Responsive To Intruder Energy Patents (Class 340/565)
  • Patent number: 7403116
    Abstract: A method for remotely monitoring a first location. The method includes providing surveillance equipment at the first location. Data is transmitted from the security equipment via IP connectivity to a second location that is remote from the first location. The data is monitored in real-time from the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Westec Intelligent Surveillance, Inc.
    Inventor: Darjon Bittner
  • Patent number: 7342493
    Abstract: According to various illustrative embodiments, a motion-monitoring system comprises at least one antenna fixed within a barrier, the at least one antenna transmitting at least one first radio-frequency signal through the barrier to at least one volume outside the barrier, the at least one first radio-frequency signal reflecting from at least one object in the at least one volume to produce a plurality of second radio-frequency signals, which are received by the at least one antenna, at least one sensing circuit sensing the plurality of second radio-frequency signals and generating a plurality of time-domain output signals, and at least one processor receiving the plurality of time-domain output signals and comparing at least one successive time-domain output signal to at least one previous time-domain output signal to estimate at least one characteristic of the at least one object, including a motion of the at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: UltraVision Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7339471
    Abstract: A time-controlled security lighting system records the length of nighttime and is capable of automatically adjusting for seasonal nighttime hours. The time duration between the initial nighttime darkness and the light of dawn, as sensed from the prior day by a photocell, is measured and recorded in memory. As the surrounding area becomes dark, the lighting system is activated to provide the illumination for the area. The duration of illumination is determined based on a predetermined fraction of the recorded length of nighttime from the previous night. The control system can adjust the duration of illumination according the recorded nighttime durations from the previous night. The control system can also adjust the level of illumination based on the signals from a motion detector, where the lights are set at a higher brightness for a predetermined amount of time upon detection of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Cordelia Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Chan, Timothy Edward Monroe, James T. Serra
  • Patent number: 7330115
    Abstract: An electronic device control system includes a base unit that includes a housing. A power input and a power output are each mounted in the housing and are electrically coupled to each other. The power input comprises a male plug and the power output comprising a female plug. A processor is electrically coupled to the power input and the power output. The processor is adapted for selectively turning on electrical power from the power input to the power output. A primary motion detector is mounted on an outer surface of the housing and is electrically coupled to the processor. The primary motion detector is adapted for sending a motion signal to the processor when the motion detector detects motion. The processor turns on power to the power output when the processor receives the motion signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: John P. Zuba
  • Patent number: 7327254
    Abstract: A bulb adapted with an infrared sensor includes a LED and a power switch, the switch being turned on to light the LED in the bulb when the sensor detects the heat emitted from a human body and turned off to kill the light when failing to detect the heat for practical use and energy saving purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Kai-Po Chen
  • Publication number: 20080007405
    Abstract: An outdoor warning device is disclosed. The outdoor warning device comprises a sensor, a controller, an alarm module and a power supply. The sensor is adopted for sensing moving objects and generating a sensing signal. The controller is connected to the sensor and is adopted for receiving the sensing signal from the sensor and outputs the sensing signal. The alarm module is connected to the controller and is adopted for generating alarm to warn a user according to the sensing signal outputted by the controller. The power supply is adopted for supplying power to the sensor, the controller and the alarm module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2006
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: SEVEN STARS ELECTRONICS TAIWAN LTD.
