Space Satellite Patents (Class 455/427)
  • Patent number: 10194445
    Abstract: A method for resource and power allocation indication in a beam-based access system is provided. In an embodiment, a method for signaling power allocation in a beam-based access system includes determining, by a transmit point (TP), a relative effective transmit power offset between a control beam and a data beam. The method also includes signaling, by the TP, the relative effective transmit power offset to a user equipment (UE). The UE performs automatic gain control (AGC) on a control channel and a data channel according to the relative effective transmit power offset signaled by the TP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Pengfei Xia
  • Patent number: 10187140
    Abstract: A communication system is described. The system includes: at least one gateway able to provide broadband connectivity, a set of ground terminals, and a set of aerial platforms, where at least one aerial platform is able to communicate with at least one gateway using radio frequencies, each aerial platform is able to communicate with ground terminals using radio frequencies, and each aerial platform is able to communicate with each other aerial platform using radio frequencies. An automated method for determining a beam direction for communication among UAVs includes: dividing a space around the UAV into multiple sub-regions, and, iteratively: selecting a sub-region from among the multiple sub-regions; pointing a signal toward the sub-region; and determining whether a signal is received from another UAV, until all sub-regions from among the multiple sub-regions have been selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgewest Finance LLC
    Inventor: Ahmad Jalali
  • Patent number: 10158431
    Abstract: A method for mitigating the effect of a localized jamming attack on a secure, tactical wireless network implements a dynamic relay assignment (“DRA”) approach, whereby nodes are dynamically assigned to relay communications to “disadvantaged” nodes that are subject to the attack, the relay nodes being selected based on their communication reliability and their proximity to the disadvantaged nodes. In embodiments, the nodes share with each other performance statistics and, in embodiments, measured local noise levels. In various embodiments, each node provides data to a “strategy optimizer” which then dynamically makes relay assignments. In Link-16 embodiments support for a “DRA” relay mode is added, and the communication protocol is extended to support the required exchange of communication quality and local noise information via PPLI messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: John H Chongoushian
  • Patent number: 10142021
    Abstract: Described herein are ground based subsystems, and related methods, for use in transmitting an optical feeder uplink beam to a satellite that includes a multiple element antenna feed array and that is configured to accept the optical feeder uplink beam and in dependence thereon use the multiple element antenna feed array to produce and transmit a plurality of radio frequency (RF) service downlink beams to service terminals. Certain embodiments are related to a ground based beamformer (GBBF) for inclusion in a ground based subsystem, and methods for use therewith. Beneficially, embodiments described herein allow for flexible antenna beam forming for large signal bandwidth without the limitation associated with the available gateway uplink and downlink spectrum at RF frequencies. Also described herein are space based subsystems for use with such ground based subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL, LLC
    Inventors: Ghislain Turgeon, Vijaya Gallagher, Leah Wang
  • Patent number: 10142013
    Abstract: A method of designing an interplanetary communications network with an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) at each node. Object functions are generated that relate network characteristics and performance. Each object function is driven to an extreme (min or max) to provide an optimum network configuration. The optimum network configuration includes the number of nodes and the number of antennas for each node, node placement, specific node storage capacity and communications capacity for nodes and for links between nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hesham El-Damhougy, Keith Jarett
  • Patent number: 10110288
    Abstract: A Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) wireless terminal includes spaced-apart antennas that are configured to transmit over a return link and to receive over a forward link that is spaced apart from the return link in frequency. The FDD wireless terminal is configured to selectively refrain from transmitting over the return link from at least one of the spaced-apart antennas of the FDD wireless terminal in response to differentials in forward link power that is received at the spaced-apart antennas of the FDD wireless terminal, that are caused, for example, by blocking appendages of a user of the wireless terminal. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ATC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Santanu Dutta
  • Patent number: 10084529
    Abstract: A system and related method for minimizing co-channel interference in air-to-ground single-frequency networking includes aircraft-based directional and omnidirectional antenna arrays for transmitting to single frequency networks (SFN) (e.g., LTE, HSPA) and their cell sites. The directional array may encompass several cell sites to take advantage of C-RAN architectures. The system may default to the directional array to establish or re-establish network access, identifying accessible networks and sites and monitoring corresponding synchronization cell counts. The system may minimize co-channel interference with terrestrial network users by switching to the directional array if the count of accessible cell sites or networks becomes high enough, or due to additional factors (e.g., climbing above a threshold altitude). Similarly, the system may switch to the omnidirectional array if the cell count drops below a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl J. Riechers, Ryan J. Coppa
