Detectable Device On Protected Article (e.g., "tag") Patents (Class 340/572.1)
  • Patent number: 10353982
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for disambiguating between multiple potential users that may have performed an item action (e.g., item removal or item placement) at an inventory location. For example, if there are three picking agents (users) standing near an inventory location and one of the agents removes an item (item action) from the inventory location, the example systems and processes described herein may utilize various inputs to disambiguate between the users and determine which of the potential users performed the item action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dilip Kumar, Ammar Chinoy, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Shrivatsan Vasudhevan, Jin Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 10354517
    Abstract: A method and system for processing input data for an alarm monitoring system at a premises. Input data is received in proximity to an alarm triggering device. The input data is analyzed along with other data. An indication is generated based on the analysis as to whether actuation of an alarm triggering device could occur. Based on the indication and/or the analysis, a human-perceptible indication is initiated of the status of an alarm monitoring system at the premises, in proximity to a person and/or prior to actuating an alarm triggering device. An indication may be a color of light, change in light color, audio tone, change in audio tone, vibration, and/or change in vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The ADT Security Corporation
    Inventor: Justin King
  • Patent number: 10354178
    Abstract: The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a pallet embedded with an electronic device to track and manage items during shipping. Such an electronic device can receive and store shipment information associated with a pallet associated with the electronic device and/or a nearby pallet. The shipment information can include an identifier associated with the pallet. The electronic device can then attempt a connection on a first wireless interface such as a low power and short range interface. If the electronic device determines that the first wireless interface is inappropriate for a connection, it can try a second wireless interface (such as a higher power and long range interface). The electronic device can then connect on the second wireless interface and send the shipment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PALLETECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Linkesch, Anthony John Wainman
  • Patent number: 10347106
    Abstract: A virtual barrier system for determining a position of a mobile device relative to a virtual barrier comprises: a plurality of transmitters configured to broadcast a unique identifier; a management platform for storing positional data for each transmitter; a mobile application for installation on a mobile device. The management platform is configured to communicate with the mobile application. The plurality of transmitters are arranged in pairs, one of each corresponding with a first or second zone. The pairs are positioned to define the virtual barrier between said first and second zones. The management platform is configured to: (a) map the barrier; (b) receive transmitted data from the mobile application when the mobile application detects the unique identifier, and (c) send an alert to the mobile application for display. The first zone and second zone comprise different statuses, and the status of the second zone is dependent upon a specific user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LONE WORKER SOLUTIONS LTD
    Inventor: Stephen White
  • Patent number: 10349216
    Abstract: An enterprise system configures access point devices at an enterprise location to communicate with a location determination system. The location determination system receives wireless signal attributes of user computing devices broadcasting Wi-Fi signal data at the enterprise location from one or more access point devices. For a particular time window, the location determination system determines aggregated features of received wireless signal data across all access point devices, and classifies each of the user computing devices as moving or stationary by applying the wireless signal data to a model. For each of the user computing devices determined to be moving, the location determination system calculates a respective position of the user computing device based on the wireless signal data. For each of the user computing devices determined to be stationary, the location determination system does not calculate a respective position of the respective user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Huy Phuong Tran, Abhishek Mukherji, Rong Peng, Oscar Berjarano Chavez, Santosh Ghanshyam Pandey
  • Patent number: 10346790
    Abstract: In some examples, a system receives an image captured by a camera of a first cargo transportation unit (CTU) in response to an activation of the camera, the activation of the camera of the first CTU responsive to an event. The system determines based on the image an identifier of an entity that owns, operates, or has access to the first CTU or a second CTU, and logs the identifier of the entity in chain of custody information stored in a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Conrad Delbert Seaman, Prabhul Dev, Ryan Michael Parker
  • Patent number: 10349220
    Abstract: An in-vehicle device includes: an in-vehicle storage unit which stores an in-vehicle device ID as an identifier; a first communication unit which sends the in-vehicle device ID to a portable terminal; a vehicle position acquisition unit; and a second communication unit which sends the in-vehicle device ID and the vehicle position to the server, the portable terminal includes: a portable storage unit which stores a portable terminal ID as an identifier for identifying the portable terminal; a portable terminal position acquisition unit; and an authentication information sending unit which sends, to the server, authentication information, and the server associates the portable terminal ID and the in-vehicle device ID based on a difference between the portable terminal position included in the received authentication information and the received vehicle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Hano
