At Remote Location Patents (Class 340/989)
  • Patent number: 10310095
    Abstract: A system comprises model generation circuitry operable to process positioning data from a plurality of positioning system receivers of a network of vehicles to generate one or more statistical models of the positions of the vehicles, wherein the positioning data is received via a plurality of mobile access points of the network of vehicles. The system also comprises positioning circuitry operable to receive a reading from a particular one of the plurality of positioning system receivers, and compensate the reading from the particular one of the plurality of positioning system receivers based on the one or more statistical models to determine a most-probable location of the particular one of the plurality of positioning system receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Moura, Roy Russell
  • Patent number: 10302442
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for displaying on a device incident reports regarding transit lines and stations. Through a map application of the device, the method of some embodiments receives an incident report regarding transit lines or stations of interest. The method displays the incident report in an incident reporting display area that is accessible on the device without opening of the map application. The incident report in some embodiments includes a set of incidents associated with the transit line or station. In some embodiments, an incident can be an incident about the overall transit line, a portion of the transit line, or stations along the transit line. A station is a location along a transit line at which a transit vehicle that travels the transit line stops. In some embodiments, the transit vehicle passengers get on or off the transit vehicle at a transit station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Usama M. Hajj, Julien Grimault, Ellis M. Verosub, Tara A. Teich
  • Patent number: 10290159
    Abstract: A vehicle has one or more accelerometers for detecting acceleration of a chassis component. One or more separate sensors are also provided in the vehicle. A controller is programmed to receive a signal indicating acceleration from the one or more accelerometers, wherein the acceleration is between a lower threshold that indicates normal vehicle operation and an upper threshold which would otherwise set off restraint devices, such as airbags for example. When the acceleration is between the thresholds, a potential-chassis-damage signal can be locally created or sent. The controller then validates the potential-chassis-damage signal based on the signals received from the separate sensors. Upon validation, the controller outputs a message to a display, such as a display screen inside the vehicle or an OBD diagnostic tool, warning a user of potential-chassis damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Hagan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10279804
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting an accident of a vehicle, the method including: receiving a movement dataset collected at least at one of a location sensor and a motion sensor arranged within the vehicle, during a time period of movement of the vehicle, extracting a set of movement features associated with at least one of a position, a velocity, and an acceleration characterizing the movement of the vehicle during the time period, detecting a vehicular accident event from processing the set of movement features with an accident detection model, and in response to detecting the vehicular accident event, automatically initiating an accident response action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayanta Pal, Bipul Islam, Romit Roy Choudhury, Pankaj Risbood, Jonathan Matus, Vishal Verma
  • Patent number: 10272927
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor configured to receive first sensor data from a sensor system of the first entity and a receiver. The receiver is configured to receive second sensor data from a second entity in the vehicle to vehicle network over a communication network and provide the second sensor data to the processor. The second sensor data comprises a first type of sensor data having a first bandwidth requirement. The processor is further configured to determine an available bandwidth of the communication system; and when the first bandwidth requirement exceeds the communication bandwidth, select a second type of sensor data having a second bandwidth requirement. The second bandwidth requirement is less than the first bandwidth requirement. The processor is further configured to process the first and second sensor data to at least partially determine an environment surrounding the first entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Holger Mahnke, Abdellatif Zanati, Michael Johannes Doescher
  • Patent number: 10248128
    Abstract: A haulage vehicle comprises: a position calculating system (220) calculating an estimated position of its own vehicle; a position range calculating unit (201b) calculating a position range which is centered around the estimated position and in which the haulage vehicle is present with a predetermined expected probability; a maximum deviation amount calculating unit (602) calculating a maximum deviation amount indicating a highest value among the amounts of deviations between a target route of the haulage vehicle and each of points included in the position range; a target vehicle-speed decision unit (603) setting a target vehicle speed of the haulage vehicle to be relatively low when the maximum deviation amount is relatively large; and a target route-tracing unit (201g) performing control for the haulage vehicle to travel along the target route in compliance with the target vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Tanaka, Shinjiro Saito, Mikio Bando, Masanori Ichinose
  • Patent number: 10250519
