Traffic Steering Device Or Barrier Patents (Class 404/6)
  • Patent number: 10236670
    Abstract: A cable housing system includes a housing positioned below a travel path having a crown surface. A plurality of surface lid sections are connected to the housing. The surface lid sections generally lie flush with the surface crown of the travel path when in a closed position and define gaps between the surface lid sections when in an open position. A surface lid interlocking mechanism connects at least two adjacent surface lid sections, and an attachment mechanism provides for surface lid sections to be selectively moved relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Michael John Lamore
  • Patent number: 10119230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security barrier apparatus 10, 70, 100 comprising a support 12 having at least three upright posts 14, 16, 18, 72 thereon. Two of the posts 14, 18 being fixed to the support 12 and at least one post 16, 72 being translatably movable relative to the two fixed posts 14, 18. The two fixed posts 14, 18 being spaced apart from one another and comprise a first plane 19 therebetween. The movable post 16, 72 being mounted to a slide device 24 of the support 12 for providing said translatable movement. The slide device 24 to operate the apparatus 10, 70 between an open position and a closed position such that in the closed position the movable post 16, 72 is between the fixed posts 14, 18 for inhibiting the passage of a vehicle, and in the open position the movable post 16, 72 is out of alignment with the first plane 19 and adjacent to one of the fixed posts 14, 18 for allowing the passage of a vehicle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Heald Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan Roderick Heald
  • Patent number: 9902278
    Abstract: A wireless power-supplying system includes a power-supplying coil installed within a predefined parking space, a balloon provided to cover the power-supplying coil and configured to expand to occupy a space between the power-supplying coil and a power-receiving coil of the vehicle parked in the parking space, and fix the vehicle from below, and a power supply control unit configured to cause the balloon to fix the vehicle until payment of a usage fee of the parking space is completed when the vehicle has been fixed from below by the balloon, wherein power is wirelessly supplied from the power-supplying coil to the power-receiving coil of the vehicle in a state in which the vehicle is fixed to the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuji Maekawa
  • Patent number: 9840817
    Abstract: A road module for regulating a passability of vehicles on a roadway. The road module includes an elongated container immersed across the roadway and having an upper plane being essentially at level with the roadway. A lid is pivotally arranged and hinged along an edge of the container. The edge extends along a longitudinal side of the container facing vehicles approaching the road module. The lid forms at least a part of the upper plane of the container. An eccentrically mounted cylindrical roller is configured to support the lid at an opposite longitudinal side of the container. The roller is rotatable between an upper or a lower position. An actuator is configured to rotate the roller to lower and raise the lid, thereby forming a downward ramp in a passing direction of the vehicles when the roller is in the lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: EDEVA AB
    Inventor: Jonas Wallinder
  • Patent number: 9714492
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for disabling a ground engaging traction device of a land vehicle includes at least one penetrator configured to breach the traction device, an articulated strap configured to move the apparatus between a retracted arrangement and an extended arrangement, a mass configured to deploy the apparatus to the extended arrangement, and a retractor configured to retract the apparatus to the retracted arrangement. The penetrators can be arranged in sections and the penetrators can be arranged so as to be multi-directional within each section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (Arizona) LLC
    Inventors: Mynor J. Castro, Robert Arthur McCoy, Brian D. Rosner, Patrick J. Barnhill, Gregg D. Spendlove, Edwin Allen Spomer, Martin A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 9706847
    Abstract: A chair comprising: a support structure, a seat fixed to the support structure, and a backrest connected to the seat by means of at least one upright of plastic material, wherein said at least one upright is elastically deformable to allow a movement of the backrest between a rest position and a tilted position, wherein said at least one upright is provided with at least one vertical rib having at least one localized bending zone wherein at least one through-cut is formed, which allows bending of the vertical rib, and wherein said at least one through-cut has a first and a second stop surface that come into mutual contact in the backwards inclined position of the backrest to stop the backward bending of the upright, wherein said at least one through-cut has the shape of a closed arched slot, which extends generally along a vertical axis of said upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PRO-CORD S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Piretti
  • Patent number: 9702100
