Land Vehicle Location (e.g., Bus, Police Car Patents (Class 342/457)
  • Patent number: 9965777
    Abstract: An advertisement distribution management apparatus according to an embodiment includes a detection unit, a storage unit, and an acceptance unit. The detection unit detects information on a wireless terminal which exists in a communication area of a wireless LAN access point and which satisfies a predetermined condition. The storage unit stores information on the wireless terminal detected by the detection unit and attribute information set to the wireless LAN access point in association with each other. The acceptance unit accepts an order request of an advertisement distribution that specifies the attribute information on the basis of the information on the wireless terminal stored in the storage unit in association with the specified attribute information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ririse Taki, Shouichi Iiduka, Akira Satou
  • Patent number: 9961495
    Abstract: A system enables a single WiFi access point to localize clients to within tens of centimeters. Such a system can bring indoor positioning to homes and small businesses which typically have a single access point. A key enabler underlying the system is a novel algorithm that can compute sub-nanosecond time of flight using commodity WiFi cards. By multiplying the time of flight with the speed of light, a Wifi access point computes the distance between each of its antennas and the client, hence localizing it. An implementation on commodity WiFi cards demonstrates that the system's accuracy is comparable to state-of-the-art localization systems, which use four or five access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Dina Katabi, Deepak Vasisht, Swarun Suresh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9959021
    Abstract: A map server includes a user list obtaining module configured to obtain a user list in a 3×3 grid; a distance queue generating module configured to obtain distances between users and a current user in the user list, and generate two distance queues corresponding to preset distance ranges according to the distances, the distance queue including users in the user list whose distances from the current user are in a corresponding distance range; a visual field list generating module configured to select users from the distance queue into a visual field list according to a weight corresponding to the distance queue. Further, a visual field controlling method and system, and a computer storage medium, may be used to classify users in the 3×3 grid into distance queues using distance ranges, and select users into the visual field list according to the weight, thereby reducing pressure of the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Mingfu Cai, Xiaocheng Ding
  • Patent number: 9946273
    Abstract: A cloud server (104) receives environmental information of respective installation sites of a plurality of appliances (101a, 101b, 101c, 102a, 102b) via a network (1000), and determines one or more appliances that are installed in a same room among the plurality of appliances (101a, 101b, 101c, 102a, 102b), based on the received environmental information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Kazuki Funase, Tetsuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 9939517
    Abstract: Various embodiments determine a position of a wireless device and enable the wireless device to retrieve the determined location. In one embodiment, a system comprises of at least one wireless transmitting device, a plurality of wireless receivers, and at least one server. Each of the plurality of wireless devices receive signals from the wireless transmitting device with unknown position and send time stamped information to the server. Each of the plurality of wireless device also sends unique identifying information about the wireless transmitting device. The server calculates a position of the wireless transmitting device by considering the inputs received from the plurality of wireless receivers. The wireless device obtains its position from the server. The process can be executed on demand or at regular frequent intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholaus J. Bauer
  • Patent number: 9941925
    Abstract: Reference sequence re-modulation techniques and systems are disclosed. A communication system includes a communication data path having a demodulation module configured to demodulate a modulated signal. The system also includes a re-modulation module configured to receive an output message from the communication data path and re-modulate the output message to produce a re-modulated reference sequence. Such a re-modulated reference sequence supports generation of high-precision position, navigation, and timing (PNT) measurements without imposing additional reference sequence overhead on the communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlos J. Chávez
  • Patent number: 9924327
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing inter-application communication in a network of moving things. As non-limiting examples, various aspects of this disclosure provide configurable systems and methods for providing inter-application communication in a network of moving things, for example in which clients may register for participation, subscribe to topics, publish different types of messages, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: VENIAM, INC.
