Responsive To Intruder Energy Patents (Class 340/565)
  • Patent number: 8339260
    Abstract: A hazardous area in the region surrounding a reel transport of a reel changer is secured. A contactless protective device is located at the access boundaries of the region. This protective device can be deactivated for feeding and/or removing a known object and comprises an evaluation unit. The protective device is configured as a light curtain that is comprised of a plurality of light beams that run in parallel to each other. The evaluation unit includes an assembly for detecting the sequence of the interruption of the light beams during the feeding and/or the removal of an object. Based on the detected sequence of interruption of the light beams, a known object, that is permitted to access the hazardous area, is detected. The protective device is deactivated in this situation. Securing the hazardous area further includes the provision of a second contactless protective device that is permanently active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Katja Paula Krieger, Manfred Wilhelm Maierhöfer, Klaus Karl Müller, Josef Herbert Olbort, Karlheinz Rahner, Senad Ugljesa
  • Publication number: 20120262294
    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: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Nikolovski
  • Patent number: 8289161
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a plurality of sites being monitored for predetermined events. One or more sensor at each site detect at least one predetermined event in a specified area. One or more communications modules at each site communicate with the sensor and transmit an alert signal of the event using a communications system. The communications module(s) communicates with the sensor, and the communications module transmits the alert signal of the event using a communications system. A remotely located computer system communicates with the communications module using the communications system. The computer system logically divides and presents on a display data about the sites being monitored. The computer system controls the communications between the communications module and the computer system for receiving transmissions from, and sending transmissions to, the communications module. The computer system communicates an alarm signal after receiving the alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Hosey
  • Patent number: 8277071
    Abstract: A path-illuminating wall-mountable light fixture (100) can comprise a wall-mountable support platform (101) that is configured and arranged to be installed on a wall (701) and at least a first light aperture (102) that is operably coupled to the wall-mountable support platform. This first light aperture is configured and arranged so that electrically-sourced light (110) emanating from the first light aperture is directed in a first direction that is substantially parallel to the wall, substantially non-perpendicular to the wall, and less than horizontal. When inclusive of a second such light aperture (104), the second light aperture can offer similarly oriented emanated light in a direction that is substantially the opposite of this first direction. By one approach, the light emanating from this (or these) light aperture(s) can be responsive to an animate object detector (107).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: HeathCo LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Edward Anglikowski, David Scott Bullard, Jeremy Lee Prichard, William Calvin Raper
  • Patent number: 8258949
    Abstract: A combined night light and alarm device preferably includes a portable housing, a light emitting section located inside the housing, an alarm section located inside the housing, and a plug attached to the housing and adapted to be removably connected to an existing electrical outlet. An audible alarm is included for notifying residents/occupants when the device senses motion of unauthorized persons. Such a plug may be electrically coupled to the light emitting section and the alarm section respectively. A logic gate may be located inside the housing. Such a logic gate may be electrically coupled to the light emitting section and the alarm section respectively. In this manner, the logic gate cooperates with the light emitting section and the alarm section in such a manner that light and sound are automatically emitted upon simultaneously detecting first and second triggering events around the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald Jaynes
  • Publication number: 20120218107
    Abstract: An entity detection method and system are provided for monitoring an area. The method comprises providing an illuminated band extending continuously along an extremity of the area; providing an optical detector having an image sensor adapted to capture an image, the illuminated band being viewable by the image sensor and being capturable in the image, a space between the band and the image sensor being part of the area; storing a detection threshold; analyzing the image to detect a discontinuity in the continuous illuminated band apparent on the image, comparing the detected discontinuity to the detection threshold; and indicating a status of the area to be one of a presence of an entity and an absence of the entity based on the comparing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Yvan Mimeault, Martin Dubois
  • Patent number: 8253563
