With Calculation Patents (Class 340/870.05)
  • Patent number: 10078731
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying medical or physiologic data are disclosed. The system can receive medical data such as a physiologic trend indicative of worsening of heart failure. The system can generate a graphical representation of the medical data in a two-dimensional or a higher-dimensional coordinate space. The graphical representation can include line segments indicating temporal variation of the medical data. The system can determine a desired range, including lower and upper bounds, for displaying the medical data using signal statistics and a correction factor, and specified number of tickmarks between the desired LB and UB. The desired lower and upper bounds can enhance visual perception of temporal variation of the medical data, and thus to facilitate data interpretation and clinical decision making. A display unit can display the graphical representation of the medical data within the desired lower and upper bounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc
    Inventor: Viktoria A. Averina
  • Patent number: 9785702
    Abstract: A system for data aggregation and analytical scoring is described that includes a gateway operable to aggregate data received from multiple remote devices, and a device history data model storing properties for each of the multiple remote devices and storing the data received from each remote device. A scoring engine in the system acts to aggregate and analyze the data stored in the device history data model and to produce a metric based on the data. The system also includes a notification policy to conditionally notify a user based on the metric produced by the scoring engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Numerex Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Emmons, Jr., Jeffrey O. Smith, Richard Burtner, Henry S. Rosen
  • Patent number: 9291510
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus includes a sensor unit that includes a coil and a conductive cylinder arranged such that an area of an overlap zone varies as a position of an object changes; a capacitor and a resistor that make up a series circuit with the coil; a voltage applier that applies an input voltage Vi to the series circuit; a phase detector that detects a phase of a voltage Vo across the capacitor; a magnitude detector that detects a magnitude of the voltage Vo; feature data in which the phase, the magnitude, a temperature of the sensor unit, and an area of the overlap zone are associated with one another; and a calculator that calculates the temperature and the area based on the feature data using the phase and the magnitude detected by actual measurement of the voltage Vo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Kenichi Onishi, Kenji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9210256
    Abstract: The inappropriate use of a mobile device and/or a motor vehicle may be ameliorated through audit by a supervisor, parent or peer using a system that monitors vehicle movements and mobile device use and notifies the supervisor, parent or peer of potentially inappropriate use, such as simultaneous vehicle and mobile device use, use of the mobile device generally at times when such use is normally inappropriate according to a calendar of events, and use of the motor vehicle generally at a location or at a time and location that is normally inappropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas W. Humphrey, Steven L. Zimmers
  • Patent number: 9121747
    Abstract: A solution for evaluating an object, which accounts for various motion-related dynamic forces is provided. In an embodiment, the object is a vehicle and the evaluation includes determining a set of static weights corresponding to the vehicle as it moves through a sensing element. The sensing element can include a load plate with vertical force sensing devices and horizontal force sensing devices located below the load plate. Analysis of measurement data acquired by the force sensing devices can enable calculation of the set of static weights corresponding to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Zahid F. Mian, Ronald W. Gamache, Carl W. Liebfried
  • Publication number: 20150137991
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for generating a predictive message in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method receives at least one machine-to-machine communication in the communications network, stores the at least one machine-to-machine communication in a database of the communications network, analyzes the at least one machine-to-machine communication, and generates the predictive message based upon the at least one machine-to-machine communication that is analyzed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: ARTURO MARIA
  • Publication number: 20150061889
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device is worn and used on the wrist of a user who is exercising. History of a recent measured value is displayed on a display, along with a current measured value of exercise data of a display target. The measured value history is displayed as a bar graph showing a statistical value of the measured value during a predetermined unit period by a length of a bar. In the bar graph showing the measured value history, a part corresponding to a predetermined target range is distinctively displayed. The display range of the target range is fixed in a central part of the vertical axis of the bar graph. A scale on the vertical axis is determined according to the numerical value range of this target range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Tadasuke KOTAKI, Reiko Sato
  • Patent number: 8912918
