Signal-carrying Conduit Between Sensor And Article (e.g., Cable, Power Cord, Or Data Link) Patents (Class 340/568.2)
  • Patent number: 10475308
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to security systems for securing an item of merchandise from theft or unauthorized removal. For example, the security system may include a sensor configured to be coupled to the item of merchandise and a base configured to removably support the sensor and the item of merchandise thereon. The base includes a charging circuit for providing power to the sensor and/or the item of merchandise. The security system also includes a controller operably coupled to the base and a key configured to wirelessly communicate with the base and/or controller. The sensor is configured to wirelessly communicate with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10424882
    Abstract: In one example, the connector includes a body portion configured to be connected to a cord and a connection portion engaged with the body portion and comprising a plurality of conductors. The connection portion includes a conductive shield electrically connected to a plurality of the conductors when the connection portion is not engaged with the article of merchandise, and the connection portion also includes at least one ground conductor that is not electrically connected to the remaining conductors and/or the conductive shield when the connection portion is not engaged with the article of merchandise. At least one of the conductors and/or the conductive shield is configured to cooperate with the ground conductor to define a sense loop when the connector is engaged with the article of merchandise, and interruption of the sense loop is indicative of a security event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Gary A. Taylor, Christopher J. Fawcett, Jonathon D. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10417890
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present disclosure, an electronic tamper detection device is provided, comprising a tamper loop and a deformable component, wherein a deformation of said component indicates that the tamper loop has been broken. According to a second aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding method of producing a tamper detection device is conceived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Ronny Schomacker
  • Patent number: 10325121
    Abstract: To provide for a physical security mechanism that forms a complete envelope of protection around the cryptographic module to detect and respond to an unauthorized attempt at physical access, a tamper sensing encapsulant generally encapsulates the cryptographic module. The tamper sensing encapsulant includes a first shape actuation layer associated with an electrically conductive first trace element and a second shape actuation layer associated with an electrically conductive second trace element. The first shape actuation layer is positioned against the second shape actuation layer such that the first trace element and the second trace element do not physically touch at an operating temperature of the cryptographic module and do physically touch when the first shape actuation layer and the second shape actuation layer are thermally loaded. Upon first trace element and the second trace element touching, a circuit is formed that disables the cryptographic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 10223883
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to merchandise security systems and methods for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise from theft. In one example, the system includes a sensor configured to be secured to the article of merchandise, wherein the sensor includes alarming circuitry. The system also includes a tether comprising a pair of conductors electrically connected to the alarming circuitry, wherein the pair of conductors is configured to transfer power to the sensor and/or to the article of merchandise. In response to power ceasing to be transferred, the alarming circuitry is configured to monitor an electrical signal transmitted through the pair of conductors in order to determine whether the tether has been cut or removed from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Justin A. Richardson, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10066422
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance device with an electronics housing and base attaches to an article to be protected. The housing and base have connecting interfaces which act together to attach the housing to the base. The housing and base have matching apertures. A switch and a wrapping splitter extend from the housing through the apertures. The switch detects when the device is attached to an object and the wrapping splitter splits the wrapping to prevent the wrapping from being used to defeat the switch. Electronics monitor the status of the switch. The apparatus may employ a restraining mechanism to prevent the operation of the wrapping splitter unless the housing is attached to the base. The housing and base may be attached to each other by a manually movable latch, which may also actuate the wrapping splitter. Electronics in the apparatus receive and send signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10055954
    Abstract: A merchandise security system for an electronic item of merchandise is provided. In one example, the merchandise security system includes a continuous alarming power cord comprising at least one electrical conductor. The alarming power cord has a first end adapted to be electrically connected to the electronic item of merchandise and a second end. The merchandise security system also includes a reel for receiving the second end of the alarming power cord and adapted for storing at least a portion of the alarming power cord thereon. In addition, the merchandise security system includes monitoring circuitry in electrical communication with the alarming power cord and configured to detect an interruption in an electrical signal provided to the alarming power cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Fawcett
