Position Indicating (e.g., Triangulation) Patents (Class 342/450)
  • Patent number: 11057860
    Abstract: A method for at least one service provider to collect wireless communication unit location related data for multiple mobile network operators, MNOs. The method comprises, at a base station supporting multiple MNOs: broadcasting on a first frequency only a first public land mobile network identifier, PLMN-ID, of a first MNO at a first instant in time for detection by first wireless communication units associated with the first MNO; receiving location related information from the first wireless communication units associated with the first MNO in response to the broadcast first PLMN-ID; broadcasting on a second frequency only a second PLMN-ID of a second MNO, at a second instant in time for detection by second wireless communication units associated with the second MNO; and receiving location related information from the second wireless communication units associated with the second MNO in response to the broadcast second PLMN-ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ip.access Limited
    Inventors: Neil Ginsburg, James Harrow
  • Patent number: 10997577
    Abstract: A system, including: a non-transitory memory; and one or more hardware processors coupled to the non-transitory memory and configured to read instructions from the non-transitory memory to cause the system to perform operations including: determining a first physical location of a user; comparing the first physical location to data indicative of network availability; and in response to comparing the first physical location to data indicative of network availability, generating a first electronic token and a second electronic token for a mobile computing device associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Adhish Nayanendu Vyas, Vidit Nayankumar Maniyar
  • Patent number: 10996675
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for identifying and reconnecting systems, including financial service systems, to a network during or after an outage in which systems have been disconnected from one or more networks. In one example, this disclosure describes a method that includes navigating a vehicle, by a computing system of the vehicle, to a location near an area in which one or more financial service systems have been disconnected from a network; identifying, by the computing system of the vehicle and based on a wireless signal detected by the vehicle, a financial service system that is within the area and that has been disconnected from the network, wherein the financial service system is one of the one or more financial service systems; and transferring, by the computing system of the vehicle, information between the financial service system and a banking computing system to thereby enable performance of a financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Raziq Yaqub
  • Patent number: 10983220
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing spoofing detection and rejection including receiving, at a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) device having an antenna, a set of signals, identifying a questionable signal in the set of signals, and in accordance with a determination that the set of signals includes a subset of valid GNSS satellite signals, where the subset satisfies a minimum number of valid GNSS satellite signals and does not include the questionable signal, calculating an approximate position of the GNSS device based on the subset of valid GNSS satellite signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: JAVAD GNSS, Inc.
    Inventor: Javad Ashjaee
  • Patent number: 10943228
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self-checkout using an RFID tag. The methods include: detecting motion of the RFID tag using a motion sensor local to the RFID tag; enabling at least one communication operation of the RFID tag in response to the detection of the RFID tag's motion; performing operations by the RFID tag to communicate first information to an enterprise system; using the first information by the enterprise system to associate the RFID tag with an individual of a plurality of individuals present in a given facility; and dynamically changing displayed content of a display device to include information about an object to which the RFID tag is coupled, the display device being in proximity to the individual, in the possession of the individual or being worn by the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Declan Tarrant, Brian Wicks
  • Patent number: 10935621
    Abstract: A method of operating an indoor location services system includes providing a calibration beacon signal from a calibration device at a number of calibration locations, measuring a received signal strength of the calibration beacon signal at each one of a number of receivers for each one of the number of calibration locations, measuring a received signal strength of a beacon signal provided by a locatable device at each one of the receivers, and estimating a location of the locatable device based on the received signal strength of the beacon signal at each one of the receivers, the received signal strength of the calibration beacon signal at each one of the receivers for each one of the calibration locations, and a location of each one of the receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventor: Ronald W. Bessems
  • Patent number: 10917754
    Abstract: A tracking system can provide configuration instructions to an electronic device based on user presence. The tracking system can determine a user's location relative to a geographic boundary surrounding a geographic area associated with the user. Depending on the user's location, the tracking system may send instructions to configure an electronic device to send a notification or change the operating mode of the electronic device in response to the user's presence. The electronic device may be a scanning device that is configured to have a higher or lower scanning frequency, depending on the presence or absence of the user relative to the scanning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Klinkner, Josselin de la Broise