  • Patent number: 10335965
    Abstract: A knife includes a knife blade having a tang and an RFID transponder which is fixed to the tang. A knife handle surrounds the tang and the RFID transponder. The knife blade is produced from metal, in particular steel. The RFID transponder has an antenna and at least a portion of the antenna of the RFID transponder is constructed in a planar manner and is arranged parallel with a planar lateral face of the tang. In another embodiment, the antenna of the RFID transponder is galvanically connected to the tang. The knife having the RFID transponder increases the reliability of the reading by an RFID reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FRIEDR. DICK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Horst Loehnert
  • Patent number: 10339497
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for managing a physical inventory. Image data from a number of cameras is processed to recognize inventory items from identifying indicia and determine their respective locations to build a three-dimensional model of the inventory item distribution. Comparison with a database model of the inventory item distribution may indicate discrepancies, such as misplaced items. A picking agent may be dispatched to pick a target item by following a particular path, which may be designated in an overlay on a portable heads-up display. The picking agent may also perform a corrective inventory management action on a non-target item while picking the target item. The corrective inventory management action may include repositioning an item, reorienting the item for better visibility of its identifying indicia, replacing the item's identifying indicia, determining if the item is of expected weight, and gathering new image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Gabbai
  • Patent number: 10339579
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling shelf display units and for graphically presenting information on shelf display units are disclosed. A system includes one or more display units configured to be coupled to shelves of a modular shelving system, one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more display units, one or more memory components communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory components. When executed by the one or more processors, the machine readable instructions cause the system to determine a product identifier corresponding to a product, identify one or more display units to update in response to determining the product identifier corresponding to the product, and update a graphical output of the one or more display units identified to be updated in response to identifying the one or more display units to update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SUNRISE R&D HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Bracewell Bonner, Titus Arthur Jones, Richard Alexander Grosse, III, Michael John Zettler, Christopher Todd Hjelm
  • Patent number: 10331922
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a tracking fastener may include a plastic tracking fastener. The plastic tracking fastener may include a plastic tracking staple or a plastic tracking nail. The plastic tracking fastener may include at least one elongated member comprising at least one distal end, and a proximal end. The distal end(s) may penetrate, during insertion, a surface of an object. The tracking fastener may include a wireless identification device. The wireless identification device may contain electronically stored information associated with an item to which the plastic tracking fastener is coupled. The plastic tracking fastener may have a primary antenna electrically coupled to the wireless identification device. The plastic tracking fastener may have a secondary antenna electromagnetically coupled to the primary antenna of the wireless identification device. The secondary antenna may provide higher read range/distance relative to the primary antenna itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Utility Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajkiran R. Tiwari, Pamela S. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10331923
    Abstract: A read chamber device is disclosed for use within a radio frequency identification (RFID) scanning enclosure which provides a means of reading a plurality of cartons moving through the enclosure via a conveyor belt. The enclosure is positioned over a section of the conveyor belt, such that the plurality of cartons on the conveyor belt pass directly through the enclosure. The read chamber device is positioned centrally to the enclosure and projects a read zone via an antenna positioned in-line with the flow of the conveyor which allows the read chamber to read a large variety of inlays without changing the configuration settings of the device. The RFID scanning enclosure also utilizes dynamic power indexing (DPI) to combine parameter inputs to create a smarter reader that can anticipate changes. The reader is then manipulated in real-time to adapt to the needs of each carton and the tunnel scanning environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES LLC
    Inventor: Mark W. Roth
  • Patent number: 10332373
    Abstract: A packaging system is provided includes a sensing barrier protecting at least one article. The sensing barrier is formed from a multilayer laminate structure that encapsulates a transformative material between first and second conductive layers. The transformative material is configured to undergo a state change (for example, by a chemical reaction or physical reaction) that changes impedance between the first and second conductive layers in response to intrusion through the multilayer laminate structure. An NFC/RFID circuit is electrically coupled to the first and second conductive layers of the multilayer laminate structure. At least one operational characteristic of the NFC/RFID circuit is dependent on the change in impedance between the first and second conductive layers of the multilayer laminate structure in response to intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: eTEP Inc.
