Location Monitoring Patents (Class 455/404.2)
  • Patent number: 10299068
    Abstract: A wireless communication network locates User Equipment (UE) that is served by a wireless repeater chain. The wireless repeater chain wirelessly exchanges user data with the UE and wirelessly exchanges the user data with a wireless base station. The wireless base station determines an amount of communication time delay between the UE and the wireless base station over the wireless repeater chain. The wireless base station identifies the wireless repeater in the wireless repeater chain that is wirelessly attached to the UE based on the communication time delay. The wireless base station identifies the geographic location of the UE based on the geographic location of the identified wireless repeater. The wireless base station transfers the geographic location of the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. McMullen, Roger Danforth Bartlett, Mark Douglas Peden, Raymond Emilio Reeves
  • Patent number: 10299099
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for emergency call handling. In one aspect there is provided a method. The method may include receiving, at a user equipment, an indication from a network, the indication representative of at least one of whether a carrier grade voice over cellular packet data call is available at a cell serving the user equipment or whether an over-the-top service is available at the cell serving the user equipment; and initiating, by the user equipment based on the received indication from the network, a call via the over-the-top service, when the indication represents the carrier grade voice over cellular packet data call is not available at the cell serving the user equipment and the over-the-top service is available at the cell serving the user equipment. Related apparatus, systems, methods, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Hannu Bergius, Jani J. Mäenpää
  • Patent number: 10299102
    Abstract: The disclosed system provides a facility to enable an emergency messaging session on a locked mobile device. In response to receiving a request on a locked mobile device to initiate an emergency messaging session, the disclosed system displays an interface that may enable a user of the mobile device to select a type of emergency and/or enter a customized message to be transmitted to an emergency services provider. The displayed interface additionally may include options to automatically or manually send specified types of information to an emergency responder, such as a physical location of the mobile device or medical, personal contact, or residence information of the user of the mobile device. While an emergency messaging session is in progress, the disclosed system may continually send updated information to the selected emergency provider, such as a location of the mobile device or biometric information associated with a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Vishesh Raj Suxena
  • Patent number: 10299170
    Abstract: A source Home Node B (HNB) of a mobile communication system transmits, to a Home Node B-Gateway (HNB-GW) of the mobile communication system, a Direct Transfer message including a Target Radio Network Controller (RNC)-ID and a Target Cell ID. A mobile station receives a channel reconfiguration message from the source HNB, synchronizes with the target HNB, and transmits a channel reconfiguration complete message to the target HNB. The HNB-GW constructs a RANAP relocation request message using the Target RNC-ID. The HNB-GW transmits the RANAP relocation request message to the target HNB, and detects a relocation from the source HNB to the target HNB, after receiving the Direct Transfer message from the source HNB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10288717
    Abstract: An electronic device and method are disclosed herein. The electronic device includes a communication module, a memory and at least one processor, which implements the method, including responsive to detecting a request to update additional data corresponding to detecting a present location, transmitting a request to update the additional data to at least one external electronic device in communicable range of the communication module, receiving the additional data in response to the transmitted request via the first module of the communication module, detecting a validity of the received additional data, and detecting the present location via the second module of the communication module based at least partially on the additional data if the additional data is detected to be available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Ik Kim, Nam-Joon Park, Min-Hwan Seo, Joon-Seok Paik, Seung-Yoon Lee, Hyuk-Beom Kwon
  • Patent number: 10292064
    Abstract: Enhanced techniques may be used for identifying and reporting collision-based scenarios. In one example, a wireless modem measures a number of signals received from a number of devices that are located on the same chip as the wireless modem when a physical link between the wireless modem and an accelerometer is broken, the accelerometer is inoperable, or a combination thereof. In the event of a collision event, the wireless modem may use the measured signals to determine that the collision event has occurred and may transmit an indication of the collision event. For instance, the wireless modem may use signals from an audio sensor, a motion sensor, a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yue Yang, Madhusudan Kinthada Venkata, Manjinder Singh Sandhu, Srinivasan Balasubramanian, Raj Pratha
  • Patent number: 10285094
    Abstract: Mobile base station information is exchanged with an other base station. One or more parameters are exchanged with the other base station based on the base station information. A mobile base station is configured based at least in part on the negotiated one or more parameters. The configured mobile base station is used to provide cellular coverage to one or more user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Cummings
  • Patent number: 10274950
    Abstract: Self-driving vehicles have unlimited potential to learn and predict human behavior and perform actions accordingly. Vehicle management systems can be configured to help govern self-driving vehicles. A vehicle management system can communicatively couple a self-driving vehicle to a remote computing device of a user of the vehicle. Losing communication with the remote computing device can cause the vehicle management system to take actions designed to safeguard the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Drivent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10278051