    Abstract: A method for optimized monitoring and identification of AMI device communication failures in an AMI network is provided. A graphical representation of AMI devices is generated comprising nodes corresponding to AMI devices and links representing connectivity between AMI devices. The graphical representation is generated based on data associated with AMI devices retrieved via AMI network in real time. Further, properties of the AMI devices are computed using the graphical representation based on values associated with the nodes corresponding to the AMI devices. The graphical representation is modified based on the computed properties and predefined rules. Nodes in the modified graphical representation are selected and processed in an order based on AMI device hierarchy, priority and criticality. Further, the graphical representation is modified based on processing of selected nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cognizant Technology Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hemant Raskar, Ashutosh Kavathekar
  • Publication number: 20140347194
    Abstract: A system for measuring and reporting changing levels of liquids in a storage tank includes a sensing device having a fluid level sensor, an accelerometer, a wireless transceiver, and a microcontroller for detecting the volume of liquid in the storage tank in response to determining that the storage tank is not moving and sending an alert message if the volume of liquid in the storage tank has changed from a previous volume by a threshold amount. The system also includes a central tracking computer having a tracking database and being interfaced to the Internet, and a master control unit attached to the storage tank. The master control unit is for: receiving the alert message from the sensing device; obtaining the location of the storage tank; and communicating the alert message and the location of the storage tank to the central tracking computer for storage in the tracking database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Schnitz, Claude T. Masters, George D. Survant
  • Patent number: 8823547
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for searching and selecting an RF telemetry channel to establish a link between an active medical device and a remote device is disclosed. In the absence of any communication request, the available communication channels are scanned periodically to perform a long-term analysis. For each channel, a long-term indicator (iCLT) that is representative of a long-term availability is generated. Upon receipt of a communication request from the remote device, the communication channels are scanned to perform a short-term analysis, a short-term indicator (iCCT) that is representative of the short-term availability is generated. The short-term indicator is weighted by the long-term indicator, to generate a weighted short-term indicator (iCP). Based on the weighted short-term indicator, a communication channel is selected as the communication channel for the communication request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sorin CRM S.A.S.
    Inventor: Thierry Scordilis
  • Patent number: 8587949
    Abstract: A digital electrical power and energy meter integrates a primary processing module and a user interface module onto a single printed circuit board to reduce overall meter size, assembly time, and cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventors: Tibor Banhegyesi, Erran Kagan
  • Patent number: 8543274
    Abstract: At least one of a state and a storage amount of a battery is detected, and a battery output that can be outputted by the battery is calculated on the basis of it. A state of an electric motor is detected, and at least one of electric motor torque and electric motor output that can be outputted from the electric motor and maximal torque of the electric motor are calculated on the basis of it. A state of an engine is detected, and engine starting torque required to start the engine is calculated on the basis of it. An EV range in which the engine is cut off to be capable of driving with only the electric motor is set up on the basis of the calculated battery output, at least one of the calculated electric motor torque and electric motor output, and the calculated engine starting torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takefumi Ikegami, Shingo Kato, Yoshihiro Sunaga
  • Patent number: 8493231
    Abstract: A power meter having fault tolerance enhances the monitoring of electrical power by increasing the reliability of data output by the power meter having fault tolerance. The power meter having fault tolerance may enhance the monitoring process by transitioning from a faulty power monitoring device to a non-faulty power monitoring device without losing or corrupting power management data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Power Measurement Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael E. Teachman
  • Patent number: 8457794
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide improved accuracy of displacement control by using a multi-segment transformation of an actuator's non-linear response. The present invention may set intermediate points to effectively divide the actuator response into multiple segments. Each segment may be assigned a transform function that represents the actuator's response in that particular segment. The present invention may operate in two modes, a calibration mode and a normal operations mode. During calibration mode, the intermediate points and the segment transforms may be set. During normal operations mode, a drive signal may be generated according to the calibrated set values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Jimenez, Eoin English, José Ibañez-Climent, Javier Calpe-Maravilla
  • Patent number: 8441373
    Abstract: Pulses, including electrical waveforms, emitted light, and light reflected by a moving mechanical device, that are emitted by a standard utility meter may be received. A device may be controlled to vary its usage of the utility and that may be used to determine a usage per pulse. The usage per pulse information may be used to convert a pulse rate from a meter to emulate the pulse rate from another meter. Information about the other meter and/or services offered by the other meter may be provided to allow for emulation of the other meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Greenwave Reality PTE Ltd.
