Specific Environmental Sensor Patents (Class 340/539.26)
  • Patent number: 10716012
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for beamforming a wireless signal to a harvesting device. In an example, a method to increase available energy to a harvesting device is performed by a WiFi transmitting device. The WiFi transmitting device determines a preferred wireless path to the harvesting device using input from a proxy device. The WiFi transmitting device then beamforms a WiFi signal to the harvesting device along the preferred wireless path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Souvik Sen, David Lee, Martin R Fink, Kyu-Han Kim
  • Patent number: 10679173
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for providing end to end logistic chain control and tracking during shipping by utilizing a cost-efficient and reliable RPMA wireless network technology. The system consists of a wireless, self-powered device connected to shipping container containing goods for transportation and a variety of required sensors to sense the conditions of the goods inside the container. The container related information is transmitted in real-time or in near real-time to customer end in the following sequence: Device to RPMA Access points to Data center via satellite backhaul connectivity to Customer's Platform. The present system also enables the customers to take an intelligent action to control cargo container, if required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: RPMANETWORKS HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Jan Olsen, Frederic Lyman Wohl
  • Patent number: 10658077
    Abstract: An automatic data collection system tracks medical articles by providing a robust electromagnetic (EM) field within an enclosure in which the articles are stored. Respective data carriers, such as RFID tags, attached to each medical article respond to the EM field by transmitting unique data identified with each medical article. The use of probes for injecting the EM field into the enclosure results in a greater likelihood of activation of the tags and greater accuracy in detecting and tracking medical articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
    Inventors: Shariq Hussain, Jeffrey Shamblin
  • Patent number: 10637682
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating automatic control of devices, such as network-coupled home appliances. An example method includes receiving and storing data available from plural devices, resulting in stored data; determining a pattern in the stored data; using the pattern to generate one or more control signals; and forwarding the one or more control signals to one or more of the plural devices to selectively control one or more device features or behaviors consistent with the pattern. In a more specific embodiment, the method further includes collecting a first set of data from one or more devices; obtaining a second set of data from a server coupled to a network; analyzing the first set of data and the second set of data to determine one or more predictive control signals; and employing the one or more control signals to adjust one or more behaviors of the one or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hinkmond B. Wong
  • Patent number: 10569875
    Abstract: A method includes controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle to fly over a forestry worksite and capture imagery information with an image capture component. The imagery information is used to generate a set of ground disturbance metrics, each having a value indicative of a measure of ground disturbance at a different geographic location in the forestry worksite. Alternatively, the imagery information is used to generate a set of slope metrics or a firefighting metric. According to the ground disturbance, slope, and firefighting metrics, the method is used to generate an action signal, such as an action signal that controls movement of a mobile machine operating at the forestry worksite, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Matthew J. Flood, Mark J. Cherney, Andrew W. Kahler, Richard Lawler
  • Patent number: 10565488
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder may include a substrate and a device. The substrate may be in communication with a controller and an antenna, and the antenna is arranged to receive radio frequency signals. A first side surface of the substrate may include a capacitor. The device may be detachably coupled with the substrate via a conductive member positioned between the structure and the capacitor of the substrate, and the conductive member may be within a desired proximity of the capacitor. The structure may be attached to an attachment surface so that an attachment strength between the structure and the attachment surface may be greater than a force required to decouple the structure from the substrate. When the structure is decoupled from the substrate, the conductive member separates from the capacitor, disabling the transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: INTERMEC, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Raven, Jason Harrigan, Rene Martinez, Pavel Nikitin, Shashidhar Ramamurthy, David William Gilpin, Stephen Kelly
  • Patent number: 10552721
