Detectable Device On Protected Article (e.g., "tag") Patents (Class 340/572.1)
  • Patent number: 11364400
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sprinkler head having: a sprinkler body; a frangible sprinkler bulb connected to the body, the frangible sprinkler bulb including: a cylindrical wall; and an RFID circuit embedded in the cylindrical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MARIOFF CORPORATION OY
    Inventor: Nazar Krutskevych
  • Patent number: 11360003
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, from an imaging device associated with a robotic apparatus, an image signal including an object of interest represented in the image signal; receiving, by the robotic apparatus from an external agent, a task indication related to the object of interest, the task indication representative of a task to be performed by the robotic apparatus with respect to the object of interest; and responsive to receipt of the task indication: detecting salient features of the object of interest within the image; storing, by the robotic apparatus, a task context, the task context comprising data pertaining to the salient features and data pertaining to the task indication; and commencing, by the robotic apparatus, the task with respect to the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Meier
  • Patent number: 11362423
    Abstract: A non-contact type information processing device structured to communicate with a medium in a non-contact manner may include a first circuit part having a first antenna, and the first circuit part may be configured to communicate with the medium at a first resonance frequency by electromagnetic induction. The non-contact type information processing device may further include a second circuit part having a second resonance frequency which is separated from the first resonance frequency, and the second circuit part may include a second antenna and a light emitting element which is operated by electric power obtained by an induced current that is received by the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11361609
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vending machine and an item dispensing method of storage column thereof. In the item dispensing method of the storage column of the vending machine, controlling the first motor to start rotating for the first time to convey the target item to the inlet of the bucket; when detecting that the target item reaches the inlet of the bucket, controlling the first motor to stop rotating for the first time to make the target item enter the inside of the bucket under the driving of the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SHANDONG NEW BEIYANG INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chong Zhou, Jiabo Xu, Tengfei Zhang, Xinping Wang, Qiangzi Cong, Tianxin Jiang, Chuntao Wang
  • Patent number: 11356847
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, there is provided an information processing device including an activation control unit configured to transmit first information that includes information read through near field communication to a server device, to acquire second information transmitted from the server device according to the first information, and to control activation of an application of the information processing device itself based on the acquired second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: FELICA NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Naoto Tobita, Shuichi Sekiya, Tomoharu Hikita, Kenichi Motodate
  • Patent number: 11355223
    Abstract: A baggage system includes a plurality of RFID tags affixed to baggage items, a data collection engine, client devices and backend devices. The backend devices include trained machine learning models, business logic, and attributes of a plurality of events. A plurality of data collection engines and baggage terminal systems send attributes of new events to the backend devices. The backend devices can track the baggage items and predict particular outcomes of new events based upon the attributes of the new events utilizing the trained machine learning models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Brain Trust Innovations I, LLC
    Inventor: David LaBorde
  • Patent number: 11356525
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a service broker that is an orchestration layer for transactions in a distributed microservice system include receiving a provisioning request in the distributed microservice system, wherein the provisioning request is redirected to the service broker, and wherein the distributed microservice system includes a plurality of microservices each managing its own data such that there is no central configuration store for the plurality of microservices; and managing the plurality of microservices by the service broker as a monolith in context of the provisioning request to perform detecting, validating, and one of committing and canceling changes in the distributed microservice system due to the provisioning request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: David Miedema, Bruno Doyle, Elaheh Askari, Roman Romaniuk
  • Patent number: 11347993
    Abstract: (i) Smartcards (SC) manufactured from a web of metal inlays (MI; FIGS. 12-14) with the coupling frame (CF) forming the metal card body (MCB) supported by metal struts (struts). In the production of smartcards having a coupling frame (CF) with a slit (S), the slit may form part of graphic elements (FIGS. 10-12). (ii) Printing and coating techniques may be used to camouflage the slit (FIGS. 9A-9D). (iii) Surface currents may be collected from one location in a card body (CB) and transported to another location (FIGS. 15AB). A flexible circuit (FC) may be connected to termination points (TP) across the slit (S), or may couple via a patch antenna (PA) with the slit (S). The flexible circuit may couple, via an antenna structure (AS) with the module antenna (MA) of a transponder chip module (TCM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Federal Card Services, LLC
