Position Indicating (e.g., Triangulation) Patents (Class 342/450)
  • Patent number: 10299241
    Abstract: Systems and methods determine the location of user equipment (UE) in a radio access network (RAN). A network device collects UE location indications and corresponding received signal strength measurements for wireless access stations concurrently visible to cooperating UE devices at the indicated locations. Each UE location indication and corresponding received signal strength measurements provide a data point. The network device assigns signature areas having the same combination of the concurrently visible wireless access stations; identifies multiple clusters of data points in the signature areas; assigns a location value, which represents a geographic area, to each cluster of the multiple clusters; and determines an estimated location of another UE device, wherein the estimated location includes the location value of one of the multiple clusters based on concurrently visible wireless access stations and corresponding received signal strength measurements reported by the other UE device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Suryanarayanan Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 10270642
    Abstract: Method, apparatus and systems for object tracking are disclosed. In one example, a disclosed method includes obtaining at least one time series of channel information (CI) of a wireless multipath channel using: a processor, a memory communicatively coupled with the processor and a set of instructions stored in the memory. The at least one time series of channel information is extracted from a wireless signal transmitted between a Type 1 heterogeneous wireless device at a first position in a venue and a Type 2 heterogeneous wireless device at a second position in the venue through the wireless multipath channel. The wireless multipath channel is impacted by a current movement of an object in the venue. The method also includes determining a spatial-temporal information of the object based on at least one of: the at least one time series of channel information, a time parameter associated with the current movement, and a past spatial-temporal information of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ORIGIN WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Feng Zhang, Hung-Quoc Duc Lai, Chun-I Chen, Chau-Wai Wong, Beibei Wang, Chen Chen, Oscar Chi-Lim Au, Yi Han, K. J. Ray Liu
  • Patent number: 10263688
    Abstract: A method for vehicle communications is disclosed. The method comprises monitoring, in a vehicle during travel, line of sight (LOS) datalink messages sent to one or more other vehicles from one or more ground stations in a LOS datalink network coverage area, and calculating a rate in which the LOS datalink messages are sent to the other vehicles. The method detects that the vehicle is substantially out of the LOS datalink network coverage area, when the LOS datalink messages rate drops below a threshold value. Messages are transmitted from the vehicle over a different available network when the vehicle is substantially out of the LOS datalink network coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. McGuffin
  • Patent number: 10248928
    Abstract: Systems and methods allow flyers to determine which airport lounges they may access. A flyer specifies an airport and access rules for lounges at the airport are applied to user data of the flyer to identify accessible lounges. A listing of the identified lounges is then displayed to the flyer. Systems and methods further allow management of airport lounge inventory. Inventory can be managed to increase occupancy, as well as to evenly distribute flyers within and across airport lounges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LoungeBuddy, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Tyler Dikman, Zachary Paul Altman
  • Patent number: 10230276
    Abstract: Various embodiments use prospective synchronization signals early in the signal reception to adjust framing cycles of communication nodes to reduce jitter. Some embodiments temporarily suspend messaging between existing nodes of a communication system while instructing new nodes to generate a beacon according to a beacon schedule. The system can monitor for responses from the new node and calculate a timing error. This timing error can be sent to the new node to adjust cycle framing. In some embodiments, these techniques for timing the receive (Rx) and transmission (Tx) cycles of a node (e.g., a client wireless antenna system) can be utilized such that the radio frequency (RF) energy received between RF energy cycles can be delivered directly to the node, stored in a client's battery by a wireless charging system, enhance the Rx signal opportunities, or make the integrity of the delivered Tx signal more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Elliott, Hatem Ibrahim Zeine
  • Patent number: 10231202
    Abstract: The invention relates to an asynchronous wireless communication system, such as a UMTS system. The various base stations of an asynchronous wireless communication system do not typically have known timing offsets Tb(i), and these timing offsets vary with time. The invention allows the calculation of the difference dTb(i,j) between timing offsets Tb(i), Tb(j) for pairs of base stations B(i), B(j), using the timing of signals received by one or more wireless communication units. Having eliminated the timing offsets between the base stations as a variable, geo-location techniques from synchronous networks may then be used to locate wireless communication units in the asynchronous wireless communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions UK Limited
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Flanagan
  • Patent number: 10230452