    Inventor: Po-Cho Kuo
  • Publication number: 20070273511
    Abstract: A wireless synchronization system. The system includes a plurality of nodes. Each node includes a radio frequency (RF) transceiver, one or more strobe lights and a controller in signal communication with the RF transceiver and the one or more strobe lights. The controller controls operation of the one or more strobe lights based on a synchronization message wirelessly received by the RF transceiver and generates and transmits via the RF transceiver a follow-on synchronization message based on the received synchronization message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Clary
  • Patent number: 7301456
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a wireless terminal-interoperable home network system and a method for controlling the same. A home server is linked with a security device and camera installed in a building to, when the security device senses entrance/exit of an outsider into/from the building, acquire an internal image of the building from the camera and send the acquired image to a wireless terminal of a user to enable the user to monitor the internal situation of the building in real time. The user can access the home server over a wireless communication network from a remote place outside of the building without separate access to the Internet to receive the internal image of the building and check the internal situation of the building on the basis of the received internal image, resulting in an increase in convenience of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sun Mi Han
  • Patent number: 7295109
    Abstract: The monitoring system has a monitoring apparatus and an access point that wirelessly communicates with the monitoring apparatus. The monitoring apparatus sends a wireless signal to the access point. The access point generates a Received Signal Strength Indicator of the received wireless signal. The access point checks for an entrance of an intruder between the monitoring apparatus and the access point based on the Received Signal Strength Indicator generated by the access point. The monitoring systems enables accurate detection of an entrance of an intruder using wireless communication technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7295107
    Abstract: A ferromagnetic detection pillar having one or more applied magnetic field sources and one or more magnetic field sensors, with the magnets and sensors arranged and adapted to detect a ferromagnetic threat object on one side of the pillar. A detection device, such as a motion detector or infrared detector, is also provided, to detect the presence of an object on a selected side of the pillar. A single free-standing pillar can be used, or two or more free-standing pillars can be arranged to constitute a variable aperture detection portal. Single sensors or multiple-sensor configurations can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: MedNovus, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Kemp Massengill, Frederick J. Jeffers, Richard J. McClure
  • Patent number: 7268682
    Abstract: A system for improving the safety of a room occupied by a patient includes a sensor for monitoring when the patient is out of bed. The sensor sends a signal that gives an alert to a care giver that the patient is out of bed. Lights in the room are slowly illuminated to provide light for the patient. A second sensor may sense when the patient has returned to bed and correspondingly dim the lights. The history of the patient being in and out of bed, and of the care giver responding to alerts may be recorded in a log. A programmable micro controller is used to control the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventors: George Bialecki, Jr., Sudip K. Mazumder
  • Patent number: 7256376
    Abstract: A microwave sensor is provided that transmits microwaves toward a detection area, performs an object detecting operation based on reflected waves from an object being present in the detection area, and outputs an object detection signal based on a result of the abject detecting operation, the microwave sensor being provided with a detecting operation controller for controlling the object detecting operation to be performed intermittently at a predetermined detection cycle, a time setting changer for changing time setting of the detection cycle, and a filter for preventing a signal outside of a frequency region of a signal obtained when detecting a human figure from being included in the object detection signal and from being output,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Optex Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7256694
    Abstract: A lid opening and closing system for a waste container having an opening and a lid for covering the opening, the system including a proximity sensor, which may be a capacitive proximity sensor, for sensing the presence of a user's hand or body near the waste container and for sending a control signal. A drive system is connected to the lid for causing the lid to move from a closed position, where the lid covers the opening, to an open position, where the waste container is positioned to accept waste, and then back to the closed position in response to the control signal. The proximity sensor being more sensitive to the user's hand or body approaching from the top of the waste container rather than from the front, sides or back of the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Biochem Environmental Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Joanne Papari, Chris Rusu, Leonardo Stefan
  • Patent number: 7248162
    Abstract: A security system of the type wherein the occurrence of a monitored event, such as presence or motion of an individual at a first location, triggers an alarm at a second location. The invention provides a means of disabling the alarm during times when the device is subject to repeated actuation under conditions when the cause of the repeated actuation is know, as when workmen are present in the monitored location. An infrared sensor causes an RF transmitter to send a signal to a receiver. Switch means interposed between the receiver and alarm device have first and second states wherein the alarm-actuating signal from the receiver is passed and blocked, respectively, to the alarm. A push button is selectively operable to change the state of the switch means from the first to the second, whereby pressing the button effectively disables the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Shary Nassimi
  • Patent number: 7233243
