Responsive To Intruder Energy Patents (Class 340/565)
  • Patent number: 9936555
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for lighting configuration, contemplating analysis of a plurality of distance values from a plurality of distance sensors to set one or more light output characteristics of a plurality of LEDs. The light output characteristics of the LEDs are set as a function of the distance values from the distance sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Tatiana Aleksandrovna Lashina, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis
  • Patent number: 9811991
    Abstract: A product for detecting people approaching an isolated user, discouraging the detected people from disturbing the user, and for taking messages from the approaching people. The product may be embodied in noise-canceling headphones that the user is wearing, for example. The product can include a camera and a microphone that can detect approaching people. The product can also include an externally-facing speaker that can play an audio message to the approaching person to attempt to discourage the person from disturbing the user. The product can also prompt the person to leave a message for the user and then record the subsequent message. The user can review the message at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti, Ajay Juneja
  • Patent number: 9706178
    Abstract: An audio-video communication system comprises a wireless exterior module located proximate an entrance, a computerized controller running a software application, and a remote peripheral device. The wireless exterior module includes a proximity sensor for detecting a person at the entrance, a video camera for recording an image of the person at the entrance, a microphone for recording the person at the entrance, a speaker for playing audio to the person at the entrance, a transmitter for communicating sounds and images of the person at the entrance, and a receiver for receiving communications at the wireless exterior module. The computerized controller is disposed in wireless electronic communication with the wireless exterior module via the transmitter and the receiver of the wireless exterior module. The remote peripheral device is configured to electronically communicate with the computerized controller for viewing an image from the video camera communicated from the wireless exterior module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Eyetalk365, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Carter
  • Patent number: 9654234
    Abstract: An exercise assistance system labels sensor signals received from a movement measurement device to identify repetitions within the sensor signals. The movement measurement device can transmit motion data describing the user's movement to the exercise assistance system, and includes the sensor signals generated by one or more sensors in the movement measurement device. The exercise assistance system generates a combination signal from the received sensor signals and passes the combination signal through a low pass filter to generate a labeling signal. The exercise assistance system can generate three types of labels for the labeling signal identifying different parts of repetitions. The exercise assistance system labels the sensor signals using the generated labels and can identify repetitions in the labeled sensor signals using a classification model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Focus Ventures, Inc.
    Inventor: Shuo Feng
  • Patent number: 9551525
    Abstract: A shocking cooler includes an ice chest cooler which has a lid and lower portion. A first conductor is located within the bottom portion and extrudes from one of the side interior surfaces of the ice chest cooler. A second conductor is located near a lower lip region, and is separated a distance from the first conductor. The first conductor and second conductor are joined to a power supply at alternate connections (either positive (+) or negative (?)) by connection cable(s). The power supply is connected to a switch, which allows the shocking ice chest cooler to be turned on or off. Water is introduced to the ice chest cooler, and is in contact with the first conductor. When a burglar attempts to reach into the ice chest cooler, his hand is immersed into the water, thereby completing the circuit and issuing an electrical shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley Charles Watson, Jerry Brown, Benjamin Michael Phillips
  • Patent number: 9212951
    Abstract: The object detection device includes: a pyroelectric element configured to output a current signal in response to a change in an amount of infrared light; an I/V conversion circuit including an operational amplifier, a capacitive element serving as a feedback circuit, and a discharging circuit, and configured to convert the current signal to a voltage signal; an A/D conversion circuit configured to convert the voltage signal to a first digital signal; a digital filter configured to extract a detection component having a frequency included in a frequency band associated with an object from a waveform represented by the first digital signal by subjecting the first digital signal to an arithmetic processing, and create a second digital signal representing a waveform of the detection component; a judgment circuit configured to detect the target based on the second digital signal; and a control unit configured to control the discharging circuit based on a period corresponding to a predetermined frequency not great
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suguru Fukui, Teruki Hatatani
  • Patent number: 9024760
