Responsive To Intruder Energy Patents (Class 340/565)
  • Patent number: 7830133
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for detecting occupancy in an area using multiple detection technologies (e.g., ultrasound and infrared sensing) to intelligently control switching of plural load circuits whereby one of the circuits is affected by photocell control. A programmable controller implements auto-on, manual-on, reversion to auto-on and override operations with respect to the separately controlled load circuits based on sensor outputs and user inputs. An improved power supply for an occupancy sensor and load control device employs a DC voltage derived from leakage AC voltage between line and ground to drive the sensors and other circuits, and a switching regulator with a switching cycle controlled by a pulse width modulated (PWM) subsystem of the apparatus, allowing synchronous, delayed or exclusive operation relative to the sensing technology such as the US transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Williams, Todd J. Blackman, Thomas J. Hartnagel, Vadim Konradi
  • Patent number: 7825798
    Abstract: A security and tracking system to prevent the unauthorized use or access to machinery having hydraulic components whereby the system has a rerouting device housed in a tamperproof casing. The rerouting device might have a selective re-directional valve that can be remotely activated and monitored using wireless signal technology to direct hydraulic fluid to at least two hydraulic circuits, a control center that communicates via wireless signal technology to the rerouting device, a first hydraulic circuit that has a source of fluid, a fluid pumping means, the rerouting device, and a power take off device (PTO) and a second hydraulic circuit that has the source of fluid, the fluid pumping means, and the rerouting device. In operation the rerouting device selectively routs hydraulic fluid about the hydraulic circuit that includes the PTO, thereby rendering the hydraulic equipment functionally operable until the hydraulic fluid is rerouted to the second hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Juan G. Torres
  • Patent number: 7821394
    Abstract: The present invention provides a penetration detecting apparatus which is applicable for various kinds of applications. Although an interval between processing machines and the conveying of an object W is suspended to wait for processing, a muting function of the penetration detecting apparatus is effective. Another feature of the present invention is to provide a penetration detecting apparatus which can avoid the muting function continuously being activated when a trigger sensor for initiating the muting function is malfunctioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Fukumura
  • Publication number: 20100259383
    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: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Gideon Botha
  • Patent number: 7796034
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling lighting in a space reduces energy consumption of the light sources by changing at least one of the color rendering index (CRI) and the correlated color temperature (CCT) while maintaining illumination levels. Preferably, the method and system sense movement of people in the space relative to light sources that light the space, and automatically and individually adjust plural solid state lighting devices that form each of the respective light sources to a first lighting condition when people are in a first position, wherein the lamps respectively emit light of a first illumination level and a first CRI at a first electrical power level, and to a second lighting condition when people are in a second position, wherein the light sources respectively emit light of the first illumination level and a smaller CRI than the first CRI and at a lower electrical power level than the first electrical power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Laski, Makarand H. Chipalkatti
  • Publication number: 20100214099
    Abstract: A passive microwave receiver array, operating in the one meter to sub-millimeter wavelengths range and including an internationally protected range of frequencies of varying bandwidth, may be used for fire and intrusion detection. One or more receiver array can be used to provide a plurality of frequency ranges that can be detected. In an interior installation, one or more receiver array can be placed inside a wall. In other embodiments, the receiver and array can be in the form of a hand-held or wearable device. This method and apparatus achieves high performance by exploiting conventional low noise amplification block conversion circuits and provides the detection of thermal signals through clear, smoky, misty, or environmentally untenable conditions as well as the detection of fire and intrusion events through a non-metallic wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: ICOVE AND ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Icove, Carl T. Lyster
  • Patent number: 7783385
    Abstract: A network system including a plurality of mobile devices is provided. The plurality of mobile devices each have a sensor function and a wireless communication function, the mobile devices communicating sensor information about a target with one another and tracking the target; a target searching section configured to obtain sensor information while the plurality of the mobile devices move and for reporting the sensor information among the mobile devices by wireless communication; a target focusing section configured to, in response to one of the mobile devices detecting a target, focus a sensor on the target in cooperation with mobile devices adjacent to the mobile device detecting the target; and a target surrounding section configured to surround the target by using a plurality of mobile devices that focus their sensors on the same target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yosuke Tamura