    Abstract: A non-lethal vehicle device provides for the selective, remotely-deployed controlled stop of a targeted vehicle regardless of wheel or undercarriage configuration. The device includes a combination of a remote arm/safe mechanism, a remote deployment controller, spike/membrane deployment mechanism(s), a “speed bump” type housing that can protrude (be driven over until deployed) or be submerged, and one or more membranes with a plurality of spikes. A combination of sensors may provide independent deployment once armed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company
    Inventors: Mynor J. Castro, Robert A. McCoy, William G. Seeglitz, Edwin A. Spomer
  • Patent number: 9689121
    Abstract: A piston-type variable-speed control device. The piston-type variable-speed control device comprises a plurality of piston-type speed bump structure apparatuses installed on a road surface, a vehicle speed detection device, a speed controller and an electrical power supply. Each of the piston-type speed bump structure apparatuses comprises a ridge platform. A height by which the ridge platform is raised, a time to raise the ridge platform, and a duration for which the ridge platform is raised are controllable to cause a jolting motion to one or more front wheels, one or more rear wheels, or a single wheel of a speeding vehicle. When the speed of a passing vehicle exceeds a predetermined speed limit, the piston-type speed bump structure apparatuses stay at moderately raised position to cause an obvious yet safe jolting motion to the passing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jianjun Shi, Jizhen Guan, Yafei Liu
  • Patent number: 9688198
    Abstract: A vehicle back-up assist system that can be set up by the vehicle driver or a spotter and provides a unique visual aid to assist with safely and efficient unloading, loading, or parking a vehicle without requiring assistance from another person. The back-up assist system includes a pair of differently colored portable markers. The markers can be placed near a target location toward which the vehicle is backing. The markers can be positioned for alignment with opposite sides of the vehicle during backing. The markers can be illuminated for better visibility and can include advance features, such as onboard measuring devices and/or lasers, to assist in proper placement of the markers and to provide enhance backing guidance to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ConeSafe, LLC
    Inventor: George Owens
  • Patent number: 9677232
    Abstract: A retractable speed barrier system includes a winged speed barrier assembly, a lateral pivoting assembly that includes a plurality of trapezoidal hinges, a hollow frame assembly, and an electrically activated linear actuator. The winged speed barrier assembly is attached to the hollow frame assembly by the lateral pivoting assembly. The linear actuator causes the winged speed barrier assembly to laterally pivot on the trapezoidal hinges in a direction perpendicular to the flow of traffic between a retracted position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Robert C. Zwerneman
  • Patent number: 9527603
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recovery system comprises a base and a pneumatic capture net, including a set of upwardly extending, flexible, inflatable tubes, supported by a capture net support assembly. Drag forces are exerted on a UAV by the set of tubes when the UAV flies into them. In some examples the recovery system includes a plurality of decelerators, each decelerator having a supply of a restraint strap, connected to the pneumatic net, which can be pulled from the decelerator upon the application of a sufficient force so that movement of the pneumatic net is resistible by forces exertable by the decelerators on the pneumatic net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ARCTURUS UAV LLC
    Inventors: Mark Cameron Allen, D'Milo Dean Hallerberg, Greg P. Timm
  • Patent number: 9476303
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for effecting autonomous operations within a defined geographical region (1110). A plurality of localized zones (1102, 1104, 1106, 1108) having operation-defined geographical boundaries are specified within the region. A plurality of control modules are established associated with respective ones of the localized zones and autonomous operations are effected under the supervisory control of the control module associated with the localized zone in which the autonomous operation occurs. The geographical disposition of the boundary of at least one of the localized zones is varied within the defined geographical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: The University of Sydney
    Inventors: Eric Nettleton, Ross Hennessy, Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Ali Haydar Göktogan
  • Patent number: 9435088
    Abstract: A vehicle crash barrier constructed primarily of structural tube members having an energy-absorbing connection between horizontal rail members and vertical post members. Horizontal rail members are provided with one or more deformable flanges adjacent to each end to be connected to a vertical post member. Vertical post members include a channel adjacent a top end for receiving the rail end and flange. The rails are connected to the vertical members by downwardly sliding the flanged end into the vertical channel until the rail rests upon a bottom stop. A reinforcing cap is positioned on the top end of the vertical member to prevent upward movement of the rail and to strengthen the vertical post structure. Shims may be installed between the flange and the channel walls to limit horizontal rail movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ROSS TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Kemper, Jay P. Otto, Timothy J. Manzella
