Control Of Another Apparatus Patents (Class 455/420)
  • Patent number: 10735086
    Abstract: A communications system is provided. The communications system comprises: at least one wideband remote radio system each of which is configured to be coupled to at least one antenna; a baseband system coupled to each of the at least one wideband remote radio system; wherein at least one wideband remote radio system and the baseband system are in different locations of a vehicle; wherein the baseband system comprises a datalink communications management system and an audio processing system; and wherein the at least one wideband radio baseband system is coupled to the audio processing system and the datalink communications management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alfonso Malaga, Thomas D. Judd, Christophe Ceccom, Stephane Marche
  • Patent number: 10734703
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for integration of an RF antenna in an appliance. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus includes: a dielectric having a specified length and width defining an area; a ground plane made of conductive material directly adjacent to the dielectric, the ground plane formed from one or more components of a handle or a door of a heating device; an antenna element made of conductive material forming a plane adjacent to the dielectric and parallel to the ground plane, the antenna having a first dimension defining a first end and a second end, the first end electrically coupled to the ground plane; and an antenna feed electrically coupled to the antenna element at specified distance from the first end, the distance from the first end selected in accordance with a wavelength of a radio frequency (RF) signal to be transmitted and/or received by the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Bartlett, Doug Kough, Joe Britt, Nam La
  • Patent number: 10728249
    Abstract: The disclosure reveals a system having secured electronic access. The system may have one or more vehicle buses, one or more electronic control units on a vehicle connected to the one or more vehicle buses, a security module connected to the one or more vehicle buses, and a vehicle access port connected to the security module. An accessing entity may attempt connection to the vehicle access port. Messages injected or extracted by the accessing entity may be authorized or unauthorized at the security module based on a security policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GARRETT TRANSPORATION I INC.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Markham
  • Patent number: 10721610
    Abstract: A method of communication between a first apparatus and a second apparatus, and pertains to the field of communications technologies. The method includes receiving, by the second apparatus before the second apparatus is associated with the first apparatus, a radio signal from the first apparatus carrying a message frame, detecting rich media information in the message frame, and providing the rich media information on a user screen of the second apparatus to help a user make an association decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Qin, Xiaoxian Li
  • Patent number: 10715655
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing standardized mobile device distraction prevention and safety protocols are disclosed. In particular, an embodiment of a method for activating a distraction prevention or safety protocol behavior in a mobile device when the mobile device satisfies a specific condition is disclosed. The method includes discovering one or more protocol activators configured to transmit discovery information associated with a specific condition. The method further includes activating distraction prevention safety protocol behavior in the mobile device based at least in part on the discovery information. In an implementation, the specific condition may be a specified environment itself and or include an event when the mobile device enters a specified environment or a specified sequence of numbers is dialed from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CELL COMMAND, INC.
