Ground Station Control Patents (Class 455/430)
  • Patent number: 10264552
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a method includes allocating resources for a common Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (MBMS) bearer, transmitting MBMS information to a plurality of user equipments (UEs), the MBMS information identifying the allocated resources for the common MBMS bearer, receiving a request to transmit content information using the common MBMS bearer and receiving the content information and transmitting the content information to the UEs using the common MBMS bearer
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia of America Corporation
    Inventor: Michael F. Dolan
  • Patent number: 10149115
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are provided for enabling orientation of directional antennas even when one or more of the directional antennas are moving. Position information for each directional antenna is transmitted using an omnidirectional antenna transmitting at a low bandwidth and a low power. The position information of the directional antennas is used to orient the directional antennas so that a high bandwidth, low power wireless connection can be enabled and/or maintained between the directional antennas. The position information is periodically transmitted and the orientation of the directional antennas is updated as one or more of the directional antennas move so that the wireless connection between the directional antennas is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Buchmueller, Ronald Joseph Degges, Jr., Jin Dong Kim, Gur Kimchi, Sang Eun Lee, Subram Narasimhan, Koohyun Um
  • Patent number: 10104310
    Abstract: A security-monitoring platform adapted to automatically create real-time associations between security monitoring assets (SMAs) and a security alert based on location specific information for both the SMAs and the source of the security alert. When an alert occur, the security-monitoring platform automatically retrieves location and/or movement information for the source of the security alert. The system then retrieves and analyzes location and/or movement information for a plurality of SMAs to determine whether any SMAs are within a set of location-based parameter limits. Those SMAs that fall within the limits are automatically associated with the security alert and provided to the operator of the security monitoring platform. The system is further adapted to continuously evaluate the location and movement of the SMAs and the active security alert to ensure that the associations are always up-to-date as the security alert is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sureview Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Roberts
  • Patent number: 9991949
    Abstract: This system and method provides for a plurality of satellite ground stations, distributed across some geographic region, and for these regions in turn to be scalable to cover large regions or even the globe using a combination of low-orbit satellites, terrestrial participant devices, and cloud-based communications. The invention in its simplest form is intended to solve the short temporal window problem inherent to the scenario where a single base or ground station is trying to track and communicate with a low-end LEOSAT or even a cube-satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Inventor: Paul J. Darby, III
  • Patent number: 9800321
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for facilitating communications with a vehicle through an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV can be configured to track vehicles traveling in an area covered by the UAV. An identification of the vehicle can be acquired after the vehicle is tracked by the UAV. The vehicle identification can be used to determine communication capability of the vehicle. Based on the determined communication capability of the vehicle, a communication request can be initiated by the UAV. The vehicle can determine either accept the communication request from the UAV or turn it down. If the vehicle accepts the communication request from the UAV, information intended for the vehicle, for example from another vehicle, can be forwarded to the vehicle by the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Wellen Sham
  • Patent number: 9762310
    Abstract: Method and system are provided for mobile distribution of content received via satellite signals. A satellite reception assembly may comprise a receive module and a basestation module. The receive module may receive satellite signals, process the received satellite signals to recover data carried therein, determine when the recovered data comprises a portion for local wireless broadcast by the system, and if so generate broadcast signals for carrying the portion of recovered data. The basestation module may transmit the generated broadcast signals, particularly to a mobile device of a satellite subscriber authorized to receive and access the data carried in the satellite signals. The recovered data may comprise web-based content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MAXLINEAR, INC.