  • Patent number: 10043356
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to merchandise security systems and methods for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise from theft. In one example, the system includes a sensor configured to be secured to the article of merchandise, wherein the sensor includes alarming circuitry. The system also includes a tether comprising a pair of conductors electrically connected to the alarming circuitry, wherein the pair of conductors is configured to transfer power to the sensor and/or to the article of merchandise. In response to power ceasing to be transferred, the alarming circuitry is configured to monitor an electrical signal transmitted through the pair of conductors in order to determine whether the tether has been cut or removed from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Justin A. Richardson, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10043357
    Abstract: A merchandise display security device for displaying and protecting a wearable device from theft is provided. In one example, the wearable device includes a body and a band secured thereto. The merchandise security device includes a sensor configured to be coupled to the wearable device between the body and the band. The sensor includes a sensing device configured to detect unauthorized removal of the body from the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert O. Hartweg, Larry T. McKinney
  • Patent number: 10043355
    Abstract: A security device for protecting objects from theft or unauthorized removal includes a first component configured to be fixed to an object and a second component configured to be removably secured to the first component. The second component includes an alarming mechanism configured to be armed prior to the second component being secured to the first component. The alarming mechanism may include one or more actuating mechanisms that actuate the alarming mechanism. In certain embodiments the second component is configured to slidably engage the first component. In other embodiments, the security device further includes a cable having an end attached to the first component or the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Berglund, Jeffrey A. Grant, Andrew W. Moock, Trent A. Kirk
  • Patent number: 9940800
    Abstract: An anti-theft alarm device for protecting an electronic device from theft, includes a host, a connecting member and an alarm wire. The host includes a main control device, a charging contactor and an internal connecting wire. The charging contactor is connected to the main control device by the internal connecting wire in the host. The connecting member is fixedly attached to the electronic device and includes a charging terminal, a charging wire and an alarm connecting wire. The charging terminal and the charging wire are electrically connected. The charging wire is for connecting a charging port of the electronic device. The alarm connecting wire is for connecting the alarm wire and the electronic device. The alarm wire is for connecting the alarm connecting wire and the main control device. The charging contactor and the charging terminal are electrically connected when the host and the connecting member are mechanically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: KUNMING QUASION TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaolong Li, Xiaohua Wu, Ziyue Ouyang
  • Patent number: 9892286
    Abstract: To provide for a physical security mechanism that forms a complete envelope of protection around the cryptographic module to detect and respond to an unauthorized attempt at physical access, a tamper sensing encapsulant generally encapsulates the cryptographic module. The tamper sensing encapsulant includes a first shape actuation layer associated with an electrically conductive first trace element and a second shape actuation layer associated with an electrically conductive second trace element. The first shape actuation layer is positioned against the second shape actuation layer such that the first trace element and the second trace element do not physically touch at an operating temperature of the cryptographic module and do physically touch when the first shape actuation layer and the second shape actuation layer are thermally loaded. Upon first trace element and the second trace element touching, a circuit is formed that disables the cryptographic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 9892287
    Abstract: A computer return apparatus includes a processor. The apparatus includes a memory connected to the processor. The apparatus includes a display. The apparatus includes a return screen that the processor automatically causes to appear during or after boot-up of the processor on the display, that displays information concerning an owner who owns the computer, concerning user information about who the user is who the computer is assigned to for use, and return information for returning the computer to the owner from data stored in the memory. A method for displaying information to assist with returning a computer to its owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Carolyn W. Hafeman
  • Patent number: 9838008
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides modular lighting control system interfaces and method of implementing modular lighting control system interface for a lighting control system. The lighting control system includes a light switch module including a light switch actuator coupled to an actuator circuit board system. The light switch actuator is configured to move with respect to the actuator circuit board. The actuator circuit board includes a low power circuit electrically connected to a low power circuit electrical connector. The light switch also includes a light switch base module including a base housing forming a well configured to receive, at least in part, the actuator circuit board. The high power circuit electrical connector is configured to engage the low power circuit electrical connector. The high power circuit board includes a voltage reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Noon Home, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lark, Jr., Ann Claire Lim Chi Cheung, Nicholas David Pennycooke