    Abstract: Method of ingress or egress intrusion detection by ultrasound surveillance throughout volumetric multi-area room around a protected object, where the surveyed room is arranged in juxtaposed volumetric closed or open areas that represent central, short-range and long-range echelons of defense-in-depth intrusion protection infrastructure. The used techniques of ultrasound intrusion detection are based on the phenomena of reflection, refraction by edge diffraction, and interference by shadowing of ultrasonic beams. The ultrasonic beam patterns are closely disposed in 2-D curvilinear or polygonal array, or in 3-D curved surface lattice over multilevel substantial openwork frames of different echelons. The informational and processing inter-echelon interrelation is being treated by control software algorithm that features situational logic transition driven by IF-THEN operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: CTRL Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Henry Roche, Vadym Buyalsky, Vladimir Herman
  • Patent number: 7231654
    Abstract: A remote monitoring system which enables the owner and the custodian of a facility to recognize an intrusion from the outside and the owner himself to confirm the details of the intrusion, and which comprises a monitor device (11) for detecting abnormalities of facility and photographing them, and a control server (24) for receiving information from the monitor device (11) to transmit it to mobile terminals (28). The control server 24 (24) comprises an image DB (48) for storing received images in conjunction with the monitor device, a customer/facility specifying unit (44) in the monitor device for specifying mobile terminals carried by customers, and a message preparing unit for preparing messages to be notified to mobile terminals, thereby transmitting messages and contents to mobile terminal (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Japan Network Service Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuo Murai
  • Patent number: 7173537
    Abstract: The device according to the invention has a sensor (5) for generating and detecting an electromagnetic field situated in the vicinity of a moving part (1) that should not be touched. The device according to the invention also has an evaluation unit (8) that is connected to the sensor (5) in order to evaluate sensor signals that can be generated by the sensor (5), wherein the evaluation unit (8) can generate an evaluation signal. Finally, a control unit (9) connected to the evaluation unit (8) is provided, which is designed and can be operated so as to control the movement of the part (1) as a function of the evaluation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Voigtlaender
  • Patent number: 7167094
    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: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Secure Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Ciarcia, Jr., Michael J. McHugh
  • Patent number: 7126476
    Abstract: A dual sensor intruder alarm (DSIA) for detecting an intruder in a security zone monitored by the DSIA comprising: a PIR sensor; an additional sensor, and a controller that determines an operating difference between the ambient temperature and a normative surface temperature of an intruder in the security zone; wherein if the operating difference is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold difference, the controller determines whether an intruder is present in the security zone using signals from both the PIR sensor and the additional sensor and if the operating difference is less than the predetermined threshold difference, the controller uses signals from the additional sensor but not from the PIR sensor to determine presence of an intruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Risco Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Alkelai, David Kartoun
  • Patent number: 7123145
    Abstract: An anti-theft system (1) for a motor vehicle detects movement in the motor vehicle, while at the same time avoiding false alarms. A movement detector (2) comprises a transmitter circuit (3) which transmits a microwave signal in bursts of around six nanoseconds duration and a receiver circuit (4) which receives the transmitted signals and reflected signals. The transmitted and reflected signals are mixed, and envelope detected in an envelope detector (22). The signals from the envelope detector (22) are passed through three filters, namely, a low pass filter (25) which passes low frequency signals in the range of 1 Hz to 40 Hz, a high pass filter (26) which passes high frequency signals of greater than 100 Hz and a band pass filter 15 (27) which passes intermediate frequency signals in the range of 40 Hz to 80 Hz. The signals from the filters (25,26,27) are analysed in a microprocessor (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Hi-Key Limited
    Inventors: Peter Joseph Reilly, Derek Anthony Savage, Vincent Duffy
  • Patent number: 7103447
    Abstract: A robot (1) is provided which includes a situated behaviors layer (SBL) (58). This SBL (58) is formed in the form of a tree structure in which a plurality of schemata (behavior modules) is connected hierarchically in such a matter that the schemata are highly independent of each other for each of them to behave uniquely. A patent schema can define a pattern in which child schemata are connected, such as an OR type pattern in which the child schemata are caused to behave uniquely, AND type pattern in which the plurality of child schemata are caused to behave simultaneously or a SEQUENCE type pattern indicating a sequence in which the plurality of child schemata should behave, thereby permitting to select a behavior pattern of the robot (1). Also, a new child schema can additionally be included in the SBL (58) without having to rewrite the schemata connection in the tree structure, whereby a new behavior or function can be added to the robot (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ugo Di Profio, Masahiro Fujita, Tsuyoshi Takagi, Yukiko Yoshiike, Hideki Shimomura
  • Patent number: 7084761
    Abstract: There is provided a device in which surroundings of a building can be monitored using a sensor; when detecting an intruder, an object can be detected even in the case of bad weather; and a predetermined area can be monitored using as few sensors as possible. The device includes a security system which emits a radio wave from a building to a predetermined area outside the building to detect an object, and on the basis of output of the object detecting unit, a judgment is made as to whether or not the object will intrude into the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shiho Izumi, Hiroshi Kuroda, Satoru Kuragaki, Kazuhiko Sato, Terumi Nakazawa, Kenichi Mitzuishi, Kazuaki Takano, Mitsuhide Sasaki, Hiroshi Kondoh, Mikito Tsubota
  • Patent number: 7081817
    Abstract: A system and method for motion detection, useful, for example, in intrusion detection, access control, and energy management, including an incoherent detector, including at least one sensing element, operative to detect receipt of radiation having a wavelength between 0.05 mm and 10 mm from multiple fields of view, and a motion detector receiving an output of the incoherent detector and providing a motion detection output indicating receipt of radiation from an object moving between the multiple fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Visonic Ltd.
