Land Vehicle Location (e.g., Bus, Police Car Patents (Class 342/457)
  • Patent number: 10264420
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a descriptive location of a first user device. The method includes: receiving a request to determine an updated descriptive location pointer for the second user device; receiving data associated with the first user device and at least one radio frequency (RF) signal; and determining an updated descriptive location pointer for the second user device based on a unique identifier collected by the first user device, the data associated with the first user device, and the at least one RF signal, wherein the unique identifier is created by the first user device based on data and RF signals received by the first user device during a learning phase, wherein the unique identifier is associated with at least one predetermined descriptive location pointer, wherein the updated descriptive location pointer is determined from among the at least one predetermined descriptive location pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Carbyne Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Dizengof, Yony Yatsun
  • Patent number: 10262481
    Abstract: A system and method of performing identity verification based on the use of mobile phones or mobile computing devices in conjunction with a secure identity authority; said method to be used as an alternative to conventional identity verification using paper-based documents such as driver's licenses and passports. The new method improves speed, accuracy, cost, and reliability of identity verification for entities that need to verify identity, as well as convenience for end-users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MorphoTrust USA, LLC
    Inventor: Thiagarajan Saravanan
  • Patent number: 10257775
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining whether to allow attachment of a mobile terminal to a Radio Access Network. A selection function node receives an indication that the mobile terminal has requested to attach to the Radio Access Network. A determination is made of a property of a radio connection on both an uplink and a downlink between the mobile terminal and the RAN. On the basis of the determined property, a further determination is made as to whether to allow attachment of the mobile terminal to the RAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Dinand Roeland, Kaiyuan Huang, Stephen Rayment
  • Patent number: 10251083
    Abstract: A method includes determining that a first receiver of a node of a mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) is in an electromagnetic contested environment for a first frequency. The method also includes scanning a frequency coverage range of a second receiver of the node for unused frequencies. The method additionally includes selecting a frequency from the unused frequencies, the selected frequency to be used for communication of messages from another node of the MANET to the node via the second receiver. The method further includes transmitting, to the other node, a message including information of the selected frequency via the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John Thommana, Lizy Paul
  • Patent number: 10247828
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to positioning systems and location determination using measurement stitching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wyatt Thomas Riley, Douglas Neal Rowitch, Dominic Gerard Farmer
  • Patent number: 10250703
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a method for location-based content publishing. The method includes a step for receiving indication of a user subscription to one or more publisher feeds, wherein each of the one or more publisher feeds provides multiple content items, each content item being associated with a location. The method also includes a step for receiving a request for content items, wherein the request includes information about the user's location based on a mobile device of the user. The method also includes a step for selecting content items provided by the one or more publisher feeds based on the user's location and based on the location associated with the content items. The method also includes a step for providing at least a portion of the selected content items for display on the user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Leif Hendrik Wilden, John V. Hanke, Ioannis Tsoukalidis, Yennie C. Solheim, Lior Stern
  • Patent number: 10240935
    Abstract: A method for maintaining vehicle-resident map information may include, in a vehicle with at least one communications processor integrated within the vehicle, the at least one communications processor being operable to receive wireless transmissions including map information from a remote location separate and apart from the vehicle, obtaining GPS information relating to the vehicle. The map information received by the at least one communications processor may be downloaded from the remote location. A map corresponding to the map information, and an indication of the current vehicle location may be displayed within the map, based on the GPS information. The map information may correspond to the GPS information. Road information may be wirelessly transmitted to one or more locations based on the GPS information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 10228445
    Abstract: A computer broadcasts a tier 1 signal from a target device and records transmission data of the broadcast. The computer detects the tier 1 signal at nearby propagator devices and records additional transmission data before determining whether a propagation limit has been reached. Based on not reaching the propagation limit, the computer instructs the nearby propagator devices to broadcast a tier 2 signal. The computer records further transmission data at other nearby propagator devices detecting the tier 2 signal and, again, determines whether the propagation limit has been reached. Based on determining that the propagation limit has been reached, the computer filters outliers from all the transmission data and determines the precise location of the target device. Furthermore, the computer displays the relative location of the target device on one or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: White W. H. Hsu, Joey H. Y. Tseng, Yu-Hsing Wu, Hsieh-Lung Yang
  • Patent number: 10206193