    Abstract: An ultrasonic occupancy sensor for detecting presence or absence of an occupant in a space includes an ultrasonic receiving circuit having a synchronous rectifier that allows the circuit to detect small-magnitude ultrasonic waves having a Doppler shift. The sensor comprises an ultrasonic transmitter for transmitting ultrasonic waves at an ultrasonic operating frequency, and a controller that drives the transmitting circuit with complementary drive signals to control the ultrasonic operating frequency. The synchronous rectifier receives the drive signals from the controller and rectifies an amplified input signal to generate a rectified signal, which is filtered by a filter to generate a filtered signal. The controller receives the filtered signal and determines that the space is occupied if the magnitude of the filtered signal exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 9000907
    Abstract: A safety system using a network connected to a vehicle to alert a client device of an operator, a first responder, a dedicated emergency dispatch service, a bystander or combinations thereof to the presence of an occupant in a vehicle passenger compartment of a vehicle indicating the occupant's temperature has exceeded or dropped below a life threatening threshold. The system uses a plurality of pressure sensors in vehicle seats, a first plurality of optical infrared frequency sensors located in the passenger compartment for measuring air temperature values of the passenger compartment, a plurality of second optical infrared frequency sensors measuring occupant temperature values in the passenger compartment and, in embodiments, at least one front seat motion sensor and at least one back seat motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Paul F. Rembach, Don Leslie Bockhorn
  • Patent number: 8988220
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for detecting an intruder inside a vehicle. The apparatus comprises a load sensor coupled to the vehicle, and a processor. The processor is coupled to the load sensor and is configured to monitor the load in the vehicle after the vehicle is vacated and locked and to determine if the load in the vehicle changes by more than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Craig R. Markyvech, Clark E. McCall
  • Patent number: 8970372
    Abstract: System and method are provided where an occupancy sensor with a time delay function designed to dim the lights, for example as a warning, after a first period of time has expired without detecting room occupancy. The lights remain dimmed for a second period of time, and then are turned off after a third period of time has expired without detecting room occupancy. If occupancy is detected during the first period of time, the lights will remain on. If occupancy is detected during the second or third period of time, the lights will be turned on to, for example, previous brightness. A night light can be added to, and/or incorporated in, an occupancy sensor which includes the dimmer feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher C. Primous, Thomas J. Batko
  • Patent number: 8912902
    Abstract: An intrusion detector comprises a housing including a cover and baseplate mounting a circuit board. The cover and baseplate are removably mountable to a base. A motion sensor and bracket are mounted to the circuit board. The cover has a lower lookdown window. A lookdown enable/disable actuator extends from a rear side of the circuit board and is accessible through the baseplate. The actuator is operable to move a door pivotally mounted to the bracket between an on position to enable a lookdown function and an off position to disable the lookdown function. The detector is normally mounted on a wall by securing the base to the wall. The cover and baseplate can be removed from the base. A screwdriver can be used to turn the actuator. The cover and baseplate can then be remounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventor: Guobin Xu
  • Patent number: 8890688
    Abstract: A cellular modem may give notice of changes in modes. The modem will change modes as a result of the breaking of a trip wire or the closing of contacts that are normally open or the opening of contacts that are normally closed or sensing motion or light, or sensing variations in resistance. One contact is provided to wake the unit from “sleep” and the other is provided to detect intrusion, motion, etc. Light detectors can detect light, such as when a closed container is opened. Closed contacts can be used in parallel to change any mode or open/closed contacts in parallel/series. The modem can be used to apprehend people breaking into or stealing luggage, equipment, boxes, etc. The present invention informs the user when the object being monitored is being moved or opened and can track the object's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Schell
  • Patent number: 8842006
    Abstract: Disclosed is a security and alarm system. When sensors detect something of note, they alert a master unit which in turn captures pertinent information (e.g., an image or sound) and places a mobile-telephone call to deliver the alert and the captured information. The recipient of the call (for example, an owner of the system or a security service) evaluates the information and takes appropriate action such as alerting a local police department. Some embodiments offer two-way service: In addition to delivering alerts, the system responds to calls from an authorized user requesting current information. Two-way communications allow some embodiments to deliver “Breach of Peace” alerts to users. In one scenario, a public security service sends out a warning within a geographical area that the peace has been breached. The system receives the warning and alerts its user to the situation. The user then takes appropriate action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: J & C Investments L.L.C.
