Responsive To Sensed Nonsystem Condition Patents (Class 379/39)
  • Patent number: 10198934
    Abstract: A method and security system arrangement are disclosed for processing incoming signals at an alarm monitoring station. The method includes analyzing the incoming signals to assess if any particular incoming signal includes characteristics of a facsimile signal to thereby identify whether or not a given incoming signal is a facsimile signal. If the analyzing identifies that a given incoming signal includes characteristics of a facsimile signal, thus identifying that the given incoming signal is likely a facsimile signal, the alarm monitoring station refrains from initiating an alarm handling procedure to handle the given incoming signal. Caller ID information may be extracted from the facsimile signals received by the alarm monitoring station, and added to a call block list. Calls originating from caller IDs on the call block list may be blocked by the alarm monitoring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Safety Products Canada Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephane Foisy, Pavel Raikhlin
  • Patent number: 10062270
    Abstract: An alarm system is monitored by an alert system that supplements the capabilities of the alarm system. The sensors, such as door, window, fire, and CO sensor can be monitored by the alarm system which can raise an alarm when a sensor is triggered. The alert system detects that the alarm system has raised an alarm. The alert system can then communicate the alarm locally to other alert system installations. People at those other alert system installations are thereby alerted to the alarm and can respond to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KONTRA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jay Skolnik, Daniel Skolnik, Connor Harness, Jun-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9674681
    Abstract: The present invention includes an aspect directed to in-band voice capabilities with security signaling. For sessions that do not involve voice, the signaling data can be sent to the alarm communication center using a data channel, without using a voice channel. In other aspects, the protocol used to transmit alarm events from the alarm device to the alarm communication center resembles industry-standard alarm format, but differs in specific ways that recognize both advantages and disadvantages of the cellular medium. In yet other aspects, the invention may use a timeout in order to ensure orderly resource management in the case of a communication failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Telular Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Bear
  • Patent number: 9602673
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a building having one or more microphones coupled to a telephone includes a detector configured to detect a triggering event within the building and transmit an activating signal when the triggering event is detected, and a control module configured to receive the activating signal from the detector. The control module is programmed to activate at least one of the one or more microphones to monitor sound when the activating signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Jesse R Cheatham, III, William David Duncan, Bran Ferren, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Stephen L. Malaska, Nathan P. Myhrvold, David B. Tuckerman, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9553992
    Abstract: An automated notification system for use in a facility, including a telephone system, a controller, a paging system, and a warning system. The warning system includes warning lights, warning speakers, and warning displays. The telephone system includes extension handsets, and the paging system includes paging speakers. The extension handsets, paging speakers, warning speakers, warning lights, and warning displays are distributed throughout the facility. An alert condition may be activated using one of the extension handsets or by an activation device within the facility. Upon detection of an alert condition, the controller actuates the warning system and uses the paging system to provide audible and visual warnings throughout the facility, and provides outgoing notification to emergency personnel through the telephone system. Remote units located in outlying areas around the facility are wirelessly signaled by the control unit to provide appropriate warnings in such locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Al Harnisch
  • Patent number: 9489966
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a microphone programmed to capture sounds in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and output a sound signal. A speech analyzer analyzes the sound signal for distressed speech and for action words. The speech analyzer outputs an alert signal if distressed speech and action words are detected. A processing device receives the alert signal and initiates contact with an emergency service provider in response to the alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Arun Dutta, Adil Nizam Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 9432824
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for presenting multimedia content to caller and/or a called party in association with a telephone call. Content may be presented pre-ring (before the called party's telephone rings), in-call and/or post-call. Content presented to a party may be related to another party participating in the call or may be related to a third party (e.g., an advertiser that paid for the ability to have its content presented). Presented content may be actuable, and allow a caller to change the destination of a call, take advantage of an offer presented to him, redeem a coupon, schedule or queue a subsequent call, etc. To find a desired destination party, a caller may initiate a manual or automatic search of his local contacts (on his telephone) and/or a central or global directory or contact list. Calls to or from certain parties or numbers may be screened or filtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Wendell D. Brown
  • Patent number: 9215579
    Abstract: A computing device is configured to receive an analog alarm signal from an alarm receiving device; convert the analog alarm signal into a packet-based message having information equivalent information as the analog alarm signal; and provide the packet-based message to a server device associated with an alarm monitoring station. The packet-based message may contain information that is used to identify the alarm signal or used to respond to the alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Peter C. Bates, Edward Gruskin, Nishit Oza