    Abstract: The location of a mobile device may be determined based on information that includes the signal strength of nearby radiation sources. The system may disregard information associated with radiation sources that are determined to be mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 10206194
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for device location are described. In one example embodiment, an apparatus and method for determining a location of a mobile device is presented using a single narrowband radio system. In one implementation, Bluetooth is utilized. Using the single base operating with the narrowband radio, the location of the mobile device is found by applying both angle determination and distance determination. Using phased array antennas, the angle between receiver and base is determined. The distance is determined using a time-of-flight method based on phase comparison and phase lock loop techniques which can be applied in narrowband radio transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacobus Cornelis Haartsen
  • Patent number: 10200157
    Abstract: A technology related to a distributed antenna system is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a distributed antenna system may include a master unit and a plurality of remote units. The master unit may be interfaced with a wireless communications network and perform a bidirectional simultaneous digital radio frequency distribution of a wireless signal. The plurality of remote units may be each coupled to the master unit, and each perform a wireless transmission or reception of a split radio frequency signal to or from terminals located within a coverage. The master unit and the plurality of remote units may transmit or receive digital radio frequency signals in a wavelet transform domain. The master unit may determine whether the digital radio frequency signal, transmitted by each of the remote units, is normal, and merge the digital radio frequency signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SOLiD Inc.
    Inventor: Young Man Cho
  • Patent number: 10182305
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided. In one embodiment, the location of entities (e.g., computing entities and establishments) can be monitored or identified to determine whether they are within a configurable/determinable distance/proximity from each other. Such determinations can be used to automatically provide notifications and/or allow or disallow events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service Of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Gillen
  • Patent number: 10178495
    Abstract: Systems and methods to determine a location of a mobile device by combining a radio frequency navigation system and an inertial navigation system, where the radio frequency navigation system determines a location of the mobile device in reference to a map of radio frequency signals and the inertial navigation system based on dead reckoning the position of the mobile device based on measurements from motion sensors. When a set of successive locations determined by the radio frequency navigation system is found to have a predetermined pattern (e.g., within a minimum distance from each other, or separated by more than a maximum distance), the mobile device discards the location results from the radio frequency navigation system for the period of time, in favor of the location results from the inertial navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: OneMarket Network LLC
    Inventors: Gerard Joseph Cerchio, Brian David Wilson
  • Patent number: 10172109
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining, by a user computing device of one or more computing devices of a computing system, a location synchronization approach. The method further includes determining a location determination approach based on the location synchronization approach and availability of location assets. The method further includes generating location synchronization information utilizing the location determination approach. For each of one or more synchronization entities of the computing system, the method further includes identifying a communication path for communication of the location synchronization information. The method further includes facilitating communication of the location synchronization information to the each of the one or more synchronization entities utilizing the communication path in accordance with the location synchronization approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: JIO, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Renaldi, Roger W. Ady
  • Patent number: 10165530
    Abstract: A method is proposed for verification of time data from a time signal modulated on a continuous carrier signal with steps to receive a first time signal with a first reference time, to receive a second time signal with a second reference time, which follows the first reference time in time, for calculation of the target time interval lying between the reference times from the time data contained in the received time signal, to determine a time interval and determine a reference time interval, using counting of periods of the continuous carrier signal within the time interval, for comparison of the target time interval with the reference time interval and to send an error signal, if the deviation determined by the comparison surpasses a stipulated tolerance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Christoph Ruland
  • Patent number: 10158971
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a change indicator associated with location tracking communication from a first communication device to a second communication device regarding location information of the first communication device, where the location tracking communication is based on a first locating category option for an energy consumption function locating category and a second locating category option for a location modality category. The method further includes selecting a different first locating category option and determining whether the different first locating category option affects a selection of the second locating category option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: JIO, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Renaldi, Roger W. Ady
  • Patent number: 10129691