    Inventor: Micah Paul Anderson
  • Patent number: 8836505
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an illumination control system includes a motion sensor and a central management server. The motion sensor acquires position information and action information of a person. The central management server holds holding position information of an illumination unit and necessary light amount information for action information of the person, acquires a necessary amount of light corresponding to the action information of the person based on the necessary light amount information, calculates a brightness control amount based on the position information of the illumination unit, and controls the illumination unit using the brightness control amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shuhei Noda, Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Kazumi Nagata, Nobutaka Nishimura, Yasuo Takagi
  • Patent number: 8836531
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an active warning device for server and the warning method thereof. The active warning device is applied to a server. When a control module in the server is departing from a midplane board, the active warning device can provide warning actively. Thereby, a user can notice that the control module is been drawing out of the server and then uses his both hands to support it for preventing tilt, fall, and hence damage of the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Po-Han Lin
  • Patent number: 8830059
    Abstract: A monitoring facility includes at least one acoustic sensor arranged in a monitoring area to convert an acoustic wave picked up following the occurrence of an activity in the monitoring area into an information signal, and a processing device to receive the information signal. Also included is a system for transmitting at least one alarm and a database including, for each one of at least one predetermined reference activity, an occurrence of which is likely to generate acoustic waves in the monitoring area, reference characteristics relating to said predetermined reference activity. The processing device includes an analysis system to analyze the information signal according to reference characteristics of at least one predetermined reference activity of the database, and to activate the system for transmitting at least one alarm according to said analysis. Furthermore, at least one acoustic sensor is included to detect seismic waves propagating in a solid medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Nikolovski
  • Patent number: 8823967
    Abstract: A power-supply control device includes a power-supply control section, a first detection section that detects whether or not a body capable of movement is moving, a second detection section that detects whether or not the body capable of movement exists, and an instruction section. The power-supply control section receives supply of power from a mains power source section, and selectively sets a power supply mode, in which power is supplied to a processing section, and a power saving mode, in which supply of power to the processing section is stopped. The first and second detection sections and the instruction section are caused to operate at least in the power saving mode. The instruction section provides, for the power-supply control section, an instruction for switching between the power supply mode and the power saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsunobu Mamiya, Kazuhiko Narushima, Kouichi Azuma, Hidenori Horie, Masafumi Ono, Motofumi Baba, Masato Ishiyama, Keiko Shiraishi, Kenta Ogata, Kenji Kuroishi
  • Patent number: 8823541
    Abstract: First, a user may select an illumination color for a bezel framing a display of an electronics device. Second, the illumination of a digital picture frame may be established based on sensed motion nearby and/or ambient light. Third, the color of a user interface presented on a display can be established to match the color of the room in which the display is disposed, as indicated by colorimetry from a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Steven Friedlander, Rafael Calderon, Steven Richman
  • Patent number: 8786435
    Abstract: A wireless security system includes a power supply and a security device in selective electrical communication with the power supply. The security device provides a security response when electrically connected with the power supply. A receiver is electrically connected between the power supply and the security device and is operable to selectively electrically connect the security device with the power supply. At least one self-energizing switch of the system includes a wireless transmitter and an energy harvester that is operable to power the wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter emits a signal to the receiver in response to power from the energy harvester, to trigger the security response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Enocean GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Barnett, John Gerard Finch
  • Patent number: 8750509
    Abstract: A wireless surveillance system and methods of operating same, providing at least one data input capture device (ICDs), including cameras which have the ability to capture video, audio, and/or data from sensors such as temperature and humidity data, while being newly or retrofittably releasably mountable to a track lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Smartvue Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Renkis
  • Patent number: 8736446