    Abstract: Present day intrusion detection systems frequently cause false alarms by mistaking occupants as intruders, and it is desirable to reduce such false alarms. This invention comprises a processor that employs various software algorithms. The processor receives signals over temporal periods and software algorithms statistically discern various activities, thereby reducing false alarms and detection failures. The software algorithms are adaptive to the level of detected activity such that a rate of false alarms may be predetermined. As such, the processor and software algorithms comprise an artificial intelligence system. This artificial intelligence system may be employed in intruder and vehicle alarm systems composed of a multiplicity of detectors and within such detectors. A second aspect of this invention is an improved infrasound detection method that may be employed in such artificial intelligence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: iDTEQ AS
    Inventors: Jonathan James Burnard, Tor Sønsterød
  • Patent number: 8248235
    Abstract: This invention provides an area monitoring sensor capable of setting a monitor area without connecting a terminal device for area setting. The area monitoring sensor that emits detection light in different emitting directions and senses an intruder within a monitor area based on reflection of the detection light, the monitor area being previously set as a polygonal shaped area defined by three or more sides, the sensor being provided on a first side out of the sides of the monitor area, and includes a side selecting unit that selects a second side other than the first side out of the three or more sides that define the monitor area based on an operation input; a distance specifying unit that specifies a distance between the area monitoring sensor and the second side that is being selected by the side selecting unit based on an operation input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsu Inoue, Akiji Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8207850
    Abstract: Jungle canopy surveillance apparatus and method for surveillance of human presence in a jungle canopy environment includes a plurality of sensor-relay units configured to be disposed on or near the jungle floor, and configured to detect human presence and wirelessly transmit a corresponding detection signal. At least one of the sensor-relay units is configured to receive a detection signal from another sensor-relay unit and to relay the thus-received detection signal. An artificial intelligence center is configured to be disposed on or near the top of the jungle canopy, and is configured to (i) receive at least one of the detection signal and the relayed detection signal, (ii) analyze the received at least one of the detection signal and the relayed detection signal using artificial intelligence software, and (iii) transmit a corresponding report signal to a receiving platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher William Weller, James Henry Boschma
  • Patent number: 8184003
    Abstract: A motion detecting apparatus and method which comprises a plurality of area-sensors each generating or modifying an electrical signal in response to a stimulus, and thereafter monitoring the signal to locate the object and its relative position, moment to moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Frank R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 8179256
    Abstract: A security system including one or more sensors for detecting a predetermined security event. One or more communications modules include a transmitting device for communicating with the sensor and transmitting an alert signal of the security event. A remotely located computer system controls the communications between the transmitting device of the communication module for receiving a signal from and transmitting to the communications module. After receiving the alert signal, the computer system communicates an alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Crisp, Robert John Probin, Mark Hosey
  • Patent number: 8164437
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a range reduction detection apparatus that is able to detect blocking of its field of view. Detection of an event, due to movement or intrusion within the field of view, is arranged to start a timer, which will time-out thereby providing an indication of such blocking unless a subsequent event is detected within the time-period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Pyronix Limited
    Inventor: Glyn Cooper
  • Publication number: 20120092502
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring presence and movement are provided. One or more wave sensors configured to emit sound waves and detect reflections of the emitted sound waves may collect measurements data that is provided to one or more processing components, such as a smart security camera or a home security system. The measurements data may be evaluated in order to determine a location of a monitored subject and to detect changes in the location of the monitored subject. In this regard, movement of the monitored subject may be tracked and utilized to implement a wide variety of control actions, such as the control of security cameras and/or the triggering of alarm events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: MYSNAPCAM, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Lee Knasel, William Henry Donges
  • Patent number: 8144010
    Abstract: An intrusion detector for a security system that detects the breaking of a glass in a window or a door and motion within a protected area is provided. The intrusion detector includes a single sensing section, a first filter, a second filter, a microprocessor, and an alarm generating. The microprocessor includes a motion detection section, an activation section for activating the motion detection section for a preset period of time only when a detected acoustic signal is consistent with that required to break glass, and a timing section for timing the preset period. The sensing section is capable of sensing motion induced signals during both activation and non-activation of the motion detection section, but the motion detection section ignores motion-induced signals during non-activation of the motion detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Smith, Tom R. Petek