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 11346915
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a device for determining a piece of information on a position of a transmitter, having an antenna device and a data processing device. The antenna device receives signals emanating from the transmitter and has a distinguished directional characteristic which relates to a set of spatially different receive sensitivities of the antenna device. The distinguished directional characteristic has a sensitivity minimum associated to a spatial detection region. The data processing device evaluates the signals received from the antenna device with the distinguished directional characteristic, as regards the position of the transmitter relative to the detection region. In addition, a corresponding method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Mario Schuehler, Lars Weisgerber, Johannes Arendt, Rainer Wansch, Heinrich Milosiu, Frank Oehler
  • Patent number: 11348424
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a visitor is provided. The method comprising: receiving a first current position of a visitor device; determining if a first triggering event has occurred in response to the first current position; determining a host device associated with the visitor device; determining a first mapped position of the visitor device in response to the first current position of the visitor device; and transmitting the first mapped position of the visitor device to the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Higley, Wilmann Gomez, Dang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11343644
    Abstract: A beacon device obtains first location feature information that indicates an environmental condition around a current location of the beacon device; obtains registration location feature information that indicates an environmental condition around an original assembly location of the beacon device; then compares the two pieces of information to perform compliance detection on a location of the beacon device; and determines, based on a detection result, whether to trigger neighbor awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoping Zhang
  • Patent number: 11334727
    Abstract: A technology is for writing different information depending on an object into an electronic tag. The above problem is solved by an electronic tag writing system including a writing device that writes write information into an electronic tag, and an information acquisition section that acquires write information related to an object associated with the electronic tag, in which the write information acquired by the information acquisition section is written into the electronic tag using the writing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: Daio Paper Corporation, Daio Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taro Ikawa, Koki Beppu, Hirohide Ouchi, Eiji Nishiyama, Ryoto Takahashi, Shin Koyama, Shuntaro Noguchi
  • Patent number: 11336333
    Abstract: An NFC device comprises a function unit configured to execute a function based on related command code, a storage unit configured to store the command code, a communication unit configured to communicate with another NFC device, and a processing unit configured, if an update of the command code shall be made by the another NFC device, to calculate a checksum over at least part of the command code, to compare the calculated checksum with a checksum received from the another NFC device and to authorize the update if the received checksum matches the calculated checksum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stephen Tiedemann
  • Patent number: 11324661
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical container includes a cylindrical hollow container body defining a hollow chamber to receive a pharmaceutical liquid, the container body including a portion on a sidewall) of the container body, wherein the portion has a longitudinal extension along the longitudinal axis of the container body and a circumferential extension along the circumference of the container body, thereby forming a window through the sidewall of the container body into the hollow chamber. In embodiments of the invention, the window comprises two long edges and two short edges, and a Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna. In embodiments of the invention, the antenna comprises one or a plurality of nested antenna windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Andrew Bryant, Alain Schmidlin, Daniel Latham, Gabriel Iobbi, Arun Venkatasubramanian, Thomas Richard Redman, Timothy Duncan Wooller, Franck Rubiconi, Robert George Milner, Richard Andrew Hall, Symon Cotton, Simon Peter Attard
  • Patent number: 11328199
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic radio-frequency identification (RFID). In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises a flexible strap comprising a plurality of holes and a buckle configured to buckle to any one of the plurality of holes, such that, when the buckle is buckled to one of the plurality of holes, the strap forms a closed loop. The apparatus further comprises one or more tag enclosures. Each tag enclosure comprises one or more buckles and a RFID tag configured to communicate identifying data to a reader device. The one or more buckles of each tag enclosure are each configured to buckle to any one of the plurality of holes on the strap such that the tag enclosure may be attached to the strap at any one of a plurality of positions on the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: QUAKE GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Chetan Shantilal Karani, Alexander Lee O'Bruba
  • Patent number: 11330062