  • Patent number: 7782199
    Abstract: A secure sealed container and mounting pole house any of a variety of security equipment. Sensing equipment, a high decibel siren, and strobes simulating police lights are removably attachable to a universal mount and control circuit. A control panel connected to the circuit enables and disables the alarm, and monitors system activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Issokson
  • Patent number: 7782196
    Abstract: An entrance denial security system for detecting a fault condition at one or more entrances into a secured area representing unauthorized activity and an attempt to gain entry through the entrance. The system comprising an entrance barrier closing an entrance into a secured area; the barrier including a plurality of hollow structural elements having hollow cores forming a rigid integral barrier; an optical fiber sensor line laced through the hollow cores of the structural elements of the gate for detecting the fault condition; a processor in communication with the fiber sensor line for generating a fault signal in response to the occurrence of a fault condition and identifying the entrance where the fault condition occurred; and a communication device operatively associated with the processor for communicating the fault signal so that a proper security response can be made to the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Woven Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas E. Piper, Sr., Thomas E. Browning, Jr., Mary Hester Owens, Clifford Leroy DeYoung, Sam Snead Shasteen
  • Patent number: 7772965
    Abstract: A remote wellness monitoring system with universally accessible interface consists of an apparatus or home appliance unit running an embedded software program connected to a server computer via a phone line or high-speed internet. At home, the apparatus communicates with an optional set of medical health monitoring devices using wired or wireless communications methods in order to perform wellness measurements. Embodiments of the invention provide a novel user interface on the home appliance to make the system accessible to people with disabilities. The simple user interface is designed to be accessible to people who are blind or deaf or people who cannot use their hands and require an alternative interface device such as a sip & puff controller. The home unit can further monitor wellness activity of the care recipient by pegging the number of times the care recipient passes by an infra-red motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventors: Fariborz M. Farhan, John W. Peifer
  • Patent number: 7746222
    Abstract: A method of installing a security system includes activating a security device. An air-borne identification signal is transmitted from the device in response to the activation. The identification signal identifies the activated device. The identification signal is used to ascertain a type of the device. The device is automatically wirelessly configured dependent upon the type of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eugene Kogan, Alan G. Hayter, Dhanasekaran Nagarajan, Michael G. Marriam, Steve Markham
  • Patent number: 7733220
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting changes in a monitored environment. One aspect of the invention relates to a system that comprises a plurality of radio frequency (RF) sensors distributed about the monitored environment, such that each RF sensor configured to respond to an interrogation signal with a unique identifier and a radio frequency (RF) interrogator that transmits interrogation sequences of interrogations signals over a plurality of different frequency bands at one or more power levels. The system also includes a response pattern analyzer that determines response patterns for each of the plurality of RF sensors to the interrogation sequences and transmits a change detection indicator if at least one of the determined response patterns vary outside a predetermined background baseline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: Vibeke Libby
  • Patent number: 7733226
    Abstract: The invention relates to an infrared intrusion detection device. It comprises a housing 1, a window 2, which is arranged at a front side of the housing and which is transparent for at least infrared radiation emitted by an intruder, an infrared sensor arranged inside the housing for detecting the infrared radiation emitted by the intruder. Further it comprises a light guide 7, which is arranged inside the housing, which has at least one light entrance facet and which has a plurality of light exit facets 3 being arranged at the front side of the housing. A light emitter 6 is arranged inside the housing for injecting light into the at least one light entrance facet of the light guide. A light detector is provided for detecting light reflected back into the housing by an obstacle in the vicinity of the window. A signal processing unit is arranged for triggering an alarm, when an absolute difference of the intensity of back-reflected light to a predetermined value exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Matthieu Richard
  • Patent number: 7724133