    Abstract: A system and method for placing an emergency call using a initiating device. A initiating device receives a request to place an emergency call. Upon determining that a VoIP-based emergency call cannot be placed, the initiating device identifies a proximate proxy device. The initiating device directs the proxy device to place the emergency call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Amer A. Hassan, Russell A. Penar
  • Patent number: 10278050
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a notification of an emergent condition. The systems and methods comprise a mobile device application executing on the processor of the user device, and communicating with a server system over a telecommunications network, which generally comprises the public Internet. The mobile device user includes a “dead man's switch” control, which begins the emergency notification process if released. The emergency alert process uses a central case management server to provide a uniform interface into key data, reducing the need for operators to provide information verbally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Noonlight, Inc.
    Inventors: William Zachary Winkler, Christopher Chad Womack, Aaron Mikkael Kunnemann
  • Patent number: 10262515
    Abstract: A tracking unit comprising: positioning means for determining a location of the tracking unit; a transceiver unit for communicating at least position data of the tracking unit; a power supplying circuitry for supplying power to the tracking unit; the tracking unit being configured to switch from a first power saving state to an active state after a first predetermined period; send a request to a network address of a positioning application for checking if a location update request has been given to the tracking unit; in response to the location update request being given, determine the location of the tracking unit and send the position data of the tracking unit to the network address; and in response to the location update request not being given or the position data of the tracking unit being sent to the network address, switch back to the first power saving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Yepzon Oy
    Inventors: Juha Ritala, Otto Linna, Jani Hätönen
  • Patent number: 10264412
    Abstract: Dispatch-aiding communications between computing devices of a responder and a dispatch unit include a computing device of the responder determining that an event occurred, automatically sending an indication of the event to a computing device of the dispatch unit, receiving a request for information from the computing device of the dispatch unit, obtaining the information requested by the computing device of the dispatch unit, and sending the information requested by the computing device of the dispatch unit to the computing device of the dispatch unit. The computing device of the dispatch unit sends the request for information to the computing device of the responder in response to receiving the indication of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Michael J. Bohlander, Raymond T. Fortna, Anthony G. Huang, Jeffrey P. Jolma, Julianne C. Weiss, Aerianna K. Deluca
  • Patent number: 10255796
    Abstract: A mobile device may be used to discretely transmit an emergency alert based on the handling of the mobile device. A mobile device may detect a particular action associated with the mobile device, such as a sequence of button presses. Based on the action, the mobile device may enter an emergency mode, which may activate an emergency feature on a mobile device that instructs the mobile device to retrieve or distribute information, such as media access control information of nearby mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, William Cottrill, Biren Parekh
  • Patent number: 10257708
    Abstract: One or more beaconing devices transmit synchronized changing beacons. The changing beacons trigger execution of an application that is installed but closed or not running on a mobile device, that is in wireless beaconing range of a beaconing device, and that has registered the changing beacons with the mobile device operating system (“OS”) to trigger execution of the application upon receipt of the changing beacons. The changing beacons also keep the executing application running by resetting OS policies for closing the application when it is running with the mobile device in a locked or standby state. The application may perform different procedures and different times with the beaconing device or other devices including authorizing access to a secured resource when the mobile device is far away from the beaconing device, and confirming intent to access the secured resource when the mobile device is close to the beaconing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
    Inventors: Samy Kamkar, Cameron Kaye, Jacqueline Mak
  • Patent number: 10251044
    Abstract: A method of transmitting emergency and non-emergency communications between a system backend facility (system) and at least one mobile platform (platform), the method comprising establishing a communication link between the system and the platform, providing a single-action voice calling module of the platform for communicating with the system, providing a message reception module of the platform for receiving a message sent from the system, providing a single-action location information transmission module of the platform for sending location information of the platform to the system, providing a single-action location information extraction module of the system for locating at least one recipient associated with the platform based on a predetermined attribute of the platform, and providing a single-action information dispatch module of the system for sending information to the located at least one recipient associated with the platform via the first protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony Schmitz, Alexandros Tsepetis
  • Patent number: 10251021
