With Automatic Dialing Or Transmission Of Recorded Audio Message Patents (Class 379/51)
  • Patent number: 9332122
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a method and system may be provided for providing notification that an emergency call is being placed. The system and method includes identifying a telephone call as being an emergency call, identifying a calling party of the telephone call, locating a notification list associated with the identified calling party, and sending a notification to members on the notification list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: John Zeigler, Jeffrey L. Leister, Cadathur V. Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 9196167
    Abstract: A process for managing the activating of emission of a given warning message in an aircraft comprises transmission, from a monitoring system to an authorization-issuing system, of an emission authorization request. The request has a priority attribute known as request priority attribute. The process also includes transmission, from the authorization-issuing system to the monitoring system, of an emission authorization. The transmission of the emission authorization is effected if the request priority attribute is higher than a current priority threshold. In addition, the process includes activation of emission of the given warning message. The activation may be effected if an alert condition associated with the given warning message is detected and if a priority attribute associated with the alert condition is higher than or equal to the request priority attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: AIRBUS, AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Campagne, Boris Sorbier, Baptiste Maylin
  • Patent number: 8902154
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for utilizing gestures for navigating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving
  • Patent number: 8838072
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a mobile personal assistant are provided. The method includes receiving a telephone call at a mobile terminal, determining whether a user of the mobile terminal is available to take the call based on a current context of the mobile terminal; and when the user of the mobile terminal is not available to take the call, handling the call by a mobile personal assistant on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Parvinder Sawhney, Peter King, Hyoung Wook Ham, Luyi Wang
  • Patent number: 8811573
    Abstract: A method and system allow a subscriber to test emergency 911 telephone services routed from the subscriber's location over a network to a response center. An alternative dialing code (*911) is provided for testing, and when a call placed by a subscriber to the alternative dialing code is received in the network, the network identifies the response center to which a 911 call placed from the subscriber's location is routed. An answering device is provided with status information with respect to the identified response center, and calls placed by the subscriber to the alternative dialing code are routed to the answering device, whereby when a subscriber places a call to the alternative dialing code, the answering device will supply the subscriber with status information with respect to the identified response center that receives a 911 call from the subscriber's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Killian, Lorinda Cherry, Norman Schryer
  • Patent number: 8804695
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for providing alerts and notifications to Internet Protocol-enabled devices are provided. The method includes receiving an alert message from a content source, retrieving a set of Internet Protocol device addresses associated with accounts subscribing to an alert service, and transmitting the alert message to the Internet Protocol-enabled devices corresponding to the set of Internet Protocol device addresses associated with the accounts subscribing to the alert service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Branam
  • Patent number: 8781095
    Abstract: A communication apparatus having an abbreviated dialing function allowing input of a destination number with fewer key input operations and a method of controlling the communication apparatus capable of reducing the operations of inputting a destination number is disclosed. The communication apparatus includes an abbreviated dialing input unit for inputting a destination number with fewer key input operations, a touch panel input/display unit for inputting the destination number, and a destination input operation menu controlling unit for controlling a menu display mode of a destination input operation menu on the touch panel input/display unit based on destination management information registering plural abbreviated dialing numbers referred to by the abbreviated dialing input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Takaoka, Tomohide Machida
  • Patent number: 8718235
    Abstract: To carry out processing to be executed upon occurrence of an emergency, a mobile phone includes a power control portion for supplying driving power, a RAM capable of storing data in the state where the driving power is not supplied from the power control portion, a crime prevention switch for detecting occurrence of an emergency, and a control portion which is driven by the driving power supplied from the power control portion. The control portion stores an emergency flag in an ON state indicating an emergency mode in the RAM in response to detection of the emergency by the crime prevention switch, and carries out emergency processing. When the control portion is activated as the supply of the driving power from the power control portion is started, it carries out the emergency processing if the emergency flag in the ON state is stored in the RAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoaki Miwa, Tomoaki Tsukiyama, Kazuaki Nakae
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 8639557