    Abstract: An air-to-ground communications system includes at least one base station to be positioned on the ground and including a ground-based transceiver, a phased array antenna coupled to the ground-based transceiver, and a beamforming network coupled to the ground-based transceiver. The ground-based transceiver is configured to provide data traffic and control information to an aircraft. The beamforming network is configured to simultaneously generate at least one narrow antenna beam for the data traffic and at least one wide beam for the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moffatt, Kevin Carl Gustke
  • Patent number: 10222448
    Abstract: Improvements in fingerprint based localization methods of mobile devices using precomputed reference maps with time series of fingerprints taken along some physical path, involving dynamic benchmarking of arbitrary paths within the map, generation of fingerprint points, location estimates, and creation of heat maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: indoo.rs GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Burgess, Markus Krainz
  • Patent number: 10219237
    Abstract: A method in a user equipment for updating a timing of a first cell is provided. The timing is the arrival time of a signal sent from a base station in the first cell relative to a clock in the user equipment in a wireless communication network. The user equipment measures a timing offset for the first cell and respective one or more second cells. When a quality of the timing offset measurement of the first cell is below a first threshold, the user equipment computes a timing offset estimate for the first cell based on the measured timing offset for the respective one or more second cells. The user equipment then updates the timing of the first cell based on the computed timing offset estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (publ)
    Inventors: Peter Alriksson, Robert Wolfgang Klang
  • Patent number: 10192011
    Abstract: A method for estimating wave field characteristics in 3D comprising the following steps: using a ray trace model to estimate RF wave front paths as they propagate from a transmitter to a plurality of given points within a geographical area of interest; constructing a ray bundle for each point; sorting the points into mode constellations according to the points' hop count and apogee characteristics; constructing a Delaunay triangulation of each mode constellation; computing a covariance estimation for each triangle in each mode constellation; and estimating the wave field characteristics over the entire geographical area of interest based on a summation of constituent ray bundles' characteristics within each mode constellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Stephen Dennis Lynch, Daniel Jay Alford-Lago
  • Patent number: 10194291
    Abstract: Various systems are provided comprising: a building including one or more facilities each including at least one broadcast short-range communications unit having a fixed location, an application/computer code configured for execution by at least one of a plurality of mobile devices, and at least one server, that, together, are configured to cooperate to trigger one or more mobile device actions including causing to be output visual information, based on particular location-relevant information that is, in turn, based on at least one value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dyfan, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Sturges Andrews, Axel Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10178643
    Abstract: Systems and methods identify placement areas for small cells in a macro cell network environment. A network device collects user equipment (UE) received signal strength measurements for wireless access stations concurrently visible to one or more UE devices and designates signature areas based on groupings of the concurrently visible wireless access stations. The network device identifies time intervals with high RAN usage; extracts, from network data for the identified time intervals, traffic data for each signature area over incremental periods and a number of concurrent UEs for each signature area over the incremental periods. The network device ranks the signature areas based on the extracted uplink traffic and the extracted number of concurrent UEs; and selects a target signature area for small cell placement from the ranked signature areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Suryanarayanan Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 10176493
    Abstract: A system and method for compensating subscribers for permitting playing of advertisements as ring back tones and direct activation of advertised services is provided. The method includes receiving by a telecommunication service provider a call initiated by a caller. The method further includes establishing status of at least one of caller and callee by checking home location register of the telecommunication service provider. Establishing status includes determining RBT subscription status of caller and callee. Depending on the RBT subscription status of caller and callee, the call is transferred to a tone player within RBT system of at least one of caller and callee. A compensation system then selects a media file to be played to caller based on RBT to Advertisement ratios of subscribers. The selected media file may be an RBT file or an advertisement message, which is then played to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Onmobile Global Limited
    Inventors: Srinivas N. Mogalapalli, Hemant S. Madkaikar
  • Patent number: 10175051