    Abstract: A system and method can support a distributed data structure in a distributed data grid. The distributed data grid includes a plurality of buckets, wherein each said bucket is configured with a capacity to contain a number of elements in the distributed data structure. Furthermore, the distributed data grid includes a state owner process, which is configured to hold state information for the distributed data structure and provides the state information for the distributed data structure to a client process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Keith Oliver, Jonathan Knight
  • Patent number: 10222773
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10152063
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product controls operations of a vehicle based on a condition of cargo being transported. One or more processors receive output from vehicle sensors on a first cargo vehicle, where the output from the vehicle sensors describes a movement of the first cargo vehicle. The processor(s) determine that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused cargo in the first cargo vehicle to shift beyond a predetermined amount, and transmit instructions to a second cargo vehicle to adjust initial cargo loading operations on the second cargo vehicle based on determining that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused the cargo to shift beyond the predetermined amount in the first cargo vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evelyn R. Anderson, Michael Bender, Michael Boone, Rhonda L. Childress
  • Patent number: 10110395
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a control method and a control device for an electronic device, such as a smart home device. The method includes acquiring, by a control device, personal information of participating persons to be served by the electronic device, and determining an operation mode of the electronic device based on the personal information, for the electronic device to perform a task for serving the participating persons according to the operation mode. In the present disclosure, in an example, the smart home device can perform a task according to various operation modes based on personal information of participating persons, and thus can achieve intelligent operation, meet the user's demands and improve the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Ke Wu, Xinyu Liu
  • Patent number: 10083555
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a vehicle control method of an electronic device, and the electronic device. The electronic device may include a display, a first communication circuit, a second communication circuit, one or more sensors, a memory, and a processor electrically coupled to the display, the first communication circuit, the second communication circuit, the memory, and the one or more sensors. The memory may store at least one instruction, when executed by the processor causes the electronic device to: detect a Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) value of a Radio Frequency (RF) signal received from a vehicle through the first communication circuit, convert the detected RSSI value based on deviation information stored in the memory, and transmit the RF signal including the converted RSSI value to the vehicle through the first communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong Woo, Jae Il An, Jae-Young Shin, Sehwan Choi, Hyun-Ju Hong
  • Patent number: 10054953
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product controls operations of a vehicle based on a condition of cargo being transported. One or more processors receive output from vehicle sensors on a first cargo vehicle, wherein the output from the vehicle sensors describes a movement of the first cargo vehicle. The processor(s) determine that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused cargo in the first cargo vehicle to shift beyond a predetermined amount, and instruct a second cargo vehicle to adjust operations of the second cargo vehicle based on determining that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused the cargo to shift beyond the predetermined amount in the first cargo vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evelyn R. Anderson, Michael Bender, Michael Boone, Rhonda L. Childress
  • Patent number: 10046766
    Abstract: A traction loss warning system includes a warning controller configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle and to determine a location on a route where a loss in traction of the first vehicle occurred and a vehicle controller configured to be disposed onboard a second vehicle, the vehicle controller configured to control movement of the second vehicle along the route. The warning controller also is configured to communicate a warning signal that notifies the second vehicle of the location where the loss in traction of the first vehicle occurred. The vehicle controller is configured to change the movement of second vehicle along the route during travel of the second vehicle over the location responsive to receiving the warning signal from the warning controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Lavertu, Jennifer Lynn Jackson
  • Patent number: 10037027
    Abstract: A method for determining an energy-efficient path of an autonomous device wherein said autonomous device moves over a global grid of cells into which a given operating area has been split, the method being characterized in that determination of said energy-efficient path comprises the steps of: processing of the current cell (201); taking a measurement ? of the processing (202); classifying the measurement ? to be of a particular level ? (203), taking into account a predefined division, of the measurements results range, into a plurality of measurements levels; storing said classified measurement in a memory of the autonomous device (204) and associating it with the current cell; selecting a reference probability grid (205); updating (207) the probabilities by applying the reference grid (100) to the global grid at its current position such that every cell on the reference grid (100) corresponds unambiguously to one cell on the global grid; and moving the autonomous device to a next cell of the global grid (2
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAST S.A.