    Abstract: A method and a system for measuring market data in a mobile communications system. The method and system may be used to obtain data such as growth, churn rate, and other measurable metrics of mobile communications device subscribers. The method includes selecting a sample of contact numbers, using one or more contacting or querying methodologies to assess the state of the contact numbers, and analyzing the results to determine the market data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Tom Frangione, Liam Mahoney, Andreas Vogel, Christopher Chin, James Baer
  • Patent number: 8593274
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring for a distressed sound is disclosed. The system comprises a noise detection module configured to monitor ambient noise through a microphone on a digital telephony device operating in an idle state and determine an ambient noise level. A sound processing module is configured to process sounds received from the microphone that have an amplitude a selected amount greater than an amplitude of the ambient noise and determine if the processed sounds match a predetermined statistical model of a distressed sound. An assistance request module is configured to send a request for assistance via the digital telephony device for processed sounds that match the predetermined statistical model of the distressed sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Peter Gancarcik, Philippe Moquin
  • Patent number: 8577725
    Abstract: A telecommunication and advertising business model and method of utilizing same (10) that permits users to make telephone calls for a predetermined amount of time according to the destination of the call. The telecommunication and advertising business model is controlled by an on-line database system and comprises customers, and companies that pay for advertising through a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Papatel, Inc.
    Inventor: Enrique A. Baiz Matuk
  • 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: 8515022
    Abstract: A personal emergency response system (PERS) includes a base unit (16) and one or more extension units (20). The base unit includes a speaker (64), a microphone (72), a telephone interface circuit (40), a microcontroller (46), and an autodialer (48). Each extension unit includes a speaker (164), a microphone (172), a telephone interface circuit (140), and a controller (146) without an autodialer. The base unit controller (46) and the extension unit controller (146) are programmed such that in a help mode, the base unit controller and the extension unit controller assume a master/slave relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Anson William Wooding, Martin E. Henderson, Alan David Brav
  • 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: 8358744
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating a pre-stored emergency message from a TTY to a PSAP may include, in response to receiving an emergency call signal, accessing a pre-stored emergency message stored in a memory. A PSAP may be dialed. In one embodiment, the PSAP may be dialed by the user dialing 911 or the TTY may automatically dial 911 in response to the user selecting a hard or soft-button associated with communicating an emergency message to a PSAP. The pre-stored emergency message may be communicated to a PSAP using a TTY communications protocol. A TTY compatible device utilized by a PSAP operator may be configured to provide the PSAP operator with pre-stored messages available for selection and communication to the emergency caller. By providing pre-stored messages on TTY devices, emergency communications between users of the TTY devices may be expedited, thereby potentially saving lives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Amar Nath Ray, Lynn T. Greene
  • Patent number: 8290470
    Abstract: A system and method for providing location information to a public safety answering point may include receiving, at a network access point, an emergency 911 call signal including GPS location information and mobile directory number of a wireless device. The GPS location information and mobile directory information may be communicated to a selective router associated with a public safety access point servicing an area including the network access point. The network access point may be a WiFi access point. The access point address information may be communicated using a type II caller ID data packet after the public safety answering point goes off-hook. By communicating both the access point address information and GPS location information, both PSAPs that are configured as E911 Phase I and E911 Phase II may display address location information of an emergency 911 caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Amar N. Ray, Cadathur V. Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 8238870
    Abstract: A method for transmitting emergency broadcast message is disclosed in the present invention. The method comprises the following steps: setting an emergency broadcast message transmitting group in a terminal, and adding a user name and/or a telephone number of a receiving user of an emergency broadcast message to the emergency broadcast message transmitting group; after the terminal receives the emergency broadcast message via the broadcast communication system, extracting the phone number or the user name from the emergency broadcast message transmitting group and transmitting an emergency broadcast message in the mode of short message to the receiving user corresponding to the phone number or user name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Xing Xing, Yong Lv
  • Patent number: 8219061