    Inventors: Rohinton S. Dehmubed, Peter Gompper
  • Patent number: 10334752
    Abstract: Provided are a heat dissipation unit for wireless charging and a wireless power charging module comprising the same. The heat dissipation unit for wireless charging, according to one exemplary embodiment of the present invention, is formed of a plate-shaped substrate layer having a predetermined area to discharge to the outside heat occurring during wireless charging, and comprises at least one slot having a predetermined length. By having at least one slot, the present invention can satisfy all properties required in a wireless charging method, which are charging efficiency and a heat dissipation effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AMOGREENTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hwi Chul Shin, Jong Eun Kim, Jae Hyung Seo
  • Patent number: 10325439
    Abstract: A reader for article identification comprises one or more solenoids configured to generate a magnetic field for locally exciting portions of a marker element carrying at least one data feature as the marker element moves through the magnetic field and for causing the marker element to generate a varying magnetic field; and one or more giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) sensors upstream of the one or more solenoids configured to detect the varying magnetic field and produce output based on the varying magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Custom Security Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Morton Roseman, Piotr Rudkowski, Grazyna Rudkowska, Arthur Yelon, David Menard, Stephan Brauer
  • Patent number: 10326766
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an edge compute advisory system comprising a network adapter to receive a compute work request from a client device seeking edge computing resources of a mobile edge computing system, wherein the compute work request includes processing resource requirements to meet the compute work request. A processor to determine a plurality of mobile edge computing systems within a neighborhood range of an estimated client device location, and the network adapter to receive advertisement messages indicating availability of the plurality of mobile edge computing systems and including an address location for secured historical compute trust references for each advertising mobile edge computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Will A. Egner, Liam B. Quinn
  • Patent number: 10318855
    Abstract: An RFID card includes a smartcard controller that receives power from a host device. The RFID card also includes a small inductive device capable of inductive coupling with an RFID reader. The small inductive device is small enough to fit in the form factor of a memory card or SIM card. Enhancement circuits enhance the usable read and write distance of the RFID card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Tyfone, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva G. Narendra, Saurav Chakraborty, Prabhakar Tadepalli
  • Patent number: 10318857
    Abstract: A printed RFID sensor tag contains: a substrate, a RFID sensor arranged on a top of the substrate, and a protective layer covering the RFID sensor. The RFID sensor includes a RFID sensing antenna and a chip adhered on the RFID sensing antenna. The RFID sensing antenna is partially or totally made of conductive sensing ink/glue printed on the top of the substrate, and the conductive sensing ink/glue consists of conductive ink/glue and multiple sensing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BGT Materials Limited
    Inventors: Chung-Ping Lai, Kuo-Hsin Chang
  • Patent number: 10315679
    Abstract: An image of a code on a shopping cart is captured with a mobile computing device having a camera and GPS functionality. The mobile device extracts an identifier associated with the cart from the code and transmits this information to a server, which associates the mobile device with the cart. A user returns the cart to a designated return area while carrying or wearing the mobile computing device. The mobile device sends GPS data to the server, which can determine the starting position, the distance traveled, and whether the designated return area has been reached. The cart code can then be rescanned at the designated return area to confirm that the user has actually moved the cart to the return area, without any special hardware on the cart or in the return area. A computer system may provide a credit, code, coupon, or other incentive to a user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Robell
  • Patent number: 10312740
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for wirelessly transmitting power. According to one general aspect, a communication device using wireless power may include: a transmitter configured to transmit, to a target resonator, energy stored in a source resonator through mutual resonance; an energy compensator configured to compensate for energy expended in the source resonator; and a controller configured to control an electrical connection providing energy to the source resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Joon Kim, Ui Kun Kwon