    Inventors: John J. Fischer, Hap Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10706646
    Abstract: A method of performing diagnostic communication with a vehicle using a diagnostic device includes: acquiring a certificate revocation list (CRL) corresponding to a certificate of the diagnostic device from an external device, verifying a validity of the certificate using the acquired CRL, performing authentication with the vehicle when the validity of the certificate is verified, and starting diagnostic communication between the diagnostic device and the vehicle when the authentication is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai AutoEver Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Ahn, Ho Jin Jung, A Ram Cho, Jae Woo Im
  • Patent number: 10694339
    Abstract: Environmental signals are used to determine when to prompt a user to enable location sharing on their computer devices. These environmental signals may include the current location of the user being an unusual location for the user or a location that is tagged as a known social location such as a concert venue, stadium, or park. The environmental signals may also include one or more friends of the user being near the user. If the user chooses to enable location sharing in response to the prompt, the location of the user may be shared with some or all of their friends, or just the friends that have been determined to be near the user. After some amount of time has passed, or the environmental signals have changed, the location sharing may be automatically disabled for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andi F. Rusu, Felix G. T. I. Andrew, Patrick Michael Halvorsen
  • Patent number: 10692493
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing intelligent assistance using voice services. In some embodiments, an Information Handling System (IHS) may include: a processor; and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution, cause the IHS to: transmit an audio instruction to a voice service provider, where the voice service provider is configured to: (i) convert the audio instruction into a text instruction, and (ii) transmit the text instruction to an intelligent assistance provider; receive a command from the intelligent assistance provider, where the intelligent assistance provider is configured to generate the command based upon the text instruction; and execute the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd Erick Swierk, Tyler Ryan Cox, Marc Randall Hammons
  • Patent number: 10694318
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and systems for enforcing at least one rule within a geofence. The rule is enforced by a fencing agent on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The geofence is defined by a plurality of geographic designators, with the plurality of geographic designators each being associated with an Internet Protocol (IP) address, preferably an IPv6 address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 10684932
    Abstract: A program update system that includes a distribution device with an electronic control unit configured to distribute a computer program; and a communication device with an electronic control unit configured to mutually transmit/receive a communication signal and a new computer program, thereby storing the new computer program distributed to the communication device into a memory of the communication device and updating the computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tsubasa Kanamori
  • Patent number: 10685402
    Abstract: Methods and systems for homeowner-directed risk mitigation for damage to a property associated with insurance-related events are provided. A smart home controller may analyze data received from a plurality of smart devices disposed on, or proximate to, a property as well as data received from an insurance provider. If it is determined that an actual or potential risk of property damage exists, the smart home controller may transmit an alert to a homeowner detailing the risk. The homeowner may respond to the alert by transmitting an instruction to mitigate or prevent damage associated with the risk back to the smart home controller. Subsequently, the smart home controller may transmit information about the actual or potential risks and any homeowner-directed mitigative actions to an insurance provider. The insurance provider may interpret the transmitted data and perform insurance activities, such as providing discounts and adjusting an insurance policy associated with the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronny S. Bryant, Shawn M. Call, Daryoush Hakimi-Boushehri, John H. Weekes, Jennifer Criswell, Todd Binion, Jackie O. Jordan, II, Elisabeth McDermeit, John Donovan
  • Patent number: 10685656
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a computer-implemented method that includes presenting a first user-interface that includes a user-selectable menu of multiple virtual personal assistant (VPA) service providers, and receiving a user-selection identifying a particular VPA service provider. The method also includes receiving a first signal representing input speech data, and processing the first signal to generate a first electronic file that includes at least a portion of the input speech data, the first electronic file being generated in accordance with a specification of the particular VPA service provider. The method further includes transmitting the first electronic file to one or more remote computing devices associated with the particular VPA service provider, receiving at least a second electronic file including a response to the input speech data, and causing an acoustic transducer to generate an acoustic output based on the second electronic file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Naganagouda B. Patil, Andre Todman, Bernice A. Cramer
  • Patent number: 10678483
    Abstract: A method includes determining whether a plurality of wireless interfaces of an information processing apparatus is in a state of being a target for direct connection to a communication apparatus via a wireless LAN, checking whether a number of the wireless interfaces determined as being in the state of the target for the direct connection is plural, and deciding from the plurality of wireless interfaces in the state of being the target for the direct connection, one wireless interface to be directly connected to the communication apparatus in a case where the number of the wireless interfaces determined to be in the state of being the target for the direct connection is plural.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shiho Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10672244
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and systems for enforcing at least one rule within a geofence. The rule is enforced by a fencing agent on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The geofence is defined by a plurality of geographic designators, with the plurality of geographic designators each being associated with an Internet Protocol (IP) address, preferably an IPv6 address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GeoFrenzy, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Jones, Bennett Hill Branscomb
  • Patent number: 10674008
