Specified Antenna Structure Patents (Class 340/572.7)
  • Patent number: 10977456
    Abstract: Provided is a dynamic label for a product. Data that is generated at different nodes in the supply chain can be linked to a unique identifier associated with the product. At a particular node, the dynamic label may be added to the product, container, or package. The dynamic label may include a Near Field Communication (“NFC”) tag with a value that can be read using a user device. The dynamic label may be connected to the unique identifier. When the product reaches a consumer, the consumer may use a device to read the dynamic label, and pass the value from the dynamic label to a host. The host may identify the connection between the dynamic label and the unique identifier, and may provide the data, that is generated by different nodes in the supply chain and that is associated with the unique identifier, to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Offstage Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Danny Davis
  • Patent number: 10971265
    Abstract: An example embodiment provides a method, including: transmitting, from a hub, a request for information stored by at least one receiver, the request for information requesting information related to at least one tag affixed to a moveable object; receiving, at the hub from the at least one receiver, (i) presence information from the at least one tag affixed to a moveable object and (ii) identifying information of the at least one tag identifying the at least one tag and the moveable object corresponding to the at least one tag, wherein the presence information is received by the at least one receiver when the at least one tag is within a defined perimeter of the at least one receiver; receiving, at the hub from at least one receiver, use state information identifying a current use state of the moveable object received from the at least one tag; and storing, within a database associated with the hub, the presence information, identifying information, and use state information for the at least one tag and the mo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10954611
    Abstract: A fiber for incorporation into a textile has an electronic device, and an electrical conductor connected to the electronic device is provided. The electrical conductor extends along a longitudinal axis of the fiber, and the electronic device and the electrical conductor are encapsulated by a unitary body of at least a first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ADETEXS LTD
    Inventor: Anura Sarathchandra Rathnayake
  • Patent number: 10944165
    Abstract: An integrated antenna package structure including a circuit board, a chip, an encapsulant and an antenna is provided. The chip is disposed on and electrically connected to the circuit board. The encapsulant encapsulates the chip. The encapsulant has a first surface and a second surface, wherein the normal vector of the first surface is different from the normal vector of the second surface. The antenna is disposed on the first surface and the second surface of the encapsulant. A manufacturing method of an integrated antenna package structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Powertech Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Yun-Hsin Yeh, Hung-Hsin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10936929
    Abstract: An RFID integrated circuit, in addition to having conductive pads to electrically couple to an antenna, may also include a conductive bridge configured to electrically connect different portions of the antenna together. In some embodiments, the conductive bridge may be used to form a multi-turn antenna segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Diorio, Todd E. Humes, Ronald A. Oliver
  • Patent number: 10929741
    Abstract: An unclonable chipless radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and corresponding cross-registration methods of determining an identity and/or tag signature of an RFID tag are described. In an example embodiment, an unclonable chipless RFID tag comprises a first tag portion comprising one or more first conductive members unremovably secured to a dielectric item; and a second tag portion comprising packaging conductive pattern. The first tag portion and the second tag portion are in a static or fixed physical relationship with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark M. Tehranipoor, Kun Yang, Domenic J. Forte, Ulbert Botero, Haoting Shen
  • Patent number: 10930993
    Abstract: An antenna device includes: a balanced transmission line to which an unbalanced transmission line is connected at one end; and antenna elements respectively provided on both sides of the balanced transmission line, in which at least one of the antenna elements, in a case where a first point and a second point are set, the first point being separated from a position on one end side of the balanced transmission line in a direction substantially orthogonal to the balanced transmission line, the second point being separated from a position on another end side of the balanced transmission line in a direction substantially orthogonal to the balanced transmission line, has a shape including the second point and an oblique line or side connecting the other end side of the balanced transmission line with the first point, the other end side of the balanced transmission line is connected to a vertex portion of the antenna element, a linear element is provided extending from a position of the first point of the antenna e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Yoshino, Tomomichi Murakami, Toshiyuki Sudo
