Door, Cover, Or Lid For Self-contained Article (e.g., Refrigerator, Mailbox, Drawer, Cabinet, Or Box) Patents (Class 340/545.6)
  • Patent number: 10366438
    Abstract: An exemplary system and method provides a product notification and recommendation technology for monitoring a computing device to detect particular use-cases of device activity and providing a notification through a user interface that indicates at least one product corresponding to the detected particular use-cases. In this way, the product notification and recommendation technology adds a new dimension of usage-based personalization to targeted advertising that results in timely product and service recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Anil Navani, Prasad V. Duggineni, Christian Navarro, Mithun Chackankulam, Snehal N. Mehta
  • Patent number: 10264433
    Abstract: An electronic lock may transmit advertising that the electronic lock is available for communication. A smartphone may establish communication with the electronic lock in response to the advertising. The electronic lock may transmit an encrypted lock identification to the smartphone. The smartphone may transmit the lock identification and a smartphone identification to a cloud. In response, the cloud transmits to the smartphone an encrypted update such as the user database, time and date, and lock configuration. The smartphone may transmit the encrypted update to the electronic lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John R. Ahearn, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Gabriel D. Focke, Michael S. Henney
  • Patent number: 10039400
    Abstract: A system for securely depositing an item includes: a lock mechanism configured to attach to a deposit box having a door configured to provide elective access to an interior space in the box to selectively block the door from opening and allow the door to open to provide access to the interior space; and a first proximity sensor operatively connected to the lock mechanism to operate the lock mechanism to block the door or allow the door to open, a second proximity sensor configured to be attached to at least one of: a delivery person and a piece of delivery equipment; a third proximity sensor; and a first transmitter operatively connected to the lock mechanism and configured to transmit a signal indicative of operating information regarding the lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative World Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia Lee Chambers, Steven James Frederickson
  • Patent number: 9984552
    Abstract: A system and method are described for alerting a user that an area they have entered or are about to enter has a restriction on carriage of a firearm. Methods include detecting the presence of a firearm within an intelligent article of luggage, detecting the current geographic location, comparing the current geographic location to a set of restricted carriage locations, and presenting an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: American Rebel, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Andrew Ross, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9900054
    Abstract: Establishing a communication link may include transmitting by a first device an unmodulated first electromagnetic EHF signal and receiving by a second device the first electromagnetic EHF signal. The second device may determine whether the received first electromagnetic EHF signal indicates that a first shield portion and a second shield portion are in alignment. The transmission of a modulated second electromagnetic EHF signal may be enabled when the received first electromagnetic EHF signal indicates that both the shield portions are in alignment and may be disabled when the received first electromagnetic EHF signal indicates that the first and second shield portions are not in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Keyssa, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary D. McCormack, Ian A. Kyles
  • Patent number: 9873559
    Abstract: A dispensing system including a dispenser for dispensing a product and a waste receptacle for receiving a used product. A triggering connection is present between the dispenser and the waste receptacle. The triggering connection is suitable to trigger in response to a dispensing action an encouraging action of the waste receptacle to encourage use of the waste receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Cecilia Nordlund, Anna Nelvig, Gunilla Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 9871830
    Abstract: A determination is made at a server that a network connected device is to control monitoring performed by a first network connected sensor. A first connection is established between the network connected device and the first network connected sensor, the first connection providing control of the first network connected sensor by the network connected device. A context change for the network connected device is determined. A second connection between the network connected device and a second network connected sensor is established, the second connection providing control of the second network connected sensor by the network connected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Vargheese, William Nathan Dry, Nitesh Trikha, Carlos M. Pignataro, Rajah Balu
  • Patent number: 9858783
    Abstract: A medical supply monitoring system for a medical kit monitors supplies of the medical kit. The medical kit can house medical supplies within a container at a user location. At least one medical supply can have an electronic tracking tag affixed thereon. The system can include an access sensor, a client device, and a server. The access sensor can be installed upon a covering element of the monitored compartment to indicate when an access event has occurred. The client device can be installed within the container and connected to the access sensor. The client device can be configured to collect the situational data for the access event. The server can be remotely-located from the client device and can be configured to maintain an access log for the medical kit using the situational data collected by the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Akhil K. Agrawal, Sukrit Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9730005