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for detecting and monitoring a contraband device including communication devices by utilizing a combination of mobile devices, fixed monitoring devices, and a contraband monitoring center. The mobile devices include smart phones or tablets that are borrowed, rented, or purchased by an inmate from a correctional facility. These mobile devices are configured to detect, monitor, and intervene in the communications of target devices. Further, the mobile devices are configured to communicate with fixed monitoring devices located throughout the correctional facility in performing intervention operations. The contraband monitoring center may also be utilized in the coordination, monitoring, and intervention of target devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Lee Hodge
  • Patent number: 10664608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and methods for providing conditional access to indoor location information in a system comprising a mobile device (320), a positioning webservice (310) and an authorization authority (360), the method comprising: the mobile device (320) performing the steps of: transmitting license information to the authorization authority (360) and transmitting a request for indoor location information to the positioning webservice, the request comprising a request-location-estimate corresponding to a location estimate of the mobile device (320) at the time of making the request, the authorization authority (360) performing the steps of: receiving the license information, verifying whether the license information authorizes access to indoor location information by the mobile device (320), issuing a secure proof, verifiable by the positioning webservice (310) upon successful verification, the secure proof indicating that the license information authorizes access to indoor location informati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Engel Johannes Knibbe, Onno Martin Janssen, Hans Van Amstel, Stephanus Joseph Johannes Nijssen, Mark Henricus Verberkt, Emmanuel David Lucas Michael Frimout, Xiangyu Wang, Peter Johannes Lenoir
  • Patent number: 10657374
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are set forth for generating and/or utilizing image shortcuts that cause one or more corresponding computer actions to be performed in response to determining that one or more features are present in image(s) from a camera of a computing device of a user (e.g., present in a real-time image feed from the camera). An image shortcut can be generated in response to user interface input, such as a spoken command. For example, the user interface input can direct the automated assistant to perform one or more actions in response to object(s) having certain feature(s) being present in a field of view of the camera. Subsequently, when the user directs their camera at object(s) having such feature(s), the assistant application can cause the action(s) to be automatically performed. For example, the assistant application can cause data to be presented and/or can control a remote device in accordance with the image shortcut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Marcin Nowak-Przygodzki, Gökhan Bakir
  • Patent number: 10621803
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a trainable transceiver and a remote button module. The trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a first location and the remote button module separated from the base station and configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a second location. The remote button module is configured to wirelessly transmit a command signal to the base station in response to receiving a user input at a user input device, and the base station responds to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10623960
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing the security of an electronic device by causing the electronic device to go into a mode for lost or stolen devices after a security component receives information regarding an event at the electronic device and determines that the event indicates the electronic device is lost or stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: LOOKOUT, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Patrick Mahaffey, John G. Hering, James David Burgess, Vance Grkov, David Luke Richardson, Ayan Mandal, Cherry Mangat, Brian James Buck, William Robinson
  • Patent number: 10616409
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and program product are disclosed for determining an availability status associated with an information handling device, generating a message comprising information regarding the availability status, the message being one or more of a voice message and a textual message, and sending the message to one or more contacts associated with the information handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE LTD
    Inventors: John Carl Mese, Suzanne Marion Beaumont
  • Patent number: 10583700
    Abstract: A tire state monitoring system includes: tire state acquisition devices installed on tires of a host vehicle, each of the tire state acquisition devices being configured to acquire a tire state quantity; a monitoring device configured to receive an output signal from each of the tire state acquisition devices and perform predetermined processing; and an alerting device configured to issue an alert to a following vehicle. In addition, the monitoring device causes the alerting device to operate when a predetermined abnormality has arisen in the tire state quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Koji Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10586080
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and an apparatus for updating a mining model, which are applied to the mining model in a semantic analysis system. The method includes: acquiring a semantic analysis result obtained by analyzing a query through the semantic analysis system; generating a training format corpus according to the semantic analysis result, in which the training format corpus includes a first format corpus and a second format corpus; and performing an iterative updating on the mining model based on the first format corpus and the second format corpus, in which the first format corpus is configured to label a semantic feature in the query, and the second format corpus is configured to label a template feature in the query. With the present disclosure, a semantic analysis effect of the semantic analysis system may be improved effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zejin Hu
  • Patent number: 10565531
    Abstract: A system allows an end-user to locate and gain access to a private facility, such as a restroom or other resource, without requiring that the end-user interact with any facility personnel. A mobile application allows a user to identify and proceed to a location where a private facility is available. When a user arrives at the location, the mobile application communicates with access control devices at the location to notify facility personnel of the user's presence and unlock doors or otherwise remove safeguards preventing general public access to the private facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GOOD2GO, INC.