    Inventors: Karl Jonsson, Christian Vandendorpe
  • Patent number: 8373575
    Abstract: Systems for monitoring consumer dependency on services are disclosed. In one embodiment, a service dependency notification system includes: at least one computing device adapted to identify a dependency aware device by performing actions comprising: determining whether a service dependency exists; and providing a service dependency status indicator configured to be communicated via a utility network, the service dependency status indicator indicating whether the service dependency exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Fred Henry Boettner, Lawrence Elwood Murphy
  • Patent number: 8184015
    Abstract: A lightweight and energetically autonomous device for real-time monitoring of overhead power lines, comprising:—an external housing (EMS1) provided, at opposed ends thereof, with a first (OP1) and a second (OP2) opening for a power line cable (HVC) traversing said external housing; a monitoring subsystem (B) for monitoring at least a mechanical parameter of said overhead power line; and—a communication subsystem (D) for transmitting monitoring information generated by said monitoring subsystem; characterized in that: an internal housing (EMS2) is provided within said external housing (EMS1), said power line cable (HVC) passing outside said internal housing (EMS2); said monitoring subsystem (B) is disposed within said internal housing (EMS2); said external (EMS1) and internal (EMS2) housings are both made of a conducting material in order to form electromagnetic shields; and said monitoring subsystem (B) comprises at least an oscillation sensor for detecting mechanical oscillations of said power line cable (HV
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Université de Liège
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Lilien, Jacques Destine
  • Publication number: 20120112925
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for monitoring a status of a satellite transponder using a statistical analysis of telemetry data, which may disclose a configuration to receive at least one of an input signal level and an output signal level with respect to a satellite transponder, to receive telemetry data with respect to the satellite transponder, and to statistically analyze the telemetry data based on the at least one of the input signal level and the output signal level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecomunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Moon Hee YOU, Jin Ho Jo, Won-Chan Jung, Jae Hoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20120019397
    Abstract: A communications network (12) for use by a utility (10) for communication, command, and control of the utility's distribution area for gas, water and electrical services including the utility's distribution system, security, workforce, and asset management. The network includes apparatus for obtaining information and data concerning usage of the electricity, gas, or water by each of the utility's customers, the operation of installations throughout the system, and how electricity, gas, or water is being distributed throughout the system. The information and data from each source (16) is processed to provide an up-to-date overview of the system and its operation to the utility's management and operating personnel. This includes identification of any current problems, including distribution or security, within the system, and asset monitoring and management to identify possible future problems which may occur within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Ronald Smith, Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 7719440
    Abstract: This invention relates to an integrated building control and information system with wireless networking, including the controlling and/or monitoring of various building devices or appliances such as air conditioning, lighting, temperature, humidity, etc., including practically any environmental condition-or-mechanical operation. Also, the invention relates to a system which includes a vendor tracking system comprising an industrial operator interface, with communication, local data processing, and data storage capabilities, which provide an efficient information resource for service and product control. Additionally, the invention relates to a system including a utility monitoring and/or control system to monitor and/or control the facilities utilities such as electricity, gas, water, steam, etc., through revenue and non-revenue rated metering devices, allowing real-time demand side utility management through the controlled equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventors: Don Delp, Pat Renaldi
  • Patent number: 7711522
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring a machine. In one implementation, a system for monitoring the machine includes a monitoring server in communication with a machine. The monitoring server receives data from the machine, estimates, based on the received data, an operating condition of the machine, and estimates a depreciation value of the machine based on the operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: J. Joseph Gualandri, Milton R. Long
  • Publication number: 20100026518
    Abstract: The sensor module includes: a sensor housing; at least one measuring transducer arranged at least partially in the sensor housing for registering at least one measured variable and for producing at least one primary signal influenced by the measured variable; as well as sensor electronics arranged within the sensor housing and connected with the measuring transducer for converting the primary signal delivered from the measuring transducer into a sensor signal. Further provided in the sensor electronics is an energy supply unit, which includes at least one energy storer arranged within the sensor housing for storing energy to be converted in the measuring system. The transmitter module is coupled to the sensor module and includes a transmitter housing and a transmitter electronics accommodated in the transducer housing and electrically coupled with the sensor electronics for converting the sensor signal delivered from the sensor module into measured values representing the at least one measured variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Endres + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Michael Kirst, Peter Lindmuller, Martin Hertel, Paul Ceglia