  • Patent number: 10048353
    Abstract: A radar system for transmitting a FMCW radar sensor signal encompassing a series of frequency modulation ramps and phase-modulated with a first code sequence orthogonal to a respective other code sequence with which a time-synchronized transmitted signal of another FMCW radar sensor is phase-modulated; the radar echoes are phase-demodulated with a code sequence correlating with the first code sequence; and a distance and/or a relative speed of a localized object is identified from a Fourier analysis frequency spectrum, in a first dimension over sampled radar echo values of a frequency modulation ramp, and in a second dimension over the phase-demodulated sequence of radar echoes of the ramps of the transmitted signal; and a vehicle fleet radar system having an FMCW radar sensor in which a code set satisfying a code set orthogonality condition with a code set of a radar sensor of another vehicle is used for phase modulation/demodulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jingying Vogt, Michael Schoor
  • Patent number: 10039026
    Abstract: A base station that runs a plurality of beams calculates the sum of proportional fairness metrics for each of terminals scheduled for resource allocation in the beams, creates a beam muting list based on the sum of proportional fairness metrics for each beam, and mutes the beams in the beam muting list for blocking power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: JungSook Bae
  • Patent number: 9936498
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating mission-critical (MiCri) data in a network including a base station and user equipment (UE) are provided. The methods may include receiving a request message requesting MiCri data, and transmitting the MiCri data during a transmission time interval (TTI) of a first carrier component or during a transmission time interval (TTI) of a second carrier component. In various aspects, the TTI of the first carrier component may be staggered in time with respect to the TTI of the second carrier component. In another aspect, the UE may pre-report interference pattern information for a nominal TTI for use in communication of MiCri data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kambiz Azarian Yazdi, Tingfang Ji, Jing Jiang
  • Patent number: 9924424
    Abstract: An integrated radio communication system with ordered hierarchical cellular coverage comprises a first system and a second system, the coverage of the second system covered by the coverage of the first system, and a set of dual-mode terminals that can selectively use the first system or the second system. The first and second systems are configured to simultaneously share a common portion Bc of a first band B1 of frequencies respectively on a first uplink and a second uplink, and respectively manage first transmission resources and corresponding second transmission resources. The second radio communication system of lower level N2 is free to manage its second transmission resources without any coordination constraint with respect to the first system of higher level N1, whereas the first system of higher level is configured to not disturb the second system in the common frequency band portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Nicolas Chuberre, Cyril Michel, Laurent Combelles, Thibaud Calmettes
  • Patent number: 9917635
    Abstract: Signals of data streams for transmission to user equipment (UE) in spoke-and-hub configurations will utilize multiple transponders of satellites. Radiation patterns from ground terminals with distributed apertures feature orthogonal beams (OB). A tracking OB beam from a moving platform dynamically shall autonomously be formed as a shaped beam by a digital-beam-forming (DBF) network with a peak to a desired satellite, and nulls to undesired satellites to minimize mutual interferences among multiple satellite spatially. Ground hubs and mobile terminals feature “coherent” bandwidth aggregating capability from multiple available but non-contiguous slices of frequency slots in many transponders by wavefront multiplexing/demultiplexing (WF muxing/demuxing) techniques. These individual frequency slots must be dynamically selected, calibrated and equalized continuously in receivers via embedded probing signals as a part of WF muxing/demuxing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Spatial Digital Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald C. D. Chang
  • Patent number: 9912526
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a first tuning state of a media processor of a subscriber. The first tuning state includes a satellite service channel of a number of channels, wherein the satellite service channel provides a first media content item that is processed by the media processor for presentation. A terrestrial service channel is identified that provides a second media content item. The terrestrial service channel is accessed, but not at a time of access processed by the media processing device for presentation. An unavailability is determined of the satellite service channel to the media processor, and subsequent processing of the second media content item by the media processor is facilitated by replacing the first media content item, responsive to the determining of the unavailability of the satellite service channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Todd Andrew Fryer, Nicholas Nicas
