Specified Processing Arrangement For Detected Signal Patents (Class 340/572.4)
  • Patent number: 10728336
    Abstract: An end to end integrated technology solution available to increase overall crop yield and a communication platform to connect growers with the marketplace and an infrastructure for agriculture management, logistics, storage, distribution and delivery. Offering a global solution to this problem that provides a consolidated and integrated IoT (Internet of Things) system where data collection, monitoring, control and communication platform are managed using a single platform. An agricultural IoT monitoring device based on wireless mesh network sensing, where this device can monitor the temperature, humidity, vibration and other parameters of an agricultural cultivation base. The device is designed with a microcontroller, a sensing unit, WiFi module, LoRa communication network where it uses WiFi Mesh Network or LoRaWAN to capture real-time data for remote viewing and analyzing intelligence data for preventive actions. This single IoT system platform is providing solution for agriculture and various applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Sabrina Akhtar
  • Patent number: 10720037
    Abstract: A system that stores information indicative of real-time locations of a wearable alert devices, receives information indicative of a potentially dangerous condition in a geographic area, determines which of the wearable alert devices are in the geographic area, and outputs alerts for transmittal to the wearable alert devices in the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Locator IP, L.P.
    Inventors: Joel N. Myers, Lachlan Myers, Michael R. Root, Michael R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10685196
    Abstract: An RFID reader configures each of a plurality of antennas operating in the RFID reader to operate in one of a first state and a second state, configures each of the plurality of antennas to operate in a first session and a second session and to operate in opposite states in the first session and the second session, and configures adjacent antennas or adjacent groups of antennas to operate in opposite states in the first session and the second session. During operation, each of the plurality of antennas is configured to read an RFID tag within a range of the antenna when a state of the RFID tag for the session in which the antenna is configured to operate matches the state in which the antenna is configured to operate and to switch the state of the RFID tag to the opposite state for each session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David E. Bellows
  • Patent number: 10672063
    Abstract: An Indoor location mapping and wayfinding system for mapping waypoints on an interactive mapping system that can function both indoors and outdoors based on user selections and location. It can include a shopping system that allows users to pre-select items for purchase, maps the items on an indoor map of the store, and provides a route to the user for the collection of the selected items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Frank Daly Ward, Steven James Faletto
  • Patent number: 10674211
    Abstract: A television set top box (STB) or similar receiver device uses information obtained from a wireless interface to automatically detect when the device has been moved to a different location. The device may initially obtain a list of wi-fi zones or in-range wireless devices that can be quantified or stored for later comparison. If the device later finds that the original zones/devices are no longer present or that substantial numbers of new zones/devices are present, then the device can recognize that it has been moved to a new location. The device may respond to the detected location change by disabling premium content, by reporting back to a security service, by simply recording the change in location, or by taking other actions as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Dish Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Christopher Boyd Tirpak
  • Patent number: 10644405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an integrated circuit package comprising at least one substrate, each substrate including at least one layer, at least one semiconductor die, at least one terminal, and an antenna located in the integrated circuit package, but not on said at least one semiconductor die. The conducting pattern comprises a curve having at least five sections or segments, at least three of the sections or segments being shorter than one-tenth of the longest free-space operating wavelength of the antenna, each of the five sections or segments forming a pair of angles with each adjacent segment or section, wherein the smaller angle of each of the four pairs of angles between sections or segments is less than 180° (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Fractus, S.A.
