Position Indication Transmitted At Periodic Intervals (e.g., Distance Travelled) Patents (Class 340/992)
  • Patent number: 10319232
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for determining a scaled flow rate of traffic for a road segment. For example, probe flow rate information is determined based upon locational information from one or more probe vehicles on a road segment (e.g., a flow rate of probe vehicles corresponding to a sum of probe vehicles identified from time stamped global positioning system coordinates provided by the probe vehicles). Satellite imagery of the road segment is analyzed to identify a count of vehicles on the road segment. Scale factor and offset information is estimated based upon the probe flow rate information and the count of vehicles. The scale factor and offset information is used to scale the probe flow rate information to determine a scaled flow rate that may be a relatively accurate flow rate of traffic, which may correspond to an inferred traffic volume along the road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INRIX INC.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Scofield
  • Patent number: 10271246
    Abstract: A mobile communication handover method which takes into account information about special equipment of the mobile telephone network subscriber station during a handover process for the mobile telephone network subscriber station wherein information about special equipment of the mobile telephone network subscriber station is transmitted from the mobile telephone network subscriber station to a mobile telephone network management unit, which takes the information about the special equipment into account during the handover process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Hehn, Ernst Zielinski, Steffen Schmitz, Andreas Kwoczek, Teodor Buburuzan, Roman Alieiev
  • Patent number: 9945954
    Abstract: GBAS includes reference receivers, processing module, and communication device. Processing module checks GNSS satellite measurements to determine proximity of GNSS satellite measurement's IPP to IGPs derived from SBAS geostationary satellites. Processing module determines that GNSS satellite measurement is safe for mitigation using overbounded Vertical Ionosphere Gradient standard deviation sigma-vig (?vig) when IGPs possess acceptable GIVE values. Processing module determines whether number of GNSS satellite measurements determined safe for mitigation using ?vig are able to produce VPL that meets VAL required for precision approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: James Arthur McDonald, Tom Jakel, Kim A. Class
  • Patent number: 9903721
    Abstract: A method for transferring a route of a trip identified by departure and destination which are calculated by a server to a third terminal, according to one embodiment of the present invention, is performed by a terminal, and the departure is a position of the third terminal defined as an identifier (Id) of the third terminal, and the destination is a current position of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Choi, Hongbeom Ahn
  • Patent number: 9834238
    Abstract: A transporting vehicle system includes a prohibited travel zone setter that sets a first prohibited travel zone where entry of a travelling vehicle is prohibited, an additional prohibited travel zone setter that sets a second prohibited travel zone upstream of the first prohibited travel zone according to rules, and a transporting vehicle controller that controls a transporting vehicle to prevent the vehicle from entering the first prohibited travel zone or the second prohibited travel zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazumi Harasaki
  • Patent number: 9829334
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a method for journey planning including receiving a journey planning request, the journey planning request having an origin and a destination in a transportation network. The method also includes calculating an optimized journey plan by identifying a plurality of routes through the transportation network from the origin to the destination and determining an uncertainty associated with each of the plurality of routes. Calculating an optimized journey plan also includes evaluating a robustness of each of the plurality of routes to the uncertainty associated with each of the plurality of routes and selecting the optimized journey plan based on the journey planning request and the robustness of each of the plurality of routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michele Berlingerio, Adi I. Botea, Eric P. Bouillet, Francesco Calabrese, Lea A. Deleris, Donna L. Gresh, Olivier Verscheure
  • Patent number: 9816831
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a route reconstructing a track through a navigable network in an area covered by an electronic map is disclosed, wherein the track is represented by an ordered series of point locations. One or more of the point locations are selected and an area is defined and associated with each of the one or more selected point locations. The ordered series of point locations and the defined areas are used to determine a plurality of polylines, and, for each of the polylines, a first route is generated based on the respective polyline. A second route is generated through each of the defined areas connecting the respective first generated routes. The route reconstructing the track comprises the generated first routes and the one or more generated second routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TomTom Navigation B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Robert Fischer, Jan-Ole Sasse, Sven Grothklags
  • Patent number: 9685078
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for determining a scaled flow rate of traffic for a road segment. For example, probe flow rate information is determined based upon locational information from one or more probe vehicles on a road segment (e.g., a flow rate of probe vehicles corresponding to a sum of probe vehicles identified from time stamped global positioning system coordinates provided by the probe vehicles). Satellite imagery of the road segment is analyzed to identify a count of vehicles on the road segment. Scale factor and offset information is estimated based upon the probe flow rate information and the count of vehicles. The scale factor and offset information is used to scale the probe flow rate information to determine a scaled flow rate that may be a relatively accurate flow rate of traffic, which may correspond to an inferred traffic volume along the road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: INRIX INC.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Scofield
  • Patent number: 9681464
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data in a wireless network comprises categorizing the data into at least two categories, each category being associated with a respective priority, directing the categorized data to a first base station and a second base station according to the respective priorities and respective access characteristics of each base station and transmitting the categorized data from the first base station and the second base station to a mobile station via associated bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventor: Chie-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 9642028