  • Patent number: 9894687
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided. Devices asynchronously transmit, without diversity, bursts including information encoded using a low rate FEC code having a code rate no higher than ½. A terminal receives transmitted multiple overlapping bursts. The terminal detects and decodes bursts in a window of burst times, performs an iteration of an iterative interference cancellation process, and when at least one burst of at least a portion of the window remains incorrectly decoded, another iteration of the iterative cancellation process is performed as long as a maximum number of repeated iterations has not yet been performed. When all of the bursts in at least the portion of the window are correctly decoded, the window is advanced by an amount of burst time, at least the portion of the window is updated, and the iterations may be repeated. Correctly decoded bursts may be passed to a next process or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Neal David Becker, Mustafa Eroz, Lin-Nan Lee, Stanley E. Kay
  • Patent number: 9866312
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to form and point beams from one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) toward a target coverage area on the ground. One embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when each UAV antenna system generates static beams. Another embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when their antenna systems are capable of dynamically steering their respective beams. Another set of embodiments describe systems and method to allow multiple UAVs to provide service in the same area on the ground using the same spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ubiqomm LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Jalali, Leonard Schiff
  • Patent number: 9848433
    Abstract: A technique for providing users with in-flight connectivity includes a method for operating a communications system on an aircraft comprising allocating to a communications session between equipment on the aircraft and other equipment, a first bandwidth allocation of a selected communications system selected from the group consisting of a satellite communications system and an air-to-ground communications system. The allocating is based on a latency tolerance of the communications session and a prioritization level of the communications session. The method includes communicating signals of the communications session using the first bandwidth allocation of the selected communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Melvin D. Frerking, Bo Wei, Assad Radpour
  • Patent number: 9819742
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for orbital satellite platforms. In one example, an orbital satellite platform includes a plurality of satellite devices each comprising a virtualized execution system configured to execute one or more software payloads as associated virtual nodes. An active satellite device is provided among the plurality of satellite devices and is configured to execute at least an active virtual node, determine state information related to the execution of the active virtual node, and periodically update the state information in a storage satellite device. The storage satellite device is configured to select a level of statefulness for delivery of the state information to a peer satellite device designated as an operational backup for the active satellite device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun Coleman, Darren D. Garber
  • Patent number: 9820172
    Abstract: Certain features relate to systems and methods for jointly optimizing a radio access network (RAN) and distributed antenna system (DAS). A joint RAN-DAS self-optimizing network (SON) entity can determine target parameters based on parameters specific to the DAS and parameters specific to the RAN. The joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS using the target parameters. Jointly optimizing the RAN and the DAS can improve the capacity characteristics, coverage characteristics, or the performance characteristics of the RAN and DAS. In some aspects, the joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS by re-allocating power levels of downlink signals transmitted by remote units of the DAS to compensate for underutilized carrier signals in situations of low traffic load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Luigi Tarlazzi, Maurice D'Souza
  • Patent number: 9800322
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing mobility across satellite beams, are described. The system includes a first core node, a second core node in communication with the first core node at layer-2 of the OSI model (L2), and a first gateway in communication, at L2, with the first core, the first gateway configured to provide access to a first spot beam at a first location. The system further includes a second gateway in communication, at L2, with the second core node, the second gateway configure to provide access to a second spot beam at a second location, and a mobile device, at the first location, in communication with the first gateway via the first spot beam, wherein the mobile device is assigned an IP address by the first core node. The mobile device moves from the first location to the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Foxworthy, Girish Chandran, Jason Lau
  • Patent number: 9801183
