Beacon Or Receiver Patents (Class 342/385)
  • Patent number: 11458917
    Abstract: The sensor attachment structure includes: an attachment recess formed by causing a part of an exterior panel of a vehicle to be depressed toward an inside of the vehicle; a surrounding information sensor that detects surrounding information of the vehicle, at least a part of the surrounding information sensor being disposed further inside the vehicle than the attachment recess; a sensor clip that attaches the surrounding information sensor to the exterior panel from an outside of the vehicle; and a cover body that covers and hides the sensor clip attached to the attachment recess, the cover body being attached to the exterior panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Yoshinari Umeki
  • Patent number: 11391807
    Abstract: A system for use in transmitting data. The system includes at least one wireless beacon positionable in a work zone, with the at least one wireless beacon configured to emit a signal. A diagnostic device is configured to mate with an object positionable in the work zone, the diagnostic device including a wireless transceiver configured to receive the signal, and a controller in communication with the wireless transceiver. The controller is configured to receive a data package associated with the object, determine a location of the object based on an analysis of the signal, and transmit, via the wireless transceiver, the data package to the work zone when it is determined that the object is positioned within the work zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: David J. McNeill, Robert Mark Ziccardi, Ryan Thomas Sonoda, Dylan Hickman, Brian D. Ayers, Mark Blustein, Derrick Ian Cobb, Andrew Kent Hittle
  • Patent number: 11321950
    Abstract: In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a method for detecting a lane information comprising: obtaining, from a high definition map, first driving lane information corresponding to estimated position information on a vehicle; obtaining second driving lane information from a front view image from the vehicle captured by a camera installed in the vehicle; converting the first driving lane information and the second driving lane information according to an identical coordinate system; and obtaining final driving lane information by combining the converted first driving lane information and the converted second driving lane information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seong Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 11323840
    Abstract: In some implementations, methods for selecting a set of beacons that are to be monitored by a mobile device may be employed. Specifically, an optimal set of beacons to monitor may be provided to a mobile device depending on particular groups of beacons that are in proximity to the mobile device, the distance from the mobile device to each of the particular groups of beacons, and the mobile device's position/movements as provided by a tracking service such as GPS. These techniques may ensure that the mobile device is not blind to the closest and/or most relevant beacons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Perfect Sense, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Morgan, Peter Dupris, David Gang
  • Patent number: 11308713
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a controller. The information processing apparatus is capable of following a user. The controller acquires position information, and provides, to the user, sightseeing information according to a sightseeing spot determined from the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Kohei Miwa, Yuko Mizuno, Hirotaka Omisha, Tsuyoshi Okada, Hiromitsu Fujii, Shinsuke Ariga
  • Patent number: 11307281
    Abstract: Lighting devices with lighting means, transmitting device for transmitting an electromagnetic data signal and energy buffer for current supply of the transmitting device are to be protected from exhaustive discharge. Thereto, an activation device is provided, by which the transmitting device can be activated from an energy-saving mode, in which the transmitting device is switched off, into an operating mode, in which the transmitting device is switched on for operationally transmitting the electromagnetic data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Peitz, Andrej Wallwitz, Michel Stutz, Karl-Heinz Wallwitz
  • Patent number: 11171826
    Abstract: Sensor nodes each equipped with a directional antenna configured to form a set of beams of predefined directions, with respect to a global reference direction, during beam cycles timed according to a global time reference form a sensor network. An electronic compass determines the global reference direction and a Global-Positioning-System (GPS) receiver provides the global time reference. The directional antenna is implemented as a phased-array antenna. During each beam period within a beam cycle, a phased-array controller determines a phase vector as a function of the geometrical arrangement of antenna elements and angular displacement of a reference direction of a node from the global reference direction. The phase vector is supplied to phase shifters coupled to the antenna elements to form a beam of a specified direction. During each beam period, all sensor nodes form beams of a same direction thus guaranteeing inter-nodal communication among neighboring nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Ramy Helmy Gohary, Mohamed Samy Hosny, Maged E. Beshai
  • Patent number: 11163055