    Inventor: Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 9723620
    Abstract: A communication device comprising: a receiver operable to receive radio transmissions according to a first communication protocol; a transmitter operable to transmit radio transmissions according to a second communication protocol; and an arbiter connected to the receiver and transmitter; wherein the arbiter is configured to: receive from the transmitter an indication of a first transmit operation intended for performance during a first time period and one or more intended transmit characteristics of the first transmit operation, including a representation of the intended transmit power; determine whether the receiver intends to perform a communication operation during the first time period; determine in dependence on the transmit characteristics and the receive quality, a set of one or more threshold transmit characteristics for the first transmit operation; and cause the transmitter to proceed with the first transmit operation only if its transmit characteristics are constrained in accordance with the thres
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
    Inventors: Dean Armstrong, Thomas Christopher Grocutt
  • Patent number: 9200908
    Abstract: In a method for operating a navigation system for a motor vehicle having an offboard data memory, spatially separated from the motor vehicle, having data packets of visual map information, divided by region, as well as a display arranged in the motor vehicle, a selection of data packets provided for transmission to the motor vehicle and/or their sequence occur as a function of the resolution of the display, the location of the motor vehicle, an assumed route of the motor vehicle and/or the bandwidth of a communication connection provided for the transmission, the selected data packets being transmitted to the motor vehicle (e.g., in the selected sequence), and visual map information from data packets transmitted to the motor vehicle being represented by the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Luis Sampedro Diaz, Daniel Rosario
  • Patent number: 9162777
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for monitoring a status of a satellite, including classifying satellite telemetry information and space weather information and storing the information in a storage unit including respective databases, predicting whether a predetermined type of satellite failure occurs based on the space weather information, and generating satellite control command information to change a status of a predetermined satellite configuration when a satellite failure determining index used to determine a possibility of the satellite failure is beyond a predetermined critical alert range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Moon Hee You, Jin Ho Jo, Jae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9161101
    Abstract: Call control for originating and terminating calls in a visited circuit-switched subsystem (CS) or home multimedia subsystem (MS) as well as transferring calls between the visited CS and the home MS may be anchored at a continuity control function (CCF) in the home MS. Call signaling for the call may be passed through the CCF. When the user element is homed to the home MS and served by the visited CS, the bearer path for the call is established based on the relative proximity of the home MS and the visited CS. When a local MS is more proximate to the visited CS, the bearer path may be routed through a gateway in the local MS, instead of through the gateway in the home MS. When the home MS is sufficiently proximate to the visited CS, the bearer path is routed through the gateway in the home MS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Kaniz Mahdi
  • Patent number: 9049985
    Abstract: A airplane based communication and position finding method for receiving in a transceiver a OFDM signal from a mobile unit in an airplane. Demodulating and processing an OFDM received signal into a processed OFDM signal and processing and modulating the processed OFDM signal into a processed modulated signal. Transmitting in the airplane based transceiver the modulated signal to a satellite receiver. Receiving in the airplane based transceiver a second modulated signal from a satellite transmitter, demodulating and processing the second modulated signal into a processed second OFDM signal and modulating and transmitting said processed second OFDM signal to mobile unit. Method for processing an input voice signal, in a mobile unit, into a processed cross-correlated CDMA signal, modulating and transmitting cross-correlated CDMA signal into a modulated transmitted CDMA signal, used in a cellular system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Kamilo Feher
  • Patent number: 9038949
    Abstract: An assembly for shielding an aircraft from electromagnetic energy may include a window mounting configured to be conductively coupled to an aperture in a fuselage of an aircraft. The window mounting may include a window pane having an electromagnetically-reflective coating for reflecting electromagnetic energy. The window pane may remain electrically isolated from the fuselage prior to the electromagnetic energy exceeding a frequency of approximately 1 GHz. The window mounting may further include a capacitive gasket capacitively coupling the window pane to the fuselage after the frequency of the electromagnetic energy reflected by the window pane exceeds approximately 1 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Kirchoff, Patrick M. Njeim, Thomas K. Morrow, Joel J. Peterson, Michael R. Sirkis, Ryan L. Carlson, Bruce J. Donham, Jim Sears
  • Patent number: 9026106
