Lock Patents (Class 340/542)
  • Patent number: 11220842
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an alarming code lock, including a lock head and a steel wire rope. A warning device, a circuit board, and a trigger switch are disposed inside the lock head. The warning device and the trigger switch are electrically connected with the circuit board. One end of the steel wire rope is fixedly connected with the lock head and is electrically connected with the circuit board. A plug is disposed on another end of the steel wire rope. The plug is inserted into the lock head and then makes contact with the trigger switch. The steel wire rope and the circuit board form a protection circuit, and the warning device is configured to raise an alarm when the plug keeps in contact with the trigger switch and the protection circuit is disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: GMT INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingxia Liu, Yanwen Liu
  • Patent number: 11210880
    Abstract: An access control system receives an identifier of a mobile electronic device when it is located in a public area, from which a user can request access to an access-restricted area. A dataset is created, which is assigned to the user present in the public area, for the identifier and for storing a password in the first dataset such that the password is assigned to the identifier. A code processing unit acquires a password presented by the user when the user requests access to the access-restricted area. A processor unit determines if the identifier is assigned to a user profile in a database, authenticates the user as having access authorization in the event of such an assignment and determines if the acquired password matches the password stored in the dataset, wherein the user is recognized as an access-requesting user in the event of a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Florian Troesch
  • Patent number: 11210889
    Abstract: Systems, methods and software are provided for providing visual marketing content with a locker system to customers in a retail store environment. The locker system includes an array of lockers, each locker of the array including a door having a flat exterior facing surface. All flat exterior facing surfaces of all lockers of the array are co-planar in their closed positions. The locker system includes a locker central control unit in communication with one or more memory devices. The system includes one or more electronic devices in communication with the locker central control unit for displaying the visual marketing content on one or more of the flat exterior surfaces. In practice, the disclosed systems, methods and software advantageously provide operators the ability to identify customers proximal the locker system, and deliver the visual marketing content in both a generic fashion and in a manner targeted to identified customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Florence Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin A. Fee, Penny D. Lasater
  • Patent number: 11132855
    Abstract: A pattern recognition locking system and method is operable to lock and unlock an object through a sequence of knocks, rotations, and ambient vibrations that are measured by an accelerometer as acceleration, and a gyroscope as orientation. The sequence and intensity of vibrations and intensity are processed by a microcontroller that utilizes a pattern recognition algorithm to: recognize the intensity and sequence of acceleration and orientation; identify the most intense motion from the degrees of freedom; and, after identifying a sequence of the most intense motions for respective degree of freedom, the microcontroller transmits a signal to lock mechanism to lock or unlock an object if sequence of degrees of motion match a stored passcode. A sleep module powers off the system when no motion or vibrations detected. A new sequence of ambient vibrations and motion are created through a learning module. A reset switch reprograms the sequence of motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Bassem Alhalabi, Bilal Karakira
  • Patent number: 11124372
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring components of a loading dock station that implement a remote monitoring and authorization system are disclosed. The systems and methods can provide information regarding the status of various components of the loading dock station to a remote monitoring and authorization control unit, where a supervisor or the like is capable of reviewing real time information regarding the status of the components and progress through and adherence to a workflow protocol. The systems and methods can also provide for authorization requests to be sent to the remote monitoring and authorization control unit, such as requests to override certain components of the docking station. The user at the remote monitoring and authorization control unit can then grant or deny requests based on status information and other data provided at the remote monitoring and authorization control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoofard, Daryl Day
  • Patent number: 11111695
    Abstract: An electronic lock includes a lock shell, a rope winded disc, a lock rope head, a sliding lock block, and a controlling and driving device. The lock shell has a first lock hole and an insertion hole. A lock rope is winded at the rope winded disc, and the lock rope is operatively pulled out from the rope winded disc or returns inside the rope winded disc. The lock rope head is inserted into the insertion hole and connected with one end of the lock rope. The sliding lock block is disposed inside the lock shell through a spring, and one end of the sliding lock block is placed in the first lock hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Zhejiang Okai Vehicle Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiangtao Lu
  • Patent number: 11021893