  • Patent number: 10902353
    Abstract: The present invention provides a computer implemented method, system, and computer program product for monitoring a ticket, the method including receiving credentials by a processing unit from a device via manual presentation of the device to a manual sensor logically coupled to the processing unit, generating a ticket identifier (ID) based on the credentials, transmitting the ticket ID from the processing unit to the device, establishing a wireless connection between the device and the processing unit, checking the wireless connection before each occurrence of an event, checking the wireless connection after each occurrence of the event, and updating a status of a ticket in light of the checking. In an exemplary embodiment, a ticket system includes a processing unit, a manual sensor, a wireless sensor, and a device, where the processing unit transmits the ticket ID, and where the processing unit verifies continued connection at key events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Feng, Shuang Shuang Jia, Yong Tang, Jun Long Xiang, Xin Zhao
  • Patent number: 10893389
    Abstract: A method and system of infrastructure re-purposed RSS signatures for mobile device indoor navigation and positioning. The method comprises determining a common spatial region in accordance with a first spatial region partially superimposed upon an at least a second spatial region, the first and at least a second spatial regions associated with a first and an at least a second wireless communication received signal strength (RSS) signatures respectively; and generating, based at least in part on the first and at least a second RSS signatures, a re-purposed RSS signature associated with the common spatial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Sean Huberman, Joshua Karon
  • Patent number: 10877145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for determining a position of an object, in particular a moving object, in a three-dimensional space, characterized in that the device comprises at least two sensor units, each sensor unit having a field of view (FoV) and all sensor units are coupled by a central signal processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Andre Giere, Manuel Wolf
  • Patent number: 10859689
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that may be implemented to configure and/or reconfigure device operating modes based on relative position of a wireless transmitter to a wireless receiver that is receiving a wireless radio frequency (RF) signal transmitted from the wireless transmitting device, or vice-versa. The relative position of a wireless transmitter to a wireless receiver may be determined using any suitable technique, e.g., using Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) of a signal received at separate antenna elements of an antenna array of the wireless receiver, using Angle of Arrival (AoA) of a signal received at an antenna array of the wireless receiver, using measured received signal strength (e.g., received signal strength indicator (RSSI) or received signal decibel-milliwatts (dBm)) of a signal received at different antenna elements of an antenna array of the wireless receiver, using Angle of Departure (AoD) of a signal transmitted from an antenna array of the wireless transmitter, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Jere M. Knaappila
  • Patent number: 10859671
    Abstract: A position estimation apparatus includes receivers that are disposed at different known positions and are configured to measure a reception intensity of a radio wave emitted from a mobile object and a calculator configured to sequentially perform, for each target receiver that is one of the receivers, processing for updating an estimated position of the mobile object such that the estimated position is closer to a presence circle having a center at the target receiver and a radius based on a reception intensity measured by the target receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsu Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10848256
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for handling of radio frequency (RF) front-end group delays for roundtrip time (RTT) estimation. In an aspect, a network node transmits first and second RTT measurement (RTTM) signals to a user equipment (UE) and receives first and second RTT response (RTTR) signals from the UE. The network node measures the transmission times of the RTTM signals and the reception times of the RTTR signals, and the UE measures the transmission times the RTTM signals and the transmission times of the RTTR signals. The group delays of the transmit/receive chains of the network node and the UE are determined for one set of transmit/receive chains based on the first RTTM signal and first RTTR signal. The group delays of the transmit/receive chain used for the second RTTM signal and the second RTTR signal are determined relative to the group delay of the one set of transmit/receive chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sony Akkarakaran, Tao Luo
  • Patent number: 10778417
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for a self-encrypting device (SED) incorporated into a host system. In one example, the host system includes a memory, a processor, a data channel in communication with the memory and the processor, and the SED. The SED comprises an authentication subsystem, a storage subsystem that stores encrypted data that is encrypted with an encryption key provided by the authentication subsystem, a radio frequency (RF) transceiver, and a data interface in electrical contact with the data channel. The data interface is locked from sending and receiving data until the SED is unlocked by the authentication subsystem with user-authentication information received via the RF transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ClevX, LLC
    Inventors: Lev M. Bolotin, Alex Lemelev, Marc Singer
  • Patent number: 10693511