    Inventor: Henrique Cabral
  • Patent number: 9924307
    Abstract: This specification discloses a terminal which performs position measurement and an operating method of the terminal. That is, a specific positioning area, to which the terminal belongs, is determined out of two or more positioning areas, to which different positioning methods are assigned, and the position measurement is performed by the terminal according to the positioning method which is assigned to the specific positioning area, such that the power consumption amount of the terminal for performing the position measurement is minimized and the accuracy of the position measurement is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SK Planet Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Ho Jeon
  • Patent number: 9918191
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for a mobile geo-fence system are described herein. A system for managing mobile geo-fences includes a tracking module to track a mobile geo-fence, the mobile geo-fence corresponding to a mobile device; a detection module to detect an intersection of the mobile geo-fence with a second geo-fence; and a data transmission module to provide data to the mobile device based on a data sharing policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jim S Baca, David Stanasolovich, Tobias Kohlenberg
  • Patent number: 9913244
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a location of user equipment (UE) in a wireless system can comprise receiving reference signals via a location management unit (LMU) having two or more co-located channels, wherein the two or more co-located channels are tightly synchronized with each other and utilizing the received reference signals to calculate a location of the UE. Some systems may include multichannel synchronization with a standard deviation of less than or equal 10 ns. Some systems may include two LMUs, with each LMU having internal synchronization, or one LMU with tightly synchronized signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: POLTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Felix Markhovsky, Truman Prevatt, Russ Markhovsky
  • Patent number: 9913097
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and an apparatus for obtaining location information, and pertains to the field of mobile communications. The method includes: receiving signal features and an identity of a to-be-positioned terminal that are sent by all base stations in multiple base stations, where the signal feature of a base station includes a signal power and an additional feature, and the additional feature includes at least a base station identity of the base station and signal transmission time; determining a relative power set according to signal powers sent by the multiple base stations, where the relative power set includes a relative power between any two base stations in the multiple base stations; and determining, according to the relative power set and additional features sent by the multiple base stations, location information of a terminal corresponding to the identity of the to-be-positioned terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Cui, Yijie Li, Bin Su, Anjian Li
  • Patent number: 9888114
    Abstract: A Multimedia Alert and Response System for Urgent and Local Requests have been disclosed. In one version when an urgent request is received urgent rules are applied, a reverse call center is applied, and a service provider is connected telephonically with a live service provider person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Phong Trung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9885772
    Abstract: Provided herein are processes for locating wireless emitters. The processes provided may include use of an apparatus that includes a signal processing circuit configured to obtain a reference signal and a target signal, and process the reference signal and target signal to determine and output a reference channel value and a target channel value. The processes provided may also include use of an apparatus that includes a signal processing circuit configured to obtain a pair of reference channel values and a pair of target channel values, process the reference channel values and pair of target channel values to determine a phase-difference metric, and process the phase-difference metric to determine a set of spatial location coordinates. The set of spatial location coordinates may correspond to a location of a target emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vencore Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph C. Liberti
  • Patent number: 9888353
    Abstract: A mobile wireless network and a method of operation provide a hierarchical selection from among various location methods in populating a user location database. A digital signature technique is used to determine a location of a mobile wireless communications device. The location is compared with received signal-strength indication (RSSI) measurements to determine if the location provided by the digital signature technique is reasonable, and if so, the digital signal measurement location result is stored in the database. Otherwise, the user location database controller computes the location in conformity with the RSSI measurements. Triangulation measurements in combination with the RSSI measurements may be used to compute a prospective location that is used if the digital signature-determined location is unreasonable and also tested for validity by comparison to the RSSI measurements. The prospective location can also be tested for reasonableness by comparing the RSSI measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TRAXCELL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Mark Jefferson Reed, Stephen Michael Palik
  • Patent number: 9860005