    Abstract: Since a sensor signal intermitted on the basis of a sensor signal including an abnormality detection signal, detected as a result of a persistence of an abnormal condition of a security sensor, is generated and an intermitted output signal in dependence on an intermitted sensor signal input is transmitted from a wireless transmitter 17 to a receiver 18, a condition in which the intermitted output signal can be transmitted from the wireless transmitter 17 to the receiver 18 can be retained even though the wireless transmitter 17 is of a type capable of transmitting an output signal in the form of, for example, one pulse on the basis of the signal input, and it is therefore possible for the side of the receiver 18 to recognize assuredly the persistence of the abnormal condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Optex Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Hayashide, Katsutoshi Tatsuoka
  • Patent number: 8710983
    Abstract: The present application describes a sensor network and method for monitoring and detecting intrusion activities in accordance with various illustrative embodiments. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first input from a first sensor at a first sensor node of a wireless ad hoc sensor network, and comparing the first input to a first predefined input threshold associated with an intrusion activity. The method also includes wirelessly communicating an indication of the intrusion activity to a gateway device via a second sensor node of the wireless ad hoc sensor network. The gateway device may include an interface between the wireless ad hoc sensor network and a user-interactive system configured to monitor the wireless ad hoc sensor network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Integrated Security Corporation
    Inventor: Bernard M. Malkowski
  • 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: 8698626
    Abstract: A door blocker includes a wireless transmitter coupled to a forced entry sensor. In response to sensing a stressed blocking element the transmitter emits an alarm indicator. At the same time, the blocking element continues to limit movement of the door relative to the frame to exclude an intruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Eskildsen, Robert E. Lee, Mark D. Okeefe
  • Patent number: 8686854
    Abstract: A software module apparatus for enabling a user to generate a virtual tripwire through a geographic area of interest using a plurality of sensors. The apparatus may make use of an input for allowing a user to input a digital elevation model (DEM) of the area of interest. An input responsive to a user controlled device may also be used for defining a swath of the area of interest, the swath representing a subregion laying over, or adjacent to, a border to be monitored. A display may be generated for illustrating computed locations of a plurality of independent sensors used to form the virtual tripwire through the swath of the area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Raju S. Mattikalli, Robert W. Grube, Paul Z. Thunemann
  • Patent number: 8681005
    Abstract: A technique for operating a Radio Frequency Identification, RFID, reader with motion detection includes detecting a motion in proximity to the RFID reader, and triggering the RFID reader to read any tags in proximity to the RFID reader in response to detecting a motion in proximity to the RFID reader. Detecting a motion can also generate a change in digital signage, or communicate information about read tags to a local area network. Operating this system only when motion is detected saves battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy B. Austin, Mark W. Duron, Miklos Stern, Thomas E. Wulff
  • Patent number: 8680984
    Abstract: Covering arrangement for a pipe which can be welded to a series of further pipes to produce pipelines intended, in particular, for transporting gaseous or liquid media, wherein the covering arrangement is designed for sealing at least the pipe edge which is at risk of corrosion, and wherein the covering arrangement comprises an inner cap with an inner sleeve which is designed for abutment against the inside of the pipe and has a covering element which is provided for the purpose of at least partially covering the inner cross section of the pipe which is not covered by the inner sleeve. The invention also relates to a pipe having a corresponding covering arrangement and a system for monitoring pipes having corresponding covering arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rosen Swiss AG
    Inventor: Hermann Rosen
  • Patent number: 8674831
    Abstract: Security systems may include sensing, networked communications, stealth, alarms, and countermeasures, any or all of which may adapt to threats. These systems may also include armor and barriers of concrete and/or steel. They can adapt to severity of threats, weather, and/or other situational aspects. They can anticipate at least some threats in order to obtain early warning and react more quickly to those threats. They can adapt by altering their configurations, including alterations in communication networking structures and methods, and changes in data-storage and processing duties at processing nodes. Defensive and/or offensive countermeasures can be employed to deter, confuse, trap, and/or disable terrorists. The systems are capable of self-maintenance, self-healing, and self-restoration as threats subside. The systems can include subsystems capable of autonomous operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kontek Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Merrill, Kevin Charles Kriegel, Roger Allen Nolte, Barclay J. Tullis
  • Patent number: 8665090
    Abstract: A multi-modal load control system includes a sensor that operates as an occupancy sensor in a first mode of operation and operates as a vacancy sensor in a second mode of operation. The load control system comprises a load control circuit adapted to be coupled in series electrical connection between an AC power source and an electrical load for controlling the amount of power delivered to the load in response to sensor, which is operable to detect occupancy or vacancy conditions in a space in which the sensor is located. In the first mode of operation, the load control circuit turns the load on when the sensor detects the occupancy condition and turns the load off when the sensor detects the vacancy condition. In the second mode of operation, the load control circuit turns the load off when the sensor detects the vacancy condition and does not turn the load on when the sensor detects the occupancy condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Bull