  • Patent number: 9423319
    Abstract: A rigid barrier system includes a base piece and a face piece. The face piece may be configured to be to be mounted to the base piece, such that the face piece is laterally movable while mounted to the base piece in an unfixed mode. Alternatively or additionally, the rigid barrier system may include a steel floor plate resting on a base layer. A mass of the base layer may be at least ten times a mass of the face piece and the base piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney Simon, Jerome Ng, William McDonald
  • Patent number: 9416506
    Abstract: An apparatus to be positioned at the side of a roadway for ensnaring tires of an oncoming land vehicle. The apparatus comprises a plurality of segments flexibly attached end-to-end. At least a subset of the segments further comprise a spike ramp. The segments are connected at the ends via hinges. The segments are adapted to house a net package in a stowed-away configuration. The net package includes a set of spikes tethered to netting. A deployment hose is connected to a subset of the segments to cause the segments to become unstacked for deployment when the deployment hose is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (Arizona) LLC
    Inventor: Mynor J. Castro
  • Patent number: 9410298
    Abstract: A vehicle crash barrier gate constructed primarily of structural tube members and having an energy-absorbing connection between horizontal movable gate member and vertical post members. The gate member is provided with one or more deformable flanges adjacent to each end. Each post includes a vertically extending channel for receiving a respective gate member end and the flanges. An inwardly facing, vertically aligned opening in each channel allows the gate member to extend therethrough and span the space between the posts. The vertical extent of the openings spans the required vertical movement of the gate member. One or more reinforcing elements are disposed on the posts proximate to the elevation at which the gate member is positioned to prevent vehicle passage to strengthen the vertical post structure. A drive apparatus is provided to move the gate member vertically between an open position, typically at grade level, and a closed position, typically elevated above grade level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: ROSS TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Kemper, Jay P. Otto, Timothy J. Manzella, Scott E. Espensen
  • Patent number: 9404231
    Abstract: A module suitable for use in a crash barrier has a diaphragm with opposite first and second sides. First and second cellular foam blocks are coupled to the first and second sides of the diaphragm respectively. A wrap layer surrounds a periphery of the first and second cellular foam blocks. A sealant layer may be applied to the wrap layer. The wrap layer is configured as a metal cover member. A crash barrier may be configured with one or more modules. A method of manufacturing a module includes adhering first and second cellular foam blocks to opposite sides of a diaphragm and wrapping a wrap layer around a periphery of the first and second cellular foam blocks. A transition rail may be connected between first and second crash barriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dean C. Alberson, D. Lance Bullard, Jr., C. Eugene Buth, Michael S. Brackin
  • Patent number: 9340935
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for disabling a ground engaging traction device of a land vehicle includes at least one penetrator configured to breach the traction device, an articulated strap configured to move the apparatus between a retracted arrangement and an extended arrangement, a mass configured to deploy the apparatus to the extended arrangement, and a retractor configured to retract the apparatus to the retracted arrangement. The penetrators can be arranged in sections and the penetrators can be arranged so as to be multi-directional within each section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (Arizona) LLC
    Inventors: Mynor J. Castro, Robert Arthur McCoy, Brian D. Rosner, Patrick J. Barnhill, Gregg D. Spendlove, Edwin Allen Spomer, Martin A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 9334686
    Abstract: Described here is an integrated control system for crash-rated barriers and bollards, barrier products and software which will improve the operational safety characteristics of the barriers and ancillary equipment; identify potential security breaches of the barrier operating system, and predict potential failures in the system. Crash rated barriers and bollards are used to prevent a vehicle attempting to penetrate the secure perimeter of a facility with malicious intent. Installation and operation of crash rated barriers is utilized to protect both government, commercial and private facilities against such threats. Simultaneously it allows ingress and egress to the facility resulting in the end user having to determine tradeoffs for security versus safety. The barriers described here are designed and certified to withstand attacks from heavy vehicles traveling at high rates of speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Intellimar, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Odell Oakes, Matthew Joseph Roland, John David Bray, Vebi Livoreka