    Abstract: A method for operating mobile platforms in a three-dimensional environment, wherein the mobile platforms are set up for propagation-delay-based distance measurement and/or position measurement, includes the mobile platforms being assigned differently timed timeslots for the distance measurement and/or the position measurement by a central switching center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Haug, Christopher Brown
  • Patent number: 9859953
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for using proximity sensing systems, such as Bluetooth low energy (LE) beacons, to uniquely identify remote computing systems, such as point of sale terminals. A mobile device includes an antenna, a baseband modem, and a contactless frontend, and is able to perform near-field communication transactions. The mobile device antenna receives radio communications from one or more Bluetooth LE beacons, the transmissions including data packets with a unique identifier. The mobile device calculates the signal strength of the one or more Bluetooth LE beacons at a time proximate to when a near-field communication transaction is initiated. The mobile device stores in its memory the data packet associated with the Bluetooth LE beacon broadcasting the strongest signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Kai P. Johnson, Ryan L. Watkins
  • Patent number: 9848252
    Abstract: A method and system for estimating position of a moving RFID tag is provided. The method includes transmitting at least one interrogator signal; receiving, at an interrogator antenna, a reflected signal from the RFID tag; determining phase changes of the reflected signal with respect to the phase of the at least one interrogator signal; weighting the phase changes based on instant power corresponding to the phase changes; producing a phase trajectory for the reflected signal based on the weighted phase changes; and estimating position of the RFID tag relative to the interrogator antenna based on the peak of the phase trajectory for the reflected signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Lyngsoe Systems
    Inventors: Patrick Claus Friedrich Eggers, Boyan Radkov Yanakiev, Gert Frølund Pedersen, Alex Oprea
  • Patent number: 9838897
    Abstract: Provided is a method for reporting by a terminal in a wireless communication system. The method comprises: acquiring measurement results; starting to acquire location information related to the measurement results; determining whether measurement results satisfy reporting conditions; starting a delay timer; and if the location information is acquired before the delay timer expires, transmitting a reporting message comprising the measurement results and the acquired location information via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Jung, Jae Wook Lee, Seung June Yi, Young Dae Lee, Sung Jun Park
  • Patent number: 9818129
    Abstract: One variation of a method for calculating advertisement effectiveness includes: posting an advertisement for a product to a social feed within a social networking system; tracking a view of the advertisement by a user; determining a proximity of the user to a store of a merchant; in accordance with a privacy setting of the user, selecting personal data of the user from data stored in the social networking system, the personal data including an identity of the user and an interest of the user; in response to the determined proximity of the user to the store, transmitting the selected personal data to the store; and, in response to a transaction between the user and the store, assessing an effectiveness of the advertisement according to a determined correlation between the transaction and the view of the advertisement by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Abheek Anand, Neville Bowers, Ram Vaidyantathan, Sohan Mazumdar, Ted Zagat, Kelly Winters
  • Patent number: 9817399
    Abstract: Systems and methods may calibrate an indicator of speed of an autonomous vehicle. In one implementation, a system may include at least one processor programmed to: receive from a camera at least a plurality of images representative of an environment of the vehicle; analyze the plurality of images to identify at least two recognized landmarks; determine, based on known locations of the two recognized landmarks, a value indicative of a distance between the at least two recognized landmarks; determine, based on an output of at least one sensor associated with the autonomous vehicle, a measured distance between the at least two landmarks; determine a correction factor for the at least one sensor based on a comparison of the value indicative of the distance between the at least to recognized landmarks and the measured distance between the at least two landmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Braunstein, Yoram Gdalyahu, Sergey Rubinsky
  • Patent number: 9810764
    Abstract: A radio frequency signal mediator configured indoors passively receives signals from a user wireless device and determines layer two radio access network measurement data from the signals. At least one other radio frequency signal mediator in the same space also passively receives signals from the user wireless device and determines layer two radio access network measurement data from the signals. The radio frequency signal mediators send the data to a location determining device that determines a location for the user device based on the at least two sets of data and send the location data to a location server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Preoperty I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 9811699
