Emergency Or Alarm Communications (e.g., Watchman's Circuit) Patents (Class 379/37)
  • Patent number: 8396191
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to guide an emergency dispatcher in responding to emergency calls involving a hate crime or other anti-social behavior. The systems and methods can include an emergency police dispatch protocol configured to facilitate uniform and consistent gathering of information about an incident being reported. The emergency police dispatch protocol includes one or more dispatch protocols configured for particular incidents or emergency situations, such as to aid the dispatcher in processing calls relating to anti-social behavior. The emergency police dispatch protocol presents a pre-scripted interrogation, including preprogrammed inquiries for a dispatcher to ask the caller. The pre-scripted interrogation of the dispatch protocol facilitates uniform and consistent gathering of information relating to hate crimes and other anti-social behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Clawson
  • Patent number: 8396447
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically notifying others when a 9-1-1 emergency call has been placed from a cellular phone. The user selects the people who she would like to be contacted in the case of an emergency. The contact information (e.g., phone numbers and email address) for these notification contacts are entered into an application resident on the phone. In the event of an emergency, the application connects the user to the 9-1-1 system and automatically notifies the user's predetermined list of contacts via email and/or text notification. These notifications preferably contain the user's name, telephone number, current location, and the date/time of the 9-1-1 call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventors: Don Reich, Kurt Warner
  • Patent number: 8391828
    Abstract: Provided are an interworking procedure with an external network in a WLAN, a station supporting the interworking procedure, and a message format for the interworking procedure. In the interworking procedure, a non-AP station transmits a request message which includes an advertisement protocol ID set to a value indicating native query protocol and a native query information ID set to a value indicating emergency call number information. And the non-AP station receives from an access point (AP) a response message including zero or more emergency call numbers in response to the request message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eunkyo Kim, Jiyoung Huh, Jae Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8391444
    Abstract: An IP telephone set 4 is provided with a power failure adapter 5. During power failure, a function of the power failure adapter 5 is enabled so that the IP telephone set 4 is connected to an analog network 3 via the power failure adapter 5. As a result, the IP telephone set 4 is allowed to perform telephone communication via the analog network 3. The IP telephone set 4 includes an emergency call detecting portion 40a and a transmitting portion 40b. The emergency call detection portion 40a detects that an emergency telephone number is dialed as a dialed emergency telephone number. The transmitting portion 40b enables the function of the power failure adapter 5 when the emergency call detecting portion 40a detects that the emergency telephone number is dialed and transmits the dialed emergency telephone number to the analog network 3 via the power failure adapter 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Inforntia Corporation
    Inventor: Takahito Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8385518
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are presented for handling calls. In one embodiment, an emergency call handling system capable of receiving visual information from callers and correlating the visual information to particular incidents is disclosed. To obtain visual information, a call handler may generate and send an electronic mail message to the caller. The caller may reply to the electronic mail message and attach an image captured with, for example, a camera phone. The visual information may then be correlated to the call between the caller and call handler. The visual information may be used to assess an emergency situation. The visual information may be forwarded to emergency service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Powerphone, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Salafia, Jeremy Edward Turk
  • Patent number: 8385511
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention there is provided a system that provides for one or more of the following: (a) allows a dial capture alarm communicator to both send event data and provide a voice path to an alarm receiver at the central station; (b) is not integrated into the alarm panel, which allows it to be added to almost any preexisting installation; (c) uses industry-standard event reporting protocols, it can be used with any alarm panel that provides industry-standard event notifications; and/or (d) provides transparent transport for both the voice and the data, meaning that neither the alarm panel nor the alarm communicator at the central station is aware of the communicator's intermediary function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Telular Corporation
    Inventors: Heath Glass, Christopher Bear
  • Patent number: 8369821
    Abstract: An emergency services automatic dialing device enables at least one number in a list of alternate numbers to be called prior to dialing an emergency services number (e.g., 911). This enables a user of a corresponding portable transceiver to try to reach someone else (e.g., a family member) before having to resort to calling emergency services (e.g., 911 for fire department, police or ambulance). The dialing device can call several numbers in a list until all the numbers are exhausted before dialing the emergency services number. Calling the list of numbers can also be overridden by pressing a button on the portable transceiver in a particular way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Logicmark, LLC