    Inventor: Frances Heller
  • Patent number: 10560531
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a location-based system and method for controlling electrical or electronic devices comprising: beacons coupled to said devices for sending and receiving positioning signals; a control device for determining the position thereof, on the basis of the positioning signals received, and sending it to a central control module together with indications to act on a parameter of the devices; a central control module for sending control instructions to a processor module of the corresponding device, which is determined depending on the position of the control device; and a processor module, coupled to each of the devices, for directly acting on the parameters of the device depending on the control instructions received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Beabloo, S.L.
    Inventor: Jaume Portell Guarch
  • Patent number: 10547697
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and systems for querying a database of geofences, with each geofence in the database being associated with a plurality of IP addresses, preferably IPv6 addresses, and each IP address corresponding to a specific geographic coordinate. The method and system convert location coordinates to IP addresses and determine whether a location anchor point is associated with a geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 10547968
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and systems for requesting information from a mobile device with a fencing agent. The fencing agent determines a position with a DNS resolver, queries geofences with an IP address, receives an anchor point with an IP address from the DNS resolver. The device with the fencing agent is able to receive multiple anchor points within multiple geofences within an ROI and translate fence points into fence geometries. Geofence information is stored and registered in a database of geofences, and each geofence is associated with a plurality of geographic designators, wherein each of the plurality of geographic designators is associated with an IP address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 10536856
    Abstract: In a communication control method for wireless communication between a first communication device and a second communication device through a wireless communication unit, identification information is notified from the second communication device to the first communication device by using a communication unit other than the wireless communication unit. Wireless communication between the first and second communication devices is performed by the wireless communication unit using the first communication parameter shared in advance, and authentication processing based on identification information is performed. When authentication is acquired by this authentication processing, the second communication parameter to be set with respect to a wireless communication unit is shared by the first and second communication devices through the above wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10531505
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes devices, systems, and methods for communicating with unmanned aerial vehicles. In one embodiment, the present disclosure includes a server including a communication interface, a memory, and an electronic processor communicatively connected to the memory. The electronic processor is configured to communicate with one or more unmanned aerial vehicles via the communication interface and a satellite network, communicate with the one or more unmanned aerial vehicles via the communication interface and a terrestrial network, and communicate with the one or more unmanned aerial vehicles via the communication interface and a combination of the satellite network and the terrestrial network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ATC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Gagne
  • Patent number: 10524287
    Abstract: A method for transmitting and receiving a frame by an access point (AP) in a wireless communication system, according to an embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: determining two or more STAs for performing multi-user (MU) transmission; determining a delivery traffic indication map (DTIM) for transmitting a parameter related to a trigger frame with respect to each of the two or more STAs; transmitting the parameter related to the trigger frame by means of the DTIM; and receiving from the two or more STAs an MU frame in time-frequency resources which are indicated in the parameter related to the trigger frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyeyoung Choi, Kiseon Ryu, Jeongki Kim, Suhwook Kim
  • Patent number: 10516711