    Abstract: A hybrid satellite communication system in which a hub station transmits signals to remote stations through a satellite at a relatively low frequency which is unaffected by weather effects and in which the remote stations transmit signals to the hub station at a relatively higher frequency which enables the use of more economical equipment at the remote stations. The hub station senses the signal quality or strength received from each remote station and transmits power control signals to remote stations with poor signal strengths to cause such remote stations to increase their output power to overcome weather effects. The power control signals are transmitted on the lower frequency to prevent the power control signals from being masked by the weather effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Foundation Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: George A. Livergood
  • Publication number: 20150105069
    Abstract: Provided are a terrestrial communication method, an apparatus, and a system, wherein the system uses a first frequency used in a satellite communication system, detect a terminal of the satellite communication system in a cell of the terrestrial communication system, and perform downlink transmission using the first frequency when the terminal is not detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Tae Chul HONG
  • Publication number: 20150094056
    Abstract: A satellite communication system and method for an adaptive channel assignment is disclosed in which the satellite communication apparatus include a satellite beam generator to generate a satellite beam to be output to a coverage area, a channel assignor to assign a channel for the satellite beam based on interference information of the coverage area, and a communication link forming unit to form a communication link with an earth station disposed in the coverage area based on the assigned channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Dae Sub OH
  • Patent number: 8996050
    Abstract: A system and method for observing a radio wave in an interplanetary space are provided. The system may include a tile unit to observe a Radio Frequency (RF) signal generated from a cosmic radio source in the interplanetary space, and to generate observation data, a node unit to digitalize the generated observation data, and to store the digitalized observation data, and a data analyzing unit to analyze the digitalized observation data and to compute a characteristic of a solar wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Cheol Oh Jeong
  • Patent number: 8954060
    Abstract: A system provides GSM service over distributed mobile networks. A Network Area Controller (NAC) allows Global Titles (GT) and Mobile Station Roaming Numbers (MSRN) of the GSM network to be shared within a private GSM network. A processor within the Mobile Switching Center (MSC) of a mobile network transcodes voice data and maps the data to the proper bearer QoS to allow the use of Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) such as Iridium and Inmarsat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Globe Wireless LLC
    Inventors: Mark L. Witsaman, Darryn Trowell
  • Patent number: 8948934
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating data between a vehicle and a ground-based unit are provided. The method includes communicatively coupling the vehicle to the ground-based unit, initiating a Broadband over Power Line (BPL) link between the vehicle and the ground-based unit when power is supplied to the vehicle, and updating data stored in the vehicle with data received from the ground-based unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Donald B. Lee, Anil Kumar, Nha Thanh Nguyen, Timothy McNally Mitchel
  • Patent number: 8928526
    Abstract: Techniques for monitoring transmission performance of a satellite communications systems are provided, including techniques for measuring the primary contributors to the end-to-end SNR, including the uplink SNR, the downlink SNR, and the C/I for each link in the network. These individual measurements are used to estimate satellite effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP), satellite antenna gain-to-noise-temperature (G/T), and loss due to an Earth Terminal pointing error. The EIRP, satellite antenna G/T and loss due to Earth terminal pointing error may then be used to determine operating parameters for the satellite communications network that enable the network to operate more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Miller
  • Patent number: 8923850
    Abstract: Interference between satellite radioterminal communications systems may be reduced by transmitting and receiving satellite uplink frequencies in a Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode by a wireless base station in a first sector thereof, while simultaneously refraining from transmitting and receiving satellite uplink frequencies in the TDD mode by the wireless base station in a second sector thereof that points to a low elevation angle satellite. Satellite uplink frequencies may be transmitted and received in the TDD mode by a satellite that communicates with radioterminals in the second sector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ATC Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Peter D. Karabinis
  • Patent number: 8909220
    Abstract: A satellite communication system includes a global bandwidth enforcer that allocates bandwidth from the global bandwidth pool in accordance with a group service plan having a predetermined geographic scope. The system further includes an allocation of bandwidth from the one or more channels of the one or more beams of a first satellite in accordance with the group service plan. The system further includes a second satellite access station that receives an allocation of bandwidth from the one or more channels of the one or more beams of the second satellite in accordance with the group service plan. The system further includes a first sub-network associated with the first satellite access having a coverage area in the predetermined geographic scope of the group service plan, where the first sub-network receives an allocation of bandwidth from the first satellite access station in accordance with the group service plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: VT iDirect, Inc.