    Abstract: A master tracking device, including a first transceiver for a local area network (LAN) configured to acquire a tag information from a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags; a global positioning system (GPS) receiver configured to acquire a location information; a microcontroller; a time base; and a second transceiver for a wide area network (WAN) configured to transmit a time stamp and the acquired information to a server. In other aspects, a method of tracking asserts using a master tracking device and a non-transitory computer readable medium are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Graham LeBlanc, Arturo Altamirano, Dinh Quy Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9804253
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a geolocation system and method for a multi-path environment. The geolocation system comprises one or more emitters (201a . . . 201n), one or more sensors (202a . . . 202n) comprising at least one processor. A first processor (204) estimates angle of arrival (AOA) and time of arrival (TOA) from the signals received from said one or more emitters (201a . . . 201n). A second processor (205) determines clusters based on the (AOA) and (TOA) data. The system also comprises a central node (207) in communication with at least one sensor (202a . . . 202n) and configured to estimate geolocation of one or more emitters (201a . . . 201n) wherein, said second processor (205) clusters data for the one or more emitters (201a . . . 201n) by executing a non-parametric Bayesian technique and said central node (207) utilizes hybrid angle of arrival-time difference of arrival (AOA-TDOA) technique to determine geolocation of each of the emitters (201a . . . 201n).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Yogesh Anil Nijsure
  • Patent number: 9800612
    Abstract: Methods are described herein useful for detecting spoofing by wireless access devices. In some embodiments, spoofing can be detected based on locations for a wireless access device having an identifier at first and second times. The locations are compared to determine whether the wireless access device could access the particular network at the locations in the time period between the first and second times. In several embodiments, spoofing can be detected by tracking the activity of wireless access devices and identifying events that that are prohibited by one or more policy elements of the particular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: OL Security Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Elaine Harvey, Matthew Walnock
  • Patent number: 9788140
    Abstract: A device capable of operating according to a wireless communications protocol, the device being configured to: receive media data from one of a plurality of inputs; determine an offset period of time in dependence on which one of the plurality of inputs the media data is received from; determine a time for playing the received media data in dependence on the determined offset period and a clock value; encapsulate the media data and time data representing the determined time in a broadcast packet; and broadcast the packet in accordance with the wireless communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
    Inventors: Jonathon Sole, Benjamin Campbell, Harith Haboubi
  • Patent number: 9743250
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for methods and systems effective to determine a location of a communication device. In some examples, a method may include generating a request for a response from the communication device. The method may also include broadcasting the request over a cellular network. The method may also include receiving the response from the communication device at three or more antennas. The method may also include determining respective signal strengths of the response. The method may also include determining a location of the communication device based on the respective signal strengths. The method may also include analyzing a memory based on the location of the device to identify content. The method may also include sending the content to the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Maytal
  • Patent number: 9743254
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to use of actual and/or virtual beacons are described. Virtual beacons are virtual in that an actual beacon need not be transmitted but a rather a virtual beacon transmitter at a desired location maybe considered to transmit virtual beacons. In some embodiments a set of beacon transmitter information for one or more beacons is supplied to devices in a communications system. The beacon transmitter information indicates transmission power and location of actual and virtual beacon transmitters as well as information to be communicated by virtual beacons. Devices with access to beacon information can determine based on the location of a wireless terminal whether the wireless terminal is within coverage area of a virtual beacon and report reception of the virtual beacon to the wireless terminal or a component of the wireless terminal which acts upon receiving an indication of beacon reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Mist Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Friday, Neal Dante Castagnoli, Randall Wayne Frei
  • Patent number: 9726752
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to position location in a wireless communication system, and may more particularly relate to position location for a mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rashid Ahmed Akbar Attar, Durga Prasad Malladi, Juan Montojo, Peter Gaal
  • Patent number: 9726759
    Abstract: The proposed solution includes the use of four reference bases on the ground at known positions, with a coded time signal transmitted by one of them which is retransmitted by the repeater station and received by each of the reference bases. Using two distinct sets of three reference bases it is possible to calculate the differences between two positions for the repeater station, assigning to the later changes in time, phase or frequency as well as temporal changes due to the signal propagation in the medium, for the respective elevation angles found for the repeater. It can be then identified which values attributed to the temporal changes produces a minimum difference between the two respective positions of the repeater station. The identified temporal change can be used for the correct determination of the repeater station and its use on pertinent applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie
    Inventors: Pierre Kaufmann, Pedro Levit Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 9726495
    Abstract: A host application on a host computer system receives annotations made by drivers of respective navigation information displayed to the drivers by GPS devices in vehicles of the respective drivers. The host application saves the annotated navigation information for the respective drivers on a computer readable memory accessible by the host application. The host application receives a request from a first one of the drivers for annotated navigation information made by one or more of the other drivers. Responsive to the request, the host application selects one or more items of the saved annotated navigation information. The host application sends the selected one or more items of the saved annotated navigation information to the GPS device of the first one of the drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sara H. Basson, Peter Gustav Fairweather, Dimitri Kanevsky, Edward Emile Kelley
  • Patent number: 9727922
    Abstract: Peril analysis is performed for carsharing insurance, i.e., peer-to-peer vehicle sharing insurance. The peril analysis is used to calculate the rate of and/or price insurance for carsharing. A renter may purchase insurance for carsharing (fully, as a supplement or going above and beyond a standard offering, or filling a gap between the minimal level a carsharing company provides and what a driver desires to provide for himself and vehicle's occupants, including comprehensive, collision, or a combination) using a mobile device, an embedded device, a vehicle, or an in-dash unit in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
    Inventor: Khamla Saenglongma
  • Patent number: 9726496
    Abstract: A navigation method includes receiving additional information satisfying a condition based on a current position of the user terminal, and indicating a position corresponding to the additional information on a navigation map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Young-ho Rhee, Young-shil Jang
  • Patent number: 9722682
    Abstract: The invention is directed to systems, methods and computer program products for determining an operational mode for a device in a network. An exemplary method comprises determining a device has a first antenna and a second antenna; determining a first number of multipath components and associated power levels for the first antenna; determining a second number of multipath components and associated power levels for the second antenna; and determining an operational mode for the device based on the first number of multipath components and its associated power levels for the first antenna and the second number of multipath components and its associated power levels for the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 9719850
    Abstract: A spatial light measuring system is disclosed, which is configured to store illuminance data acquired by measurement in a new state as initial data, to make the traveling vehicle run after acquiring the initial data, to save illuminance data acquired by the illuminance measuring instrument as daily management data, and to specify an illuminance measuring position and an image acquiring position based on the speed of the traveling vehicle and to use a correction coefficient due to a distance from the ground to an illuminance measuring instrument mounting position and a correction coefficient due to the speed of the traveling vehicle and is configured to correct daily management data into illuminance data on the ground based on both the correction coefficients and to judge the soundness of the illumination facility based on a comparison between the illuminance data as corrected, the initial data and based on the images as acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: TOPCON Corporation
    Inventors: Hisashi Isozaki, Kazunori Sato
  • Patent number: 9723588
    Abstract: A method for determining a location of a wireless transmitter includes: receiving, at data processing hardware, receiver signals from corresponding receivers located within an observation area; estimating, by the data processing hardware, the location of the rogue transmitter; and reporting the estimated location of the rogue transmitter to a remote system in communication with the data processing hardware. Estimating the location of a rogue transmitter includes, for each receiver, determining a transmitter location contour about the receiver based on the corresponding at least one receiver signal and one or more propagation path loss functions and identifying an intersection of the transmitter location contours of the receivers as the estimated location of the rogue transmitter. Each propagation path loss function is based on terrain information corresponding to the observation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Urrutia, Guanghua Li, Jun Yin
  • Patent number: 9712538
    Abstract: Secure networking processes, such as packet encapsulation and decapsulation, can be executed upstream of a user or guest operating system provisioned on a host machine, where the user has substantially full access to that machine. The processing can be performed on a device such as a network interface card (NIC), which can have a separate network port for communicating with mapping systems or other devices across a cloud or secure network. A virtual image of the NIC can be provided to the user such that the user can still utilize at least some of the NIC functionality. In some embodiments, the NIC can work with a standalone processor or control host in order to offload much of the processing to the control host. The NIC can further handle headers and payload separately where possible, in order to improve the efficiency of processing the various packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pradeep Vincent, Michael David Marr