  • Patent number: 9836934
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a security tag. The security tag can include a tamper assembly having a clutch assembly capable of affixing the security tag to a merchandise item and a locking device for inserting into the clutch mechanism. An insertion of the locking device into the clutch mechanism causes a transmission of a closed signal indicating a closed status for the security tag, and a displacement of the locking device causes a transmission of an open signal indicating an open status for the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SMTP Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Joseph
  • Patent number: 9830792
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance device with an electronics housing and base attaches to an article to be protected. The housing and base have connecting interfaces which act together to attach the housing to the base. The housing has a switch on the underside and the base has an aperture partially covered by a flexible tab that aligns with the switch. The flexible tab normally protrudes away from the bottom surface of the base. When the base is attached to an article, the tab is pushed back into the aperture. When the housing is attached to the base, the switch contacts the tab. If the EAS device is removed from the base without disarming the device, the tab moves out of the aperture and allows the switch to detect the removal. The EAS device then issues an alarm. The flexible tab may a piercing element to pierce plastic wrapping, if present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 9831724
    Abstract: A method for operating a Wearable Access Sensor (“WAS”). The methods comprise: capturing RF energy by the WAS, where the RF energy is emitted within a surrounding environment from equipment disposed at an access point of a restricted area; passing the RF energy through a switch that is normally in a position which provides an electrical connection between an antenna of the WAS and a full wave rectifier of the WAS; performing operations by the WAS to convert the RF energy into direct current for generating electric power; supplying the electric power to an energy storage device of the WAS for charging the energy storage device to a pre-determined voltage level; and supplying power from the energy storage device to a controller of the WAS when a voltage level of the energy storage device is equal to or greater than the pre-determined voltage level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Richard L. Copeland, Melwyn F. Sequeira
  • Patent number: 9815575
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, the present disclosure teaches a method for reconfiguring a solar array. The method involves providing, for the solar array, at least one string of solar cells. The method further involves deactivating at least a portion of at least one of the strings of solar cells of the solar array when power produced by the solar array reaches a maximum power allowance threshold. In addition, the method involves activating at least a portion of at least one of the strings of the solar cells in the solar array when the power produced by the solar array reaches a minimum power allowance threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert K. Levy
  • Patent number: 9747766
    Abstract: A merchandise sensor for protecting an item of merchandise displayed on a merchandise display security device from theft includes sensor electronics and a sensor element operably coupled to the sensor electronics. The sensor element provides an output value in an initial stable state before an interaction state and in a subsequent stable state following the interaction state. The sensor electronics compares the output value of the sensor element in the subsequent stable state and the output value of the sensor element in the initial stable state to determine whether a change in the output value indicates an alarm condition. In the event that the output value of the sensor element in the subsequent stable state is not within a predetermined tolerance bandwidth of the output value of the sensor element in the initial stable state, the sensor electronics activates an alarm in response to the alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9721454
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for protecting a terminal device and the terminal device thereof. The method includes: obtaining status information of a terminal device plugged with an earphone; determining whether the status information meets a preset condition; and activating an alarm mode of the terminal device when the status information meets the preset condition. According to the present disclosure, given that activating the alarm mode of the terminal device is based on the status information of the terminal device, the alarm mode of the terminal device can be activated based on environment information of the terminal device without a user manually activating the alarm mode of the terminal device, therefore user experience is improved. Moreover, the security of the terminal device is further improved by avoiding an incident of the user forgetting to start the alarm mode, thus further protecting the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Baicen Hou, Mingyong Tang, Chengping Hua
  • Patent number: 9672388