  • Patent number: 7584033
    Abstract: An automobile monitoring arrangement tracks and records automobile operation for post-use automobile operation analysis and in a manner with default-operation modes that facilitate use by automobile owners/supervisors and by those supervised by the automobile owners/supervisors. In one specific embodiment, a record of automobile-operation data contains periodic recordings of speed and direction of an automobile while it was being driven, as such data is provided by a conventional electronic compass and the automobile's electronic speed indicating signal. A processor performs calculations using speed and directional data to calculate acceleration and rate of directional change. Automobile operation data from the recording devices and the calculations performed is compared to stored reference data to determine if the vehicle was abused or driven in an unsafe manner by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Strategic Design Federation W. Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Mittelsteadt, John Mittelsteadt, Robert J. Crawford
  • Patent number: 7516026
    Abstract: The present disclosure introduces a simple method for an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system for determining quantities of a consumed utility product including electric, gas, and water service, using wireless data transfer. To compensate for the frequency drifts of the transmitters, the embodiments of this invention, with minimum pre-processing of the received data, allow for on-the-fly adjustability of the receiver bandwidth by merely changing a pre-calculated weighting function. As such, it is possible to use a fixed size Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT), or in particular a fixed N-point Fast Fourier Transform, for signals of different bandwidths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark K. Cornwall, Bruce N. Weyrauch
  • Publication number: 20090085768
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a telemetered characteristic sensor transceiver for exchanging data with at least one remote device. The transceiver includes a housing detachably coupled to a sensor located on a body of a user, the sensor producing a signal indicative of a user characteristic. A processor is formed within the housing and in communication with the sensor for processing the signal produced by the sensor. A transmitter is coupled to the processor for transmitting data to at least one remote device while a receiver is coupled to the processor for receiving data from the at least one remote device. A memory is coupled to the processor for storing data, wherein the processor performs calculations using at least one of the signal produced by the sensor, the data received from the at least one remote device and the data stored in the memory, and performs at least one of storing the calculations in the memory and transmitting the calculations to the at least one remote device through the transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Himanshu Patel, Wayne A. Morgan, Edward Chernoff, John J. Mastrototaro
  • Publication number: 20090072994
    Abstract: A process transmitter includes at least one sensor which monitors a process variable, and analog-to-digital (A/D) converter circuitry coupled to the at least one sensor and configured to provide process variable data indicative of process variable values. A digital signal processor (DSP) is coupled to the A/D converter circuitry to receive the process variable data. The DSP comprises a co-processor configured to receive and perform calculations on the process variable data from the A/D converter circuitry to generate output data. Communications circuitry of the process transmitter is configured either to control communication over loop wiring which can be coupled to the process transmitter, or to control wireless communications with the process transmitter. A microprocessor, separate from the co-processor of the DSP, is coupled between the co-processor and the communications circuitry to control movement of the output data from the DSP to the communications circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Lowell A. Kleven, John P. Schulte
  • Patent number: 7483816
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system that characterizes the reliability of a computer system. The system first collects samples of a performance parameter from the computer system. Next, the system computes the length of a line between the samples, wherein the line includes a component which is proportionate to a difference between values of the samples and a component which is proportionate to a time interval between the samples. The system then adds the computed length to a cumulative length variable which can be used to characterize the reliability of the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny C. Gross, Keith A. Whisnant, Ayse K. Coskun
  • Publication number: 20080158008
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic device (IED) for monitoring/measuring parameters of electrical services to a plurality of loads and receiving/transmitting information over communication networks is disclosed. The electrical services may be connected to the same or different AC services. The IED may be configured as a terminal or a server of an Intranet, LAN, WAN, or the Internet. In one application, these techniques are implemented in IEDs such as digital electrical power and energy meters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech.