    Abstract: Radio circuitry wirelessly serves User Equipment (UE) with dynamic direction-of-arrival reception. Control circuitry determines a primary direction-of-arrival for a user signal and configures a digital filter for the primary direction-of-arrival. Detection circuitry filters the user signal with the digital filter configured for the primary direction-of-arrival and recovers user data from the user signal. The control circuitry determines increased radio noise and/or uplink utilization reconfigures the digital filter for multiple directions-of-arrival. The detection circuitry filters a subsequent user signal with the digital filter configured for the multiple directions-of-arrival and recovers additional user data from the subsequent user signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Sanghoon Sung, Yu Wang, Udit A. Thakore, George William Harter, III
  • Patent number: 10686476
    Abstract: An RF-DAC transmitter is provided that includes an in-phase channel, a quadrature-phase channel, a first intermediate-phase channel, and a second intermediate-phase channel. Each channel includes a pair of interleaved RF-DACs for producing a pair of interleaved RF signals and a subtractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Shahin Mehdizad Taleie, Nitz Saputra, Chen Jiang, Behnam Sedighi, Ibrahim Ramez Chamas, Bhushan Shanti Asuri, Dongwon Seo
  • Patent number: 10684349
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for indoor localization of a user equipped with a localization device having electromagnetic signal receiver means and means for detecting the orientation in a predetermined spatial reference system, wherein the indoor space is divided up into a plurality of rooms each of which includes a plurality of spatial volumes or areas, nodes, which are connected together in a directed-graph arrangement, and wherein a plurality of radio transmitters each designed to emit a respective localization signal are arranged inside this space. The method is based on the synergic use of three localization methods, i.e. fingerprinting, inertial navigation with intelligent step recognition and proximity localization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NEXTOME S.R.L.
    Inventors: Domenico Colucci, Vincenzo Dentamaro, Paolo Giglio, Giangiuseppe Tateo
  • Patent number: 10685415
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking a milk crate, a bread tray, or other instrument for transporting goods of a business makes use of an electronic tracking tag attached to the milk crate, the bread tray, or other transport instrument. The electronic tracking tag includes a microprocessor and a transceiver, and wirelessly transmits an identifying electronic transmission at predetermined time intervals. The systems and methods further make use of a wireless network including a plurality of nodes, where each of the nodes is positioned at a predetermined location and receives the identifying electronic transmission from the electronic tracking tag upon movement of the electronic tracking tag into proximity with a node. Each of the nodes are then connected to a central computer server that identifies a location of the electronic tracking tag based on the predetermined location of the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SUNRISE R&D HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Knake, Michael Scheafer, Dion Perkins, Brian Dwyer, Brad Waters
  • Patent number: 10670408
    Abstract: A transponder for sensing a spatial environment for the purposes of creating a local map model of said spatial environment, said transponder comprising: a microprocessor; at least one sensor for scanning said spatial environment and acquiring sensing information about said spatial environment; a memory having instructions executable by said microprocessor to cause the microprocessor to process said sensing information to: determine distance measurements between said transponder and features within said spatial environment; and generate said local map model; a communications interface module coupled to said microprocessor for enabling communication with a first computing device to send said local map model thereto and for enabling communication with a second computing device for using said local map model to navigate said spatial environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: INNERSPACE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: James Wu, Jason Gamblen, Matt MacGillivray
  • Patent number: 10670692
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for sharing the ultra-wide band (“UWB”) spectrum. The systems and methods can include allocating a designated time slice for UWB position determination signals on a primary basis to ensure that the UWB transmissions would be free of interference. The systems and methods can also include synchronizing a plurality of UWB transceivers and emitting synchronized pulses, during the designated time slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Sirius XM Radio Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Marko
  • Patent number: 10649065
    Abstract: In a position detection system that has a plurality of transmitters/receivers placed at least three positions: processing is executed to measure distances among the plurality of transmitters/receivers, each distance being measured a plurality of times, and obtain a minimum value for each distance; processing is executed to obtain an angle between each two adjacent straight lines, each of which is one of straight lines that mutually connect the plurality of transmitters/receivers, by using minimum values, each of which is the minimum value for each distance; and if the absolute value of the difference between 180 degrees and the sum of angles, each of which is the angle between each two adjacent straight lines, inside a triangle formed by straight lines that interconnect three of the plurality of transmitters/receivers is smaller than a predetermined value, processing is executed to take the minimum values as the true values of the distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keigo Wakana, Daisuke Takai, Yukimitsu Yamada, Toshiki Nakamura, Hironori Takayama
  • Patent number: 10634759