    Abstract: A security system for a building has multiple lock modules. Each lock module is associated with a particular door and has an unlocked position that allows the particular door to open and a locked position that prevents the particular door from opening. Each lock module includes a door status signal and a controller. The door status signal includes a unique identifier for the particular door associated with the lock module and a status that identifies when the lock module is in the locked position. The controller transmits the door status signal for the lock module. A lock module command signal received by at least some of the lock modules directs at least some of the lock modules to reposition to either the unlocked position or the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BARRICAID TECHNOLOGY GROUP
    Inventors: Roland Trout, Stephen Gardner Worth, III, William Neal Davis, Eric Michael Wagner, George Lee Reid, Sanjeev Pal, John Allen Wiseman, Michael Clyde Pittman
  • Patent number: 10964185
    Abstract: Techniques for automatically securing receptacles of a retailer via an electronic lock include receiving a user request to reserve a receptacle, selecting a suitable receptacle based on one or more conditions, some of which may be specified by the user, and transmitting an electronic locking signal to secure, and thereby reserve, the selected receptacle. An association between the reserved receptacle and the user is stored, and the user is electronically notified. Subsequently, an electronic signal indicative of the identification of the user (or of the user's agent) is locally received. Upon determination that the user is expected and associated with the reserved receptacle, the techniques include causing an electronic unlocking signal to be transmitted to the electronic lock, thereby unlocking the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Kartik Subramanian, Andrew Schweinfurth, Raymond Kim, Bryan Anderson
  • Patent number: 10909790
    Abstract: Provided is a method involving obtaining an identifier at a control unit of a compartment system having compartments provided with respective locks and respective lock control units that are configured to communicate with the control unit; obtaining information indicating that one compartment has been closed, and causing storing of the identifier in the lock control unit assigned to the compartment. Also provided is a method comprising detecting, at a lock control unit assigned to a compartment of a compartment system comprising a control unit and compartments provided with respective locks and lock control units configured to communicate with the control unit, that the compartment has been closed; transmitting a piece of information identifying the lock control unit to the control unit if it has been detected that the compartment has been closed; obtaining an identifier from the control unit; and storing the identifier in the lock control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Jochen Jansen, Ramin Benz, Christoph Dautz, Christian Carstens, Dirk Schusdziara, Erwin Hirtreiter, Franz A. Schießl, Christian Eisenhart, Stanislav Bulygin
  • Patent number: 10851562
    Abstract: A passive continuity monitoring device is disclosed. This device can be used to protect a lock or other locking device and to indicate when a breach of the lock has occurred. The lock can include a connector with a magnet at one end spaced from an other magnet. The connector can be held in tension when the lock is engaged to maintain the spacing between the magnets. A breach in the loop of the system will cause the magnets to touch and complete a circuit. The completion of the circuit can trigger an alarm, can take a picture of the surrounding area, and can transmit a signal to interested parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventor: Aaron Park
  • Patent number: 10789797
    Abstract: A peripheral controller for an access control system according to one embodiment includes a reader interface, a Power over Ethernet circuit, a processor, and a memory. The reader interface is configured to be communicatively coupled to at least one credential reader. The Power over Ethernet (PoE) circuit is configured to receive power over an Ethernet cable for powering the peripheral controller. The memory includes a plurality of instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by the processor, causes the peripheral controller to analyze credential data received via the reader interface make an access control decision based on the analyzed credential data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Hopkins, David Studt, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Ryan C. Kincaid, Dan Pfunder, Kevin P. Oehler, Ethan Harmon, Jonathan Everson
  • Patent number: 10768063
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for securing an enclosure to an autonomous vehicle. The enclosure can be translated to a final alignment location on a fixture of the autonomous vehicle. The enclosure can include one or more piezoelectric sensors disposed underneath one or more mounting points of the enclosure. The one or more piezoelectric sensors can be initialized to an initial value. Changes in values from the one or more piezoelectric sensors can be measured as the enclosure is being secured to the fixture by one or more mechanical coupling devices through the one or more mounting points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventors: Peter G. Diehl, Cheng Jin
  • Patent number: 10720000
    Abstract: A door lock mechanism is disclosed that includes door lock end alarm features. The mechanism includes a controller and a sensor useful to detect motions that are representative of attempted access through a door to which the door lock mechanism is attached. The controller can set an alarm condition if a measured motion, such as a measured acceleration, meet and/or exceeds a threshold. If an appropriate access control credential is provided through a user device then the alarm condition may not be set by the controller. The door lock mechanism can be coupled to a remote station via a communications link if needed, such as a radio frequency link. The remote station can additionally be in communication with the door lock mechanism via a network. The remote station can be used to send and receive messages regarding door lock mechanism status, configuration, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Timothy N. Comerford, David M. Baty, William B. Ainley, Raymond F. Rettig, John R. Ahearn, Joseph W. Lyon