    Inventors: Jordi Soler Castany, Jaume Anguera Pros, Carles Puente Baliarda, Carmen Borja Borau
  • Patent number: 10627475
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a directional scanner configured to receive signals from at least three RFID tags at a plurality of orientations of the directional scanner. The apparatus includes a pose estimator configured to estimate a pose of a device that includes or is coupled to the directional scanner based on orientation data indicating orientations of the directional scanner associated with determined peak signal strengths associated with the at least three RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Christopher Esposito, Vladimir Karakusevic
  • Patent number: 10629047
    Abstract: The indoor location based emergency care communication method includes that a wearable carrier sends a start signal and an emergency care communication signal to a fixed penetrating transmission module and a fixed non-penetrating transmission module when a caretaker wearing the wearable carrier has an emergency. The fixed penetrating transmission module generates a position signal of the wearable carrier located at one of the indoor spaces and a distance signal according to a detected distance between the wearable carrier and the nearest fixed non-penetrating transmission module. A processing unit receives and analyzes the emergency care communication signal, azimuth signal and distance signal to generate a position signal to be sent to a communication device. A warning unit receives the position signal and drives the communication device to issue a warning, so that a caregiving staff can know that the caretaker needs immediate rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventor: Yih-Ran Sheu
  • Patent number: 10628725
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a tag system. The methods comprise performing the following operations by a tag having an antenna: emitting a signal at a first frequency spectrum, if the tag is not proximate to a tag modulation marker; and emitting a signal at a second frequency spectrum, if the tag is proximate to the tag modulation marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Ping Mei, Janos Veres
  • Patent number: 10591908
    Abstract: A safety intervention system comprising a control system in communication with one or more pieces of equipment on a rig or wellsite via an equipment sensor coupled to each piece of equipment or one or more rig sensors located on the rig or wellsite, and a personnel sensor coupled to a person configured to provide position information of the person to the control system, wherein the control system is configured to determine the person's position relative to each piece of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventor: Chris Harshbarger
  • Patent number: 10530194
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a non-linear RF receiver including non-linear components is configured to receive RF energy. The non-linear RF receiver is coupled to an array of RF antennas having configuration parameters that vary across the array. The varied configuration parameters can be selected to reduce an amount of RF energy that is scatter, reflected, or re-radiated by the array in response to incident RF energy at the array of RF antennas. In various embodiments, the non-linear components of the non-linear RF receiver can have non-linear component configuration parameters that vary across the non-linear receiver. The varied non-linear component parameters can be selected to reduce an amount of RF energy that is re-radiated in response to incident RF energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Arnitz, Joseph Hagerty, Russell J. Hannigan, Guy S. Lipworth, Matthew S. Reynolds, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 10453018
    Abstract: Performance information indicative of operator performance of a mobile machine is detected. Context criteria are identified based on a sensed context of the mobile machine. As set of performance data is parsed to identify reference data, based on the context criteria. A performance opportunity space is identified, by comparing the detected performance information to the reference data. A user interface component is controlled to surface the performance opportunity space for interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Blank, Dohn W. Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10402608
    Abstract: An example radio frequency identification card monitor is disclosed herein. An example radio frequency identification card monitor includes an example detector to identify radio frequency identification cards, a card tracker to track the radio frequency identification card with a proximity of the apparatus, and an interface to provide alerts when the radio frequency identification cards are not within the proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ENT. SERVICES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LP
    Inventors: Lawrence Schmidt, Satwant Kaur
  • Patent number: 10379167
    Abstract: An automated tool control system provides both inventory control of items stored in the system and monitoring of the charging status of rechargeable inventory items such as tools and batteries stored in the system. For these purposes, the tool control system includes storage locations for storing tools and other inventory items, and the storage locations include at least one storage location located in a charger operative to charge a rechargeable tool, battery, or battery pack disposed therein. In operation, the tool control system may monitor the charging status of any tool, battery, or battery pack disposed in the storage location of the charger through monitoring of battery status indicators of the tool, battery, battery pack, or charger; through monitoring of current or voltage drawn by the tool, battery, battery pack, or charger; or through wired or wireless communication with a communication enabled tool, battery, battery pack, or charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jason Newport, David C. Fly, Preston C. Phillips, Matthew J. Lipsey, Frederick J. Rogers, Joseph Chwan, Andrew R. Lobo, Sean W. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10369463
