Emergency Or Alarm Communications (e.g., Watchman's Circuit) Patents (Class 379/37)
  • Patent number: 9547964
    Abstract: An integrated lighting and notification system includes a light fixture connected to an electrical power supply, a camera, a control unit, and a trigger device. The electrical power supply provides electrical power to the light source unit and the camera. The control unit transmits a signal via a network in response to receiving a signal transmitted by the trigger device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: HeathCo, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Roy Skotty, Scott Blaise Tylicki
  • Patent number: 9521534
    Abstract: In an emergency, a gateway application, which has been installed on a mobile communications device, is actuated to advise a public safety answering point (PSAP) in a public safety (PS) network of the emergency, and to disable restrictions on application downloading to the mobile device. Once the emergency has been confirmed by the PSAP, an emergency application, which has been selected by the PSAP, is downloaded to the mobile device. The downloaded emergency application can be executed by the PSAP and/or by a PS person, to remotely control the mobile device to help remedy the emergency. The downloaded emergency application can be removed from the mobile device upon closing of the emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Mariusz R. Wawrowski, Kenneth W. Douros, Michal Szychowski
  • Patent number: 9520053
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for transmitting event codes from a base station to a remote location. In one embodiment, a method is described, executed by a processor within an event communication module, the method comprising receiving an encoded event code from a base station over an interface connection, selecting a first transmission method from two or more communication methods based on the received event code, encoding the event code based on the first communication method, and transmitting the encoded event code to remote location by a communication module configured to communicate using the first communication method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Instant Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Darling, George Seelman, Fong Chang, David Martinez
  • Patent number: 9521526
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for communicating telematics data and metadata. A first device transmits a first signaling message to a second device over a communication session signaling protocol. The first signaling message includes at least a first set of session information related to a communication session between the first device and the second device and a first set of telematics data for the first device. The first device receives a second signaling message from the second device over the communication session signaling protocol. The second signaling message includes metadata based on a content of the first set of telematics data transmitted in the first signaling message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Randall Coleman Gellens, Nikolai Konrad Leung, Stephen William Edge, David Hugh Williams
  • Patent number: 9510175
    Abstract: Methods and systems for obtaining the location of a caller during an emergency or other telephone call. Before or during a call, a phone system can obtain from one or more sources a subscriber access line identity associated with a subscriber location record that includes a subscriber access line identity attribute and a subscriber location attribute. A phone system can send a query that includes the subscriber access line identity to a subscriber location query system that returns a subscriber location record or a subscriber location to the phone system. The phone system can then display the caller location information to a phone system, an agent or operator so that emergency services can be quickly and accurately dispatched. Using similar procedure and a memory, phone systems can also determine if a subscriber phone has or is changing location. Methods for testing the emergency call capabilities of a subscriber access line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: TP LAB, INC.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9509856
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved revenue call management system for use with a telecommunication system. The revenue management system preferably includes a remote server, a user database, and a plurality of databases. When a call is placed, the revenue management system queries the user database based on the telephone number dialed to bill the appropriate account. If no account exists for the dialed telephone number, the revenue system queries a multitude of internal and external databases to determine if the dialed telephone number is billable. If the telephone number is un-billable, the collect call attempt is terminated. The revenue management system is capable of establishing accounts in real time while the caller and called party are on the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Value-Added Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Kermit D. Heaton, Stephen L. Hodge
  • Patent number: 9485472
    Abstract: A home monitoring system comprises a control apparatus adapted to provide enhanced privacy, resource management and alert management. The control apparatus includes a camera for capturing video at the home. A memory stores captured video. A communication interface is operatively connected to the control apparatus for streaming video and receiving control commands. A central system is remotely located relative to the control apparatus and in operative communication with the communication interface for receiving and storing captured video from the control apparatus. A remote unit is remotely located relative to the control apparatus and in operative communication with the communication interface for generating control commands to the control apparatus to terminate transmission of video to the central system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kathiresan Periyasamy, Gopalakrishna N, Fabin Rodrigues, Suhasini Kuruba, Kaja Mohaideen, Raja Prabhu
  • Patent number: 9473907