    Abstract: Systems and methods to determine a location of a mobile device by combining a radio frequency navigation system and an inertial navigation system, where the radio frequency navigation system determines a location of the mobile device in reference to a map of radio frequency signals and the inertial navigation system based on dead reckoning the position of the mobile device based on measurements from motion sensors and/or magnetic field sensors. The mobile device combines the position determination results from the radio frequency navigation system and the inertial navigation system to determine two successive locations. A heading of the user of the mobile device is computed from the two successive locations without using the orientation of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Gerard Joseph Cerchio, Brian David Wilson
  • Patent number: 10117045
    Abstract: A circuit of a node in a radio network and method for transit time measurement between a first node and a second node of a radio network is provided. A frame is transmitted by the first node, wherein the frame requires an acknowledgment of reception by the second node. A first point in time of the transmission of the frame is established by the first node by a time counter. The frame is received by the second node at a second point in time. The acknowledgment is transmitted by the second node to the first node at a third point in time, wherein the third point in time depends on the second point in time by a predetermined time interval between the second point in time and the third point in time. A fourth point in time is established by the first node by the time counter when the acknowledgment is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Tilo Ferchland, Michael Schmidt, Eric Sachse
  • Patent number: 10107891
    Abstract: A method and system of determining a location of a remote transmitter is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Tan Anh Ngo, Murali Tummala, John C. McEachen
  • Patent number: 10111200
    Abstract: An infrastructure equipment as part of a mobile communications network receives an indication that data is to be transmitted to one of communications devices. In response the infrastructure equipment transmits a first paging message to the communications device to indicate the communications device is to receive the data via a wireless access interface. If a response to the transmitted first paging message is not received within a predetermined time, then if the infrastructure equipment can use a power boosting mode, to transmit the first paging message with a boosted power, or if the infrastructure equipment cannot use a power boosted mode for transmitting, to transmit a second paging message to one or more communications apparatus which can operate as a relay node for the communications device. The second paging message identifies the relay node and the communications device for which the infrastructure equipment is to transmit the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, Ayesha Ijaz, Atta Ul Quddus, Muhammad Ali Imran, Hideji Wakabayashi, Jussi Tapani Kahtava
  • Patent number: 10094673
    Abstract: A method for maintaining vehicle-resident map information may include, in a vehicle with at least one communications processor integrated within the vehicle, the at least one communications processor being operable to receive wireless transmissions including map information from a remote location separate and apart from the vehicle, obtaining GPS information relating to the vehicle. The map information received by the at least one communications processor may be downloaded from the remote location. A map corresponding to the map information, and an indication of the current vehicle location may be displayed within the map, based on the GPS information. The map information may correspond to the GPS information. Road information may be wirelessly transmitted to one or more locations based on the GPS information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 10091352
    Abstract: Systems for caller identification and authentication may include an authentication server. The authentication server may be configured to receive audio data including speech of a plurality of telephone calls, use audio data for at least a subset of the plurality of telephone calls to populate a plurality of word clusters each associated with a specific demographic, and/or use audio data for at least one of the plurality of telephone calls to identify the telephone caller making the telephone call based on determining a most similar word cluster of the plurality of word clusters to the audio data of the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Walters, Jeremy Goodsitt, Fardin Abdi Taghi Abad
  • Patent number: 10085112
    Abstract: A circuit of a node in a radio network and method for transit time measurement between a first node and a second node of a radio network is provided. A frame is transmitted by the first node, wherein the frame requires an acknowledgment of reception by the second node. A first point in time of the transmission of the frame is established by the first node by a time counter. The frame is received by the second node at a second point in time. The acknowledgment is transmitted by the second node to the first node at a third point in time, wherein the third point in time depends on the second point in time by a predetermined time interval between the second point in time and the third point in time. A fourth point in time is established by the first node by the time counter when the acknowledgment is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Tilo Ferchland, Michael Schmidt, Eric Sachse
  • Patent number: 10075819
    Abstract: A system for micro-locating a portable device including: a plurality of proximity sensors disposed within a vehicle, wherein the proximity sensors are disposed at different locations from each other, and wherein the proximity sensors are each configured to broadcast a signal; a portable device configured to receive the signals broadcast from the proximity sensors to determine its location with respect to the vehicle; and a control module disposed within the vehicle and configured to enable or disable vehicle control features of the portable device based on the location of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Santavicca, Tristen Kyle Pierson, Benson James Brady