  • Patent number: 8138690
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention, a method and system is provided for designing improved intelligent, LED-based lighting systems. The LED based lighting systems may include fixtures with one or more of rotatable LED light bars, integrated sensors, onboard intelligence to receive signals from the LED light bars and control the LED light bars, and a mesh network connectivity to other fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Digital Lumens Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian J. Chemel, Colin Piepgras, Steve T. Kondo, Scott D. Johnston
  • Patent number: 8120483
    Abstract: In a method of adjusting an electrostatic occupant detecting apparatus, a first group of load circuits is coupled with a sensor property measuring device, an AC voltage signal is applied from a signal source to the first group of load circuits, and a potential difference generating at a resistor of the sensor property measuring device is stored as a first measured value. A second group of load circuits having a load higher than the first group is coupled with the sensor property measuring device, the AC voltage signal is applied from the signal source to the second group of load circuits, and a potential difference generating at the resistor is stored as a second measured value. A measured sensitivity is calculated from the first measured value and the second measured value, and a sensitivity adjusting value is calculated from the measured sensitivity and an ideal sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Kouji Ootaka, Shoichi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 8111158
    Abstract: An intrusion detection system includes an intrusion detection device, and a pair of leaky transmission paths including a leaky transmission path of a sending side which is connected to the intrusion detection device and outputs a leaky electric wave on the basis of an output from the intrusion detection device and a leaky transmission path of a receiving side which receives the leaky electric wave output from the leaky transmission path of the sending side, and the intrusion detection device detects that the leaky electric wave received in the leaky transmission path of the receiving side varies to detect the presence or absence of intrusion and an intrusion point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Aizawa
  • Patent number: 8111156
    Abstract: This invention is an intruder detection system which integrates wireless sensor network and security robots. Multiple ZigBee wireless sensor modules installed in the environment can detect intruders and abnormal conditions with various sensors, and transmit alert to the monitoring center and security robot via the wireless mesh network. The robot can navigate in the environment autonomously and approach to a target place using its localization system. If any possible intruder is detected, the robot can approach to that location, and transmit images to the mobile devices of the securities and users, in order to determine the exact situation in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Kai-Tai Song, Chia-Hao Lin, Chih-Sheng Lin, Su-Hen Yang
  • Patent number: 8098157
    Abstract: A zoned interactive control area (10) wherein an architectural space is divided in to a plurality of zones (16), each having its own sensor (22) and zone lights (18). In a normal operating mode (50) the sensors (22) are used to detect the presence of a person such that the zone lights (18) can be turned on and/or adjusted for light level. Each zone light (18) also has a light sensor (24) used, at least in part, for communication with the other zone lights (18), such that the light level can be adjusted not just in response to a presence in the respective zone (16) but also in response to presence in other zones (16). According to a security method (70) when the zone lights (18) are not in use for normal lighting (as when they are turned off) then if the sensors (22) detect the presence of an intruder the zone lights (18) flash to deter the intruder and also communicate the fact of the presence of the intruder to the other zone lights (18) via the light sensors (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: VNS Portfolio LLC
    Inventors: F. Eric Saunders, Gregory V. Bailey, Nicholas A. Antonopoulos
  • Patent number: 8081073
    Abstract: Security systems and methods are implemented using a variety of devices and methods. According to one such implementation, a security system uses a controller to communicate with security-monitoring devices and has an integrated image-capture device with a circuit board structure with an angle-setting support article, a circuit board with a nonadjustable surface, and data-communicating conductors. A camera is secured to the nonadjustable surface and is directed at a first angle relative to the nonadjustable surface. A motion detector is secured to the nonadjustable surface and is directed at a second angle relative to the nonadjustable surface of the circuit board. The support article sets the first angle relative to the second angle for capturing both images and motion in a target area. A data-communication circuit communicates data from the camera and the motion detector and wirelessly communicates the data to the controller. A solar circuit provides power to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: RSI Video Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Reibel, Keith Jentoft
  • Patent number: 8081216