    Abstract: A human body positioning method, a human body positioning system, and a positioning server are provided, adapted for positioning a human body in a specific space. Best routing paths between a positioning server and a target wireless device among wireless devices are sought according to communication quality of the wireless devices. A device positioning result is estimated according to the best routing paths. A wireless network topology formed by operating wireless devices is established. Voxels of a 3D space image are transmitted into the wireless network topology, and the human body is detected according to the voxels based on serving the operating wireless devices as a neuron of a neural network architecture associated with a body detecting model. When the human body is detected, the human body is positioned at the device positioning result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 10169047
    Abstract: Computing devices, computer-readable storage media, and methods associated with providing an operating system (OS)-absent firmware sensor layer to support a boot process are disclosed. A computing device may include a processor and firmware to be operated on the processor. The firmware may include one or more modules and a sensor layer. The sensor layer may be configured to receive, in the OS-absent environment, sensor data produced by a plurality of sensors. The sensor layer may be further configured to selectively provide the sensor data to the one or more modules via an interface of the sensor layer that abstracts the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ulf R. Hanebutte, Jiewen Yao, Vincent J. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 10117051
    Abstract: A method for localization of a target device within an environment, the method comprising the steps of: (i) receiving, by a target device, a plurality of wireless signals transmitted from one or more anchor devices within the environment; (ii) determining, by a target device, a received signal strength indication for at least some of the received plurality of wireless signals; (iii) estimating, based on the determined received signal strength indications, a distance from the target device to each of the one or more anchor devices from which a wireless signal was received; and (iv) estimating, based on the estimated distances, a location of the target device within the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Clarkson University
    Inventors: Mahesh Banavar, Kevin Mack
  • Patent number: 10107655
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for device-free motion detection and presence detection within an area of interest. A plurality of nodes, configured to be arranged around the area of interest, form a wireless network. The plurality of nodes transmit wireless signals as radio waves and receive transmitted wireless signals. The received signal strength (RSS) of the transmitted wireless signals between the plurality of nodes are measured and a value is reported. A computing device receives the reported values for the measured RSS and tracks the reported values over time. The computing device processes the reported values using an aggregate disturbance calculation to detect motion and presence within the area of interest. The computing device may notify notification device of a detected disturbance within the area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: XANDEM TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph Wilson, Neal K. Patwari
  • Patent number: 10101864
    Abstract: The present disclosure, pertaining to the communications field, discloses a touch screen terminal and a near field communication method thereof. The method includes: detecting, by the first touch screen terminal, whether a second touch screen terminal having a large-area contact is present; if the second touch screen terminal having a large-area contact is present, performing an approach detection for the second touch screen terminal by using a first signal strength threshold, and otherwise, performing an approach detection for the second touch screen terminal by using a second signal strength threshold; and when the approach detection is successful, carrying out data transmission with the second touch screen terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuepeng Wan, Jun Fang
  • Patent number: 10101740
    Abstract: The travel control system includes: a travel zone holding unit configured to hold a travel zone which is set in a particular travel area set beforehand and over which a dump truck is to autonomously travel; a target position setting unit configured to set, on an outer side of the particular travel area, a target position that the dump truck is to reach; a distance measurement unit configured to measure a traveling distance of the dump truck from a position of the dump truck as acquired using a position acquisition device provided in the dump truck to the target position set by the target position setting unit; and an autonomous travel control unit configured to control the dump truck so that the dump truck moves to an outer side of a travel zone held by the travel zone holding unit and autonomously travels the traveling distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Tanaka, Masanori Ichinose, Shinjiro Saito
  • Patent number: 10101162
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for improving cartographic data using utility data, the method including: obtaining cartographic information; obtaining geo-location information associated with at least one utility asset; utilizing at least one processor to execute computer code that performs the steps of: generating, based on the geo-location information, a cartographic representation of the at least one utility asset; and modifying, based on the cartographic representation, the cartographic information. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Arya, Sambaran Bandyopadhyay, Ramachandra Kota, Rajendu Mitra
  • Patent number: 10094907