    Abstract: An automotive spread MIMO-configured radar system has a plurality of transceiver antenna units for transmitting mutually orthogonal radar waves. Each transceiver antenna unit has a plurality of range gates to indicate a range detected by the transceiver antenna unit. At least one specific transceiver antenna unit (TRx1) is configured to transmit a reference signal received directly by at least one transceiver antenna unit (TRx2) that is separated by an a priori known distance from the specific transceiver antenna unit (TRx1). An evaluation and control unit is configured for reading out the plurality of range gates for the transceiver antenna unit (TRx2), and, based on the read-out range gate that indicates the received reference signal and based on the a priori known distance, for synchronizing the specific transceiver antenna unit (TRx1) and the transceiver antenna unit (TRx2) that received the reference signal and/or for correcting a measured Doppler shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Udo Schroder, Hans-Peter Beise, Thomas Stifter
  • Patent number: 10727601
    Abstract: A transceiver system may include first and second metasurfaces, such as radio frequency (RF) metasurfaces or optically reflective tunable liquid crystal metasurfaces (LCMs). In one specific example, a transmit LCM may be tuned by a controller to steerably reflect incident optical radiation at a target transmit steering angle. A laser or other optical radiation source may transmit optical radiation to the transmit LCM at a first angle of incidence. The controller may tune the second tunable LCM to steerably receive optical radiation at a target receive steering angle corresponding to the target transmit steering angle. The received optical radiation may be reflected at a second angle of incidence to a detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Lumotive, LLC
    Inventors: Gleb M. Akselrod, Prasad Padmanabha Iyer
  • Patent number: 10707971
    Abstract: Ultrasonic ranging for mobile devices is disclosed. A mobile device using ultrasonic ranging can include an ultrasound transmitter capable of emitting an ultrasound signal for detection by a proximate device and an ultrasound receiver capable of receiving an ultrasound signal from the proximate device. The mobile device can then use a time lapse associated with one or both of these ultrasound signals to find a range to the proximate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael King, David Amm, Scott P. Porter, Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 10634496
    Abstract: A surveying system comprises a total station unit, a laser scanner unit and an arithmetic control unit. The total station unit comprises a frame unit, a telescope unit, a total station distance measuring unit accommodated in the telescope unit and a total station arithmetic control unit, wherein the laser scanner unit is provided on the frame unit and acquires point cloud data by rotatably irradiating a laser beam in a vertical direction, and wherein the arithmetic control unit acquires the point cloud data by a cooperation of a horizontal rotation of the frame unit and a rotary irradiation of the laser beam, compares a distance measurement result of the total station unit with a distance measurement result of the laser scanner unit and corrects the point cloud data based on a comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOPCON Corporation
    Inventors: Kaoru Kumagai, Jun-ichi Kodaira
  • Patent number: 10615489
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for a wearable article with multiple antennas. The wearable article includes a body, a first structure positioned in the body, and a plurality of first electronic components mounted on the first structure. Further included is a second structure positioned in the body beneath and spaced from the first structure, and a plurality of second electronic components mounted on the second structure. A first antenna is in electrical communication with at least one of the first electronic components, and a second antenna is in electrical communication with at least one of the second electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiran Vanjani
  • Patent number: 10594033
    Abstract: A system for forming a beam includes one or more wave sources; one or more surface scattering antennas (for example, one or more holographic metasurface antennas) coupled to the one or more wave sources, wherein each of the one or more surface scattering antennas comprises an array of scattering elements that are dynamically adjustable in response to one or more waves provided by the one or more wave sources to produce a beam; and a beam shaper configured to receive the beam from each of the one or more surface scattering antennas and to redirect the beam, preferably, with gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Pivotal Commware, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric James Black, Jay Howard McCandless
  • Patent number: 10281954
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a wearable electronic device, relates to the field of wearable devices, and mainly aims to solve the technical problem of relatively poor wireless communication quality of a smart swatch. The following major technical scheme is adopted: a wearable electronic device comprises a wearing-side shell, a communication-side shell opposite to the wearing-side shell, and a circuit chip board. An accommodation space is formed between the wearing-side shell and the communication-side shell. A metal region of the communication-side shell serves as a metal antenna, and the metal antenna has a feeder terminal and a ground terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Mobvoi Information Technology Co., LTD
    Inventor: Zhide Zhao
  • Patent number: 10197671