    Inventor: Bartosz Dabrowski
  • Patent number: 10027706
    Abstract: To automatically identify an attempt at presenting falsified vehicle identifiers to portable devices, (i) a vehicle identifier reported by a vehicle with which the portable device is establishing a short-range communication link, and (ii) an indication of a current location of the portable device, are received from a portable device at a first time. An indication of a recent location at which the vehicle identifier was reported at a second time is obtained. The current location of the portable device is compared to the recent location of the vehicle, in view of the first time and the second time. In response to determining that the current location is not proximate to the recent reported location of the vehicle, an indication that the reported identifier is likely falsified is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Foster, Nicholas Julian Pelly, Zheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10019006
    Abstract: A planning module for a water surface vehicle can determine a vehicle trajectory that avoids one or more moving obstacles, such as civilian marine vessels, by performing a lattice-based heuristic search of a state space for the surface vehicle and selecting control action primitives from a predetermined set of control action primitives based on the search. The planning module can separate a travel space into a plurality of regions and can independently scale the control action primitives in each region based on the moving obstacles therein. The heuristic search includes evaluating a cost function at each state of the state space. The cost function can be based on at least predicted movement of the obstacles responsive to respective maneuvers performed by the surface vehicle at each node of the search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: University of Maryland, College Park
    Inventors: Brual C. Shah, Petr Svec, Satyandra K. Gupta
  • Patent number: 10013817
    Abstract: The present invention is notably directed to computerized method for detecting parking-related events from a mobile device. The latter comprising a pressure sensor and a peak detection module. The method comprises: monitoring pressure sensor data from the pressure sensor, the pressure sensor data representative of a pressure variation over a period of time; and comparing the monitored pressure sensor data with reference pressure data corresponding to pressure variations over time as occurring inside a vehicle when, on the one hand, opening a door and, on the other hand, closing a door of this vehicle, to detect a corresponding pressure variation in the monitored pressure sensor data, in order to determine whether a vehicle has parked or has started, wherein the steps of monitoring and comparing are performed by the peak detection module, in the vehicle. The present invention is further directed to related devices and computer program products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sensirion AG
    Inventors: David Hasenfratz, Moritz Koehler, Michel Kinzer
  • Patent number: 10013705
    Abstract: A system, method and article of manufacture are provided for a first business entity to provide a network-based supply chain framework for collaborative order management between at least a second and a third independent business entity, such as a service provider, vendor, reseller, manufacturer and the like. A request for an order is received over a network with an automated system, from at least a second business entity. The order is transmitted over a network, with an automated system, to at least the third business entity. Information is received from the third business entity relating to a status of completion of the order by the third business entity using a network. The progress in completing the order is tracked based on the information received from the third business entity. Progress reports from the tracking are generated periodically; and transmitted to the second business entity using the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventor: Michael G. Mikurak
  • Patent number: 9965960
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for providing an indicator of a direction between a requester and a transportation vehicle. For example, the systems and methods described herein can provide a dynamic digital compass from the current orientation of a requester client device to the location of a transportation vehicle. For example, the systems and methods described herein can determine a location of a requester client device, a location of a transportation vehicle, and an orientation of the requester client device. The systems and methods can also utilize the location of the requester client device, the location of the transportation vehicle, and the orientation of the requester client device to identify a direction from the requester client device to the transportation vehicle relative to the current orientation of the requester client device and provide a digital compass to indicate the direction to the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventor: Nathan McDavitt-Van Fleet
  • Patent number: 9958872
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product controls operations of a vehicle based on a condition of cargo being transported. One or more processors receive output from cargo sensors and cameras on a first cargo vehicle. The processor(s) determine that the cargo has shifted beyond a calculated risk amount in the first cargo vehicle based on the output from the cargo sensors and cameras based on historical trips. The processor(s) determine that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused the cargo to shift beyond the calculated risk amount in the first cargo vehicle, and instructs a second cargo vehicle to adjust operations of the second cargo vehicle based on determining that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused the cargo to shift beyond the calculated risk amount in the first cargo vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evelyn R. Anderson, Michael Bender, Michael Boone, Rhonda L. Childress