  • Patent number: 10916029
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to a method of detecting a spatial orientation of a transducer by a handheld optical scanning device. The method comprises steps of providing a first spatial orientation feature on at least a first outer housing surface of the transducer and arranging a handheld optical scanning device in a sightline of the first spatial orientation feature at a selected spatial orientation relative to the first outer surface of the transducer housing. The method comprises further steps of identifying the first spatial orientation feature, detecting a spatial orientation of the handheld scanning device in a predetermined coordinate reference system and determining a spatial orientation of the transducer in the predetermined coordinate reference system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hottinger Brüel & Kjær A/S
    Inventors: Henning Kabel, Niels-Jørgen Jacobsen, Martin Qvist Olsen
  • Patent number: 10885287
    Abstract: An article management system includes multiple reader devices that read the RFID tags attached to the articles. Moreover, a central terminal partitions an article management area into multiple middle areas that are in turn partitioned into small areas, and then causes reader devices arranged in two or more small areas to work in a predetermined order for each small area, to read information of the RFID tags. The range of radio wave interference distance assumed for a reader device in a first middle area partially overlaps with a second middle area. Thus, when causing the reader devices arranged in the first middle area to work in order, the central terminal controls a reader device in the second middle area that lies outside the range of radio wave interference distance from a reader device working in the first middle area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ito, Naoto Ikeda, Shunji Mandai
  • Patent number: 10878304
    Abstract: A sticker with IC tag comprises: an antenna portion; and an IC chip coupled to the antenna portion and having a function of communicating through the antenna portion. The sticker with IC tag is installed on a covered container. The sticker with IC tag comprises a single-stroke line portion, which is coupled to the IC chip and adhered to an upper surface of a cover portion of the covered container. The IC chip detects disconnection of the single-stroke line portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keinosuke Yamaoka, Takamitsu Nakabayashi
  • Patent number: 10873363
    Abstract: Examples described herein include devices and systems utilizing backscatter communication to directly generate transmissions in accordance with wireless communication protocols that can be decoded existing devices. Examples include devices that generate 802.11b transmissions using backscatter communication. Examples of network stacks are described which may facilitate backscatter devices to coexist with other devices (e.g. in the ISM band), without incurring, or reducing a need for, the power consumption or carrier sense and medium access control operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Shyamnath Gollakota, Bryce Kellogg, Vamsi Talla, Joshua R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10867938
    Abstract: A package structure includes a sub-package, a conductive structure, and at least one first antenna. The sub-package includes at least one chip. The conductive structure is bonded onto and electrically connected to the sub-package. The at least one first antenna has a vertical polarization and is electrically connected to the at least one chip, wherein the at least one first antenna is partially located in the sub-package, and the at least one first antenna is extended within the sub-package into the conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tzu-Chun Tang, Chung-Hao Tsai, Chen-Hua Yu, Chuei-Tang Wang
  • Patent number: 10840964
    Abstract: A smartphone case that enables millimeter-wave band communication to be robust in terms of connection stability is provided. The smartphone case is to be removably attached to a smartphone and includes one or more millimeter-wave band communication antennas associated with a communication circuit for carrying out millimeter-wave band communication. This configuration offers a high degree of flexibility in the layout of the one or more millimeter-wave band communication antennas, with the performance of a 5G communication system being fully exploited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuken Mizunuma, Satoshi Tanaka, Hideki Ueda, Yasuhisa Yamamoto, Akiko Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10839177
    Abstract: An electromagnetic interposer circuit is attachable to an article that is also equipped with an anti-counterfeit and anti-theft/tracking electromagnetic marker. The interposer circuit includes a first interface for exchanging electrical signals with the marker at a first, shorter, communication range and a second interface coupled to the first interface for exchanging electromagnetic signals with a reader at a second, longer, communication range. The first and second interfaces exchange signals with the marker and the reader, respectively, over a radiofrequency bandwidth that includes a first frequency band and a second frequency band. A filter circuit block within the interposer circuit between the first interface and the second interface operates to block the transfer of signals between the first interface and the second interface over the first frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alessandro Finocchiaro, Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 10832114