    Abstract: A personal protection equipment (PPE) system with a remote user interface comprises an article of PPE including an active wireless communication device for transmitting a signal and a controller for managing settings on the article of PPE; and a communication hub including a user interface, an electronic connection to a PPE management software, and a wireless communication device. When the wireless communication device of the communication hub detects that the article of PPE is in proximity to the communication hub, the hub displays information on the user interface. The user interface displays settings for the article of PPE, and the settings can be adjusted by a user through interaction with the user interface. The wireless communication device of the communication hub transmits information related to the adjusted settings to the wireless communication device of the article of PPE; and the controller adjusts the settings on the article of PPE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael Bahners, Robert Bialluch, Nadine E. Brueckmann, Frank T. Herfort, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Markus Gunther Wilfried Lierse
  • Patent number: 11321600
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag is disclosed. The RFID tag includes an antenna port to receive an input AC signal and a self-tuning circuit coupled with the antenna port to optimize signal strength of the input AC signal during a self-tuning phase. The RFID tag further includes an AC limiter configured to limit the voltage of the input AC signal to a preconfigured limit and a limiter controller configured to disable the AC limiter during the self-tuning phase and re-enable the AC limiter after the self-tuning phase. The self-tuning phase occurs prior to the data communication period in which the data stored in the RFID tag is transmitted back to a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Pichler, Ivan Jesus Rebollo Pimentel
  • Patent number: 11315397
    Abstract: It is disclosed an anti-tampering assembly for the transportation and storage of a package, the anti-tampering assembly being configured to be associated with the package. the anti-tampering assembly comprises: a tampering detection unit comprising a RFID passive tag and a tampering track of a conductive material configured to be connected to said RFID tag upon dispatching the package so as to inhibit the operation of the RFID tag, wherein the tampering track is configured to be interrupted in case of tampering of the package; an actuating unit configured to detect the interruption of the tampering track in case of tampering of the package and, upon detection, actuate an alarm unit; and the alarm unit comprising a radio module configured to, upon actuation, transmit an alarm message over a long range wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Valter Bella, Fabio Bellifemine, Laura Contin, Rossana Simeoni
  • Patent number: 11308780
    Abstract: Example implementations include a method, apparatus, and computer-readable medium for electronic article surveillance (EAS), comprising transmitting concurrently, an acousto-magnetic (AM) interrogation signal into an AM interrogation zone of an EAS system, and a radio frequency identification (RFID) interrogation signal into an RFID interrogation zone of the EAS system, the AM interrogation zone and the RFID interrogation zone overlapping to form a zone of interest. The implementations further include indicating, by the EAS system, a presence of a first tag of the EAS system in the zone of interest upon a concurrent detection of both an RFID response signal of the first tag in response to the RFID interrogation signal and an AM response signal of the first tag in response to the AM interrogation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Manuel A. Soto, John Clark, John A. Allen, Adam S. Bergman
  • Patent number: 11295590
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a Unified Security Device (“USD”). The methods comprise: receiving an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) interrogation signal with an antenna of the USD; processing the EAS interrogation signal using a processor unit of the USD; using the processor unit to generate an EAS response signal that emulates a response signal produced by an Acousto-Magnetic (AM) type of EAS security tag, in response to the EAS interrogation signal; and communicating the EAS response signal from the USD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Craig E. Trivelpiece, David Torrecilla, Adam S. Bergman
  • Patent number: 11295547
    Abstract: A living object detection system may detect the interaction between an observer and a target object. The system may include an object sensor device, an object classification data unit, and an object detection module. The object sensor device may be attachable to the observer and include an ultrasonic sensor for sensing distance and a passive infrared sensor for sensing temperature. The object classification data unit may store predetermined object classifiers that identifies an object as a living object or non-living object. The object detection module may determine the target object as a living object or a non-living object based on the object classifiers stored in the object classification data unit and on a physical feature set of the target object, where the physical feature set may include distance and temperature parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventor: Subir K. Biswas
  • Patent number: 11288468
    Abstract: A radiofrequency identification (RFID) reader device includes a radiofrequency device configured to transmit and receive electromagnetic radiation through an antenna array. An RFID control computing device is coupled to the radiofrequency device and includes a memory coupled to a processor which is configured to be capable of executing programmed instructions comprising and stored in the memory to operate the radiofrequency device in a first mode to transmit a first radiofrequency beam to a scan area through the antenna array. A spatial location for RFID tags located within the scanned area is determined from a radar image. The radiofrequency device is operated in a second mode to transmit a second radiofrequency beam to at least one of the RFID tags, based on the determined spatial location of the RFID tags, to power an integrated circuit or sensor located on and to communicate with the at least one of the RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Vubiq Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Gregory Pettus