    Abstract: A method for automatically electronically associating vessel identity information of a vessel with an unassociated telemetric device, the unassociated telemetric device comprising a processor and being configured to detect and transmit quantity or usage data and being configured with a location sensing device, wherein the unassociated telemetric device is configured to communicate with a remote server, the method comprising the steps of: the remote server receiving the vessel identity information comprising a deployment location for the unassociated telemetric device; the unassociated telemetric device operating in accordance with an automatic action rule; in response to the unassociated telemetric device operating in accordance with the automatic action rule, the processor receiving location information of the unassociated telemetric device from the location sensing device; the unassociated telemetric device transmitting the location information; the remote server receiving the location information; the remo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SILICON CONTROLS PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Anthony Robert Carr, Michael Alexander St. Leger Neuman, Robert William Gerald Battye
  • Patent number: 10546485
    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: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 10528499
    Abstract: A method in an on-board unit comprising: receiving and decoding, with a transceiver, a broadcast packet (BCP) from a road side unit (RSU); processing BCP with a micro controller unit (MCU), wherein processing comprises determining whether there is a first interrupt from the transceiver, wherein the first interrupt is used to interrupt idle state of MCU; searching for low level state from a falling edge after the first interrupt; determining whether duration time of low level is within a time range; inputting one byte into the transceiver if duration time is within the range and clearing the first interrupt; determining whether there is a second interrupt from the transceiver, wherein the second interrupt is used to interrupt data reception; processing data in BCP if there is second interrupt; and converting, with the transceiver, processed data to a wireless signal and transmitting the signal to RSU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BEKEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yanfeng Wang, Jiazhou Liu
  • Patent number: 10522017
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and techniques for mitigating retail theft include securing items at a receptacle of a retailer via an electronic lock, and providing a transceiver that is proximate to the secured items and that transmits a beacon which may be detected by a personal electronic device (PED) of a customer. Based on a wireless transmission between the PED and the transceiver, a customer's identity may be determined and the customer's risk profile may be accessed. A risk score corresponding to the customer accessing the secured item may be determined based on the customer's risk profile and optionally based upon a profile of the secured item. If the risk score is indicative of an acceptable risk, a trigger to remotely unlock the electronic lock may be sent, thereby remotely and automatically allowing qualified customers to access secured items. An item's removal may be detected and tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Kartik Subramanian, Andrew Schweinfurth, Raymond Kim
  • Patent number: 10502724
    Abstract: A zero-power digital chemical analyzer can include a chemically-selective percolation switch. The chemically selected percolation switch can include a positive electrode and a negative electrode separated from the positive electrode by a gap. A binding agent can be located at binding sites in the gap. The binding agent can be selective for binding to a target chemical compound. The binding sites can be distributed in the gap so that target chemical molecules binding to the binding sites can form an electrically conductive pathway via a natural percolation phenomenon between the electrodes when the ambient concentration of the target chemical compound reaches a threshold concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Hanseup Kim, Carlos Mastrangelo
  • Patent number: 10502725
    Abstract: A zero-power digital chemical analyzer can include a chemically-selective percolation switch. The chemically selected percolation switch can include a positive electrode and a negative electrode separated from the positive electrode by a gap. A binding agent can be located at binding sites in the gap. The binding agent can be selective for binding to a target chemical compound. The binding sites can be distributed in the gap so that target chemical molecules binding to the binding sites can form an electrically conductive pathway via a natural percolation phenomenon between the electrodes when the ambient concentration of the target chemical compound reaches a threshold concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Hanseup Kim, Carlos Mastrangelo
  • Patent number: 10490046
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of detecting and monitoring shoplifting of products by individuals at a retail facility include sensors coupled to a product and located at a fixed threshold distance relative to each other. The sensors are configured to generate an alert signal indicating that the fixed threshold distance between the first and second sensors has been altered. An alert sensor positioned in the product stocking area of the retail facility is configured to receive the alert signal from one or both of the product sensors. A central computing device at the retail facility is configured to determine the alert sensor that received the alert signal, and to activate a video camera in order to acquire a photo or video of the portion of the product stocking area of the retail facility associated with the alert sensor that received the alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Anindya S. Dey, Omker Mahalanobish