    Abstract: A radar sensing system for a vehicle includes a plurality of transmitters, a plurality of receivers, and a plurality of receive and transmit antennas. The plurality of transmitters are configured for installation and use on a vehicle, and operable to transmit radio signals. The plurality of receivers are configured for installation and use on the vehicle, and operable to receive radio signals which include transmitted radio signals reflected from objects in the environment. The plurality of receive antennas and the plurality of transmit antennas are arranged in a selected configuration to provide a quantity of receive antennas and transmit antennas for a desired level of two-dimensional angle capability for a given board size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Uhnder, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen W. Alland, Jean P. Bordes, Curtis Davis, Murtaza Ali
  • Patent number: 10164322
    Abstract: An electronic device including a signal transmission system. The electronic device may include a housing, and a cover coupled to the housing and defining a groove formed in the cover. The electronic device may also include a signal transmission system positioned within the housing. The signal transmission system may include an antenna at least partially received within the groove formed in the cover. The antenna may have an antenna body, and a contact pad in electrical communication with the antenna body. The signal transmission system may also have a flexible member positioned adjacent the antenna body. The flexible member may contact the contact pad of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik G. de Jong, Dale N. Memering, Jeffrey C. Mylvaganam
  • Patent number: 10034265
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a technique is provided for detecting that a wireless beacon is pathological. Data points captured by mobile devices or specialized scanning devices are received at software executing on an electronic device, each data point containing information about beacon attributes. A set of disjoint regions are defined in one or more dimensions and each data point is associated with a corresponding region based on at least one element of the information of the data point lying within the boundaries of the corresponding region. An aggregate attribute is determined for each region based on the information of data points associated with the corresponding region. Then the aggregate attribute of one or more regions is used to determined whether the wireless beacon is pathological, and if determined to be pathological, the wireless beacon is excluded from use by a beacon-based positioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Nicolas Brachet, Andrei Dancus, Christopher Steger
  • Patent number: 9846891
    Abstract: A method of advertisement display which includes: identifying a plurality of users; identifying a possible destination location for each of the users; identifying speed and possible route information for each of the users; identifying common destination locations among the plurality of users; clustering the users into groups of users having similar destination locations; identifying an advertisement specific to at least one of the clusters; and displaying the advertisement on an advertisement display. Also disclosed is a service method and computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9817947
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product are disclosed to track beacons utilizing a device management infrastructure. The method includes registering, by a device management server, at least a first detection device associated with a first location and a second detection device associated with a second location with a device management infrastructure, receiving a beacon identifier associated with a beacon detected by the first detection device, storing a first time stamp associated with detection of the beacon by the first detection device, receiving the beacon identifier associated with the beacon as detected by the second detection device, determining, based on the first time stamp and a second time stamp associated with detection of the beacon by the second detection device, an elapsed time between detection of the beacon by the first detection device and detection of the beacon by the second detection device, and reporting the elapsed time to a healthcare information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Sebastiaan Antonius Hendrikus Maria Hermans, Euro Beinat
  • Patent number: 9706357
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an electronic device and method. The electronic device includes a display, and a processor. The process may execute the method, which includes detecting, when the electronic device is moved from a first position to a second position, path information corresponding to a sequence of location changes according to movement of the electronic device from the first position to the second position, and controlling the display of the electronic device to display guide information including a generated path from the second position to the first position utilizing the detected path information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changryong Heo, Chihyun Cho, Ohyong Kwon, Kihuk Lee, Kunwoo Baek
  • Patent number: 9625247
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention broadly contemplate systems, methods, apparatuses and program products that provide position tracking using a simple, low frequency oscillator that is attached to an object to be tracked, and one or more receiving stations that are placed around the area in which the object moves. Embodiments of the invention enable position tracking of the object using light weight equipment which minimally impacts the object's natural state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Darmindra D. Arumugam, Matthew Trotter, Joshua Griffin, David Ricketts, Daniel Stancil
  • Patent number: 9599695