  • Patent number: 11282315
    Abstract: A wireless access tag duplication device, system and method is provided. The wireless access tag duplication system comprises: a wireless access tag reader; a wireless access tag writer; a processor, coupled to the wireless access card reader and the wireless access card writer; and a memory. The memory includes instruction code, executable by the processor, for: determining a first key of a first wireless access tag; determining remaining keys of the first wireless access tag using nested authentication and the first key; reading data of the first tag using the wireless access card reader, the first key and the remaining keys; and writing the data to a second tag using the wireless access card writer, the first key and the remaining keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: INFO WISE LIMITED
    Inventor: Simon Yorkston
  • Patent number: 11276259
    Abstract: A system and a method for ascertaining if an ID transponder is located in the interior of a transportation vehicle. This is described as interior and exterior identification of an ID transponder. The system includes one or more of ultra-wideband transmission and receiving devices arranged on the transportation vehicle and an ID transponder having an ultra-wideband transmission and receiving device and an inertial sensor system arranged in the ID transponder by which inertial sensor system self-movements of the ID transponder are recorded, wherein each of the access openings is associated with at least one of the one or more of ultra-wideband transmission and receiving devices arranged on the transportation vehicle. A transportation vehicle and an ID transponder with which the method is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Bernd Ette
  • Patent number: 11273336
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a device (1100) for monitoring a storage height (2100) of a warehouse (2000), in particular a shelf warehouse, preferably a high-bay warehouse, comprising at least: a sensor (1110) that is in particular designed to be arranged in an upper region of the warehouse (2000), wherein the sensor (1110) is configured so as: to perform a distance measurement (Di, DN) of a distance (Di, DN) that is substantially horizontal with respect to the warehouse (2000) and that monitors a predefined maximum storage height (2120), and a measurement and/or control unit (1120) that is configured so as to output a message (F, W) in the event of an exceedance (Ü) of the predefined maximum storage height (2120) being detected by the sensor (1110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Minimax Viking Research & Development GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Böke, Frank Friede, Stephan Bludau
  • Patent number: 11270257
    Abstract: A commodity monitoring device includes a commodity state detection unit configured to, on the basis of image information of a commodity group area set on a commodity shelf, detect removal of a commodity in a quantity satisfying a predetermined condition from the commodity group area; and a change detection information output unit configured to, if the commodity state detection unit has detected the removal, output to an output destination device change detection information including image time-series data of the commodity group area from a point in time at which the commodity state detection unit detected the removal to a predetermined past point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Nakagawa, Yuma Shibuya, Shigeaki Tokuda, Junpei Yamasaki, Satoshi Ohkubo, Hiroshi Tezuka, Nobuyuki Ikuta, Kenichi Oohashi
  • Patent number: 11270180
    Abstract: A transponder with a disrupting signal source to shut down the transponder. The transponder may use an RFID chip. The disrupting signal source can be an electrical signal source electrically coupled to the RFID chip, for example capacitively coupled. The disruptive signal source can also be a radiation source, for example an infrared source. The disrupting signal source can be connected to a receiver to allow the transponder to be shut down remotely. Multiple transponders as described can be combined to form a multi-transponder device in which transponders can be shut down selectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Intelligent Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Roesner, Brian Heath
  • Patent number: 11263742
    Abstract: A system for capturing VIN numbers and vehicles images to track vehicle damage through vehicle supply chains which includes a mobile software application and/or robot(s) which moves autonomously around parking lots. The mobile application can direct the user to capture VIN images and/or vehicle images from certain views and collect GPS positions of the same and the robot includes various cameras and sensors to identify vehicles and take pictures of them. All of the captured images of vehicles are sent to a central server/storage where the vehicle images can be checked for damage as compared to locations so that it can be determined who was in possession of the vehicle when damage occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Fulpruf Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Richard T. Megherby, Tyler Crain, Aleksander V. Tropp, Michael T. McClure, Emily S. Yale, Domenico Marco Di Donna
  • Patent number: 11260251