    Abstract: A pool safety sensing system to attempt to reduce the likelihood of drowning visually observes a zone with a camera, and if detected motion occurs, and alarm is generated. The alarm can be visible, audible, text based (email, with or without attached images, instant message) or telephonic. Alarm events can be stored for future reference. Zones of sensing or zones to ignore when monitoring may be defined in the field of view of the camera. Motion thresholds, such as size of moving object, speed of movement, can be employed to adapt to particular location requirements and types of sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: S. R. Smith LLC
    Inventors: Rich Laitta, Brett Fritts
  • Publication number: 20100066537
    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: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM WELLER, James Henry Boschma
  • Patent number: 7679509
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention is directed to a method and system for use of ranging MW to reduce dual (MW/PIR) intrusion detector false alarms. A Doppler microwave system may be provided that is capable of detecting an object range and adjusting the sensitivity of the PIR detector to account for object size and range. Multiple range limited MW stages may be configured for different ranges to determine the general range of the moving object. Based on signal levels present on these MW stages, an approximate object range is determined. The sensitivity of the PIR is then adjusted based on a PIR sensitivity vs. object range function that is optimized to alarm on humans and ignore small animals and insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Gregory Royer
  • Patent number: 7679508
    Abstract: A sensing device for detecting an approaching object is composed of a sensor section that includes a detection electrode supplied with a detection source signal having a prescribed frequency and another detection electrode disposed in close vicinity to the detection electrode, a communication signal amplifier that amplifies the communication signal and outputs the amplified communication signal as an amplifier output signal, an integrator that integrates the amplifier output signal and outputs a judging signal for judging whether or not an object approaches the sensor section, and a detection sub-signal switch that is disposed between an output side of the communication signal amplifier and an input side of the integrator. A communication signal is obtained from the detection source signal that is transmitted to the other detection electrode from the detection electrode and attenuated thereat when an object approaches the sensor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Limited
    Inventor: Hiroaki Sato
  • Patent number: 7671276
    Abstract: An armed enclosure apparatus includes a housing to be mounted on a building to encircle a telephone junction box. A cover is provided for engagement with the housing by means of a plurality of security screws. The apparatus further includes a plurality of screw tamper switch assemblies which sense tampering with the security screws and generate a corresponding signal which is transmitted along the telephone lines to a central monitoring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: David L. Baker
  • Patent number: 7667599
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and distinguishing occurrences along a perimeter bounded by a plurality of piezoelectric cables. The monitoring system utilizes a plurality of piezoelectric cables that generate electrical signals in response to mechanical stress events. The electrical signals from each piezoelectric cable are analyzed by a base unit to determine event classification and location. The monitoring system alerts users and connects to an existing security system to notify third-parties. The monitoring system includes functionality to communicate with a calibration unit and calibrate itself. The monitoring system also includes functionality to interface with a pet containment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Mainini, Randal D. Boyd
  • Patent number: 7656300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an integrated method and system for preventing and solving problems relating to pests of any kind on a site, in a building, in a process, installation or in an area. The system involves complete digitalizing and automation of all functions necessary in order to control the pests such as surveillance, registration, alarms, regulation and remedial actions as well as generating reports etc. The aim is to make the overall effort against the pests more effective by means of fully automating all processes to the furthest possible extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rønnau Development ApS
    Inventor: Per Rønnau
  • Patent number: 7649458
    Abstract: A telephone messaging system with active security feature is disclosed. In one form of the invention, a telephonic security and recording system includes a cordless telephone security base including electronics operable to provide telephonic and security features. The electronics a telephonic and security processor operable to process security and telephonic based processes, a memory device coupled to the processor and operable to store information associated with providing telephonic and security features. The cordless telephone security base further includes a display coupled to the processor and operable to display telephonic and security information and at least three telephonic line transceivers operable to communicate with an analog telephonic network. A wireless handset transceiver is operable to wirelessly couple the analog telephonic network to a wireless handset and at least three read/write optical compact disk drives operable to record security and telephonic information are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Maria Mrazovich
