmond Voutour, Jess W. Gingrich, Michael J. Allen, Anthony G. Castiglione, Jordan A. Newmark
  • Patent number: 10086322
    Abstract: An intelligent control method used in an intelligent control system includes an intelligent control device and an air condition device. The intelligent control device records CO2 amount value in an area continuously after the air condition device is started, and calculates a CO2 reference value based on the recorded CO2 amount value after a luminaire device in the area is turned off. Then, the intelligent control device records the CO2 amount value for a time period and calculates a CO2 compared value after the time period passes. The intelligent control device determines whether the CO2 amount value trend is varied upwardly or downwardly for choosing among keeping the current state, switching the operating mode of the air condition device or turning off the air condition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ping-Chieh Chan, Hua-Yi Hsieh, Cheng-Yi Huang, Yuan-Ping Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10054921
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for adaptively controlling functions of a target system by conditions or by users by controlling the target system based on operating environment of the target system. An adaptive system control apparatus includes an operating environment identification module configured to identify operating environment of a target system based on the sensing data detected by a sensor; a system state estimation module configured to estimate current state of the target system based on the identified operating environment information; a system control module configured to control the target system based on the estimated current state information; and a control result learning module configured to learn the control result of the target system by receiving feedback data from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: In-Geol Chun, Sung-Joo Kang, Jeong-Min Park, Jae-Ho Jeon
  • Patent number: 10055617
    Abstract: A system for managing kinematic assets is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system comprises an electronic identification device associated with an asset. The system further comprises a container comprising a reader disposed within the container for receiving a unique identification of the identification device. The container further comprises a reader node for maintaining an inventory record comprising the asset and for generating a report when the asset is not detected by said reader. The report further comprises a location of the container when said report is generated. The system further comprises a kinematic asset management platform comprising an asset registry for storing data conveyed by the report and a reports engine for generating a second report conveying the location of said container when the report is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Reynolds, Gary Dennis, Prakash Iyer
  • Patent number: 10001545
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improved location accuracy are provided. For example, some systems can include a location engine, and a plurality of location anchors. In some embodiments, each of the plurality of location anchors can transmit or receive signals to or from an object for determining an angular orientation of the object with respect to the plurality of location anchors, and based on the angular orientation, the location engine can estimate a location of the object. In some embodiments, each of the plurality of location anchors can transmit first signals to the location engine, the location engine can receive a second signal from an object, based on the first signals and the second signal, the location engine can determine a differential pressure between the plurality of location anchors and the object, and based on the differential pressure, the location engine can estimate an altitude of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick S. Gonia, Soumitri Kolavennu
  • Patent number: 9990578
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates generally to apparatus comprising conductive polymers and more particularly to tag and tag devices comprising a redox-active polymer film, and method of using and manufacturing the same. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a substrate and a conductive structure formed on the substrate which includes a layer of redox-active polymer film having mobile ions and electrons. The conductive structure further includes a first terminal and a second terminal configured to receive an electrical signal therebetween, where the layer of redox-active polymer is configured to conduct an electrical current generated by the mobile ions and the electrons in response to the electrical signal. The apparatus additionally includes a detection circuit operatively coupled to the conductive structure and configured to detect the electrical current flowing through the conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ARIZON BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Paul Johnson, Jose Antonio Bautista-Martinez, Cody Friesen, Elise Switzer
  • Patent number: 9968877
    Abstract: An intelligent air-conditioning controlling system comprises an intelligent controlling device, an air-conditioning, a plurality of sensing devices, and a cloud server. The intelligent controlling device receives environment information and user information from the plurality of sensing devices, and calculates a target temperature. The cloud server retrieves a usage record of a user according to the user information, and executes a big data analysis for generating a historical record and recommended environment temperature according to historical data and the environment information. The intelligent controlling device receives the usage record, the historical record and recommended environment temperature and a control parameter from the cloud server, and generates a control command for the air-conditioning in accordance with the target temperature, the usage record, the historical record and recommended environment temperature and the control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ping-Chieh Chan, Cheng-Yi Huang, Kuo-Shu Tseng, Hua-Yi Hsieh, Yuan-Ping Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9937080