    Abstract: A method and system for generating by a server, a recommendation for a venue or an event of interest proximally located to an inferred current location of a user of a portable media player device. In an embodiment, a server may determine one or more media preferences for a user based at least in part on media stored on or accessed using the portable media player device of the user. The server may generate information related to the current location or a recommendation for a venue or an event of interest to the user based at least in part on the one or more media preferences and the inferred current location of the user. Once generated, the server then may communicate the recommendation (or the information) to the user, e.g. the portable media player device. Other embodiments may also be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VARIA HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Evan Feldman, Jonathan Nelson
  • Patent number: 10241189
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus comprises at least one receiver configured to receive a grid corresponding to an area, at least one processor configured to assign at least one access point in the area to at least one node in the grid, and the at least one processor configured to select a predetermined number of access points assigned to the at least one node for inclusion in a partial radio map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Wirola, Laura Wirola, Jari Syrjarinne, Mikko Blomqvist, Tommi Laine
  • Patent number: 10244351
    Abstract: Tracking devices can be associated with safe zones, smart zones, and high risk zones. Safe zones correspond to regions where a likelihood that a tracking device is lost within the safe zone is lower than outside the safe zone. High risk zones correspond to regions where a likelihood that a tracking device is lost within the high risk zone is higher than outside the high risk zone. Smart zones correspond to an expected tracking device, mobile device, or user behavior. Home areas are geographic regions in which a user resides, and travel areas are geographic regions in which a user does not reside. A tracking device can be configured to operate in a mode selected based on a presence of the tracking device within a safe zone, a smart zone, a high risk zone, a home area, or a travel area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Arunkumar Puppala, Liuyin Cheng, Wayne Patterson
  • Patent number: 10234304
    Abstract: A map information navigation system includes: a storage unit that stores POI data including point data about a POI, node data of nodes set on roads in advance, and link data of links connecting neighboring nodes; a specification unit that specifies one link located at a shortest distance from the POI among the links for each of a plurality of directions; a determination unit that sets one of the nodes included in the specified links as a specific point and determines a predetermined area centered on the POI and passing through the specific point as a presentation target range of map information; an acquisition unit that acquires current position information indicating a current position; and a presentation unit that presents POI data including the point data about the POI with entrance of the current position into the presentation target range as a trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: Toyota Mapmaster Incorporated, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Nakanishi, Satoru Deguchi, Atsushi Inoue, Kazuhito Baba
  • Patent number: 10232813
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a motor vehicle, in which an emergency call of the motor vehicle is made and, through the emergency call, image data from at least one camera of the motor vehicle and state data from at least one vehicle component, which differs from the camera of the motor vehicle are sent out to a vehicle-external facility, wherein the state data is, before being conveyed to the vehicle-external facility, embedded into an image signal formed from the image data in accordance with a predetermined image coding standard, and the image signal with the embedded state data is sent out to the vehicle-external facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Juergen Loeffler
  • Patent number: 10234863
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a communication system to communicate with a backend system, a sensor system to collect sensor data representing an operational environment of the AV, and a control system that can processes the sensor data to perform a localization operation to determine a location and an orientation of the AV within a given region, and autonomously operate the AV's acceleration, braking, and steering systems throughout the given region. Based on the localization operation, the AV can implement a set of configuration commands to configure the communication system to transmit and receive data with the backend system using one or more specified network nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ross, Michael Aitken
  • Patent number: 10231109
    Abstract: A method for improved handling of emergency calls in a roaming scenario includes: a voice call being initiated by the user equipment via the user equipment transmitting a first message directed to a network node of the home telecommunications network, the first message comprising the specific emergency call telephone number; wherein a second message is transmitted to the network node of the home telecommunications network, the second message comprising an emergency call information, the emergency call information being indicative of the use of a valid emergency call telephone number in relation of the voice call; and a third message being generated by the node of the home telecommunications network, wherein the third message is transmitted to a network node of the visited telecommunications network, and forwarded, as a fourth message, to the user equipment to trigger an emergency call procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventor: Reinhard Lauster
  • Patent number: 10230843
    Abstract: A portable communication device includes a processor, a memory holding data and instructions, a simplified user input interface for manually initiating functions of the portable communication device, a mobile telephone transceiver, and a short-range wireless communication transceiver. The devices uses the short-range transceiver to retrieve information from an external data storage device such as an NFC tag, and based on the received data, initiate a function of the portable communication device. Functions that may be initiated include pairing with another device, downloading and installing application software, and receiving and forwarding data from a health monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GreatCall, Inc.