    Abstract: A system including a head-mounted device having a face shield; a respirator coupled to or embodied in the head mounted device; a light having a light intensity; a light detector, and a computing device communicatively coupled to the at least one light detector that receive from the light detector data indicting a type and intensity of light, and determine that the light matches a particular type of light and whether it exceeds a threshold, and on the basis of this determination, modifies the intensity of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven T. Awiszus, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Eric C. Lobner, Robert J. Quintero, Micayla A. Johnson, Caroline M. Ylitalo, Britton G. Billingsley
  • Patent number: 11257085
    Abstract: Methods and systems of authorizing transaction requests are disclosed. A financial institution computing system includes a network circuit exchanging information over a network, a customer database storing financial and identification code information for a plurality of customers, and a transaction circuit. The transaction circuit receives a transaction request over the network that specifies a financial account and includes a first identification code provided by an authentication device in conjunction with a separate customer computing device. The transaction circuit authenticates the transaction request by determining whether the first identification code is associated with an authorized user of the financial account specified in the transaction request, authorizes the transaction request, and transmits a confirmation to a transaction terminal over the network via the network circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A
    Inventor: Sotirios K. Barkas
  • Patent number: 11257030
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe aggregating RFID events before determining a location of an RFID tagged item. For example, a warehouse may be divided into different zones in which the RFID tagged item is tracked. An inventory tracking system may require that at least one RFID reader detect the RFID tagged item a threshold number of times before determining that the item is at the location corresponding to the reader. Thus, even if RFID readers at neighboring locations in the zone also detect the RFID tagged item, the inventory tracking system determines the location with the most RFID events is the most likely location of the package. By aggregating RFID events, the inventory tracking system can provide a more accurate location of the RFID tagged item in a noisy environment or an environment with a high density of RFID readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleg Kantor, Tak Keung Joseph Lui
  • Patent number: 11250344
    Abstract: The present subject matter discloses a system and method to enable a machine learning based analytics platform. The method may comprise generating a graphical user interface to enable one or more stakeholders to generate and manage a model for predictive analysis. The method may further comprise enabling a business user to define the business problem, and generate models to perform predictive analysis. The method may further comprise deploying the model, in a distributed environment, over a target platform. The method may further comprise monitoring the model to identify at least one error in the model and re-training the model for performing predictive analysis based on the at least one error, thereby enabling the machine learning based analytics platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: HCL Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Arvind Kumar Maurya, Yogesh Gupta, Parveen Jain, S U M Prasad Dhanyamraju
  • Patent number: 11244282
    Abstract: An RFID loss-prevention system (LPS) may monitor RFID-tagged items in a facility. An RFID reader transmits a first inventory command configured to cause tags in a first state to respond, receive a reply from a first tag, determine that the first tag has a low transition risk, and cause the first tag to switch to a second state. The reader may also receive a reply from a second tag, determine that the second tag has a high transition risk, and cause the second tag to remain in the first state. The reader may then transmit a second inventory command configured to cause tags in the first state to respond, receive a reply from the second tag in response to the second inventory command, determine that the second tag has inappropriately exited the facility, and issue an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Diorio, Alberto Pesavento
  • Patent number: 11245545
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and processor-readable storage media for implementing Internet of Things- (IoT-) enabled connectivity devices for processing operation information of devices lacking network connectivity are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Hung T. Dinh, Bijan K. Mohanty, Vinod V. Nair
  • Patent number: 11232498
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to labeling and distributing products having multiple versions while providing correlation of user ratings with a received product version on a per user basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Penrose Hill
    Inventors: Carolin Meier, Philip James, Erik Steigler, Matthew K. Martz
  • Patent number: 11232295
    Abstract: A system receives a digital representation of a biometric for a person, uses the digital representation of the biometric to determine and/or otherwise retrieve identity information associated with the person, and uses the identity information to perform one or more actions related to the person's presence in one or more areas. For example, the system may estimate a path for the person and signal an agent electronic device based on the path. In another example, the system may determine a presence of a person within the area and/or transmit information to an agent electronic device regarding the determined presence. In still another example, the system may receive a request to communicate with the person and forward the communication to the person using the identity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: ALCLEAR, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Trelin, Matthew Snyder, Rob Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 11232396