    Abstract: Beacon devices transmit beacon messages to alert an application on a mobile user device of the Beacon device's proximity. A Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI) field may indicate the power level at which the beacon message was received at the mobile device. Where the transmission power of the beacon device is standardized, the application can infer the distance between the mobile user device the beacon device based upon the RSSI field. By considering successive RSSI values over time while the mobile device is in motion, in conjunction with GPS information for the mobile device, the location of the beacon device relative to the mobile device may be inferred. Multiple mobile devices may be used together to infer the beacon device's position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mateusz Marek Niewczas, Manish Modi
  • Patent number: 10091754
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining a location from non-line-of-sight (NLOS) signals are described. A processor can determine that multipath interferences of a signal reaching a receiver through different paths that are close in lengths may be mistakenly interpreted as additional time shift, (e.g., additional time delay or, in some cases, time advance) of the signal in calculating a timing of the signal. The processor can determine the possible differences between path lengths and then determine an amount of the additional time shift. The processor can determine a shift correction to remove effects caused by the additional time delay from the timing calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Thomas Miller, Jonathan Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 10091024
    Abstract: This infrastructure includes a network MPLS; first and second groups of access points associated with each section of the track; first and second modems, on the train, communicating with access points of the first and second groups. The network includes pairs of local switches, each associated with a section of the track and including first and second local switches for communication with, respectively, the first and second groups of access points of the associated section, and first and second central switches, the switches being in series with one another and implementing a service for defining paths between each central switch and each local switch so the path between the first central switch and the first local switch of a pair and the path between the second central switch and the second local switch of this pair correspond to separate portions of the ring formed by the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Anne-Cecile Giroud, Henri Madranges
  • Patent number: 10091020
    Abstract: A method of operating an electronic device is provided. The method includes displaying a space drawing visualizing an indoor space and at least one icon related to an execution instruction to be transmitted to a network device, recognizing that an icon selected among the displayed at least one icon is overlapped on an image of the network device included in the space drawing, and transmitting the execution instruction corresponding to the selected icon, to the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Bum Han, Eun-Young Cho, Woo-Kwang Lee
  • Patent number: 10090902
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed towards a distributed antenna system (DAS). The DAS includes a host unit a plurality of remote units communicatively coupled to the host unit. The plurality of remote units are configured to implement a common arrangement of resource blocks for uplink transport signals. The host unit is configured to instruct a subset of the plurality of remote units to send a digital sample stream over a monitor path of their respective uplink transport signals. One or more simulcast modules are configured to sum the monitor paths from the respective uplink transport signals to generate a summed digital sample stream, the one or more simulcast modules configured to send the summed digital sample stream to the host unit. The host unit is configured to provide a signal based on the summed digital sample stream to one or more signal analysis modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Philip M. Wala
  • Patent number: 10079768
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device in a network receives traffic data associated with a particular communication channel between two or more nodes in the network. The device generates a mean map by employing kernel embedding of distributions to the traffic data. The device forms a representation of the communication channel by identifying a set of lattice points that approximate the mean map. The device generates a traffic classifier using the representation of the communication channel. The device uses machine learning to jointly identify the set of lattice points and one or more parameters of the traffic classifier. The device causes the traffic classifier to analyze network traffic sent via the communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Kohout, Tomas Pevny
  • Patent number: 10051594
    Abstract: A method is provided for one or more network devices to determine the location of user equipment (UE) in a radio access network (RAN). The method includes collecting UE location indications and corresponding received signal strength measurements for wireless access stations concurrently visible to cooperating UE devices at the indicated locations. Each UE location indication and corresponding received signal strength measurements provide a data point. The method also includes assigning signature areas based on groupings having the same combination of the concurrently visible wireless access stations, identifying multiple clusters of data points within the signature areas, and calculating an estimated location for each cluster based on the UE location indications from the data points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Suryanarayanan Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 10038979