    Abstract: A method for detecting and conveying an alarm signal, when an absorbent article is unfastened or, completely removed from the body of the wearer. The method is intended to be used in parallel with a method for detecting wetness in the absorbent article and further relates to an integrated detection-and-alarm method for detecting unfastening and/or wetness in an absorbent article. A system for detecting and conveying an alarm signal when an absorbent article is unfastened or removed from the body of the wearer and/or when the article is wet. The system includes (a) and absorbent article having at least one absorbent layer, the object to be displaced, such as a fastening system, one or more sensoring devices, one or more transmitting devices, and (b) a remote receiver. Furthermore, the system relates to the use of the system in the care of children and adults suffering from incontinence and/or psychological illnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Carolyn Berland, Barbro Moberg-Alehammar
  • Patent number: 9922525
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring an environment and generating data in response to the presence of at least one chemical hazardous to human health in the environment. The monitoring system is configured to communicate the data to an associated personal communication device or the like for processing. The monitoring system can be in the form a selectively attachable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory J. Hummer
  • Patent number: 9922540
    Abstract: An aberration engine that collects data sensed by a monitoring system that monitors a property of a user and aggregates the collected data over a period of a time. The aberration engine detects, within the aggregated data, patterns of recurring events and, based on detecting the patterns of recurring events within the aggregated data, takes action related to the monitoring system based on the detected patterns of recurring events within the aggregated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 9858523
    Abstract: The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a pallet embedded with an electronic device to track and manage items during shipping. Such an electronic device can receive and store shipment information associated with a pallet associated with the electronic device and/or a nearby pallet. The shipment information can include an identifier associated with the pallet. The electronic device can then attempt a connection on a first wireless interface such as a low power and short range interface. If the electronic device determines that the first wireless interface is inappropriate for a connection, it can try a second wireless interface (such as a higher power and long range interface). The electronic device can then connect on the second wireless interface and send the shipment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: PALLETECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Linkesch, Anthony John Wainman
  • Patent number: 9858803
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for indicating when a gas detector is out of compliance. A Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled wireless gas-detector may allow for an advertisement packet to be transmitted from the gas detector. This advertisement packet may contain information about the gas detector to allow remote auditing from any BLE enabled remote listening device. This auditor device may be in the form of a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet, a fixed location auditor device, or any other BLE enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Englot, Stephen Mroszczak, Kirk William Johnson, Mahdi Javer
  • Patent number: 9848312
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a personal safety risk situation in a device. A safety alert notification is issued responsive to identifying the safety risk situation. A personal safety application including a user interface is launched on a display of the device responsive to identifying the safety risk situation. A device includes a display, at least one module to determine a location of the device, and a processor coupled to the at least one module to identify a personal safety risk situation based on the location, issue a safety alert notification responsive to identifying the safety risk situation, and launch a personal safety application including a user interface displayed on the display responsive to identifying the safety risk situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Ariel P Sundel, Heather G Dowdy, Sambhavi Jayavelan, Yukiko Kimoto, Prameela Rani Patchigolla, Ketal Patel, Harini V Peddibhotla, Padmaja Putcha
  • Patent number: 9799196
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting chemical substance levels in surrounding environments using an integrated system are provided. A vehicle is equipped with a system comprising a detector component, a vehicle telematics component, and mobile gateway component. The detector component monitors a level of one or more chemical substances and determines that a threshold level of the one or more chemical substances has been detected. The vehicle telematics component generates an alert signaling detection of the threshold level of the one or more chemical substances. The alert may be communicated to one or more recipients including a command center. The alert may include, among other things, the level of the one or more chemical substances and the location of the vehicle. Communication of the alert and additional communications with the one or more recipients is facilitated by a mobile gateway component that provides access to a wireless communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Amer Boushehri, David Robert Turissini