  • Patent number: 10304304
    Abstract: An asset tag device including a housing, a battery disposed within the housing, a circuit board disposed within the housing and in electrical communication with the battery. The circuit board includes a local memory, a transceiver to detect local signals and transmit a response packet, and a processor. The processor to identify the detected local signals, determine whether the detected local signals include at least one beacon signal, store, to the local memory, the at least one beacon signal, sort, in the local memory, the stored at least one beacon signal by proximity to the asset tag device, parse the sorted at least one beacon signal, and append tag information to the parsed at least one beacon signal to generate the response packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Enovate Medical, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Miller, Arlow Farrell
  • Patent number: 10305744
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods are described for enhanced monitoring for an event candidate within a wireless node network. Such a system, for example, may include a server at a top level within the wireless node network, an ID node disposed at a low level within the wireless node network, and a master node disposed at a middle level within the wireless node network. The master node, which separately communicates with the server and the ID node and executes event detection code stored on its memory storage, is operative to detect a first and a second advertising signal broadcast by the ID node over a communication path with the ID node, compare an observed parameter of each of the first and second advertising signal (such as signal strength), identify the event candidate based upon the comparison, and use a second communication path to report the identified event candidate to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud, Terence Hollahan
  • Patent number: 10306420
    Abstract: Embodiments of self-locating computing devices, systems, and methods are described. In some embodiments, a computing device may include a Wireless Credential Exchange Module (WCEM) to detect one or more location tags and a management engine, coupled to the WCEM, to retrieve information of the one or more location tags from the WCEM, and to provide an asset management server with an identifier of the computing device and the information of the one or more location tags or location information of the computing device. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shen Zhou, Zhijie Sheng, Thanunathan Rangarajan, Junjie Huang
  • Patent number: 10306343
    Abstract: A field device with a housing, a sensor, and an electronic unit arranged in the housing, with the field device comprising a radio module that can be connected to the electronic unit and removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: VEGA Grieshaber KG
    Inventors: Volker Allgaier, Christian Sum
  • Patent number: 10292365
    Abstract: An assisted guidance region has a plurality of zones, each with an associated set of characteristics used to provide behavioral guidance to an animal. Behavioral guidance is extended to a wayward dog who has moved outside of the assisted guidance region by providing stimuli to shepherd the dog back into a safe zone. Positive stimuli are provided when the dog is moving in a direction back towards the safe zone, by providing a safe zone or similar stimulus. Movement away from the safe zone will trigger the unit to deliver a non-aversive second alert zone stimulus. Movement that isn't getting closer or further away triggers a first alert zone stimulus. Calculation of relative movement direction with regard to the safe zone is based upon a comparison to an approximate center of the safe zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GPSIP, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney P. Landers, Kevin L. Nieuwsma, Chad R. James
  • Patent number: 10295661
    Abstract: A storage medium-compatible communications unit, a phase detection unit, a parameter acquisition section and a location detection section are provided. The storage medium-compatible communications unit communicates with a storage medium by wireless using electromagnetic waves at a predetermined frequency. The phase detection unit detects phases of signals received from the storage medium. The parameter acquisition section acquires a distance detection parameter to be used in detecting a storage medium distance from a first position of an antenna to the storage medium. The first position is a position in a range of positions of the antenna from which the distance to the storage medium is shortest. The distance detection parameter is a value set in accordance with a positional relationship between the first position and a second position. The second position is a position of the antenna in the range of positions of the antenna that is different from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RFLOCUS INC.