  • Patent number: 9944501
    Abstract: There is provided a computer program product, a mobile device capable of wireless communications and method for a mobile device capable of wireless communications with a payload handling apparatus for handling payload in a payload handling area. A message from the payload handling apparatus is received and on the basis of the received message it is determined when the mobile device is within the payload handling area of the payload handling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tuomo Härkönen, Tuomas Martinkallio
  • Patent number: 9949104
    Abstract: A crash detection system is disclosed that utilizes a mobile computing device to detect a vehicular accident via one or more sensors integrated into the mobile computing device. The system monitors the sensor metrics measured by one or more sensors and generates an event sensor profile that may include the plurality of sensor metrics and additional status data, such as an indication of whether the mobile computing device was located within a vehicle when the event occurred. By comparing the plurality of sensor metrics to other crash sensor metrics, a determination may be made whether the event requires emergency assistance, which may be confirmed by determining whether the data included in the event sensor profile meets one or more exception conditions. If the event requires emergency assistance and an exception condition is not met, the mobile computing device may place a call to the appropriate emergency response personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Shawn M. Call, Michael Shawn Jacob, Scott T. Christensen, Jackie O. Jordan, II, Gregory Dwayne Carter, Shawn C. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9910433
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely operating a vehicle system are provided. A system is provided herein that includes a radio frequency (RF) circuit configured to establish a plurality of bi-directional communication links with a plurality of remote vehicle systems, and a controller circuit communicatively coupled to the RF circuit. The controller circuit is configured to obtain operational data from the plurality of remote vehicle systems, determine operation statuses of the remote vehicle systems based on the operational data relative to one or more predetermined thresholds, display on a display the operation statuses of the plurality of remote vehicle systems, and transmit a control signal along a first bi-directional communication link of the plurality of bi-directional communication links to the first remote vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Samuel William Golden, Jared Klineman Cooper, Scott William Dulmage
  • Patent number: 9909897
    Abstract: For a route server that generates route data for a route between a starting location and a destination location on a map, a method of compressing the route data that includes a maneuvering instruction for each of a plurality of junctures from the starting location to the destination location of the route is described. For a maneuvering instruction for each juncture of the route, the method determines whether the maneuvering instruction for the juncture is needed at a route client that is to receive the route data. When the maneuvering instruction for a particular juncture is determined not to be needed at the route client, the method modifies the route data by removing the maneuvering instruction for the particular juncture from the route data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Gaurang R. Khetan, J. Paul McCabe, Nils Stefan Daniel Bengtsson, Uros Prestor
  • Patent number: 9903730
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for transmitting a selected route of travel associated with a user equipment to allow the user of the user equipment to arrive at the destination location on time, where the route is based on a determined departure time for a predetermined arrival time at a selected destination location. Additionally, the determination is based on the current location of the user equipment and real-time data pertaining to the selected destination location, where the real-time data comprises detected changes in surrounding environments at the selected destination location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Tamerat S. Berhe, Bennett Jackson, Natnael S. Berhe
  • Patent number: 9858542
    Abstract: A method includes: a computer receiving historical data from at least one service vehicle; the computer receiving network definitions for the least one service vehicle; the computer receiving dynamic data from the at least one service vehicle; and the computer developing predictions and corrective actions to prevent service bunching, based upon the historical data, the network definitions, and the dynamic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Calabrese, Rahul Nair, Fabio Pinelli
  • Patent number: 9854061
    Abstract: A system comprises a processor configured to subscribe to a broadcast of vehicle-related state changes. The processor is also configured to detect at least one vehicle-related state change in the broadcast that triggers an application launch and launch an application corresponding to the detected vehicle related state change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Yimin Liu, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Joe Phillip Pierucci
  • Patent number: 9830823
    Abstract: A system for identifying hazardous driving behaviors is presented. Position and motion data from a plurality of vehicles are uploaded to a data center. For each vehicle, the system computes a set of hazard metric for identifying hazardous driving behaviors based on the position and motion information received from the plurality of vehicles. A hazardous vehicle is identified based on the computed hazard metric for the plurality of vehicles. The system reports a set of information regarding the hazardous vehicle to an agency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy J. Chainer, Gerard McVicker, Pritish R. Parida
  • Patent number: 9799226