  • Patent number: 8624735
    Abstract: An alarm system for indicating the specific location of an intrusion into an enclosed space, as well as a method for installing the alarm system, are disclosed. The intrusion causes illumination of an indicator light outside the enclosed space and within the outer perimeter zone of the enclosed space, thereby indicating the specific location of the intrusion. At least one interior sensor located within the enclosed space generates a specific intrusion location signal in response to movement therein. A control system responsive to the specific intrusion location signal causes the indicator light to emit light that is visible from outside the outer perimeter zone of the enclosed space. The emitted light can indicate the specific location of an intrusion by directing light towards the specific intrusion location, and/or by surrounding the specific intrusion location, and/or by activating a light display that produces readable output of the specific intrusion location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Yael Debra Kellen, Arl Saul Kellen
  • Patent number: 8614744
    Abstract: A solution for monitoring an area includes using a region schema for the area. The region schema can include a set of prototypical tracks, each of which includes a start location, an end location, and a trajectory. The trajectory comprises an expected path an object will travel between the start location and the end location and can include variation information that defines an amount that an object can vary from the trajectory. The region schema can be generated by obtaining training object tracking data for the area for an initialization time period and evaluating the object tracking data to identify the set of prototypical tracks. While monitoring the area, monitored object tracking data is obtained for a monitored object in the area, and abnormal behavior of the monitored object is identified when the monitored object tracking data for the monitored object does not follow at least one of the set of prototypical tracks in the region schema.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. Brown, Arun Hampapur, Andrew W. Senior, Chiao-Fe Shu, Ying-li Tian
  • Patent number: 8599018
    Abstract: An alarm system for indicating the time that has elapsed since intrusion into an enclosed space, as well as a method for installing the alarm system, are disclosed. The alarm system detects an intrusion into the enclosed space, the intrusion thereby causing an indicator light outside the enclosed space to illuminate, thereby indicating time elapsed since intrusion. At least one interior sensor is located within the enclosed space and configured to generate an intrusion time signal in response to movement therein. The indicator light is located within an outer perimeter zone of the enclosed space, and upon receiving an intrusion time signal, the indicator light emits light visible from outside the outer perimeter zone of the enclosed space. The light can indicate time elapsed via a property of the light itself, such as wavelength, intensity and/or focus, and/or via a light display producing readable output of time elapsed, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Yael Debra Kellen, Arl Saul Kellen
  • Patent number: 8587428
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for protecting underground utilities and preventing damages which can be easily manufactured, carried, installed, and removed, and can minimize breakage of underground utilities and danger of an accident due to the breakage, by transmitting direct warning through light or sound in response to pressure applied over a predetermined level, or by transmitting a dangerous situation to an underground utilities management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hizen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myeong Sik Lee
  • Patent number: 8537009
    Abstract: A dosimeter is disclosed for use in container including outer walls defining an interior volume, the dosimeter including: a radon detection element adapted to detect a radon level for the interior volume; a neutron detection element adapted detect a neutron level for the interior volume. The dosimeter is adapted to measure the radon level and neutron level for a period of time, compare the measured radon level to a first threshold, compare the measured neutron level to a second threshold, and determine information indicative of the presence or absence of fissile material within the interior volume based on the comparisons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Angel Secure Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles T. Hess, Fred Hewitt Smith
  • Patent number: 8514075
    Abstract: An ultrasonic occupancy sensor for detecting presence or absence of an occupant in a space includes an ultrasonic receiving circuit having a synchronous rectifier that allows the circuit to detect small-magnitude ultrasonic waves having a Doppler shift. The sensor comprises an ultrasonic transmitter for transmitting ultrasonic waves at an ultrasonic operating frequency, and a controller that drives the transmitting circuit with complementary drive signals to control the ultrasonic operating frequency. The synchronous rectifier receives the drive signals from the controller and rectifies an amplified input signal to generate a rectified signal, which is filtered by a filter to generate a filtered signal. The controller receives the filtered signal and determines that the space is occupied if the magnitude of the filtered signal exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 8514076