  • Patent number: 9334614
    Abstract: A traffic barrier delineator apparatus configured for being removably placed through a horizontal hole in a traffic barrier is described. The apparatus is made from plastic and is hollow with a retainer that will retain it in the traffic barrier hole. It is collapsible and will bend if hit by traffic. The apparatus is reusable and replaces industry standard adhesively attached traffic barrier traffic markers. This apparatus allows installation in traffic barriers that have screens or panels on top. This apparatus is far more visible to traffic with various reflective configurations and will not be incidentally dislodged during construction activities. Applications include temporary traffic barriers such as K-rails or Jersey rails, where existing horizontal holes allow the apparatus to be quickly slid into without entering live traffic. Traffic barriers with and without horizontal holes can be retrofitted for this apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Jay Zoellner
  • Patent number: 9328470
    Abstract: An illuminated dissuader device includes a frame (1) to be secured to the ground and a bollard (10) that comes out from the ground to form an obstacle protruding therefrom. The bollard (10) includes a base (12) connected to the frame and an upper portion (11) having a tubular lighting element (111) extending substantially along the entire length of the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: CAME GROUP SPA
    Inventor: Renato Berto
  • Patent number: 9303375
    Abstract: A vehicle barrier fence for arresting an impacting vehicle of substantial mass within a selected distance of the fence. The fence having, in part: a retaining structure, at least one cable having a first end comprising a cable terminator, a post having an orifice defined there through sized to receive the cable terminator into the post, and a cable retainer for retaining the cable terminator within the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SLOAN SECURITY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Jack Sloan, Collin Ray Sloan
  • Patent number: 9286814
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein generally relates to a sign assembly. In one embodiment, a sign assembly includes a first panel and a second panel. The first panel extends between an upper portion and an opposite lower portion. The second panel extends between an upper portion and an opposite lower portion. The first and second panels are pivotably coupled to one another about a pivot axis such that the sign assembly is positionable in an open configuration and a closed configuration. Further forms, embodiments, features, and aspects are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: IMPACT INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Thomaselli, John Michael Brown
  • Patent number: 9255367
    Abstract: An apparatus to be positioned at the side of a roadway for ensnaring tires of an oncoming land vehicle is described. The apparatus comprises a plurality of segments flexibly attached end-to-end. At least a subset of the segments further comprise a spike ramp. The segments are connected at the ends via hinges. The segments are adapted to house a net package in a stowed-away configuration. The net package includes a set of spikes tethered to netting. A deployment hose is connected to a subset of the segments to cause the segments to become unstacked for deployment when the deployment hose is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (Arizona)
    Inventor: Mynor J. Castro
  • Patent number: 9234323
    Abstract: This invention presents a security barrier post (10) which has an underground footing (12) and an impact post (14) that extends above the surface. The underground footing (12) has a substantially vertical tubular steel shaft (16) having an opening at its lower end on an impact facing side and a steel foot box (18) aligned with the opening. A bottom plate (20) is provided to which the shaft (16) and said foot (18) box are attached. A spring steel back plate (22) is arranged adjacent and perpendicular to rear facing side of the shaft (16), and extends to at least one side of it. The back plate (22) is located at a position that is flush with or slightly below the surface in which the footing is buried. The impact post (14) has at least a first spring steel element (32) which is L shaped, and at least one packing element (34, 36, 38) located behind the first element (32) to retain it in a position in which it extends into the foot box (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Gerrard, Marcus Gerrard
  • Patent number: 9221525
    Abstract: A multi-directional signal assembly includes a signal display assembly having one or more display surfaces, and at least one signal indicia affixed to each display surface. The multi-directional display assembly comprises a buoyant construction such that the signal indicia affixed to the display surface(s) are readily visible above the surface of a body of water in which the assembly is deployed. A counterweight assembly is mounted to the signal display assembly to maintain the signal display assembly in a substantially upright, operative orientation when deployed. An illumination assembly comprising one or more illumination members is mounted to the signal display assembly, and is actuated to increase visibility of the signal display assembly while it is deployed on the surface of a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: THE 1234MMD Investment Trust