  • Patent number: 10684967
    Abstract: A unit for managing initial saving, subsequent saving, and reading technical information such as plans, figures, executed works, manuals, notebooks, a visitors' book, maintenance records, and the like of a site such as a building, a ship, a platform, an industrial facility, and the like, the unit comprising a casing incorporating an electronic circuit comprising a non-volatile memory, a USB connector and a processor controlled by firmware controlling the management of inputs and outputs and of the memory, wherein the firmware comprises means for managing the inputs-outputs according to the standard USB protocol, and in addition for preventing the change command from modifying information previously recorded in the non-volatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: E-GLOO DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Bernard Blanchet, Edouard De Ledinghen, Lionel Laurent
  • Patent number: 10671765
    Abstract: Systems and methods for Internet-of-Things (IoT) gateway tampering detection and management. In some embodiments, an Information Handling System (IHS) may include a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory including program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution by the processor, cause the IHS to: identify a priority value for each of a plurality of IoT devices coupled to the IHS, detect an event indicative of physical tampering of the IHS, and initiate an action in response to the detection, wherein the action is based, at least, in part, upon the priority values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd Erick Swierk, Tyler Ryan Cox, Marc Randall Hammons
  • Patent number: 10494205
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring components of a loading dock station that implement a remote monitoring and authorization system are disclosed. The systems and methods can provide information regarding the status of various components of the loading dock station to a remote monitoring and authorization control unit, where a supervisor or the like is capable of reviewing real time information regarding the status of the components and progress through and adherence to a workflow protocol. The systems and methods can also provide for authorization requests to be sent to the remote monitoring and authorization control unit, such as requests to override certain components of the docking station. The user at the remote monitoring and authorization control unit can then grant or deny requests based on status information and other data provided at the remote monitoring and authorization control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoofard, Daryl Day
  • Patent number: 10450775
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transportable device for preventing a loss of a movable object, comprising a protective housing (2) for protecting the device (1), an electronic alarm device (35), which is arranged in the protective housing (2) and has an anti-theft alarm function, and fastening means (11) for detachably fastening the device (1) to the movable object, wherein the fastening means (11) comprise at least one wrap-around element (12; 46; 52; 59; 68) for wrapping around at least one part of the movable object and wherein the wrap-around elements (12; 46; 52; 59; 68) can be fixed by means of locking elements (19, 20, 21; 49, 50, 51; 55, 57, 58; 61, 63, 64, 65; 71, 72, 73), which are arranged in the protective housing (2), wherein the locking elements (19, 20, 21; 49, 50, 51; 55, 57, 58; 61, 63, 64, 65; 71, 72, 73) can be selectively opened and closed by means of a lock device (13) rigidly connected to the protective housing (2), and wherein additionally the protective housing (2) can be selectively opene
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Nicolaus Cagan
  • Patent number: 10400473
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the position of window handles or door handles, the apparatus including a magnetic-field sensor and a microcontroller unit, the microcontroller unit being designed to read out data from the magnetic-field sensor, to record a magnetic fingerprint for at least one window-handle/door-handle position, and to detect the at least one window-handle/door-handle position by comparing data of the magnetic-field sensor with the recorded magnetic fingerprint. An operating method for such a window handle or door handle is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Fernando Suarez Lainez, Christoph Volk, Frank Schindler, Juan Nogueira-Nine, Wolf-Bastian Poettner
  • Patent number: 10222763
    Abstract: A remote isolation system (10) for a plant comprising equipment (20,21) energizable by an energy source (30) and a control system (50,260) enabling automated isolation of the equipment (20,21) from said energy source (30) to an isolated state when authorized by the control system (50,260), wherein said control system (50,260) enables remote isolation of the equipment (20,21) by one or more mobile isolation device(s) (120) provided as part of the remote isolation system (10) and configured to request the control system (50,260) to authorize equipment (20,21) isolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: REMSAFE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Michael Charles Lane
  • Patent number: 10208505
    Abstract: A smart security device comprising: a housing, electronics in the housing, the electronics comprising a tag configured to be uniquely associated with the smart security device and automatically and periodically emitting a Bluetooth signal; a cable having a free end and a secured end secured to the housing in electrical connection with the electronics; and a lock assembly in the housing, the lock assembly comprising a body comprising a cable passage for passing the free end of the cable therethrough and for immobilizing the cable therein, a lever having a free end and a pivoting end pivotably connected to the body and having a resilient plate configured to exert a force on a cable immobilizer against the cable when the lever is brought into contact with the body while the cable is in the cable passage, and a fastener to secure the lever to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ascent Solutions Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Chee Kean Lim, Kia Boon Chew, Fuxiang Dai