    Abstract: A lighting control system for controlling the lighting of a predetermined area is provided. According to one embodiment, the lighting control system comprises one or more light sources positioned in the predetermined area, the light source configured to include adjustable light intensity; a camera positioned and configured to capture an image of the predetermined area; and a controller in operable communication with the one or more light sources and the camera, the controller configured to control the one or more light sources and adjust the light intensity of the light source. The controller is configured to operate in a closed control loop to automatically adjust the lighting conditions of a predetermined area or environment. A false alarm checking process checks for temporary or localized events to prevent unnecessary lighting adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Hong Kong Science and Technology Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi Hang Cheung, Shan Mei Wan, Kai Chiu Wu, Ming Lu
  • Patent number: 8077047
    Abstract: The use of quantum-mechanically entangled photons for monitoring the integrity of a physical border or a communication link is described. The no-cloning principle of quantum information science is used as protection against an intruder's ability to spoof a sensor receiver using a ‘classical’ intercept-resend attack. Correlated measurement outcomes from polarization-entangled photons are used to protect against quantum intercept-resend attacks, i.e., attacks using quantum teleportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Ut-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Travis S. Humble, Ryan S. Bennink, Warren P. Grice
  • Patent number: 8077036
    Abstract: A system for detecting and classifying a security breach may include at least one sensor configured to detect seismic vibration from a source, and to generate an output signal that represents the detected seismic vibration. The system may further include a controller that is configured to extract a feature vector from the output signal of the sensor and to measure one or more likelihoods of the extracted feature vector relative to set {bi} (i=1, . . . , imax) of breach classes bi. The controller may be further configured to classify the detected seismic vibration as a security breach belonging to one of the breach classes bi, by choosing a breach class within the set {bi} that has a maximum likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventors: Theodore W. Berger, Alireza Dibazar, Ali Yousefi, Hyung O. Park
  • Patent number: 8077035
    Abstract: A lighting control system for a space equipped with lamps for illuminating the space comprises a power circuit for supplying power to the lamps, a controllable switch in the power circuit for turning the lamps on and off, an occupancy sensor for detecting motion within the space and generating a motion-detected control signal in response to the detection of such motion, and a timer for measuring a time-out interval following the generation of the motion-detected control signal by the occupancy sensor and producing a time-out control signal in response to completion of the measurement of the time-out interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew A. Reid, William Stottlemyer, James Murley, Jr., Charles Reneau, Robert Moore
  • Patent number: 8072325
    Abstract: A trespass detection system includes an electronic-wave trespass detection sensor which is provided near the boundary of a trespass surveillance area, and a detection device body which detects trespassing into the area on the basis of a detection output from the sensor. The detection device body includes a change quantity storing unit which stores the quantity of change in electric field intensity over a predetermined period for each detection zone that is set in advance along the direction of extension of the electronic-wave trespass detection sensor, a statistical processing unit which statistically processes each of the quantities of change, a threshold value setting unit which corrects a threshold value on the basis of the result of the processing and sets a new threshold value, and a trespass detection determining unit which compares the quantity of change and the threshold value and thus determines that there is trespassing by an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hideo Oyamada
  • Patent number: 8036595
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods that facilitate wireless device communications and configuration. A detection component identifies N devices that are coupled together via a biological medium, N being an integer, wherein the medium includes direct or indirect touching to a device or devices. After biological contact, a configuration component initiates a configuration between a subset of the devices. Although configurations and/or other communications can be conducted through a medium such as the human body, the present invention can employ an initial touch to identify respective devices whereby other electronic configuration sequences commence without further device contact. Other aspects include chain touching between users and/or devices to facilitate contact between the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Glass, Christopher M. Dreher, Ellick H. Sung, Randall E. Aull, Doron J. Holan, Craig S. Ranta
  • Patent number: 8022818
    Abstract: Warning apparatus (2) for a motor vehicle (1) having an indicator system (6) for indicating a change of lane comprising at least one signal display (7) arranged in the field of view of the driver and having a sensor system for detecting obstacles in the blind spot (4), wherein the sensor system generates a warning signal in the event of detection of an obstacle, wherein the signal display (7) of the indicator system (6) is connected to the sensor system such that the warning signal is reproduced in visual form via the signal display (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ingo la Tendresse, Holger Mueller