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a unique interactive game that connects both physical and virtual play environments and includes multiple dynamic layers in which a participant may complete a variety of challenges and/or tasks. For example, the participant may obtain a physical gaming item such as a toy from a retail phase that is usable in an interactive entertainment phase that provides virtual play via computer animation. The interactive entertainment phase may include multiple interrelated layers such that progress in one or more layers may affect the participant's experience in one or more other layers. The participant may also receive training on how to use and improve the physical gaming item to help achieve one or more special effects or complete one or more adventures and/or quests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MQ Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Barney, Denise Chapman Weston
  • Patent number: 10372404
    Abstract: A first apparatus sets a first parameter and a second parameter. A result of processing using a first parameter to first data is the same as a result of processing using the first parameter to second data. A result of processing using a second parameter to the first data is different from a result of processing using the second parameter to the second data. At the first apparatus, predetermined information is displayed. The set parameter is transmitted from the first apparatus to a second apparatus. The second apparatus executes processing using the received parameter to the second data and transmits determination information. At the first apparatus, the predetermined information is stopped displaying when the determination information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeyuki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10348862
    Abstract: A lost and found server includes a processor that executes a lost and found server application that bidirectionally communicates item retrieval data with a plurality of client devices to generate lost item alert data automatically in response to receiving lost item selection data from a first client device for transmission to a proximity-based proper subset of client devices. These client devices automatically display a lost item alert on corresponding display devices. A found item notification data is received from a second client device associated with a user that found the lost item based on user input to a second client device. Found item alert data is generated automatically in response to receiving the found item notification data for transmission to the first client device. The first client device automatically displays a found item alert on the first display device indicating that the first lost item was found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Sally Jean Daub
  • Patent number: 10340686
    Abstract: An electronic device that has a circuit network therein and conducts at least one of power reception and communication with an external device through a wire harness includes a detection circuit and a resonance frequency shift circuit. The detection circuit detects a voltage variation caused by a noise that has a frequency component near a resonance frequency and superimposes on at least one of the wire harness and the circuit network. The resonance frequency is determined based on a characteristic impedance of the wire harness and the circuit network. The resonance frequency shift circuit shifts the resonance frequency by changing at least one of a capacitance and an inductance of the circuit network based on a level of the voltage variation detected by the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kotani, Takao Kuroda, Takuya Sugie
  • Patent number: 10262512
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for fitting rooms and/or fitting areas. The arrangement includes detecting arrival, departure and/or presence of a person to/from a fitting room and/or fitting area and for detecting presence and/or number of remotely readable identification tags, electronic article surveillance tags and/or electronic price labels. The method includes detecting entrance or presence of a person to a fitting room and/or fitting area, detecting presence and/or number of remotely readable identification tags, electronic article surveillance tags and/or electronic price labels in the fitting room and/or fitting area after the entrance of a person to the fitting room and/or fitting area detecting departure of a person from a fitting room and/or fitting area and detecting presence and/or number of remotely readable identification tags, electronic article surveillance tags and/or electronic price labels in the fitting room and/or fitting area after departure of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MARIELLA LABELS OY
    Inventors: Göran Sundholm, Minna Arra, Jenni Virnes
  • Patent number: 10217337
    Abstract: A method of registering a security sensor device with a product device to be protected via the security sensor device includes obtaining sensor identification data for the security sensor device, the sensor identification data being indicative of the security sensor device, obtaining product identification data for the product device, the product identification data being indicative of the product device, and generating registration data for the security sensor device and the product device, the registration data associating the security sensor device and the product device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sennco Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Marszalek, Dale R. Liff, Sean P. Behan, Brian Peacock, Stephen M. Strom
  • Patent number: 10212647
    Abstract: A system and method for managing content exchanges in a wireless network using a listener module. A listener module receives a message broadcast by a string broadcast station. The string broadcast station message includes a network information string. The listener module also receives a message broadcast by a wireless station. The wireless station message includes the MAC address of the wireless station. The listener module associates the network information string with the MAC address of the wireless station and stores the pair a list server device. The wireless station may then request a list from the list server device of network information strings associated with the MAC address of the wireless station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Radius Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Stillman Bradish, Scott A. Smith, Marc Wallace, David Helms