    Abstract: Examples provide a tag manager component that identifies a plurality of stationary RFID tags located within a three-dimensional space outside an item display area based on an analysis of RFID tag data associated with the plurality of RFID tag readers. A zone detection component analyzes item data associated with a plurality of items corresponding to the plurality of stationary RFID tags and location data associated with the three-dimensional space using a set of per-item criteria. The set of per-item criteria includes a per-item minimum threshold number of items per unit of three-dimensional space and/or a minimum threshold stationary time-period. A verification component analyzes sensor data and/or transaction data to verify whether the three-dimensional space is a termination zone. If the three-dimensional space is a termination zone, an inventory manager component removes the plurality of items from perpetual inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Tingler, Steven Lewis
  • Patent number: 11233830
    Abstract: Systems and methods for point-to-point encryption compliance are disclosed. In one embodiment, in a point of interaction device comprising at least one computer processor, a method for point-to-point encryption compliance may include: (1) receiving card data from a card reading device; (2) determining an error with the card data; (3) generating substitute data by replacing at least a portion of the card data with substitute data; and (4) communicating the substitute data to a payment server. The card data may be received from a magnetic stripe reader, from an EMV card reader, or from a contactless card reader. The error may include comprises the card data not being compliant with ISO-7813.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: VERIFONE, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Yale, Joachim Vance
  • Patent number: 11228210
    Abstract: A system and method of transmitting power according to some embodiments includes sequentially pinging each of a plurality of transmit coils to locate a receiver; determining one or more active coils from the plurality of transmit coils based on the location of the receiver; activating the one or more active coils in a full-bridge mode to transfer power to the receiver; determining a base efficiency based on the one or more active coils; monitoring non-active ones of the plurality of transmit coils; determining if the receiver has moved based on the monitoring; if the receiver has moved to a new position, determining secondary coils according to the new position, and transitioning power to provide power from a new active coil configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics America Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholaus Smith
  • Patent number: 11227254
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first surface having an identification tag attached thereto and a second surface having an antenna attached thereto. The first surface engages the second surface to provide a seal for an article and to connect the antenna to the identification tag. A method for sealing an article includes providing a first surface having an identification tag attached thereto. A second surface having an antenna attached thereto is provided. The first surface is attached to the second surface to provide a seal for the article and to connect the antenna to the identification tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Scott Patrick DeBates, Douglas Alfred Lautner, Jagatkumar V. Shah
  • Patent number: 11216622
    Abstract: A test system is provided. The test system includes a test board provided with a near filed communication chip and including an antenna; a tag holding apparatus including first and second tag holders accommodating first and second NFC tags, respectively, and a first controller configured to adjust a position of each of the first and second tag holders; and a second controller configured to: transmit a first test signal to the test board to perform a first communication test for the NFC chip and the first NFC tag; receive a result of the first communication test; and determine whether or not the NFC chip normally reads first data stored in the first NFC tag. The first controller is configured to place the first NFC tag and the antenna to be spaced apart from each other by a first distance based on a type of the first NFC tag and face each other, and rotate the first and second tag holders when the first communication test is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Seol Lee, Ki Ock Hong, Hae Seong Jeong
  • Patent number: 11211154
    Abstract: A context-aware method and system for facilitating the delivery of healthcare to patients within a clinical environment monitored by real-time locating apparatus including auto-ID patient tags where patients having tags are located within the environment in real time by the apparatus are provided. The system includes a plurality of self-service units where one or more of the units is configured to store a plurality of auto-ID patient tags and where the one or more of the units includes a dispensing mechanism to dispense stored tags. The system further includes a control computer subsystem coupled to the at least one of the units and including at least one user interface. The subsystem still further includes a processor operable to execute software instructions and a memory operable to store software instructions accessible by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Henry J. Tenarvitz, Hall T. Snowday, III, Gary Gaisser
  • Patent number: 11199606