  • Patent number: 10125525
    Abstract: Barricade devices and methods of barricading a door are disclosed. Such devices and methods may be used to barricade a door, and thereby prevent an intruder from entering a sheltering space, such as a classroom, storeroom, or hallway. The barricade-device may have a pivotable stop-device that is pivotable from a location adjacent to a door. The pivot-location may be at an elevation that is lower than a door handle on the door. The stop-device may be pivotable from a reserve-position to a stop-position. In the reserve-position, the stop-device does not barricade the door. In the barricade-position, the stop-device barricades the door. Operation of the barricade-device may require the use of one or more major muscle groups of the body, but need not require precise dexterity of the fingers or hands (e.g. such as that required to manipulate small keys, latches, and/or the grasping and turning of assemblies).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Presutti
  • Patent number: 10107014
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a method for tamper-proof protection of containers used for shipment of goods. The system contains a lock with electronic and mechanical components and a controller. A sensor is connected to a lock so that if forms a closed loop. The sensor can be an optical fiber or a distributed arrangement with an optical or an electrical shield. The electronics in the lock provide real time monitoring of the status of the lock. The lock cannot be opened or reproduced due to the signature of the closed loop which is stored in a remote server. Intrusions detected are relayed to an authorized recipient via a variety of communication channels. The data and control of the entire system is protected with several programs targeted to provide cybersecurity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: OpticalLock, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Sanchez, Carol E. Fuller
  • Patent number: 10032130
    Abstract: A method for transforming data includes receiving information defining a transformation of a source file to a target file, wherein the information identifies a web service and generating, based on the received information, a script operable when executed to implement the defined transformation. The script is then stored. The method further includes receiving a request to perform the transformation on a first file and initiating execution of the script. Additionally, as part of executing the script, the method includes transmitting a service request to the web service that includes input data obtained from the first file. Also as part of executing the script, the method includes receiving a service response from the web service, wherein the service response includes output data and writing the output data to a second file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Rishi Bhatia, Matthew J. Schulze, John M. Tomaszewski, Robert B. Kittredge, Davanum Srinivas
  • Patent number: 9996995
    Abstract: A door-lock control method adopted by a door-lock device and a computer program is present. The method comprises: broadcasting a connecting message in a WPAN at the door-lock device; controlling a mobile device to establish a connection with the door-lock device via the WPAN when receiving the connecting message at the computer program; sending an unlocking command via the connection at the computer; and unlocking a door-lock thereon when receiving the unlocking command at the door-lock device. This application can omit the operations which the householder needs to do manually on the mobile device or the door-lock device, and effectively improves the convenience of use and reduces the waiting time of completing unlocking the door-lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BRAINCHILD ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsu-Yi Peng, Susan Dong
  • Patent number: 9972154
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for using electronic seals in container security systems is provided. According to the present invention, one or more biometric measurements may be used with an e-seal device to control access. In one preferred embodiment, the biometric signals received by an e-seal device may be transmitted to a remote monitoring station, and the remote monitoring station may wirelessly authorize access to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GlobalTrak Acquisition, LLC
    Inventor: Richard C. Meyers
  • Patent number: 9879445
    Abstract: An exemplary status-indicating locking assembly includes a cylindrical lock assembly and a status-indicating assembly. The status-indicating assembly includes a sensor configured to sense the status of the cylindrical lock assembly, a transmission configured to communicate the lock status to at least one side of a door, and an indicator configured to display indicia relating to the lock status on the at least one side of the door. In certain forms, the sensor, transmission, and indicator may be electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, magnetic, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Subbiah Gopalakrishnan, Kevin Earl David, Kenton Hayes Barker, Shell Bieker, Daniel J. Compton, Brandon Robinson, Snehil Solanki, Greg Hebner, Bill Massey, Samir M. Tamer
  • Patent number: 9777529
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely controlling loading dock components is disclosed that includes a distribution center having at least one dock station for exchanging materials and a dock component configured to in at least two operational states. An actuator is included that is configured to change the operational state of the dock component in response to an activation signal. A mobile remote control is configured to generate the activation signal to cause the actuator to change the operational state of the dock component and at least one predefined non-activation zone is included such that changing of operational state of the dock component is inhibited when the mobile remote control is located within the at least one predefined non-activation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew C. McNeill, Kyle E. Nelson, Richard A. Horton