    Abstract: A method includes providing a broadband public safety network PSN that includes at least a first MS1 and a second MS2 mobile device and a first coverage area; and providing a broadband mobile communication network CN including a second coverage area 104. The method includes detecting the MS1 and MS2 mobile devices are residing out of the first coverage area and residing in the second coverage area 104. Then the MS1 and MS2 mobile devices are starting to operate in a Device to Device mode 204. The method further includes defining a group including the MS1 and MS2 mobile devices that are communicating in the Device to Device mode. The method includes determining, by using a selection mechanism including one or several timers, which of the MS1 and MS2 mobile devices acts as a controlling mobile device for the group 202.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Vinh Van Phan, Ling Yu, Kari Veikko Horneman
  • Patent number: 9473559
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing registration at a remote site that may include, for example, a monitoring module that may communicate with a remote site. A registration protocol may be used by the monitoring module and the remote site in generating the messages communicated during the registration process. The monitoring module may gather and generate various identification information to be included in the registration protocol messages. The registration information provided by the monitoring module maybe stored at the remote site in a database server having a database. A confirmation message may be communicated from the remote site to the monitoring module that may either acknowledge successful registration or report that an error occurred during the registration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Babak Rezvani, Edward B. Kalin, Jack L. Chen, Reza Jalili
  • Patent number: 9473935
    Abstract: Secure storage of important/relevant information on a device and/or internet cloud is facilitated, and enables automatic transmission of that important/relevant information when certain user-defined criteria are met, e.g., when 911 is dialed on a corresponding subscriber device. A baseline data collection and maintenance interface enables a subscriber to provision important/relevant information (e.g. medical/emergency information) authorized for transmittal, intended recipients of data (e.g. emergency personnel), and one or more information exchange events (e.g., dialing 911 on a corresponding subscriber device), in to a subscriber information database. A trigger monitoring server monitors a subscriber device for the occurrence of one or more information exchange events defined in an affiliated subscriber information database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 9467836
    Abstract: An E-9-1-1 voice-over-IP (VoIP) solution is provided wherein a 911 call from a wireless VoIP device is routed directly to the correct Public Safety Answer Point (PSAP) via dedicated trunks, together with correct location information and call-back number. VoIP gateways are implemented locally, at least one per LATA, and accept VoIP packetized data inbound, and convert it to standard wireline voice calls. Calls are routed to an IP address at the VoIP gateway, which then egresses the call to a voice port at a selective router. Dedicated voice trunks (CAMA, SS7, FG-D) are installed between each local VoIP gateway and appropriate selective routers. An Automatic Location Identification (ALI) database is provisioned with ESRKs dedicated for VoIP use. TCP/IP circuits may be established between some or all of the various local VoIP gateways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Dickinson, Roger Marshall, Steven P. Helme
  • Patent number: 9438731
    Abstract: A computer aided prioritization (CAP) system may receive, from the emergency event reporter device, an emergency event including a priority selected from a set of event priorities and a type of event selected from a set of event types associated with the selected event priority; determine, based on the emergency event and without querying the emergency event reporter device for additional information, whether the emergency event indicates a higher priority emergency event to be handled by a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system or a lower priority emergency event to be handled automatically by a computer aided event module (CAEM); and selectively route the emergency event report to at least one of the CAD system and the CAEM according to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tools/400 Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Klaban
  • Patent number: 9386414
    Abstract: System and method for submitting a location of a mobile device to a public service for providing emergency assistance are described. A mobile device can determine that a user is making an emergency call from the mobile device. The mobile device can then enable a location determination function of the mobile device and determine a location of the mobile device. The mobile device can determine the location in multiple attempts, including, in a first time window, attempting to determine a location with low uncertainty and, if the attempt fails, determining a location with high uncertainty in a second time window. The mobile device can then submit the location to a dispatcher through a mobile network operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mayor, Glenn Donald MacGougan
  • Patent number: 9380153
    Abstract: In an example method of operating a call center, personal profiles of a number of clients of a service provided by the call center are maintained in electronic storage. At least one of the personal profiles includes identification of one or more entities authorized by the respective client to act on behalf of the respective client, and a particular one of the one or more entities is assigned one or more trust level indicators specific respectively to one or more particular categories of action. An inquiry is received, inquiring whether the particular entity is authorized by a particular client to perform a proposed action on behalf of the particular client, the proposed action relating to one of the categories of action. It is then determined, based the trust level indicators and the category, whether the particular entity is authorized by the particular client to perform the proposed action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: GreatCall, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Amerling, Scott Brenton, Chris Gutierrez, Kotaro Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9369578