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that transfer information using a container-located module. The module is coupled to sensor(s) that are configured to detect characteristic(s) pertaining to a medical substance that is included in a medical container. The module wirelessly transfers information that is based on the characteristic(s) to a requesting device in response to a request from the requesting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventor: Prasan Pai
  • Patent number: 9704357
    Abstract: There is disclosed inter alia a transport goods monitoring device having a cover which is configured to cover transport goods received by a transport goods receptacle, the cover comprising a conductor arrangement, the conductor arrangement being in a first state when the cover is intact, the conductor arrangement being transformable from the first state into a second state by damage of the cover and the conductor arrangement being connectable to a detector which is configured to detect the existence of the second state. Furthermore, there is disclosed an arrangement comprising a transport goods receptacle which is configured to receive transport goods, and such a transport goods monitoring device, the cover of the transport goods monitoring device covering the transport goods receptacle and optionally transport goods arranged thereon. Also disclosed is the use of such a transport goods monitoring device for safeguarding transport goods received by a transport goods receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Hasbach, Oliver Nuessen
  • Patent number: 9624694
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for tamper detection of an electronic lock device using a capacitive proximity sensor. The capacitive proximity sensor is positioned on a printed circuit board that is positioned in an inner region of a housing of the electronic lock device. An electronic signal is transmitted to a conductive element, such as, for example, an area of a copper layer(s) or trace(s) on the printed circuit board. The transmitted electronic signal is monitored to determine a capacitance value. The capacitance value is evaluated to determine whether the capacitance value corresponds to known or predetermined capacitance values that are associated with a cover plate covering an opening of the inner region. In the event the capacitance value is determined to be outside of predetermined capacitance values, and signal may be generated to a reporting authority indicating the removal of the cover plate from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Ryan C. Kincaid
  • Patent number: 9627863
    Abstract: The electrical panel barricade is a three sided cabinet that prevents unauthorized access to electrical panels that are uncovered for maintenance purposes. The electrical panel barricade is attached directly to the uncovered electrical panel using two adjustable clamping bars. The electrical panel barricade can be installed to protect an uncovered electrical panel that needs to be left unattended. The electrical panel barricade can be installed as a temporary closure to accommodate electrical testing equipment that may not fit into the original electrical panel. The electrical panel barricade comprises a door, a left panel, a right panel, a left locking wing, a right locking wing, a top member, and a bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Joel Harrison
  • Patent number: 9603776
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for monitoring medication use with a home automation system. An example medication monitoring system includes a medication storage device, a proximity device, and a dispenser module. The medication storage device is configured to hold a plurality of medications. The proximity device is configured to detect an activity of a user relative to the medication storage device. The dispense module is configured to detect a pattern of the activity based on data received from the proximity device, and generate a notice. The notice may be generated if the pattern is broken. The notice may include a summary report on usage of the medication storage device. The notice may include an alarm if the medication storage device is, for example, tampered with or moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Bunker, Rongbin Lanny Lin, Harrison Taylor Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9580210
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a container within which a material is contained. The dispensing system includes a nozzle, attached to the container, having a first portion and a second portion. The dispensing system includes a magnet attached to the first portion and a compliance system attached to the second portion. The compliance system includes a transmitter and a magnet sensor, coupled to the transmitter, for detecting a presence of the magnet when the first portion with respect to the second portion is in a closed position, and for detecting a non-presence of the magnet when the first portion with respect to the second portion is in an opened position. The transmitter transmits a wireless compliance signal indicative of the magnet sensor detecting at least one of the presence or the non-presence of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jackson William Wegelin, Matthew Joseph Archer, Chip Curtis
  • Patent number: 9554668
    Abstract: A beverage forming method and system in which a carafe is positionable at a carafe receiving area of a beverage forming machine with a lid of the carafe in an open position or a closed position. The carafe may be positioned at the carafe receiving area in any one of multiple rotational positions within a range of 45 to 180 degrees, and the machine may detect whether the lid is open or not for any of the rotational positions. Beverage forming is prevented if the lid is detected to be closed, allowing the carafe to be safely stored on the machine regardless of lid position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Paolino Carnevale, William T. Jacobs, Hassib Hawat
  • Patent number: 9530090