  • Patent number: 7619518
    Abstract: Intrusion detection methods and apparatus exploit the infrastructure of the building itself. The preferred embodiments use the existing power line infrastructure to provide power, data, and sensor observables to a monitoring system which is simply connected at one point, namely, the connection of the building to the city power grid. Computer network interfaces may also be used. In terms of sensors, impedance, capacitive, inductive, electric field and Radar modalities may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Michigan Technological University
    Inventors: Nikolas Subotic, Christopher Roussi, Peter Jensen, William Buller
  • Patent number: 7619517
    Abstract: Improved alarm system that is able to distinguish intrusions by persons from intrusions by others, such as nonhuman animals and inanimate objects. Multiple sensors are placed in a vertically aligned array, so that each sensor monitors at a different elevation. As animals and other objects generally have different sizes and shapes than humans, the vertically spaced sensors will detect different intrusion patterns than the intrusion patterns typically generated by a human. By analyzing these different intrusion profiles and only signaling an alarm when a profile resembling an intrusion by a person occurs, a number of false alarms can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Inet Consulting Limited Company
    Inventor: Larry Tracy
  • Patent number: 7616115
    Abstract: A dual-modality sensor for detecting a presence of a human intruder within a secure setting includes a seismic sensor for acquiring a seismic signature of a disturbance, and includes an active acoustic sensor to acquire an acoustic signature of the disturbance. A system processor is electrically connected to the seismic and active acoustic sensors to receive and process the seismic and acoustic signatures, and generate an alarm signal when the disturbance is determined to come from a human intruder. Also included is an antenna and/or hard-wire connection arranged for communicating the alarm signal. The dual-modality sensor is arranged in a sensor housing constructed to contact a surface of the secure setting. The sensor may include a battery or other means for providing electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Dan T. Horak, Richard A. Burne
  • Patent number: 7596459
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention comprises a device for measuring electricity usage, comprising: means for remote disconnection via power line communication; means for detection of electricity theft; means for tamper detection; and means for reverse voltage detection. In another aspect, the invention comprises an apparatus for multi-channel metering of electricity, comprising: (a) a meter head operable to measure electricity usage for a plurality of electricity consumer lines; (b) a transponder operable to transmit data received from the meter head via power line communication to a remotely located computer, and to transmit data received via power line communication from the remotely located computer to the meter head; and (c) a load control module operable to actuate connection and disconnection of each of a plurality of relays, each relay of the plurality of relays corresponding to one of the plurality of electricity consumer lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Quadlogic Controls Corporation
    Inventors: Sayre Swarztrauber, Doron Shafrir, Siddharth Malik, Robert Hayward
  • Patent number: 7588349
    Abstract: A solar-infrared-rays sensing garden lamp is provided. It mainly comprises a garden lamp body with a control apparatus set inside. The control apparatus charges a power supply via the solar energy in the daytime, and provides power via the power supply in the nighttime. Therefore a infrared rays sensing circuit set on the garden lamp body at a surface thereof can sense omnibearingly in the nighttime. When the infrared rays sensing circuit senses unusual situation, it drives a corresponding lighting unit to illuminate and transmits a triggered signal to the voice control unit for driving a speaker and giving off sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Jen-Yen Yen
  • Patent number: 7573384
    Abstract: Described are embodiments that detect attempts at malicious action against an installation under surveillance based on signals detected by a plurality of sensors distributed near an installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventors: Giorgio Tonelli, Aldo Tonelli
  • Patent number: 7561041
    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: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hong Thi Nguyen, Michael Sean Denny
  • Patent number: 7554437
    Abstract: A room occupancy monitoring system monitors the occupancy status of a plurality of rooms and collects and displays the room occupancy information in real time. The room occupancy monitoring system includes a plurality of room occupancy sensor devices and a server. Each of the room occupancy sensor devices is located in a corresponding one of a plurality of rooms, detects whether the corresponding one of the plurality of rooms is occupied, and generates a first signal indicating whether the corresponding one of the plurality of the rooms is occupied and a second signal indicative of the identity of the corresponding one of the rooms. The server receives the first signal and the second signal from the room occupancy sensor devices through a data communication network and displays room occupancy information of the plurality of the rooms based on the first signal and the second signal on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward George Axelsen