    Abstract: A computer return apparatus includes a processor. The apparatus includes a memory connected to the processor. The apparatus includes a display. The apparatus includes a return screen that the processor automatically causes to appear during or after boot-up of the processor on the display, that displays information concerning an owner who owns the computer, concerning user information about who the user is who the computer is assigned to for use, and return information for returning the computer to the owner from data stored in the memory. A method for displaying information to assist with returning a computer to its owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Carolyn W. Hafeman
  • Patent number: 9666053
    Abstract: A device for tagging an object includes a tag body having an engagement arrangement with a removable strap for engaging the tag body to the object. The engagement arrangement further includes a sensing arrangement having a strap sensor arrv banged to be connected to the removable strap to detect a disengagement of the tag body from the object. The removable strap further includes a conductive member arranged to connect with the strap sensor and disconnect from the strap sensor when the tag body is disengaged from the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Kwong Yeung Simon Wong, Chi Hung Tong, Chun Wai Lai, Tsz Ching Anthony Kwok, Yiu Man Chan
  • Patent number: 9652952
    Abstract: A device for detecting the theft of an object, intended to be integrated to said object, includes an antenna for receiving a remote-supply signal and means for detecting an interruption of the remote-supply signal. Means for delivering an alarm signal when the interruption of the remote-supply signal is detected are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, Evolution Consulting
    Inventors: Thierry Boudet, Francois Foschia
  • Patent number: 9640855
    Abstract: A chipless RFID transponder is disclosed. The transponder comprises an antenna and a plurality of resonant structures that together define a spectral signature of the RFID transponder. Each of the resonant structures comprises conductive portions separated by interstitial regions. A photo-polymerizable filler is disposed in the interstitial regions of the resonant structures between the conductive portions. The photo-polymerizable filler is positioned so as to shift the spectral signature of the RFID when exposed to radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Gibson, James R. Larson
  • Patent number: 9552568
    Abstract: A mobile dispensing cart having a plurality of locked drawers has medical articles stored therein for particular patients. The storage drawers have sizes wherein the resonant frequency of the sizes does not match the frequency of operation of the RFID system of the cart. Enclosures are used in the storage areas that provide robust RFID fields for exciting and reading RFID tags. A health care practitioner for a particular patient obtains access and opens a drawer. An RFID tracking system takes an inventory of the cart after the drawer is later closed to determine if any medical article was taken, and if so which one. The identified taken article is compared to a data base of medical articles stored in the cart for the patient and if the taken article does not match the patient data base, an alarm is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy C. Caputo, Shariq Hussain, Jeffrey Shamblin
  • Patent number: 9536187
    Abstract: An attachment assembly on a cylindrical protuberance of an article comprising a flexible cap configured for fitting an outer shape of the cylindrical protuberance, the flexible cap comprising an central recess part, a RFID tag fixedly mounted in the central recess part, the RFID tag comprising identification data relative to the article, and a magnet having two opposite flat faces, the magnet generating a magnetic field perpendicular to the flat faces being fixedly mounted by one of the two flat faces on the RFID tag and configured to be affixed by the opposite one of the two flat faces onto the cylindrical protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Jean-Baptiste Pantaloni
  • Patent number: 9520038
    Abstract: A copper theft alarm system is disclosed. The alarm system can be deployed on existing grain bins or other electrically powered equipment, allowing persons to receive an automated phone call, text message notification, or other desired notification when the system has sensed that a copper cable is being pulled out of a conduit. The notification can aid in potentially disrupting a thief's activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Net Irrigate, LLC
    Inventor: Edward DeSalle
  • Patent number: 9475612
    Abstract: An indicator circuit for a storage container designed to enable remote electronic searching for file folders located within the container. Address signals from a host computer are supplied to the storage container to designate a sought file folder. The indicator circuit is activated whenever a sought file folder is located in a given container. When two or more storage containers are interconnected to receive address signals designating a sought file folder, only the indicator circuit of the storage container containing the sought file folder is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: MICRODATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shengbo Zhu, Su Shiong Huang
  • Patent number: 9466191
    Abstract: An alarm device applied to a portable electronic device is provided. The alarm device includes a detection unit and a connecting unit. The detection unit includes a first data transfer pin, and the first transfer pin is preset to a first electric potential. When the portable electronic device is connected to the detection unit via the connecting unit, the first data transfer pin is connected to a second electric potential via the connecting unit. The detection unit is set in a detection mode. In the detection mode, when electric potential of the first data transfer pin is switched from the second electric potential to the first electric potential, the detection unit issues an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chyi-Cheng Wang, Chung-Chin Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9466192