    Abstract: A method for estimating location of an electronic device is provided. The method includes collecting from a transmitter, transmitter information including time information that is proportional to distance between the electronic device and the transmitter; obtaining location information of the electronic device at a point where the transmitter information is collected; and transmitting the transmitter information and the location information to a server to be used to estimate the location of the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jin-Woo Kim, Seok-Hwan Park, Sung-Rae Cho, Chae-Man Lim
  • Patent number: 10631264
    Abstract: A method for estimating the movement of a terminal of interest with respect to an access network. An incoming frequency of a message of interest transmitted by the terminal of interest and received by a pair of base stations of the access network are measured. The incoming frequencies of calibration messages transmitted by calibration terminals and received by the pair of base stations are measured. A differential measurement error according to the incoming frequencies of the calibration messages is estimated. A difference in incoming frequency of the message of interest according to the incoming frequencies of the message of interest and according to the differential measurement error is estimated. The movement of the terminal of interest according to the difference in incoming frequency of the message of interest is estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SIGFOX
    Inventor: Olivier Isson
  • Patent number: 10622845
    Abstract: System and methods are described herein for providing wireless power to a target device, such as a laptop computer, a mobile phone, a vehicle, robot, or an unmanned aerial vehicle or system (UAV) or (UAS). A tunable multi-element transmitter may transmit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to the target device using any of a wide variety of frequency bands. A location determination subsystem and/or range determination subsystem may determine a relative location, orientation, and/or rotation of the target device. For a target device within a distance range for which a smallest achievable waist of the Gaussian beam of the EMR at an operational frequency is smaller than the multi-element EMR receiver of the target device, a non-Gaussian beamform may be determined to increase efficiency, decrease overheating, reduce spillover, increase total power output of rectenna receivers on the target device, or achieve another target power delivery goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Searete LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Arnitz, Jeffrey A. Bowers, Joseph A. Hagerty, Russell J. Hannigan, Guy S. Lipworth, David R. Nash, Matthew S. Reynolds, Clarence T. Tegreene, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 10620290
    Abstract: A method of operating an indoor location services system includes providing a calibration beacon signal from a calibration device at a number of calibration locations, measuring a received signal strength of the calibration beacon signal at each one of a number of receivers for each one of the number of calibration locations, measuring a received signal strength of a beacon signal provided by a locatable device at each one of the receivers, and estimating a location of the locatable device based on the received signal strength of the beacon signal at each one of the receivers, the received signal strength of the calibration beacon signal at each one of the receivers for each one of the calibration locations, and a location of each one of the receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventor: Ronald W. Bessems
  • Patent number: 10616902
    Abstract: A radio communication network includes: at least one base station configured to transmit a data flow to at least one user equipment by using radio resources scheduled to the at least one base station for transmission of the data flow; a radio scheduler configured to schedule the radio resources to the at least one base station according to a scheduling metric; a monitoring entity, configured to monitor performance information from the at least one base station; a controller, configured to adjust the scheduling metric of the radio scheduler based on the monitored performance information of the monitoring entity; and a database configured to store a plurality of scheduling metrics. The controller is configured to replace the scheduling metric with one of the scheduling metrics stored in the database or with a combination of scheduling metrics stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventors: Paul Arnold, Jakob Belschner, Dirk Von Hugo
  • Patent number: 10613211
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure is directed to methods and systems for virtual angle-of-arrival (AoA) or angle-of-departure (AoD) tracking for virtually tracking multiple Targets. The wireless devices (e.g. Tracker and Targets) may participate in a mesh configuration and share data within the mesh. A first device may purport to be a virtual tracker, while acting as an AoA or Angle of Departure (AoD) Target. The devices being tracked (e.g. virtual targets), may instead operate as Trackers. Processor- and energy-intensive calculations may be distributed to the virtual targets and transmitted via the mesh for aggregation at the virtual tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventors: Angel Polo, Mike David Herndon, Tom F. Baker
  • Patent number: 10605904
    Abstract: Position and orientation tracking systems and methods include a transmitting antenna transmitting a radio frequency (RF) signal. At least one receiving antenna acquires the RF signal. One of the at least one receiving antenna and the transmitting antenna is designated a reference antenna. A processing unit determines a phase difference between the RF signal received by each receiving antenna and the reference antenna. The processing unit computes a position of the transmitting antenna with respect to the at least one receiving antenna in response to the phase difference determined for each receiving antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: POSITION IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Guohua Min, Mark Schneider