    Inventor: Mark M. Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 8369488
    Abstract: A voice based emergency call, such as a call to 911, is provided to a public safety answering point (PSAP) triggered from a non-voice based emergency call. When a non-voice based call is sent to a PSAP that does not accept non-voice based calls, upon determining that the PSAP can not handle non-voice based calls, the communication network is utilized to establish a voice based call with the PSAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Dewayne Sennett, Brian Daly
  • Patent number: 8368739
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are disclosed whereby a wireless Personal Area Network such as a Bluetooth piconet may be extended to a remote location beyond the normal range by means of a conferencing connection. The conferencing connection may comprise, for example, one or more ISDN lines or an IP connection between two or more conference endpoints. The broadband connection may include a video channel, an audio channel, a control channel, and a Bluetooth channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: George “Jed” D. Wilson, Jr., Katharine D. Nogarede, Charles Gregory Rousch
  • Patent number: 8369822
    Abstract: Enhanced services, such as call restriction, call forwarding, anonymous call rejection, and proprietary services, may interfere with an emergency callback potentially preventing the callback from reaching the intended destination. Systems and methods for processing emergency calls to eliminate emergency callback failure in response to an emergency call being released are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: John Hursey
  • Patent number: 8364164
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for determining location of wireless devices using signal strength of signals detected by the wireless devices. The strength of signals received from identifiable sources is typically compared to reference signal strength measurements collected or estimated at known locations. Information identifying the source of the signals is typically obtained from data provided in the signals. Mappers associate combinations of reference signal strengths with geometrically shaped geographical regions such that signal strength measurements can be used as indices to locate a region in which a wireless device can be found. Systems and methods are described for receiving signal strength information from known locations where the information can be used to update and improve mapping system databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: CSR Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Makarand Phatak, Marlene Wan, Lionel Garin, Vijayaraghavan Venkatasubramanian, Sanjai Kohli
  • Patent number: 8361166
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting electronic device security and tracking information. A method includes but is not limited to making accessible at least one first webpage capable of presenting a category for an electronic device registered with an electronic device security and tracking system and method (ESTSM) service; making accessible at least one second webpage capable of accepting a report that the electronic device has been stolen; and making accessible at least one third webpage capable of accepting at least one item of information pertaining to enablement of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8363640
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for handling a communication session for an unregistered Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) device are disclosed. An example method comprises receiving an IMS session initiation message from an un-registered user endpoint, determining whether the IMS session initiation message is directed to an exception endpoint, and establishing an IMS session on behalf of the unregistered user endpoint when the IMS session initiation is directed to the exception endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, Bernard Ku, Chaoxin Charles Qiu
  • Patent number: 8358744
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating a pre-stored emergency message from a TTY to a PSAP may include, in response to receiving an emergency call signal, accessing a pre-stored emergency message stored in a memory. A PSAP may be dialed. In one embodiment, the PSAP may be dialed by the user dialing 911 or the TTY may automatically dial 911 in response to the user selecting a hard or soft-button associated with communicating an emergency message to a PSAP. The pre-stored emergency message may be communicated to a PSAP using a TTY communications protocol. A TTY compatible device utilized by a PSAP operator may be configured to provide the PSAP operator with pre-stored messages available for selection and communication to the emergency caller. By providing pre-stored messages on TTY devices, emergency communications between users of the TTY devices may be expedited, thereby potentially saving lives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Amar Nath Ray, Lynn T. Greene
  • Publication number: 20120321054
    Abstract: A method of operation of an emergency call system includes: receiving an incoming call by a call controller; distributing a pending call request from the call controller to a selected group of workstations; and accepting the pending call request by one of the workstations including removing the pending call request from all others of the workstations in the selected group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: ZETRON, INC.