    Abstract: A merchandise security device for displaying an electronic item of merchandise includes a strain relief block configured for attachment to the merchandise and an alarming power cable configured for being electrically coupled to a power input port provided on the merchandise. The alarming power cable is routed through the strain relief block for reducing strain applied to the alarming power cable, which may prevent damaging the power input port or the portion of the alarming power cable extending between the strain relief block and the power input port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Gary Andrew Taylor, Robert O. Hartweg
  • Patent number: 9460594
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method positions a cable extending from an alarm system through a housing to face the cable toward the rear of an electronic device to which the cable is attached. The housing has a sensor assembly that holds a light visible through the sensor assembly to denote an alarm condition. A sensor associated with the sensor assembly connects to a corresponding sensor port in the electronic device. A joint attached to the sensor assembly rotates to position the cable. Detachment of the sensor from the port in the electronic device disrupts a circuit formed between the alarm system, the cable and the electronic device to activate the alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Sennco Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Groth, Andy Reynolds, Daniel Horvath
  • Patent number: 9367709
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal according to the present inventive concept, comprises: a case; a printed circuit board (PCB), which is arranged inside of the case, and on the surface of which is a temper detect pattern comprising first and second contact-type conductive patterns that are arranged adjacent to each other and a non-contact-type conductive pattern that is arranged apart from the first and second contact-type conductive patterns are provided; a detection circuit, which is electrically connected to the tamper detect pattern, for detecting whether the tamper detection pattern is conductive; and a pattern conduction module for controlling so that the first and second contact-type conductive patterns are conductive when the case is assembled, and the conduction of the first and second contact-type conductive patterns is released when the case is disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: BLUEBIRD INC.
    Inventors: Jang Won Lee, Chan Woong Park
  • Patent number: 9349265
    Abstract: A merchandise display security device for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise from theft is provided. The security device includes a mounting base and at least one movable member coupled to the mounting base and configured to releasably attach the mounting base to the article of merchandise. The security device may also include a housing configured to be secured to the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Christopher J. Fawcett, Larry T. McKinney, Larry Keith Hooks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9343860
    Abstract: In distribution networks for safety sensors and devices, aspects of the invention provide routing individualized status signals in parallel to potential safety sensor locations in addition to serially routing safety signals to provide substantially increased protection. A shorting plug that electrically shorts together an individualized status signal to a voltage reference level at a safety sensor location, in addition to electrically shorting together the safety signals for electrical continuity, provides individualized status information for each potential safety sensor location in addition to the serial safety information provided by the safety signals. Another aspect of the invention provides a remote monitoring device coupled to one or more adapter ports, with each adapter port coupled to one or more safety sensors, wherein adapter ports are coupled via cabling with cable endings of the same type, thereby preventing circumvention of a safety sensor simply by coupling together adjacent cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Zomchek, Brian H. Schriver, Derek W. Jones, Richard W. Boyd, James J. Boschuetz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9336664
    Abstract: Provided is a crime prevention system using a sensor module capable of sensing all directions. The crime prevention system using a sensor module may be applied to buildings in which internal structures and crime prevention environments are various, have relatively low power consumption, and be simply installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: AMBUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kee Woon Na
  • Patent number: 9305444
    Abstract: A security device for an item of merchandise is provided. The security device includes a non-programmable locking mechanism comprising a mechanical lock and a programmable locking mechanism comprising a monitoring circuit operatively coupled to an alarm. The security device is configured to secure an item of merchandise from theft or removal when the mechanical lock is locked and to be separated from the item of merchandise when the mechanical lock is unlocked. The alarm is configured to provide an alarm signal if the security device is separated from the item of merchandise while the monitoring circuit is armed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventor: James K. Sankey
  • Patent number: 9293019