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and device for assigning a telephone number to a browsing session and for providing physical location information to a public safety answering point in association with a web-based chat or relay session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Roller Michaelis, Roger L. Toennis
  • Patent number: 9363373
    Abstract: Users store information relevant to first responders in the event of an emergency. When a user later places an emergency call, the user's emergency information is automatically made available to the public-safety answering point operator handling the call. Hotel personal are notified of the call and may listen to and break in to the ongoing call in order to assist. A reverse 9-1-1 broadcast enables hotel personnel to quickly notify guests of an emergency situation via in-room and mobile phones. In the event that police need to conduct surveillance on a target location, the onsite PBX server reconfigures phones within the vicinity of the target location to operate in an open mode and records the audio/visual information received. An incoming call to a hotel room from the PSAP is automatically connected to the in-room phone even if other incoming calls not from the PSAP are being screened by front desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd., Innacloud Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Abnett, Russell D. McComb, Andrew T. MacMillan
  • Patent number: 9356798
    Abstract: Alarm customers on VoIP may use an adapter for conversion to Internet Protocol (IP) signals or may have an alarm system that uses IP signals to transmit alarm signals over the Internet. IP signals from alarm customers may go to any monitoring center for alarm system monitoring. IP signals from alarm systems using IP conversion equipment can go only to monitoring centers with specialized receiving equipment specific to the type of transmitting equipment in use at the customer's premises. There is a pool of customers, whose dealers would convert to IP and stay with the current monitoring center if the center invested in receiving equipment. For the many small centers who will not or cannot invest in receiving equipment, the present invention will take IP signals from any or all brands of IP transmitting equipment, to a central server then retransmit to any center over POTS to the alarm monitoring center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Numerex Corp.
    Inventors: Harvey Alexander Elliot, Bryan Field Elliot, Daniel J. Elliot
  • Patent number: 9325631
    Abstract: A system and method for improved upstream data transmission. In an embodiment, a cable modem includes a transceiver configured for transmitting data upstream once permission is granted. In between times when permission to transmit is granted, however, the cable modem is configured to prepare as much data as possible for immediate upstream transmission once that very permission is granted. Thus, prior to permission being granted, the cable modem assembles (pre-processes) the data into transmit frames such that the data frames may be stored in a local memory coupled to the transceiver in a “ready-to-go” format. In this manner, the entire amount of time/bandwidth allocated to the cable modem in response to its request for upstream data transmission may be dedicated to actually transmitting data upstream as opposed to consuming time and bandwidth processing the data into data frames after upstream data transmission has been granted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC., CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Charaf Hanna, Zhifang J. Ni, John Wrobbel, Benjamin Nelson Darby, Andrew Graham Whitlow, Gale L. Shallow, Maynard Darvel Hammond
  • Patent number: 9300780
    Abstract: A phone comprises a shell, a first communication module for communicating via a first communication network, a detection signal acquisition component as well as a sensor chip and a processing module for security monitoring, wherein the first communication module, the sensor chip and the processing module are accommodated inside the phone shell, and the detection signal acquisition component is mounted on the surface of the phone shell. Due to the integration of additional components related to security monitoring, the phone disclosed herein becomes an integrated device with both functions of basic communication and security monitoring. In addition, the resulted phone with security monitoring function has good characteristics of stealth and invisibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Boly Media Communications (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Hu, Xia Shen, Lihua Chen
  • Patent number: 9280890
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for access and control of networked devices. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a request for access to a security system device; determining whether the device is set to a first mode or a second mode; and in response to determining that the device is in the second mode, generating one or more notifications to authorized users identifying the access to the security device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: MivaLife Mobile Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Keqin Gu, Yan Qi, Kuochun Lee, Shicong Wang
  • Patent number: 9274520
    Abstract: A system for monitoring machinery and systems in a process plant using a local monitoring and diagnostic system, the system including a plant database configured to store rule sets including at least one rule expressed as at least one of a physics-based model, a data-driven model, and a empirical model of a plant component and a relational expression of a real-time data output relative to a real-time data input, and a server grade computer configured to receive plant component data from a plant unit control panel, generate virtual sensor outputs using the at least one model associated with the plant component, transmit the plant component data and generated virtual sensor outputs to the plant database for storing and to a data visualization system for generating analytical graphics, determine using the at least one model rule set, an operating or performance condition of the plant component in near real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone SRL
    Inventors: Mohamed Ali, Filippo Cinelli, Valentina Civelli, Gianni Mochi, Abdurrahman Khalidi