    Abstract: A method for tracking an object includes associating a beacon with a responder; transmitting a polling signal from the beacon to the responder; receiving a response from the responder; entering a low power state on the beacon for a predetermined duration; and transmitting an alert from the beacon responsive to a subsequent signal from the beacon failing to result in receiving a subsequent response from the responder. Embodiments also include a system in which the beacon and responder are configured to perform the described functions. In various embodiments, the duration during which the beacon remains in the low power state is predetermined based either on a default factory setting or a user adjustable setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Maxwell Forest PTY LTD
    Inventors: Matthew Emmett Cooke, Anthony Mark Schofield
  • Patent number: 9513093
    Abstract: An animal tracking device comprising a housing, a controller, a battery, an antenna, a sleeve, an elastic ring, and a prong. The housing encloses the controller and the battery and includes a flexible clip having a flexible neck, a latch on an inner side of the flexible clip, an elastic ring groove on an outer side of the flexible clip for receiving the elastic ring, and a latch release member extending from the outer side between the flexible neck and the elastic ring groove. The elastic ring retains the housing over the sleeve to retain the animal tracking device on an arrow shaft. The latch release member catches on an animal's hide and flexes the flexible clip out of engagement with the sleeve to release the animal tracking device from the arrow shaft. The prong embeds in the animal's hide and retains the animal tracking device on the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Iron Mountain Products, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Steinman, Dennis A. Falls, Alexander J. Waller
  • Patent number: 9460094
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for determining a nearest network resource using GPS coordinates. A GPS enabled computer device may obtain its location by requesting its GPS location. A list of network servers storing the desired data may be obtained by the computer system and the distance between each of the servers and the computer device may be calculated. The system then connects to the resource having the shortest distance without requiring a user to know and decide which server is closest to their location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Novell, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Nosack, Christopher Jean Seiler, Ty Ellis
  • Patent number: 9369845
    Abstract: Method of and systems for assigning estimated positions and attributes to wireless access points in a positioning system are disclosed. A method of estimating a characteristic of a wireless beacon includes receiving a set of data points. Each data point contains information about characteristics of a wireless beacon. The method also includes dividing at least one dimension into a set of regions in which each region of the set has region boundaries that do not overlap with other regions. The method further includes associating each data point with one corresponding region based on at least one element of the information of the data point lying within the boundaries of the corresponding region and determining an aggregate characteristic for each region based on the information of the data points associated with the corresponding region. The method estimates a characteristic of the wireless beacon based on at least one aggregate characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Nicolas Brachet, Andrei Dancus, Christopher Steger
  • Patent number: 9279876
    Abstract: A transmitting beacon (4) having at least two transmitting current loops (6.1, 6.2, 6.3) that are mutually orthogonal and capable of transmitting electromagnetic waves (5.1, 5.2, 5.3), as well as means (7) for supplying power to the transmitting current loops (6.1, 6.2, 6.3) in series is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: ASTRIUM SAS
    Inventor: Robert Laine
  • Publication number: 20150145727
    Abstract: A mobile computer may receive a bluetooth signal from a wireless sensor to determine entrance to a building. The mobile computer may track, on a floor of the building, its indoor position by utilization of a combination of Wi-Fi information and accelerometer information. The indoor position may be tracked without global positioning system (GPS) information and may be associated with a probability related accuracy value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Harry Vartanian, Jaron Jurikson-Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20150145726
    Abstract: Apparatus for improving the performance and allowing increased directionality of reflecting-type antenna systems by varying the geometry of the reflecting surface. A reflecting surface is composed of an array of actuated pins which are capable of extending or retracting to alter the overall pattern. An actuator controlling unit has the address of each actuator and is able to extend or retract the pins to the desired degree. The specific pattern which the actuator control unit realizes is determined by the iterative position calculator which utilizes directional inputs from the user and/or inputs from a system which determines the effectiveness of previous pin movements. The apparatus attempts to maximize the received signal by assessing amplitude changes over time and utilizing that information to direct alteration in the reflecting surface for optimal performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel W. Stambovsky
  • Patent number: 9037155