  • Patent number: 9778066
    Abstract: Domain agnostic systems and methods for the capture, storage, and analysis of sensor readings including: collecting gauge readings from a plurality of gauges; storing the gauge readings in a database; normalizing select gauge readings in near-real time at the server from the database of the server in response to a user query; and generating a relationship among the select gauge readings in response to the user query; generating information for configuring an entity that provides feedback in a domain agnostic system, based on said relationship among the select gauge readings; and generating an alert in response to the select gauge readings satisfying a certain condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ALLIED TELESIS HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ferdinand E. K. de Antoni
  • Patent number: 9741236
    Abstract: An alarm system is disclosed. The alarm system includes an enclosure; at least one sensor, the sensor is configured to communicate a signal to the enclosure; and at least one of a wireless transceiver positioned in the enclosure, the transceiver configured to receive an activation signal and transmit an alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hippi, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Hess, Frank B. Clark
  • Patent number: 9720115
    Abstract: A method of multi-triggering includes calculating a specific distance according to a plurality of parameters, deploying a plurality of earthquake detectors used for detecting a vertical acceleration of a surface vibration of the earth, and determining whether an earthquake happens or not according to the plurality of earthquake detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Hung-Wei Chiang, Pei-Yang Lin, Kung-Chun Lu, Shieh-Kung Huang, Ting-Yu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9661458
    Abstract: Mapping the physical location of each sensor of a network of wireless sensors in a configured environment, each sensor being in communication with a server and its database, is achieved by attaching RFID tags to objects in the environment which contain both object-relevant information and the MAC address of sensors proximate to those objects. The locations of the tags on the objects are proxies for the locations of the sensors identified on those tags. By reading the tags and up-loading the read tag information to the database, the association of the sensor and the object is known to the server and can be matched with the configuration of the environment to infer the location of each wireless sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Anil Kumar, Guangyu Pei
  • Patent number: 9655548
    Abstract: Biometric monitoring devices, including various technologies that may be implemented in such devices, are discussed herein. Additionally, techniques for utilizing gyroscopes in biometric monitoring devices are provided. Such techniques may, in some implementations, involve obtaining swimming metrics regarding swim stroke count, lap count, and stroke type. A biometric monitoring device for obtaining such metrics may include an immersions sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Ook Hong, Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Andrew Cole Axley
  • Patent number: 9628692
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting an opening and closing of an object, such as a door or window. The methods comprise: causing a piezoelectric transducer to oscillate in response to an opening of the object; harvesting energy generated as a result of the piezoelectric transducer's oscillation to power a transceiver; and transmitting, from the transceiver to a remote device, information indicating that the opening of the object has been detected by a wireless sensor coupled to the object. The information may specify a logical address linked to a physical location of the object (e.g., a MAC address).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Richard L. Copeland, Melwyn F. Sequeira
  • Patent number: 9582987
    Abstract: A floatable flood detector has a watertight housing that carries internally a wireless transmitter and a fluid sensor. In the presence of sensed fluid, an alarm message can be transmitted by the transmitter to a displaced monitoring unit. The sensor has a portion exposed to the fluid of interest outside of the housing. The antenna is carried, at least at a fluid level, relative to the floating housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Eskildsen, Robert E. Lee, Kevin G. Piel
  • Patent number: 9575589
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a display unit, a sensing unit configured to acquire one or more pieces of first external state information, a wireless communication unit configured to acquire one or more pieces of second external state information, and a controller configured to change the input mode of the mobile terminal to at least one of a touch input mode with respect to a touch input corresponding to a touch operation performed on the display unit and a non-touch input mode with respect to a non-touch input that does no involves a touch operation performed on the display unit according to at least one of the first external state information and the second external state information, and to change a display screen of the display unit based on the input according to the changed input mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Taeyoung Jeon, Sungchae Na