    Abstract: Methods and systems for obtaining the location of a caller during an emergency or other telephone call. Before or during a call, a phone system can obtain from one or more sources a subscriber access line identity associated with a subscriber location record that includes a subscriber access line identity attribute and a subscriber location attribute. A phone system can send a query that includes the subscriber access line identity to a subscriber location query system that returns a subscriber location record or a subscriber location to the phone system. The phone system can then display the caller location information to a phone system, an agent or operator so that emergency services can be quickly and accurately dispatched. Using similar procedure and a memory, phone systems can also determine if a subscriber phone has or is changing location. Methods for testing the emergency call capabilities of a subscriber access line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: TP Lab
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 8208890
    Abstract: A method allows a user to transmit emergency messages to a selected communication network, in particular a WiMax network, even without valid registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschsft
    Inventors: Dirk Kröselberg, Richard Wisenöcker
  • Patent number: 8208619
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving call yields and reducing redundant calls while contacting patients who have not responded to reminders to schedule a return appointment, or who are due for a visit according to accepted standards of care or office policies, but have not scheduled an appointment. The patient reactivation system is queried for the next patient on the contact list, and queried again to find all patients sharing one or more phone numbers with this patient. Information required for contacting these patients to invite them to make an appointment is displayed. The user is presented one phone number at a time, and prompted to call this number and invite all listed patients to make an appointment. Results are collected, and when multiple patients are displayed, the program may prompt the user for clarification regarding which patients a given result applies to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Brevium, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian William Perrin, Brett Cornell Gerlach
  • Patent number: 8208606
    Abstract: A method and system allow a subscriber to test emergency 911 telephone services routed from the subscriber's location over a network to a response center. An alternative dialing code (*911) is provided for testing, and when a call placed by a subscriber to the alternative dialing code is received in the network, the network identifies the response center to which a 911 call placed from the subscriber's location is routed. An answering device is provided with status information with respect to the identified response center, and calls placed by the subscriber to the alternative dialing code are routed to the answering device, whereby when a subscriber places a call to the alternative dialing code, the answering device will supply the subscriber with status information with respect to the identified response center that receives a 911 call from the subscriber's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Thomas J. Killian, Lorinda Cherry, Norman Schryer
  • Patent number: 8200280
    Abstract: A cordless telephone which allows a user to play MP3 digital audio bit stream music, using the remote handset of a cordless telephone to control the functions of the MP3 player. The cordless telephone remains usable as a typical cordless telephone with all the features and conveniences of a cordless telephone including, but not limited to, connection of a telephone call between a calling party and a called party, caller ID information, voice messaging features, etc. MP3 digital audio bit stream music may be downloaded from a remote source through, e.g., the Internet and a PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Qinghong Cao, Liang Jin, Wenzhe Luo, Jian Wu, Zhigang Ma
  • 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: 8145182
    Abstract: A device for identifying an emergency call in a wireless local area network includes an indicator to identify a call as an emergency call. The indicator can be a bit flag or an information element. The information element can include location information regarding the location of the station that placed the emergency call. This information can be used to located the caller. The location information can be transmitted from the station to an access point separately from an emergency call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Marian Rudolf, Juan Carlos Zuniga, Shamim Akbar Rahman, Joseph A. Kwak
  • 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: 8130914
    Abstract: System and a method for recording a personal greeting associated with a pre-paid telephone calling card. The system and method include and involve a data storage system for storing data corresponding to a pre-paid telephone calling card and a personal greeting. Also included and involved is a pre-paid telephone calling card processing system that is coupled to the data storage system and which is configured to receive a request to record the personal greeting during a setup call over a telephone network and to cause the personal greeting to be recorded for subsequent playback. The pre-paid telephone calling card processing system is also configured to receive a request to make an outbound telephone call in relation to the pre-paid telephone calling card during an access call over the telephone network and to cause the personal greeting to be played back automatically during the access call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: James Duke Bond, Stacy Borocz, Anne Gillman, Karl Henderson
  • Patent number: 8063762
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and reporting of alarm events occurring in a monitored system includes a power supply, a switch module, an alarm interface, an event message module and a system controller wherein the switch module provides active power to the event message module, the wireless communication module and the system controller only when an alarm event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Goren Trade Inc.