    Abstract: A route point setting device sets route points on a flight route from a first point to a second point. The device includes: a grid divider that divides map information, including the first and second points, into cells in grid form on a horizontal plane; a cell route setter that sets a cell route including consecutive cells between the first and second points; a calculator that calculates a bending angle of the cell route at each cell on the cell route; and a route point setter that performs comparing the bending angle at any cell calculated by the calculator, with the bending angles at two cells adjacent to the any cell and respectively ahead of and behind the any cell on the cell route, and setting the any cell as a cell route point according to a predetermined expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuma Mizutani, Yasuhiko Yanase
  • Patent number: 9785896
    Abstract: A method includes: a computer receiving historical data from at least one service vehicle; the computer receiving network definitions for the least one service vehicle; the computer receiving dynamic data from the at least one service vehicle; and the computer developing predictions and corrective actions to prevent service bunching, based upon the historical data, the network definitions, and the dynamic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Calabrese, Rahul Nair, Fabio Pinelli
  • Patent number: 9753700
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: identifying a map-based application for enhancement, identifying a configuration file defining one or more application parts for enhancing the map-based application, the one or more application parts associated with a second application, and incorporating the one or more application parts from the identified configuration file into the map-based application. In some instances, incorporating the one or more application parts into the map-based application includes identifying a symbol associated with each of the one or more application parts, accessing data from the second application associated with each of the one or more application parts, and inserting an instance of the symbol for each application part based on the accessed data from the second application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ralf M. Rath, Uwe Reimitz, Ulrich Roegelein, Juergen Gatter, Martina Gozlinski, Wolfgang G. Mueller, Dimitar Vangelovski, Siegfried Peisl
  • Patent number: 9733363
    Abstract: Devices and methods are directed to estimating a position of the device/user using a delta range measurement (DRM) module to measure a range difference between first and second range values for first and second time instants based on, e.g., carrier phase measurements. The time period between the first and second time instants may be greater than a periodic interval at which a new phase value is sampled. This architecture of the DRM module provides extended delta ranges values which also overlap in time, enabling a combination of improved dilution of precision and keeping fast generation of delta range values suitable for use in continuous filtering. A filter, e.g., a Kalman filter, may be used compute current estimates of two positions, or a combination of a position and a position difference, of the device based at least on the range difference and a priori estimate(s) of the position(s) of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Tomer Dahan
  • Patent number: 9716971
    Abstract: A method of inspecting equipment of a power system can involve identifying a geographical area including a presumed faulty piece of equipment with a central computer system of the power system; determining a contact (e.g., a person) at the geographical area; sending a request for inspecting local equipment in the geographical area to the person; taking a picture, by the person, of a piece of local equipment; transmitting the picture to the central computer system; and evaluating at the central computer system, whether the piece of local equipment in the picture is faulty or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Olivier Steiger, Yannick Maret, Eric Harper, Martin Naedele, Michal Orkisz
  • Patent number: 9697485
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for the organization, management, and graphical display of multiple logically related entities. In some embodiments, the systems and methods provide the real-time display of status and location information for a fleet of tracked vehicles. In some embodiments, the systems and methods permit the automatic clustering of assets based on a user's view of an underlying map. In some embodiments, the assets are vehicles that are a part of a managed fleet. In some embodiments, the assets are logically arranged into clusters of like assets. In some embodiments, the clusters provide graphical indications of status or class information of their underlying assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Telogis, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph James Mason, Jason Mathew Koch
  • Patent number: 9633327
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for tracking one or more items. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method for tracking an item. The method may include periodically detecting sensor information of an item by a sensor device. The method may also include periodically transmitting the sensor information by the sensor device. The method may also include receiving the sensor information at a tracking center, storing the sensor information in a database, and reviewing the stored sensor information. The method may further include using the stored sensor information to update shipment information for a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Hamm, Miley E. Ainsworth
  • Patent number: 9602188