    Abstract: An indoor tracking system to track a location of a tag in a room. The system comprises of an initiator to initiate the tag, anchors placed at the corners of the room to track the location of the tag and to communicate data to a base station and a room intervention device provided to change a room identification (ID) and a floor identification (ID).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Ravi Kumar Midathala
  • Patent number: 11200474
    Abstract: A wireless sensor platform design and a single walled carbon nanotube/ionic liquid-based chemidosimeter system can incorporated into a highly sensitive and selective chemical hazard badge that can dosimetrically detect an analyte down to a sub parts-per-million concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Timothy M. Swager, Joseph Michael Azzarelli, Rong Zhu
  • Patent number: 11200476
    Abstract: A cargo tracking system for a vehicle includes an RFID reader configured to generate an output in response to a signal received from an RFID tag and an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the RFID reader. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that the RFID tag is no longer within a range of the RFID reader based on the output of the RFID reader and determine a last location of the vehicle in response to determining that the RFID tag is no longer within the range of the RFID reader based on the output of the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Varun J. Prabhakar
  • Patent number: 11202171
    Abstract: A method and system for broadcasting a beacon identifier identifying the beacon system from the beacon system to a user device, receiving the beacon identifier at a content determination system from the user device, determining contextual content at the content determination system based on the beacon identifier, transmitting the contextual content from the content determination system to the user device, where the user device automatically transmits the contextual content to the first beacon system in response to receiving the contextual content, receiving the contextual content at the beacon system from the user device, and controlling the output display with the beacon system to present the contextual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Estimote Polska Sp z o.o.
    Inventors: Marcin Mycek, Michal Sznajder, Grzegorz Krukiewicz-Gacek, Lukasz Kostka, Jakub Krzych
  • Patent number: 11201753
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, providing, by a power supply of a communication device, energy to the communication device, wherein the power supply directly obtains the energy from a transmission medium via a capacitive divider and a DC converter, and wherein the communication device includes an insulator that electrically insulates the transmission medium from a utility structure supporting the communication device; adjusting a target ratio of the capacitive divider according to a load signal received from a load sensor coupled to the communication device, where the adjusting the target ratio comprises changing a state of a switch connected with at least a portion of a group of first capacitors of the capacitive divider according to the load signal; generating, by the communication device, a signal; and inducing according to the signal, by a coupler of the communication device, an electromagnetic wave that propagates along the transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 11195074
    Abstract: Inferring product activity includes providing a first product having an attached first harmonic tag; directing, at a first area in which the first product is located, a first transmitted signal of a first frequency; and receiving a first return signal of a first return frequency from the first harmonic tag, wherein the first harmonic tag, upon receiving the first transmitted signal, radiates the first return signal, such that the first return frequency is a harmonic of the first frequency. A computer can then infer, based on the first return signal, a first activity in which the first product is being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignees: The Procter & Gamble Company, Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Stephan Gary Bush, Faiz Feisal Sherman, Jeffrey Nanzer
  • Patent number: 11196886
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a printing unit printing an image on a sheet including first and second tags. The first and second tags have first and second antennas extending along first and second directions. The device further includes a tag reading unit including a third antenna and configured to transmit, towards the sheet from the third antenna, first radio waves polarized in the first direction and second radio waves polarized in the second direction in each of a first period during which the sheet is conveyed towards the third antenna and a second period during which the sheet is conveyed away from the third antenna, and determine an orientation of the sheet based on intensities of third radio waves polarized in the first direction and fourth radio waves polarized in the second direction, which have been received by the third antenna in each of the first and second periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naohiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11194938
    Abstract: Augmented reality apparatus and methods of use are provided with persistent digital content linked to a location coordinates. More specifically, the present invention links a physical location with digital content to enable a user interface with augmented reality that combines aspects of the physical area with location specific digital content. According to the present invention, digital content remains persistent with a location even if visual aspects of the location change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Middle Chart, LLC
    Inventors: Rebecca Kincart, Michael S. Santarone, Michael Wodrich, Randall Pugh, Jason E. Duff, Joseph P. Kincart, Frederick Flitsch