  • Patent number: 7554446
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a facility is provided. Generally, the system comprises monitoring tags wherein each monitoring tag emits an identifier signal unique to each monitoring tag, monitoring sensors wherein the monitoring sensors receive signals from the monitoring tags and relay the signals to one or more monitoring stations, and monitoring stations wherein the monitoring stations log and display information associated with the signals received. The monitoring station identifies possible events based on the signals received from the monitoring sensors. The monitoring station alerts staff members of the events via a graphical user interface, pagers, email, and alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Secure Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Ciarcia, Jr., Michael J. McHugh
  • Patent number: 7541924
    Abstract: An occupancy sensor includes an infrared sensor, a variable bandpass filter operably coupled to the infrared sensor and a controller operably coupled to the infrared sensor and the variable bandpass filter. The bandpass filter includes digital potentiometers adapted to control a gain of the bandpass filter, the tuning of the bandpass filter, and the ratio of a center frequency of the bandpass filter to a bandwidth of the bandpass filter. The controller includes a bandpass filter engine to control the variable bandpass filter, a Doppler shift engine to characterize the signals filtered by the variable bandpass filter, and an occupancy sensing engine to determine the presence or absence of the occupant within the defined region. The controller is adapted to filter the signals generated by the infrared sensor and process the filtered signals to determine the presence or absence of an occupant within a defined region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Brian Elwell
  • Patent number: 7535355
    Abstract: A security system for use in connection with cargo containers and other enclosed spaces. The system monitors vibrations associated with a container and detects signals representative events indicating that an unauthorized access has been made to the container. The system may be programmed with a library of event signatures, allowing different types of events to be detected. The system may be provided with a library of signatures representing a heart beating with a beat pattern and the system may be used to detect a human or other animal within the container. Alternatively, the system may be provided with a library of signatures representing piercing the container. The system may be used to monitor containers in transit. Indications of events may be stored while the container is in transit and then communicated at a security check point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard A. Barone
  • Patent number: 7522045
    Abstract: Location of an emitter using leaky cables. A two-channel receiver determines the location of an emitter by measuring the phase and/or amplitude difference between emitter signals received by leaky cables. In one embodiment, two leaky cables having different propagation velocities are used. In a second embodiment also suitable for use with fiber optic cables, two cables having the same propagation velocity are used, but have different lengths, the extra length being taken up by serpentine patterns or loops. A single cable in a loop may also be used. The leak points on the cables may be passive, or may be controlled RF switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Cutler, Laurence Dale Bennett
  • Patent number: 7522044
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a transmitter (102) with two transmit modules (208, 210) and a receiver (104) with two receive modules (212, 214). Each of the transmit modules (208, 210) generates an optical signal modulated at a unique frequency. The optical signals are transmitted across a roadway (112) and are detected by the receive modules (212, 214). When a vehicle (110) moves between the transmitter (102) and receiver (104), the optical signals are blocked. The receiver (104) generates timestamped make and break events corresponding to the blocking and unblocking of the signals, and these are used to determine parameters for the vehicle (110) such as velocity and vehicle classification. Because each signal is modulated at a different frequency, each receive module (212, 214) can distinguish the signals received from each of the transmit modules (208, 210), allowing the lane position of the vehicle (110) in a multi-lane roadway (112) to be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: CEOS Industrial Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Adam Matthew Dickson, Casper Murtonen, Jonathan Spring, Austin Phillips, Terrance Robb
  • Patent number: 7518507
    Abstract: A passive optical anti-tamper system including one or more light pipes, one or more light detectors and an alarm. The light pipes each include an input end and an output end and are located within a chassis with the one or more light detectors. The one or more light detectors are optically coupled to the output ends of the one or more light pipes. The alarm is operable to transmit a tamper-event-warning signal if an increased light level is detected by at least one detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Dalzell, James L. Tucker, Scott G. Fleischman