    Abstract: A method of compensating for curvature effects to resonant frequency on pre-tuned planar-shaped EAS and RFID labels to apply to curve surfaces of Items. The method comprises obtaining width measurements of planar-shaped labels and radius measurements of Objects having curved external surfaces to which to apply the labels, and determines a subtending angle of a labels when applied to a curved external surface of an objects based on a quotient result of dividing the width measurement of a label along a perimeter of a curved external surface of the object and the radius measurement of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Bong Jin Im
  • Patent number: 10817833
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing one or more inventories of RFID tagged articles for one or more compounds in which the tagged articles are stored in storage units therein. The system in each compound comprises a plurality of reader units each configured to be located inside or in proximity to a storage unit of the compound, wherein each reader unit comprises: at least one RF antenna for receiving signals data from the RFID tags of articles in the storage unit thereof; and a communication unit configured at least for transmitting the received data through at least one communication link; and a local management module adapted to receive data from the reader units. In certain embodiments, each local management module is configured for communicating with a central remote managing unit configured for managing inventories of a plurality of compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: LogiTag Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Shlomo Matityaho
  • Patent number: 10810388
    Abstract: An intelligent tracking system generally includes one or more tracking devices, some of which may be passive tracking devices. Each passive tracking device includes one or more transceivers and is energized by an energizing signal. Some of these passive tracking devices may operate in a first communication mode or a second communication mode based on the energizing signal. Some tracking devices may include encryption modules or authentication modules. Some of these devices may incorporate a bulk acoustic wave oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CULVERT-IOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dean Mamoru Kawaguchi, Alberto Vidal, Edward John Boling, Prasad Panchalan, Edward Maurice Farrell
  • Patent number: 10783424
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating tags with items. The methods comprise: turning a reel by an amount that allows a portion of an elongate narrow substrate that includes a first tag of a plurality of tags to be paid out (where each of the plurality of tags comprises at least one antenna formed of a trace or wire disposed on the elongate narrow substrate and a communication enabled device coupled to the elongate narrow substrate so as to have an electrical coupling or connection with the at least one antenna); dynamically tuning the first tag to optimize tag performance in view of dielectric and tuning properties of a first item being fabricated; cutting the elongate narrow substrate so as to cause the first tag to be placed on the first item being fabricated; and coupling the first tag to the item being fabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Bjoern Petersen, Adam S. Bergman, João Vilaça, Gopal Chandramowle, Carlos Gomez Garcia, Melwyn F. Sequeira
  • Patent number: 10777893
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing vibration transduction and radio-frequency communication in proximity to an electrically conductive structure. The system may comprise an antenna element, an electrically conductive structure in proximity to the antenna element, and a vibration transducer comprising a material. The material may comprise a ferromagnetic material with piezoelectric properties. The vibration transducer may be positioned between the antenna element and the conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: David Wurmfeld
  • Patent number: 10763588
    Abstract: A shield, when coupled to a tracker device that is worn by an individual, reduces interfering signals originating from the human body that can adversely impact the detection of signals transmitted by the tracker device. The shield can include multiple layers of components. Specifically, the shield includes a base component that is attached to an adhesive element on the first side of the base and covered by a removable backing. Furthermore, the base, through a second side of the base, is attached to a first non-conductive element, which is further coupled to a second non-conductive element. Each of the non-conductive elements attenuates interfering signals that originate from the human body and therefore, enables the detection of signals transmitted by the patient tracking system. For example, in view of the reduced interference signals, a RF signal transmitted by the patient tracking system can be detected at remote distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TENX HEALTHCARE, INC.