  • Patent number: 9754467
    Abstract: An interactive notification system allows the owner of a safe (or any type of vault for protecting personal property) to be contacted when an alarm condition is triggered. The system is configured to respond to a return message signal from the owner to either allow or deny any continued action with the safe. Thus, the owner remains in control of all actions involving the safe, regardless of his physical location. The notification is typically sent electronically to one or more of the owner's communication devices (phone, tablet, computer, etc.), where the owner responds via the same method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Richard James Harrison
  • Patent number: 9728026
    Abstract: A door includes a door panel and an electric lock device including a solar energy module, a biometric verification module, a control module and an electric lock. The solar energy module converts solar energy into an electricity output. The biometric verification module receives a biometric input signal relative to a biometric feature, determines whether the biometric feature conforms with a set of pre-established data, and generates a conforming signal if the determination is affirmative. The control module receives the conforming signal to generate a control signal and an unlocking signal. The electric lock receives the control signal and the unlocking signal. The electric lock operates to unlock the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Yu-Chi Wang
  • Patent number: 9663972
    Abstract: An interchangeable electronic lock includes an electronic access system to activate a motor which powers a gear assembly in the electronic lock. An optional manual bypass allows an operator to override the electronic access. When the lock is activated, the operator manually cranks a lock shaft to lock and unlock a storage unit. A controller selectively operates the motor to move the gear assembly in a linear direction. The gear assembly engages a first portion of a drive assembly with a second portion, to permit manual operation of the lock shaft to lock and unlock the storage unit. An optional modular chassis assembly includes a removable array of components for testing, maintenance and repair. The invention includes a system for operation of the electronic lock, a method of operating the electronic lock and software for operating the electronic lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: WESKO LOCKS LTD.
    Inventors: Theodore Ullrich, John McLeod, Tonino Sabelli, Dean Dipietro, Pepin Gelardi
  • Patent number: 9617756
    Abstract: A control installation for handling luggage (10) in a handling space (32). The handling space (32) has a reception entrance and a discharge exit. Said installation includes a plurality of locking devices (12, 14) to enable each of said pieces of luggage to be kept locked when said luggage is received at said reception entrance. Each of said locking devices (12, 14) includes a control transmitter capable of transmitting an identification signal (36) and an unlocking signal (38) when said locking device (12, 14) is unlocked, while said handling space (32) comprises control receivers (34) to receive, on the one hand, said identification signal (36), and, on the other hand, said unlocking signal (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SBS
    Inventor: André Safir
  • Patent number: 9487140
    Abstract: A doorlock status display system is provided for a motor vehicle. That system includes a door module and a lock status display module. The door module includes a controller, a doorlock and a doorlock status sensor for each door of the motor vehicle. The lock status display module includes a lock status controller, a first indicator for door unlocked status, a second indicator for all doors locked status and a third indicator for all doors locked and closed status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Linden, Rafic Jergess, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, Laura Viviana Hazebrouck, John Thomas Ricks
  • Patent number: 9404698
    Abstract: A firearm includes a firing mechanism and a sensor device. The sensor device includes a subscriber identity module configured to communicate with a server over a signaling channel of a wireless communications network. The Sensor device is configured to enable/disable the firing mechanism in accordance with instructions received by the SIM from the server. Movements and/or attempted operations of the firearm may be monitored using an application running on a mobile device, which application receives information concerning the firearm over the signaling channel of the wireless communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Yardarm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J Stewart, Joaquin Menezes
  • Patent number: 9400150
    Abstract: A firearm includes a firing mechanism and a sensor device. The sensor device includes a subscriber identity module configured to communicate with a server over a signaling channel of a wireless communications network. The Sensor device is configured to enable/disable the firing mechanism in accordance with instructions received by the SIM from the server. Movements and/or attempted operations of the firearm may be monitored using an application running on a mobile device, which application receives information concerning the firearm over the signaling channel of the wireless communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Yardarm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J Stewart, Joaquin Menezes
  • Patent number: 9395132