  • Patent number: 10183212
    Abstract: A system, device and method for determining the position of objects comprising one or more furniture items and/or building structures having one or more sensors and a controller coupled to the sensors. The sensors detect when one or more objects having at least one sensor tag are positioned proximate one of the sensors and transmit a signal to the controller including an identifier of the object and the sensor that detected the objects. As a result, the controller is able to track the position of the objects in relation to the furniture and/or building structures preventing the items from being lost and increasing efficiency when looking for misplaced objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Tweedetech, LLC
    Inventors: Michel Martin Maharbiz, Theodore Morichau-Beauchant
  • Patent number: 10152548
    Abstract: In one embodiment, respective user devices may be registered for one or more particular users at a particular physical space, and each of the one or more particular users may be associated with a respective user profile. The system monitors a location of each of the particular users within the particular physical space based on a corresponding location of the respective user device, such that upon receiving a search query for a particular type of user within the particular physical space, and determining one or more resultant users that correspond to the particular type of user based on the associated respective user profiles, the system can determine a location of the one or more resultant users. As such, the system can display, on a graphical user interface (GUI), the location of the one or more resultant users on a virtualized map of the particular physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh A. Malegaonkar, Mofei Qian, Rizhi Chen, Li Kang, Wael Kamel
  • Patent number: 10140484
    Abstract: An antenna control apparatus according to an embodiment includes a communication interface configured to receive identification information indicating whether each of a plurality of antennas received transmission information from a wireless tag. A storage unit stores a count for each of the plurality of antennas. A controller determines, for each of the plurality of antennas, whether the antenna received transmission information from a wireless tag based on a first received identification information. When at least one, but not all, of the plurality of antennas is determined to have not received transmission information from a wireless tag based on the first received identification information, the storage unit increments the count for each such antenna. When the count for one of the plurality of antennas is determined to exceed the predetermined value, the controller outputs a notification signal indicating that the one of the plurality of antennas has a malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 10102697
    Abstract: An RFID system in which at least one of the RFID tag antenna and the RFID reader antenna has an impedance matching network associated therewith in order to better match the impedances of the two antennas. This impedance matching places the antennas into an over-coupled regime once they are within a reasonable distance of each other (e.g., 2 to 50 mm). It also increases the Q-factor of the improved antenna, which can greatly increase the range at which the RFID reader can read the RFID tag. This improved RFID system may be used in any of a variety of application, including operating a door lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Alanson Sample
  • Patent number: 10095971
    Abstract: An onboard system for detecting a temperature of an element includes a radio-tag, the radio-tag being fixed onto the element and having an antenna, the antenna having a load, and a radio-tag reader. The radio-tag reader is designed to emit an interrogation signal and to receive in return a response signal coming from the radio-tag. The load includes a thermistor and the radio-tag reader is adapted for determining a gain and/or a phase-shift between the interrogation signal and the response signal and for deducing a temperature of the element therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Pierre Charon
  • Patent number: 9950624
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and a method for providing a controlled power supply are disclosed herein. The method, in a vehicle, comprises controlling a power supply unit coupled to an exterior surface of the vehicle. The power supply unit provides the power supply to an electronic device connected to the power supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Prisciliano Flores, Yuqian Zhao
  • Patent number: 9953195
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media are disclosed for providing variable blink rate ultra-wideband (UWB) communications. Some embodiments may provide for a radio frequency (RF) tag including a motion sensor, processing circuitry, and a UWB transmitter. The motion sensor may be configured to generate one or more motion data values indicating motion of the RF tag. The UWB transmitter may be configured to transmit blink data at variable blink rates. The processing circuitry may be configured to receive the one or more motion data values from the motion sensor, determine a blink rate for the UWB transmitter based on the one or more motion data values, and control the UWB transmitter to wirelessly transmit the blink data at the blink rate. In some embodiments, the RF tag may include a UWB receiver and the blink rate may be controlled remotely by a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Belinda Turner, Aitan Ameti, Edward A. Richley, Alexander Mueggenborg
  • Patent number: 9938693