  • Patent number: 9563796
    Abstract: A synthetic grass implant/marker that serves as a surface mounted visual marker for a feature or device located nearby or underground and has all the features and advantages of such a synthetic grass implant, and that additionally includes an externally mounted RFID and coil antenna mounting device having a cavity in which is mounted an RFID device such as an RFID tag or chip that can programmed with information concerning the feature or device it is marking, and which information can be obtained by utilizing an RFID reader to obtain the stored information from the implant/marker, as well as a coil antenna for the RFID device. Legs on the externally mounted RFID and coil antenna mounting device interconnect with holes located in a top surface of the implant/marker to mate the two pieces together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: PHMPHILIPPE MORISSE SAL
    Inventor: Philippe Marc Francois Morisse
  • Patent number: 9559605
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed herein for harvesting ambient energy. In one embodiment, an energy harvester comprises: a first RF rectifier to output a first voltage determined by rectified RF energy in response to received RF energy; a first energy reservoir coupled to the first RF rectifier to store energy at the first voltage; a DC/DC converter coupled to the first energy reservoir to convert the first voltage to a second voltage; a second reservoir coupled to the DC/DC converter to store energy at the second voltage, the second voltage being greater than the first voltage; and a third reservoir coupled to the second reservoir to receive energy transferred from the second reservoir periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Gudan, Sergey Chemishkian, Matthew S. Reynolds, Stewart Thomas, Joshua Ensworth
  • Patent number: 9544306
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for remediating suspected attempted security breaches. For example, a method is provided that includes receiving information regarding at least one authentication attempt and determining, based at least in part on the information regarding the at least one authentication attempt, whether the at least one authentication attempt comprises a suspected attempted security breach. The method further includes causing, in an instance in which it is determined that the at least one authentication attempt comprises a suspected attempted security breach, at least one recording to be captured via at least one recording device communicatively coupled to the at least one processor and causing at least a portion of the at least one recording to be compared against at least one database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: AirWatch LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Blake Brannon
  • Patent number: 9535153
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improved location accuracy are provided. For example, some systems can include a location engine, and a plurality of location anchors. In some embodiments, each of the plurality of location anchors can transmit or receive signals to or from an object for determining an angular orientation of the object with respect to the plurality of location anchors, and based on the angular orientation, the location engine can estimate a location of the object. In some embodiments, each of the plurality of location anchors can transmit first signals to the location engine, the location engine can receive a second signal from an object, based on the first signals and the second signal, the location engine can determine a differential pressure between the plurality of location anchors and the object, and based on the differential pressure, the location engine can estimate an altitude of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick S. Gonia, Soumitri Kolavennu
  • Patent number: 9506968
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices and methods related to scanners that are utilized for multiple electrical and/or magnetic field measurements at different locations of a radio-frequency (RF) module. In some embodiments, a scanning system can includes a miniature probe such as a magnetic probe, a fixture system configured to hold a device under test (DUT) such as an RF module, an operating system configured to operate the DUT, and a measurement system configured to obtain field strength measurements through the miniature probe at different locations of the DUT. Such measurements can yield a near-field distribution over a plurality of selected areas of the DUT, with each of the selected areas being smaller than an overall lateral area of the DUT. In some implementations, such a scanning system is utilized to facilitate applications such as electromagnetic (EM) shielding designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dinhphuoc Vu Hoang, Dean Kazuo Enomoto, Guohao Zhang, Hoang Mong Nguyen, Howard E. Chen
  • Patent number: 9489826
    Abstract: An aberration engine that collects data sensed by a monitoring system that monitors a property of a user and aggregates the collected data over a period of a time. The aberration engine detects, within the aggregated data, patterns of recurring events and, based on detecting the patterns of recurring events within the aggregated data, takes action related to the monitoring system based on the detected patterns of recurring events within the aggregated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 9485037