    Abstract: A circuit board anti-tamper mechanism comprises a circuit board having a frangible portion, a trigger having a trigger spring, a trigger arming mechanism actuated by the trigger wherein the trigger arming mechanism is initially non-actuated, a force producing mechanism, a latch providing mechanical communication between the trigger arming mechanism and the force producing mechanism, wherein the latch initially retains the force producing mechanism in a refracted position. Arming pressure applied to the trigger sufficient to overcome the trigger spring force will actuate the trigger arming mechanism, causing the anti-tamper mechanism to be armed. Subsequent tampering with the anti-tamper mechanism results in a decrease of pressure on the trigger below the trigger spring force, thereby causing the trigger arming mechanism to actuate the latch, thereby releasing the force producing mechanism to apply force to the frangible portion of the circuit board, thereby breaking the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Dirac Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Faranak Nekoogar, Farid Dowla, Richard Twogood, Scott Lefton
  • Patent number: 9378483
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods for improving electromagnetic compatibility of a data storage library to meet electromagnetic interference (EMI) requirements. Embodiments can operate in context of a data storage library having one or more robots to ferry storage media between media cells and media drives. The robot(s) can communicate with a controller system via a communications link using respective drivers, thereby employing coordinated-spread-spectrum, frequency-shifted keying (FSK) signals. For example, a transmitting driver can modulate instruction data into an FSK signal and transmit the FSK signal over a predefined spread-spectrum carrier signal; and a receiving driver can receive the FSK signal on the predefined spread-spectrum carrier signal and demodulating the FSK signal to recover the instruction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Frank Smith
  • Patent number: 9355537
    Abstract: A security tag or device for use with a product package. The security tag has an optical sensor that detects ambient radiation (or light, if any) within the package interior (e.g., from a source outside the package). The optical sensor is temporarily limited from detecting the ambient radiation within the package by a lock section. A device may be provided to activate the lock section so that the optical sensor can detect light in the package. The optical sensor can be aligned with an opening in the package after the lock section is activated. After calibration, the optical sensor is used to determine changes in detected ambient radiation within the package. The security tag has an alarm adapted to provide an alert when a change (e.g., above a threshold) in intensity of ambient radiation within a package is detected by the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: DUBOIS LIMITED
    Inventors: Sean D. Maddox, Peter A. Farrar, Mark R. Marriott
  • Patent number: 9292721
    Abstract: An electronic communication device includes an antenna configured to receive a radio frequency (RF) signal and generate a differential current signal at a first tag pin and a second tag pin. A first variable resistor is coupled to the first tag pin and a second variable resistor is coupled to the second tag pin. A mixer circuit is coupled across the first variable resistor and the second variable resistor and is configured to generate an output voltage. The output voltage is used for RF signal detection at all RF signal levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Abhishek Agrawal, Yogesh Darwhekar
  • Patent number: 9007205
    Abstract: An embedded security system for an environment-controlled trailer including a transportation refrigeration unit. The security system includes a plurality of sensors mounted to the trailer and a communication device embedded in the transportation refrigeration unit of the trailer, the communication device being configured to receive data from the plurality of sensors, and to send the received data to a controller being remote from the trailer. The controller is configured to monitor the security status of the trailer and to determine a security risk at the trailer based, at least in part, on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Alan Walker, Eduardo S. Tan, Ulrich Fink
  • Patent number: 9007230
    Abstract: A verification system including a block gage configured to connect to a voltage source comprising a ground terminal and a positive terminal, and to receive a top cover configured to mate with a base unit for a storage device. The block gage includes a plurality of pins, each of which being configured to: be electrically insulated from each other, form a completable circuit, be electrically connected to the positive terminal, and correspond in location and height to a top cover contact point in the base unit or a keep out point in the base unit. The block gage includes a spring mounted probe configured to be electrically connected to the ground terminal, wherein when the top cover contacts the spring mounted probe and a pin of the plurality of pins, a completable circuit for the contacted pin is completed, thereby indicating that the top cover contacted the contacted pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Muhd 'Adi Saifuddin Mohamed Arsad, Ai Ling Ng
  • Patent number: 8963713
    Abstract: An integrated security system that includes a security alarm reporting system (SARS) that is resilient to equipment failure and, as such, provides a comprehensive solution to the problem of an intruder attempting to disable an alarm reporting system. The integrated security system includes a gateway/touchscreen coupled to a security system. The gateway/touchscreen and the security system are at a first location and manage a variety of security and network devices at the first location. A security server at a second location is coupled to the security system and receives a first signal from the security system. A heartbeat signal is initiated that monitors health of the security system. The heartbeat signal may be initiated in response to the first signal. The security server detects a failure of the heartbeat signal and generates a report and sends the report to a central monitoring station. The report is an electronic report that indicates failure of the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Dawes, Chris Decenzo, Carolyn Wales