    Inventor: Hajime Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10289879
    Abstract: A method of writing a near field communication (NFC) tag using a mobile terminal includes establishing a wireless connection between the mobile terminal and an image forming apparatus, extracting a predetermined field value corresponding to a data structure of the NFC tag from information collected while establishing the wireless connection, generating tag information including the predetermined field value by arranging the predetermined field value according to the data structure, and writing the tag information to the NFC tag through NFC tagging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HP Printing Korea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wu-seok Jang, Naveen Maheshwari, Hak-ju Lee
  • Patent number: 10290936
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a movable antenna includes a holder, an antenna radiator element attached to the holder, a first feed element that is attached to the holder and electromagnetically coupled to the antenna radiator element, a base plate in a facing arrangement with the holder, a second feed element on the base plate and configured to face and overlap at least a portion of the first feed element, and a mechanism that moves the holder in a longitudinal direction of the second feed element while maintaining an interval between the first and second feed element permitting energy to be transferred between the first and second feed elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sadatoshi Oishi
  • Patent number: 10289883
    Abstract: A method and system for identification of an item is provided, wherein the system includes a conveyor belt, a conveyor belt controller and a reader operable to receive at least one reading from at least one tag attached to the item and extract from the reading a measurement of the phase of the signal transmitted by the tag and received at at least one antenna of the reader, the antenna being adapted to be arranged at a read point along the conveyor belt, wherein the conveyor belt controller is configured to start the conveyor belt at a first time instant, after the item has been placed on the conveyor belt, and to stop the conveyor belt at a second time instant, when the item has passed the antenna of the reader whereby the identification of the item is accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LYNGSOE SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventor: Klaus Holst Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 10285076
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and device for controlling a Downlink Data Notification (DDN) message, which can reduce the DDN messages that occur while a user equipment transits from an active (ECM-active) state to an inactive (ECM-idle) state. During a bearer activation procedure according to a request from a user equipment, the DDN message control apparatus of the present disclosure sets a DDN flag value to a predetermined value when uplink data is received. When a DDN message is received from outside, the apparatus identifies the DDN flag value and stores the DDN message in case that the DDN flag value is identical with the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ericsson-LG Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Eun Ham, Sang Yong Park, Sang Woon Park, Jae Mo Yeo, Woon Song Baik
  • Patent number: 10275949
    Abstract: An RFID tag for use in a vehicle for use in an electronic toll collecting system. The tag is capable of transmitting data to a tag interrogator indicating the occupancy status of the vehicle. In an embodiment, the tag has a user input and a visual and audible tag status indicator. The user input is used to change the occupancy status of the tag, wherein the occupancy status is a portion of a message sent by radio frequency to the interrogator when the vehicle passes through a toll area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AMTECH SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Charles A. Johnson, Matthew K. Burnett, Dale L. Scott
  • Patent number: 10277283
    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: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stephen Tiedemann
  • Patent number: 10278080
    Abstract: Carrying out a calibration cycle on one or more components in a local area network, the network including a plurality of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers and the calibration cycle including exchanging, between RFID readers or other components of the local area network, distances between RFID readers calculated by one or more other components of the local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Theodore R. Carraher, Bruce H. Hyre, David K. Lavin
  • Patent number: 10269195
    Abstract: Physical access to secure areas is automatically performed based on presence or detection of a wireless device. When a wireless cellular device is detected by a network serving a secure building, a unique identifier of the wireless cellular device is obtained. The identifier of the wireless cellular device may be compared to electronic calendars. If a matching calendar entry is determined, then the wireless cellular device is calendared to meet an employee or tenant inside the building. Physical access may thus be automatically granted, based on possession of a recognized cellular device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath
  • Patent number: 10268946
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a transaction card for communicating data relating to a transaction may include forming a pattern in a plastic film using a laser plating process or a print-and-plate process; providing a conductive material in the pattern formed in the plastic film, using a plating process, to form a RF antenna layer in the plastic film, wherein the RF antenna layer includes a RF antenna; and affixing the plastic film to a surface of the transaction card to permit the RF antenna to inductively connect to a printed circuit board (PCB) of the transaction card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Koeppel, Tyler Locke
  • Patent number: 10269126