    Inventor: Clark A. Emerick
  • Publication number: 20120321053
    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: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Franklyn Athias
  • Patent number: 8334766
    Abstract: A tracking system for tracking the location of a plurality of persons, objects and groups of persons or objects or combination of persons and objects which allows creating person or object communities (such as vehicles, objects having a high monetary value or objects that continuously need to be monitored such as guns or medical equipment) and keep tracking of the communities in real time worldwide, as well as registering a tracking history of each person or object and creating customized monitoring zones worldwide and tracking rules for setting customized alarms, for example when the distance among one or more members of the group or members of different groups are greater or lesser than an predetermined value when a member of the group exits a predetermined area or is near a predetermined area or when a person or object remains in a single spot for more or less than a predetermined period of time, which is useful for monitoring the security of a person or object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: RFID Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Jose-Adalberto Terán-Matus, Martin Hernández-Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20120307984
    Abstract: An emergency notification system. The system includes a first server for receiving a communication from a telecommunications network and for transmitting a message to a subscriber of the notification system. The system also includes a second server in communication with the first server, the second server for supplying the first server with information associated with a subscriber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Sunil H. Contractor
  • Patent number: 8325882
    Abstract: A communication network comprises a calling device, a call processing system, and a customer information system. The calling device transmits a call request for an emergency call to the call processing system. The call request includes a caller identification that identifies a caller. The call processing system receives the call request, generates and transfers first signaling for the call that includes the caller identification and a key, and generates and transfers second signaling for the call that includes the key. The customer information system has a plurality of context information stored in association with a plurality of caller identifications. The customer information system receives the first signaling for the call, processes the caller identification to determine a context information from the plurality of context information associated with the caller identification, and stores the key in association with the context information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Stevan A. Klesper, Arun Santharam, Timothy Kevin McGinnis, Lyle Walter Paczkowski, Ray N. Durkin
  • Patent number: 8320874
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing an interoperable communications system including a plurality of otherwise disjunct communication systems each including at least one communications device. The system includes a plurality of system interface controllers each coupled to one of the communication systems and a common network for connecting the communication system and associated communications devices to the common network. A controller is coupled to each of the system interface controllers. The system interface controller being operable in response to commands from an authorized controller wherein the connection between each of the communication systems and the common network is controlled by a controller associated with, and authorized to control each communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Mutualink, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald C. Mills, Joseph Boucher
  • Patent number: 8315591
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for a communications device to conditionally attempt an emergency call setup. The communications device maintains at least one condition for attempting emergency call setups. Upon receiving a message prompting an emergency call setup, the communications device attempts the emergency call setup only if any of the at least one conditions is satisfied. The at least one condition is defined such that the communications device does not erroneously attempt to establish an emergency call when there is no emergency. The at least one condition might for example include whether the message prompting the emergency call setup indicates a message source that is trusted by the user of the mobile device. A system and method are also provided for a communications network to block at least some of the messages from being delivered to their target communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Eniko Sokondar
  • Patent number: 8315359
    Abstract: A method and system for handling calls to emergency telephone numbers by a VoIP telephone that is configured as an extension to a home telephone. The VoIP telephone is provided with a home telephone number that is different than the home telephone number. The location of the VoIP telephone is maintained in a caller ID location database and is regularly updated when necessary. Location updates are made at least when the VoIP telephone registers using a different IP address than was used for the most recent communication. The system is configured to enable the VoIP telephone to ring when a call is placed to the home telephone number. In addition, non-emergency calls from the VoIP telephone are accompanied by caller ID information associated with home telephone. In this way, VoIP telephones may be configured as extension telephones and used to make emergency calls, even when being used nomadically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: William J. Bushnell
  • Patent number: 8311036
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system has a call data receiver arranged to receive call data comprising number data indicative of a telephone number associated with a call connection request. The system also has a translator arranged to translate the received number data to obtain translated number data indicative of another telephone number. There is also a number data associator for associating the call connection request with the translated number data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Keller, Atul Trasi
  • Patent number: 8311983
    Abstract: A method and a system of associating correlating metadata with data assets, such as video and audio files, so that the files are rendered as a combination presentation are described herein. The system includes a client a media capture device that provides on board storage, network connectivity, preprocessing, preview buffering, file management, and an eventing system. The method includes capturing the media, associating the media with other media via an identifier, and supports associating correlating metadata prior to time of media capture and during media capture on the capture device itself, and after media capture either on a local machine or on an on-line group. When the combination presentation is presented, additional associated advertising and annotations may be provided upon rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: WHP Workflow Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Guzik