    Inventors: Sima Aftahi, Antoine Raymond Naaman, Joseph Jude Boone, Peng Zhao
  • Patent number: 8862153
    Abstract: An automated portable call collection unit (APCCU) may gather information used in testing the accuracy of a wireless mobile device locating system. A GPS ground truth detector may detect the location of the APCCU based on GPS signals. A cellular GPS detector may detect GPS signals identified by a signal-identification communication from the locating system. An internal clock may keep time and synchronize its time to GPS time as announced periodically by GPS time signals. A controller may repeatedly cause a cellular network communication system to wirelessly request and receive the signal-identification communication and to send the information about the detected GPS signals, the locations, and the times. All of this may be done in a manner that insures that the accuracy of the locating system is not tested before the internal clock is first synchronized to GPS time following application of operating power to the APCCU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Robert M. Iwaszko, Jeff Torres, Todd Covington
  • Patent number: 8863267
    Abstract: A subscriber network can provide services. External applications can use the services on the subscriber network. A service access gateway can control application access to services of the subscriber network. The service access gateway can filter requests from an external application to access services on the subscriber network based on the customer for which the external application is accessing the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Boris Selitser, Daniel Jansson
  • Patent number: 8855546
    Abstract: A satellite receiver that is operable in a single cable system and that is configured to receiver satellite signals via an interface, comprises a controller configured to instruct the interface to perform a blind channel scan process over a predetermined frequency range to obtain measured spectrum signals and to change the predetermined frequency range until a desired frequency range has been measured. The satellite receiver further comprises a processing device configured to receive the measured spectrum signals, to process the measured spectrum signals to obtain a spectrum section and to concatenate the measured spectrum sections to obtain a spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: SONY Corporation
    Inventor: Ben Eitel
  • Patent number: 8830961
    Abstract: A mobile wireless system includes a first gateway (L-PGW), a second gateway (PGW), a first access point (HeNB) capable of establishing a communication path simultaneously with the first and second gateways, and a second access point (eNB) capable of establishing a communication path only with the PGW. When a mobile terminal connected to the HeNB and communicating with a communication destination node using a first path through the L-PGW switches a connection destination to the eNB, the HeNB establishes a second path through the HeNB and the PGW, while maintaining the first path. The HeNB transmits data, which has been transmitted to the HeNB along the first path, to the eNB along the second path, until the UE is connected to the eNB, and a third path to the communication destination node through the PGW is established. Accordingly, an interruption time of data reception involved in handover is shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Takako Hori, Takeshi Kanazawa, Akito Fukui
  • Patent number: 8805390
    Abstract: A monitor and control unit is described herein which is associated with a land-based controller (e.g. base station controller) and one or more satellites, where the monitor and control unit is arranged to dynamically configure mobile-based controllers (e.g., radio base stations) located on mobile vessels (e.g., transport vessels, cruise liners) to provide bandwidth (voice and data capabilities) based at least on the number of mobile vessels being served by each of the satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Richard Swardh, David Boltz, Bo Sundstedt
  • Patent number: 8805435
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes a controller to process a travel assistance request for communication through a satellite and terrestrial mobile communication network. Data related to multiple assistance providers can be received in response to the request. At least one criterion can be processed for the assistance providers based on, for example, historical trip data. The assistance providers can be graphically represented for user selection based on the criterion. Data related to a selected assistance provider can be displayed, including navigation data to and/or from the assistance provider. In another embodiment, the travel assistance request can be communicated to a service center through the network. The service center can communicate data related to an assistance provider, including navigation data to and/or from the assistance provider. A rating of the assistance provider can be communicated to a specified community-of-interest through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Disk Network Corporation
    Inventor: Stefan Bernard Raab
  • Patent number: 8787903