    Abstract: Certain examples accommodate data routing optimizations. An example method comprises receiving, by a first playback device, data to be directed to at least a second playback device, the data comprising: i) audio data and ii) non-audio data. The method comprises transmitting, by the first playback device, the non-audio data to the second playback device via a third playback device according to a network protocol for communication between the first playback device and at least the second playback device via a wireless communication link. The method further comprises determining, by the first playback device, that a signal strength of the wireless communication link is above a threshold, and in response to the determination, transmitting the audio data to the second playback device via the wireless communication link, wherein transmitting the audio data comprises transmitting the audio data over the wireless communication link not according to the network protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Beckhardt, Hrishikesh Gossain, Nicholas A. J. Millington, Jeffrey M. Peters
  • Patent number: 10506052
    Abstract: The session-state of a local user interface is transferred to a mobile device to permit an operator to execute remote tasks while maintaining interaction with a central controller. The session-state can be transferred between a user interface that is local to a central controller and a mobile computing device using indicia provided by the local user interface or the mobile computing device. The session is identified by the indicia, which is detected by a sensor in the local user interface or the mobile computing device to transfer session-state therebetween. Session-state can be advanced or influenced by, input at one platform at a time. Execution of control can continue regardless of the location of session-state interaction. The indicia used to transfer session-state between platforms can be provided in the form of a key or token that includes identifying information for the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Bestin Abraham, Robert T. McKeever
  • Patent number: 10488341
    Abstract: Provided herein is an apparatus for assessing a fluorescence characteristic of a gemstone. The apparatus comprises an optically opaque platform for supporting a gemstone to be assessed, one or more light source to provide uniform UV and non-UV illumination, an image capturing component, and a telecentric lens positioned to provide fluorescent images of the illuminated gemstone to the image capturing component. Also provided are methods of fluorescence analysis based on images collected using such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Gemological Institute of America Inc. (GIA)
    Inventor: Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10489111
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a smart controlling device capable of utilizing machine learning for voice recognition and a method of controlling therefor. The smart controlling device according to the present invention includes a receiver configured to receive an input including a command trigger, and a controller configured to detect one or more external display devices, select a display device of the detected one or more external display devices, cause a power status of the selected display device to be changed to a first state, and cause a response data corresponding to a first command data received after the command trigger to be output on a display of the selected display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Gyuhyeok Jeong
  • Patent number: 10490190
    Abstract: In various implementations, upon receiving a given voice command from a user, a voice-based trigger may be selected from a library of voice-based triggers previously used across a population of users. The library may include association(s) between each voice-based trigger and responsive action(s) previously performed in response to the voice-based trigger. The selecting may be based on a measure of similarity between the given voice command and the selected voice-based trigger. One or more responsive actions associated with the selected voice-based trigger in the library may be determined. Based on the one or more responsive actions, current responsive action(s) may be performed by a target client device selected based on sensor-dependent context. Feedback associated with performance of the current responsive action(s) may be received from the user and used to alter a strength of an association between the selected voice-based trigger and the one or more responsive actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Yuzhao Ni, Bo Wang, Barnaby James, Pravir Gupta, David Schairer
  • Patent number: 10475263
    Abstract: A system that allows an end-user to locate and gain access to a private facility, such as a restroom or other resource, without requiring that the end-user interact with any facility personnel. A mobile application allows a user to identify and proceed to a location where a private facility is available. When a user arrives at the location, the mobile application communicates with access control devices at the location to notify facility personnel of the user's presence and unlock doors or otherwise remove safeguards preventing general public access to the private facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Good2Go, Inc.