    Abstract: A firearm includes a firing mechanism and a sensor. The sensor is configured for wireless communication over s short range RF network with a hub worn or carried by a user of the firearm. The hub includes a subscriber identity module configured to communicate with a server over a signaling channel of a wireless telecommunications network. The sensor device is configured to control a enable/disable mechanism in the firearm in accordance with instructions received from the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Yardarm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Stewart, James Schaff, Paul Hammond
  • Patent number: 9245439
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for temporarily disarming a barrier alarm in a security system is described. In one embodiment, a method for temporarily disarming a barrier alarm is described, comprising receiving an indication to disarm the barrier alarm, the indication generated at the barrier alarm by a user, disarming the barrier alarm in response to receiving the indication, re-arming the barrier alarm upon the occurrence of a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lamb, Carlo Petrucci
  • Patent number: 9070231
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for using electronic seals in container security system is provided. According to the present invention, one or more biometric measurements may be used with an e-seal device to control access. In one preferred embodiment, the biometric signals received by an e-seal device may be transmitted to a remote monitoring station, and the remote monitoring station may wirelessly authorize the access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventor: Richard C. Meyers
  • Patent number: 9024759
    Abstract: A wireless electromechanical lock with one or more of an internal antenna, touch activation, and/or a light communication device that acts as a user interface. In some embodiments, the lock utilizes an antenna near the exterior face of the lockset, designed inside the metal body of the lockset itself. A light communication device is provided in some embodiments to communicate information, visually, to the user via animations and dynamic displays of light. In some embodiments, the lockset includes a touch activation capability, which can be used to lock/unlock the lock and/or otherwise provide input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Kwikset Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Uyeda, Michael Maridakis, Jerome F. Czerwinski, Jr., Elliott B. Schneider, Troy M. Brown, David K J Kim
  • Patent number: 9019070
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for managing access control devices. In overview, an access control device is configured to function on the basis of an applied set of configuration data. For example, the manner in which the device processes an access request is dependent on the configuration data. A device according to an embodiment of the present invention is configured to locally maintain plurality of uniquely applicable sets of configuration data. Each set, when applied, causes the device to function in accordance with a respective mode of operation. The device is configured to change which set of configuration data is applied in response to a predetermined command, thereby allowing the device to shift between modes of operation relatively quickly and without the need to download additional configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Neelendra Bhandari, Sanjay Roy, Chandrakantha Reddy
  • Patent number: 9013301
    Abstract: A mobile lock with a retractable cable. The mobile lock includes an integral wireless locator system that can precisely locate the mobile device in real-time if stolen with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (i.e., a drone, etc.) The wireless locator system also automatically send messages (e.g., e-mail, text, instant messages, voice, etc.) and make automatic posts to social networking sites (e.g., FACEBOOK, TWITTER, etc.) and social shopping sites (CRAIG'S LIST, E-BAY, etc.) that the mobile device has been stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Donald S. Williams
  • Patent number: 9000917
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for a high degree of container security using tamper-evident electronic seals is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the tamper evident electronic seal is implemented as a smart E-seal monitoring device and includes a GPS transponder, a sensor manager, an expandable sensor suite, and other components. The smart E-seal may be snapped into place in the door jamb of an existing container. According to one aspect of the invention, the smart E-seal automatically disarms itself after entering a safe zone, and automatically arms itself when leaving a safe zone. More specifically, the smart E-seal may transmit messages to a remote monitoring station regarding the arming/disarming events and the sensor conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventor: Richard C. Meyers
  • Publication number: 20150077252
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lock monitor module for attachment to a locking device, comprising: a sensor in communication with a detection unit for generating a locking device status signal representative of a locked state, an unlocked state, a tampered state, or a distressed state of the locking device, the sensor proximate to a lock component of the locking device; a lock monitor and evaluation software app in communication with the detection unit for receiving the locking device status signal; and a transceiver for transmitting at least one of an alarm signal and a notification signal in response to the locking device status signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory E. King
  • Patent number: 8963712