  • Patent number: 10595292
    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 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions UK Limited
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Flanagan
  • Patent number: 10587987
    Abstract: A wireless device uses a tracking system to determine locations of target devices relative to the wireless device in an environment including one or more target devices. The tracking system receives a signal transmitted by a target device in the environment and performs an angle of arrival operation to determine the angle of arrival of the received signal. The tracking system applies a filter to determine an estimation value for the target device representing a system state for the target device. The tracking system assigns the received signal and corresponding angle of arrival to a track based on the estimation value. The tracking system identifies and removes outlier signals from the track to produce a filtered set of signals. The filtered set of signals is used to compute a point-of-origin vector for the target device for use in interacting and communicating with the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SCRRD, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Thoresen, Joshua Cohen, Joseph D. Preston, Dan A. Preston
  • Patent number: 10574549
    Abstract: A reporting method includes: obtaining an address that is assigned to a target device and that is included in a control signal used for a communication with an access point in a plurality of access points; storing identification information in a storage in association with the address of the target device; storing, when receiving report destination information, the report destination information in the storage in association with the address of the target device if identification information reported in association with the report destination information is stored in the storage; referring to the storage when obtaining information of a control signal received by one of the plurality of access points; and reporting, when a source address of the control signal exists in the storage, to a report destination stored in association with the source address that there is an access from the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masayuki Kobayashi, Takashi Okamura, Hiroyuki Nambu, Shu Matsuoka, Kaoru Kenjo
  • Patent number: 10557918
    Abstract: A method for establishing and controlling a mobile perimeter and for determining a geographic location of an emitting radio frequency (RF) emitter in a vicinity of the mobile perimeter includes at each of a plurality of RF sensors, receiving an RF transmission, processing the received RF transmission to produce RF signal data, and wirelessly transmitting the RF signal data to a central station. At the central station, a processor: executes a cross-correlation process to: compare characteristics of pairs of RF signal data; based on the compared characteristics, determine a time difference of arrival (TDOA) between RF transmissions received at each RF sensor of a pair of RF sensors, and repeats the cross-correlation process for each pair of RF sensors from which RF signal data are received. Using the TDOA values for two or more pairs of RF sensors, the processor determines a location estimate for the RF emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Chartier, Paul C. Davis, Ryan L. Hagelstrom, Ian J. McLinden, Douglas Sweet
  • Patent number: 10555121
    Abstract: A method and system for providing location-specific information to users, wherein this information is directly maintained and supplied by the provider of the service. This information is supplied by means of an application running on a personal communication device, where the application is developed and provided by a third-party servicer (e.g., CollegeNET) and the third party servicer makes various program options/APIs of the application available to and selectable by its customers (e.g., various universities). This way, the organization wanting to supply the information, such as a university, does not have to develop their own unique applications to provide a unique user experience tied to the university, and the users don't have to download an application for each school they visit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: CollegeNet, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Michael Bolton, James H. Wolfston
  • Patent number: 10529220
    Abstract: Systems and methods for environmental monitoring of a premises. The system includes at least one sensor unit including at least one environmental sensor module for detecting at least one of the environmental variables of the premises. The system includes a base unit located on the premises, which is configured to: detect at least one of the sensor units as being in proximity of the base unit using a short range communication protocol, obtains an identifier of at least one of the sensor units, from that sensor unit, using the short range communication protocol, register, in memory of the base unit, at least one of the sensor units using the identifier of that sensor unit obtained by the base unit from the short range communication protocol, and receive, from at least one of the sensor units, data related to at least one of the environmental variables detected by that sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Opilio Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Avrom Atkins, Nicholas Karl Romanidis
  • Patent number: 10528601
    Abstract: The system described herein can automatically match, link, or otherwise associate record objects with one or more node profiles. For a record object that is eligible or qualifies to be matched with one or more node profiles, the system can selectively apply rules to match the record object to a subset of the one or more node profiles based on values of fields extracted from the record object and values of the node profiles. The system can then store an association between the record object and the subset of the one or more node profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: PEOPLE.AI, INC.