    Inventors: Krijn van der Raadt, Scott Brenton
  • Patent number: 10225225
    Abstract: In an approach to targeted notification, a computing device receives a user input comprising a notification for publication. The computing device receives a user input defining a recipient list. The computing device generates a recipient list based on the user input defining the recipient list, wherein the recipient list comprises one or more of all first level contacts, all members of a community, a defined subset of first level contacts, and a defined subset of members of the community. The computing device publishes the notification to one or more recipients based on the refined recipient list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Manish Kataria, Nihar Tiku
  • Patent number: 10218753
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for transmitting video data from a vehicle. In one exemplary embodiment, a vehicle processor receives a video transmission command that has been generated in response to a user selection of a video transmission input device, and the vehicle processor transmits video data captured by one or more vehicle cameras in response to the received video transmission command, wherein transmission of video data is at least partly over a telecommunications network to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Baker, Akram M. Abdel-Rahman, Mohannad Murad, Gerard R. Kreiner, Joseph Machak, Daniel C. McGarry, Samer Zakhem, Matt C. Videtich
  • Patent number: 10219209
    Abstract: A system is provided for content delivery across heterogeneous networks. The system may store a database of unified identity codes (UICs) for respective categories of information, and in-network addresses of in-network subscriber nodes subscribed to the respective categories of information. At least one in-network subscriber node may be a gateway node of and between a heterogeneous network and another heterogeneous network that includes an out-of-network subscriber node. The system may receive a query including a UIC for a category of information to which one or more in-network subscriber nodes are subscribed, and in response thereto retrieve from the database using the UIC, one or more in-network addresses for the one or more in-network subscriber nodes. The system may also reply to the query with the one or more in-network addresses for use by the source node to transmit content to the one or more in-network subscriber nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ceilidh Hoffman, Jae H. Kim
  • Patent number: 10212270
    Abstract: A notification including one or more policies of use of one or more devices in an environment is received. The one or more policies are generated based on a pattern of use detected based on interaction data obtained by one or more sensors in the environment. Operation of one or more functionalities in the one or more devices is adjusted based on the one or more policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos Henrique Cardonha, Marco Aurelio Stelmar Netto, Vagner Figueredo de Santana
  • Patent number: 10212570
    Abstract: Described are techniques for providing event messages to mobile devices and other types of user devices. User communications and sensor data from the user devices may be used to determine an emergency condition. User data associated with a user device may be used to determine the content contained in an event message generated for receipt by that user device. Communications from users, responsive to the event message, may be curated, provided to other users, or responded to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Harsha Ramalingam
  • Patent number: 10210561
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for beacon triggered device to device content transfer are disclosed. A described technique includes presenting, at an interactive beacon device, content including an interactive store catalog; receiving, at the interactive beacon device, user input responsive to the content; generating, at the interactive beacon device, a beacon message that can include transaction information based on the user input and the content, the transaction information including a service or product identifier corresponding to a product or service selected from the interactive store catalog; and transmitting, from the interactive beacon device, the beacon message over a short-range communication link to a mobile device. The beacon message can be configured to cause an application on the mobile device to advance a transaction associated with the transaction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Vigier, Corey G. Fugman, Filip Krsmanovic
  • Patent number: 10200816
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are described to provide geographically-related features and services based at least in part upon the data provided by a mapping database, such as by providing for selective communication with user devices in a manner dependent upon a mapping database. In the context of a method, the location of a user device is determined. The method also determines whether the location of the user device is within an inner zone or a proximity zone extending at least partially about the inner zone. The inner zone is defined to encompass a reference point. If the user device is within the inner zone, a message is caused to be transmitted to the user device. However, if the user device is in the proximity zone, a function is performed relative to the user device that differs from causing the message to be transmitted to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Dirk Nel
  • Patent number: 10194484