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for testing of wireless devices. In one aspect there is provided a method. The method may include receiving, at a user equipment, location information provided by a network node (306); generating, by the user equipment, a report including at least one measurement and the received location information linked to the at least one measurement; and sending, by the user equipment, the report to the network node, the report including the at least one measurement and the received location information (320). Related apparatus, systems, methods, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jussi-Pekka Koskinen, Jarkko Koskela, Esa Fredriksson
  • Patent number: 9605415
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a machine at a work site includes a prime mover, a ground-engaging drive mechanism to propel the machine, and a plurality of sensors. A controller generates propulsion commands to propel the machine about the work site in an autonomous or semi-autonomous manner and determines a plurality of performance characteristics of the machine. The controller further determines whether the plurality of performance characteristics meet a plurality of performance thresholds and generates an alert command if any of the plurality of performance characteristics do not meet the plurality of performance thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thandava K. Edara, Michael Taylor, Mo Wei, Troy K. Becicka, Daniel Stanek
  • Patent number: 9593522
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling the position of a land vehicle door is provided. The system includes a mobile communication device supported on the vehicle for movement therewith and a hand-held communication device such as a key fob including a motion sensor operative to provide motion signals as a function of motions made by a pedestrian carrying the hand-held device. Control logic is coupled to the devices and is operative to detect a sequence of step motions made by the pedestrian carrying an authorized hand-held device when the pedestrian carrying the authorized hand-held device is located within a predetermined, short range of the mobile device and to generate a door-opening control signal based on command data contained within a command signal transmitted by the hand-held device and/or when the control logic recognizes the detected sequence of step motions as a door-opening pedestrian command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: JVIS-USA, LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Murar, Darius J. Preisler, David R. Syrowik
  • Patent number: 9552729
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes determining whether real-time vehicle location information deviates from at least one of historical real-time vehicle location information or scheduled vehicle location information. The exemplary method further includes generating scheduling information for a user based on user data and the public transportation data, determining that the real-time vehicle location information deviates from at least one of the historical real-time vehicle location information or the scheduled vehicle location information by more than a threshold deviation, and updating the scheduling information for the user based on the user data, the public transportation data, and the determined deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Gontmakher, Frederick Peter Brewin, Noam Ben Haim
  • Patent number: 9511842
    Abstract: There are disclosed arrangements for tracking ships and other vessels to provide best estimate of vessel track, which can be used, for example, as part of a vessel compliance process or tool. Coordinate messages from different types of transceivers (AIS, L-band, etc.), located on board a vessel are used. A confidence level may be assigned to each coordinate message dependent on the identity of the indicated transceiver, the indicated geographical position, and other factors. Measures of performance of the transceivers may be generated and used in coordinating transceiver control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Pole Star Space Applications Limited
    Inventors: Julian Longson, Ejber Ozkan, Sebastian Phelps
  • Patent number: 9510143
    Abstract: A software LBS trigger is initiated by a wireless device to request a set of proximate location information points relating to, e.g., points of interest, location tagged blogs, etc., based on the user's current location. The LBS trigger may be initiated when the user moves, and may include speed of the user to define a proximate area within which the user's device will be presented with relevant location information upon reaching. The size of the proximate area may be based on available memory in the wireless device, and/or on network bandwidth limitations. If walking, a smaller proximate area is defined, or if moving fast, the area of close proximity is larger. The location-based information points are stored locally on the user's device, and presentation to the user when the user gets closely proximate to the relevant information point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunications Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Drew Morin
  • Patent number: 9460614
    Abstract: To ascertain traffic status data, a speed of a vehicle is acquired multiple times at predefined time intervals. The respective acquired speed is assigned to a first speed range when the respective acquired speed of the vehicle is greater than at least one predefined speed threshold. Furthermore, a first count is increased when the respective acquired speed is assigned to the first speed range. The respective acquired speed is assigned to a second speed range when the respective acquired speed of the vehicle is less than the at least one speed threshold, and a second count is increased when the respective acquired speed is assigned to the second speed range, wherein a holding phase is recognized while the respective acquired speed has a speed value in a predefined range around the value zero once or multiple times in succession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Wiebel, Heidrun Belzner, Christian Gerstberger, Markus Gassner
  • Patent number: 9413495
    Abstract: A delayed acknowledgement transmission method and an apparatus are provided for improving communication performance of a system and a terminal by delaying an ACKnowledgement (ACK) transmission of the terminal in a handover procedure. The method includes transmitting an acknowledgement corresponding to a segment immediately upon receipt of the segment, detecting a delay condition event which is triggered when a difference between a signal strength of the source base station and a neighboring base station is equal to or greater than a predefined offset, calculating a delay value for delaying acknowledgement transmission corresponding to the segment received after detecting the delay condition event, and transmitting the segment received after the detection of the delay condition event by delaying by as much as a time corresponding to the delay value. The apparatus is capable of avoiding a router's performance degradation and reducing a packet transmission delay and packet loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei Univ.