  • Patent number: 10075213
    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: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Kai P. Johnson, Ryan L. Watkins
  • Patent number: 10064002
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a change indicator associated with location tracking communication from a first communication device to a second communication device regarding location information of the first communication device, where the location tracking communication is based on a variety of locating category options of a plurality of locating categories including location modality, locating function, and communication medium. The method further includes selecting, in response to the change indicator, a different first locating category option and determining whether the different first locating category option affects a selection of other locating category options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: JIO, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Renaldi, Roger W. Ady
  • Patent number: 10024974
    Abstract: A method for determining a location of a target includes: obtaining a plurality of guess distance values of a plurality of satellites, respectively; utilizing satellite signals received from the plurality of satellites to estimate a plurality of pseudo range values of the plurality of satellites, respectively; comparing the guess range values with the pseudo range values to generate a residual vector; and utilizing a processing unit for applying a rank-based approach based on the residual vector to generate a calculation result. The location of the target is derived from the calculation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MediaTek Inc.
    Inventor: Pei-Hung Jau
  • Patent number: 10005387
    Abstract: A vehicle locator system may include a sensor in communication with a lighting system, a wireless transceiver, an illumination assembly received within a housing, and a controller. The controller may be configured to command the illumination assembly to emit light according to a first pattern, responsive to a communication from a remote device received through the wireless transceiver. The communication may include a request to operate the illumination assembly in a vehicle locator mode, while a vehicle ignition is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juanito Yu Co, Ryan Craig, Helen Chan Co
  • Patent number: 9985705
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for generating a frame for communication using beamforming in a wireless communication system are provided. A method for transmitting a signal in a transmitting stage includes determining a beam change time of a region for transmitting information in a frame, and transmitting the information to a receiving stage over the region for transmitting the information by considering the beam change time. The frame includes a plurality of regions divided based on a type of the information transmitted to the receiving stage, and the plurality of the regions includes different beam change times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yung-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9980087
    Abstract: A method includes determining a first locating category of a plurality of locating categories based on an initial locating parameter. The method further includes selecting, when available, a first locating category option from the first locating category to produce a first selected locating category option. The method further includes selecting, when available, a second locating category option from a second locating category based on the first selected locating category option to produce a second selected locating category option, and a third locating category option from a third locating category based on at least one of the first and second selected locating category options to produce a third selected locating category option. The method further includes establishing location tracking communication from a first communication device to a second communication device regarding location information of the first communication device based on the first, second, and third selected locating category options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: JIO, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Renaldi, Roger W. Ady
  • Patent number: 9979532
    Abstract: A decentralized communication device is provided that facilitates optimal positioning and orientation of one or more antennas for wireless communication with external devices. The decentralized communication device includes one or more master components and one or more slave components. The master and the slave components are physically separate and communicate wirelessly. In some embodiments the slave acts as a carrier frequency translator between the master and an external wireless device, where it communicates with the external device using a first frequency and communicates with the master using a second frequency which is different from the first frequency. In another embodiment the slave has most or all the physical layer to do the digital coding, digital modulation, data framing, data formatting and data packetization for communicating with an external device, in which case digital coding and digital modulation is distributed between the master and the slave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Mehran Moshfeghi
  • Patent number: 9977792
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to apparatus, systems, and methods for providing a location information analytics mechanism. The location information analytics mechanism is configured to analyze location information to extract contextual information (e.g., profile) about a mobile device or a user of a mobile device, collectively referred to as a target entity. The location information analytics mechanism can include analyzing location data points associated with a target entity to determine features associated with the target entity, and using the features to predict attributes associated with the target entity. The set of predicted attributes can form a profile of the target entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FACTUAL INC.
    Inventors: Tyler Bell, Bill Michels, Spencer Tipping, Tom White, Boris Shimanovsky
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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