  • Patent number: 7999700
    Abstract: An application for a theft prevention system includes a self-contained alarm that secures to a structure of a boat or other vehicle, especially a pleasure craft. The self contained alarm includes a motion detector and a signaling device which is either audible or visual. The signaling device lights and/or sounds responsive to detection of motion by the motion detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen A. Palazzo
  • Patent number: 7994928
    Abstract: Improvements in a smoke alarm are presented. The multifunction smoke alarm unit includes separate sensors within a single enclosure for detecting smoke and occupancy, sounding a distinctive audible alarm when combustion is detected or the presence of a person within the area of the sensor. The multifunction smoke alarm can replace an existing single function smoke alarm. Multiple multifunction smoke alarms are networkable together for various purposes. Additional features include intruder alarm, visitor annunciator, integrated illumination source, external lighting control, HVAC system control, ceiling fan control, ventilation control, and/or fire safety system control. The proposed multifunction smoke alarm provides much-needed improvements for security, energy saving, safety, and user convenience without the need for completely separate systems for each purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Charles Richmond
  • Patent number: 7986231
    Abstract: Each one of a plurality of communication devices that are located at different physical locations contains an acoustic sensor for monitoring the physical location of its communication device, and reports acoustic events detected by its acoustic sensor to a manager. The manager displays a map which shows the physical locations, the events detected by the acoustic sensor in each communication device, sent notification messages, and received response messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Bentley, Anjur Sundaresan Krishnakumar, David Weiss
  • Patent number: 7978069
    Abstract: The present invention is a security system and a method for reliably detecting an intruder without false alarms. The security system includes at least three motion detectors and processor circuitry adapted to collect a plurality of location samples and analyze them to determine if a target has transitioned from a first region to a second region, and when the target has transitioned from a first region to a second region, initiating a predetermined action. Each location sample is determined by: detecting motion from a target with each of the three motion detectors, determining the distance to the target for each of the three motion detectors, and triangulating the three determined distances to produce a two-dimensional location. The security system determines if a target has transitioned from a first region to a second protected region by comparing the plurality of location samples to perimeter location data stored in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: XiaoDong Wu
  • Patent number: 7978057
    Abstract: There is provided an information storage apparatus capable of storing information on a parked vehicle acquired before and after detection of unusual conditions with lesser amount of power to be consumed. During halt of a vehicle, at least one of image information and sound information of the interior of the vehicle is acquired by an anti-theft device main body, and the acquired information is transmitted from the anti-theft device main body to a drive recorder at a transmission interval that varies between before and after detection of unusual vehicle conditions by the anti-theft device main body. A drive recorder main body allows a second RAM to store therein information received from an anti-theft device at a second transmission period and information received from the anti-theft device at a first transmission period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Shinichi Tanaka, Minoru Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 7978091
    Abstract: A method (400) and device (100) for touchless control of an headset or earpiece is provided. The device can include a sensing unit (202) for determining (402) a presence of a finger within a proximity of the earpiece, tracking (404) a touchless movement of the finger in air within the proximity, selecting (410) the control in accordance with a movement of the finger, and adjusting (414) the control in accordance with the tracking. A circular movement of the finger can be tracked for scrolling through a list. Menu options in the list can be audibly played during the scrolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: NaviSense
    Inventor: Marc Boillot
  • Patent number: 7961094
    Abstract: Method for monitoring borders or peripheries of installations includes arranging sensors periodically along the border at least partially in the ground, the sensors being sensitive to vibrations, infrared radiation, sound or other disturbances, programming the sensors to wake-up upon detection of a predetermined condition and receive a signal, analyzing the signal and transmitting a signal indicative of the analysis with an identification or location of the sensors. The sensors may include a processor embodying a pattern recognition system trained to recognize characteristic signals indicating the passing of a person or vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 7956739