    Abstract: A mobile communications system including: at least one base station configured to communicate data to/from different terminal devices via respective of plural logically separate carriers of a wireless access interface; first and second terminal devices operable to camp-on to first and second carriers of plural carriers and to subsequently communicate data with the at least one base station via the first and second carriers. The first and second carriers support compatible synchronization signaling such that the first and second terminal devices both can synchronize with the first and second carriers to begin a camp-on procedure. Following synchronization with one of the first or second carriers to begin the camp-on procedure, the second terminal device is configured to determine whether or not to continue with the camp-on procedure in dependence on an aspect of physical layer signaling associated with a control channel of the carrier with which it has synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SCA IPLA HOLDINGS INC
    Inventors: Philip Young, Peter Darwood
  • Patent number: 9800376
    Abstract: A high capacity communication system and method, and a high capacity communications configuration system are provided. The high capacity communication system includes a transmitter. The transmitter includes a signal generator to generate a signal including, wherein for a first frame portion extending from zero to ? time the signal is generated per a first color reuse plan of a frequency spectrum and one or more polarizations, and for a second frame portion extending from ? to T the signal is generated per a second color reuse plan of the frequency spectrum and the one or more polarizations; and an RF system to beam the signal concurrently to a first geographic area and a second geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lin-Nan Lee, Liping Chen, Anthony Noerpel, Stanley E. Kay
  • Patent number: 9800320
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to form and point beams from one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) toward a target coverage area on the ground. One embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when each UAV antenna system generates static beams. Another embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when their antenna systems are capable of dynamically steering their respective beams. Another set of embodiments describe systems and method to allow multiple UAVs to provide service in the same area on the ground using the same spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UBIQOMM LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Jalali, Leonard Schiff
  • Patent number: 9781235
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide methods and apparatus for indicating a subframe format. For example, the apparatus may generally include a processing system configured to generate a subframe of a data unit, the subframe comprising a first field that indicates a presence or absence of at least one of a source address (SA) or destination address (DA) in the subframe. The apparatus may also include a transmitter configured to transmit the subframe to another apparatus using frame aggregation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM, Incorporated
    Inventors: Maarten Menzo Wentink, Alfred Asterjadhi
  • Patent number: 9712228
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to form and point beams from one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) toward a target coverage area on the ground. One embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when each UAV antenna system generates static beams. Another embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when their antenna systems are capable of dynamically steering their respective beams. Another set of embodiments describe systems and method to allow multiple UAVs to provide service in the same area on the ground using the same spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: UBIQOMM LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Jalali, Leonard Schiff
  • Patent number: 9693184
    Abstract: Techniques for supporting a control plane solution for location services and positioning are described. In an aspect, an Evolved Serving Mobile Location Center (E-SMLC) may communicate with a Mobility Management Entity (MME) to support location services and positioning for a UE. In one design, the E-SMLC may receive a location request from the MME, perform a positioning procedure with the UE in response to the location request, and send a location response to the MME after completing the positioning procedure. For a UE-assisted or UE-based positioning procedure, the E-SMLC may send a downlink positioning message to the UE via the MME and may receive an uplink positioning message from the UE via the MME. For a network-based positioning procedure, the E-SMLC may send a network positioning request message to an eNB via the MME and may receive a network positioning response message from the eNB via the MME.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen W. Edge, Kirk Allan Burroughs
  • Patent number: 9681413
    Abstract: A system for tracking mobile subscribers, the system includes an aircraft having an on-board virtual BTS that substitutes for a stationary BTS. The virtual BTS emulates a behavior of the stationary BTS so as to be indistinguishable from the stationary BTS to the mobile device, including emulation of communication protocols and billing operations The virtual BTS communicate with the mobile devices. The virtual BTS includes a processor running Software Defined Radio (SDR) and a signal amplifier, the SDR receiving identifiers of the mobile devices. The aircraft includes a high-gain antenna for determining directions of signals from the mobile devices. A camera on board the aircraft takes images or video of an area on the ground. The processor collects and processes the images or video, the directions of the signals and the identifiers of the mobile devices to locate a specific subscriber. The processor transmits the processed information to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Garini Technologies Corporation PTE. Ltd.