  • Patent number: 9253547
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a remote support management system 1) receiving a television support request from a user of a television, 2) generating, in response to the television support request, a ticket identifier associated with the television support request, and 3) facilitating, in accordance with the ticket identifier, remote control of the television by a support technician by way of a computing device associated with the support technician. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Azim Nasir, Jianxiu Hao, Haiyan Zhou
  • Patent number: 9246740
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products notify of alarms in security systems. An alarm message is received from a security system associated with a network address. The network address is associated to a notification address. A Voice-over Internet Protocol call to the notification address is initiated over a data network to alert of an alarm from a security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Patent number: 9247408
    Abstract: Provided is a method for interactive emergency information and identification. The method may comprise receiving a notification concerning an emergency situation. The notification may include a location of the emergency situation. A geo-fence associated with the location of the emergency situation can be defined based on the location of the emergency situation. Additionally, location information associated with the locations of a plurality of user devices is received, and a position of an individual within the geo-fence is determined based on the location information of the user device associated with individual. The individual may be informed about the emergency situation via a user interface of the user device. Furthermore, functionality for a user to give feedback is provided to the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PATROCINIUM SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: John A. South
  • Patent number: 9226035
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a one-button information interactive method and system. The method includes steps as follow: based on a multimedia-file uploading interface activated by the children, the client adds a corresponding multimedia classification marker to a file header of a multimedia file selected by the children; the server saves the multimedia file in the specified storage space based on the username of the client and the multimedia classification marker, and marks a reading states of the multimedia file; the server retrieves an unread marker, and transmits an information reminding instruction to the net-media player corresponding to the username of the client; a remote controller receives a key signal outputted by the elderly; the net-media player reads the multimedia file with the unread marker from the specified storage space based on the first control signal, and plays the multimedia file with the unread marker via a television in descending order of uploading time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU DINGYI ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiarui Sheng, Mengjie Zhou, Ying Yang, Liu Yang, Jie Xu, Jiamin Zhou
  • Patent number: 9197714
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solution for handling customer activity when connecting to a wireless communication network and in particular for statistics of customer activity using the network. This is provided in a number of aspects such as methods, node, and system for reporting user profile statistics from deep packet inspection of data packets in a packet data network (100) to a policy and charging rules function entity (104) which in turn informs a subscriber usage profile repository (106), i.e. SUPR. The SUPR provides access to external application servers (108) to the subscriber usage profile information after access control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: John Stenfelt, Dirk Kopplin, Stefan Rommer, Hans Bertil Ronneke
  • Patent number: 9182751
    Abstract: Carbon dioxide monitoring, in which carbon dioxide sensor data is processed in combination with additional sensor and automation control data. A system includes a monitoring system that monitors a fixed property and includes a carbon dioxide sensor, one or more additional sensors that are installed at the fixed property and that sense attributes of the fixed property, and one or more automation control components that control one or more appliances located at the fixed property. The system also includes a monitoring application server that receives data communications based on carbon dioxide sensor data, additional sensor data, and automation control data. The monitoring application server integrates the carbon dioxide sensor data with the additional sensor data and the automation control data, analyzes the integrated carbon dioxide sensor data, additional sensor data, and automation control data, and performs an operation related to the fixed property based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Alexander Lawrence Reeder
  • Patent number: 9172553
    Abstract: An integrated security system integrates broadband and mobile access and control with conventional security systems and premise devices to provide a tri-mode security network that with remote connectivity and access. The integrated security system includes a touchscreen providing security keypad functionality as well as content management and presentation, and is used as a security system interface and an interface for interacting with a network. The integrated security system delivers remote premise monitoring and control functionality to conventional monitored premise protection and complements existing premise protection equipment. The integrated security system integrates into the premise network and couples wirelessly with the conventional security panel, enabling broadband access to premise security systems. Automation devices can be added, enabling users to remotely see live video or pictures and control home devices via a personal web portal, mobile phone, or other client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Dawes, Jim Fulker, Carolyn Wales
  • Patent number: 9167091