    Inventors: Andrew Kagan, Wei Wang, Erran Kagan
  • Patent number: 7310052
    Abstract: A wireless meter-reading system includes a utility meter having a housing and a face and a recording device located in the housing. The recording device is adapted to read and convert data located on a portion of the face to wirelessly transmittable data. A power source coupled to the recording device permits continuous and instantaneous capture of the wirelessly transmittable data from the face of the utility meter by the recording device. A communication device provided for wirelessly receiving and transmitting data between a consumer site and a utility provider site facilitates monitoring of the face of the utility meter by the consumer site and by the utility provider site. A method for allowing a consumer to join a secured wireless network of a utility provider comprises the consumer paying a fee to the utility provider. Both the consumer and the utility provider benefit from this arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Eric L. Bowman
  • Patent number: 7248181
    Abstract: The present invention achieves technical advantages as an AMR device and system adapted to couple to utility meters and operate under Part 15 of the FCC Rules. The device and system also includes a data profile module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Datamatic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Patterson, Erwin Holowick, Kenneth J. Derry
  • Patent number: 7218223
    Abstract: The present technology involves a method and apparatus for detecting and reporting magnetic fields in the proximity of a utility meter as an approach to determining tampering of such meter. The sensitivity level of the magnetic field sensors may be adjustable allowing either remote or local sensitivity adjustments to a magnetic field sensor to compensate for variations in the electromagnetic environments of different meter installation sites. Alternatively, the output of each magnetic field sensor may be connected to the input of an adjustable threshold circuit. When the output voltage of the magnetic field exceeds a predetermined threshold voltage, a magnetic event signal is generated. Threshold adjustments to the adjustable threshold circuit may be performed locally at the meter site or remotely from a station. The output of each magnetic field sensor may be monitored by a locally or remotely programmable magnetic sensor output monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Keith Seal, Brent Martin
  • Patent number: 7187299
    Abstract: A method of measuring a parameter of a landfill including a cap, without passing wires through the cap, includes burying a sensor apparatus in the landfill prior to closing the landfill with the cap; providing a reader capable of communicating with the sensor apparatus via radio frequency (RF); placing an antenna above the barrier, spaced apart from the sensor apparatus; coupling the antenna to the reader either before or after placing the antenna above the barrier; providing power to the sensor apparatus, via the antenna, by generating a field using the reader; accumulating and storing power in the sensor apparatus; sensing a parameter of the landfill using the sensor apparatus while using power; and transmitting the sensed parameter to the reader via a wireless response signal. A system for measuring a parameter of a landfill is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis C. Kunerth, John M. Svoboda, James T. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7106210
    Abstract: A method and related apparatus for telemetry between downhole devices and surface devices. In particular, the methods and related apparatus may send a first datum of a first parameter in an uncompressed form, and send a second datum of the first parameter in compressed form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Golla, Laban M. Marsh, Paul F. Rodney, Cili Sun, Bipin K. Pillai, Paul D. Beene
  • Patent number: 7079962
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for Automated Meter Reading (AMR) systems for determining quantities of a consumed utility product including electric, gas, and water service, using wireless data transfer. To compensate for the frequency drifts of the transmitters, these methods and apparatus, with minimum pre-processing of the received data, allow for on-the-fly adjustability of receiver bandwidth by merely changing a pre-calculated weighting function. As such, it is possible to use a fixed size Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT), or in particular a fixed N-point Fast Fourier Transform, for signals of different bandwidths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark K. Cornwall, Bruce N. Weyrauch
  • Patent number: 7079047
    Abstract: A pressure measuring and inflation/deflation control system for tires, comprising: a pressure sensor, a pressure variation detector capable on the one hand of responding in a safety time interval to a substantially significant and rapid variation in the pressure inside the cavity of the tire, and on the other hand of acting on another element cooperating with said detector; a management module, capable of receiving and processing informations provided by the pressure sensor on the one hand and on the other hand by the pressure variation detector and capable, on the basis of the information provided by the pressure variation detector, of actuating the shift from a so-called “normal” pressure measuring mode to a so-called “accelerated” measuring mode, or the shift from the “accelerated” mode to the “normal” mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Francis Boulot
  • Patent number: 7068184
    Abstract: An electric power meter (102) includes a temperature sensor (114) and a controller (112). The controller (112) is operable, based on the temperature reported from the temperature sensor (114), to generate alarm(s) when the temperature exceeds certain alarm threshold(s) (307, 507, 508) and to activate a power disconnect switch (104), thereby shutting off power to a customer premises, when the temperature exceeds a shut off threshold (309, 509). The controller (112) is operable to activate the power disconnect switch (104) for non-payment of electricity cost, subject to secondary criteria based on regulatory requirements. A customer terminal (103) may be used to notify a customer of an alarm condition, to provide information regarding electrical power usage or to provide information regarding disconnection of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: David Moon Yee, Philip John Zucarelli, Theodore Woolley Keller, David Richard Wallis
  • Patent number: 6999890
    Abstract: A measurement data processing system is provided, which can transmit measurement data for processing from a data measuring device that has measured and stored the data to a data processing device without a complicated operation. When a personal measuring instrument (1) is connected to a cable (3), followed by turning on a power switch (1a) or when a personal measuring instrument (1) whose power switch (1a) is on is connected to a computer (2) via a cable (3), the computer (2) automatically executes a series of operations including fetching the measurement data stored in the personal measuring instrument (1), analyzing the data and then outputting the results of processing to a printer (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: ARKRAY, Inc.