    Inventors: Philip McCall, II, Kenneth Condren
  • Patent number: 10756434
    Abstract: A loop antenna is described herein that is suitable for operation in free space or in proximity to a ground plane. The loop antenna comprises a looped conductive element with a gap formed therein and a tab extending toward the gap. A length of the tab of the loop antenna is selected such that a detuning loss of the loop antenna from operation in free space to operation in proximity to a ground plane is low. In an exemplary embodiment, the length of the tab is selected such that a reactance of the loop antenna in free space is within a threshold level of a reactance of the loop antenna when the antenna is in proximity to a ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: John Joseph Borchardt
  • Patent number: 10756576
    Abstract: A power receiving circuit, a power transmitting circuit, an apparatus, and a feed system are disclosed. The power receiving circuit receives power in a noncontact manner, and comprises an LC parallel resonant circuit and a reactance element that is electrically connected in series to the LC parallel resonant circuit. The reactive element may be a capacitive or inductive element. In effect, a coil or capacitor in the LC parallel resonant circuit and the reactance element define another LC resonant circuit, namely, an LC series resonant circuit. The power transmitting circuit transmits power in a noncontact manner, and in one example, may also include a similar configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomomichi Murakami, Yoshitaka Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10752381
    Abstract: A life vest inspection system includes a plurality of NFC readers positioned to communicate with at least one NFC tag associated with a life vest or its packaging. The NFC readers are integrated with an in-flight entertainment system, such that the inspection of all life vests can be conducted simultaneously and without a crew member moving throughout the cabin to individually inspect each life vest or row-by row/section by section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Nuria Riera
  • Patent number: 10735051
    Abstract: An information terminal apparatus includes a flat plate-shaped conductive housing including a first principal surface, a second principal surface, and a side surface that connects the principal surfaces, and a display provided on the first principal surface. The conductive housing includes a slit extending from the first principal surface to the second principal surface. Near the slit, a power feeding coil coupled to an IC element for an HF-band RFID system is disposed. The power feeding coil is magnetically coupled to the conductive housing via the slit. Thus, the conductive housing is utilized as a radiation element of the HF-band RFID system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakano, Teppei Miura, Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 10713552
    Abstract: An RFID tag manufacturing method is provided that includes arranging a plurality of RFIC elements in a housing tool at a first arrangement density; and extracting an RFIC element group out of the plurality of RFIC elements arranged in the housing tool. Moreover, the extracted RFIC element group has a second arrangement density that is lower than the first arrangement density and that corresponds to an arrangement density of a plurality of antenna patterns arranged on an antenna substrate. The method includes disposing the RFIC element group onto the plurality of antenna patterns of the antenna substrate while maintaining the second arrangement density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 10713553
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for preventing the occurrence of damage, such as breaking of an antenna, due to bending, in an IC tag in which an IC chip is protected with a reinforcing member. An IC tag according to an aspect of the present invention is an IC tag attachable to an article, and includes an inlay including an IC chip and an antenna electrically connected to the IC chip; at least one reinforcing member that is disposed on at least one face of the inlay so as to protect the IC chip; and at least one sheet-like cover member that is disposed on at least one face side of the inlay and that covers the reinforcing member. The cover member is not adhesively joined in a region around the reinforcing member and is adhesively joined to at least one of the inlay and the reinforcing member in another region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NITTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiharu Shimai, Yoshiharu Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 10657432
    Abstract: An RFID tag having an initial range may be modified to have a reduced or increased range by printing a modification element over the antenna of the RFID tag. The modification element may function as an extension of the antenna or may function to shield the antenna. To allow for cost-efficient modification of RFID tags, multiple RFID tags may be secured on a substrate and modified together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Randy Cruz Soriano, Kazuto Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10657341
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to track objects on a moving conveyor system. In some embodiments, an RFID based tracking system comprises a conveyor system to move and transport objects along a conveyance path, wherein each object includes a near field only RFID tag associated therewith and identifying the object. Each near field only RFID tag is not coupled to a far field antenna such that it is not readable in a far field of RFID communication and communicates only in a near field of RFID communication. An RFID tag reader is positioned to attempt to read the near field only RFID tag of each object. And a control circuit processes reads of the near field only RFID tags by the first RFID reader to determine an order of the objects being conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10656263