    Abstract: A two-way voice interface allows communication by telephone between a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and a human operator. A phone-HMI gateway communicates with the SCADA system through an application programming interface (API), composes messages to the operator in text format and interprets text derived from voice commands from the operator. A cloud telephone service is used to convert from voice to text and from text to voice, and to set up the telephone connection with the human operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Florin Darie, Dong Wei
  • Patent number: 9137352
    Abstract: A communications system allows audio, video, and data to be transmitted between a remote unit, a command unit, and alternate units. A person at the remote unit can receive and respond to voice communications through a provided handset. A person at the command unit can connect a compatible device, such as a headset, to the command unit in order to listen to and speak with a person at the remote unit. The command unit is capable of monitoring the area of the remote unit via hidden video cameras and microphones installed in the remote unit. Accessory modules can be installed in the remote unit or connected to the command unit to provide additional capabilities, such as voice-stress analysis, pulse monitoring, fingerprint identification, transcription, and translation. Additional modules can be connected to the command unit to allow separate groups to simultaneously access and participate in communications with the remote unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin L. Otto
  • Patent number: 9094417
    Abstract: A system and method for designating and administering authority in a trusted environment is provided. In some embodiments, a determination is made that a transfer of the authority to a second computing entity is warranted. The second computing entity is opportunistically contacted, and during the opportunistic contact, the authority is passed from the first computing entity to the second computing entity. The passing of the authority from the first computing entity to the second computing entity tasks the second computing entity with updating members of the group of the passing of the authority. The passing of authority may include providing an outstanding group update to the second computing entity and may also include tasking the second computing entity with completing the outstanding group update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: NETAPP, INC.
    Inventors: Craig F. Everhart, Steven M. Ewing
  • Patent number: 9084103
    Abstract: Analytic and tracking systems and methods are described that use over-the-air identifiers (OTAIs) of mobile devices for tracking, dispatch, identification, etc. In particular, the analytic and tracking systems and methods can include various OTAI sensors that are communicatively coupled to a server and with one another. The OTAI sensors are configured to identify proximate mobile devices concurrent with at least one additional piece of information. The analytic and tracking systems and methods can process identified mobile devices and the additional pieces of information for a plurality of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Deborah J Monks, Tyrone D Bekiares, Timothy J Collins, Trent J Miller
  • Patent number: 9059863
    Abstract: An integrated security system integrates broadband and mobile access and control with conventional security systems and premise devices to provide a tri-mode security network having remote connectivity and access. The integrated security system delivers remote premise monitoring and control functionality to conventional monitored premise protection and complements existing premise protection equipment. The integrated security system integrates into the premise network and couples wirelessly with the conventional security panel, enabling broadband access to premise security systems. Automation devices can be added, enabling users to remotely see live video or pictures and control home devices via a personal web portal or other client device. Camera management enables automatic configuration and management of cameras in the premise network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Baum, Paul J. Dawes, Chris DeCenzo, Gerry Gutt, Reza Raji, Aaron Wood
  • Patent number: 9036791
    Abstract: One telephone system embodiment having an alert module includes a base unit and at least one handheld unit. The base unit has a processor in data communication with a telephone network interface, a radio receiver, a first local transmitter, a first local receiver, and a first computer memory having a first program. The handheld unit has a processor in data communication with a second local receiver, a second local transmitter, a microphone, a speaker, and a second computer memory having a second program. At least one of the first and second programs includes instructions for passing signals between a telephone network on one end and the microphone and the speaker on another end. At least one of the first and second programs includes instructions for presenting an emergency warning through the speaker upon receipt of alert data from an emergency broadcast radio transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Midland Radio Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel M. Devling, Guido Izhak Raccah
  • Patent number: 9031207
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating location information of a VoIP subscriber to a public-safety answering point may include receiving an E-911 telephone call from a VoIP telephone. Location information associated with the VoIP telephone stored in a database may be requested. The location information may be received in a signal formatted substantially the same as a signal format for communicating caller identification information. The location information may be displayed at a public-safety answering point. In one embodiment, the location information may be displayed on a video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Amar N. Ray, Cadathur V. Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 9020462