    Inventor: Akinori Kai
  • Patent number: 6946972
    Abstract: A method for wirelessly transmitting data from an utility meter, such as an electric meter, is disclosed. A microprocessor housed inside an energy meter obtains readings of various power indicia, stores the readings, processes the buffer to determine an efficient means of formatting the data for transmission using a radio frequency communications link. The method examines the plurality of readings and determines if values can be communicated by transmitting an initial reading and followed by the difference of the next reading from the previous reading. A special indication is transmitted to turn ‘on’ compression and allow the receiver to propertly interpret received data. Other indicators are transmitted to turn ‘off’ compression, turn on compression for a pre-defined limited duration, or vary the range of the difference between readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: SmartSynch, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilfred Mueller, Roderick Michael Johnson, Dane Blackwell, Patrick C. Hamilton, Dennis M. Needham, Allan L. Scribner
  • Patent number: 6883638
    Abstract: Method for operating and testing a sensor assembly (210). The sensor assembly (210) preferably includes accelerometers with axes of sensitivity orthogonal to each other. The method preferably includes determining sensor tilt angle, determining the position of the sensor, and synchronizing the operation of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Input/Output, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Maxwell, Lawrence P. Behn, Eugene D. Bednar, Jeffery C. Gannon, Michael Arthur Corrigan, Glen Ragan, Dale J. Lambert, Henry Thomas Polk, Steven L. Roche, Wilfred Roy Bertrand, David Wilson, Byron Lee Cain, Michael George McMahon, John C. Downey Jr., Keith Elder
  • Patent number: 6825777
    Abstract: The system of the invention is used in measuring sports metrics at an event or venue. The system includes “n” sensors, “m” repeaters, a base station and an operations terminal. One or more sensors attach to each athlete (and/or the athletes vehicle) at the event or venue to determine a sports metric, e.g., airtime, g's, drop distance, spin, rotation. The information about the sports metric is transmitted to one or more repeaters; and that information is relayed to the base station. The operations terminal provides a user interface, and may further interface with a judging station or TV to provide the sports metric, in near real-time, to judges, viewers and others at the event or venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: PhatRat Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Adrian F. Larkin, Perry Youngs
  • Patent number: 6820031
    Abstract: A distance detection apparatus cancels signal delay times of transmission and reception circuits (13, 15, 22, 25), which are causes of the errors of distance detection, by receiving a transmission signal turned back directly to measure the difference between the transmission timing and the reception timing at that time, and by setting the value obtained by the measurement as a correction value at the time of obtaining the measurement distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 6771176
    Abstract: An improved acceleration/deceleration monitoring system for motor vehicles and other types of human-operated equipment is herein disclosed. This system measures and records events where preset acceleration/deceleration parameters are exceeded. The system is equipped with data communication means that allows an employer, a parent, an insurance carrier, or any other interested person to verify that the vehicle in question is operated in an appropriate manner. The system records each incident of vehicle acceleration (or deceleration) that exceeds established parameters while noting the date, time of day, and location of the incident. The information retrieved is compiled in a data record and stored in a storage system for instantaneous use or retrieval when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: William Jude Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 6750784
    Abstract: A rotary position transducer with a cosine and sine attenuating voltage wave output has the substantially linear portions segmented and pieced together from a predetermined set of conditions to form a continuously linearly varying voltage output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Peter M. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 6734799
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) helps protect an occupant (1) of a vehicle (100). The apparatus (10) includes first means (11) for non-intrusively sensing at least one health condition of the vehicle occupant (1) and for producing a first output signal (110) indicative of the health condition of the vehicle occupant (1). The apparatus (10) further includes 2ND means (21) for transmitting a health condition signal derived from the first output signal (110) to a person at a location remote from the vehicle (100) to convey health condition information to the person and to enable the person to determine a suitable type of response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Carl A. Munch
  • Publication number: 20040079152