    Abstract: A method includes: transmitting, from a reader device, a first set of wireless signals, in a first frequency band, detectable by RFID transponder devices; transmitting, from the reader device, a second set of wireless signals, at a second frequency band different from the first frequency band, detectable by the RFID transponder devices; detecting, at the reader device, a set of reply wireless signals transmitted by one or more of the RFID transponder devices in response to the first set of wireless signals, the set of reply signals comprising identification data associated with the one or more of the RFID transponder devices, and orientation information representative of relative orientation of the respective one or more of the RFID transponder devices to the reader device; and deriving location information for at least one of the one or more of the RFID transponder devices based on the detected set of reply wireless signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Haim Mendel Weissman
  • Patent number: 10650199
    Abstract: Various switchable RFID devices are disclosed. These switchable RFID devices may include one or more RFID tags and one or more switches. Some of these one or more switches are optionally wireless. In various embodiments, the switchable RFID devices include cellular phones, security devices, identity devices, financial devices, remote controls, and the like. The switchable RFID devices are optionally disposed in a passport. The passport may include radio frequency shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Steven Michael Colby
  • Patent number: 10650203
    Abstract: Tamper detection on an article is performed by reading data from an RFID tag having an antenna with segments designed to break apart. The RFID tag is secured to the article in such a way that, when the article is tampered with, the antenna segments will break apart. Detachment would decrease the reading range of the RFID tag. An RFID reader may be used to read the data from the RFID tag. The predefined reading range (Rp) of the RFID tag, with antenna segments entact, is obtained from the data which was read by the RFID reader. The RFID reader obtains the data while located at an actual reading range (Ra) relative to the RFID tag. By comparing Ra with Rp, it is determined whether the antenna is still entact. If Ra<Rp, the antenna is likely to be broken apart, thereby indicating that the article has been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamamoto, Randy Cruz Soriano
  • Patent number: 10644403
    Abstract: A chip antenna includes: a hexahedral-shaped body portion having a permittivity, and including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; a hexahedral-shaped radiation portion coupled to the first surface of the body portion; and a hexahedral-shaped ground portion coupled to the second surface of the body portion, wherein a width of each of the radiation portion and the ground portion is in a range of 100 ?m to 500 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Yeong Kim, Sung Yong An
  • Patent number: 10628727
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification tag including a stretchable substrate folded along a fold line to form top and bottom stretchable fold portions is described. Each fold portion has major top and bottom surfaces with the major top surface of the bottom fold portion facing the major bottom surface of the top fold portion. An antenna having a spiral form is disposed on the major top surface of the top fold portion. First and second terminals are disposed on the major top surface of the top fold portion and are in electrical communication with respective first and second ends of the antenna. A meandering electrode is disposed on the major bottom surface of the bottom fold portion and has first and second electrode ends making crimp connections with the respective first and second terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: John D. Geissinger, Robin E. Gorrell, Howard M. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10613047
    Abstract: A fabric comprising at least one conductive element to define at least one portion of an electric circuit, and a sensor coupled to said conductive element, wherein the sensor comprises a degradable element configured to at least partially degrade in preset conditions to change an electric feature of said sensor. An article comprising the fabric and a process for monitoring the life-cycle of the fabric are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sanko Tekstil Isletmeleri San. Ve Tic. A.S.
    Inventors: Ozgur Cobanoglu, Jitka Eryilmaz, Ozgur Akdemir, Deniz Iyidogan, Onur Yukselen
  • Patent number: 10607460
    Abstract: A door/window opening detector including an antenna having at least a first resonant frequency and a second resonant frequency associated therewith, the second resonant frequency being different from the first resonant frequency, the antenna having the first resonant frequency when in proximity to a door/window having a given dielectric constant and the second resonant frequency when not in proximity to a door/window having the given dielectric constant, and an alarm indication generator operable, in response to receiving an indication that a resonant frequency of the antenna has changed from the first resonant frequency to the second resonant frequency, for generating an alarm indication of opening of the door/window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TYCO FIRE & SECURITY GMBH
    Inventors: Roni Shamsian, Max Drankovsky, Alexander Shapira
  • Patent number: 10594556