    Inventors: Oleg Rogynskyy, Rajit Kurien Joseph, Volodymyr Petrov, Yurii Brunets
  • Patent number: 10512056
    Abstract: A method for receiving device position determination includes receiving beamformed position reference signals (BF-PRSs) on a plurality of communications beams from at least two transmitting devices in accordance with a BF-PRS configuration, making at least one observed time difference of arrival (OTDOA) measurement in accordance with the BF-PRSs on the plurality of communications beams, and transmitting OTDOA feedback including the at least one OTDOA measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Nathan Edward Tenny, Bin Liu, Pengfei Xia, Aimin Justin Sang, Jian Luo
  • Patent number: 10509096
    Abstract: A system and method determining an error radius reflecting the accuracy of a calculated position of a processing device is provided. A data structure includes an error radius mapped to a scaled geographic area or “tile” comprising an area in which a calculated position may be determined. The data structure may include a plurality of first fields identifying a scaled geographic area based on a global projection reference system, and a plurality of second fields identifying, for each of the first fields, a position error radius associated with a scaled geographic area and level. For any calculation of an inferred position based on beacon observations, a rapid lookup of the corresponding scaled area including the new inferred position in the data structure returns an error radius for the new inferred position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Jyh-Han Lin
  • Patent number: 10477506
    Abstract: An electronic device may comprise a communication interface and a processor configured to control the communication interface to receive cellular data from at least one cellular base station, to predict a position of the electronic device based on the received cellular data, to receive information about at least one wireless LAN base station, and to determine the position of the electronic device based information about the at least one wireless LAN base station and the predicted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youngpo Lee, Jinwoo Kim, Sung Rae Cho, Chai-Man Lim
  • Patent number: 10461843
    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: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moffatt, Kevin Carl Gustke
  • Patent number: 10432321
    Abstract: Beacon devices transmit wireless beacon messages to alert an application on a mobile phone of the Beacon device's proximity. Contemplated beacon devices may also include an ultrasonic emitter and one or more microphones. The ultrasonic emitter may be used to complement other beacon operations, communicate information to a user mobile device, and monitor the beacon device's environment. Ultrasonic data may also be used to determine if a person or object is in proximity to the beacon device. Short echolocation travel times may be used to indicate that a user is “touching” the beacon device. Inter-beacon device communication may also be accomplished using the ultrasonic emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mateusz Marek Niewczas, Fraidun Akhi, Shizhe Shen
  • Patent number: 10429508
    Abstract: A distance measuring device includes a first measurer, a second distance measurer, and circuitry. The first distance measurer measures a distance to a target object; and outputs first distance information indicating a measured distance when the distance measurement is performed under a condition that satisfies a distance measurement condition, but outputs the first distance information indicating a predetermined value when the distance measurement is performed under a condition that does not satisfy the distance measurement condition. The second distance measurer measures a distance to the target object and outputs second distance information indicating the measured distance. When the first distance information indicates the predetermined value and the second distance information satisfies a predetermined condition, the circuitry makes alteration such that the distance measurement condition is relaxed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Yamashita, Satoshi Sawaguchi, Fumiko Sakoh, Soichiro Yokota, Kiichiroh Saitoh, Tadashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10416311
    Abstract: Geofence crossing-based control systems and techniques are described herein. For example, a geofence crossing control technique may include receiving a location signal indicative of a range of locations in which a mobile computing device is located; receiving a velocity signal indicative of a speed and direction of the mobile computing device; generating, for each of a plurality of candidate geofence crossing times, a performance indicator based on the location signal, the velocity signal, and a boundary of the geofence; selecting a geofence crossing time from the plurality of candidate geofence crossing times based on the performance indicators; and transmitting a control signal representative of the geofence crossing time. Other embodiments may be disclosed and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: YuHuan Huang, Ke Han, Ke Ding
  • Patent number: 10419886
    Abstract: Technologies for context-based management of wearable computing devices include a mobile computing device and a wearable computing device. The wearable computing device generates sensor data indicative of a location context of the wearable computing device and transmits the sensor data to the mobile computing device. The mobile computing device generates local sensor data indicative of a location context of the wearable computing device and fuses the local sensor data with the sensor data received from the wearable computing device. The mobile computing device determines a context of the wearable computing device based on the fused sensor data. The mobile computing device determines whether an adjustment to the functionality of the wearable computing device is required based on the determined context. The mobile computing device manages the functionality of the wearable computing device in response to determining that an adjustment to the functionality is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Xue Yang, Steven T. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10416277