    Abstract: A tracking system for a work tool is disclosed. The tracking system may include a tracking device coupled to the work tool and configured to transmit a work tool identification signal and a scanning device configured to scan and detect the work tool identification signal within the area around the scanning device and the tracking device. A location identification module and a communication module may be coupled to the scanning device and configured to receive the work tool identification signal, generate a work tool location signal including a location indicator and an identification of the work tool, add a date and time stamp to the work tool location signal and transmit the work tool location signal to an asset location center. The tracking system may further include a controller configured to receive and save the work tool location signal with the date and time stamp into an asset location database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Reed, Bradley F. Bergerhouse
  • Patent number: 9922304
    Abstract: An apparatus senses and records consumption of medical items during performance of a medical procedure. The medical items are enclosed in wrappers having RFID tags in which medical item information is encoded. The apparatus includes a shielded enclosure that attenuates radio frequency signals emanated from RFID tags disposed outside the shielded enclosure to levels that are substantially undetectable within the internal space. RFID antennas inside the shielded enclosure receive radio frequency signals emanated from RFID tags on wrappers that are removed from used items and placed inside the enclosure. An RFID reader decodes the medical item information encoded in the RFID tags. A computer processor executes a medical item inventory module including instructions for generating a post-op list of medical items consumed during the medical procedure. Item billing information and usage trend information may be derived from the post-op list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. DeBusk, Mary E. Kaylor, Gerald T. Griffith, Timothy J. Waggoner, Jeffrey D. Griffith, Angela M. Sewell, John G. Jacobs, Rex A. Hurd
  • Patent number: 9888345
    Abstract: In one embodiment, Wi-Fi access point data is cached on a mobile client device in response to distances to WPS tile boundaries. The mobile client device identifies one or more Wi-Fi access points in range based on signals received by a Wi-Fi radio, and estimates its location utilizing the identified one or more Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi access point data of one or more Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS) tiles in a WPS tile store on the mobile client device. Based on the estimated location, the mobile client device determines it is within a threshold distance of a boundary of the one or more WPS tiles present in the WPS tile store and requests one or more new WPS tiles from a reference database of a remote server. Upon receipt, the one or more new WPS tiles are cached in the WPS tile store on the mobile client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Shyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Joel N. Nelson, Russel K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9884507
    Abstract: A binder management system having a cabinet with shelves for removable storage of searchable binders. Each binder has a body with front and rear covers and a spine. Inside the body is a binder mechanism for removably retaining sheet media. Each binder has a planar receiving antenna mounted on the spine in a plane parallel to the lower margin of the spine or mounted on one of the covers in a plane parallel to the cover plane Each binder has a binder identification circuit coupled to the receiving antenna and to an LED mounted on the binder spine in a location visible when the binder rests on a shelf. When a binder identification signal from a host computer is detected by the receiving antenna it is transferred to the binder identification circuit. If the signal matches an address code stored in the binder identification circuit, the LED is activated to aid the user in finding the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MICRODATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shengbo Zhu, Su Shiong Huang
  • Patent number: 9838840
    Abstract: A method of includes receiving hotspot identification data from the first device, where the identification data identifies a plurality of WiFi hotspots that are in proximity to the first device; determining that the second device is associated with the first device; sending the hotspot identification data to the second device, where the first device and second device are mobile devices; receiving an indication of proximity from the second device; and notifying the first device of the indication of proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Bob Lee
  • Patent number: 9824572
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for locating lost or stolen [BDS1] objects. In use, it is determined whether there are any RFID tags within a set range of a transceiver. If at least one RFID tag is determined, the at least one RFID tag is queried, and each of the at least one RFID tag is identified. Next, the identification of the at least one RFID tag is saved, and it is determined whether the RFID tag is no longer in a sensing zone. Additionally, a video is recorded, using at least one video camera, of the surroundings associated with the at least one RFID tag. Further, an audio is recorded, using at least one microphone, of the surroundings associated with the at least one RFID tag Next, the video recording and the audio recording are saved. Additionally, access to view the saved identification, the saved video recording, and the saved audio recording is provided. Additional systems, methods, and computer program products are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Donald J Arndt, Chaia M May
  • Patent number: 9740999
    Abstract: The method provides real time task-related data to customers seeking services by a vendor's task person (T-P) at a customer location. The T-P has a GPS-enabled phone-tablet-device linked by a the network to a task collection database which includes data on task, customer, location, T-P, and current location. The customer is permitted to access the database showing location, the time and/or distance of T-P, the projected time of arrival, duration, and time of completion. The customer selects a communications channel for call ahead time and delay notice. Additionally, the system and method may be deployed over a distributed computed system which includes a supplemental computer and a supplemental database. The web based server forwards to the supplemental computer and supplemental database the customer selected communications channel, mode, call ahead and delay data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: MobiWork, LLC