    Inventor: Alberto Sid
  • Patent number: 8032109
    Abstract: Methods and systems for obtaining the location of a caller during an emergency or other telephone call. Before or during a call, a phone system can obtain from one or more sources a subscriber access line identity associated with a subscriber location record that includes a subscriber access line identity attribute and a subscriber location attribute. A phone system can send a query that includes the subscriber access line identity to a subscriber location query system that returns a subscriber location record or a subscriber location to the phone system. The phone system can then display the caller location information to a phone system, an agent or operator so that emergency services can be quickly and accurately dispatched. Using similar procedure and a memory, phone systems can also determine if a subscriber phone has or is changing location. Methods for testing the emergency call capabilities of a subscriber access line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 7945285
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of integrating a digital encoded-audio bit stream player in a radio-frequency (RF) telephone handset is disclosed. An RF connection is established between the RF telephone handset and an RF unit connected to a network, wherein communications between the RF telephone handset and the network pass through the RF unit. The RF telephone handset is switched from performing as a telephony device to performing as a digital encoded-audio bit stream player. Digital encoded-audio bit stream music is played from the RF telephone handset. The digital encoded-audio bit stream music playing from the digital encoded-audio bit stream player is muted when the RF telephone handset receives a telephone call. The RF telephone handset is switched from performing as a digital encoded-audio bit stream player to performing as a telephony device while the telephone call is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Qinghong Cao, Liang Jin, Wenzhe Luo, Jian Wu, Zhigang Ma
  • Patent number: 7933386
    Abstract: A hospitality system has at least one database for storing guest preferences regarding environment variables, for storing a national and/or regional origin or personal attributes of the guest. According to embodiments, advanced evacuation systems and entertainment systems are provided which fit the guest's preferences and origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Bruggemeier, Gerlinde Kuhnel-Mathe, Bernd Solow, David Leonhard Steinbauer, Jurgen Totzke
  • Patent number: 7933565
    Abstract: Embodiments describe improved coupling of power amplifiers to antennas for the transmission of signals, such as OFDM signals. A large number of separate windings are utilized on a primary side, wherein each winding is for a different OFDM tone. Each OFDM tone may be amplified individually and combined as a results of transformer coupling. For example, the secondary side can have a single winding that combines the different OFDM tones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM, Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank Lane, Rajiv Laroia, Per Kristensen
  • Publication number: 20110081005
    Abstract: A personal emergency response system (PERS) includes a base unit (16) and one or more extension units (20). The base unit includes a speaker (64), a microphone (72), a telephone interface circuit (40), a microcontroller (46), and an autodialer (48). Each extension unit includes a speaker (164), a microphone (172), a telephone interface circuit (140), and a controller (146) without an autodialer. The base unit controller (46) and the extension unit controller (146) are programmed such that in a help mode, the base unit controller and the extension unit controller assume a master/slave relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Anson William Wooding, Martin E. Henderson, Alan David Brav
  • Patent number: 7873148
    Abstract: A handset-originated ringback replacement system for modifying or replacing certain communications network tones is disclosed. Communications devices activate and interact with the handset-originated ringback replacement system to allow for modification of the network service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: Clifford J. Radziewicz, Mark R. Gregorek, Jeffrey C. Dillow
  • Patent number: 7852991
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling a network service provider to compare the existing speed dial lists with new entries and only overwrite entries that have been modified are disclosed. In addition, the existing list remains active during this process and is protected from the update process. The existing list is only replaced by the updated list if the update process has been successfully completed without incident; otherwise, the existing list will remain active without being affected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 7853199
    Abstract: A method is presented for providing alarm notification and two-way voice communication for a hybrid data/voice system by sending an alarm from a communication device to a central station receiver via a data transmission method, associating the alarm with a telephone number operating with a voice transmission method, and initiating the two-way voice communication between the communication device and a voice receiver. In one embodiment, associating includes selecting a line number and telephone number, verifying the number's availability, and if the number is available, sending it to the communication device. In another embodiment, associating includes forwarding the alarm from the alarm forwarding service to a receiver, sending a telephone number to the communication device, contacting the telephone number from the communication device, and using a voice transmission method to create a three-way call among the alarm forwarding service, the communication device and the central station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Blum