    Inventors: Jungsoo Jung, Youngyong Kim, Woojin Ahn, Gangjin Yoon
  • Patent number: 9396654
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an in-vehicle traffic information notification device which, even when it is difficult to specify a traveling route of an own car, can notify adequate traffic information to users. A passage probability calculator of the traffic information notification device calculates a passage probability which is a probability that the own car passes an occurrence position of each traffic hazard obtained by a traffic information receiver, based on a current position of the own car detected by a current position detector and traveling history data stored in a traveling history data storage. A display unit and a sound output unit notify occurrence information of the traffic hazard to the user by a mode corresponding to the passage probability of the traffic hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shotaro Yoshioka, Makoto Oi, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Patent number: 9329043
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system having mileage mechanism includes providing a subtotal mileage for a previous location reading along a route; calculating an incremental mileage at a current location reading from the previous location reading; and calculating a total mileage based on the subtotal mileage and the incremental mileage for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: FleetCor Technologies Operating Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jinsong Hu
  • Patent number: 9215311
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a mobile electronic device includes a communication unit, and a control unit. The communication unit communicates with a server that causes a terminal to display a virtual object associated with position information in such a way that the virtual object is superimposed on an image captured by the terminal. When a position of the mobile electronic device changes, the control unit generates mark information based on the changed position. The control unit causes the communication unit to transmit the generated mark information, as the position information, to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nayu Nomachi
  • Patent number: 9041561
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling power usage of a reporting device associated with an asset is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method determines whether the reporting device is in a sleep mode or an active mode and in response to determining the reporting device is in the sleep mode, the method maintains the sleep mode and in response to determining a state change associated with the reporting device, the method powers up the reporting device to the active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Daniel John Wallace, Doug Eggert, Curt Conquest
  • Patent number: 8976044
    Abstract: A transit stop destination sign is provided that communicates wirelessly with a central transit system server over a wireless network, determines its GPS location and provides the same to the central transit system server, and provides both an updated visual destination sign display as well as an audio button for visually impaired that provides updated destination information in a natural language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Luminator Holding, L.P.