    Inventors: Boris Zhevelev, Mark Moldavsky, Michael Lahat, Yaacov Kotlicki
  • Patent number: 7068166
    Abstract: A break-in detection system includes a detection sensor of an FBG type for detecting an intruder trying to climb over a fence around a premises, and a detection sensor of an OTDR type for detecting an intruder trying to demolish the fence. A fiber optic cable used as a detection sensor has a sensor core wire and a LAN transmission core wire arranged in parallel to form a LAN transmission channel. The LAN transmission core wire transmits videotaped image signals from ITV cameras and image control signals two ways between a monitoring room and an ITV control device. The LAN transmission channel is available for connection by IP telephone sets, a LAN terminal, a wireless LAN terminal, and an IP-BOX for internet communication. The system has excellent reliability and maintenance-free characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Sanki Eng. Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiko Shibata, Fumiaki Tsuchiya, Toshihiro Nozawa, Shinya Ishi
  • Patent number: 7034717
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and methods for indicating the existence of a critical event within a pilot house, including the existence of a condition of no motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Richard Albert Brown
  • Patent number: 7019648
    Abstract: A detection system for detecting intruders moving in the vicinity of a defined path comprises a distributed antenna, for example an open transmission line, extending along the path, and an array of discrete antennas extending alongside the distributed antenna and within a predetermined distance therefrom. The discrete antennas and the distributed antenna define a plurality of detection zones. A radio frequency transmitter is connected to each of the discrete antennas, and a complementary receiver in a control unit at a remote location is connected to the distributed antenna. The control unit also controls the transmitters, and the array of antennas to exchange radio frequency energy between the distributed antenna and the discrete antennas and analyzes the energy received from the discrete antennas so as to detect perturbations caused by an intruder moving adjacent said path and adjacent a particular antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: AuraTek Security Inc.
    Inventor: André Gagnon
  • Patent number: 7019647
    Abstract: An installation includes at least one magnetic field source, measuring equipment fixed onto a freely movable object whose motion is to be detected, and control equipment. The measuring equipment includes a magnetometer able to measure the magnetic field it is surrounded by, a comparator able to test the magnetic field value against a threshold value, and a transmitter for transmitting a signal representing the result of this test. The control equipment receives this signal and derives therefrom the object displacement and/or its proximity to the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Bruno Flament, Alain Bouvier
  • Patent number: 7005990
    Abstract: An object that can be sensed by a motion detector is equipped with a small, battery powered transponder. A motion detector has (either internally or externally) a transceiver adapted to provide a query signal. If the object is within range of the query signal, the transponder responds with a transponder signal. The transceiver is responsive to receipt of the transponder signal to prevent the detection of motion from causing an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Steven J. Rocci
  • Patent number: 6970082
    Abstract: A system for communicating home security data between a vehicle having a vehicle element and a home comprising an interface coupled to the vehicle element configured to establish a communication link with a home security system and a processing circuit configured to receive home security data from the home security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Dian H. Reese, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 6960992
    Abstract: An intrusion sensor which includes a first light guide arrangement and a second light guide arrangement for detecting the severity of an accident in a vehicle. An interval having a width is positioned between the two light guide arrangements. In this case, the first light guide arrangement is positioned in the direction of an intrusion side. The second light guide arrangement is positioned in the direction of the vehicle interior side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Moritz, Frank-Juergen Stuetzler
  • Patent number: 6956493
    Abstract: A motion-sensing light includes a power cord with a plug to be plugged into an electrical outlet. In one embodiment, the light is moisture-resistant, allowing the light to be used outdoors with a suitable electrical outlet. The light may be mounted on a wall with nails or screws, hung from a hook, or a mounting bracket that holds the lamp in a desired orientation, yet allows removal and re-insertion of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Tena Youngblood
  • Patent number: 6952168
    Abstract: A safety device, comprising at least one sensor for sensing the presence of an object and a warning system that emits at least one precreated verbal warning message after the sensor senses an object. The warning system includes a control system that allows a user to select at least one of a plurality of precreated verbal warning messages for emission. In another embodiment, a safety device comprises a safety cone, a sensor disposed on the safety cone and that senses an object, and a warning system disposed at the top of the safety cone and that emits at least one warning signal after the sensor senses an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Recko, Jr., Craig K. Rogers, Shannon C. Dulaney, Robert W. Lauer