    Inventor: Quan An Zhang
  • Patent number: 9617018
    Abstract: The process validates measurement data that are consistent with the current orbit or allowable maneuvers for Earth-orbiting satellites. The validated data may be processed to detect both large and small maneuvers; large maneuvers that may have been rejected by standard data validation process and small maneuvers that may have been missed. Large maneuvers may present as “trends” in the residuals above the noise threshold from multiple sensors. Small maneuvers may present as a deviation from the expected orbit. The OD engine is suitably configured (as per normal operation) to enforce data reduction on any outliers (e.g. >3 sigma). The maneuver estimation routines employ an objective function for selection of maneuver estimates that combines a residual fit to the current orbit and maneuver, orbit consistency and a penalty for validated but unused data (data that is rejected by the OD engine).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Rincon Research Corporation
    Inventors: Michele Kubis Wallner, Richard Nicholas Wallner, Douglas Edward Cather
  • Patent number: 9596121
    Abstract: A server apparatus receives a query from a client apparatus connected via the Internet, and as its reply, it transmits first condition information according to which initial communication is performed in order to switch to a specific communication format in which instruction from the server apparatus is possible without a request of the client apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshio Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9585083
    Abstract: A method for a base station to support network entry of a mobile station in a communication system is provided. The method includes transmitting to the mobile station each of a plurality of transmitted network entry signals over a preferred downlink beam corresponding to the transmitted network entry signal. Each of a plurality of received network entry signals is received from the mobile station over a preferred uplink beam corresponding to the received network entry signal. Each of the transmitted network entry signals comprises the preferred uplink beam corresponding to a subsequently received network entry signal, and each of the received network entry signals comprises the preferred downlink beam corresponding to a subsequently transmitted network entry signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying Li, Zhouyue Pi
  • Patent number: 9560635
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system to reduce interference between frequency-division duplex and time-division duplex signals in a communication system. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a processor (520) and memory (550) including computer program code. The memory (550) and the computer program code are configured to, with the processor (520), cause the apparatus to allocate a time-division duplex carrier for a frequency-division duplex downlink signal for communication with a communication element, and employ the time-division duplex carrier with a truncated time duration for the frequency-division duplex downlink signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Na Wei, Chun Yan Gao, Juho Pirskanen
  • Patent number: 9516352
    Abstract: An aircraft communications system includes at least one personal electronic device (PED) carried by an aircraft passenger, and an aircraft in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. The PED includes a PED near-field communications (NFC) device, a PED wireless transceiver, and a PED controller for transmitting a registration identifier (ID), and communicating via the PED wireless transceiver. The aircraft IFE system includes an IFE video entertainment source, IFE passenger seat displays, a respective IFE NFC device associated with each of the IFE passenger seat displays, an IFE wireless transceiver, and an IFE controller. The IFE controller is for selectively displaying video from the IFE entertainment source on the IFE passenger seat displays, and communicating with the PED wireless transceiver via the IFE wireless transceiver based upon one of the respective IFE NFC devices receiving the registration ID from the PED NFC device when in proximity thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: LIVETV, LLC
    Inventors: R. Michael Keen, Jeffrey A. Frisco
  • Patent number: 9491788
    Abstract: A bicycle wireless system is basically provided with a first bicycle component, a second bicycle component and a terminal device. The first bicycle component includes a first wireless communication unit. The second bicycle component includes a second wireless communication unit. The terminal device includes an identification acquiring section and a pairing section. The identification acquiring section is configured to acquire identification information from one of the first and second bicycle components. The pairing section is configured to pair the first and second bicycle components for wireless communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kasai, Ayumi Kato, Yoshinori Iino, Takao Harada
  • Patent number: 9461806
    Abstract: A wireless base station simultaneously transmits or receives wireless communications in different modes in different sectors of the wireless base station. The different modes may comprise a Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode and a non-TDD mode, and/or different air interfaces. Related methods and systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ATC Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Peter D. Karabinis
  • Patent number: 9444855
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving a signal to invoke a central server-directed service from a first communication device at a session initiation protocol application device. The first communication device is coupled to at least one second communication device via a pathway of a half call model communication session. The method includes sending first instructions to the first communication device via the session initiation protocol device in response to the signal. The first instructions enable the first device to access the central server-directed service. The method also includes sending second instructions to the at least one second device via the session initiation protocol device in response to the signal. The second instructions enable the at least one second communication device to access the central server-directed service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Reuben Klein, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9391690