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a controller configured to receive a vehicle state signal indicative of a vehicle being in an emergency state, repeatedly transmit a request, via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), to a personal communication device (PCD) to contact an emergency provider in response to receiving the vehicle state signal, and stop transmitting the request to contact the emergency provider in response to receiving an acknowledgement from the PCD that the emergency provider was contacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Lucero, Thomas Lee Miller, Eric L. Reed, Cameron Smyth
  • Patent number: 10191467
    Abstract: A mobile phone includes an acceleration sensor for detecting acceleration, a magnetic sensor for detecting magnetism, and a controller for determining a type of moving state based on the acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor and the magnetism detected by the magnetic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Morita
  • Patent number: 10194265
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, devices, systems, nodes, apparatus, servers, computer-/processor-readable media, and other implementations, including a method, at a wireless node, for supporting positioning of one or more wireless devices. The method includes transmitting, by the wireless node configured as a positioning beacon, a first downlink signal for supporting positioning of the one or more wireless devices, and transmitting a second downlink signal that inhibits a receiving wireless device, from the one or more wireless devices, from sending uplink signals to the wireless node configured as the positioning beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen William Edge, Sven Fischer
  • Patent number: 10194485
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automated dispatch of mobile devices is provided herein. An infrastructure controller device receives one of an alert and request for a response with respect to an associated location and identifies a first set of mobile devices for responding to the one of the alert and request. The device transmits a first dispatch request to each mobile device in the first set requesting dispatch to the associated location. The device subsequently identifies a higher priority mobile device for responding to the one of the alert and request relative to a lower priority mobile device. Responsive to this identification, the device transmits a second dispatch request to the higher priority mobile device requesting dispatch to the associated location, and further transmits a recall notice to the lower priority mobile device withdrawing the first dispatch request to the lower priority mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Grzegorz Kaplita, Jacek Maciej Kaczynski, Marta Tatiana Musik, Mikolaj Pudo
  • Patent number: 10191164
    Abstract: A residual seismic-resistant performance evaluation system includes a seismograph including a seismic intensity sensor, a network interface, a storage, an A/D converter, a temporary storage means and a CPU; a data processing terminal for recording and processing measurement data; and a data processing server for evaluating residual seismic-resistant performance based on the measurement data. The system causes the data processing terminal to perform the steps below: a) calculating seismic intensity data based on the measurement data; b) setting a threshold value for the seismic intensity data; determining whether or not the seismic intensity data exceeds the threshold value; and d) transmitting the seismic intensity data exceeding the threshold value to the data processing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: aLab Inc., E-Globaledge Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Araki, Norio Saito, Takao Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10187744
    Abstract: A simple calling method comprises setting and registering into a hot key storage a hot key corresponding to contact numbers of a called terminal; inputting a certain key and a calling trigger key on a key input interface of a calling terminal; determining whether the inputted certain key matches the hot key registered in the hot key storage; upon determination that the inputted certain key matches the hot key, converting the inputted hot key to the contact numbers of the called terminal; and processing the converted contact numbers for calling and sending a request signal to the called terminal to request a call connection with the called terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Taegu Kim
  • Patent number: 10180489
    Abstract: A unit transmits a call initiate signal over a communication network in response to the switch moving from the inactive position to the active position to establish a call with a 911 emergency service operator directly and enable voice communication. The unit is equipped to send a message indicative of ascertained location information of the unit to the 911 emergency service operator at an end of the established call. The unit contacts remote source to ascertain the location information and form the message. The unit maintains establishment of the call at least until the message is sent to the 911 emergency service operator. The unit itself lacks any GPS tracking module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: David Tropper
  • Patent number: 10182312