    Abstract: A modem configured to communicatively connect a terminal device to a field device according to one aspect of the present invention includes a wireless communicator configured to operate by power supplied in a noncontact manner from the terminal device and to perform short-range wireless communication with the terminal device, a wired communicator configured to operate by power supplied in a noncontact manner from the terminal device and to perform wired communication with the field device, and a controller configured to operate by power supplied in a noncontact manner from the terminal device and to control data exchanged between the wireless communicator and the wired communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Washiro
  • Patent number: 10579918
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein useful to monitoring condition compliance. In some embodiments, an RFID tag comprises a first chip and a second chip, an antenna, a switch, wherein the switch is configured to switchably connect the first chip and the second chip to the antenna based on occurrence of a condition, a memory device, and a control circuit configured to write, in response to a connection between the first chip and the antenna, a first marker and an indication of a first state to the memory device, write, in response to a connection between the second chip and the antenna, a second marker and an indication of a second state to the memory device, determine an amount of time in which compliance was not met, and transmit, to an RFID reader, an indication of the amount of time in which compliance was not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Lewis, Tom Stiefel, Alvin S. Taulbee, Jeremy R. Tingler, Eugene P. Sunday
  • Patent number: 10573411
    Abstract: An example embodiment provides a method, including: receiving, at an identification tag associated with a moveable object and in a sleep state, a wake-up signal; waking, responsive to the wake-up signal, the identification tag; listening, while the identification tag is awake and at the identification tag, for a signal from at least one receiver, wherein the signal requests information regarding the identification tag; responsive to not receiving a signal, returning the identification tag to a sleep state after expiration of a back-off timer having a predetermined timer duration; and responsive to receiving a signal from at least one receiver, transmitting, to the least one receiver from an identification tag associated with a moveable object, information related to an environment surrounding the identification tag and information related to a location of the identification tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Teletracking Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10572395
    Abstract: A processing system includes an execution unit comprising a logic circuit to implement an architecturally-protected execution environment associated with a protected region in a memory, in which the execution unit is to execute application code stored in the protected region as a thread running in the architecturally-protected execution environment, determine that an access mode flag is set to a first value, detect an attempt by the thread to access data stored outside the protected region, and responsive to detecting the attempt and determining that the access mode flag is set to the first value, generate an exception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Volodymyr Pikhur, Atul A. Khare
  • Patent number: 10567092
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for operating a communications device are described. In one embodiment, a method for operating a communications device that communicates via inductive coupling involves adjusting a phase configuration of the communications device in response to at least one system or environmental parameter, modulating a carrier signal with the adjusted phase configuration using active load modulation (ALM), and transmitting the modulated carrier signal from the communications device for inductive coupling. In some embodiments, the at least one system or environmental parameter is selected from one or more of the following: a distance information, a geometric information, a system code, a technology code, a transmitter current and/or a transmitter power, a detuning condition, a quality factor and a resonant frequency of a resonant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Gernot Hueber, Ian Thomas Macnamara, Johannes Bruckbauer
  • Patent number: 10547994
    Abstract: A storage element for a warehouse rack may be provided. The storage element is adapted for housing goods and can be positioned compact in at least two dimensions. The storage element comprises a computing device comprising a memory storing at least a unique identifier and data about the goods housed by the storage element, a plurality of antennas external to the computing device mounted at outer sides of the storage element. The antennas are adapted for a communication to antennas of neighboring storage elements. The antennas are electrically connectable to the computing device. The storage element also comprises a switch controller adapted for switchable connecting one of the plurality of antennas to the computing device at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marcus Breuer, Bernd Freitag, Frank Krick, Tim Oswald
  • Patent number: 10506889
    Abstract: Disclosed is a double walled vessel for use in an AR system. The AR system includes AR software and an AR display device having a camera and a video screen. The double walled vessel includes an inner vessel disposed within an outer vessel to form an isolated space between the inner and outer vessels. An AR target is located in the isolated space so that it is protected, but visible through the walls of the vessel. The AR display device is configured to take an image of the AR target by its camera, whereupon the AR system's software processes that image to produce an augmented reality image which is provided on the AR display device's screen for viewing by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Tervis Tumbler Company
    Inventors: Brock Wilkinson, Daniel Childs