    Inventor: Michael Greenfield
  • Patent number: 9187869
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a roadside barrier segment to sit on top of a retaining wall to provide impact resistance to vehicular traffic. Concrete traffic barriers are pre-cast in a controlled manufacturing environment then transported as a modular precast concrete segment to the jobsite and installed interlocking directly on top of an earth retaining wall. The precast concrete segment is designed to have a counterweight from soil backfill on a stem of the precast segment that resists overturning pressures from vehicle impact on the traffic barrier segment that extends above the roadway surface. The stem may be triangular in shape to capture more of the backfill soil. A vertical node may be placed on one side of the segment and a receiving channel on the opposite side of the segment to allow the interaction of adjacent segments to share impact loads from motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Earth Wall Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas L. Rainey
  • Patent number: 9181665
    Abstract: A barrier system includes a plurality of elongated barriers each having longitudinally spaced ends, each configured with a connector having a pair of laterally spaced openings. The barriers are arranged in an end-to-end configuration, wherein at least two adjacent barriers are arranged with both of the pairs of openings of adjacent connectors being aligned. In one embodiment, at least two other adjacent barriers may be arranged with only one of the openings in each pair of adjacent connectors being aligned. A barrier and methods of assembling a barrier system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Trinity Highway Products, LLC
    Inventors: Barry D. Stephens, James B. Welch
  • Patent number: 9169608
    Abstract: A vehicle tire deflation system includes a number of spike carrying members operably interconnected to an equal number of base members to form an accordion style vehicle tire deflation system. The vehicle tire deflation system includes an arrangement for ensuring the that the vehicle tire deflation system may be effectively utilized whether deployed right side up or upside down and a mechanism for ensuring that the vehicle tire deflation system remains in its extended configuration upon deployment in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Henry L. DeVilliers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9145652
    Abstract: An end treatment array for crash attenuation includes a transition barrier module formed of side walls, end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein the module walls together define an enclosed interior space. The end treatment array further includes a containment impact sled having an axially extending frame. The frame has a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within the frame when in an assembled configuration, and has an axial length which is at least one-half the length of the transition barrier module. The frame defines an interior volume, the purpose of which is to contain a substantial portion of the transition barrier module in the assembled configuration, and to contain debris caused by destruction of the plastic barrier modules in a vehicular impact. The containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Jeremy Smith
  • Patent number: 9133591
    Abstract: An end treatment array for crash attenuation includes a transition barrier module formed of side walls, end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein the module walls together define an enclosed interior space. The end treatment array further includes a containment impact sled having an axially extending frame. The frame has a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within the frame when in an assembled configuration, and has an axial length which is at least one-half the length of the transition barrier module. The frame defines an interior volume, the purpose of which is to contain a substantial portion of the transition barrier module in the assembled configuration, and to contain debris caused by destruction of the plastic barrier modules in a vehicular impact. The containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Jeremy Smith
  • Patent number: 9133589
    Abstract: A bollard apparatus comprising an outer bollard member (3) comprising a bore, an inner bollard member (5) at least a part of which is located within said bore and is moveable along the bore from a retracted state in which at least some of the inner bollard member is located within the bore to an extended state in which less of the inner bollard member is located within the bore. At least one urging member (19) is arranged to exert an urging force upon the inner bollard member to urge the inner bollard member towards the extended state. A lifting apparatus (12) is coupled to the inner bollard member and operable to exert a lifting force thereupon sufficient to lift the inner bollard to the extended state when also subject to the urging force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ATG ACCESS LTD.