    Abstract: A remote two-module electronic fluid monitoring system. A tank module sits atop a field tank and monitors internal fluid level. Fluid level detection is achieved by tracking the position of an embedded permanent magnet associated with a given internal fluid level within an existing float gauge mechanism. An integrated circuit capable of precisely detecting the orientation of magnetic fields senses the angular position of an existing magnet and outputs an angular field reading to an interfaced microcontroller which then translates angular reading to fluid level. The tank module contains a radio frequency transmitter which then sends fluid level information to a display module. The display module receives the signal from the tank module and reports to the user the present fluid level remaining in the tank via a liquid crystal display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Applicant: Fluent Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Chad M. Sorenson, Scott Woods, Dave Franchino
  • Patent number: 6629776
    Abstract: A thermometer is disclosed that utilizes a thermistor as a temperature sensor, to control the period and duty cycle of a multivibrator circuit. A second circuit, controlled by a microcontroller, measures both the charge and discharge times of the oscillation. From the ratio of these parameters, a precise indication of temperature can be obtained that is independent of temperature variations within the active components and the charging capacitor of the multivibrator circuit. The method is also independent of the value of the charging capacitor. Furthermore, by measuring the same ratio when a fixed resistor is substituted for the thermistor, a cell constant can be derived. The cell constant is used to calibrate the non-ideal response of the multivibrator circuit, thus providing a more accurate measurement of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Mini-Mitter Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Florian G. Bell, Donna K. Barton, Jesse S. Laird, Christopher T. Jones
  • Publication number: 20020145537
    Abstract: A method for wirelessly transmitting data from an utility meter, such as an electric meter, is disclosed. A microprocessor housed inside an energy meter obtains readings of various power indicia, stores the readings, processes the buffer to determine an efficient means of formatting the data for transmission using a radio frequency communications link. The method examines the plurality of readings and determines if values can be communicated by transmitting an initial reading and followed by the difference of the next reading from the previous reading. A special indication is transmitted to turn ‘on’ compression and allow the receiver to propertly interpret received data. Other indicators are transmitted to turn ‘off’ compression, turn on compression for a pre-defined limited duration, or vary the range of the difference between readings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Wilfred Mueller, Roderick Michael Johnson, Dane Blackwell, Patrick C. Hamilton, Dennis M. Needham, Allan L. Scribner
  • Publication number: 20020104390
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for three-dimensional coordinate determination adapted for automotive crash repair and diagnostics includes coordinate data evaluation equipment having transmitter means and receiver means, one of which is disposed at plural locations on the vehicle and the other of which is fixed relative to the vehicle. A frame has an elongated upright member along which mounting assemblies are selectively positionable, each mounting assembly including a clamp moveably receiving a lateral member therethrough for selective lateral positioning therealong. Suction cups are fixed to one lateral member for a mounting on the vehicle and a suitable clamp is mounted on the other lateral member for attachment to the fixed part of the associated analysis equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventor: Barbara L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20020011937
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for low-power sensing and processing are provided. A method preferably includes collecting a plurality of sensor signals. The plurality of sensors include sensed data representative of at least shock and vibration. The method also includes converting the plurality of sensor signals into digital data, processing the digital data, generating a data communications protocol for communicating the digital data, and simultaneously and remotely detecting the generated communications protocol having the processed data to determined the occurrence of at least one predetermined condition. An apparatus preferably includes a low-power, data acquisition processing circuit responsive to a plurality of sensor signals representative of at least shock and vibration for acquiring and processing the sensed data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventors: Martin Tanenhaus, Robert McDowell, Tom Nelson
  • Patent number: 6262672
    Abstract: A low cost and easy to assemble communicating utility meter provides selectable measurement, calibration, display, and communications means so as to be re-configurable based on several factors including; harmonic content of the power signal measured, LCD display alternatives, time of use measurements, bandpass filter settings, power quality measurements, PLC communications alternatives, radio frequency communications alternatives, optical communications alternatives, and hard wire communications alternatives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Glen William Brooksby, Daniel David Harrison, Daniel Arthur Staver, Ertugrul Berkcan, Ralph Thomas Hoctor, Wolfgang Daum, Kenneth Brakeley Welles, II