  • Patent number: 10509177
    Abstract: A connection module includes a module body and a module circuit board arrangement. The module body defines a first port and an open first end providing access to the first port. The module circuit board arrangement extends across the open first end within a peripheral boundary defined by the module body. The module circuit board arrangement includes at least a first contact set that extends into the first port of the module body; an electronic controller that is electrically connected to the first contact set; and a circuit board connector facing outwardly from the module board arrangement. Example connection modules include optical adapters and electrical jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul John Pepe, Joseph Coffey
  • Patent number: 10484050
    Abstract: A near field communication ring configured to be worn by a user is provided. The NFC ring may include at least one metal ring having a gap, a chip, and an antenna, wherein the chip and the antenna may be fixed to the at least one metal ring having a gap, and wherein the chip, using the antenna, is configured to provide a near field communication with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Walther Pachler, Josef Gruber, Juergen Hoelzl, Stephan Rampetzreiter
  • Patent number: 10467517
    Abstract: A method for producing a foil which serves as a carrier of at least one electronic device and at least one contactless and/or contact-type interface, involves using a transparent foil as a foil and electrical conducting paths on the foil are printed by means of a transparent, electrically conductive material in order to electroconductively connect the electronic device with the interface. Further, the foil can be used for producing a portable data carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT MOBILE SECURITY GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Tarantino, Robert Griesmeier
  • Patent number: 10461398
    Abstract: An antenna for generating an electromagnetic field. The antenna has a substrate and a contiguous core disposed on the substrate. A continuous winding encircles the core and the substrate extending in a longitudinal direction; a first gap is defined between adjacent turns of the winding. The turns segregated into a plurality of winding segments, each winding segment comprising a plurality of turns. A second gap is defined between adjacent winding segments, wherein the second gap is larger than the first gap. Numerical values for the various parameters of the antenna (e.g., number of turns, number of winding segments, length of the first gap, length of the second gap) are selected to create and propagate a signal having desired parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fit Pay, Inc.
    Inventors: David Tunnell, Brian Keen
  • Patent number: 10452968
    Abstract: A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag with improved sensitivity includes an antenna that receives a radio-frequency (RF) signal and wireless power from an RFID reader. The RFID tag further includes a circuit that varies a reflection coefficient of the antenna to transmit a reflected signal to the reader, the reflected signal having periods of high reflectance when a relatively high amount of the RF signal is reflected, and low reflectance periods when a relatively low amount of the RF signal is reflected. The reflectance of the antenna is sufficiently low during the high reflectance periods to enable wireless power reception during the high reflectance periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMEC, INC.
    Inventors: Pavel Nikitin, Stephen J. Kelly, Rene Martinez
  • Patent number: 10455537
    Abstract: The invention relates to method for calculating a position of a transponder within an area of interest, by means of a local positioning system comprising a set of directive antennae located in the vicinity of the area of interest, each antenna having a coverage area, the method comprising the following steps: assessing an approximate position of the transponder selecting at least one antenna of the set of antennae that is such that the transponder is within range but not in the effective coverage area of said antenna, according to the approximated position of the transponder and the positions and orientations of the antennae redirecting the focus of the selected antenna so that the transponder is in the effective coverage area of said antenna, according to the approximated position of the transponder performing time-of-arrival or time-difference-of-arrival measurements with respect to the transponder, by the set of antennae calculating the effective position of the transponder by using said timing measurem
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: Swiss Timing Ltd, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
    Inventor: Thomas Kautz
  • Patent number: 10445636
    Abstract: A layer arrangement is provided for manufacturing an interference-optimized, metal and card-shaped data carrier and to a layer laminate comprising the layer arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Virostek, Thomas Tarantino, Nick Pisarev, Stefan Kluge
  • Patent number: 10435869
    Abstract: Spatial-temporal compression of sensing data from a plurality of sensors involves using a plurality of sensors to obtain measured physical data associated with a plurality of sensed elements. At each of a plurality of sampling times a set of N sampled data is acquired from the N sensed elements corresponding to the measured physical data. The sets of sampled data are analyzed to obtain statistical characteristic information. Thereafter, one or more frames of compressed data is generated using the statistical characteristic information to facilitate temporal and spatial data compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Navilas Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Inseop Lee, Minkyu Lee, Jaesik Lee, Andrew M. Chon