    Inventor: Robert N Ball
  • Patent number: 9133590
    Abstract: A bollard apparatus for use as a vehicle barrier including a plurality of bollard members (15) a plurality of separate foot members (3, 401) each adapted for ground engagement by placement upon a ground or floor surface, to each of which is fixed at least one bollard member upstanding therefrom. At least one flexible coupling line (17, 404) passes from at least one foot member to at least one other foot member thereby to couple separate foot members such that impact forces inducing movement in one coupled foot member are transmissible to another coupled foot member via the at least one flexible coupling line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ATG ACCESS LTD.
    Inventor: Robert N Ball
  • Patent number: 9127422
    Abstract: A bollard apparatus for use as a fixed vehicle barrier including a bollard member having a base end and a foundation assembly adapted for fixed ground engagement. The foundation assembly comprises a housing part dimensioned and arranged for retaining the base end of the bollard member together with cementing material for cementing the bollard member to the foundation assembly within the housing part. The inclination of the bollard member relative to the foundation assembly is adjustable while the cementing material is not set (e.g. cured or hardened or rigid) and is fixed upon the cementing material becoming set thereby to cement the inclination of the bollard member relative to the foundation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ATG ACCESS LTD.
    Inventor: Robert N Ball
  • Patent number: 9127421
    Abstract: A bollard apparatus for use as a vehicle barrier including one or more bollard members, and one or more separate foot members each adapted for ground engagement by placement upon (or shallow-mount embedment within) a ground or floor surface. To each of the foot members is fixed at least one bollard member upstanding therefrom. At least one collar member is positioned within a respective through-opening in a respective foot member wherein the collar member is fixed to the base end of a bollard member and circumscribes the bollard member thereat. The collar member is upstanding from the surface of foot member from which the bollard number is also upstanding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ATG ACCESS LTD.
    Inventor: Robert N Ball
  • Patent number: 9103149
    Abstract: Methods of operating a fluid-based spring counterbalance mechanism for a movable barrier are used to support a portion of the weight of the movable barrier. A jackshaft is configured to be operatively coupled to the movable barrier such that rotation of the jackshaft raises or lowers the movable barrier. The jackshaft is operatively coupled to a rotatable input shaft of the fluid-based spring counterbalance mechanism. The rotatable input shaft is coupled to a flexible-walled fluid-based spring. Applying a first force by a movable barrier operator changes the position of the movable barrier, and the flexible-walled fluid-based spring exerts a second force that supports a portion of the weight of the movable barrier in addition to the first force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Roy Skotty
  • Patent number: 9073474
    Abstract: A system for transporting a barrier having a plurality of barrier modules having passageways extending therethrough by employing a barrier transport vehicle inserted in the passageways to lift the barrier modules and move the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: LINSAY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit A. Dyke, Thomas S. Dennis, Christopher J. Clouser
  • Publication number: 20150139726
    Abstract: A barrier system for alternately shutting and opening the vehicle entrance or pedestrian entrance of two lines or transport paths which cross one another and of which one is at least twice as wide as the other. On the four corners of the lines (15, 16) which cross one another, in each case one barrier system (17) with in each case one barrier boom (1, 18) which can be pivoted horizontally out of the vehicle entrance of one line (15) into the vehicle entrance of the other line (16) is installed. Two of the barrier systems (17) which lie diagonally opposite to one another and have in each case one barrier boom (1) which can be folded lengthwise from an elongate position. The two other barrier systems (17) which lie diagonally opposite to one another have in each case one conventional barrier boom (18) which is rigid over its entire length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: MAGNETIC AUTOCONTROL GMBH
    Inventor: THOMAS BÜRGIN
  • Publication number: 20150132055