    Abstract: A monitoring and entry system presence service provides notification about a trigger event to a user and performs actions based on user input. Interface devices equipped with client applications capable of performing actions such as VoIP calls, video calls, and the like, register with a control and session layer, which facilitates interaction with a specific presence application and an integrated presence service, such as a doorbell application and a generic presence service. Upon determining the location of a user, notification and a list of actions are provided through a watcher client application. In response to the user selection, actions are facilitated through the same network session(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nguyen Thi Hong, Denny Sean Michael
  • Patent number: 7948378
    Abstract: A non-defeatable magnetically actuatable switch device is shown and described for restricting access to industrial controls. The non-contact switch device employs one or more non-contact access switches, and an access key removably disposed in close proximity to each access switch. Removal or installation of an access key alters the electrical state of a corresponding access switch. A connected control unit determines a mode of operation, or grants permissions, based on the combination of access keys that are present or absent from the device. A lockable or sealable cover is provided over the access keys to limit unauthorized access. A tamper detection switch is also provided for the sole purpose of identifying foreign magnetic sources in the vicinity of the access switches to ensure that the device is non-defeatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Toptech Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Magargee, Robert Denney, William Porthouse, Thornton Caraway
  • Patent number: 7940167
    Abstract: A battery-powered occupancy sensor for detecting an occupancy condition in a space comprises first and second batteries, an occupancy detector circuit, a controller, and a wireless transmitter for transmitting a first wireless signal in response to the occupancy detector circuit detecting the occupancy condition in the space. The controller and the wireless transmitter are powered by the first battery, while only the occupancy detector circuit is powered by the second battery, such that the occupancy detector circuit is isolated from noise generated by the controller and the wireless transmitter. The occupancy detector circuit draws a current having a magnitude of approximately 5 microamps or less from the second battery. The occupancy sensor transmits a second wireless signal is response to determining that the voltage of one of the batteries has dropped too low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Steiner, Andrew Peter Schmalz, Greg Edward Sloan
  • Patent number: 7936276
    Abstract: An apparatus (500) can be comprised of a light source interface (503), an animate object detector (502), and a controller circuit (501) that couples to the light source interface and the animate object detector. This controller circuit is configured and arranged to, upon detecting (101) an animate object via the animate object detector, cause (103) energy as is provided via the light source interface to be only temporarily temporally intermittent in order to cause a light source that is energized by the light source interface to flash and thereby draw attention to the animate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: HeathCo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Alan Springs, Emmet Joseph Roche
  • Patent number: 7924155
    Abstract: A method of sensing motion in a predetermined area is provided. The method may include using a digital output motion sensor to produce a digital output signal indicative of the presence of motion in the predetermined area. The method may further include transmitting the digital output signal along a signal path independent of analog amplification and filtering. The method may also include using a microprocessor coupled to the signal path to receive the digital output signal and to process the digital output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Soccoli, Michael Ostrovsky, Al Lombardi
  • Patent number: 7911169
    Abstract: An induction actuated container cover includes a control housing having a cover opening, a cover panel pivotally mounted to the control housing to pivotally move between a closed position that the cover panel covers at the cover opening and an opened position that the cover panel exposes the cover opening, and an automatic driving arrangement including a sensor mounted at the control housing for detecting a target movement of a user and an actuation unit supported in the control housing to operatively link with the sensor, wherein the actuation unit is actuated to generate a decelerating and torque enhancing force to move the cover panel between the opened and closed position in a hydraulic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jiangqun Chen, ShiPing Wang
  • Patent number: 7911354
    Abstract: A position sensor having a circular transmitter coil which generates electromagnetic radiation when excited by a source of alternating electrical energy. A receiver coil has a first loop wound in a first direction around a portion of the transmitter coil and a second loop wound in a second direction opposite from the first direction around a diametrically opposed portion of the transmitter coil. In addition the receiver coil includes a first compensating coil wound in the second direction inside the first portion of the transmitter coil as well as a second compensating coil wound in the first direction inside the second portion of the transmitter coil. The first and second loops and the first and second compensating coils of the receiver coil are electrically connected in series with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: KSR Technologies Co.