  • Patent number: 7853200
    Abstract: A method is presented for providing alarm notification and two-way voice communication for a hybrid data/voice system. In one embodiment, the method comprises sending an alarm notification from a communication device to an alarm forwarding service, recognizing an ID of the communication device, using said ID to create a three-way call among the alarm forwarding service, the communication device and a central station, and initiating a two-way voice communication between said communication device and the central station. In another embodiment, the method comprises sending an alarm notification from a communication device to an alarm forwarding service, establishing a connection from said alarm forwarding service to said communication device, using said connection to create a three-way call among the alarm forwarding service, the communication device and a central station, and initiating a two-way voice communication between the communication device and the central station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Blum, Christopher E. Beach, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 7844035
    Abstract: A message broadcast system is disclosed for quickly delivering a relatively large amount of content to customer premises devices. A dial-out voice server initiates a plurality of telephone calls to a plurality of telephone numbers associated with customer premises alerting devices. The dial-out server also transmits a control data signal to the alerting devices, which indicates an incoming voice message to the alerting devices. The customer premises devices are connected to the telecommunication network via a communication channel and are configured to continuously monitor the communication channel for the control data signal. In response to receipt of a control data signal, an alerting device automatically configures itself to receive the incoming voice message. After delivering the voice message to the alerting device, the dial-out voice server may disconnect and place another call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Stanley Pietrowicz
  • Patent number: 7783278
    Abstract: A communicator for a personal emergency response system determines, when a power switch is switched on, whether the communicator has previously successfully performed at least one predetermined installation sequence. If the communicator has previously completed the installation sequence, it bypasses the installation sequence. If the communicator has not previously completed the installation sequence, it prompts the user through the installation sequence using a series of audible or text prompts. During the installation sequence, the user is prompted to perform range testing to verify the operation of a transmitter in conjunction with the communicator in the personal emergency alarm system in one or more locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: William G. MacIver, Alan D. Brav, Joshua A. Hanson, William S. Prenovitz
  • Patent number: 7742579
    Abstract: There is disclosed a call answering system comprising storage means for storing a user specified address; means for recording voice messages associated with the user; and forwarding means for forwarding recorded voice messages to the user specified address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Neil Didcock, Michael Geoffrey Andrew Wilson, Ruth E. Knap
  • Patent number: 7702363
    Abstract: A cordless telephone which allows a user to play MP3 digital audio bit stream music, a video game, either alone or with a user of another cordless telephone, using the remote handset of a cordless telephone to control the functions of the MP3 player. The cordless telephone remains usable as a typical cordless telephone with all the features and conveniences of a cordless telephone including, but not limited to, connection of a telephone call between a calling party and a called party, caller ID information, voice messaging features, etc. MP3 digital audio bit stream music may be downloaded from a remote source through, e.g., the Internet and a PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Qinghong Cao, Liang Jin, Wenzhe Luo, Jian Wu, Zhigang Ma
  • Patent number: 7639792
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment a system and method for processing a call in a Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) network are disclosed. The method includes receiving the call associated with a private identifier (PRID) at a server, classifying a call location based on the PRID and sending the call from the server to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) with a call back number associated with the PRID. The system includes a first server interface for receiving a message containing a PRID associated with the call, a second server interface to access the data base for searching for the PRID in the data structure; a third server interface to receive an output from the database indicating whether a PRID has been found in the data structure; and a fourth server interface to send the call to a PSAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: ATT Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Richard L. Khan, Robert F. Dailey, Keith Joseph Allen, Geoffrey R. Zampiello