  • Patent number: 8306200
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatic processing of toll free call service alarms are disclosed. For example, the method receives a trouble ticket by a service provider for a toll free call service alarm, and retrieves a calling to number and a calling from number from the trouble ticket. The method determines if the service provider is a responsible organization for the toll free call service for the calling to number, and determines if a customer network for the toll free call service is active if the service provider is the responsible organization for the toll free call service. The method notifies a work center if the customer network is not active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paritosh Bajpay, Mojgan Dardashti, Zhiqiang Qian, Michael John Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 8300772
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a number of transport protocol streams are established between a signaling session border controller (S-SBC) and a data session border controller (D-SBC). A subset of the number of transport protocol streams are dedicated for carrying messages for emergency calls. Upon receiving an emergency call, the S-SBC transmits an add request message to the D-SBC over one of the streams dedicated for carrying messages for emergency calls. Upon receiving the message over one of the streams dedicated for carrying messages for emergency calls, the D-SBC processes the message with high priority handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Vikram Guleria, Ashish Singh, Shobhit Bansal, Sachin Gupta, Santosh Panattu Sethumadhavan
  • Publication number: 20120269329
    Abstract: A method for providing law enforcement call preemption of VoIP subscribers may include receiving a call preemption request from a law enforcement agency (LEA) designating at least one subscriber telephone number and at least one LEA telephone number, wherein the at least one subscriber telephone number is associated with a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) calling plan subscriber. An incoming call policy may be generated at a voice application server and configured to allow incoming calls to the at least one subscriber telephone number from only the at least one LEA telephone number. The incoming call policy may be stored in a memory associated with the voice application server. The incoming call policy may be activated. An outgoing call transfer policy may be generated at the voice application server and configured to automatically transfer all outgoing calls from the at least one subscriber telephone number to a designated one of the at least one LEA telephone numbers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Kathleen Frances Jarosinski, Rosa M. Underwood, Euclid Sylvester Brooks
  • Patent number: 8292969
    Abstract: A system and method for electronic device protection. A method includes activating the electronic device; transferring control to a Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) component after activation; transferring control to a non-viewable component from the BIOS component; verifying that an application component operated correctly during a previous device activation; and continuing with activation of the electronic device if the application component operated correctly during the previous device activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Publication number: 20120263279
    Abstract: An emergency services key (e.g., ESQK or ESRK) is guaranteed to be available from a limited size ESQK pool. A plurality of ESQKs are grouped into a pool of emergency service keys “ESQK Pool ID”, each including anywhere from 1 to N number of ESQKs. Each ESQK preferably has a “Timestamp”, information relating to the specific emergency E911 call (“Call Data ID”), a guard timer, and an optional hold timer. The ESQK having a Call Data ID=“NULL”, and having the oldest Timestamp, is chosen for selection. If no such ESQK has both Call Data ID=NULL and the oldest Timestamp is found, then the ESQK with merely the oldest Timestamp is selected. The timestamp is reset to a current time plus a guard timer, or hold timer if desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Gerhard Geldenbott, Yinjun Zhu, John Gordon Hines, Victor Burton
  • Patent number: 8290470
    Abstract: A system and method for providing location information to a public safety answering point may include receiving, at a network access point, an emergency 911 call signal including GPS location information and mobile directory number of a wireless device. The GPS location information and mobile directory information may be communicated to a selective router associated with a public safety access point servicing an area including the network access point. The network access point may be a WiFi access point. The access point address information may be communicated using a type II caller ID data packet after the public safety answering point goes off-hook. By communicating both the access point address information and GPS location information, both PSAPs that are configured as E911 Phase I and E911 Phase II may display address location information of an emergency 911 caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Amar N. Ray, Cadathur V. Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 8287603
    Abstract: An electronic device has software for protecting the electronic device from unauthorized utilization. When executed, the software causes the electronic device to execute an application component, wherein the application component is configured to automatically ascertain whether the electronic device has been reported stolen, based on information received from a server system. The electronic device also automatically determines whether the application component is operating correctly, and if so, automatically provides a basic input/output system (BIOS) component of the electronic device with information indicating that the application component is operating correctly. During a subsequent boot process for the electronic device, the software automatically prevents the electronic device from completing the boot process if the BIOS component does not find the information from the application component indicating that the application component was operating correctly. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8291011
    Abstract: A system for the broadcast of alert messages to selected groups of recipients and their communications devices of a plurality of different types and communicating through a plurality of different communications means. Recipient profiles or characteristics are received variously from databases, directories, and communications nodes accessible by the system. These sources are queried for the identification of selectable groups which are then presented to a dispatcher for choosing the recipients. The alert message is then provided to delivery means which employ a plurality of included means each of which is particularly configured to communicate the alert message to a corresponding target device type. A response handler module then receives responses from the target devices for later reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Suhayya Abu-Hakima, Kenneth E. Grigg