    Inventors: Safavi Ramin, Scott R. Watters, Marty Masias
  • Patent number: 8965599
    Abstract: A passive entry passive start (PEPS) vehicle security system configured to activate a vehicle function when an activation signal is received. The system includes a nomadic device configured to detect a change of a magnetic field relative to the nomadic device, and emit an activation signal only if the change corresponds to walking by an operator carrying the nomadic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hawes, Todd P. Oman
  • Patent number: 8914226
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and programs access map information including link information related to links that constitute a road, acquire a current location of a vehicle at unit time intervals, and acquire traffic information, which includes a distributed traffic congestion level of each link at predetermined time intervals. Each time the vehicle exits a link, the devices, methods, and programs sequentially store the exited link in an exited link train based on the map information. If the traffic information has been received, the devices, methods, and program store the distributed traffic congestion level included in the received traffic information as a traffic congestion level in association with a portion of the exited link train within a range from the current location at a received time point when the traffic information has been received to a location that is a predetermined distance behind the current location at the received time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Miyajima, Satoshi Hirano, Kiyokazu Okada
  • Patent number: 8898014
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: setting a delivery range for establishing a boundary; detecting a current location relative to the delivery range to a destination with the current location for locating a device; generating a travel route from the current location to the destination; selecting a delivery mode based on whether the current location is within the delivery range; and generating a local notification based on activating the delivery mode for displaying on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Matthew Witkemper
  • Patent number: 8831883
    Abstract: A method is provided for outputting navigation instructions in a motor vehicle having a navigation system and a head-up display. Graphical navigation instructions are output in at least three instruction categories which differ substantially in terms of the graphical level of detail of the particular navigation instruction, the instruction category being selected based on the distance between the motor vehicle and an action point for the navigation maneuver. Navigation instructions in the category for short distances include a perspective lane-exact representation of a map section relevant to the navigation maneuver in the head-up display, a first driving line which is proposed by the navigation system is depicted in the map section in a lane-exact manner by way of a first graphical line object and an alternative second driving line is also depicted in a lane-exact manner by way of a second graphical line object differing from the first line object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marc Breisinger, Josef Schumann, Robertus Mariet
  • Patent number: 8818340
    Abstract: In a method data are collected about users of mobile telephones which are present within a plurality of defined cells between two specified points in time. For this purpose a list of telephone numbers of mobile telephones is retrieved from a data base, which mobile telephones were located in the defined cells between the two specified points in time. The list of telephone numbers is converted into unique numbers to avoid violation of privacy. Subsequently, the cells are defined in which the housing locations of the users of these mobile telephones are situated. This is effected by sending non-noticeable text messages to mobile telephones on various days at a number of different points in time at which most people are expected to be at home. Based on these text messages the locations of the mobile telephones are established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Wim Steenhakkers
  • Patent number: 8818396
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for estimating a geographical position corresponding to an event associated with operation of a wireless device communicating in a wireless communications network. The time and distance between the occurrence of the event and the related time and speed of the wireless device of at least one of a first and second location fix, respectively measured before and after the event, are analyzed. The first and second location fixes having Quality of Service (QoS) adjusted such that the resulting fixes are based at least partly on terrestrial wireless communication measurements. These analyses include comparing those metrics to predetermined time thresholds to validate a geographic position and, in some instances, determine a preferred geographic position to associate with the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenny Fok, Eric Chi Chung Yip
  • Publication number: 20140218219
    Abstract: A travel distance measurement device includes a transmitting antenna that is disposed in a vehicle and emits a transmission signal, as a radio wave, toward a ground surface, a receiving antenna that is disposed in the vicinity of the transmitting antenna, and receives a radio wave reflected from the ground surface and acquires a reflection signal, a distance calculator (an IQ demodulator and a phase conversion integrator) that calculates the travel distance of the vehicle on the basis of the acquired reflection signal, a gyro sensor that measures a predetermined parameter regarding curve traveling of the vehicle, and a correcting operation unit that corrects the calculated travel distance on the basis of the measured parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Inomata, Wataru Tsujita, Kazuhiro Tahara, Seiya Nagashima
  • Patent number: 8768604
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product which normalizes GPS data obtained from multiple vehicles. At a server, GPS information is received from first and second vehicles in first and second formats. The GPS data is normalized for synchronized display of positions of the first and second vehicles, and transmitted to a computer in order to display simultaneously the synchronized positions of the first and second vehicles. An end user of the system may search for GPS logs of other people and simultaneously display the information resulting from the search with his or her own GPS information. The system may also provide for an automatic upload from a mobile device of the GPS data captured on a circuit or other location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Tomasz R. Klimek
  • Patent number: 8760320
    Abstract: A communication apparatus is installed in a vehicle. A time information obtaining unit obtains a current time. A state information obtaining unit repeatedly obtains state information representing a state of an own vehicle at the current time. An own vehicle information generating unit estimates predicted arrival positions at specific times between the current time and a specified time, and repeatedly generates own vehicle information including the current position and the predicted arrival positions. An information transmitting unit transmits the own vehicle information. An information storage unit stores the own vehicle information into a first storage section as past own vehicle information. The information transmitting unit obtains an information coincidence degree representing the degree of the coincidence between current own vehicle information and the past own vehicle information, and transmits the current own vehicle information if the information coincidence degree is less than a specified threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Kosai, Kenji Mutou