    Abstract: A block (100) for a lane separator having a first end with recess (132) and protrusions (131, 133) and a second end (140) with a complementary protrusion (142) and recesses (141, 143) such that the projections and recesses (131-133; 141-143) fit into the recesses and protrusions of the neighboring blocks of the same shape as the block (100), wherein the recesses and protrusions are provided with bores (160) adapted to receive a cylindrical locking pin (150). The base portion (110) having vertical side walls (111, 112) that prevents a vehicle from climbing onto the block. The locking pin (150) is formed of a hollow, deformable tube, so that kinetic energy of a collision to a greater extent than before deforms the block, and to a lesser degree the vehicle. The block is hollow and can be deployed manually without tools, and then filled with water, sand or similar to the desired weight. The lane separator can also be used as a foundation for signs, and more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Nils-Johan Tufte
  • Publication number: 20150132056
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a crash barrier system consists of a soft barrier system of a modular approach wherein each module includes an outer casing comprising a selectively closable top and at least one vertical side wall having a flap for directing effluent air flow upon compression; an inner structure comprising at least one baffle, or alternatively, a bladder, adapted to fit inside the outer casing; and an anti-lift weighted mat coupled to a front portion of the outer casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Tyson Silva
  • Patent number: 9028166
    Abstract: A wedge-shaped vehicle barrier, including a top assembly pivotably coupled to a bottom assembly; a mechanism coupled to the top assembly and coupled to the bottom assembly, where the mechanism moves the top assembly between a first position that is substantially horizontal and a second position at a first angle; and one or more flexible slings coupled to a distal portion of the top assembly and a distal portion of the bottom assembly, where the one or more slings prevent the top assembly from rotating beyond a second angle when the top assembly is engaged by a vehicle, the second angle being greater than or equal to the first angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: FutureNet Security Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Morgan, Jeremy Campbell
  • Publication number: 20150125204
    Abstract: A barrier assembly includes a barrier having a chamber adapted to hold a ballast, an inlet being formed on the barrier in communication with the chamber. A flag assembly includes a post having a first end and an opposing second end with a flag disposed on the first end. A retainer is disposed on the post and includes a catch radially outwardly projecting from the post, the catch being movable between an outwardly extended position and an inwardly retracted position, the catch resiliently urging toward the extended position when in the retracted position, the first end of the post being received within the inlet on the barrier so that the catch is disposed within the chamber in the extended position, the catch being configured so that the first end of the post cannot be pulled out through the inlet without moving the catch to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Marc E. Christensen, James Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20150117948
    Abstract: An expandable roadside safety apparatus is disclosed herein. The apparatus may include a plurality of partition sections and a plurality of curtain sections. Each partition section comprises a base portion, at least one cable located laterally through the base portion, and a plurality of rollers. The partition sections are configured to be extended and retracted via the cable. Each curtain section comprises at least one foldable section, at least one mounting bar, and a plurality of strips. A plurality of hinges may be secured between the partition sections and curtain sections, wherein the partition sections are configured to be hingedly secured to each other and to the curtain sections. The partition sections and the curtain sections may be interspersed between one another, wherein the apparatus is configured to be extended and retracted along the at least one cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick E. Carlson
  • Patent number: 9004807
    Abstract: A vehicle access control system includes an elongate, generally hollow, generally planar base platform having a first and a second distal end. A generally hollow enclosure is atop the base platform. A first lift gate is intermediate the enclosure and the first distal end of the base platform, while a second lift gate is intermediate the enclosure the second distal end of the base platform. A first lift arm is pivotally coupled to the first lift gate and extends generally perpendicularly away from a longitudinal axis of the base platform. Likewise, a second, opposing lift arm is pivotally coupled to the second lift gate and extends generally perpendicularly away from the longitudinal axis of the base platform. The base platform is configured for direct contact with a mounting surface. In addition, the vehicle access control system is transportable as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Modular Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Slagel