  • Patent number: 8289134
    Abstract: A security system and method of operation thereof are provided in which users of the security system are each assigned a preferred language. A user interface of the security system communicates information to particular users in their assigned preferred languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis M Caler, David L Anderson, Jeffrey M Swan
  • Publication number: 20120257729
    Abstract: An approach to managing emergency response data for providing in response to an emergency call makes use of different management approaches depending on the source of the data. For example, data provided directly by the individual to whom the data refers may be handled in one way, while data provided indirectly by an entity or other individual may be handled in another way. Information provided indirectly may be validated and/or its source indicated when presented to an emergency responder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Rave Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: William Todd Piett, Matthew A. Serra
  • Patent number: 8285244
    Abstract: A wireless communication device (102) includes a processor (406) and a wireless network interface (404, 407), communicatively coupled with the processor (406), for determining the presence of a network providing wireless communication service. The device (102) also includes a memory (408) for storing a plurality of emergency service connection profiles. One of the profiles is selected based on the network determined to be present. The selected profile is then presented via a user interface (302) to a user of the wireless communication device (102) as a single emergency call model that is uniform among the profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Joann K. Girard, Robert H. Pichette, WenJiong Yang
  • Publication number: 20120250831
    Abstract: A communication signal distribution unit includes a plurality of input ports for receiving incoming communication signals, a plurality of outlet ports for providing communication signals to electronic devices, a display for viewing information; and a set of keys for selecting one of the outlet ports, for entering a time to disable the communication signal provided by the selected output port, and for entering a time to re-enable provision of the communication signal at the selected output port. A 911 lock permits emergency calls through a disabled port. Programming methods are included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Donald W. Gorecki, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120250832
    Abstract: A method and system for providing an emergency contact service are disclosed. The emergency contact system monitors presence off users with respect to various user devices in order to determine at which devices each user is present. An emergency message is then transmitted to devices at which the user is present. The emergency contact service is then capable of receiving a confirmation message to confirm receipt of the emergency message. The emergency contact service can track the users by retrieving location information, such as a GPS location, associated with a device at which a user is present. The emergency contact service can then identify whether a user in is the vicinity of an emergency location, and transmit an emergency message to the user is the user is in the vicinity of the emergency location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Foladare, Richard Bennett, Shelley Goldman
  • Patent number: 8278881
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling the charging of an onboard energy storage system of a plug-in vehicle using a remote command center, such as a vehicle telematics service. An embodiment of such a method involves the transmission of a charge request for the onboard energy storage system to a remote command center associated with the plug-in vehicle. In response to the charge request, a charge command is received from the remote command center. The charging of the onboard energy storage system is regulated in accordance with the received charge command, which may be a charge enable command or a charge disable command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: George R. Woody, Brian A. Welchko
  • Patent number: 8280343
    Abstract: In one embodiment, when a mobile device is powered on, a mobile switching center acquires the contact information, such as, but not limited to, a phone number and the physical location associated with the mobile device. If the mobile device is a new device to the area, the contact information of the mobile device is passed to a reverse 911 database in order for a user of the mobile device to receive local alert messages transmitted by a reverse 911 system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Amar N. Ray, Cadathur V. Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 8280989
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, there is provided a method, system and apparatus for provisioning a communication client. The method comprises receiving via a communication network a request from the communication client. The method further comprises determining a positioning object associated with the communication client. The method further comprises, based on the positioning object, determining a subscription profile associated with the communication client. The method further comprises, based on the subscription profile, compiling a configuration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Gerald Archer, David William Clark, Yannick Lessard, Matthew Soan Rose, William Barry Crago
  • Patent number: 8280012
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing electronic notifications are described. A server is configured to serve an interface, such as a Web page, to a terminal that requests from a user a first set of user contacts to be used to provide notifications to the user by a telephonic notification system in response to a notification process initiated by an organization associated with the user. The interface further requests a first set of priorities corresponding to the first set of user contacts, wherein the notification system will attempt to provide notifications to the first set user contracts in an order based at least in part on the first set of priorities. A database is configured to store the first set of user contacts and the first set of priorities. A voice interface circuit is configured to transmit a voice notification to at least one of the first set of user contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Steve Kirchmeier, Cinta Putra
  • Patent number: 8275346