    Inventors: Frances Heller, Nicolas M. Bonnet
  • Patent number: 10473565
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring and setting at least one air parameter in a room includes at least one sensor and at least one monitoring unit, which is provided separately from the sensor. The at least one monitoring unit is connected to the sensor by a wireless communications link of a communications network. The communications network has at least one mobile terminal device on which at least a part of the monitoring unit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Claudia Häpp, Ingo Pietsch, Sabine Thaler
  • Patent number: 10477619
    Abstract: A firearm includes one or more rails to which accessories may be mounted. The rails provide a communication path over which data may be transferred between the accessories and a processor located in the rails or in the firearm. The processor may cause the data to be sent to another location and may receive other data from other locations to provide a network of intercommunicating firearms that may deployed in a battlefield environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: COLT CANADA IP HOLDING PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Warren Downing, David Walter Compton
  • Patent number: 10467834
    Abstract: The subject-matter of the disclosure is a method for the intervention-free control of a vehicle locking system with a mobile terminal device, with the following steps: checking whether the mobile terminal device is located in a surrounding area of the vehicle, if so, authorizing the mobile terminal device in relation to the vehicle by means of a secured wireless point-to-point, two-way communication connection secured with a security key, and opening or locking the vehicle by means of the vehicle locking system if a difference between a current location position of the vehicle and a current location position of the mobile terminal device falls below or exceeds a predefined value in the surrounding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Jens Frangenheim, Florian Schulz
  • Patent number: 10461989
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display control unit, a generation unit, and a notification unit. The display control unit displays a device for executing a particular function on a display device. The displayed device includes separate webpages and the separate webpages include a webpage for setting to make the particular function usable. In response to a user selecting the device displayed on the display device, the generation unit generates a uniform resource locator (URL). The generated URL represents the webpage for setting to make the particular function usable. The notification unit notifies the URL generated by the generation unit to a web browser included in the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Osuki
  • Patent number: 10437469
    Abstract: Methods of obtaining input on a physical input device are provided. A method includes superimposing an image of a virtual keypad over an image of a touchscreen keypad, wherein the virtual keypad device has a different layout than the touchscreen keypad, mapping a first input on the touchscreen keypad to a second input on the virtual keypad, wherein the second input is different from the first input, and displaying on the touchscreen keypad a visually encoded symbol that defines a mapping from the touchscreen keypad to the virtual keypad, wherein mapping the first input on the touchscreen keypad to the second input on the virtual keypad is performed in response to the visually encoded symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Forte, Juan A. Garay, Trevor Jim, Evgene Vahlis
  • Patent number: 10425528
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing standardized mobile device distraction prevention and safety protocols are disclosed. In particular, an embodiment of a method for activating a distraction prevention or safety protocol behavior in a mobile device when the mobile device satisfies a specific condition is disclosed. The method includes discovering one or more protocol activators configured to transmit discovery information associated with a specific condition. The method further includes activating distraction prevention safety protocol behavior in the mobile device based at least in part on the discovery information. In an implementation, the specific condition may be a specified environment itself and or include an event when the mobile device enters a specified environment or a specified sequence of numbers is dialed from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CELL COMMAND, INC.
    Inventors: John J. Fischer, Hap Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10425766
    Abstract: This application relates to location systems suitable for monitoring the locations of people or objects within a group. Each person or object has a master or slave unit, which has a short-range wireless transceiver. Each unit has a unique identifier, and an ad-hoc mesh network is created between the units using short-range wireless connections between the units. Each unit periodically broadcasts its ID, which is received by other in-range units, and which compiles a list of received IDs and routing data (the IDs of the other units from which each ID was received). The IDs and routing data are shared on the ad-hoc mesh network, enabling the locations of the units to be approximately triangulated by placing the master or slave units in a virtual map in which the routing data for each received ID corresponds to that of second data signal, and wherein the placement of the master or slave units in the virtual map is also correct with regard to the estimated range of each master or slave unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Virtual Perimeters Limited
    Inventors: Lee Fogg, Clifford Kirby
  • Patent number: 10397870
    Abstract: If a wireless connection with an external device is disconnected, it is determined whether or not the disconnection is based on a request from the external device. Different methods for displaying a screen indicating the disconnection are used in the case where it is determined that the disconnection is based on a request from the external device and the case where it is not. Accordingly, it is possible to realize an electronic device that performs suitable indication to a user and a method for controlling the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jiro Shimosato
  • Patent number: 10382887