    Inventor: Herve Rivere
  • Patent number: 9730015
    Abstract: A method of detecting location includes receiving, on a mobile device, a plurality of previously stored WiFi hotspots; detecting, on the mobile device, a plurality of surrounding WiFi hotspots; comparing the plurality of surrounding WiFi hotspots to determine one or more differences between the plurality of previously stored WiFi hotspots; determining the differences satisfy a difference threshold; sending the plurality of surrounding WiFi hotspots to a location lookup system; and receiving a response from the location lookup system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Lee
  • Patent number: 9719634
    Abstract: Device for feeding fuel gas to an application (6), the device comprising at least one fuel gas bottle (1) furnished with a tap (2), and a bleed-off apparatus (4, 13) comprising an electronic logic unit (9) and a bleed-off outlet (4) selectively connectable to the tap (2), the bleed-off outlet (4) being linked (5) fluidically to an application (6) receiving the fuel gas originating from the bottle (1), the tap (2) comprising an electronic manometer (3) for measuring the pressure in the bottle (1), the electronic manometer (3) being devoid of battery and comprising an inductive member (7) for wirelessly transmitting to the electronic logic unit (9) information relating to the measured pressure, characterized in that the bleed-off apparatus (4, 13) also comprises an inductive member (8) powered electrically by the electronic logic unit (9) and in that, when the bleed-off outlet (4) is connected up to the tap (2), the inductive member (8) of the bleed-off outlet (4) is situated in a manner adjacent to the inducti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Verghade, Guillaume Roberge, Patrick Bacot
  • Patent number: 9696698
    Abstract: We add a new entity Production Parameter History to the ISA-95 Production Schedule Model, thereby extending the model. The new entity stores the recent history of the values assumed by a subset of batch parameters most relevant for production control and resource planning, thus without the ERP system being charged with retrieving the historian from a log or from a warehouse in order to schedule the plant production. Putting together the batch information present in the ISA-95 Segment Requirement and the new Production Parameter History, the MES creates and stores a fully Electronic Batch Record close to a real situation found during product manufacturing. The MES system can provide the Electronic Batch Record to the ERP system through the ISA-95 Production Performance model extended thereof, since a production performance report is made up of a set of one or more Production Responses associated with Production Requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Elena Reggio, Alessandro Raviola
  • Patent number: 9661446
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques related to near field coupling and WLAN dual-band operations. For example, a WLAN dual-band utilizes the same coil antenna that is utilized for near field communications (NFC) functions. The WLAN dual-band may be integrated into an NFC module to form a single module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Anand S. Konanur, Ulun Karacaoglu, Songnan Yang
  • Patent number: 9649551
    Abstract: A system, device and method for determining the position of objects comprising one or more furniture items and/or building structures having one or more sensors and a controller coupled to the sensors. The sensors detect when one or more objects having at least one sensor tag are positioned proximate one of the sensors and transmit a signal to the controller including an identifier of the object and the sensor that detected the objects. As a result, the controller is able to track the position of the objects in relation to the furniture and/or building structures preventing the items from being lost and increasing efficiency when looking for misplaced objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Tweedletech, LLC
    Inventors: Michel Martin Maharbiz, Theodore Morichau-Beauchant
  • Patent number: 9628149
    Abstract: Communication device (T1) comprising—An antenna (A1) and physical circuitry (PHY) for receiving a poll command (PC) from a second communication device (T2).—A plurality of entities (D1, D2, D3 . . . Dn) emulating NFC devices,—An arrangement for deciding, for each entity of said plurality of entities, if a response should be sent and if so sending a response (LF1, LF2, LF3 . . . LFn) to said second communication device (T2), containing information related to the respective NFC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Optis Circuit Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Constantin Socol, Frederic Goffin, Guillaume Jaunet, Amit Jhawar
  • Patent number: 9537647
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and device for processing UHF signals for an EPC communication. The method includes the steps of picking up UHF signals by an antenna of the device for processing UHF signals, creating an envelope signal from the UHF signals picked by the antenna in a demodulator, processing the envelope signal and decoding critical TRcal symbol and data in a logic unit of the device. Furthermore, the method includes the steps of interpreting the critical TRcal symbol and data, storing the interpreted data, encoding transmit data, modulating by encoded data in a modulator, and clocking the steps as above by a local oscillator. In the step of processing the envelope signal, the critical TRcal symbol is processed by a high frequency clock and data are processed by a low frequency clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: EM Microelectronic-Marin SA
    Inventors: Tomas Marek, Tomas Hrdy, Lubos Hradecky
  • Patent number: 9530297