    Abstract: Plural voice pendants 100 communicate with a remote monitoring station using a wireless communications protocol and without requiring a connection to a circuit switched telephone network. Such a configuration may be used in any group environment, such as a retirement home or an assisted living facility. The voice pendants can be carried or worn by the residents/patients/members of the home or the facility to assist in calling for help in an emergency situation, e.g., if someone has fallen and cannot get up. By activating an actuator (e.g., a button or switch) on the pendant, the person wearing the pendant is put into voice communication with the monitoring station without the need to dial any phone numbers or hit a “send” style button which indicates the end of a dialed number sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Logicmark, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 8275349
    Abstract: Methods and systems automatically allocate cellular communication network resources to emergency response personnel during emergency situations which are detected by call volumes exceeding a predetermined maximum. Access to cellular communication network resources is provided by dedicating a portion of communication channels to emergency response personnel use. By reserving whole communication channels for emergency communication purposes, emergency personnel are able to both initiate and receive calls from both other mobile devices as well as conventional landline telephone stations. Qualified emergency response personnel can preregistered their phones and be assigned personal identification numbers to enable access to allocated network resources. Users can also be registered “on the fly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Rivada Networks, LLC
    Inventor: Clint Smith
  • Patent number: 8265938
    Abstract: Methods, systems and processor-readable media for providing instant/real-time voice alerts automatically to remote electronic devices. An activity can be detected utilizing one or more sensors. A text message indicative of the activity can be generated and converted into a digitized voice alert. The activity can also be a live utterance (e.g., a live announcement), which can then be instantly converted into a digitized voice alert for automatic delivery in a selected series of languages following the base language (e.g., English). The combined digitized voice alert can then be instantly transmitted through a network for broadcast of consecutive alerts (e.g., English followed by Spanish followed by Vietnamese, etc.) to one or more remote electronic devices that communicate with the network for an automatic audio announcement of the digitized voice alert through the one or more remote electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Verna IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Verna, Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8265241
    Abstract: A method and system for initiating an incident-specific request for assistance from a citizen call station by touching a sequence of positions on a display screen. The citizen call station comprises a display having a touch-responsive mechanism for entering a call sequence of statements including initiating an alert, reporting a concern, and selecting help needed. A transmission mechanism for transmitting the call sequence to a control location is provided. A confirmation of the request, sent from the control location, may be received at the call station. The call station may also deliver information from a central location. The call station may include cameras, various sensors, two-way communications, and may be used to provide information on demand, outside of the normal security concerns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Roger A. Rowe, Karl Turkel
  • Patent number: 8265250
    Abstract: A calling network capable of accepting voice and data information includes a voice distribution server, wherein the voice distribution server is communicably coupled to an integrated access device, wherein the voice distribution server is associated with a computer readable medium, and wherein the computer readable medium includes a customer profile; and wherein the customer profile includes at least one registered access number associated with the integrated access device, and at least two quasi-registered access numbers associated with the integrated access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Daryl William Malas, Richard D. Terpstra
  • Patent number: 8260250
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing location information for subscribers connected to a packet-switched mobile access network in connection with emergency calls made over a multimedia service network. An emergency request is received at the multimedia service network from a subscriber containing the calling number of the subscriber. In response thereto, a media gateway control function in the multimedia service network sends a location query including the calling number to a mobile positioning center in the mobile access network, which then can retrieve location information for the subscriber. After receiving location information from the mobile positioning center, the media gateway control function selects an emergency center and sends a location indication for the subscriber thereto in a circuit-switched control message for initiating an emergency call, according to prevailing standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Ake Busin, Magnus Olsson, Stephen Terrill
  • Patent number: 8259909
    Abstract: An emergency notification system. The system includes a first server for receiving a communication from a telecommunications network and for transmitting a message to a subscriber of the notification system. The system also includes a second server in communication with the first server, the second server for supplying the first server with information associated with a subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Sunil H. Contractor
  • Patent number: 8260249
    Abstract: A method for broadcasting messages in a wireless communication system is provided. The method includes employing a paging channel to receive a broadcast event on a wireless device and utilizing the broadcast event to trigger a warning message on the device. For example, the broadcast event can be detected from a natural disaster such as a primary earthquake warning or tsunami.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Niels Peter Skov Andersen, David Williams
  • Patent number: 8254872
    Abstract: Simplification of IMS registration in the event of emergency calls is made possible by apparatuses and a method for setting up an emergency-call connection from a terminal to an IMS via a network visited by the terminal, where, if the terminal is already registered in the IMS, setup of an emergency-call connection dispenses with IMS registration of the terminal in the IMS for this emergency-call connection if a comparison between a network identification for the visited network, of which the terminal was notified when it registered in the visited network, and a network identification for the terminal's home network reveals a match between these network identifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Rainer Liebhart