  • Patent number: 8955003
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to perform pre-operations at a media device in anticipation of an occurrence of a user action. An exemplary embodiment receives an in-use signal from an electronic device that is remotely proximate to the media device, wherein the received in-use signal corresponds to a user interaction with the electronic device; and performs the pre-operation at the media device. The pre-operation is performed prior to receiving an initial user action configured to operate at least one of the media device and a media presentation device coupled to the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Maxim Litvinov
  • Patent number: 8939365
    Abstract: A registering and counting system operated in response to information included on data bearing records is used for maintaining inventory records related to narcotics items. Data corresponding to users is read through record reading devices. Authorized users are allowed access to a narcotics vault. Narcotics holding containers are removable from storage locations in drawers. Wireless transmitters on the containers operate in conjunction with wireless readers in the storage locations to enable a computer to track the use of the narcotics items and operating parameters of the registering and counting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventor: Rodney J. Reese
  • Patent number: 8892326
    Abstract: A tool for configuring a replacement electronic control unit for a vehicle is provided. The tool includes a computer storage medium having a computer program encoded thereon which may be stored on an electronic module or installed on a computing device that connects to a communications bus in the vehicle. The program includes code for accessing a first memory associated with an original electronic control unit for the vehicle, retrieving a configuration for the original electronic control unit from the first memory, associating the configuration with a vehicle identification number associated with the vehicle in a second memory remote from the vehicle and downloading the configuration from the second memory to a third memory associated with the replacement electronic control unit for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Frashure, Ron R. Stahl
  • Patent number: 8860574
    Abstract: A cabinet lock for protecting merchandise within a merchandise display cabinet having an inner door and an outer door. The cabinet lock includes a strike plate affixed to the inner door and a lock housing affixed to the outer door such that the cabinet is in a locked configuration that prevents access to the merchandise when the lock housing is operably engaged to the strike plate. A programmable electronic key communicates a security code with the cabinet lock and transfers electrical power to the cabinet lock to operate a lock mechanism between the locked configuration and an unlocked configuration. An indicator is provided for indicating whether the cabinet lock is in the locked configuration or the unlocked configuration. The indicator includes a first segment and a second segment that can be energized to visually indicate the status of the cabinet lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, David N. Berglund, Hrishikesh P. Gogate, Justin A. Richardson, William M. Warren, Andrew W. Moock
  • Patent number: 8836475
    Abstract: A monitoring device in accordance with the disclosure stores a serial number list in non-volatile memory, the serial number list including data indicative of at least one valid serial number associated with one or more key fobs permitted to interact with the monitoring device. The monitoring device is configured to receive a wakeup signal via a key fob interface configured to communicate with a key fob. The monitoring device reads a serial number from a key fob via the key fob interface and searches the stored serial number list for data indicative of a valid serial number matching the serial number read via the key fob interface. The monitoring device reads action data from the key fob via the key fob interface, the action data being indicative of an action to be taken by the monitoring device. The monitoring device, in response to the read serial number matching a valid serial number of the stored serial number list, takes an action based on the action data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Donlan, Michael Baumgartner, Norayr Minassian, Timothy Hester
  • Patent number: 8836506
    Abstract: Mounting devices for attaching electronics equipment to a cargo container. An embodiment of the present invention comprises a mounting plate comprising a first portion for securing the electronics equipment to the mounting device, a second portion, coupled to the first portion at an edge of the first portion, at an approximate right angle to the first portion, and a third portion, coupled to the second portion at a second edge, wherein the third portion is approximately parallel to the first portion, wherein a length of the second portion being substantially similar to a width of a door of the cargo container, and the third portion is of sufficient length to retain the mounting device on the cargo container when the door of the cargo container is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Randy L. Jaeger, Dean M. Razee, Peter S. Lauenstein
  • Patent number: 8803689
    Abstract: Apparatus for counteracting a suicide attempt of a person trying to hang himself from a cord extended over the top edge of a door which door has an inside upper surface facing the interior of the room, the apparatus including an elongated pressure sensor mountable on that inside upper surface of the door, the sensor having an exposed surface facing away from the inside surface of the door, that exposed surface being responsive to a force applied thereagainst by a segment of a cord when it is draped over the top of the door and hanging downward adjacent the inside surface, and the apparatus being adapted to forward an alarm signal indicating the sensing of the force by the cord, and an electrical controller to forward an alarm signal indicating that the sensor has sensed the downward force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Securitech Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Berger