    Abstract: A wireless communications device can be triggered by a user in a duress situation to provide to a predetermined recipient, or to a monitoring service, a duress message containing emergency-response information, such as GPS coordinates, a photograph and/or an audio clip to facilitate an emergency response to the duress situation. The wireless device can periodically send follow-up duress messages to provide updated GPS data, photos or other information. The wireless device monitoring can also reply to specific queries from the monitoring service to provide requested information that would be most useful to the recipient attempting to coordinate an emergency response. In the event that the device is outside data packet coverage, the duress message can be transmitted using an alternate mode of communication such as SMS or MMS. If no mode of communication is available, the device stores the duress message until communications are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: John Hodgson, Nicholas Bryson Wilson
  • Patent number: 9020106
    Abstract: A device is configured to identify an emergency call from a user device, determine that the user device is to be connected on a video call, and obtain first video call information associated with the user device, where the first video call information includes information that permits the video call to be established. The device is configured to receive emergency information associated with the emergency call, and to identify an emergency guidance device to which the user device is to be connected via the video call. The device is configured to obtain second video call information associated with the emergency guidance device, where the second video call information includes information that permits the video call to be established, and to provide information to connect the user device and the emergency guidance device via the video call, based on the first video call information and the second video call information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Neer Gupta, Frank A. McKiel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8989698
    Abstract: A supplemental rescue resources system can receive an emergency alert message from a mobile device and use data from the message and other sources to determine and select appropriate supplemental rescue resources, which may include may include any person that has volunteered or is otherwise a participant in the system that is not an on-duty emergency responder. The supplemental rescue resources system may select a supplemental rescue resources based on the location of such resources relative to the location of an incident, and/or the qualifications and/or preferences of such resources. The supplemental rescue resources system may direct resources to the incident and notify emergency services providers of the supplemental resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Fan, Jeffrey A. Aaron, Jennifer K. Lam
  • Patent number: 8965325
    Abstract: Emergency call backs may be placed to a user device in a manner that bypasses certain features (e.g., call forwarding) that may be enabled by the device. A method may include receiving an emergency call from a user device; and creating, in response to the emergency call, an emergency session associated with the user device, where the creating includes forwarding the call to a public safety access point (PSAP) server that handles emergency calls. The method may further include receiving a call, such as an emergency call back call, destined for the user device; determining that the emergency session has not expired when an elapse time associated with the emergency session is less than a threshold; and forwarding, to the user device, the call, as a return call from the PSAP server, based on the determination that the emergency session has not expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Mingxing Li, Jeffrey R. Evans, John H. Wurster, Priscilla Lau
  • Patent number: 8953750
    Abstract: Various aspects are described that may provide various communications services. These services may provide for the ability of a user to initiate or request a communication with a third party, such as an emergency service party or a vendor, using a network-coupled device that may be pre-associated with a physical address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Franklyn Athias
  • Patent number: 8953749
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for remote monitoring of a premises, comprising the steps of operatively coupling a geographically remote client to a security system server which is capable of authenticating a user of the remote client, operatively coupling the remote client to a security gateway which is capable of managing the monitoring of the premises, activating a signal at the premises for notifying an occupant at the premises that remote monitoring is occurring, and transferring information between the security gateway and the remote client. The transfer of information between the security gateway and the remote client is controlled by the user of the remote client. The security gateway may be operably coupled to at least one camera at the premises and to at least one audio station at the premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Surendra N. Naidoo, William P. Glasgow, Gregory E. Feldkamp
  • Patent number: 8954029
    Abstract: An ISUP/SIP gateway is implemented to encapsulate SS7 location requests from a switched telephone network into an Internet protocol SIP message including one or more location objects. The ISUP/SIP gateway is implemented between a mobile switching center (MSC) and a VoIP positioning center (VPC) to provide support of unlicensed mobile access (UMA) voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call routing, e.g., for E9-1-1, 4-1-1, 2-1-1, etc. The disclosed location objects that are encapsulated into a SIP message includes calling party number, called party number, CGI, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI), mobility indicator, and/or access point MAC address. At the SIP/ISUP gateway, SS7 integrated services user part (ISUP) location request messages are encapsulated within SIP. The SIP encapsulated location request message is then routed over the Internet to a destination VoIP positioning center (VPC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Don Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8938209