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus (2000) including an index value calculation unit (2020) and a presentation unit (2040). The index value calculation unit (2020) acquires a plurality of images captured by a camera (3000) (captured images), and calculates an index value indicating the degree of change in the state of a monitoring target in the captured image, using the acquired captured image. The presentation unit (2040) presents an indication based on the index value calculated by the index value calculation unit (2020) on the captured image captured by the camera (3000).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoma Oami, Hiroyoshi Miyano, Yusuke Takahashi, Hiroo Ikeda, Yukie Ebiyama, Ryo Kawai, Takuya Ogawa, Kazuya Koyama, Hiroshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10262173
    Abstract: A conveyor system for processing items on which radio frequency identification tags are disposed has a conveyor that conveys items through a path of travel, and an antenna disposed proximate the path of travel. Circuitry in communication with the antenna may associate RFID tag data with a package on the conveyor based on a difference signal from elements in the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Goidas, Zhong-Min Liu, Jeffrey M. Brockmole, Kapilkumar N. Kulakkunnath
  • Patent number: 10264468
    Abstract: A method of operating a femtocell network cluster is disclosed. One example method of operating the femtocell network cluster may include certain operations, such as, selecting a master femtocell access point among various femtocell access points operating on the femtocell network cluster and updating a master table to include the master femtocell access point in the master table neighbor list. Other operations may include transmitting the master table to each of the femtocell access points informing them of the identity of the master femtocell access point. The tables may be maintained by all of the femtocell access points operating on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Martin Edward Osborn, Seong Ju Seo, Kyungsik Choi
  • Patent number: 10264665
    Abstract: Tamper-respondent assemblies and methods of fabrication are provided which include at least one tamper-respondent sensor having unexposed circuit lines forming, at least in part, one or more tamper-detect network(s), and the tamper-respondent sensor having at least one external bond region. The tamper-respondent assembly further includes at least one conductive trace and an adhesive. The conductive trace(s) forms, at least in part, the one or more tamper-detect network(s), and is exposed, at least in part, on the tamper-respondent sensor(s) within the external bond region(s). The adhesive contacts the conductive trace(s) within the external bond region(s) of the tamper-respondent sensor(s), and the adhesive, in part, facilitates securing the at least one tamper-respondent sensor within the tamper-respondent assembly. In enhanced embodiments, the conductive trace(s) is a chemically compromisable conductor susceptible to damage during a chemical attack on the adhesive within the external bond region(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Brodsky, James A. Busby, Zachary T. Dreiss, Michael J. Fisher, David C. Long, William Santiago-Fernandez, Thomas Weiss
  • Patent number: 10262980
    Abstract: The invention relates to an LED module with a circuit which comprises an LED (106) and a resonant circuit (106, 108, 110) for coupling in energy for operation of the LED, wherein the circuit is formed without connections and is fully encapsulated in the LED module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BUNDESDRUCKEREI GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Fischer, Jakob Hille, Markus Tietke, Manfred Paeschke
  • Patent number: 10263974
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for facilitating cross-platform authentication. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to detect that a visual token includes data indicating one or more authentication credentials for accessing a communication device in response to scanning the visual token. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to communicate the authentication credentials of the detected visual token to the communication device to request the communication device to determine whether the authentication credentials are valid for a user. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to enable access to the communication device in response to receiving an indication from the communication device that the authentication credentials of the detected visual token are valid. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Weiqun Jack Zheng, Robert Frederick Myrick
  • Patent number: 10252147
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system having: packages (2) of shuffled playing cards (1s) in which playing cards included are shuffled in random order and are individually packed in one package (2), and in which a unique ID code (4) is attached to each unique package (2); a game table (11); a storage box (401) that is installed beside the game table (11), stores the plurality of packages (2), includes a reader (451) that reads the ID codes (4) of all the packages (2), and includes an openable lid (452a, 452b) so that the packages can be taken out one by one; and a control device (112) for monitoring whether or not the packages (2) are present in the storage box (401) by monitoring the ID codes (4) of the packages (2) read by the readers (451), and for outputting monitoring results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10250297
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a service using a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag are provided. A device that receives the service includes a tag information receiving unit that receives tag information from the NFC tag; a service requesting unit that provides a server with application information about an application that is installed in the device and the tag information, and that requests a service corresponding to the application; and a data receiving unit that receives service data from the server. The service data corresponds to the application information and the tag information and differs from each other, according to a type of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyong-ha Park, Hyun-su Hong, Kwang-yong Lee, Moon-joo Lee