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a dual-channel transceiver includes two harmonic repeaters each having a receive antenna, a transmit antenna, and a frequency multiplier connected to the antennas that is configured to increase the frequency of a signal received by the receive antenna to enable transmission by the transmit antenna of a reply signal having a higher frequency, wherein the harmonic repeaters operate at different frequencies from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Thomas McCrea Weller, Ibrahim Turki Nassar
  • Patent number: 9460324
    Abstract: In an apparatus and by a method for detecting a tag having a transponder for identification by electromagnetic waves (RFID), a synchronization unit is electromagnetically coupled to the transponder and outputs a trigger signal for activating a supplementary system based on the occurrence of data interchange with the transponder. Any desired devices can therefore be easily activated and uniquely identified using an identification number of the transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Richard Roskosch, Claus Seisenberger
  • Patent number: 9454885
    Abstract: A system capable of monitoring an area and detecting a disturbance with the area. The system has a plurality of ultra-wide band radio frequency tags, each of the tags including a digital signal processing module configured to monitor changes in radio frequency multipath properties of received packets transmitted by at least one other of the tags. Changes in the radio frequency multipath properties may be caused by a disturbance indicative of an object in the vicinity of the tags. A corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventor: Dani Raphaeli
  • Patent number: 9426614
    Abstract: A mobile participation platform enables a wireless network operator or third party to solicit response data related to a specific time and location specific event by signaling multiple mobile device users that meet predefined qualifications. The qualifications include presence at the specific location at the specific time, and may include other characteristics, such as prior consent to receive solicitations, and particular device type or data collection functionality. The platform locates mobile devices that may qualify for participation, and generates and transmits a solicitation. Mobile devices receiving the solicitation may activate a participation client to acknowledge the solicitation and to contribute by submitting the requested response data, which may include photos, text, sensor data, audio, video and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan, Byoung-Jo Kim
  • Patent number: 9397522
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed herein for controlling radio-frequency (RF) energy for wireless devices. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining to increase radio-frequency (RF) energy available to power a wireless tag and controlling the RF energy delivered to the wireless tag to provide tag energy, using one or more of: a) increasing transmission RF power of one or more wireless communication devices, b) increasing a duty cycle associated with wireless transmissions of one or more wireless communication devices, and c) decreasing path loss of the power to the wireless tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: RICOH CO., LTD., DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Sergey Chemishkian, Ken Gudan, Jonathan J. Hull, Matthew S. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9330559
    Abstract: An alarm extension system that takes an interior alarm condition and extends it to the exterior of a structure. In various embodiments, the present invention is a system and method that links to an existing alarm (smoke detector, burglar alarm, etc.) and activates a flashing mode in one or more exterior lights or an exterior siren. Thus, during an alarm condition within the house or other structure, a neighbor or anyone passing by can become aware of the alarm condition. This method of signaling thus alerts many in the surrounding area of a situation within the building that may require emergency assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Gerald P. Ryan
  • Patent number: 9316737
    Abstract: A method and system related to container identification through an electrical receptacle and plug associated with the container of an intermodal freight transport system is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method includes coupling an electrical power plug of a container and an electrical power receptacle of a transport vehicle. Also, the method includes activating a tracking device of the container through a switch and actuator coupling. Further, the method includes verifying an identity of the container upon coupling the electrical power plug to the electrical power receptacle through an identification tag of the container and an electronic reader. Furthermore, the method may include conserving battery power through deactivating the tracking device of the container when the electrical power plug is de-coupled to the electrical power receptacle. The method may also include delivering an alert message to a driver when an incorrect container is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SPIREON, INC.
    Inventor: Levi Marshall Baade
  • Patent number: 9271242
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe communication techniques and configurations for energy-harvesting devices in a wireless communication network. An apparatus may include circuitry to receive, by a network device of a wireless communication network, a message from user equipment, the message including an indication that the user equipment is an energy-harvesting device and circuitry to differentiate the energy-harvesting device from other non-energy-harvesting devices in the wireless communication network based on the indication. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Rath Vannithamby