  • Patent number: 8754789
    Abstract: A power manager for mobile applications using location based services. Generally described, the system and method manages power of a wireless device by adjusting the sampling rate of mobile applications that use location based services. In one illustrative embodiment, the power can be managed by establishing a schedule. The schedule can include settings such as a start time, end time, interval, and duration. These settings can be used to establish a window of time whereby multiple location samplings can take place. The schedule can minimize the user's involvement on a continual basis by allowing manual and automatic scheduling. The power manager can include, but is not limited to, three features to provide better power management for the wireless device. These can include scheduling for location sampling, automatic and learned scheduling, and frequency and duration dynamic modification. Through the power manager, the power supply on the wireless device can be maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Midtun, Dave Anderson
  • Patent number: 8754788
    Abstract: Provided is a communication device mounted in a vehicle or disposed at the roadside, which can adaptively and efficiently manage positional information relating to directly communicable surrounding in-vehicle communication devices and surrounding roadside communication devices and can stably transmit information to a specified communication destination even when the positional relationship between vehicles frequently changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8723698
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for identifying overlapping areas. For example, in one embodiment, telematics data can be collected as vehicles traverse various geographic areas. Then, the areas traversed by the vehicles can be displayed to identify overlapping areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 8692692
    Abstract: A system and computer program product for identifying a potential vehicle incident within a communication black spot. It is identified when a vehicle has entered a communication black spot. It is further identified when the vehicle has failed to exit the communication black spot within a determined time period. It is then determined whether it is likely that the vehicle has failed to exit the communication black spot within the determined time period due to being involved in an incident (or whether there is another reasonable explanation for a vehicle's failure to exit). If it is determined that it is likely that the vehicle has been involved in an incident within the communication black spot, a third party can be alerted (by a service provider) to the potential that an incident has occurred within the communication black spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon E. Burns, Nicholas C. Maynard, Alasdair Nottingham
  • Patent number: 8682570
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and computer program products for implementing condition alert services are provided. A method includes receiving information elements from a source that identify a condition, aggregating the information elements from the source with information elements from other sources that identify the same condition, and creating a composite file that includes the aggregated information elements representing each of the sources. The method also includes generating a condition alert from the composite file and transmitting the condition alert to a recipient communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven Tischer
  • Patent number: 8626361
    Abstract: A system includes an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configured to be equipped with data representing a first UAV flight plan, and a ground station configured to control the UAV. The ground station is operable to receive, at a first time, a first data set representing at least one flight path of at least one aircraft, calculate a second UAV flight plan to avoid the at least one flight path of the at least one aircraft, the second UAV flight plan being based on the data representing the first UAV flight plan and the first data set representing at least one flight path of the at least one aircraft, and transmit data representing the second UAV flight plan to the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Derick Lucas Gerlock
  • Patent number: 8606431
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method capable of reducing a communication cost for tracking a location of construction equipment by controlling a transmission cycle of locational information of the construction equipment. To this end, the present disclosure provides a method for tracking a location of construction equipment by using a tracking vehicle, including: transmitting locational information from the construction equipment at a predetermined transmission cycle; calculating a distance between the construction equipment and the tracking vehicle based on the locational information received from the construction equipment; and if the calculated distance is less than a predetermined value, commanding that a transmission cycle of the locational information of the construction equipment be made shorter than a predetermined transmission cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8583298
    Abstract: The invention solves the prior art problem of signals not being transmitted between ground and vehicle when a train stops so that a cross point of a loop coil or a boundary between two loop coils is positioned between antennas disposed on a front side and a rear side in a direction of travel of the train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Tomioka, Koushirou Sakado, Morimitsu Kubo
  • Patent number: 8577390
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for dynamic route estimation and prediction using discrete sampled location updates from various mobile devices for the purpose of providing a graphical representation of a mobile device's route along a known network path of map data. The embodiments also provide supplemental route metrics, such as traveled distance, elapsed time, etc., and the capability to assign destination points for the purpose of providing the ability to modify location update points in an application, such as a route planner, and/or to store the dynamically generated route based on various preferences for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Sheha, Angie Sheha, Stephen Petilli, Arun Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 8564458
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a communication method for monitoring the position of a construction machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Hwan Cho
  • Patent number: 8548534