    Abstract: Techniques for determining time of arrivals (TOAs) of signals in a wireless communication network are described. Each cell may transmit (i) synchronization signals on a set of contiguous subcarriers in the center portion of the system bandwidth and (ii) reference signals on different sets of non-contiguous subcarriers distributed across the system bandwidth. A UE may determine TOA for a cell based on multiple signals transmitted on different sets of subcarriers. The UE may perform correlation for a first signal (e.g., a synchronization signal) from the cell to obtain first correlation results for different time offsets. The UE may perform correlation for a second signal (e.g., a reference signal) from the cell to obtain second correlation results for different time offsets. The UE may combine the first and second correlation results and may determine the TOA for the cell based on the combined correlation results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Sven Fischer, Muhammad Awais Amin, Douglas Neal Rowitch, Avneesh Agrawal, Raja S. Bachu, Ashwin Sampath
  • Publication number: 20150130663
    Abstract: The vertical tailplane of the aircraft is equipped with a distress beacon. The floatability of the vertical tailplane is taken advantage of in order to keep the distress beacon on the surface of the water in the case of an accident caused by a forced landing on the sea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Michel Colin
  • Publication number: 20150123850
    Abstract: A radar sensor assembly that includes a radar sensor and a holder assembly is provided. The holder assembly includes a base plate, a first wall, a second wall, a third wall, and a bottom wall. Each of the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall extends from the base plate, and along with the bottom wall, define a sensor-holding portion. The first side and the second side define a sliding side to allow slidable accommodation of the radar sensor, in the sensor-holding portion. The sliding side includes a retention tab, which depresses to facilitate sliding of the radar sensor into the sensor-holding portion, and lifts to retain the radar sensor in the sensor-holding portion. At least one of the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall, includes one or more retention elements that prevent displacement of the radar sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Fazal A. Goraya, Melissa A. McTavish, Daniel J. Frericks, Todd G. Nakanishi
  • Publication number: 20150109166
    Abstract: A radar unit and a method for operating a radar unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Hesse
  • Patent number: 9013304
    Abstract: A beacon device is provided in proximity to said entity. A request to locate said entity is triggered on a central control unit. In response to the request to locate said entity, said control unit generates specification data for a unique radio signal identifier, sends an activation request and said specification data to said beacon device, and provides said specification data to a portable device and storing said specification data on the portable device. In response to receiving said activation request, said beacon device sends a radio signal identifier generated from said specification data. Signals are received on said portable device and compared with the specification data stored on the portable device. Based on the results of the comparison by said portable device, information is provided about at least one of a direction and distance to said entity. The location of said entity is detected using said direction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Andres, Dirk Bolte, Thomas Hess, Markus Strasser
  • Publication number: 20150102958
    Abstract: A radar antenna device is provided for rotating an antenna unit which successively emits transmission signals. It is configured to reduce the capacity of an electric power source for supplying electric power to a transmission circuit, a drive unit and the like. A radar antenna device is comprised with an antenna unit and a control unit. The antenna unit is driven by a drive unit to rotate and emits successively transmission signals generated by a transmission circuit into an outer space. After electric power is supplied to the drive unit to be driven, the control unit controls the transmission circuit in response to the transmission start signal from the transmission start signal producer so that the electric power for the transmission will be supplied to the transmission circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshifumi OHNISHI, Suminori EKUNI, Motoji KONDO
  • Publication number: 20150097730
    Abstract: A radar sensor for motor vehicles includes a printed circuit board which carries the mass and antenna structures of the radar sensor, and includes a housing accommodating the printed circuit board, the housing being formed on a transmit and receive side of the radar sensor by a radome which is transparent to radar radiation, characterized in that the radome has an essentially plane wall oriented obliquely to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Juan PONTES
  • Publication number: 20150097727
    Abstract: A ground station antenna including a torus shaped reflector having multiple feed points along a focal arc in front of the reflector. The ground station antenna includes transceiver feeds having their electrical phase centers located on the focal arc and supported by a rotating feed platform. The transceiver feeds are configured to simultaneously track rising and falling satellites when the platform rotates. The ground station antenna further includes a wireless power receiver coupled to the transceiver feeds to power the transceiver feeds. The ground station antenna further includes a wireless signal interface coupled to the transceiver feeds to communicate signals with a base unit to perform subsequent processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ernest Tadashi Ozaki, William G. Ames, Ahmad Jalali