    Abstract: A broadband satellite communications system comprises forward error correction (FEC) encoder/decoder, interleaver/deinterleaver, puncturing/de-puncturing, scrambler/descrambler, bit to symbol mapping/de-mapping devices, modulator/demodulator, transmit and receive filter; operating in a time-division multiple access (TDMA) system where information is sent in a burst-by-burst fashion during the assigned time slot; supporting diverse traffic types such as voice over internet protocol (VOIP), control messages (DACCH) and keep alive burst (KAB) during silence period and multiple data rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Je-Hong Jong, Maruf Mohammad, Harish Ramchandran, Jun Xu, Channasandra Ravishankar
  • Patent number: 9294827
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in management of a plurality of parameters of customer premises equipment automatically and dynamically selects and/or alters one or more of a plurality of parameters based on credentials. A particular service provider can be authorized to view and/or alter one or more parameters based on credentials associated with the particular service provider. Specific service providers can be restricted to viewing other service provider's parameters while being allowed to change parameters associated with the specific service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Pascal Marie Edouard Julien Justen, Christoph Stevens, Werner Mario Liekens, Jan Coppens, Christele Bouchat, Willem Jozef Amaat Acke
  • Patent number: 9277535
    Abstract: A call processing module includes a first network interface configured to communicate over a packet-switched network and a second network interface configured to communicate with a local subscriber over a broadband access network employing RF modulation. A call manager is provided which includes a database associating a local subscriber telephone number with an address of a client device associated with the local subscriber for a plurality of subscribers authorized to receive telephony service. A frequency handler is provided for allocating to the client device a receive frequency and a transmit frequency to be used by the client device over the broadband access network during a telephony call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Mary Colleen Cattani, Pierre A. Brice
  • Patent number: 9252871
    Abstract: The invention relates to an AIS ship transceiver which, after reception of an AIS base station message, validates the transmitting AIS base station and activates or deactivates the emitting of AIS radio signals in dependence on the validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventors: Andis Dembovskis, Joerg Behrens
  • Patent number: 9232457
    Abstract: A method is described for transmitting files to a mobile communications device from an associated personal computer over one of a plurality of potential communication paths between the mobile communications device and the computer. The method includes receiving at the computer a user request that a selected file stored on the computer be transmitted to the mobile communications device; selecting a communications path from among the plurality of potential communication paths; and causing a copy of the selected file to be transmitted to the mobile communications device over the selected communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Bells, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Patent number: 9231692
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for paired-beam satellite communications in a flexible satellite architecture. Embodiments include one or more “bent pipe” satellites having multiple transponders for servicing a number of spot beams. Implementations include novel types of paired-beam transponders that communicatively couple gateway terminals and user terminals in different spot beams. Some implementations also include loopback transponders that communicatively couple gateway terminals and user terminals in the same spot beam. The transponders can use similar components, can provide for flexible forward-link and return-link spectrum allocation, and/or can provide other features. Certain embodiments further include support for utility gateway terminal service and/or redundancy (e.g., active spares) for one or more active components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: VIASAT INC.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Mendelsohn, Mark J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9210640
    Abstract: A mobile station associated with a base station determines a measure of the quality of a communication link between the mobile station and the base station. The measure is determined by comparing either i) an expected data rate for communications over the link and an actual data rate of communications over the link, wherein the expected data rate takes into account radio frequency (RF) power levels of signals received at the mobile station over the link, or ii) an expected RF power level for communications over the link and RF power levels of signals received at the mobile station over the link, wherein the expected RF power level takes into account the actual data rate of communications over the link. This measure of the quality of the link may be a factor in triggering the mobile station to initiate a handoff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Peter Montemurro, Roger Paul Durand
  • Patent number: 9185603
    Abstract: A process for managing satellite bandwidth available to a moving vessel includes configuring a satellite to associate the vessel with a group of multiple vessels; configuring the satellite to guarantee a committed information rate (CIR) bandwidth to the vessel and to associate a maximum information rate (MIR) with the vessel, and to combine the CIR of the vessel into a CIR bandwidth pool for the group of vessels, and to combine the MIR of the vessel into a MIR bandwidth pool for the group of vessels, and to provide the vessel with a priority burst rate up to the combined CIR bandwidth of the group of vessels, and to provide the vessel with a burst rate up to the combined MIR bandwidth of the group of vessels, conditional on availability of bandwidth beyond the combined CIR bandwidth of the group of vessels; and re-configuring the satellite to release the guarantee of CIR bandwidth for the vessel upon the vessel gaining access to a terrestrial network connection of higher speed than the satellite connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Maritime Telecommunications Network Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9158650