  • Patent number: 8760296
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for monitoring and/or controlling access to interior portions of consumer-operated kiosks and other enclosures are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a consumer-operated kiosk includes an enclosure having a door movable between a closed position that prevents access to the enclosure and an open position that permits access to the enclosure. In this embodiment, an identifier, such as an RFID transponder or tag, is mounted to one of the enclosure or the door, and a reader, such as an RFID reader, is mounted to the other of the enclosure or the door. When the door is closed, the reader detects the identifier. Conversely, when the door moves away form the closed position, the reader ceases to detect the identifier and can generate/send a signal indicating that the door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Outerwall Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8717173
    Abstract: An alarm for digital storage discs includes an alarm module positioned within the central indention found in conventional CD and DVD jewel cases. A lid sensor in communication with the alarm module includes a pair of spaced trigger arms that form an ovate opening. A nodule on the uppermost arm engages the jewel case lid to maintain engagement of electrical contacts on the arms. An arming switch includes a magnetically-operated pin that is extended into the opening formed between the triggers to prevent the contacts from separating. Once the jewel case is sealed, an arming station initially retracts the pin while the case lid firmly engages the nodule to maintain the contacts in engagement. If an unauthorized user opens the jewel case without first extending the pin at the arming station, the triggers will automatically separate thereby activating the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Mary L. Jones
  • Patent number: 8717163
    Abstract: A system for providing communications for container security is provided. The system includes a sensing system for monitoring the contents of the container; a signal receiving element for receiving sensor data from the sensing system; a control element for analyzing received sensor data; a first transceiver element for receiving signals containing sensor data from within the container and for transmitting those signals outside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventors: Linda G. Easley, Ronald L. Martin
  • Patent number: 8710987
    Abstract: A secure data entry device including a housing, tamper sensitive circuitry located within the housing and tampering alarm indication circuitry arranged to provide an alarm indication in response to attempted access to the tamper sensitive circuitry, the tampering alarm indication circuitry including at least one conductor, a signal generator operative to transmit a signal along the at least one conductor and a signal analyzer operative to receive the signal transmitted along the at least one conductor and to sense tampering with the at least one conductor, the signal analyzer being operative to sense the tampering by sensing changes in at least one of a rise time and a fall time of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Verifone, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Ben-Zion, Ofer Itshakey
  • Patent number: 8680998
    Abstract: A structure breach may be determined. A sensor, provided in the structure, may be driven with a constant frequency signal. The sensor may comprise a first conductive element and a second conductive element. The first conductive element may be substantially parallel with the second conductive element. A standing wave pattern may be induced on the sensor by the constant frequency signal reflecting off a termination point of the sensor. A least one characteristic of the sensor caused by the voltage standing wave pattern may be measured. A breach occurrence in the structure may be determined when the measured at least one characteristic varies from a previously determined value by a predetermined amount. The first conductive element and the second conductive element may be sandwiched between two layers comprising the structure. The structure may comprise a shipping container floor. The detected breach may comprise an opening greater than nine square inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Michaels, Jennifer Michaels
  • Publication number: 20140077950
    Abstract: A cover access notification device is employed with a utility meter box having a cover. The device is operable to detect when an impermissible open condition has occurred, for example, if an intruder breaks into a meter box. If a tampered condition is sensed, the device transmits a signal through a smart grid network which can be received by a revenue protection system that in turn monitors tampering of a utility meter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Erick Rudaitis, Jeffrey John Hanft
  • Patent number: 8665083
    Abstract: A system for providing communications for container security is provided. The system includes a sensing system for monitoring the contents of the container; a signal receiving element for receiving sensor data from the sensing system; a control element for analyzing received sensor data; a first transceiver element for receiving signals containing sensor data from within the container and for transmitting those signals outside of the container; and a satellite transceiver element for receiving signals from the first transceiver element and for forwarding the received signals via satellite uplink to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventors: Linda G. Easley, Ronald L. Martin
  • Patent number: 8653972