  • Patent number: 9002286
    Abstract: Ultra-wide bandwidth (UWB) transmission is a promising technology for indoor localization due to its fine delay resolution and obstacle-penetration capabilities. However, the presence of walls and other obstacles present a significant challenge in terms of localization, as they result in positively biased distance estimates. Measurement campaigns with FCC-compliant UWB radios can quantify effects of non-line-of-sight (NLOS) propagation. Features of waveforms measured during a campaign can be extracted for use in distinguishing between NLOS and line-of-sight situations in embodiments of the present invention. Embodiments further include classification and regression methods based on machine learning that improve the localization performance while relying solely on the received signal. Applications for systems employing an example embodiment of the invention include indoor or outdoor search and recovery with high accuracy and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Stefano MaranĂ², Wesley M. Gifford, Henk A. H. E. Wymeersch, Moe Z. Win
  • Publication number: 20150091758
    Abstract: An antenna includes a magnetic current element which is an element to constitute a loop and generates a magnetic current vector having a component perpendicular to a loop plane, and an electric current element to generate an electric current vector having a component parallel to the magnetic current vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Masayuki Ikeda, Tadashi Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20150091757
    Abstract: A radio frequency signal mediator configured indoors passively receives signals from a user wireless device and determines layer two radio access network measurement data from the signals. At least one other radio frequency signal mediator in the same space also passively receives signals from the user wireless device and determines layer two radio access network measurement data from the signals. The radio frequency signal mediators send the data to a location determining device that determines a location for the user device based on the at least two sets of data and send the location data to a location server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Publication number: 20150084803
    Abstract: An antenna for a radar sensor includes an emitter element, a receiver element, and an anti-reflection element. The emitter element is configured to direct the emitted signal along a boresight that intersects a fascia. The receiver element is configured to detect a reflected signal reflected by an object located beyond the fascia. The anti-reflection element is configured to reduce reflection by the antenna of an early-reflection portion reflected by the fascia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150077287
    Abstract: A comparator of a mono-pulse radar and a signal generation method thereof are provided. The comparator includes an antenna array, a TEM mode cavity power combiner and a switch device. The antenna array includes N antennas. The TEM mode cavity power combiner includes a combination port and M input port sets, and each of the input port sets has a positive input port and a negative input port, wherein N and M are integer greater than 1. The switch device is coupled between the antenna array and the TEM mode cavity power combiner and is used for transmitting the reflected signal received by the antenna array to the positive input port or the negative input port of one of the input port sets. The combination port of the TEM mode cavity power combiner generates an output signal according to the reflected signals received from the input port sets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Ruey-Bing Hwang, Fang-Yao Kuo
  • Publication number: 20150070216
    Abstract: A reconfigurable antenna structure includes first and second reconfigurable antennas, a configuration module, and an antenna processing circuit. The first reconfigurable antenna is configured, in response to a first configuration signal, to have a first radiation pattern and to have a first frequency bandwidth and the second reconfigurable antenna is configured, in response to a second configuration signal, to have a second radiation pattern and to have a second frequency bandwidth. The configuration module is configured to generate the first and second configuration signals. The antenna processing circuit is configured to send one or more transmit signals to one or more of the first and second reconfigurable antennas for transmission via one or more of the channels of interest and receive one or more receive signals from the one or more of the first and second reconfigurable antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Nicolaos Georgiou Alexopoulos, Seunghwan Yoon, Alfred Grau Besoli
  • Publication number: 20150061921
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the position of a target object using a two-channel monopulse radar. The radar may include two transmitting antennas and one common receiving antenna disposed in a coplanar arrangement. The transmitting antennas may be positioned on the focal plane of the radar along a focal plane axis that extends through, and that is perpendicular with, a boresight axis of the radar. The transmitting antennas may be spaced apart from one another in a first dimension a distance equal to about one half of one wavelength of the radar's center operating frequency. One of the transmitting antennas may be squinted at an angle of ?1 relative to the boresight axis and the other transmitting antenna may be squinted at an angle of ?2 relative to the boresight axis in a second dimension. The transmitting antennas are not squinted relative to one another in the first dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: AUTOLIV, INC.