    Abstract: A security device may include a lanyard, a lanyard retention lock, and connectivity detection circuitry. The lanyard may include a first conductor and a second conductor that form an open circuit due to an insulator being electrically disposed therebetween. The lanyard retention lock may be configured to retain one or more ends of the lanyard to secure the security device to a protected object. The connectivity detection circuitry may be electrically connected to the first conductor and the second conductor. The connectivity detection circuitry may be configured to detect an occurrence of a closed circuit connection between the first conductor and the second conductor due to, for example, physical damage to the insulator, and may be configured to generate an alarm trigger signal in response to detecting the occurrence of the closed circuit connection between the first conductor and the second conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Benoit Perreau, David P. Christianson
  • Patent number: 9279842
    Abstract: An assembly and a method for determining a change in capacitance in a cable, such as a change caused by a deformation of the cable. The deformation may be caused by a deforming element attached to the cable and slideable along the cable. The deforming element may be adapted to be compressed by a user and convert the compression force into a compression of the cable so as to cause the capacitance change. The assembly may form part of a headset and the deformation may be used to control a media player or mobile telephone used with the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: GN Store Nord A/S
    Inventors: Jakob Jensen, Peter Mossner, Peter Schou Sørensen, Kathrine Steen Urup, Lars Klint Johansen, Flemming Juul Raklev, Thomas Vad
  • Patent number: 9245156
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for capturing screenshots on an electronic device of a user, and for transmitting representations of the captured screenshots to a monitoring system for storage. The captured screenshot data may, for example, be used to recover a device that is lost or stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Absolute Software Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Cox, Damien Loveland
  • Patent number: 9222285
    Abstract: A portable theft deterrent device is disclosed. The theft deterrent device comprises a lock detection mechanism. The lock detection mechanism includes a plurality of connectors. The lock detection mechanism includes a first active circuit therein coupled to the plurality of connectors. When the lock detection mechanism is coupled to an electrical path via at least one connector of the plurality of connectors and if the first active circuit detects an interruption in electrical flow in the electrical path, the lock detection mechanism provides an alert. The theft deterrent device includes a monitoring key member. The monitoring key member includes a second active circuit therein that allows for wireless communication with the lock detection mechanism when detached therefrom. The monitoring key member is configured to receive the alert remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: PERSEUS MICRO LOGIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shahriar Ilislamloo, Andisheh Sarabi
  • Patent number: 9202163
    Abstract: The invention consists in an RFID label consisting of at least: one functional layer comprising at least one electronic component, one antenna connected to the electronic component; one upper layer; one lower layer having an adhesive surface; wherein the upper and lower layers consist of one or more materials capable of resisting to ultraviolet radiation and/or of filtering the ultraviolet radiation. The invention also includes the method for manufacturing the RFID label and the machine applying the method for manufacturing the RFID label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: PARAGON IDENTIFICATION
    Inventor: Olivier Bouchard
  • Patent number: 9189931
    Abstract: A circuitry with a warning function, adapted to an electronic device electrically connected to plural peripheral devices each of which has a connector, includes a mainboard, plural switches and a light-emitting device. The mainboard is electrically equipped with plural of sockets to be electrically plugged by the connectors respectively. The switches are located in the sockets respectively. The light-emitting device is electrically connected to the switches and a power supply for providing power thereto. When one of the connectors electrically plugs into the corresponding socket and turns on the corresponding switch, the corresponding light-emitting device reveals a first warning state, and when one of the connectors does not electrically plug into the corresponding socket and does not turn on the corresponding switch, the corresponding light-emitting device reveals a second warning state. Thus the error connection can be concluded and excluded immediately before the electronic device is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chin Jun Kao
  • Patent number: 9177463
    Abstract: An alarm system for monitoring portable articles comprises a smart sensor for operatively engaging a portable article. The smart sensor includes an actuator having a secured state and an unsecured state relative to the portable article. A memory stores a sensor address. A controller has a sensor bus operatively connected to the smart sensor. The controller includes a memory storing sensor addresses. The controller is operative to periodically communicate with the smart sensor to determine state of the sensor and to read the sensor address. The controller generates an alarm when the smart sensor is in the unsecured state or if the sensor address read from the smart sensor is not stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Se-Kure Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger J. Leyden, David M. Adams
  • Patent number: 9171441