    Abstract: A support system (1) for traffic support of ships (20a, 20b, 21a, 21b), having AIS ship reception units for receiving AIS radio signals containing ship traffic data, is characterized in that at least one flight object (2) is provided, comprising at least one AIS flight transmission unit (3), which is designed to transmit AIS radio signals containing ship traffic data inside an AIS transmission range (10) in such a manner that the transmitted AIS radio signals can be received by the ships (20a, 20b, 21a, 21b) located inside the AIS transmission range (10) by means of their respective AIS ship reception units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventors: Joerg Behrens, Birgit Suhr, Lars-Christian Hauer
  • Patent number: 9586511
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dumping work determination system for a haulage vehicle provided with a body frame, a vessel and a drive mechanism for selective raising or lowering of the vessel. The system is applicable to the vehicle to determine a state of loading in the vessel in dumping work, and includes a body frame speed detector, a tilted state detector, a shake detector, and a payload-stuck state determination unit. Based on signals from the detectors, the unit determines whether or not the state of loading is a payload-stuck state. Specifically, the unit determines the payload-stuck state when the speed of the body frame is detected to have reached lower than a predetermined speed, the vessel is detected to have tilted to a predetermined position, and a state where the vessel can be considered to have no longer produced shakes is detected by the shake detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Terada, Shinjiro Saito, Wataru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9583000
    Abstract: A travel reporter system is used to report abnormal travel events. In use, a sensor mounted on a vehicle obtains real-time data about an object near the vehicle. The object has an object type which is identified by processing the real-time data with an object recognition subsystem of the travel reporter system. An event evaluation subsystem of the travel reporter system processes the real-time data and the object type in order to determine that the object is associated with an abnormal travel event. The abnormal travel event has an event type which is processed by an event notification subsystem of the travel reporter system in order to select a first information consumer type. The event notification subsystem reports the abnormal travel event to information consumers having the first information consumer type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Longxiang Gao, Xi Liang, Xing Zhi Sun, Jianbin Tang, Yini Wang, Ziyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9528843
    Abstract: A client navigation system establishes a wireless connection to a navigation server on a computer network. The client requests a route by uploading start and destination specifications. The server calculates an optimal route based on real-time data available on the network. A generic natural language description is used to specify the optimal route downloaded to the client. The natural language description is a plain text description for each link using pre-defined generic terms. The client interprets the route, interfaces with the local mapping data and reconstructs the optimal route. The route is subsequently displayed and highlighted on the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Infogation Corporation
    Inventors: Kent Qing Pu, Hui Henry Li
  • Patent number: 9507885
    Abstract: Computer based methods and systems for evaluating different building designs are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method involves generating a first set of different building massing configurations using a shape grammar, storing the generated first set of different building massing configurations in a building massing library, reducing the first set of different building massing configurations according to a parameter search to form a second set of different building massing configurations, the second set being a subset of the first set, and using the second set of different building massing configurations to evaluate an aspect of a building system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ADITAZZ, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Yu, Deepak Aatresh, Sungmin Kim
  • Patent number: 9483886
    Abstract: A method to learn and then pair with a pre-installed access control system of a vehicle is discussed. Communication is exchanged between the access control system and a backend cloud-based system. Required data of the access control system including its particular authentication code is extracted by a learning device. A vehicle matching data is sent to the backend cloud-based system and the vehicle is registered with the backend cloud-based system. The learning device is registered to the access control system in accordance with learning procedures implemented in the vehicle as remote entry key. The learning device is coupled to a Radio Frequency signal transmitter that has Application-Specific Integrated Circuits to generate stable RF signals at multiple frequency wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nikolas Bergerhoff, Ritesh Ahuja, Adrian Radu, Tejas Desai, Herbert Froitzheim, Yao Zhai, Robert Obermaier
  • Patent number: 9472098
    Abstract: A travel reporter system is used to report abnormal travel events. In use, a sensor mounted on a vehicle obtains real-time data about an object near the vehicle. The object has an object type which is identified by processing the real-time data with an object recognition subsystem of the travel reporter system. An event evaluation subsystem of the travel reporter system processes the real-time data and the object type in order to determine that the object is associated with an abnormal travel event. The abnormal travel event has an event type which is processed by an event notification subsystem of the travel reporter system in order to select a first information consumer type. The event notification subsystem reports the abnormal travel event to information consumers having the first information consumer type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Longxiang Gao, Xi Liang, Xing Zhi Sun, Jianbin Tang, Yini Wang, Ziyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9449276