  • Patent number: 7502546
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for connecting a plurality of digital video recorders to a plurality of video transmitters via first transmission lines and for connecting the plurality of digital video recorders to a playback receiver via second transmission lines. The playback receiver incorporates an external synchronizing generator for externally synchronizing the plurality of the digital video recorders and the video transmitters. The recorders receiving the video signals generate and inject into the output signals a signal corresponding to identification codes allotted to each video signals. The playback receiver has a selection control circuit receiving selectively and synchronously any individually coded playback or monitored signal, or multiple playback or monitored signals which are displayed individually or in a split screen, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Elbex Video Ltd.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 7495556
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sensor (8) for use with an automatic door comprising at least two detectors (10, 12) based on different technologies, a processor (14) for processing the signals generated by at least two detectors (10, 12) in that it simultaneously uses the signals in order to combine the signals and to accurately detect the situation in a surveillance area (20, 22) sensed by the sensor (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: B.E.A. s.a.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Eubelen, Stephane Bronsard, Thierry Jongen
  • Patent number: 7492306
    Abstract: An boundary monitoring apparatus comprising an object detection device arranged to transmit a signal into a detection region and to detect an object in said detection region upon receipt of a reflected signal from said object; means for defining a boundary in said detection region; means for determining a path of said object in the detection region; means for performing an evaluation of the determined path of the object with respect to the boundary; and means for causing an alarm event depending on the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Denver Humphrey, Bryan Clarke
  • Patent number: 7480208
    Abstract: An occupancy sensor is provided with a housing having an interior cavity. A switch is mounted in the interior cavity of the housing and configured for placement in the open and closed positions. A fascia cover plate may be positioned on the housing to enclose the interior cavity. The fascia cover plate has a fascia rib on an interior surface thereof. The fascia rib is arranged to interfere with the switch in the disabled state to prevent positioning of the fascia cover plate on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: R. Kurt Bender, Jonathan D. Williams, Thomas J. Hartnagel, Vadim Konradi
  • Patent number: 7476860
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a light-projecting apparatus including a light-projector emitting an infrared light beam, a light-projector drive portion pulse-driving the light-projector; and a receiver; and a light-receiving apparatus including a light-receiver receiving the infrared light beam emitted by the light-projector, a light interruption judgment portion judging that the infrared light beam is interrupted when at least a predetermined number of pulses are successively not output by the light-receiver, a light-receiving state detection portion detecting a light-receiving state of the infrared light beam, and a transmitter transmitting the light-receiving state information to the receiver are provided. The period of the pulse driving signal in the light-projector drive portion is changed based on the information received by the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: OPTEX Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masashi Iwasawa
  • Publication number: 20080316315
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for monitoring, alerting, and acting, including the following steps. Input data is received from one or more sensory devices. One or more data weights are determined for the input data based on a weight corresponding to a source of the input data, a weight corresponding to a time the input data was received, and a weight corresponding to a frequency that the input data was received. A set of rules is evaluated based on the input data and the data weights. One or more actions, including a hierarchy of one or more alerts, are activated based on the result of the evaluation of the rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: John J. Donovan, Daniar Hussain
  • Patent number: 7468664
    Abstract: A tamper detecting enclosure arrangement for enclosures containing an interior space in which a protected item is positioned having a magnetoresistive sensing memory storage cell positioned in or near the protected item in the enclosure having a two state offset magnetoresistance versus externally applied magnetic field. A magnet is positioned at a selected separation distance from the magnetoresistive sensing memory storage cell to thereby provide a magnetic field about the magnetoresistive sensing memory storage cell if said enclosure has not been opened in such a manner as to result in substantially increasing said separation distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: NVE Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Daughton, James G. Deak
  • Patent number: 7463146