    Abstract: A compact wireless security sensor having a magnetically operated plunger switch. The compact nature of the sensor of the present invention makes it ideal for being substantially concealing into a door frame or window as part of a wireless security system. The sensor unit includes a housing having an inner end, an outer end, and a magnet positioned within a moveable plunger, and an antenna, preferably a flexible wire antenna. The housing further contains a sensor switch, a microprocessor with a PCB, a wireless transmitter, such as an RF transmitter, and a power source, such as a small coin cell battery, for emitting signals to a master station or controller when the plunger switch is depressed and activates the internal sensor switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ion Digital LLP
    Inventors: Dean David Schebel, Julian P. Carlson, Russell E. Vandevanter
  • Publication number: 20130314233
    Abstract: An electronic security seal (e-Seal) is disclosed. The e-Seal monitors security of shipments including intermodal containers, reports tampers in real-time, monitors environmental status of goods and reports exceptions in real-time, and reports the location of the shipment with high frequency. The security monitoring complies with the ISO 17712 standard, adding electronic real-time reporting of tamper time and location and LED tamper indication. The e-Seal can be manufactured and operated at low cost due to diagnostic and logistic features. The e-Seal supports low cost upgrades due to a modular architecture allowing a plug-in update of separate functions. The e-Seal allows flexible usage across supply chain tradelanes, due to highly programmable operation including over-the-air remote programming via wireless communications. The e-Seal provides low power operation to save battery usage and lower costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicants: DEAL MAGIC, INC., SAVI TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Timothy Dirk Stevens
  • Patent number: 8593282
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for reducing the transmission of infrared (IR) signals outside of a reclamation receptacle. Techniques include using a reclamation receptacle having an IR transmitter configured to transmit IR signals when the reclamation receptacle is in a closed configuration and configured to cease transmission of the IR signals when the reclamation receptacle is in an open configuration. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag may be deposited in the reclamation receptacle. The RFID tag may receive the IR signals and generate a radio frequency (RF) signal in response to the IR signals, wherein the RF signal indicates that the RFID tag is in the reclamation receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Todd Franklin Scarola, Lynn Ann DeRose, John Michael Lizzi, Jr., Douglas Roy Forman, Charles Burton Theurer, Brandon Stephen Good, Francis Christopher Hann
  • Patent number: 8587429
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, an intelligent communications device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a plurality of circuit boards are operative to perform communication functions in a network, where the device includes a first circuit board and a second circuit board. The device includes a first actuatable member that is operative to selectively activate circuitry on the second circuit board, where the first actuatable member has a toggle switch that is operative to disable power supplied to the second circuit board while the first circuit board retains power and is fully operative to perform communications functions. The device includes a second actuatable member that is operatively coupled to an enclosure and a detachable cover. The detachable cover is configured to raise an alert when an unauthorized entity attempts to access the circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Melvin, Jr., Robert Bryan Seal, William M. Dilback
  • Patent number: 8564436
    Abstract: A wallet includes semi-rigid first and second portions each having outer and inner sides, the second portion being hingedly coupled to the first portion whereby the second portion is movable relative to the first portion to define open and closed configurations. The first portion inner side includes a pocket. A foldable changing pad is operatively coupled to at least one of the first portion and the second portion. A flexible container is positioned proximate one of the first portion and the second portion, the container having a bottom and at least one wall extending upwardly from the bottom that are movable between collapsed and expanded configurations defining a reservoir for holding a liquid therein, the at least one wall defining an outlet. A lid is removably coupled to the container outlet. A liquid delivery member is coupled to the lid for selectively transferring the liquid through the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Victoria A. Oleen
  • Patent number: 8531292
    Abstract: A design and manufacturing methods for reusable, stackable shipping containers made from composite materials is described. The composite material is embedded with optical fibers, data and electrical paths, and various types of components. These embedded devices are capable of detecting intrusions through the container walls, securely storing and processing information, and securely communicating information to other containers and to remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignees: University of Maine System Board of Trustees, Angel Secure Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Habib J. Dagher, Fred Hewitt Smith
  • Publication number: 20130187777
    Abstract: A container monitoring system can generally comprise a first door controller, a second door controller, and a controller module. The first door controller module can be disposed in communication with a controller module. The first door controller module can be configured to receive a first random generated code from the controller module and further configured to store the first random generated code. The second door controller module can be disposed in communication with the controller module. The second door controller module can be configured to receive a second random generated code from the controller module and further configured to store the second random generated code. The controller module can be configured to separately interrogate the first door controller and the second door controller and configured to establish an alarm condition based on one or more signals received from the first door controller and the second door controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Gisele Bennett, Jonathan C. James, Timothy M. Strike, Terence Haran, David Fentem, Tedd Toler, Benjamin Brackett, Jeffrey Jo