  • Publication number: 20150093192
    Abstract: A non-lethal vehicle device provides for the selective, remotely-deployed controlled stop of a targeted vehicle regardless of wheel or undercarriage configuration. The device is comprised of a combination of a remote arm/safe mechanism, a remote deployment controller, spike/membrane deployment mechanism(s), a “speed bump” type housing that can protrude (be driven over until deployed) or be submerged, and one or more membranes with a plurality of spikes. A combination of sensors may provide independent deployment once armed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Mynor J. Castro, Robert A. McCoy, William G. Seeglitz, Edwin A. Spomer
  • Patent number: 8994559
    Abstract: A pylon is provided for providing visual signals to race participants. The pylon includes a base. A shell is carried on the base. The shell is formed having an outer wall surrounding an internal chamber. The internal chamber includes a wedge-shaped portion which carries a wedge-shaped luminaire. An upwardly-extending tube is carried by the base. The tube is nested within the internal chamber and carries the shell. A power source is provided which provides electricity to the luminaire. A wireless transmitter is provided which is used by a user to turn the luminaire on and off, which luminaire provides visual signals to the race participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Michael A LaRocco
  • Patent number: 8992116
    Abstract: A vehicle barrier fence for arresting an impacting vehicle of substantial mass within a selected distance of the fence. The fence having, in part: a retaining structure, at least one cable having a first end comprising a cable terminator, a post having an orifice defined there through sized to receive the cable terminator into the post, and a cable retainer for retaining the cable terminator within the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Sloan Security Group, Inc
    Inventors: Gregory Jack Sloan, Collin Ray Sloan
  • Patent number: 8985890
    Abstract: A vehicle barrier system comprises a housing, substantially vertical members, a barrier member, and an actuation assembly. The barrier member is coupled with the substantially vertical members. The barrier member is configured to stop a moving vehicle when the substantially vertical members are in a raised position relative to the housing. The actuation assembly is operable to selectively raise and lower the substantially vertical members relative to the housing to selectively deploy and retract the barrier member relative to the housing. The actuation assembly comprises a powered rotary actuator mounted to the barrier member. The actuation assembly is operable to convert rotary motion from the rotary actuator into linear movement of the barrier member. A counterweight provides opposing mass and vertical motion relative to the barrier member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Gary D. Miracle
  • Patent number: 8985891
    Abstract: A road safety barrier having a plurality of ropes supported by posts rigidly mounted on or in the ground is described. Each rope is held in tension against the posts and supported in a notch or groove in a side of the posts. The ropes are released from a post and the post is not pulled from the ground when a vertical force is exerted on the rope. The ropes when weaved are tensioned against the posts and this gives use to a combined frictional resistance to displacement of the ropes relative to each post along the length of the safety barrier. The structure of at least some of the posts and/or their mounting with respect to the ground defines a minimum bending yield strength in a direction along the length of the barrier. This minimum bending yield strength is greater than the bending moment resulting from the combined frictional resistance forces acting on the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hill & Smith Limited
    Inventors: Graham T. Sharp, Sean Billingham, John M. Walton
  • Patent number: 8979418
    Abstract: A barrier arrangement comprising a barrier panel 14, a walkway surface 10, and a bracket 20 securable to the walkway surface 10 and operable to secure the barrier panel 14 to the walkway surface 10, holding the barrier panel 14 in an upright configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Oxford Plastic Systems Limited
    Inventor: Christopher James Whiteley