    Abstract: A method for ranging includes randomly selecting a symbol in each of at least two successive sub-cycles of a ranging cycle, transmitting symbol IDs corresponding to the randomly selected symbols and a sequence ID, and transmitting a ranging signal with the sequence ID on each of the randomly selected symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Libin Jiang, Shailesh Patil, Jubin Jose, Junyi Li
  • Patent number: 10033882
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a deadline for completion of the transfer of the data content item to the mobile device. A set of locations of the mobile device is determined between the first time and the deadline, a candidate plurality of wireless base stations is identified, based on the forecasted plurality of locations, to wirelessly transfer a portion of the data content item to the mobile device during the time period. A utilization of a wireless base station of the candidate set of wireless base stations is forecasted during the time period, a transfer time is determined within the time period based on the forecasted utilization and the deadline, and the transfer time is provided to the mobile device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Jeffrey Erman, Jeffrey Pang
  • Patent number: 10012719
    Abstract: A method for determining the location of a mobile device that has placed an emergency call includes determining that an emergency call has been made by a mobile device having a wireless radio and receiving, from the mobile device, an identifier of a first device detected by the wireless radio. If the first device is not fixed, the method includes sending a first location request to the first device to determine a first location of the first device. The method also includes determining a location of the mobile device based upon the first location and providing the mobile device location to a recipient of the emergency call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Brandon B. Hilliard, William Cottrill
  • Patent number: 10009814
    Abstract: A multi-mode mobile station includes a first interface for communicating with a first wireless network, such as a wireless wide area network (WWAN), and a second interface for communicating with a second wireless network, such as a wireless local area network (WLAN). While the multi-mode mobile station has a first connection with the first wireless network, the multi-mode mobile station establishes a second connection with the second wireless network. When the second connection is established, the second wireless network transmits an acknowledgement signal to the multi-mode mobile station. In response to the acknowledgment signal, the multi-mode mobile station disables the first connection with the first wireless network and powers down the first interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Bryce A. Jones, Jason R. Delker, John M. Everson
  • Patent number: 9989620
    Abstract: A method for estimating the location of a wireless terminal is disclosed that is based on using: the known location of one or more devices, empirical data that indicates the relative position of the wireless terminal to the devices, and empirical data that indicates the relative position of the wireless terminal (which is at an unknown location) relative to other wireless terminals that are also at unknown locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Douglas Gordon, Sayed Reza Monir Vaghefi, R. Michael Buehrer
  • Patent number: 9985718
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods for providing distributed airborne wireless communications are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method of providing wireless communication services includes: receiving a radio frequency (RF) signal from a first area by a distributed airborne communication payload, wherein the distributed airborne communication payload is comprised of sections located on respective ones of a plurality of airborne platforms; relaying the RF signal along the sections located on different airborne platforms; and transmitting the RF signal to a second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SUNLIGHT PHOTONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sergey V. Frolov, Michael Cyrus, Allan J. Bruce, John Peter Moussouris
  • Patent number: 9986422
    Abstract: A wireless communication device capable of changing a communication parameter to be used according to a surrounding situation includes a learning database that stores, in association with each other, the surrounding situation of the wireless communication device and a communication performance in a case where communication is performed by using a given communication parameter, a plurality of sensors, surrounding situation determination unit configured to determine the surrounding situation of the wireless communication device from information obtained from the plurality of sensors, communication parameter candidate determination unit configured to refer to the learning database to determine candidates for the communication parameter that are appropriate in the determined surrounding situation, communication parameter determination unit configured to determine the communication parameter used in communication from among the candidates determined by the communication parameter candidate determination unit based
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Onur Altintas, Ryokichi Onishi, Mitsuhiro Nishibori
  • Patent number: 9972321
    Abstract: Voice interfaces in process control systems are disclosed herein. One disclosed example method includes authenticating an RFID device, and, based on authenticating the RFID device, receiving voice instructions, where the voice instructions include settings data for a process control device of a process control system. The example method also includes determining, using a processor, the settings data based on the voice instructions, and storing the settings data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Bristol, Inc.