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a tamper-evident cargo container seal bolt lock are disclosed herein. The device can include a bolt member having a conductive medium running the axial length of the bolt, and a receiving member for locking the bolt into place. A battery-driven sensory circuit including a memory, a processor, and a timing circuit can be disposed within the receiving member such that a continuous circuit is formed from one circuit pin over the conductive medium through the length of the bolt and back to a second pin. The sensory circuit is configured to sense whether the circuit has been interrupted (e.g., if the bolt has been cut). In the event of an interruption, the circuit can record the time and/or date in memory. This information can then be transmitted to an RFID reader/interrogator if a dispute arises as to when the lock had been broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Neology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Mullis, James Robert Kruest
  • Publication number: 20150048944
    Abstract: A magnetic induction alarm device for a locking device is provided. The locking device includes a base and a latch knob disposed on the base movably along a route including a lock section and an unlock section next to the lock section. The magnetic induction alarm device includes a magnetic element and a magnetic induction unit. The magnetic element links up with an end of the latch knob and has a magnetic region. The magnetic induction unit is disposed next to the locking device and includes a shell including a holding space, a magnetic reed switch and an alarm module disposed inside the holding space and electrically connects the magnetic reed switch. The magnetic reed switch is disposed next to the lock section and is inside the holding space, wherein the magnetic region covers the magnetic reed switch when the magnetic element is located within the lock section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: CHUNG-YANG CHEN
  • Patent number: 8933781
    Abstract: A fingerprint reader comprising a fingerprint sensor adapted to output information relating to a fingerprint of a finger engaging a sensitive surface the sensor, and a stiff element comprising an indentation/cavity or through-hole, the sensor being positioned in the indentation/cavity/through-hole so that the sensitive surface is exposed to the surroundings. The stiff element will prevent breaking of the reader. Also, the stiff element may have one or more electrically conducting surface parts positioned adjacently to the sensitive surface of the sensor and being adapted to be contacted by a finger also contacting the sensor, so that the stiff element forms part of the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Cardlab APS
    Inventor: Alexandre Desnoyers
  • Patent number: 8928454
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fastener system, in particular a system for improving computer room security, that reduces energy consumption. This invention provides a fastener system comprising at least one fastener for fastening a first element to a second element, the at least one fastener having a sensor to determine status of that fastener; a trigger box having an LED panel; a junction box capable of receiving and relaying authorization access; and an IP-connected control appliance with relay input/output for access control applications. This invention is particularly useful within server racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Brown, Andrew Jimenez, Timothy D. Holloway
  • Patent number: 8922370
    Abstract: Electrified access-control technology devices for a door, particularly electrified locks for a door, having embedded circuitry therein, and methods of making the same. One or more printed circuit boards (PCBs) having various electronic circuitry are secured inside a housing that encases an access-control device, particularly a lock, for a door. The one or more PCB(s) may be embedded on an internal surface of the housing such that the embedded PCB resides inside the housing along with the lock itself. The embedded PCB(s) avoid interference of both any working components of the lock inside the housing and any openings residing in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sargent Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Picard, Robert C. Hunt, Scott B. Lowder
  • Patent number: 8896446
    Abstract: Described is a device for electronic access control (EAC) and surveillance. The device includes an EAC module and an imager integrated in a single unit. The EAC module controls physical access through a secure portal and the imager maintains surveillance of an observation area near the portal. A data signal is provided at a data port proximate to the EAC module and imager. The data signal includes EAC data for the portal, image or video data of the observation area and optional audio data. The device can be configured to communicate with a remote server and database over an IP data network. The device can also include one or more analytical modules for real-time computation and processing of data and generation of metadata for transmission over the data network. Correlating and combining current and historical data from multiple devices results in powerful real time threat detection and forensic search capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Francis John Cusack, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8866066
    Abstract: Techniques are generally described for a lock system. An example lock system includes a lock with a lock module that controls a lock mechanism. The lock is configured to transmit optical signals to a key. The key reflects the optical signals back to the lock. The key is configured to encode the optical signals with a combination. The lock module is configured to determine whether the combination is valid. The lock module actuates the locking mechanism when the key is determined to be valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Kenichi Fuse
  • Patent number: 8866643
    Abstract: In a rotation input device, a planetary carrier, connected to an operation knob, rotatably supports a planetary gear which meshes with an outer teeth row provided for a sun gear, to which an output shaft is secured, and also meshes with an inner teeth row provided for an outer gear. A plunger provided for the sun gear is in elastic contact with a recess cam provided for the outer gear. A solenoid unit prevents rotation of the outer gear in accordance with an output of a magnetic sensor which faces a magnet provided for the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Sano