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing information based on a location of a user-device, the user-device being communicably coupled to a server arrangement. The method includes (i) detecting a first location of the user-device; (ii) creating a first geofence around the first location; (iii) receiving the first location from within the first geofence, wherein the user-device transmits the first location once from within the first geofence; (iv) providing first set of information to the user-device based upon the first location thereof; (v) determining change in location of the user-device from the first location to a second location, the second location lying outside the first geofence, wherein a second geofence is created around the second location, further wherein the user-device transmits the second location once from within the second geofence; and (vi) providing second set of information to the user-device based upon the second location thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: BEEMRAY OY
    Inventors: Juha Korhonen, Tatu Salminen
  • Patent number: 10178236
    Abstract: Technology for initiating emergency calls is disclosed. A minimum set of emergency related data (MSD) associated with the emergency call may be identified at a terminal equipment (TE) of a mobile terminal. An attention (AT) command may be generated that includes the MSD and selected configuration information related to the emergency call. The AT command may be sent from the TE of the mobile terminal to a mobile termination (MT) of the mobile terminal in order to setup the emergency call, wherein the mobile terminal (MT) routes the emergency call to a public safety answering point (PSAP) in a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Kowalewski, Muthaiah Venkatachalam, Thomas Luetzenkirchen, Usharani Ayyalasomayajula
  • Patent number: 10178537
    Abstract: An emergency assistance program running on a mobile computing device sends an emergency trigger message to an emergency responder's emergency response computer system. The message includes the computing device's location that is received by the device from a global positioning module and also preferably includes user profile information for the computing device's user. For smartphone computing devices running the program, the program also preferably instructs the smartphone to place a call to the contact phone. The emergency response computer system receives the message from the computing device and begins a group message thread with the computing device. An emergency response module running on the emergency response computer system determines one or more emergency response units in proximity to the computing device's location and automatically transmits the emergency trigger message to at least one emergency response unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SirenGPS, LLC
    Inventor: Paul A. Rauner
  • Patent number: 10178497
    Abstract: A method for connecting a mobile device with one of a plurality of wireless networks begins by initiating a network selection process of the mobile device with the plurality of wireless networks. A remote server determines a geographic position of the mobile device with respect to at least one of the plurality of wireless networks. The remote server selects one of a first network and a second network of the plurality of wireless networks responsive to the determined geographic position of the mobile device and an associated rule set stored at the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Unger, Mesut Guven, Edward Chao, Malcolm M. Lorang, Roger D. Linquist
  • Patent number: 10171940
    Abstract: Systems, methods and tools for a geofence creator to select a specific mode of transportation during the geofence creation process to target a specific subset of customers. The geofence creator may select geofence properties during the creation, including size, location, mode of transportation and a message displayed to active users entering the geofence under the correct mode of transportation. The geofence system use different mechanisms for identifying the mode of transportation being utilized by the user of a client device. The client device may include hardware or software measuring devices or sensors capable of identifying the location of the user, the rate of change in the user's location, changes in the user's position, the acceleration of the user and/or the velocity of the user. If the correct mode of transportation is identified when the user enters the location of the geofence, the message will be displayed, otherwise no message may display on the user's client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Greenberger, Liang Wen
  • Patent number: 10165429
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to facilitating vehicle incident communications. In one use case, a mobile device may detect a vehicular accident and determine one or more contacts to notify about the vehicular accident. An occupant of the vehicle may be prompted, via a user interface of the mobile device, to confirm or cancel a proposed communication to the contact(s). Upon confirmation of the proposed confirmation, the communication to the contact(s) may be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Stephen Young, Jon-Michael Kowall, Michael Kyne
  • Patent number: 10158974
    Abstract: A community safety system (CSS) including a notification management entity (NME) comprising servers, the NME communicatively coupled to multiple user devices and one or more administrator devices (collectively, registered user devices). The CSS includes a plurality of registered users, wherein registered users may be associated with an organization, and a user category of a set of user categories. The NME may maintain a list of the registered users and associated information. The registered users may have user devices including a CSS application operating thereon, or SMS messaging program operating thereon. In some embodiments the CSS enables SMS-to-CSS App communications, and vice versa, enriching the CSS with information from users employing disparate communication platforms on their devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TITAN HEALTH & SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Vic A. Merjanian, Paul E. Samra, Ryan Khalili, Eduardo Juarez