    Abstract: Managing an access device associated with a controlled area at a place of hospitality is described. A location of a device of a user is determined. A controlled area that the user is authorized to access is determined. The location of the device of the user is monitored, and when the location of the device of the user is within a first area proximate to the controlled area, a first signal is transmitted to an access device associated with the controlled area. The first signal is used to manage an operation of the access device. An additional location of the device of the user may be determined. When the additional location of the device of the user is within a second area proximate to the controlled area, a second signal used to enable access to the controlled area is transmitted to the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hyatt Corporation
    Inventors: Armand Rabinowitz, Brett Cowell
  • Patent number: 10382219
    Abstract: A method for estimating an operator of multiple electrical devices installed in a building, includes receiving, from each of the multiple electrical devices, an operation log indicating that a corresponding electrical device was operated, the operation log including an ID of the corresponding to electrical device and a time at which the corresponding electrical device was operated; receiving first positional information indicating a current position of a terminal of a user; determining, in a case where a distance between the current position and a position of the building is a predetermined distance or less, that the user entered the building; and estimating that the first user is an operator of a first electrical device indicated by an first operation log corresponding to the time at which the first positional information was received, when it is determined that the first user entered the building from outside of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROEPRTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Takayuki Nishikawa, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10360743
    Abstract: An electronic system including a mobile device that communicates with a reader device. In one embodiment, the mobile device may be configured as a mobile phone and the reader device may be configured as an electronic reader associated with an electronic lock. One or more devices in the system may determine the position of the mobile device in relation to the reader device, and cause an electronic lock or another type of access control device to perform a selected function based at least in part on the position of the mobile device in relation to the reader device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John R. Ahearn, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Gabriel D. Focke, Michael S. Henney
  • Patent number: 10356573
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of inputting a code to a thermostat comprising the following steps, providing a thermostat having a display panel and a receiver for receiving signals from a local router, the local router configured to receive signals via the internet from a remote input device (RID), transmitting a register command to the local router, transmitting new user information to the local router and the thermostat receiving a serial number from the local router and the thermostat synchronizing with the RID without requiring any direct inputs to the display panel of the thermostat. The RID may verify the service set identifier (SSID).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Braeburn Systems LLC
    Inventors: Daniel S. Poplawski, Ernest E. Soderlund, W. L. Ha
  • Patent number: 10356831
    Abstract: A method for controlling communication between a remote device and a control server includes sending, over a long range radio communication link, to a number of remote devices, a number of reduced packets, each of the number of reduced packets causing each of the number of remote devices to generate a reduced response packet, the reduced response packet indicating a status of each of the number of remote devices, receiving, from a number of responding remote devices, a number of actual reduced response packets to identify when a remote device is in a report state, examining status data related to each of the number of remote devices, the status data comprising a number of attributes include a remote device reduced packet, a remote device reduced response packet, and a number of remote device attributes, when a fault is detected, generating a remote devices fault report, and transmitting, to a control server, a remote device fault report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Mark Hall, Craig Boswell
  • Patent number: 10338577
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a sensor-based transit maintenance system. A plurality of sensors are located at a plurality of transit locations within a transit system. The plurality of sensors are configured to collect a plurality of sensor measurements of at least one transit location device. A transit server may receive sensor data comprising the plurality of sensor measurements. The transit server may determine, based on the sensor data, that a current or future defect exists within the transit system. The transit server may determine a transit location of the plurality of transit locations at which the defect is located. The transit server may generate maintenance instructions for addressing the defect and send the maintenance instructions either to a portable electronic device or to one of the at least one transit location device at the transit location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Rasheed Behrooznia
  • Patent number: 10306463
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein includes methods, systems, and computer program products for providing a bi-directional data path to a SIM containing an executable program. According to one system, a subscriber identification module (SIM) is provided that includes a memory configured to store one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the one or more executable instructions to generate one or more commands for controlling a device. At the SIM, a bi-directional data communications link, such as a serial communications link to the SIM processor, is simulated in software. The simulated communications link provides for bi-directional data communications between a customer application which is executed on the SIM and an external device which is not executed on the SIM, such as a microprocessor or cell module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Able Device, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Heath, Roger D. Dewey