    Abstract: A hybrid cellular radiocommunication system includes base stations defining terrestrial cells covered by satellite umbrella cells. The base stations are distributed so as to be distinguishable by the satellite cell according to a time-invariant distribution function, and the system includes a device for maintaining, permanently and in the same link direction, congruence of the coverage of each satellite cell with respect to coverage of the terrestrial cells associated with the base stations contained in the satellite cell, with coverage of a satellite cell being congruent with a predetermined terrestrial coverage set when the predetermined coverage set is included in the satellite coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
    Inventors: Christelle Boustie, Gael Scot
  • Patent number: 8768244
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for managing and coordinating the delivery of information content in a manner that makes efficient use of the bandwidth of satellite based transponders being used to relay the information content to the mobile platforms. The apparatus makes use of a content management coordinator system having a graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI interfaces with one or more mobile platform operators to allow each of the operators to define the criteria by which various types of information content to be supplied to the mobile platforms. The apparatus further includes a file spaced storage monitoring subsystem which allows the file storage space available on each mobile platform to be monitored, and files deleted therefrom if necessary, to ensure that newly requested information content can be stored by the mobile platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Scott P. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8750790
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes a controller to process a criterion for selecting a point-of-interest (POI). The criterion can be based on historical trip data. Data related to a POI, including a community-of-interest rating, for example, can be accessed through a satellite and terrestrial mobile communication network. Multiple POIs can be graphically represented for user selection based on the criterion and/or other data. Once a POI is selected, data related to the selected POI, including navigation data, can be displayed. In another embodiment, the controller can access navigation data to a specified destination. The navigation data can be based on historical trip data such as route segments and destination areas. The navigation data can be accessed from an in-vehicle system or from a navigation service provider and can be displayed to assist a user in reaching the specified destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dish Network Corporation
    Inventor: Stefan Bernard Raab
  • Patent number: 8744396
    Abstract: A software-defined tactical radio solution meets the original JTRS SWaP goals by providing four complete software-defined 125 W (peak) radio channels in four modules that replace the four UT modules of the current GMR design, while retaining the GVA and NIU of the GMR. Two dual transceiver modules each include two transceivers based on OMAP processors. Two dual-channel power amplifier modules each include two 125 W (peak) amplifiers, each amplifier combining two GaN transistors combined in parallel. In embodiments, the OMAP processors include TM320C64xx DSP cores. In some embodiments, the OMAP processors are DM3730 processors. In various embodiments, each dual transceiver module includes a five Watt power amplifier. In embodiments, SINCGAR, SRW, and/or WNW waveforms are supported by software configuration. In some embodiments transceivers can be transitioned by software between waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Dominick Laccona, George M Horihan
  • Patent number: 8730864
    Abstract: A payload switching architecture for LEO satellite networks minimizes processing and storage requirements of payloads for deployment as small primary or secondary payloads, payloads perform only forwarding functions. Forwarding rules are provisioned in the payloads enabling them to reroute in case of failures or congestion without intervention from a ground station. Configuration rules are provisioned in the payloads enabling them to dynamically establish and remove interplane crosslinks without intervention from a ground station. The central network operations center on the ground computes forwarding rules and configuration rules for payloads and uploads the rules to the payloads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Telcordia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Narayanan Natarajan, Anindo Bagchi, William E. Stephens
  • Patent number: 8713140
    Abstract: A system and method is directed to modifying a satellite radio subscription in a mobile vehicle. The method provides for receiving at least one satellite radio subscription modification request from the vehicle at a service provider, retrieving current satellite radio program subscription status at the service provider, determining at least one adjustment required to implement the at least one modification, and sending the determined adjustments required to implement the at least one modification. The system further provides means for receiving at least one satellite radio subscription modification request from the vehicle at a service provider, means for retrieving current satellite radio program subscription status at the service provider, means for determining at least one adjustment required to implement the at least one modification, and means for sending the determined adjustments required to implement the at least one modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventor: Matt C. Videtich