    Abstract: An entrance denial security system comprises an entrance barrier closing an entrance into a secured area having a plurality of structural tubular elements with hollow cores forming a rigid integral barrier. At least one optical fiber sensor line is laced through the hollow cores of the structural elements for detecting a fault condition signifying an unauthorized intrusion attempt. A processor in communication with the fiber sensor line generates a fault signal in response to the occurrence of a fault condition and identifying the entrance where the fault condition occurred. A communication device operatively associated with the processor communicates the fault signal and an alarm so that a proper security response can be made to the fault condition. The system further comprises a plurality of intrusion sensors disposed at certain locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Woven Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas E. Piper, Sr., Thomas E. Browning, Jr., Mary Hester Owens, Clifford Leroy DeYoung
  • Patent number: 8461991
    Abstract: A security light is provided comprising a mounting base for attachment to a support therefor; sensor means on the mounting base for detecting the presence of a person or moving object within a radial range of the sensor means and within any one of a plurality of angularly adjacent sectors radiating from the mounting base that together cover an angular field of operation of the security light. A light source and reflector assembly has an angular field of illumination at least equal to the angular field of each of the angularly adjacent sectors and is angularly movable relative to the mounting base between a plurality of positions corresponding to the plurality of angularly adjacent sectors so as to be selectively directed in a direction in which the field of illumination covers an entire sector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Nightwatcher Electronics (Pty) Ltd
    Inventor: Gideon Botha
  • Patent number: 8456304
    Abstract: A security system for detecting physical intrusion in a monitored area including a plurality of radio units arranged in a network around the monitored area to determine received signal strength and pass variations thereof through the radio units to a base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Intelligent Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric van Doorn, Sendil Rangaswamy
  • Patent number: 8441350
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for operation of a display device to provide a home security alarm. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a user alarm activation command by the display device; initiating a detection mode, by the display device, based on the user command; and detecting, by a sensor of the display device, at least one of a presence and motion within a target area of the display device. The process may also include outputting an alarm signal, by the display device, based on detecting the at least one of a presence and motion in the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 8421624
    Abstract: A home security system includes a plurality of monitoring assemblies each comprising a data communication device, a light, a video camera, a transmitter, a sensor, a loudspeaker, a warning device, an identification device, a projector, an adjustment device for adjusting angles of the light, the video camera, and the projector, and a power supply; a fixed controller comprising a data communicating device and a data storage device; and a hand-held portable controller comprising a wireless communication module and an equipment set module. The fixed controller is adapted to activate the monitoring assemblies. The hand-held, portable controller is adapted to remotely activate the monitoring assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Tau-Jeng Hsu
  • Patent number: 8410923
    Abstract: A device with single MCU-based motion detection, local alarm and supervisory arrangement for alarm system controlled by an alarm control panel (ACP) is disclosed. The device includes a sensor component to monitor environment, an output component to generate warning messages, a power supply component to provide power, and a microcontroller to communicate with sensor component, drive output component and monitor the status of ACP. The device can detect when intruders break in and make alarm warnings even when the ACP is destroyed. Plurality of devices and said ACP form a local warning matrix network (LWMN) to increase the detection area and scary effect to intruders. Each device of LWMN works independently when the ACP is destroyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventors: Randall Wang, James Parker
  • Publication number: 20130076513
    Abstract: A door blocker includes a wireless transmitter coupled to a forced entry sensor. In response to sensing a stressed blocking element the transmitter emits an alarm indicator. At the same time, the blocking element continues to limit movement of the door relative to the frame to exclude an intruder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: KENNETH G. ESKILDSEN, Robert E. Lee, Mark D. Okeefe
  • Patent number: 8405506
    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: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Verifone, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Ben-Zion, Ofer Itshakey
  • Patent number: 8400310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved an automated hand cleaning reminder system having a disinfectant dispenser mounted proximate to an entranceway. When approaching the entranceway the visitor must first utilize a disinfectant dispenser to gain unalarmed entry or exit through the entranceway. When the disinfectant dispenser is utilized the disinfectant dispenser transmits a signal to a processor which then deactivates temporarily a motion/presence detector scanning an area immediately adjacent or close to the entranceway, and thus permits entry or exit for the visitor. At the same time, processor activates a light emitter to provide a visual indication to the visitor that passage is permitted, and, simultaneously also activates the access allowed audio tone to be played through a message conveying apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: G. Raymond Brow