    Inventors: Ranjithkumar Panneerselvam, Scott Gregory Szurek, Tyler Scott Stapler
  • Patent number: 9967800
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for providing wireless communications. In some examples, a method performed under control of a cloud system may include receiving, from an end device, first information including at least one of a location of the end device, a location of an access point to which the end device accesses, a media access control (MAC) address of the end device and a MAC address of the access point; determining that the end device moves to around the location of the access point and returns to around the location of the end device based at least in part on the first information; and instructing the access point to provide a wireless local area network to the end device with suppressed channel hopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Haruto Hirose
  • Patent number: 9967715
    Abstract: Method(s) and System(s) for determining location of a user device within a premise are described. The method includes identifying multiple zones with physical boundaries within the premise based on parameters associated with geometry of the premise. The premise includes multiple access points distributed across the multiple zones. Thereafter, the method includes collecting a first set of Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) Data that is representative of strength of signals received from each accessible access point, at different locations within the premise. After collecting the first set, the method includes computing a Variable Path Loss Exponent (VPLE) within each zone for each accessible access point for determining location of the user device based on at least one of the first set of RSSI data, a line of sight condition, a non-line of sight condition and distance between each accessible access point from each location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Nasimuddin Ahmed, Avik Ghose, Tapas Chakravarty, Arpan Pal
  • Patent number: 9946990
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method for determining product movement using a sensor. Through the interaction of items placed on an array of sensors connected to a circuit board controller, the apparatus is configured to detect a change in capacitance caused by the interaction and thereby associate it with an item or groups of items. Detection and association of such signals recorded in a database with items displaced in a storage location permits a user to keep track of said items remotely through a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Marsh Ryan, III
  • Patent number: 9939516
    Abstract: A method comprises using a first directional transceiver (14A) to determine a first angle (?1) between a first vector (V1) from the first directional transceiver to a second directional transceiver (14B) and a second vector (V2) from the first directional transceiver to a third directional transceiver (14C), using the second directional transceiver to determine a second angle (?2) between a third vector (V3) from the second directional transceiver to the first directional transceiver and a fourth vector (V4) from the second directional transceiver to the third directional transceiver, calculating a location, relative to a local coordinate system, of the third directional transceiver using the first and second angles and locations in the local coordinate system of the first and second directional transceivers, the local coordinate system being defined relative to the locations of the first, second, and third directional transceivers, and calculating an orientation relative to the local coordinate system of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Provenance Asset Group LLC
    Inventors: Ville Ranki, Antti Kainulainen, Kimmo Kalliola, Fabio Belloni
  • Patent number: 9921294
    Abstract: A passive geo-location scheme of Wi-Fi access points is described using one or more mobile measuring stations. The methods and arrangements herein relate to, in one embodiment, using the TSF timer in beacons received by the measuring station, the reported TODs, the TOAs measured by the measuring station and synchronization between the timers of the wireless device and the measuring station. The synchronization includes applying a factor ? for correcting the timer associated with the measuring station when the measuring station receives the beacons, applying a factor ? for correcting a ratio of timer rates between the timer associated with the wireless device and the timer associated with the measuring station, and applying a factor ? for correcting changes in a timer rate ratio between the first timer associated with the wireless device and the timer associated with the measuring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SR Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Passler
  • Patent number: 9918196
    Abstract: A mobile wireless network and a method of operation provide directional assistance in response to an Internet query. The directional assistance is provided from a location of the querying device to a destination that may be selectively prompted based on whether the destination is a nearby business, a type of business, a street address, or another mobile device or fixed telephone location. The location of the querying device is also selectively determined depending on whether the querying device is a wireless device such as a mobile telephone, or whether the device has a presumed fixed location, such as an ordinary telephone connected to a public-switched telephone network (PSTN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: TRAXCELL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Mark Jefferson Reed, Stephen Michael Palik
  • Patent number: 9916742
    Abstract: A notification system, method, and/or computer program product that provides an automatic real-time notification to an owner of a property is provided. Further the notification system, method, and/or computer program determines a location with respect to an electronic lockbox associated with the property and generates a geo-fence environment with respect to the property based on the location. Then, the notification system, method, and/or computer program monitors movements of a user device with respect to the geo-fence environment to determine whether a breach of the geo-fence environment has occurred and outputs the automatic real-time notification to the property owner in response to a determination that the breach of the geo-fence environment has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Adam Kuenzi
  • Patent number: 9906532