  • Patent number: 6950022
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for obtaining and conveying information about occupancy of a passenger compartment of a vehicle including at least one sensor for obtaining data from the passenger compartment. Information about the occupancy is generated based on the data and transmitted, e.g., through a cellular phone system, to emergency response personnel to enable them to respond accordingly. The information about the occupancy may be generated by a processor applying pattern recognition techniques so that any occupants of the seat may be classified and such classification transmitted to the emergency response personnel. The data may also be used to determine the number of occupants in the vehicle and/or whether the occupants are moving after a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 6943687
    Abstract: A small-sized hidden motion detector that can be incorporated in a decorative manner into a decorative lantern. The motion detector can be incorporated into lighting fixture designs not previously amenable to a hidden motion detector in the body of the lighting fixture. A small decorative motion detector housing is provided defining a compact interior region with a PIR sensor mounted inside and providing a sufficient optical pathway for a practical motion detector of wide angular field of view that can nevertheless fit inside commonly found small-sized decorative lantern elements. In one embodiment the motion detector is hidden in a small generally cylindrical decorative element of the sort that is found in a number of traditional decorative lantern designs and that has not previously been amenable to a hidden motion detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: EML Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wade Lee, Donald R. Sandell
  • Patent number: 6940400
    Abstract: A machine to turn on the occupancy sensor(s) of a motor vehicle using a temperature sensing element. The temperature element senses a dangerously high temperature in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle and energizes the occupancy sensors. The occupancy sensors energize for a time period sufficient to determine the presence or absence of an occupant. If no occupant is detected, the occupancy sensors de-energize after a set period of time. If an occupant is detected, an audible alarm is enabled to draw attention to the motor vehicle. Once the alarm is active, a key must be used to reset it. If no occupant is detected each operation of a door switch will cause an additional sensing provided the temperature remains dangerously high. This logic is only energized or enabled when a passenger compartment is dangerously high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Mark S. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 6919804
    Abstract: A passenger detection system is provided for a vehicle having at least one opening to allow passengers to enter and exit the vehicle. The passenger detection system includes a plurality of passenger detection devices placed on opposed sides of the at least one opening to detect passengers entering and exiting the vehicle through the at least one opening. The passenger detection system also includes a plurality of passenger number devices placed on at least one side of the at least one opening to detect the number of the passengers entering or exiting the vehicle through the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Vultron Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Cook, Jessie D. Swinea, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6909370
    Abstract: An intruder detection device provides first and second detection areas which are covered by first and second PIR sensors. When intrusion of an object is detected in these areas, the detection signals are amplified by amplifiers, and then processed in a control unit such that orders for generating alarms are output from alarm output units to a monitoring station. While these processed detection signals are output to the alarm output units, the control unit sends other processed signals to LED display units, so that the LED display units turn on alarm lights. The intruder detection device also has a device for separating the object detection areas of the first and second PIR sensors such that their detection areas do not overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Optex Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakamura, Shingo Okawa, Yoshiharu Okumura
  • Patent number: 6903654
    Abstract: The invention is directed to improved automatic dispenser apparatus for dispensing sheet material and the like without contact between a user and the dispenser. Proximity detection apparatus is provided to detect the presence of a user in a detection zone generated outside the dispenser. Control apparatus controls actuation of the dispenser in response to the detected user. Preferred forms of the proximity detector include a sensor and a signal detection circuit operatively connected to the sensor. The sensor includes conductors configured to have a capacitance and positioned such that the capacitance is changed by the presence of a user within the detection zone. The signal detection circuit detects the change in capacitance and is provided with an oscillator having a frequency which is affected by the sensor capacitance and a differential frequency discriminator which detects changes in the oscillator frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Alwin Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Hansen, Thomas Michael Leiterman, Larry Allen Schotz, William G. Haen, Alan P. Paal, Abtin Spantman, Patrick Gerald McCutcheon