  • Patent number: 8493193
    Abstract: An anti theft locking system for the cargo carrying portion of a truck, trailer, shipping container, and/or railcar having at least one access door. The anti theft locking mechanism and associated signal processing means for locking the access door are all located entirely within the cargo carrying portion and cannot be accessed from outside. The locking mechanism can be locked in response to a coded locking signal generated from the exterior of the cargo carrying portion. The locking mechanism can be unlocked in response to a coded unlocking signal generated from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Jean Ramy Louis, Milton L. Hultberg, William J. Seeber
  • Patent number: 8482413
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for monitoring and/or controlling access to interior portions of consumer-operated kiosks and other enclosures are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a consumer-operated kiosk includes an enclosure having a door movable between a closed position that prevents access to the enclosure and an open position that permits access to the enclosure. In this embodiment, an identifier, such as an RFID transponder or tag, is mounted to one of the enclosure or the door, and a reader, such as an RFID reader, is mounted to the other of the enclosure or the door. When the door is closed, the reader detects the identifier. Conversely, when the door moves away form the closed position, the reader ceases to detect the identifier and can generate/send a signal indicating that the door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Coinstar, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8474690
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a depository (10) that can receive deposit containers (20) from persons authorized to open a door lock (24). The depository includes a depository head (12) and a chest (14). A security curtain assembly (36) is movable by an actuator to block the deposit entry opening into the chest. The security curtain assembly comprises a plurality of movable plate members (52, 54, 56). At least one processor is in operative connection with sensors that can sense conditions which correspond to an attack on the depository. The at least one processor causes the actuator to close the security curtain assembly in response to a sensed attack. The processor can also cause alarms to be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven R. Davis, Virgil Barnes, Robert V. Artino, Gary Baker, Neil Gromley
  • Patent number: 8471704
    Abstract: A door system includes a sensor device for monitoring a vertical door edge. The sensor device has a transmitter that generates a light beam that runs along the vertical door edge, and a receiver to receive the light emitted by the transmitter. Further, an element of the sensor device is mounted in a region of a base of the door, with the sensor element being either in or on the base in front of the vertical door edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Cedes AG
    Inventors: Bas Albers, Heinz Hügli, Beat De Coi, René Hug, Thomas Gay
  • Patent number: 8446278
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring the security of closures of the type used on large trucks, and shipping or other containers wherein one or more doors are provided on an end and/or the sides of the container and are secured by vertical rods having cam-like latches at their ends that are rotatable from a first disposition in which they engage keepers to lock the doors in a closed position, and a second disposition in which they disengage the keepers to unlock the doors and allow them to swing into an open position. More specifically, the present invention relates to a monitoring assembly that attaches between the locking rod handles of the containers, senses any movement of the locking handles or the opening of the doors, and provides visual signals and/or transmitted signals as an indication of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Innovative Labs LLC
    Inventors: Victor S. Ivashin, John W. Webley
  • Patent number: 8443458
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a mechanism for tamper detection of electronic devices (110) in closed units which is robust and low cost. The object is achieved by a method in an electronic device (110) for detecting if a cover (100) enclosing the electronic device (110) has been opened. The cover (100) comprises an enclosing assembly (250) which is adapted to fasten the cover (100) into a closed position. The electronic (device 110) comprises a non volatile memory (120). The non volatile memory (120) comprises a stored reference signature associated to the enclosing assembly (250) when the cover (100) was fastened into a closed position. The method comprises the following steps: (Creating 1003) a signature associated to the enclosing assembly (250). Comparing (1004) the created signature with the reference signature. Detecting (1007) that the cover 100 has been opened when the comparing (1004) results in a difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Dan Anders Lindqvist
  • Patent number: 8436628
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capacitive sensor system comprising a sensor circuit connected to a first (15) and a second (11) antenna, the first antenna (15) is arranged on a first object (10) and the second antenna (11) is arranged on a second object (11) movable relative to said first object (10). The first antenna (15) is arranged right next to the second object (11) for the sensor circuit to detect the movement and/or position of the second object (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Andrei Uhov, Roberto Giordano, Girish Pimputkar