  • Patent number: 9706517
    Abstract: A method of positioning a mobile station (MS) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method is performed by the MS. The method includes receiving information on a reference signal for positioning from a serving base station, measuring the reference signal, comparing a transmission polarization characteristic and reception polarization characteristic of the measured reference signal and determining whether a light of sight (LOS) link between a base station for transmitting the reference signal and the MS is present or not, when the information on the reference signal includes information on the transmission polarization characteristic of the reference signal, and transmitting information on whether the LOS link is present or not to the serving base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kijun Kim, Jonghyun Park
  • Patent number: 9689962
    Abstract: A self-positioning portable electronic device comprises a signal receiving unit for receiving a signal from one or more remote transmitters, and a local positioning unit for determining a local position of the device. The device operates to obtain a plurality of data samples from the signal at different time points during a measurement period with movement of the portable electronic device along an arbitrary trajectory, associate each data sample with a local position obtained from the local positioning unit so as to form a synthetic antenna array, obtain an array response of the synthetic antenna array, and identify the geographic location of the portable electronic device, by processing the synthetic antenna array as a function of the array response and using knowledge about the geographic location of the transmitter(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Fredrik Tufvesson, Anders J. Johansson, Johan Karedal
  • Patent number: 9660772
    Abstract: A method for detecting and processing signals may include receiving a weak radio frequency (RF) signal by an array of antennas. The method may also include digitally sampling the weak RF signal from each antenna of the array of antennas and storing the digital samples of the weak RF signal from each antenna. The method may additionally include detecting a presence of the weak RF signal. Detecting the presence of the weak RF signal may include determining a correlation between the weak RF signal received by each of the antennas of the array of antennas using the digital samples of the weak RF signal from each antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anthony P. Goodson, William Preston Geren
  • Patent number: 9648055
    Abstract: A processing device executing an application that is logged in to a user account recognized by a registration service receives information identifying a device that has not been bound to any user account, wherein the application supports a plurality of registration techniques. The processing device identifies a registration technique supported by the device that is to be used for registration of the device. The processing device performs at least one of sending information associated with the registration technique to the device or receiving the information associated with the registration technique. The processing device sends the information associated with the registration technique to the registration service, and then receives a message from the registration service, wherein the message indicates that the information satisfied a criterion of the registration technique and comprises a notification that the device is bound to the user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Ayla Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishwesh Pai, Sudha Sundaresan, Adrian Caceres
  • Patent number: 9646008
    Abstract: An apparatus and computer implemented method for modifying a state of a virtual item and a corresponding computer-readable medium are disclosed. A receiving device receives information relating to one or more virtual items from a server via a broadcast signal. The information is filtered according to one or more criteria to select a selected virtual item from among the one or more virtual items. The criteria include a physical world location of the receiving device. A state of the selected virtual item is modified from an initial state to a modified state and information relating the modified state back is sent back to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Payton R. White, Stephen C. Detwiler
  • Patent number: 9638785
    Abstract: Ground stations 20, 21 receive any signal transmitted by a geostationary artificial satellite 10, and store the reception signal together with the reception time thereof. A difference ?t in reception time of a same signal between the ground station 20 and the ground station 21 is calculated by performing correlation processing of the reception signal of the ground station 20 and the reception signal of the ground station 21. A distance R20 between the ground station 20 and the geostationary artificial satellite 10 is measured by a distance measurement device. A distance R21 between the ground station 21 and the geostationary artificial satellite 10 is calculated on the basis of the distance R20 obtained by measurement and the difference ?t in reception times, as obtained by correlation processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Sato, Yasuhide Ichie, Hiroaki Nagai
  • Patent number: 9633253