    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 comprising a circuit board structure having an angle-setting support article, a circuit board with a nonadjustable surface, and data-communicating electrical 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 via the data-communicating electrical conductors and wirelessly communicates the data to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: RSI Video Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Reibel, Keith Jentoft
  • Patent number: 7463148
    Abstract: A light fixture wireless motion detector conversion kit that includes an electrical box cover plate that houses a wireless receiver unit capable of receiving a signal from a wireless motion detector. Formed on the front surface of the plate is a center cavity upon which a standard light fixture bracket is attached. During assembly, the cover plate is securely attached to a vertical support surface while the base of a light fixture is attached to the bracket. The wireless receiver unit is electrically connected between an external 120 volt AC electrical circuit and the light fixture's wires. In the preferred embodiment, the wireless receiver unit includes an optional frequency switch, a mode switch, that allows the user to select different frequencies that matches the frequency used by the motion detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Monte A. Leen
  • Patent number: 7463145
    Abstract: According to one example embodiment, an integrated security arrangement detects unwanted intruders in a facility. The arrangement includes an intrusion sensor to sense an intrusion at a target area of a facility, a second sensor to sense movement, an image-capture device, and a base unit. The image-capture device captures images in response to an intrusion indication from the intrusion sensor and in response to a movement indication from the second sensor. The base unit integrates a direction of view of the second sensor and of the image-capture device, thereby directing the second sensor to sense in the target area in which the images are captured by the image-capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: RSI Video Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Jentoft
  • Patent number: 7456739
    Abstract: A leaky cable having radiation directivity which varies with frequency transmits electric waves in different frequency bands. A measurement apparatus outputs measurement information including signal intensity and phase of a reflected electric wave in each frequency band which is reflected by a target and is received by another leaky cable, and propagation delay time. A calculator groups the measurement information by target on the basis of signal intensities and phases of the reflected electric waves in different frequency bands, and calculates the position of the target with respect to the longitudinal direction of the leaky cables and the distance between the target and the leaky cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Inomata, Takashi Hirai
  • Patent number: 7429924
    Abstract: An automatic doorbell driver that utilizes the power, wiring, and primary load of a conventional doorbell system. The automatic doorbell driver comprising coupling means for coupling the automatic doorbell driver to the conventional doorbell system; power supply means for supplying power to the automatic doorbell driver; sensing means for sensing an object in a proximity zone; and switching means responsive to the sensing means for coupling power to, and thereby controlling the energization and de-energization of, the primary load of the conventional doorbell system; whereby the automatic doorbell driver can easily convert the conventional doorbell system into an automatic doorbell system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Inventors: Peter Langer, Douglas Carl Cinzori
  • Patent number: 7429923
    Abstract: A method for detecting significant events using neuronal sensor networks is provided. The method includes monitoring an environment surrounding a plurality of sensors for the presence of an event, when one or more events are detected, integrating the detected events over space and time using one or more collectors responsive to the plurality of sensors, determining when the one or more events are significant events and identifying and tracking significant events using processors responsive to the one or more collectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John B. McKitterick, Richard A. Burne
  • Publication number: 20080204230
    Abstract: Sensor light having a light unit which can be activated in response to a sensor output signal from a motion sensor unit (16), and is provided on a support unit (10, 12) for installing the sensor light inside or outside, wherein that the motion sensor unit is modular, can be removed from the support unit when the latter is installed and has at least one actuating element (28) which can be manually operated and can be operated when the motion sensor unit has been removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Steinel GmbH
    Inventors: Heinrich Wolfgang Steinel, Martin Meggle, Christof Herbst, Thomas Moller
  • Publication number: 20080174429
    Abstract: A motion sensor incorporates an internal light source, typically a super bright LED. A multi-lens system or an arrangement of small windows in front of the LED projects a visible light pattern that mimics the detection pattern of the motion sensor to an observer standing in the detection zone and looking at the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Bradford B. Jensen, Kim l. McCavit