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a graphical model-driven system includes a graphical knowledge pattern system coupled to a modeler interface. The graphical knowledge pattern system has a graphical knowledge pattern library for the storage of a plurality of graphical knowledge patterns that are configured to classify information according to one or more information related criteria. The modeler interface is operable to receive a request for information from the user interface and retrieve information from one or more knowledge based systems according to one or more information related criteria of a particular graphical knowledge pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ethan Hadar
  • Patent number: 9406153
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for positioning point-of-interest (POI) data in a planar panorama image, generated from a plurality of relatively sequential images. First POI data with a first geo-location and second POI data with a second geo-location can be received for the planar panorama image, and first and second data tags can be created that respectively comprise at least some of the first and second POI data. A cluster geo-location may be identified for the first and second data tags based at least upon the first and second geo-locations, and the first and second data tags can be clustered at the cluster geo-location in the planar panorama image. The first and second data tags can be re-clustered (e.g., moved around) and displayed at different locations within the planar panorama image in response to a zoom operation, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Williams, Timothy Wantland, Gonzalo Ramos, Peter G. Sibley
  • Patent number: 9332389
    Abstract: A disclosed detector estimates the wireless terminal as being indoors or outdoors by utilizing information that includes measurement report data from previous calls involving both i) wireless terminals that are known to have been indoors and ii) wireless terminals that are known to have been outdoors while the measurement report data was collected. Based on this call data, one or more classification features are computed in accordance with the illustrative embodiment of the present invention. Then, for a wireless terminal that is to be classified during a call and with respect to the terminal being either indoors or outdoors, features that are representative of that wireless terminal for the call are evaluated against a characterization that is a composite of one or more previously-computed classification features. The features that are representative of the wireless terminal can be derived from the measurement reports received from the wireless terminal during the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Polaris Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. De Lorenzo, Ahmed Ahmedin
  • Patent number: 9277586
    Abstract: A method for maintaining network lifetime of a wireless network in wireless communication system, the network including a plurality of device nodes. Selected ones of the wireless nodes have assigned roles in the wireless network. To improve and maintain network lifetime the method includes determining a below threshold operating condition of a first sensor node assigned to a first role and re-assigning the first role to another second node in said network. In other aspects of the invention a method, system and a computer program for carrying out the method are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Pal Orten, Frank Reichenbach
  • Patent number: 9230432
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calculating the health of an intersection, including lane-level impacts, using traffic data obtained from the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: MetroTech Net, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Donovan, Christian Kotscher, Andrew Edwin Brimer
  • Patent number: 9232356
    Abstract: A locator system and method of use is disclosed. The locator system may be used to receive radiolocation signals, calculate location data based on the radiolocation signals, and send the current location data over a telecommunication network to a server computer. A client may request the location data from the server computer and the server may send the location data to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Bryan Holland
  • Patent number: 9196143
    Abstract: The invention discloses a mobile device for monitoring a vehicle path. The mobile device includes a setting module, a satellite-positioning module, a determination module, and an alarm module. The setting module is configured to set a preset route from a starting point to a destination. The satellite-positioning module is configured to receive a satellite-positioning signal. When the mobile device is located in a vehicle, the determination module is configured to determine whether the vehicle is driving along the preset route based on the satellite-positioning signal. When the vehicle deviates from the preset route for a default alarming time, the alarm module is configured to perform an alarm action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventor: Jyun-Naih Lin
  • Patent number: 9171470
    Abstract: A wireless tracking device including a positioning system for determining a location of the device and a processor connected to the positioning system. The wireless tracking device further including a wireless radio connected to the processor for transmitting the location of the device across a wireless area network. A vehicle monitoring system including a sensor, a microcontroller configured to receive a sensor input from the sensor and determine a vehicle condition data, and a wireless transmitter in communication with the microcontroller. The wireless transmitter is configured to transmit the vehicle condition data to a remote data network access point. A method of monitoring a vehicle including determining a status of the vehicle, locating an available wireless data network access point, and transmitting the status of the vehicle though the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Ryan W. Woodings