    Inventor: Gi Yeop Kim
  • Publication number: 20110057796
    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: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicants: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Brant CANDELORE
  • Patent number: 7902968
    Abstract: An obstacle detection device has an ultrasonic sensor fixed to a first side of a mount member. The ultrasonic sensor sends/receives ultrasonic wave toward/from a second side of the mount member, which is opposite to the first side thereof. At least one of a mounting surface of the ultrasonic sensor and a mounting surface of the mount member has a protrusion, which protrudes therefrom so that an end surface of the protrusion contacts the other of the mounting surfaces. The mounting surfaces of the mount member and the ultrasonic sensor face each other. The end surface of the protrusion and the mounting surface of the ultrasonic sensor are different from each other in at least one of shape and area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyonari Kojima, Hisanaga Matsuoka, Akio Nakano, Muneaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7902977
    Abstract: A security apparatus comprising a plurality of sensing elements, each adapted to detect intrusion into protected premises, each sensing element outputs a sensing signal representing a detected event, a signal processing section for examining each sensing signal and outputting a signature for each sensing signal, a computing section for translating each signature into a normalized threat value, ranging from “0” to “1”, modifying each normalized threat values by multiplying a weighting coefficient corresponding to a type of sensing element, storing for a temporary period of time, each modified normalized threat value, and an alarm generating section for adding each of the stored modified normalized threat values, outputting an aggregate threat value and generating an alarm enable signal based upon an analysis of the aggregate threat value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Howe
  • Patent number: 7889075
    Abstract: A detection system comprising a plurality of taut wire panels having vertical detection/sensor wires. The sensor wires are tensioned to position trigger plates associated one or more of the wires. Trigger plate movement causes an actuating means to indicate a sensor wire has been moved. In one embodiment, sensor wires and portions of the panel frame have similar coefficients of thermal expansion to substantially eliminate environmental expansion effects that may result in false alarms. Linked sensor wires on adjacent panel may signal movement of entire panels. Panels are monitored by panel controllers reporting to sector controllers that report to a central command computer that automatically numbers sector and panel controllers at start-up. Bi-directional communication enables alarms and system faults to be precisely located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventors: Gregory Robert Winkler, Reginald John Kerr
  • Patent number: 7880630
    Abstract: A security system for a boundary is generally shown as (1) in FIG. 1. The components comprise an elongate member (2) and a support (3) for the bar. The bar support (3) can be fitted to boundary support. A conduit (7) extends through the housing (3). The rod is surrounded by a resilient member. The boundary supports (4) and the bars (2) are in communication with a circuit monitor unit (17) and from an electromechanical disturbance mechanism (EMDM) unit for detecting security breakdown of the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Compound Security Systems Limited
    Inventor: Howard Stapleton
  • Publication number: 20110006897
    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: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: SUREN SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Eric Scott Micko
  • Publication number: 20110006896
    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: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Barnett, John Gerard Finch
  • Patent number: 7852209
    Abstract: An identification system combines RF identification tags with ambient condition detectors of a monitoring system. The tags could be carried by individuals in the region(s) being monitored to provide occupancy feedback to first responders in the event of an alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Shrode
  • Patent number: 7839283
    Abstract: An integrated circuit implements a wireless remote sensor. The wireless remote sensor includes an antenna coupled to an energy distribution unit to allow passive collection of electrical charge. A signal processing unit couples to the energy distribution unit and modulates transmission by the antenna according to a binary code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Farrokh Mohamadi