  • Patent number: 8390463
    Abstract: A bracelet (100) for use during escape in the event of fire, comprising a housing (110) attached to a strap (120) where the housing (110) is pressed against the wrist when the strap (120) is tightened, and where the housing (110) comprises control electronics for warning by sound- and light units, and where the bracelet (100) comprises a device in the housing (110) which is connected to control electronics in order to detect whether the bracelet (100) is in motion or not, and means for controlling transmission of sound and light on the basis of said detection, and an attachment mechanism for the strap (120) to the housing (110) comprising means for activating the bracelet (100) when the strap (120) is tightened round the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Evacuaid AS
    Inventors: Karl Alveng Munthe-Kaas, Morten Efraimsen Andersen
  • Patent number: 8378820
    Abstract: An infrared motion sensor system has an infrared (IR) sensor having a predetermined field of view, a target positioned within the field of view of the sensor which emits a spatially or temporally non-uniform pattern of IR radiation, and a processor which receives an output signal from the IR sensor, compares the received output signal to a signature temperature profile signal corresponding to the non-uniform pattern of IR radiation emitted by the target, and detects deviation of the sensor output signal from the signature temperature profile signal, indicating intervention of an object in a monitored volume between the target and sensor. The size of the target may be of the order of human size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Suren Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Eric Scott Micko
  • Patent number: 8354929
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting and classifying intruders is provided. A noise threshold can be determined and set based on background noise. A seismic sensor can be configured to receive a plurality of seismic data signals. A microcontroller can be configured to count the number of times the noise threshold is exceeded over a defined time interval by the plurality of seismic data signals, and then detect and classify the presence of an intruder based on the count. Additionally, an amplitude evaluation module can be configured to determine a signal amplitude for the seismic data signals associated with the detected intruder and compare the detected intruder signal amplitude to known signal amplitudes in order to determine a sub-type of the intruder. Finally, a transmission source can be configured to transmit intruder detection and classification information to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America, as respresented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Peter C Herdic, Robert M Baden, Brian H Houston, Phillip A Frank, Alain R Berdoz, Jeff M Byers
  • Patent number: 8354925
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting change in an environment are provided. In one aspect, a system for detecting change in an environment includes an RF noise source configured to transmit an RF noise signal into the environment and to vary a parameter of the RF noise signal, and an interrogator configured to communicate with a plurality of communication devices distributed in the environment over a plurality of communication channels. The system also includes a detection system configured to receive information related to performances of the plurality of communication channels from the interrogator, to generate a fingerprint of the environment for each of the plurality of communication channels based on the performance of the communication channel at different values of the parameter of the RF noise signal, and to detect a change in the environment when one or more of the fingerprints deviates from a respective baseline fingerprint by a certain amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Vibeke Libby, John S. Camp
  • Patent number: 8345229
    Abstract: A long-distance fiber optic monitoring system having a sensing unit and an analyzer that is remotely located from the sensing unit is provided. The sensing unit comprises a source of optical energy for injecting optical energy into the fiber optical cable and an optical detector configured to detect an optical return signal from the optical fiber. The detected optical return signal is associated with an acoustic signal impinging on the optical fiber. The analyzer receives a signal from the remote sensing unit via the optical fiber that is representative of the optical return signal, and determines a location of a disturbance based at least on the received signal. The representative signal can be transmitted from the remote sensing unit to the analyzer as an optical signal or via a metallic wired included with the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Sinclair Huffman
  • Patent number: RE44999
    Abstract: An adaptor (10) including a sensor (18), a gimbal housing (12) having a male connector (14) at one end and an female connector (16) at another end, wherein the male connector (14) is configured to connect with an electrical socket and the female connector (16) is configured to connect with an electrical device, and a circuit for selectively controlling the electrical device in response to the sensor (18). The gimbal housing (12) is adapted to rotate around the male connector (14) about a first axis and support the sensor (18) for independent rotation about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis so that the sensor (18) can be moved to a selectable sensing orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Beon Light Corporation Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Peter Grahame Murray, Jeffrey Laurance Jackel