  • Patent number: 10478561
    Abstract: A sensor for detecting a change in state of an asset comprising including a transmission antenna operable to transmit a control signal to an external device, control electronics connected to the transmission antenna configured to provide instructions to the transmission antenna to transmit the control signal, and a bypass antenna positioned and configured to prevent the control electronics from providing the instructions to the transmission antenna when the bypass antenna is in an undisturbed position and to permit the control electronics to provide the instructions to the transmission antenna when the bypass antenna is displaced from the undisturbed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Minhong Yu
  • Patent number: 10475300
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that allow an electronic device to autonomously adapt one or more user alerts of the electronic device. For example, some embodiments may include a method for operating a haptic device including driving a haptic device using a control signal, measuring a frequency related to the operation of the haptic device and comparing the measured frequency with a target frequency. A control signal is adjusted based on the comparison to drive the haptic device to the target frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Hill
  • Patent number: 10474177
    Abstract: A system and method for stability monitoring, analysis, and control of energy systems, such as electric power systems, is provided. Specifically, the system and method described herein use a Koopman mode analysis to represent the operation of individual components in an energy system and/or to determine and rank a level of stability of the individual components in the energy system. The system and method described herein also use a Koopman mode analysis to determine optimal and/or safe times to release energy stored in storage systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Igor Mezic, Yoshihiko Susuki
  • Patent number: 10418337
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an inductor structure mounted on a PCB board and a voltage regulator module having the same. The inductor structure includes inductor cores and inductor windings. The PCB board is provided with at least one hollow part, and the hollow part comprises a plurality of through holes spaced apart. The legs of the inductor cores are correspondingly inserted into the through holes at the corresponding positions of the hollow part, wherein any two adjacent through holes of the plurality of through holes have a spacer therebetween for use as the inductor winding of the inductor structure, and the thickness of the spacer is less than the thickness of the PCB board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangxing Zheng, Wenhua Li, Quansong Luo, Yuanyuan Dan, Haijun Yang, Shaohua Zhu
  • Patent number: 10402711
    Abstract: RFID tags are combined in increase their range. A first RFID tag comprises a first chip and a first antenna configured to transmit data from the chip. The first RFID tag has a first initial range by which data may be obtained by an RFID reader from the first chip. A second RFID tag comprises a second chip and a second antenna configured to transmit data from the chip. The second RFID tag has a second initial range by which data may be obtained by an RFID reader from the second chip. A conductive path from first antenna to the second antenna is established to change initial ranges to modified ranges which are greater than the initial ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamamoto, Randy Cruz Soriano
  • Patent number: 10395503
    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: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory J. Hummer
  • Patent number: 10393590
    Abstract: This application is directed to a home monitoring and control system including a doorbell installed at a door of a home, an application executable by a monitoring device, and a remote server. The doorbell has a button configured to, upon being touched, depressed or activated, wirelessly cause an audio speaker of an electronic device to sound an audible notification or a message to be sent to the monitoring device to indicate presence of a person at the door. The doorbell also has a camera configured to capture video data within a field of view. The remote server is configured to receive from the doorbell the video data and the message, and relay them to the monitoring device. The application is configured to receive and display at least a portion of the video data captured by the camera of the doorbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Maxime Veron, Isabel I. Guenette, Shigefumi Honjo
  • Patent number: 10386274
    Abstract: A plug-in air quality detector, a control method, and a control circuit are provided in the field of air quality detection. The plug-in air quality detector comprises a casing, a sensor component, a control circuit and a connector component. The connector component includes a power supply terminal and a data terminal, and is configured to connect the plug-in air quality detector with a user device. As such, the detector may prompt a user of the air quality around the user without being configured with a dedicated power supply and a dedicated display screen, thereby achieving the effects of reducing the size and the weight of the air quality detector and improving the ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng Xing, Ningning Li, Lei Zhang
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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