  • Patent number: 9154637
    Abstract: A system and method of seizing a landline is disclosed. In seizing the landline, a first device may identify that a switch has been toggled by a second device; receive an alarm signal from the second device via a landline based on identifying that the switch has been toggled; determine a particular processing instruction, of one or more processing instructions, based on information included in the alarm signal; and execute the particular processing instruction to provide the alarm signal to a third device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Peter C. Bates, Edward Gruskin, Nishit Oza
  • Patent number: 9131040
    Abstract: The present invention allows an alarm monitoring to use satellite broadband services as a data link for communication between an alarms system and a monitoring station, middleware provider, individual user, or other alarm monitor. Standard alarm system protocols are modified to make the communication protocol compatible with the features of satellite broadband. These modifications compensate for the time delay in data transmission inherent in satellite communications, as well as other limitations of satellite communications. In particular, the “handshake” tone, instead of “1400 hz for 100 ms, silence for 100 ms, 2300 hz for 100 ms”, is changed to “DTMF ‘A’ for at least 100 milliseconds”. In a preferred embodiment the receiver transmits the DTMF A tone for 250 milliseconds. In addition, the delay for “wait for the Acknowledge tone” is extended from 1.25 seconds, to 5 seconds. The “acknowledge” tone, instead of “1400 hz for 400 ms”, is changed to “DTMF ‘D’ for at least 100 milliseconds”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: NUMEREX CORP.
    Inventors: Harvey Alexander Elliot, Bryan Field-Elliot, Daniel J. Elliot
  • Patent number: 9116519
    Abstract: Methods for creating high quality alarms raise EMS operator awareness to abnormal conditions in monitored assets across multiple sites in a single EMS software platform. An embodiment includes steps for accessing an alarm designer software tool that contains a library of alarm definitions and the ability to create new alarm definitions, clone and edit existing alarm definitions, lock alarm definitions and delete alarm definitions. Applicable data is defined using channel attributes identifying which channel or channels associated with the multiple monitored sites are to be evaluated for alarming conditions. The alarm frequency, trigger conditions, pending open duration, close conditions, and pending close duration are also defined. Alarms can trigger upon one or more channels' behavior over periods of time and conditional relationships between multiple channels. Close conditions for an alarm can be, but are not required to be, the resolution of the trigger conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: GridPoint, Inc.
    Inventor: Erin Mello
  • Publication number: 20150117619
    Abstract: A hall monitor system includes a telephone system, a video surveillance system, and an access control system that work together to provide a fully-integrated system that can respond to a number of different emergency events. Interfaces between these systems are defined, emergency events are defined, and each of these systems is programmed with customized functions that support the defined emergency events. The customized functions that support the defined emergency events can include initiating one or more of the emergency events from any of the telephone system, video surveillance system, and access control system, making mass notification of an emergency event by the telephone system, displaying at least one image from at least one camera corresponding to an initiated emergency event from the video surveillance system, and locking or unlocking some or all of the doors by the access control system depending on the emergency event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: I3 Holdings Group LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Carpenter, John C. Johnson, RIchard A. Brust
  • Patent number: 8976937
    Abstract: A method for providing communications between a system control panel at a premises and a central monitoring center comprises transmitting an event code from the control panel to the monitoring center utilizing a first communications format and a network protocol, and causing the control panel to enter a call-back mode. The control panel is enabled to receive in-bound calls utilizing a second communications format. A two-way voice session is established utilizing the second communications format between the monitoring center and the control panel. The two-way voice session is initiated by the monitoring center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: ADT US Holding, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Shapiro, Bernard I. Worst, Michael E. Wilber
  • Patent number: 8964945
    Abstract: A system and method for providing location information to a public safety answering point may include registering network access points with a gateway. The registration may include address location of each network access point to enable the gateway to look-up and communicate the address location of a registered network access point during an emergency 911 call. The network access points may be WiFi access points. The network access point address location information may be communicated using a type II caller ID data packets after the public safety answering point goes off-hook. By communicating both the access point address information and GPS location information, PSAPs that are configured as E911 Phase I and E911 Phase II may display address information of an emergency 911 caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Amar N. Ray
  • Patent number: 8933803
    Abstract: An alarm system includes one or more audio stations, and an audio station network interface. The audio stations communicate wirelessly with the audio station network interface. The audio station network interface communicates with a monitoring center over a cellular network, to allow audio monitoring of the premises at the audio stations. The audio station network interface may be called by the monitoring center. Calls may optionally be placed by it in response to user interaction with one of the audio stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Safety Products Canada Ltd.
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sharma, Francisco Bogarin
  • Patent number: 8929853
    Abstract: A mobile communication device can be placed into an “attack detection mode.” While the device is in attack detection mode, certain events can cause the device to summon assistance automatically. For example, while the device is in attack detection mode, if the device's user ceases to interact with the device, then the device can automatically place a telephone call to emergency services (e.g., by calling 911). For another example, while the device is in attack detection mode, if an accelerometer contained within the device detects a sudden shock, then the device similarly can automatically place a telephone call to emergency services. After detecting a probable emergency situation, the mobile device can responsively and continuously emit a loud audible alarm through the device's speakers at maximum volume regardless of the device's current silence or volume settings, in an effort to attract help from other people who may be nearby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Butler
  • Patent number: 8908842
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a system and associated method for communicating information. In some embodiments, the invention is directed to a general purpose transceiver having a receiver for receiving an information signal and a transmitter configured to transmit an outgoing signal to a central station. A portion of the information signal can include an instruction code, which may be decoded and acted upon accordingly. Other embodiments and features are also claimed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: SIPCO, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas D. Petite
  • Patent number: 8897433
    Abstract: A security system has a camera; a sensor generating a signal in response to a triggering event, and a management module. The triggering event is one of an actuation of a doorbell button, an actuation of a bell connected to and operated by a doorbell button, door opening detection, motion detection, proximity detection and infrared (IR) beam interruption. The management module is adapted to send data to be received by a remote communication device upon generation by the sensor of the signal generated in response to the triggering event. The management module is also adapted to initiate a connection between the remote communication device and the camera, the connection permitting data exchange between the remote communication device and the camera. The security system allows a person located in a vicinity of the camera installed at a building or a house to communicate with a user of a remote communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alarmforce Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Iwan Mota, Joel Matlin
  • Publication number: 20140341357
    Abstract: Delivery of alarm system event data and audio. In certain aspects, a method for delivery of alarm system event data is described, including communicating alarm event data from an alarm system to a private telecommunications switch. In turn, the alarm event data may be communicated to a message processing gateway. The message processing gateway evaluates service parameters of the alarm system and, in certain cases, instructs the private telecommunications switch to contact a central alarm monitoring station if certain service parameters are met. In additional aspects, private telecommunications switch opens a voice channel between the private telecommunications switch and the central alarm monitoring station and communicates the alarm event data. Additionally, in response to a determination that a voice channel between the private telecommunications switch and the central alarm monitoring station remains open, the private telecommunications switch may also bridge the voice channel to the alarm system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery O. Smith, Michael Gregory, Tomas Murray, Eugene D. Ary
  • Patent number: 8868616
    Abstract: A personal monitoring system of the present disclosure has a network and a sensing device. The sensing device has a network interface for coupling the sensing device to the network and is coupled to a user for sensing raw data at a discrete time related to the user. Additionally, the system has logic that associates a timestamp with the raw data at the discrete time and stores the raw data as raw history data indicative of a plurality of raw data from discrete times. Further, the logic determines, based upon the raw history data, whether an event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Integrity Tracking, LLC
    Inventors: Chris A. Otto, Chirag D. Patel, Hugh A. Hartwig, Corey L. Sanders, Xiao Fang Chen
  • Patent number: 8842810
    Abstract: Emergency communications systems and methods are provided herein. According to some embodiments, methods for mediating transmission of an emergency communication may include establishing a communications path between an emergency response entity and a communications device of a reporting party in response to an emergency event, and delivering to the emergency response entity an alert communication from the communications device, the alert communication comprising at least a location of the communications device and visual content captured by the communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Tim V. Lieu
  • Patent number: 8836749
    Abstract: A remote location having at least one monitoring device is monitored via a temporary communication channel so that an image from the remote location is displayed at a monitoring location along with a graphic signal that depends on the source of the image. Scrutiny information is sent from the remote location to the monitoring location, including the image. The graphic signal may represent a map of the remote location, and may include text providing helpful information relating to the remote location. In some cases, the temporary communication channel is provided at least in part through an online computer service. In some cases, the communications interface is a wireless communications interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Telebuyer, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Katz
  • Patent number: 8818323
    Abstract: A method for supporting an emergency call in a mobile communication system is provided, which comprises the steps of: receiving, at a radio resource management entity, a message from a UE indicating that there is an emergency call; setup a RRC connection between the UE and the radio resource management entity; transmitting, by the radio resource management entity, a message to its upper-layer node, the message containing an emergency service indication; and establishing, by the upper-layer node of the radio resource management entity, the emergency call for the UE. With the method for supporting an emergency service in a mobile communication system provided in the present invention, the access failure of an emergency service can be reduced, and the access speed of the emergency service can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lixiang Xu, Chunying Sun, Hong Wang
  • Patent number: 8774368
    Abstract: System and method are disclosed to mitigate noise in an area monitored by a plurality of telecommunication terminals in communication with a controller, the method including: detecting an excessive noise originating in the area monitored by the plurality of telecommunication terminals, the detection performed by one or more terminals of the plurality of telecommunication terminals; identifying a location of a first terminal of the plurality of telecommunication terminals by use of the detected excessive noise, wherein the first terminal is closest to a source of the excessive noise; and providing a mitigation message to the identified first terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Jon L. Bentley, Anjur S. Krishnakumar, Shalini Yajnik
  • Patent number: 8767923
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing emergency communications within controlled-environment facilities are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method may include providing a communication platform. The communication platform may be configured to, in a first mode of operation, enable communications between devices (e.g., telephones, etc.) operated by residents (e.g., inmates, etc.) of a controlled environment facility (e.g., jail, prison, etc.) and devices (e.g., telephones, etc.) operated by non-residents of the controlled environment facility. The method may also include switching the communication platform from the first mode of operation to an emergency mode of operation. In the emergency mode of operation, the communication platform may be configured to enable an emergency communication from a first device operated by a resident of the controlled environment facility to a second device controlled by emergency response personnel (e.g., hostage negotiator, counselor, police officer, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Securus Techologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Christopher Edwards
  • Patent number: 8731143
    Abstract: In an emergency response system, a first set of information is used to determine (i) a first set of operator positions to whom an emergency call can be sent and (ii) an identify of a first operator identifier for each operator position in the first set of operator positions based on a set of rules. The first operator identifier for each operator position in the first set of operator positions is mapped with a second operator identifier known to a second system. A subset of the first set of operator positions is determined based on the set of rules using real-time operator information obtained from the second system associated with each of the second operator identifiers. The real-time operator information is different from the first set of information. The emergency call is routed to at least one operator position in the second set of operator positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Keller, Matthew D. Schreiner
  • Patent number: 8666357
    Abstract: An emergency message system provides a system and method for generating and transmitting emergency messages. In one embodiment, the emergency message system employs a transceiver network with a plurality transceivers coupled to monitoring devices residing at a plurality of customer premises. Control room operators receive an emergency message from an identifiable transceiver. The transceiver, identified by an identification code, indicates a location and the nature of the emergency condition so that the control operators may request appropriate emergency assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sipco, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas David Petite
  • Patent number: 8660517
    Abstract: A personal assistance monitor for estimating whether a person needs assistance or not, and for requesting assistance, when appropriate. Some embodiments of the present invention can request help for a person even if the person is unconscious or paralyzed. The illustrative embodiment comprises two bracelets—one is worn on a person's right wrist and the other is worn on the left wrist. Each bracelet comprises an acceleration sensor that detects the acceleration of the wrist to which it is affixed. The measures of motion detected by both bracelets are analyzed for insight into the person's well-being. When the illustrative embodiment estimates that the person needs assistance, the illustrative embodiment prompts the person to decline assistance. When the person declines assistance, the illustrative embodiment continues monitoring the person. In contrast, when the person fails to decline the offer of assistance, the illustrative embodiment requests help.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Paul DeMont, David Michael Lazoff
  • Patent number: 8649368
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, systems, and devices of user notification. In this regard, one embodiment of such a method, among others, can be broadly summarized by the following: capturing an image in response to an event; relaying capturing of the image to a telephone device; and sending a message to a user at a remote location via the telephone device, the message notifying the user of the capturing of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: William Todd Daniell, Larry Kent, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130315383
    Abstract: Emergency communications systems and methods are provided herein. According to some embodiments, methods for mediating transmission of an emergency communication may include establishing a communications path between an emergency response entity and a communications device of a reporting party in response to an emergency event, and delivering to the emergency response entity an alert communication from the communications device, the alert communication comprising at least a location of the communications device and visual content captured by the communications device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Tim V. Lieu
  • Patent number: 8576990
    Abstract: A method and system for localizing an initial point of an Internet Protocol (IP)-based telephone call that is an emergency call. A Telephony Application Server (TAS)-Proxy receives the emergency call originating from a Voice-over-IP (VoIP) subscriber. An emergency call application transmits to a replication database a request for emergency call data for identifying an initial point of the emergency call. The replication database determines the emergency call data from the IP address of the VoIP and transmits the emergency call data to the emergency call application. The emergency call applications sends the emergency call data to the TAS-Proxy. The TAS-Proxy routes the emergency call, and sends an Emergency ID of the emergency call data, to a local responsible Public Safety Answering Point. The local responsible Public Safety Answering Point can use a reference in the Emergency ID to technical data to locate the initial point of the emergency call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, Deutsche Telekom AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Barton, Reinhard Hausdorf, Markus Korporal, Thomas Lentz, Gerd Orians, Roland Schott, Franz Tenambergen
  • Publication number: 20130281044
    Abstract: A control panel of an alarm system at a premises stores call-back numbers/addresses and provides these to a monitoring center, as required. In embodiments, the call-back numbers/address may be provided along with the signalling of an alarm condition. In other embodiments, call-back numbers/addresses may be retrieved from the panel at the request of an operator or installer, or periodically. Call-back numbers/address may be stored or updated at the panel by installers or occupants, or automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Derek C. Smith, Robert N. Evans, Jitendra Patel
  • Patent number: 8537027
    Abstract: In a method for controlling an electronic device (1) with a programmable component and an independent microcontroller (10) and in such an electronic device (1), by the microcontroller (10), the component is monitored, a malfunction of the component is identified and the component is reprogrammed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Endre Brekke, Vegard Horten, Vidar Steigen
  • Patent number: 8529635
    Abstract: A system and method for securing and tracking an electronic device. The system includes hardware, software and firmware components that cooperate to allow tracking, disabling, and other interaction with the stolen electronic device. The system includes an application component, non-viewable component and Basic Input/Output Subsystem (BIOS) component that are present on the electronic device. The BIOS component maintains the secured environment of the application and non-viewable components. If only the application component was provided, a simple low level format of the hard disk drive would remove the application and bypass the security features. The system implements an “application and BIOS” based solution to electronic device security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 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: 8532266
    Abstract: An emergency services key (e.g., ESQK or ESRK) is guaranteed to be available from a limited size ESQK pool, such that an available ESQK is always selected and associated with an ongoing emergency call with no measurable impact to existing calls, even if all ESQK pool members are marked as unavailable. 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”, and information relating to the specific emergency E911 call (“Call Data ID”). 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard Geldenbott, John Gordon Hines, Yinjun Zhu
  • Patent number: 8520805
    Abstract: E911 call routing technology that employs pseudo Automatic Number Indicators (pANI) is enhanced to provide video E911 services. Digital photos or video from a camera-equipped phone are associated with a pseudo Automatic Number Identification (pANI), e.g., an emergency service routing key (ESRK), or an emergency service query key (ESQK) in the VoIP scenario, and a dedicated email address is associated with each pseudo Automatic Number Indicator (pANI) for the emergency caller to email the image content to. A video E911 web database containing associations between pANIs and staged image content associated with the emergency caller relating to the pANI, is maintained at an appropriate video E911 web site hosted by a mobile positioning center (MPC) or VoIP positioning center (VPC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Dickinson
  • Patent number: 8506649
    Abstract: A system and method for securing and tracking an electronic device. The system includes hardware, software and firmware components that cooperate to allow tracking, disabling, and other interaction with the stolen electronic device. The system includes an application component, non-viewable component and Basic Input/Output Subsystem (BIOS) component that are present on the electronic device. The BIOS component maintains the secured environment of the application and non-viewable components. If only the application component was provided, a simple low level format of the hard disk drive would remove the application and bypass the security features. The system implements an “application and BIOS” based solution to electronic device security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 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: 8457283
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for initiating an automatic emergency call wherein an emergency signal is sent when an initiation threshold is reached which is ascertained on the basis of a sensor signal. To prevent the incorrect transmissions of emergency calls and nevertheless to take account of a multiplicity of hazard situations, when the initiation threshold is reached an emergency call is initiated and additionally the reliability of the sensor signals prompting the initiation are assessed. When the sensor signals cannot be interpreted explicitly the emergency call is transmitted only after a delay time. During the delay time, the transmission of the emergency call can still be terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Harald Feifel
  • Patent number: 8451987
    Abstract: Service disruptions in a 911 system are detected by receiving reports from mobile positioning centers that detail certain activities of the 911 system. These reports are compiled into a log. Parts of this log are then searched for conditions that would indicate a service disruption. For example, a certain number of errors appearing in the log in the last six hours may indicate a service disruption. If a condition that would indicate a service disruption is found, a notice is generated so that action may be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Communcations Company L.P.
    Inventors: Hilah A. Rozier, Thomas Edward Hines, III
  • Patent number: 8451985
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a cordless phone operating in an establishment with a plurality of cordless phone handsets having a controller adapted to monitor a source for weather alerts, detect a weather alert, determine from the weather alert a weather alert type, retrieve a user profile, identify from the user profile and the weather alert type one or more of the plurality of cordless phone handsets to be notified of the weather alert, select from the user profile a ringtone type for each of the identified cordless phone handsets, wherein the ringtone type identifies the weather alert type, and transmit a message to cause each of the identified cordless phone handsets to assert the ringtone type identified therefor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, R. Tyler Wallis, William S. Robbins, Susan S. Steele
  • Patent number: 8447267
    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 muter 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: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Amar N. Ray, Cadathur V. Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 8432277
    Abstract: An alarm device includes: a detection device which detects an occurrence of an abnormal condition within a monitoring area; a transmission device which transmits an alarm signal when the detection device detects the abnormal condition; and an output device which, after the transmission device has transmitted the alarm signal, outputs an alarm after a lapse of a predetermined time after the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Egawa, Isao Asano, Hiroshi Shima
  • Patent number: 8396446
    Abstract: An alarm system senses alarm conditions on a premises, reports the occurrence of an alarm condition to a remote monitoring facility and for selected alarm conditions establishes two way voice communications with a person at the monitored premises or elsewhere. Multiple modes of communication are available such as public switched telephone (audio or audio modulated data), GSM (cellular audio), GPRS (cellular packet data), GSM/SMS (cellular text), etc. The programmed processor selects the network and communication protocol to rely on data communications if only data reporting is required. When two way voice communications will be required, the processor can select a network (e.g., GSM) that can be used for both data and audio communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Safety Products Canada Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephan Frenette, Jitendra Patel
  • 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: 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: 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: 8335304
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a system and associated method for communicating information. In some embodiments, the invention is directed to a general purpose transceiver having a receiver for receiving an information signal and a transmitter configured to transmit an outgoing signal to a central station. A portion of the information signal can include an instruction code, which may be decoded and acted upon accordingly. Other embodiments and features are also claimed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: SIPCO, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas D. Petite
  • Patent number: 8325711
    Abstract: A telephony device is configured to provide VoIP service at a customer premises and is also configured to provide an external system connected to the telephony device with the ability to seize a telephone line at the customer premises when needed. The telephony device includes an embedded MTA (EMTA), a telephone circuit, and a switch connector configured to connect the external system with the telephony device. When the external system is connected to the telephony device via the switch connector, the switch connector routes telephone signals between the EMTA and the telephone circuit though the external system, and the external system, such as an alarm system, may seize the line when needed. When the external system is not connected, the switch connector connects the EMTA and the telephone circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Abraham
  • 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
  • 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