  • Patent number: 6900729
    Abstract: A system for processing thermal signature data is provided. The system provides a thermal signature data processor that analyzes one or more pixels to determine whether an aspect of an alarm-worthy event has occurred. In one example, the system additionally analyzes visual data in relation to the thermal signature data to determine whether an alarm-worthy event (e.g., intrusion) has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventors: John Matthew Paximadis, Richard Pettegrew
  • Patent number: 6885303
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are presented for detecting motion within an amorphous sensor node array. The operations performed include detecting an object at a node in the array, with a node that detects an object termed a “detecting node”. Another operation includes sensitizing nodes about the detecting node to the possibility that the object will move toward the sensitized nodes. Still another operation includes, when the object moves toward a sensitized node, detecting the object at the sensitized node and propagating a warning signal to a distance from the sensitized node in the direction of the motion of the object. In another aspect, nodes are differentiated into a pattern comprising pattern elements, where each pattern element comprises at least one node, wherein the pattern is used to determine which nodes are sensitized about a detecting node and to determine a propagation direction for the warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Payton, Regina I. Estkowski
  • Patent number: 6870466
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring the movement of an object traversing a circuit and outputting data with respect thereto. Lap events are recorded and used to calculate a total lap count, split time, and elapsed time for an event that includes the repetitive traversing of a circuit. Physiologic data is monitored in the case where the object is a person. A transponder or transmitter is affixed to a user and a signal having limited range is coupled to a communications and display device when the user comes into range of the device. Each such coupling is accumulated as lap event data. Calculations are made to display the lap count and timing information as well as physiologic data. In one embodiment, the device is implemented in a watertight housing and placed at the bottom of a swimming pool. The displayed information is visible to a swimmer wearing the transponder or transmitter. In another embodiment, the display is incorporated into eyewear worn by the person traversing a repetitive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rust, Barry J Oldfield
  • Patent number: 6856248
    Abstract: A digital verification control, which is incorporated with an alarm system, includes a first timer device for presetting a single zone verification time in the control panel and second timer device for presetting a multiple zone verification time in the control panel. The single zone verification time is a single sensor time delay and arranged when one of the sensors detects at least two triggered signals in the respective detecting area within the single zone verification time, the local warning system is activated for producing a local warning signal. The multiple zone verification time, which is longer than the single zone verification time, is a multiple sensor time delay and arranged when the two sensors detect two triggered signals in the detecting areas respectively within the multiple zone verification time, the local warning system is activated for producing the local warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Randall Wang
  • Patent number: 6853300
    Abstract: A saw cover safety sensing device comprises a protecting cover; a sensing controller at one side of the protecting cover; a control circuit within the sensing controller; the control circuit serving for receiving electric static signals from a human body and emitting control signals; the sensing controller further comprising a power switch, at least one batteries, a plurality of LED lights and a transparent cover; at least one signal sensing wire connected to the sensing controller; each signal sensing wire having a metal foil sheet; one surface of the metal foil sheet being coated with glue so that the metal foil sheets and the signal sensing wires are adhered to the protecting cover; the signal sensing wire and metal foil sheets serving for detecting electric static signals emitted from a human body; and a buzzer connected to the sensing controller; the buzzer buzzes in response to electric static signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Kuo Lung Kuan
  • Patent number: 6844538
    Abstract: A radiation detection apparatus is capable of detecting and locating events, such as a fire or the appearance of an intruder, in a scene under surveillance. The apparatus comprises an array of detector elements, e.g. infrared detectors. The apparatus has two fields of view, namely a first field of view defined by a lens providing a single focussed image of a distant scene on the array and a second field of view defined by a reflector arranged between a plane of the array and a plane of the lens whereby to reflect onto the detector array radiation entering the lens from outside the first field of view. One or more processors are provided to distinguish events in the second field of view from those in the first field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Infrared Integrated Systems Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Hollock, Bryan Lorrain Humphreys Wilson, Stephen George Porter
  • Publication number: 20040246132