  • Patent number: 8682316
    Abstract: A communications system for an aircraft carrying at least one person having a personal electronic device (PED) for wireless data communications outside the aircraft includes a communications network, at least one access point in the aircraft for providing a wireless local area network (WLAN) for data communications with the PEDs, and a transceiver in the aircraft cooperating with the at least one access point for data communications with the communications network. A data traffic controller is for selectively allocating data communications channel capacity between the PEDs and the communications network based on a data communications channel capacity usage of the PEDs. The data communications channel capacity usage corresponds to bandwidth of the data communications with the PEDs, and when the bandwidth of the data communications for a given PED exceeds a predetermined portion of the data communications channel capacity, then appropriate action is taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Livetv, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Lynch, Jeffrey A. Frisco, Robert M. Keen
  • Publication number: 20140071886
    Abstract: A interface device and a method of allowing communication is provided to allow a wireless mobile communications device to interface with a satellite communication system. The interface includes a satellite modem (including antenna), a communications link to communicate with the wireless communications device (such as a Wifi link using VoIP) and an applications processor (with associated memory) to handle control and handshaking functions between the communications link and satellite modem and the related interfaced equipment (mobile communications device and satellite system) and to assist and reformat as needed transmission of data between the interfaced equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Globalstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Monte, Ronnie Daryl Tanner, Eric Blanchard, Mark Edward Sutton, Alfonso Bravo, Walter DeBus
  • Patent number: 8670707
    Abstract: A communication system is provided that allows the use of low-cost, low-power remote terminal units that communicate substantially asynchronously and independently to a base station. To minimize cost and complexity, the remote terminal units are configured similarly, including the use of substantially identical transmission schemes, such as a common Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) code. To minimize collisions among transmissions, the communication system is designed to use a high-gain antenna with a limited field of view, to limit the number of cotemporaneous, or overlapping transmissions that are received at the base station. To cover a wide area, the limited field of view is swept across the area of coverage. To overcome potential losses caused by collisions, the remote terminal units are configured to repeat transmissions; to minimize repeated collisions, the repeat interval and/or duration is randomized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Orbcomm Sens, LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Fleeter, John E. Hanson, Scott A. McDermott, Raymond G. Zenick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8644290
    Abstract: In a coordination-free rendezvous method for a communication network, time is divided into superslots with each superslot being further divided into slots. At least one first-class slot and at least one second-class slot are selected out of the slots of each superslot. The relative position between the first-class slot and the second-class slot is changed every superslot, thereby the first-class slots or the second-class slots between or among devices of the communication network may overlap each other in a periodic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Chun-Ting Chou, Yeo-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 8626230
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes a controller to process a criterion for selecting a point-of-interest (POI). The criterion can be based on historical trip data. Data related to a POI, including a community-of-interest rating, for example, can be accessed through a satellite and terrestrial mobile communication network. Multiple POIs can be graphically represented for user selection based on the criterion and/or other data. Once a POI is selected, data related to the selected POI, including navigation data, can be displayed. In another embodiment, the controller can access navigation data to a specified destination. The navigation data can be based on historical trip data such as route segments and destination areas. The navigation data can be accessed from an in-vehicle system or from a navigation service provider and can be displayed to assist a user in reaching the specified destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Dish Network Corporation
    Inventor: Stefan Bernard Raab
  • Patent number: 8626153