    Abstract: Efficient processing and/or routing of emergency calls in an IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) for VoIP (Voice over IP) subscribers can be enabled. In one aspect, an E911 profile is generated, for example, by an application server, for each VoIP subscriber based in part on current location information associated with the subscriber, such as, the subscriber's IP address. The E911 profile is pushed to the HSS (Home Subscriber Server) of the IMS. The E911 profile can then be stored in the HSS and can be queried by an E-CSCF (Emergency Call Session Control Function) during emergency call processing. Moreover, when an emergency call is received from the subscriber, the E-CSCF can retrieve the E911 profile associated with the subscriber from the HSS and route the call to an appropriate PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) based on an analysis of the information in the E911 profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dwayne Crawford, Richard L. Khan, Min Lu
  • Patent number: 8924872
    Abstract: Techniques in this disclosure may provide a user interface that concurrently displays multiple panels which provide visualization of emergency call data of a law enforcement agency. The user interface can provide a high-level overview of emergency calls in a geographical area. Each panel in the user interface can provide visualization of the emergency calls and/or statistics relating to the calls. A user can customize which panels to include in the user interface and/or customize setting for each panel. The user may apply various types of filters to the data displayed in the user interface, and the panels can update the visualizations according to the filters. The user interface can also provide the ability to show data at various levels of detail within the same user interface or panel. The techniques in the disclosure can provide a convenient, digestible overview of tactical and/or strategic data in a single user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Arseny Bogomolov, Justin Streufert, Bryan Knight
  • Patent number: 8908835
    Abstract: A method and system and process for providing forced hold behavior is disclosed. The forced hold behavior may be enabled during an emergency dialog between a user and a Public Safety Answering Point, or PSAP, if a user has abandoned or attempted to end the emergency call. This behavior informs the PSAP that the user has abandoned the call, and permits the PSAP to reestablish communication with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Robbins
  • Patent number: 8903051
    Abstract: A device is configured to detect an emergency call from a user device associated with a device identifier, the device identifier including information that identifies the user device. The device is configured to detect that the user device is not associated with a valid originating telephone number, based on detecting the emergency call. The device is configured to determine a temporary originating telephone number, based on detecting that the user device is not associated with a valid originating telephone number, and to store an association between the device identifier and the temporary originating telephone number. The device is configured to transmit the emergency call, with information identifying the temporary originating telephone number, to an emergency call device, the temporary originating telephone number permitting the emergency call device to place a return call to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Mingxing S. Li, Xuming Chen, Priscilla Lau
  • Patent number: 8903446
    Abstract: A communication system (100) provides collaboration between narrowband communication devices (102) and broadband communication devices (104) operating over different networks. The communication devices (102, 104) are linked to provide peer-to-peer communication that supports the dissemination of public safety information to a public safety personnel user utilizing the devices. Applications within the devices (102, 104) automatically control features amongst the plurality of devices for redundancy of critical information, removal of non-critical information and power management. Context information can also be examined and shared between amongst the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Klein, Scott M. Alazraki, Eric D. Brooks, Steven E. Young, Deborah J. Monks, Alejandro G. Blanco
  • Patent number: 8897827
    Abstract: A communication system (100) provides collaboration between narrowband communication devices (102) and broadband communication devices (104) operating over different networks. The communication devices (102, 104) are linked to provide peer-to-peer communication that supports the dissemination of public safety information to a public safety personnel user utilizing the devices. Applications within the devices (102, 104) automatically control features amongst the plurality of devices for redundancy of critical information, removal of non-critical information and power management. Context information can also be examined and shared between amongst the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Klein, Scott M. Alazraki, Eric D. Brooks, Steven E. Young, Deborah J. Monks, Alejandro G. Blanco
  • Patent number: 8896436
    Abstract: A method for providing notification of an alarm event to a plurality of individuals and communication therebetween having steps that include: receiving an alarm event signal from an alarm system indicating an alarm event; determining a customer associated with the alarm event; determine a plurality of individuals that are to be contacted based upon the customer that has been determined as being associated with the alarm event; selecting a transmission vector having a corresponding transmission identifier; correspondingly associating the selected transmission identifier with the alarm event; sending an alarm event notification to each of the plurality of individuals utilizing the selected transmission vector; and receiving a response to the notification and automatically associating the same; directing each of the plurality of individuals into a virtual chat room corresponding to the alarm event; and facilitating communication between the individuals within the virtual chat room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Livewatch Security, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Bradford Morehead
  • Patent number: 8897436
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling calling parties to request the VoIP network to provide a special ring tone to be signaled as the occurrence of an urgent call to called parties are disclosed. Alternatively, a high frequency intercept tone or call waiting tone is also provided when the called parties are already engaged in conversation when an urgent call is incoming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi