Intrusion Patents (Class 379/44)
  • Patent number: 9008282
    Abstract: Provided is a cordless telephone system including a base unit (100) connected to a telephone line and a handset (200) configured to transmit and receive radio waves to and from the base unit (100) via wireless channel, wherein the base unit (100) or the handset (200) includes a strength measurement unit (20) configured to measure a strength of received radio waves, and a signal processing unit (10) configured to perform a prescribed security action based on a result of measurement performed by the strength measurement unit (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Ashizuka
  • Publication number: 20140270097
    Abstract: Provided is a cordless telephone system including a base unit (100) connected to a telephone line and a handset (200) configured to transmit and receive radio waves to and from the base unit (100) via wireless channel, wherein the base unit (100) or the handset (200) includes a strength measurement unit (20) configured to measure a strength of received radio waves, and a signal processing unit (10) configured to perform a prescribed security action based on a result of measurement performed by the strength measurement unit (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya ASHIZUKA
  • 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: 8792383
    Abstract: The system is based on the arrangement of a plurality of terminals (1), (I?) . . . (In), which are interconnected with one another to form a digital network by means of two databuses, one write and one read, by means of differential transmission, with a hybrid connection topology based inter alia on UTP-type cables (4). Each terminal is constituted by a DLP-type card (7), which contains a programmable logic device for the management of a series of cards associated with the card (7), said cards being a main card (8) and a user-interface card (9), which enable the user to configure the various system options, it being possible, also, to incorporate one or more extension cards (H-H?) for the input and output of audio/video signals, the Internet, a telephone line or an automatic-door-entry line, and also a remote-control and alarm card (10) for activating external loads, activating alarms and receiving signals originating from sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Universidad de Zaragoza
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Moreno Carbonel, Jorge Leza Espanol
  • Patent number: 8577289
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing in which an antenna is mounted. An antenna window may be mounted in the housing to allow radio-frequency signals to be transmitted from the antenna and to allow the antenna to receive radio-frequency signals. Near-field radiation limits may be satisfied by reducing transmit power when an external object is detected in the vicinity of the dielectric antenna window and the antenna. A capacitive proximity sensor may be used in detecting external objects in the vicinity of the antenna. The proximity sensor and the antenna may be formed using integral antenna resonating element and proximity sensor capacitor electrode structures. These structures may be formed from identical first and second patterned conductive layers on opposing sides of a dielectric substrate. A transceiver and proximity sensor may be coupled to the structures through respective high-pass and low-pass circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Schlub, Yi Jiang, Qingxiang Li, Jiang Zhu, Ruben Caballero
  • 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: 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: 8472931
    Abstract: Methods and Systems for managing one or more communications devices associated with a user of a communications network are disclosed. The methods and systems are capable of receiving an indication regarding wireless communications between a first device and a second device. This indication may indicate that the first device has entered or left a vicinity (or range) of a second device. Additionally, this may be accomplished by using a protocol such as Bluetooth protocol, the IEEE 802.11(b) protocol, and/or the IEEE 802.11(g) protocol. For example, in an embodiment, if a first device (e.g., a Bluetooth-enabled wireless phone) enters the vicinity of a second device (e.g., a Bluetooth-enabled user computer), calls for the user may be automatically forwarded to a phone of the user that is located near the second device. Likewise, in an embodiment, if the first device (e.g., a Bluetooth-enabled wireless phone) leaves the vicinity of the second device (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Telesector Resources Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig L. Reding, Christopher Helbling
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8241368
    Abstract: In a method for securing and disabling an electronic device, the electronic device automatically executes a basic input/output system (BIOS) component of a security and tracking service during boot up. The BIOS component automatically determines whether an application component of the security and tracking service has requested disabling of the electronic device. In response to a determination that the application component has requested disabling of the electronic device, the BIOS component automatically displays system information and unlock key. The BIOS component also automatically prompts a user of the electronic device to enter an activation password to re-enable the electronic device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva M. Bhansali, Manoj K. Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul R. Patel, Rayesh K. Raikar, Kamal M. Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza A. Varghese, Thomas D. Tucker
  • Patent number: 8205244
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for generating, managing, and displaying alarms associated with monitoring a wireless network. Advantageously, the present disclosure provides one alarm per security event, and the ability to see an event in context over time and aggregate information. This results in a significant reduction in alarm volume for wireless monitoring which increases manageability and reduces storage requirements. Further, this provides better security by avoiding the “needle in the haystack” problem where you see few actionable alarms rather than being flooded by multiple copies of the same event over time. Finally, the present disclosure provides improved system scalability with large deployments by managing alarms through lesser alarm volume, and through visual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: AirDefense, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Nightingale, Lakshmaiah Regoti, Kailash Kailash, Vikas Sood, Samuel J. Crank
  • Patent number: 8182548
    Abstract: An electronic device security and tracking system. A system includes one or more clients, wherein the clients are electronic devices; and a server computer system connected to each of the clients, wherein the server computer system is capable of tracking and locating each of the clients. In one aspect, the server computer system includes one or more web servers coupled to each of the clients, wherein the web servers include a website for the electronic device security and tracking system; one or more file transfer protocol servers coupled to each of the web servers; and one or more database servers connected to each of the web servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 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: 8180032
    Abstract: A client of a telephone number mapping (ENUM) server is used to protect the ENUM server from a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. The DoS attack may comprise a plurality of attempts to place exception calls from one or more end user devices that are unregistered. The one or more end user devices may originate from a service provider network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, Bernard S. Ku, Chaoxin Charles Qiu
  • Publication number: 20120069972
    Abstract: A security system with call management functionality includes a security controller having at least one first interface to at least one user identification device and a second interface to a call management controller. The security controller also includes logic to determine a security status of a user based on identification information received from the at least one user identification device and to communicate the security status of the user to the call management controller. The call management controller enables, disables, or modifies a communication service based on the security status of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond Walden Bennett, III, John Roland Beardsley
  • Patent number: 8137410
    Abstract: A method for tracking, locating and disabling an electronic device. A method includes checking if an application component operated correctly during last power-up of the device; and placing the device under control of power on self test to proceed with powering-up the device if the application component operated correctly during last device power-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 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: 8128710
    Abstract: A system and method for securing and tracking an electronic device. A method includes but is not limited to accepting a selection of a service to erase a hard disk drive in the electronic device; recording that the electronic device has been reported stolen; and erasing the hard disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 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: 20120008751
    Abstract: The Home Star is an interactive security and communication system for the home which is wired to doors, windows and other points of entrance, with infrared motion sensors included to detect home invaders. Once tripped, this alarm sends a silent signal to the authorities and the Home Star command center, ensuring that police back up and support is immediately directed to the location. More than a mere security system, the Home Star provides a complete communication system for the home enabling occupants to place and receive telephone calls, print documents and road maps and access other family members, all with a simple press of the activation switch. This in turn activates an interactive system of voice prompts which enables the user to execute any number of function specific commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: James Forbes
  • Patent number: 8010631
    Abstract: A system and method of notifying a remote client of a sensor triggering event and providing data related to the sensor triggering event to the remote client. The method has the steps of receiving a first notification signal indicating that a sensor has been triggered; identifying a data recording device associated with the triggered sensor wherein the data recording device records video data; identifying a client device designated to receive the video data when the sensor has been triggered; transmitting to the client device a second notification signal indicating that the sensor has been triggered; receiving an acknowledgement signal from the client device; and transmitting the video data to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Tiger Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Brailean, Marshall Merrifield, Joel D. Underwood, Douglas C. Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20110090334
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for notification of alarms in security systems. An alarm is detected in a security system. An alarm code is associated to a camera, and video data is retrieved from the camera. An alarm notification address is retrieved and the video data is sent to the IP alarm notification address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: John Alson Hicks, III, Nicholas S. Huslak, James Aromando, Michael D. Cercena, Francis John Connell, Mark W. Mueller, Deva-Datta Sharma, J. Kirk Shrewsbury
  • Patent number: 7859406
    Abstract: An alarm system comprises: an audio interface comprising: a microphone; a state sensor for sensing a state at the audio interface; a signal generator for generating an inaudible state signal indicative of the state; a multiplexer for combining an audio signal from the microphone and the state signal; a control panel for monitoring sensed conditions at the audio interface; a conductor interconnecting the audio interface to the control panel carrying audio signal and the state signal as combined from the audio interface to the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Safety Products Canada Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephen D. W. Fosty, Michael J. Vandenberg
  • Patent number: 7848505
    Abstract: A method and system for blocking an incoming telephone call based upon at least one predetermined criterion. The system includes a security device having a user device for imputting a first control signal to block the incoming telephone call, and for inputting a second control signal for controlling at least one feature of the security system, at least one sensor for detecting an emergency event within a protected area. The sensor generates an alarm signal. The system further includes a control section for processing the first and second control signals. The control section generates a control signal based upon the first control signal. Based upon this control signal, a line seizure means opens or closes a connection between an incoming telephone line and a telephone device. The security system has continuous access to the incoming telephone line, even though the line can be isolated from the telephone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Martin, Narine Boodoosingh
  • Patent number: 7783385
    Abstract: A network system including a plurality of mobile devices is provided. The plurality of mobile devices each have a sensor function and a wireless communication function, the mobile devices communicating sensor information about a target with one another and tracking the target; a target searching section configured to obtain sensor information while the plurality of the mobile devices move and for reporting the sensor information among the mobile devices by wireless communication; a target focusing section configured to, in response to one of the mobile devices detecting a target, focus a sensor on the target in cooperation with mobile devices adjacent to the mobile device detecting the target; and a target surrounding section configured to surround the target by using a plurality of mobile devices that focus their sensors on the same target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yosuke Tamura
  • Patent number: 7671276
    Abstract: An armed enclosure apparatus includes a housing to be mounted on a building to encircle a telephone junction box. A cover is provided for engagement with the housing by means of a plurality of security screws. The apparatus further includes a plurality of screw tamper switch assemblies which sense tampering with the security screws and generate a corresponding signal which is transmitted along the telephone lines to a central monitoring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: David L. Baker
  • Patent number: 7649457
    Abstract: The alarm system uses a presently available telephone set and an electronic circuit. The electronic circuit is connected to a plurality of sensors. The electronic circuit, in order to operate, uses DC voltage which is equal to the supply voltage of the telephone set. The sensors form the inputs for the electronic circuit of the alarm system. The inputs for the electronic circuit are connected to the pull up resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Ahmed I. S. I. Al-Jafar
  • Patent number: 7577420
    Abstract: A security system (52) using cellular wireless half duplex communication call (62) is provided. The security system (52) comprises a set of monitored resources (10), group of owners (48) and group of helpers (50) connected using said cellular wireless half duplex call (52). The monitored resource (10) is configured to generate an alarm and is coupled with said cellular wireless half duplex call (62). Said owners (48) and helpers (50) are also coupled with said cellular wireless half duplex call (62). In an event of emergency said monitored resource (10) generates an alarm and initiates said cellular wireless half duplex call (62) to connect to said owners (48) and said helpers (50) in shortest possible time without significantly contributing to cellular network load. Said security system (52) provides most scalable, efficient and viable security solution using cellular wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventors: Sudharshan Srinivasan, Jai Kumar, Kothandraman Ramchandran
  • Patent number: 7336166
    Abstract: The invention provides a remote monitoring system which has a simplified configuration and is capable of remotely monitoring the current state of a person needing care and detecting an abnormality in the person's behavior and then addressing the abnormality, and further provides a method using the remote monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 7138915
    Abstract: Object management in a distributed system includes at least one attribute information management server for managing attribute information of the object in correspondence with identification information given to the object, at least one identification information management server for managing the attribute information management server in correspondence with the identification information, and at least one supporting server for supporting handling of the object in accordance with the attribute information is connected to a user terminal over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Morito, Yasuko Fukuzawa, Kazuo Takaragi, Shojiro Asai
  • Patent number: 7054415
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for selectively informing at least one person in the case of an alarm condition of an object, comprising of producing successive images of the object with at least one camera, comparing successive images, establishing at least one communication connection with the person in the case an image differs to a predetermined extent from a previous image, and sending an alarm report to the person over this communication connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Marchfun International N.V.
    Inventor: Edgar Jozef Beere
  • Patent number: 7034681
    Abstract: A security system including several camera devices and a communication device in sites at which monitoring is required by a user. The several camera devices may constantly monitor the sites. The camera devices have motion detecting functions and provide unusual status reporting signals and necessary image information to the communications device when the movements of an intruder have been detected. The communication device communicates with and is connected to a server that serves as an information center via the internet line when unusual status signals have been received. The information from the camera devices is also sent to server. The server automatically notifies the user by a predetermined user-selected method. The notified user can access the server and confirm the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Yamamoto, Koh Murata
  • Patent number: 7009510
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a host having a plurality of sensor inputs for connection to sensors. A converter is designed to receive input signals from the sensor input and to convert the input signals from the sensors into digital signals. A processing system is configured to receive the digital signals and to generate alarm signals in response to selected ones of the received digital signals. An internally integrated voice/data modem is in operative association with the processing system. A phone connector is placed in operative association with the voice/data modem, to act as a port for transmission of the alarms to an external telephone network. A network connector is in operative association with the processing system and is designed to receive data in the form of alarms from the processing system and to act as a port for transmission of the alarm data to data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Phonetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Douglass, James E. Fairburn
  • Patent number: 6950946
    Abstract: A network-attachable computer system (40) that comprises a network interface for connection to a network (41), a server module address, a secure identifier (ID), and a key k. The computer system (40) generates identity information which comprises the secure identifier ID and which is protected using said key k. This identity information is automatically sent via the network interface to a server module (42) which is reachable via the network (41) by using said server module address where it is used to determine whether the respective computer system (40) is reported lost or stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Droz, Robert Haas
  • Patent number: 6883091
    Abstract: The time required to boot a computer is reduced by reducing or eliminating the need to discover many or all devices within the computer and the machine topology. Access panels are monitored so that it is detected when they are opened. For the access panels that have not been opened, it is assumed that the system configuration, topology, devices, etc. have not changed since the last boot process and there is no need to spend time discovering these devices and machine topology. Stored, instead of discovered, configuration information is then used to configure these devices. This reduces the time required to boot since discovery of devices is not performed. A service processor or other logic may be used to detect which access panels are opened. Also, only those elements of the configuration that may be affected by the particular access panels that were opened need to be re-discovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John A. Morrison, Michael S Allison, Leo J Embry, Stephen Silva
  • Patent number: 6833788
    Abstract: A remote intrusion detection radio appliance includes a housing having a passive motion detector and related circuitry to monitor and warn of unwanted intrusions, by operating an external radio unit or cellular telephone plugged into the appliance. The appliance, when activated, broadcasts an audio output and then monitors an area in which it is located by audio and/or video for an intruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventors: Steve Smith, David M. Kramer
  • Patent number: 6762686
    Abstract: The wireless home security detector monitors fire, smoke, and home security to protect the home. The wireless home security detector dials the proper authorities in the event of an emergency. An alarm will come on in seconds after the smoke or fire is detected. When the fire alarm is activated, it will emit a special code that will activate the passive infrared motion detector that will check for any body heat inside the home. If body heat is detected, the infrared motion detector will activate an alarm responsive to detecting the location of a person; and include a human voice response. This alarm will keep sounding if body heat is detected and it will also monitor the body heat location as the person moves from one room to the other. The motion detector will stay on in the occupied room as an indication that a person has been located inside the room, to aid authorities in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph A. Tabe
  • Patent number: 6639971
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display panel is disclosed, which includes a substrate, a gate line on the substrate at a constant distance in one direction, a data line, source/drain electrodes, and a storage electrode arranged to cross the gate line at a constant distance, a first contact hole in the drain electrode, a pixel electrode connected with the drain electrode through the first contact hole in a pixel region, and a first pattern below the first contact hole to shield light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Yeung Kwak, Ki Tae Kim
  • Publication number: 20020163997
    Abstract: A phone-interface device receives a wireless signal from a control panel. The wireless signal encodes information regarding a system condition that has occurred in a facility. The phone-interface device communicates the system condition to a monitoring station. The phone-interface device receives its electrical power from the telephone line or from an energy storage device. In another aspect, the phone-interface device receives a provisional-alarm signal command from a control panel. The phone-interface device determines whether a disarm command has been received from the control panel. When a disarm command has not been received before expiration of a period of time, the phone-interface devices sends an alarm condition to a monitoring station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: John Todd Bergman, Kurt Hasselfeldt, Thomas Anthony Lee, Eric W. Lofstad, Brian Karl Seemann
  • Publication number: 20020163430
    Abstract: In one aspect, a phone-interface device determines whether a problem has occurred at a control panel by determining whether a signal from the control panel has been received, and when a signal has not been received within a period of time, the phone-interface device transmits an error message to a monitoring station. In another aspect, the control panel determines whether a problem has occurred at the phone-interface device by determining whether a signal from the phone-interface device has been received, and when a signal has not been received within a period of time, the control panel transmits an error message to a user. In another aspect, the phone-interface device contains memory to buffer data transferred between the control panel and a monitoring station. In this way, a high-speed connection between the phone-interface and the monitoring station can be accommodated while using a lower-speed connection between the phone-interface device and the control panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: John Todd Bergman, Kurt Hasselfeldt, Thomas Anthony Lee, Eric W. Lofstad, Brian Karl Seemann
  • Publication number: 20010038685
    Abstract: A telephone is controlled using an external contact closure. The telephone includes a contact closure connector. The contact closure connector includes a first wire contact and a second wire contact. Control logic is connected to the first wire contact and the second wire contact. The control logic detects a change in electrical connection between the first wire contact and the second wire contact. Alternatively, the control logic detects a change in electrical connection between multiple pairs of wire contacts. In response to the change in electrical connection, the control logic issues a command to a processor connected to the control logic. The processor, upon receipt of the command issued by the control logic, implements a predetermined telephone function or set of functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventors: MICHAEL GLEN DUNCAN, RONALD ALBERT KUBENA
  • Patent number: 6100793
    Abstract: 1. An integrated vehicle and building alarm system for protecting at least one vehicle located adjacent a building, comprising at least one vehicle alarm device, located within the vehicle, having means for detecting an intrusion into the vehicle, means for producing an audible alert in response to said intrusion, and means for activating an alarm signal when said intrusion occurs. The system also comprises a building alarm device having a plurality of input ports corresponding to a number of protected zones, the device is located within the building and has means for detecting the alarm signal on the input ports. In addition, the device has means for generating an alert signal when an alarm signal occurs. A junction box, having at least one input port and at least one output port, is located inside the building. An attachment cable is electrically connected between the vehicle alarm device and the input port of the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: George A. Dimou
  • Patent number: 6072858
    Abstract: A system for detecting and reporting a defect in a telephone line includes a network of utility processors that communicate over a power line. Each utility processor monitors a telephone line connected to the processor. The utility processor includes a processing element, a line sensor, a telephone interface and a power line communication interface. Each utility processor reports a defect in the telephone line by sending message to a second utility processor via the power line. The second utility processor reports the defect to a central office via a telephone line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Com/Energy Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Bellin
  • Patent number: 6067014