    Abstract: A configuration is provided, including a determination processor 5 that determines, using the values TDOA11,i and TDOA22,j calculated by an autocorrelation processor 4, whether the values TDOA12,k calculated by a cross-correlation processor 3 are time differences of arrival resulting from direct waves emitted from a radio source, and a positioning processor 6 that calculates the location of the radio source, using the values TDOA12,k that are determined by the determination processor 5 as being time differences of arrival resulting from direct waves and selected from among the values TDOA12,k calculated by the cross-correlation processor 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Amishima, Toshio Wakayama
  • Patent number: 10412549
    Abstract: A method includes: determining a reference direction for orientation; when a first device rotates around an obstruction, receiving a wireless signal sent by a second device, and obtaining a link quality parameter value according to the received wireless signal; determining a position having greatest shadow fading of the first device according to the obtained link quality parameter value, and using a pointing direction of the position having greatest shadow fading of the first device as a first pointing direction; and determining, according to an included angle ?1 between the reference direction and the first pointing direction and an included angle ?2 between the reference direction and a second pointing direction, a direction in which the second device is located, where the second pointing direction is a pointing direction of the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Zhang, Yajun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10408942
    Abstract: A method of indicating whether a GPS signal received by a vehicle is accurate includes obtaining the GPS signal and calculating position information of the vehicle based on the GPS signal. The method further includes obtaining position information of another vehicle via a broadcast. The method further includes calculating a first distance information to the other vehicle based on the position information of the other vehicle and the position information of the vehicle. The method further includes obtaining a second distance information to the other vehicle via a collision avoidance system on the vehicle. The method further includes comparing the first distance information to the second distance information, and generating an indicator that the vehicle and the other vehicle may have received an inaccurate GPS signal when a result of the comparison is higher than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Geun Kim, Gang Feng, Tim Rohr, Susan Cheng
  • Patent number: 10382883
    Abstract: A method for calibrating geolocation analytic system in a wireless network includes receiving a first data set including measurement data associated with a mobile device connected to the wireless network from a first data source. A second data set comprising external geo-location data associated with the mobile device is received from a second data source. The first data set is compared to the second data set to estimate geo-location of the mobile device and to identify one or more errors using calibration function. The identified one or more errors are corrected based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NetScout Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert William Froehlich, Karsten Gaenger, Wing F. Lo
  • Patent number: 10359501
    Abstract: A mobile emergency perimeter system includes one or more fixed radio frequency (RF) sensors, and one or more moving RF sensors; a wireless mesh network coupling together each of the sensors; and a central processor system coupled to the wireless mesh network. The central processor system executes machine instructions stored on a computer-readable storage medium to control each of the RF sensors to receive time of arrival data for a RF signal transmitted by an emitter and received at each of the RF sensors, receive location information for each of the RF sensors and determine a three-dimensional (3-D) estimate of the geographical location of the emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Evan Eaves, Eric Chartier, William Colligan, Paul C. Davis, Andrew Murphy, Douglas Sweet
  • Patent number: 10353046
    Abstract: A position detection system is provided in which it is possible to inhibit deterioration in accuracy of detecting a position of a terminal after communication environment is changed even in a case where the communication environment is changed in the position detection system. In the position detection system, a first terminal measures radio wave intensity of radio waves from a plurality of wireless connection devices in the first terminal, and transmits a measurement result to a position detection server through each of the wireless connection devices. A second terminal is disposed in a prescribed position, measures the radio wave intensity of the radio waves from the plurality of wireless connection devices in the prescribed position, generates first reference data including information of the measured radio wave intensity, and transmits the first reference data to the position detection server through the wireless connection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Issei Ikezaki, Takatsugu Ito, Taisuke Konishi
  • Patent number: 10338194
    Abstract: Disclosed is method of computing a round trip delay between a pair of nodes, the method comprising transmitting at least one beacon at a known transmit time from each of the nodes; measuring the times-of-arrival of the beacons at other of the nodes; and estimating a round trip delay between the nodes from the measured times-of-arrival and the transmit times; and correcting the round trip delay for either or both of a frequency offset between the nodes and relative motion between the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Mark Hedley, David Eric Humphrey