    Inventors: Xueru Ding, Jeff Schaefer, Matthew Marple
  • Publication number: 20150061915
    Abstract: A radar transmitter Txs (s=1) generates a baseband transmission signal by modulating a first code sequence having a prescribed code length on the basis of a first transmission timing signal and gives a first transmission phase shift corresponding to each transmission cycle to the transmission signal. A radar receiver Txs (s=2) generates a baseband transmission signal by modulating a second code sequence having the prescribed code length on the basis of a second transmission timing signal and gives, to the transmission signal, a second transmission phase shift that correspond to each transmission cycle and opposite to the first transmission phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Takaaki Kishigami, Hirohito Mukai
  • Publication number: 20150054688
    Abstract: A method for generating an electromagnetic wave with an antenna array, the antenna array including at least one antenna, at least one circuit having parameters having an influence on the electromagnetic wave generated by the antenna array and connected to at least one antenna, and the method comprising: selecting a criterion to be met for the wave generated by the antenna array; determining desired decomposition coefficients of a wave in a basis giving the possibility of attaining the selected criterion; and calculating the parameters having an influence on the electromagnetic wave generated by the antenna array for each circuit of the antenna array so that the difference between the decomposition coefficients on the basis of the wave generated by the antenna array and the desired decomposition coefficients be minimal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kawtar Belmkaddem, Lionel Rudant
  • Publication number: 20150048977
    Abstract: An antenna assembly includes a first active antenna element and a second active antenna element, each of which may be a dipole. A first set of independently-switchable radio-frequency reflectors are positioned around at least the first active antenna element. These first switchable radio-frequency reflectors may also be positioned around the second active antenna element. Alternatively, a second set of independently-switchable radio-frequency reflectors may be positioned around the second active antenna element. The switchable reflectors enable controlled perturbation of the communication channel between the antenna assembly and a remote communications node, enabling securely encrypted communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Amir Keyvan Khandani
  • Publication number: 20150035703
    Abstract: A radar sensor device for motor vehicles, having a sensor housing, which includes a radome; a fastening section having an engagement contour for a fastening element which is in engagement with the engagement contour and carries a mirror-reflective region; and further fastening sections having engagement contours that are suitable for the engagement of such a fastening element, to fasten the radar sensor device in the installation location in the motor vehicle; and a method for fastening a mirror to a radar sensor device for motor vehicles. Fastening elements of a similar type, which are suitable for the engagement with engagement contours of fastening sections of the radar sensor device, are provided, and at least one of the fastening elements is provided with a mirror-reflective region, so that a mirror is formed; and the fastening elements are fastened to the fastening sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Dieter Weber, Michael Zoeller, Gerald Zeller
  • Publication number: 20150022392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for representing a vehicle environment for a vehicle with a sensor system in order to detect the environment. For this purpose, the vehicle environment is described with a predetermined fixed set of position points (particles).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Stefan Hegemann, Ralph Grewe, Andree Hohm, Stefan Lueke
  • Publication number: 20150002332
    Abstract: In a method for operating a radar sensor, the unambiguousness range of the radar sensor is increased with respect to the range and/or the relative velocity by: transmitting multiple ramp sets by the radar sensor, the frequency ramps of the individual ramp sets each differing in one system parameter; adapting the sampling frequency during the detection of the radar echoes in such a way that a constant number of samples always results for each frequency ramp; and, to evaluate the radar signals, the spectra are periodically continued and compared to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jingying BI, Goetz KUEHNLE
  • Publication number: 20140375504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (20) for locating a missing aircraft based on the monitoring and storage of successive positions of aircraft in a group of aircraft flying near one another, including: an ADS-B-out transmitter (22) installed on each aircraft and capable of transmitting information relative to the identifier and position of that aircraft, an ADS-B-in receiver (28) installed on each aircraft and capable of receiving information transmitted by the ADS-B-out transmitters (22) of other aircraft located near it; characterized in that the ADS-B-in receiver (28) of each aircraft includes a memory (30) capable of saving information (29) received from other aircraft, and in that it includes means for recovering the information for a posteriori reconstruction of at least part of the successive positions of at least one missing aircraft from the group in order to facilitate the location of that aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Hugues Meunier