    Abstract: A wireless headset system including a switching unit having a detection circuit coupled to a wireless adapter. The detection circuit provides a first output signal to the wireless adapter upon detection of a triggering event, such as activation of a manual switch or detection of voltage of an audio output signal from a mobile communications device. The first output signal causes the wireless adapter to enter into an active audio channel mode. The detection circuit also provides a second output signal to the wireless adapter when no triggering event is detected, and the second output signal causes the wireless adapter to enter into a standby mode. Placing at least the wireless adapter in a standby mode saves battery life of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Stealthwear, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Crestol
  • Patent number: 8538802
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method to build a communication link between a client and a customer service of the dispatching company. The dispatching company has a plurality of dispatch lists, each dispatch list records a code of a client and a code of a customer service that provides service to the client. The method comprises: gathering a telephone number of a client; gathering a code of the client based on the telephone number; searching a dispatch list from the plurality of dispatch lists based on the code of the client; gathering a code of a customer service recorded in the dispatch list; gathering a telephone number of the customer service based on the code of the customer service; and dialing the telephone number of the customer service to build a communication link between the client and the customer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Shih Pi Ta Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Jen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 8515456
    Abstract: A communication device, computer program product and method of providing location information therein are disclosed. The communication device includes a wireless communication unit for receiving location information on another communication device and a controller for setting location based information on another communication device using the received location information, and controlling the set location based information to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Mu Hy Yoon
  • Patent number: 8478337
    Abstract: A navigation device (a vehicle-mounted navigation device 1) is connected, via a mobile communication network 3, to a server 5 by way of a telephone 2 connected thereto via cable 1a or radio 1b, and includes a communication control unit 12 for communicating with the server 5 by using the telephone 2 to measure parameter information about a command support status of the telephone 2 or a communication connection environment, and a main control unit 10 for transmitting the parameter information measured by the communication control unit 12 to an external storage medium 21 or the server 5, and for controlling subsequent communications according to the parameter information transmitted to the external storage medium 21 or the server 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Toshio Kawagishi
  • Patent number: 8447443
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for peak-seeking-control that uses a unique Kalman filter design to optimize a control loop, in real time, to either maximize or minimize a performance function of a physical object (“plant”). The system and method achieves more accurate and efficient peak-seeking-control by using a time-varying Kalman filter to estimate both the performance function gradient (slope) and Hessian (curvature) based on direct position measurements of the plant, and does not rely upon modeling the plant response to persistent excitation. The system and method can be naturally applied in various applications in which plant performance functions have multiple independent parameters, and it does not depend upon frequency separation to distinguish between system dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignees: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: John J Ryan, Jason L Speyer
  • Patent number: 8437956
    Abstract: Methods of communicating the location of an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Implementations of the method may include receiving position data for a UAS with an air traffic control reporting system (ATC-RS) from a ground control station (GCS) in communication with the UAS, where the ATC-RS and the GCS are coupled together and located on the ground. The method may include transmitting the position data using one or more telecommunication modems included in the ATC-RS to an air traffic control center (ATC) and transmitting the position data using an automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) and traffic information services broadcast (TIS-B) receiver to one or more aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Kutta Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas V. Limbaugh, David H. Barnhard, Thomas H. Rychener
  • Patent number: 8433505
    Abstract: Devices located with moving objects (e.g., people or cars) can function as probes of traffic conditions. One way that such probes can operate is by making sporadic reports (e.g., for example, after a given road segment is traversed, a report can be made). However, in such a reporting scheme, a traffic incident that prevents or delays completion of that road segment would go unreported until the probe finished the segment. Thus, these aspects provide methods and systems to detect unexpected conditions that prevent/delay completion of such road segments, and responsively generate an out-of-cycle report that can be used in alerting others of such condition. Progress on that segment can continue to be monitored, with periodic updates, when the segment ultimately is finished, the probe can send a final report for that segment. The report can contain data indicative of an average speed on the road segment (or the portion of it completed, when detecting an unexpected condition).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Seth Olds Rogers
  • Patent number: RE44276
    Abstract: The invention provides an information retrieval apparatus and an information retrieval method by which information can be retrieved in an improved operability. A CPU controls a video camera to fetch an image and controls a GPS to detect a current position. The CPU reads out, from within image data stored in a corresponding relationship with URLs of WWW servers, those image data which correspond to position data regarding positions around the detected current position from a WWW data base via a modem and a host machine. Then, the CPU selects, from among the read out image data, that image data which matches with the fetched data, reads out a URL corresponding to the image data and accesses a WWW server designated by the URL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kitano, Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: RE45190
    Abstract: The invention provides an information retrieval apparatus and an information retrieval method by which information can be retrieved in an improved operability. A CPU controls a video camera to fetch an image and controls a GPS to detect a current position. The CPU reads out, from within image data stored in a corresponding relationship with URLs of WWW servers, those image data which correspond to position data regarding positions around the detected current position from a WWW data base via a modem and a host machine. Then, the CPU selects, from among the read out image data, that image data which matches with the fetched data, reads out a URL corresponding to the image data and accesses a WWW server designated by the URL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kitano, Junichi Rekimoto