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090110155
    Abstract: The inactivity alarm has programmable interval timing electronic circuitry, including a reset button. Audible alert electronic circuitry is actuated by timeout of the programmable timing interval to provide successively louder audible signals if the reset button has not been pressed within the timing interval. In another embodiment, the system is included in an electronic telephone. The telephone sends a signal responsive to a predetermined user actuation of the phone. A first timer is resettable by the telephone signal to prevent timeout. The audible alert is activated by timeout of the first timer. A programmed telephone number dialing circuit and second timer are provided. The second timer is resettable by the telephone signal to prevent timeout of the second timer. The programmed telephone number dialing circuitry is activated on timeout of the second timer to dial at least one stored telephone number. Alternatively, timer functions are implemented in a Central Office.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen Graves
  • Patent number: 7463141
    Abstract: The software configurations of a personal computer allow it to provide portable home security to poor American families and small business owners. When a security breach is detected, a wave file out of the computer speakers serves as a detection alarm to the intruder, while another wave file serves as a notification to the homeowner. The personal computer program would automatically loop through different telephone numbers, as preset. The homeowner has the responsibilities to stop, reset or dispatch the appropriate authorities base on the nature of the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventors: Guirand Michel, Joubert Michel
  • Publication number: 20080165936
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, there is provided an information processing apparatus including: an emission unit configured to emit a notification sound upon predetermined operation; a storage unit configured to store a call destination list including a plurality of call destinations; a determination unit configured to determine a call destination based on a preset priority from the plurality of call destinations if the predetermined operation is performed; and a call origination unit configured to originate a call to the determined call destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Youichi Nagashima, Yoshiaki Otaki, Mikio Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 7391315
    Abstract: A security system includes at least one audio sensor located at a premises that receives audio signals and converts the audio signals to digitized audio signals. A server is located remote from the plurality of premises and receives the digitized audio signals from each of the premises. A plurality of clients are in communication with the server, which is operative for selecting the client for receiving digitized audio signals for a selected premises. The client is operative for converting the digitized audio signals from the selected premises into audio for an operator that is monitoring the premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Sonitrol Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Friar
  • Patent number: 7362851
    Abstract: A system for providing location ID services for telephone calls transfers location data describing the location of the calling device to the called device. Rather than or in addition to providing the name and telephone number as is done through the conventional caller ID service, the location of the calling device is displayed by the called device including the zip code, the longitude and latitude planar coordinates, or the street address. Existing advanced intelligent network infrastructure may be adapted to provide the location ID service, such as by providing location data queries from a signal switching point to a signal control point. The signal control point has access to a CNAM database containing location ID data fields in addition to conventional caller ID data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventor: Sunil H. Contractor
  • Patent number: 7356129
    Abstract: A system for identifying the location of an individual at a transmission source who has initiated a message relating to an emergency. The system includes means for determining the specific location of the message initiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Martin D. Moody
  • Patent number: 7348882
    Abstract: A method of alerting a person to a situation is disclosed. An alert signal is received from a mobile communication device in signal communication with a wireless communication system and an alert system. In response to the alert signal, a database of an alert service is accessed for information relating to the subscriber of the mobile communication device and for information relating to a contact list associated with the subscriber. Information is obtained from the wireless communication system relating to the location of the subscriber, and a communication is made to a member of the subscriber's contact list providing information relating to the subscriber and the situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Adamczyk, Edward Silver