    Abstract: A saw cover safety sensing device comprises a protecting cover; a sensing controller at one side of the protecting cover; a control circuit within the sensing controller; the control circuit serving for receiving electric static signals from a human body and emitting control signals; the sensing controller further comprising a power switch, at least one batteries, a plurality of LED lights and a transparent cover; at least one signal sensing wire connected to the sensing controller; each signal sensing wire having a metal foil sheet; one surface of the metal foil sheet being coated with glue so that the metal foil sheets and the signal sensing wires are adhered to the protecting cover; the signal sensing wire and metal foil sheets serving for detecting electric static signals emitted from a human body; and a buzzer connected to the sensing controller; the buzzer buzzes in response to electric static signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Kuo Lung Kuan
  • Patent number: 6825768
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automatic correction system and technique for a pet containment system in which the correction levels of the electrical stimulus and/or audio or visual warning are adaptively adjusted in accordance with the behavior of a particular dog or other animal. In one mode of operation, the system is set to a baseline correction level at which a predetermined warning such as an audible beep is provided when the animal enters a first detection zone, and a predetermined electrical stimulus is provided when the animal enters a second detection zone. The correction levels are automatically adjusted in response to one or more parameters of the animal's behavior. One example of animal behavior to be corrected is repeated challenge by the animal to the system by repeated entry into the first or second detection zone within a defined period of time. Another example of behavior to be corrected is the animal remaining in a detection zone beyond a specified time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Dogwatch, Inc.
    Inventors: Norval Stapelfeld, Frederic Peterson
  • Patent number: 6816086
    Abstract: A driveway signaling device for detecting motion in a street immediately in front of a driveway and alerting a driver about to exit the driveway of such movement. The device has a pole, a motion detecting assembly mounted on the pole, and an anchor for anchoring the pole into the ground. The motion detecting assembly is mounted near the pole top, including a pair of motion detectors that extend outward from the sides of the pole in opposite directions for detecting motion in either direction in the street. The assembly has, a “red” light, a “green” light, a power source, and a logic device connecting the motion detectors to the pair of lights and the power source. Upon detection of movement, the “red” light is illuminated, signaling to the driver that it is hot safe to exit from the driveway. When no movement is detected for a predetermined time period, the “green” light is illuminated, signaling to the driver that it is safe to proceed out of the driveway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kieffer, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6812835
    Abstract: An intruding object monitoring method using an intruding object monitoring system having a first intruding object monitoring apparatus for monitoring a monitor area by inputting images of the area and at least one second intruding object monitoring apparatus for performing a following of an intruding object. By this method, first intruding object monitoring apparatus acquires detection information of an object intruding into the monitor area, the second intruding object monitoring apparatus captures the intruding object in accordance with the detection information supplied from the first intruding object monitoring apparatus. After the intruding object is captured, the second intruding object monitoring apparatus performs the following of the captured intruding object independently of the first intruding object monitoring apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Wataru Ito, Hirotada Ueda
  • Patent number: 6798341
    Abstract: A multifunction sensor device (10) provides various transducer functions for performing temperature sensing, humidity sensing, ambient light sensing, motion detection, thermostat functions, switching functions, load switching and dimming functions, displaying actual and set temperature values, displaying time of day values apparatus for putting the device in an on/off or auto mode. Key elements include mounting the diverse sensors or transducers within the same housing (14) that can be mounted to a wall in a flush manner, eliminating the requirement of an air flow channel in the device (10), thus minimizing any adverse effects on the motion detecting element or sensor. The device can transmit and receive real time data, relative data and actual discrete data in addition to switching and controlling loads locally or remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Eckel, Gaetano Bonasia, James A. Porter
  • Patent number: 6798344
    Abstract: A security alarm system that provides secure, realtime video of a secured location to one or more emergency response agencies over a high-speed communications link, such as an Internet link. Realtime video information is therefore placed directly into the hands of those who are called upon and trained to respond to a potential emergency. As such, the emergency response agencies and their personnel are better informed. This, in turn, allows the personnel to be better prepared in their response to the potential emergency, saving manpower, money, lives and reducing the number of false alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventors: James Otis Faulkner, Richard Matyel Blake