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a gate apparatus comprises an information reception module configured to receive information from an RFID tag attached to a commodity, and a notification module configured to notify an operator of an unsettled message indicating that the commodity is not settled if the information received by the information reception module does not include settlement information indicating that the commodity is settled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuji Oozawa
  • Patent number: 9521518
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a computer-readable recording medium for object location tracking are provided. The system includes a server, at least one case, multiple objects, and a mobile electronic device. The method is adapted to the mobile electronic device and includes the following steps: transmitting a lookup request for a target object to the server; when obtaining location information of the target object from the server, transmitting a search request to the server, where the target object is located in a target case; in response to a distance between the mobile electronic device and a target case detected by a distance sensor of the target case, displaying a prompt signal corresponding to a first prompt signal signaled by a case prompt device of the target case; and in response to the distance determined by the server to be less than a distance threshold, displaying a prompt object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Hsin-Hui Liao, Wen-Chin Wu
  • Patent number: 9516036
    Abstract: Access to protected content is based on a client device being within a region. The region may be a mobile or movable region, and/or a region that is in motion. In some embodiments, the region may be determined based on a distance from a position within the region, or based on a boundary about the position that need not be symmetrical. In some embodiments, the region is a three dimensional region. In some embodiments, being within the region is further based on the region being above a defined altitude. In further embodiments, a determination for access is based on whether the client device is detected to be in motion relative to the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Global Graphics Software Limited
    Inventors: Eric Worrall, Diane Tyler Collins
  • Patent number: 9478110
    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: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio, Ian R. Scott
  • Patent number: 9474976
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address delivery of content, including advertising, in an online or networked digital environment. Undesirable content or content that needs to be removed from the digital environment may be eliminated through invocation of a ‘kill switch’ that terminates further delivery of the aforementioned content. The ‘kill switch’ may also eliminate certain instantiations of that content already delivered to end-user client devices. In order to lessen the need for termination of content following delivery to the digital environment, content developers and content providers may view content scheduled for delivery in digital environment ‘mock ups’ prior to actual delivery. Content developers and content providers, too, may control certain attributes related to content scheduled for delivery to further obviate post-delivery termination or modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Allister Capati, Ennin Huang
  • Patent number: 9414456
    Abstract: A lighting system includes at least one lighting apparatus having a light emitting element capable of emitting a controllably variable light output in a region. A position determination subsystem is capable of determining a position in three dimensions of at least one mobile entity within the region. A control subsystem is capable of variably controlling a light output of the at least one lighting apparatus according to the position of the mobile entity. The system may determine position by radio ranging with mobile electronic elements. The system may include multiple lighting elements and may determine light levels according to positions of multiple mobile entities. The system may include a database of information about lighting elements, mobile entities, and lighting plans that may be selected from mobile electronic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Chon Meng Wong, Belinda H. T. Wong, An-Kwok Ian Wong
  • Patent number: 9355545
    Abstract: A secure optionally passive RFID tag or sensor system comprises a passive RFID tag having means for receiving radio signals from at least one base station and for transmitting radio signals to at least one base station, where the tag is capable of being powered exclusively by received radio energy, and an external power and data logging device having at least one battery and electronic circuitry including a digital memory configured for storing and recalling data. The external power and data logging device has a means for powering the tag, and also has a means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Dirac Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Faranak Nekoogar, Matthew Reynolds, Scott Lefton, Farid Dowla, Richard Twogood
  • Patent number: 9317823
    Abstract: A method of embedding RF equipment in a reusable material handing apparatus for the purposes of managing the apparatus with the device is described. In one embodiment, the RF equipment includes a low cost RFID tag, label, placard or like, which is incorporated into the apparatus. Each RFID device responds to a management radio frequency signal with a unique reply to wirelessly identify the individual apparatus. RFID tags, labels, placards and the like typically comprise a first substrate layer to support the components of the RFID device and a second laminate layer to cover the RFID device and provide a printable surface for a serial number, trade name, bar code, manufacture date, country of origin and the like. The methods involve embedding RFID devices into the apparatus during the original manufacture or assembly and disassembly of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: NEXTREME, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. W. Muirhead