  • Patent number: 10152706
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a wireless transceiver, a host processor, a secure element (SE), and a near field communication (NFC) system having an NFC transceiver and an NFC controller implementing a contactless front end. The contactless front end routes a near field communication related to a payment transaction between the NFC system and the SE without going to or from the host processor. The contactless front end routes a near field communication not related to a payment transaction, but requiring a security function, between the NFC system and the SE without going to or from the host processor. The contactless front end routes a near field communication not related to a payment transaction, and not requiring a security function, between the NFC system and host processor without going to or from the SE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Manuel Enrique Caceres, Yuk Lun Li, Mohammad Ashfaq Kamal
  • Patent number: 10148324
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure support a head-mounted display (HMD) wirelessly coupled to a console. The HMD includes a positional tracking system, a beam controller and a transceiver. The positional tracking system tracks position of the HMD and generates positional information describing the tracked position of the HMD. The transceiver communicates with a console via a wireless channel, in accordance with communication instructions, the communication instructions causing the transceiver to communicate over one directional beam of a plurality of directional beams. The beam controller determines a change in the positional information. Based on the change to the positional information, the beam controller determines a directional beam of the plurality of directional beams. The beam controller further generates the communication instructions identifying the determined directional beam, and provides the communication instructions to the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Qi Qu, Ganesh Venkatraman, Hongyu Zhou, Ryan Hamilton Brown, Oskar Linde, Lyle David Bainbridge, Matthew James Devoe, Ali Yazdan, Sam Padinjaremannil Alex, Nirav Rajendra Patel
  • Patent number: 10149129
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for providing emergency messages to a mobile device. In an exemplary embodiment, a system for communicating emergency messages is provided comprising a mobile device comprising an emergency message application and a personal emergency message transceiver, an emergency message control center, wherein the emergency message application is enabled to receive a plurality of emergency messages generated by the emergency message control center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SIPCO, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas David Petite
  • Patent number: 10148804
    Abstract: Techniques for mobile device personalization are described. In an embodiment, user credentials for an online service are received at a mobile device kiosk. The user credentials may be authenticated and, upon authentication, user data associated with the user credentials may be transferred to a mobile device of the mobile device kiosk. The user data may be transferred between the mobile device kiosk and a wireless transmitter embedded on a printed circuit board (PCB) of the mobile device. Further, the user data may be transferred to the mobile device without powering on the mobile device. Once the data transfer is complete, the mobile device may be provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Yael Maguire, Fraidun Akhi
  • Patent number: 10140504
    Abstract: A system and method for a participant to securely store select preexisting medical and other information which is then available in real time to emergency workers using a (mobile) software application that uses facial recognition to match a presenting image of a casualty with a master image of the participant to provide their identity. Once identified, pre-existing medical and demographic information may be transmitted to emergency responders to better care for the casualty in an emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: David Alan Finkelstein, Paige Erin Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 10142771
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and storage medium associated with provision and receipt of virtual sensor service, are disclosed. In embodiments, an apparatus may comprise a virtual sensor server configured to provide virtual sensor service to one or more mobile client devices to virtualize one or more sensors of each of the one or more mobile client devices. Virtualization of the one or more sensors of each of the one or more mobile client devices may comprise provision of sensor data to each of the one or more mobile client devices, or reporting of sensor data to one or more recipients external to the one or more mobile client devices on behalf of respective one or ones of the one or more mobile client devices. The provision or the reporting supersedes the corresponding sensor on the respective one or more of the mobile client devices. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rita H. Wouhaybi, Stanley Mo, Tobias M. Kohlenberg