    Abstract: An information processing system may include a memory storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to receive inputs of pictures imaged by a plurality of imaging apparatuses. The system may detect a moving body appearing in an inputted picture imaged by a first imaging apparatus among the plurality of imaging apparatuses. The system may predict a time period in which the moving body will appear in a picture imaged by a second imaging apparatus among the plurality of imaging apparatuses, based on a calculated probability that the moving body will appear in the picture imaged by the second imaging apparatus and an elapsed time after the moving body leaves an imaging range. The system may notify the predicted time period in which the moving body is predicted to appear in the picture imaged by the second imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Miyano
  • Patent number: 9596582
    Abstract: Network devices in an Ad-Hoc wireless network self-survey themselves as necessary for approximate location or precise position information, based on methods employed, particularly useful for a non-open-sky environment. A WiFi Access Point (AP) with or without an internal GPS receiver and location conveyance support may utilize the mesh technique. If an Ad-Hoc network device is unable to contact a suitable location server, or a position request has otherwise failed to deliver a precise position, a WiFi AP is manually configured with appropriate location information, and then offers itself as if it were a location server (thereby becoming an ‘internal’ server’, containing either the determined or provisioned location of itself, for use by other APs or devices). A location server (either internal to the AP needing location, or external), performs a ‘mesh’ location determination by selecting position information from 3 or more location determined APs for subsequent processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger S. Marshall
  • Patent number: 9588218
    Abstract: A system and method to opportunistically capture and use measurements on a priori unknown radio signals, not intended for radio navigation or geolocation, to improve navigation/geolocation position estimation yield and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Echo Ridge LLC
    Inventors: Joseph P. Kennedy, John Carlson
  • Patent number: 9584252
    Abstract: A managed access system for mobile wireless devices (MWDs) in a facility that is geographically within a wireless communications network includes a plurality of antennas arranged at the facility. Radio equipment is coupled to the antennas. A management access controller cooperates with the radio equipment to communicate with a given MWD within the facility, block outside communications via the wireless communications network when the given MWD is an unauthorized MWD, and provide outside communications when the given MWD is an authorized MWD. The management access controller cooperates with at least one MWD geolocation device to locate the given MWD within the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric J. Salyers, Shawn H. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9572009
    Abstract: A network-centric device discovery solution that leverages area event location services. A proximity server (PS) performing device discovery for a discoverer mobile initiates an area event, via a location server, for each device subscribed to the same proximity service group as the discoverer mobile and camped on the same zone as the discoverer mobile. The area event notifies the PS each time such device moves into an area of an E-CGI and/or WiFI access point where the discoverer mobile attaches. If the PS receives an area event notification for the device camped on the same zone as the discoverer mobile, the PS requests location information for the device and uses returned location information to determine if the device is within a predefined proximity of the discoverer mobile. If the device is within a predefined proximity of the discoverer mobile, the PS sends a proximity alert message to the discoverer mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yinjun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9558652
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, an apparatus includes a reader configured to read motion information, received from an end device, regarding a motion that was enacted by a user relative to the end device; a request generator configured to generate a service request that includes an identifier of the apparatus and the read motion information; a transmitter configured to transmit, to a service provider, the service request; and a receiver configured to receive, from the service provider, an expression of a service that is associated with the identifier of the apparatus and the read motion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Moon-Soon Kang, Jang-hyuk Park
  • Patent number: 9553358
    Abstract: Antenna assemblies, which may be used in meter reading systems, are provided. One example of antenna assembly includes a first antenna vertically configured to be mounted on a top surface of a vehicle and a second antenna vertically configured to be mounted on the top surface of the vehicle. The antenna assembly also includes a receiver configured to communicate with a plurality of wireless utility meters via the first and second antennas. The first and second antennas are aligned with a direction of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Edward C. Parish
  • Patent number: 9536007
    Abstract: A method provides for real-time asset location tracking. An asset in a wide area network, be it a utilities network or a communication network, registers itself with a network management center. The registration process includes identification of a physical location of the asset usable for mapping and tracking the asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Cheng, Xinguo Wei