    Abstract: A method and system for initiating message listening and routing message content to authorized user devices is disclosed. For a second user device to receive notifications regarding records of a first user, the second user device provides information identifying the first user to a notification service. The notification service verifies the identifying information. The notification service initiates one or more listeners to listen for messages flowing over a messaging bus that are relating to the first user. Once a message is identified, at least a portion of the message is used to generate a notification that may be sent to the second user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HCA Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel O. Perez, Michael A. Houston
  • Patent number: 9906431
    Abstract: Time-critical Location Based Service (LBS) applications in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) require fast localization. An On-Demand Fast Localization (ODFL) start from multi-coordinate systems, and the position transformation is integrated with LBS application information transmissions. The framework of ODFL turns two pipe-lined procedures into two semi-concurrent procedures by employing coordinate system transformation on a per hop basis, which consists of three components: (1) Local Coordinate System (LCS) construction; (2) embedded information selection; and (3) position transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Wei Cheng
  • Patent number: 9900858
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments include devices, systems and/or methods of estimating a location of a mobile device. For example, an apparatus may include a controller to control a first wireless communication device to communicate a probe request with a second wireless communication device and to communicate a probe response with the second wireless communication device, wherein the probe response includes a delay value representing a delay period between a reception of the probe request and a transmission of a frame in response to the probe request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mathys C. Walma, Richard D. Roberts, Carlos Cordeiro
  • Patent number: 9886683
    Abstract: A user interface for an electronic calendar represents different locations or different users or different user calendars in different portions of the display. Calendar entries can be associated with one or more locations, one or more users, and with one or more user calendars. The different locations may reside in different time zones and a timeline for each time zone is displayed. The position of the calendar entry provides a visual identifier of the timeline with which the event is associated. Travel time to and from events in the calendar are calculated for calendared events and shown adjacent to the beginning and end of the event. A user's future location at a point in time is inferred from patterns in the user's locations and by analyzing the user's calendared events and correspondence in order to calculate travel time to calendared events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ARO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Lazarus, Ned Dykstra Hayes, Michael Perkowitz, Kevin Francis Eustice
  • Patent number: 9877161
    Abstract: Embodiments improve User Equipment (UE) positioning accuracy in a mobile communication system by providing for a UE configured to listen for Positioning Reference Signal (PRS) transmissions within an operating bandwidth around Direct Current (DC) sub-carrier and at least one non-PRS transmission including, for example, a CRS or PSS/SSS; receiving, at the UE, PRS and non-PRS(s) transmissions transmitted from base stations within the operating bandwidth; performing, at the UE, Time of Arrival (TOA) measurements for each of the plurality of base stations, wherein the TOA measurements are determined based on the at least one non-PRS transmission; obtaining Observed Time Difference of Arrival (OTDOA) measurements by subtracting TOA for the plurality of base stations from a TOA for a reference base station, and transmitting, from the UE to a Location Server (LS), the OTDOA measurements, wherein the LS performs a positioning estimation of the UE based on the OTDOA measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Magnus Persson, Basuki Priyanto, Peter C. Karlsson
  • Patent number: 9869750
    Abstract: A user equipment measures a time difference of arrival of a plurality of signals received at the user equipment, wherein at least one of the plurality of signals is received at the user equipment on at least one unlicensed band. The user equipment then reports the time difference of arrival measurements for the plurality of signals to a location computation center along with a time stamp for each of the measurements. The location computation center then determines the location of the user equipment based on the reported time difference of arrival measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Fang-Chen Cheng, Ren Da
  • Patent number: 9852342
    Abstract: An automated surveillance system is disclosed in this specification. The system comprises a computing system arranged to receive a plurality of surveillance feeds from a surveillance network and detect characteristics of the surveillance feeds that are indicative of categorized events. Each of the surveillance feeds has a geospatial reference tag that identifies the origin of content contained within the feed. The surveillance system determines a response reaction to detected events and identifies potential response units in the vicinity of the surveillance location using the geospatial reference tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: IOMNISCIENT PTY LTD
    Inventors: Rustom Adi Kanga, Ivy Lai Chun Li
  • Patent number: 9854558
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for a high-resolution active RTLS tag location determination system that provides for <1 ns TOA accuracy and resolution and significantly reduces the channel effects of multipath interference, even in low SNR applications. To accomplish these objectives, the present invention provides for an iterative and adaptive windowing function in each of the receivers of a receiver grid that captures multiple reflections of multiple transmissions from each of the associated target RTLS tags. The adaptive windowing function is used in conjunction with an asynchronous transmit and receive clock function that effectively increases resolution of TOA detection to levels less than the minimum detection window width associated with each of the receivers in the receiver grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Edward A. Richley, Belinda Turner, Chang Wang, Aitan Ameti