  • Patent number: 10248965
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and a computer product are provided for a location oriented membership code device. The method includes storing, in a memory of a device, one or more identifiers, wherein each of the one or more identifiers is associated with one or more locations; determining that the device is within a range of a location associated with at least two of the identifiers; selecting which of the least two identifiers to retrieve from the memory of the device based at least partially upon past user behavior; and displaying an indication of the selected identifier on a display of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guy M. Cohen, Lior Horesh, Raya Horesh, Marco Pistoia
  • Patent number: 10249166
    Abstract: A child tracking system includes an electronic device that may be manipulated by a first user. The electronic device has a first transceiver and the first transceiver is in electrical communication with an extrinsic communication network. A tracking unit is provided and the tracking unit is worn on a second user. The tracking unit has a second transceiver and the second transceiver is in remote communication with the electronic device via the extrinsic communication network. The tracking unit selectively transmits a first signal to the electronic device to alert the first user that the second user needs assistance. The tracking unit selectively transmits a second signal to emergency responders via the extrinsic communication network to notify the emergency responders that the second user needs assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Carter
  • Patent number: 10245997
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag positioning system includes a tag holder having a first region with a slot extending from an edge of the first region, and a second region extending from the first region. When an RFID tag having an antenna is disposed in the slot of the tag holder and when the tag holder is adapted to be retained adjacent a filling fixture of a gas tank with the second region adapted to be in contact with the gas tank so that the slot is approximately perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the gas tank, the RFID tag's antenna is approximately perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the gas tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BAUER COMPRESSORS, INC.
    Inventors: Tahsin Durak, Michael R. Sayre
  • Patent number: 10251020
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a real-time location system (RTLS) and more particularly to a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) RTLS having tags, bridges, and beacons. To determine which room a tag is in, beacons broadcast BLE advertisements containing motion-status information about recent history of perceived motion in a room as determined from a motion sensor in the beacon. Tags report received signal strength indications (RSSI) from nearby beacons, motion-in-room status sensed and reported by those beacons, plus their own motion status based on a tag-based accelerometer. A series of location-engine steps estimates the room-location of the tags based on a combination of RSSI analysis, and a comparison of tag-motion history to the perceived and recorded motion-status in a room. The analysis of tag-motion history and motion-in-room status produces a better estimate of room-level location of the tag than an RSSI estimate can produce alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Infinite Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Swart
  • Patent number: 10242306
    Abstract: A contactless data carrier which is adapted to be disposed in a receiving portion of an object connection device includes a base and a tag member. The base is adapted to be tucked into the receiving portion and has an upper section and a lower section, which are connected to each other. An outer peripheral surface of the base is adapted to abut against an inner surface of the receiving portion. A width of the upper section gradually decreases in a direction away from the lower section. A width of the lower section gradually decreases in a direction away from the upper section. The tag member is disposed at the base is stored with data relative to the object connection device to be read in a contactless manner by a reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventor: Rong-Der Hong
  • Patent number: 10243610
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to a radio arrangement for enabling communication in a wireless communication network, wherein the radio arrangement comprises at least two signal path configurations for transmitting and/or receiving signals to and/or from a radio device in the wireless communication network. The radio arrangement comprises a radio apparatus and an antenna arrangement connected to the radio apparatus. The radio arrangement is configured to obtain, at the radio apparatus, an indication, which indication is indicating a configuration of the antenna arrangement connected to the radio apparatus. The radio arrangement is further configured to select, for communication in the wireless communication network, a signal path configuration at the radio apparatus and/or the antenna arrangement of the at least two signal path configurations based on the obtained indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Marko E. Leinonen, Kauko Heinikoski
  • Patent number: 10241492
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a label processing apparatus comprises a conveyance mechanism, a radio wave shielding mechanism, an antenna and a reader/writer. The conveyance mechanism conveys a paper on which a a plurality of s are attached with a RFID tag are arranged. The radio wave shielding mechanism includes an opening moving in synchronization with each RFID tag arranged on the paper conveyed by the conveyance mechanism. The antenna receives and transmits a radio wave for communication via the opening while the opening moves in synchronization with the RFID tag. The reader/writer communicates with the RFID tag of the paper conveyed by the conveyance mechanism via the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sadatoshi Oishi