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a security system. The system comprises a detector for producing an alarm signal. The system comprises a cord connected to the detector along which the alarm signal is transmitted. The system comprises a mechanism for securing the cord to a communication jack which produces an alarm when the cord is separated from the communication jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Edwin P. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6067346
    Abstract: A method and system for providing redundancy for security systems served by the public switched telephone network (PSTN) includes a cable modem interconnected to a security system controller. Upon detection of inoperability of a telecommunications line serving the system via the PSTN, the cable modem extends an alert message to a security monitoring service via a packet data network. Advantageously, the cable modem can also send video images and audio from the secured premises to the security monitoring system due to the bandwidth capabilities of the packet data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Akhteruzzaman, Ronald Joseph Rees, Ian Andrew Schorr
  • Patent number: 6031894
    Abstract: A method for locating an electronic device such as a stolen portable computer. The method includes initiating a phone call; receiving automatic number identification (ANI) information; and terminating the phone call before the call is answered. The received ANI information may then be provided to law enforcement agencies so that they may retrieve the electronic device. The act of initiating and terminating may be performed by a computer or a modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Hoyt A. Fleming, III
  • Patent number: 5990785
    Abstract: An apparatus for remotely communicating with the vehicle to control functional circuits in the vehicle. The apparatus includes a pager based communication apparatus mounted in the vehicle for receiving a command signal from a pager service provider in response to a user generated telephone number, security code and a command. A microcontroller is responsive to the received command and, in response to a stored control program, generates outputs to various vehicle functional circuits. The microcontroller generates outputs in response to selected user generated commands to deactivate the vehicle engine in the event of a hijack command when the engine RPM drops below a prestored engine RPM magnitude. The microcontroller is also capable of generating outputs to control engine starting and stopping, door lock and unlock operations, and other vehicle accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Raymond A. Suda
  • Patent number: 5937036
    Abstract: A private branch exchange is provided having the capability of receiving external alarms via the standard telephony line or trunk interfaces. According to one embodiment, a PBX 200 includes a switching control circuit 202 having line monitor 212 and DTMF 210 capabilities. The switching control circuit 202 is coupled to a central processing unit 204 which in turn is coupled to a memory 206. The memory 206 stores a database 208 identifying a predetermined number of telephony trunk 214 and/or line input/output circuits 218 over which external alarms are to be reported. The CPU 204 identifies an external alarm contact closure as a fault on the telephone line or trunk, thereby insuring proper identification of the location of the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Siemens Information and Communication Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Dean, Michael Worsham
  • Patent number: 5923248
    Abstract: An alarm phone for dialing a predetermined phone number to deliver a predetermined code upon activation by a detection event. The alarm phone includes a motion detector which, when activated, activates a motor by completing a circuit from a battery through the motion detector to the motor. The motor rotates a cam disk having a cam surface which actuates cam levels. As the motor continues to rotate the cam disk, the cam surface actuates other cam levels which contact surface plates and complete connections which respectively pick up the switch hook of a telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: Enrique C. Toledano, Castor Debera
  • Patent number: 5923731
    Abstract: A telephone monitoring and alarm apparatus which has a telephone line sensing means which determines whether an incoming telephone line is cut or busy and alerts a user as to the status of the telephone line. Other sensing means detect the presence of fire, smoke, water, or other designated conditions and transmits a representative alarm signal to the apparatus. Upon receipt of an alarm indication from one of the sensing means or a line cut/line busy condition from the telephone line sensing means, a processing means disconnects the telephone extensions at the location from the incoming telephone line, and executes a predetermined response. This response can be visual alarms, audio alarms or dialing a predetermined telephone number and transmitting a predetermined alarm message. The apparatus can be programmed as to which telephone numbers to call and messages to send.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Command Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: William C. McClure