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a non-transitory processor-readable medium stores code representing instructions that when executed cause a processor to receive a first signal including a performance datum associated with a first mobile application resident at a mobile device. The code can further represent instructions that when executed cause the processor to receive a second signal including a performance datum associated with a second mobile application resident at the mobile device. The code can further represent instructions that when executed cause the processor to send, based on the first signal and the second signal, a third signal including at least one performance metric based at least in part on the performance datum associated with the first mobile application and the performance datum associated with the second mobile application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Boxtone, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashwath Narayan Akirekadu, Dinesh Harischandra Bhat, Michael J. Gaffney, Mitchell F. Berk, William R. Fiste, III, Carey Alan Snyder
  • Patent number: 9107042
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communication interception that apply joint processing to signals and information obtained from a satellite communication network and from a cellular communication network. A processing unit processes intercepted signals from the satellite and cellular networks using shared hardware. The processing unit extracts information related to target users from communication sessions conducted by the target users in the satellite and cellular networks. The processing unit may store this information in a single data structure, and in particular correlate information pertaining to the same target user in the two networks. The processing unit may correlate the different identifiers used by the target user in the different networks, and use this correlation to enhance the tracking of this user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: VERINT SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Yossi Nelkenbaum, Li-on Raviv
  • Patent number: 9086299
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a connector, a transceiver connected to the connector, and a processor configured to detect the connector's angular position relative to the transceiver based on a Hall voltage (VH) that corresponds to a magnetic flux passing through a Hall Effect sensor. Also disclosed is a method comprising detecting a Hall voltage (VH), calculating an angle based on the VH, and determining whether the angle is between an upper threshold and a lower threshold associated with a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) compliance criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Fabrega Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9077631
    Abstract: A network device is configured to receive information relating to factors associated with quality of experience issues. The network device is configured to analyze the information. The network device is configured to predict that a quality of experience factor associated with a particular type of communication will exceed a threshold level a future time. The network device is configured to send a message to the device, the device generating a rule or policy; and the rule or policy instructing one or more other network devices to increase a capacity of the network to prevent the quality of experience factor from exceeding the threshold value at the future time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Chris S. Neisinger, Brian Olson, Emerando M. Delos Reyes, David Chiang, Scott A. Townley
  • Patent number: 9066300
    Abstract: Dynamic power class re-registration of wireless devices is provided. A wireless device can exchange data with a communications network. While exchanging data, the device can monitor its usage and based on the usage, generate a power change request. The device can then send the power change request to the communications network, prior to or in conjunction with powering down the device. In this regard, the communications network can receive the power change request, generate instructions for the wireless device, and adjust network resources based on the power change request. The instructions can then be sent to the wireless device. Since the device re-registers its power class with the communications network, handoffs, internetwork thresholds, network resources and other network parameters can be adjusted to compensate for the changed power class resulting into improved service for a user of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haywood Peitzer, Arthur Richard Brisebois, Steven A. Harbin, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Richard J. Mountford
  • Patent number: 9063221
    Abstract: A payload for augmentation satellite comprising an input channel suitable for receiving navigation signals transmitted by at least one navigation land earth station in a first frequency band and a plurality of output channels, each suitable for broadcasting navigation signals in a frequency band different from said first band and from other broadcasting bands, characterized in that it also comprises a navigation processor. A satellite comprising such a payload and an augmentation system comprising such a satellite is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Christian Peyrotte
  • Patent number: 9055490
    Abstract: A radio communication system, in a base station apparatus, previously registers neighboring base station information as a part of base station management information, and informs the terminal station of the neighboring base station information. The base station apparatus includes a handover processing unit for detecting that the terminal station has implemented handover that does not pass through a handover preparation phase from an other base station that has not been registered in a list of the neighboring base station information; and a management unit for dynamically additionally registering the other base station in the list of the neighboring base station information when implementation of the handover has been detected by the handover processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yohsuke Fukuda
  • Patent number: 9042295
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing a signal. The signal is received in a receiver system in a satellite. The signal has a range of frequencies in which information is carried in a number of channels having a number of frequencies within the range of frequencies. The number of frequencies for a channel in the number of channels changes within the range of frequencies over time. The signal is transmitted using a transmitter system in the satellite. The signal is unprocessed to identify the number of frequencies for the channel used to carry the information by the satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Irwin Balter, Dennis Gottman, Bret Michael Botzong, John M. Sullivan