    Abstract: A programmable security system and method for protecting an item of merchandise includes a programming station, a programmable key and a security system. The programming station generates a security code and communicates the security code to a memory of the programmable key. The programmable key initially communicates the security code to a memory of the security device and subsequently operates the security device upon a matching of the security code in the memory of the security device with the security code in the memory of the programmable key. The programmable key may also transfer power via electrical contacts or inductive transfer from an internal battery to the security device to operate a lock mechanism. The security code may be communicated by wireless infrared (IR) systems, electrical contacts or inductive transfer. A timer inactivates the programmable key and/or the security device after a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio, Ian R. Scott
  • Patent number: 9135800
    Abstract: A programmable security system and method for protecting an item of merchandise includes a programming station, a programmable key and a security system. The programming station generates a security code and communicates the security code to a memory of the programmable key. The programmable key initially communicates the security code to a memory of the security device and subsequently operates the security device upon a matching of the security code in the memory of the security device with the security code in the memory of the programmable key. The programmable key may also transfer power via electrical contacts or inductive transfer from an internal battery to the security device to operate a lock mechanism. The security code may be communicated by wireless infrared (IR) systems, electrical contacts or inductive transfer. A timer inactivates the programmable key and/or the security device after a predetermine period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio, Ian R. Scott
  • Patent number: 9117351
    Abstract: A system for securing and charging handheld electronic devices of different charging voltages is disclosed. The system can include a security device with two charging ports to provide the ability to charge the battery of the handheld electronic device at two different charging voltages. The system can include an alarm activated when the alarm switch is activated or when the charging cable connected to the charging ports or the handheld electronic device is disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventors: Franklyn W. Gulick, Jr., Stefan Henneboele
  • Patent number: 9041536
    Abstract: An asset retention device, including: a housing including a base portion and a cap portion, the base portion and the cap portion containing a plurality of electrical contacts; and an asset attachment structure securely coupled to the cap portion and making electrical contact with the plurality of electrical contacts, thereby completing an electrical circuit through the asset attachment structure and the housing; wherein, if the continuity of the asset attachment structure is broken, the electrical circuit is broken. The base portion of the housing is configured to be selectively coupled to a main console including a controller/processor operable for detecting a break in the continuity of the asset attachment structure and the associated electrical circuit. The asset retention device also includes an identifying chip. The asset attachment structure includes a plurality of hooked ends that extend through channels manufactured into an interior portion of the cap portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Marcon International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis E. Guessford
  • Patent number: 9041537
    Abstract: Security systems and methods configured for use with an item of merchandise for retail display are provided. In one example, a security system includes at least one sensor operably coupled to the item of merchandise and at least one alarm module operably coupled to, and configured to communicate with, the at least one sensor. The alarm module is configured to generate a first alarm signal in response to the item of merchandise being handled in an abnormal manner, and the alarm module is further configured to generate a second alarm signal in response to the item of merchandise continuing to be handled in an abnormal manner. In general, the second alarm signal is different than the first alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Taylor, Nicholas M. Sedon, Larry T. McKinney, Andrew W. Moock, Jeffrey A. Grant
  • Publication number: 20150137973
    Abstract: A security device comprises a mounting plate and a mounting device. The mounting plate, for being fixed to a surface, comprises a first electrical contact point and a second electrical contact point electrically connecting to the first electrical contact point. The mounting device is to be assembled to the mounting plate and comprises a third electrical contact point, a fourth electrical contact point and a detection circuit. The third electrical contact point is for contacting the first electrical contact point when the mounting device is assembled to the mounting plate. The fourth electrical contact point is for contacting the second electrical contact point when the mounting device is assembled to the mounting plate. The detection circuit is electrically connected to the fourth electrical contact point, for determining whether the fourth electrical contact point is electrically connected to the third electrical contact point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Meng-Chien Chiang, Po-Tsung Chen
  • Patent number: RE47089
    Abstract: A cable retraction mechanism for displaying merchandise mounted on a display post in a retail location. The cable retraction mechanism includes a cable assembly having a coiled or equivalent elastically stretchable section. The mechanism also includes a coaxial housing that is connected to a portion of the cable assembly. The reciprocating motion or action of the shuttle within the housing facilitates extension and retraction of the cable assembly in a manner that is independent of the coiled section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MOBILE TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Henson, Donald Niderost, James Larry Peacock