    Abstract: In one non-limiting aspect thereof the exemplary embodiments of this invention provide a method, a computer program product and a mobile station operable in accordance therewith to originate a request at the mobile station to terminate reception of a Multimedia Broadcast/Multimedia Service radio bearer; and to transmit the request to a wireless network that is the source of the Multimedia Broadcast/Multimedia Service radio bearer. In another non-limiting aspect thereof the exemplary embodiments of this invention provide a method, a computer program product and a wireless network node operable in accordance therewith to receive a request from a mobile station to terminate reception of a Multimedia Broadcast/Multimedia Service radio bearer and, in response, to send the mobile station a PACKET TBF RELEASE message that includes an identification of the mobile station and a TBF_RELEASE_CAUSE value defined as Stop Receiving MBMS Radio Bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Core Wireless Licensing, S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Rami Vaittinen, Antero Lundell
  • Patent number: 8626231
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes a controller to process a travel assistance request for communication through a satellite and terrestrial mobile communication network. Data related to multiple assistance providers can be received in response to the request. At least one criterion can be processed for the assistance providers based on, for example, historical trip data. The assistance providers can be graphically represented for user selection based on the criterion. Data related to a selected assistance provider can be displayed, including navigation data to and/or from the assistance provider. In another embodiment, the travel assistance request can be communicated to a service center through the network. The service center can communicate data related to an assistance provider, including navigation data to and/or from the assistance provider. A rating of the assistance provider can be communicated to a specified community-of-interest through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Dish Network Corporation
    Inventor: Stefan Bernard Raab
  • Patent number: 8613030
    Abstract: A wireless video camera system including a single or dual HDTV digital camera; a system for the wireless transmission of uncompressed single or multiple SMPTE 292M, HDSDI data streams over an RF band; and automatic self-pointing transmitting and receiving antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Philip S Kossin, John E Nelson
  • Patent number: 8608439
    Abstract: A system for arranging and operating an array of wind machines to protect crops from damaging weather conditions, such as freezing frost, rain and heat. The method includes a wind machine positioned to force air across the crop. The wind machine is preferably a propeller/tower configuration. The operational method of the wind machine array includes the steps of sensing ambient meteorological and the hardiness of the crop to withstand a particular adverse weather condition and operating the wind machines in response to these factors. Multiples of wind machines are employed in the preferred embodiment of the method, the siting of the wind machines preferably based upon topographic and historical meteorological conditions. The operation of the wind machines can be automatically and remotely operated with the aid of satellite communications including internet links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Daryl G. Hill
  • Patent number: 8606266
    Abstract: A data transmission system for transmitting and receiving data comprising a first communication system configured to transmit and receive, data over a first network and a second communication system configured to transmit and receive data over a second network. The second network has a more contiguous physical coverage than the first network. The system further includes a proxy unit configured to select a routing of user data from a user device through either the first communication system or the second communication system. The proxy unit being configured to select the routing based on a user condition. The user condition may be based on a user preference, a detection of a type of user session (e.g., an SSL session), and/or a travel path of the user. A communication system is selected that provides the best network coverage, including continuity, based on the user condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8594661
    Abstract: A method for establishing radiofrequency links via a telecommunication satellite having several spots, designated a multispot satellite, between at least one terrestrial station and a service area composed of a plurality of elementary covering zones, designated cells, each cell comprising a plurality of terrestrial terminals is disclosed. This type of satellite allows the use of several spots of antennae on board the satellite to cover contiguous geographical zones or cells, instead of a single broad spot. Each cell is associated with a spot to which a frequency band is attributed. In the case of the loss of a spot associated with a cell, designated a faulty cell, the spot (FR1, FR2, FB1, FB2, FV1, FV2) associated with at least one contiguous cell (CR1, CR2, CB1, CB2, CV1, CV2) to the said faulty cell is likewise associated with a part of the said faulty cell so that the area (CPJ?) of said faulty cell is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Eutelsat SA
    Inventors: Hector Fenech, Emmanuel Lance, Jacques Dutronc
  • Patent number: 8576118
    Abstract: Techniques for monitoring transmission performance of a satellite communications systems are provided, including techniques for measuring the primary contributors to the end-to-end SNR, including the uplink SNR, the downlink SNR, and the C/I for each link in the network. These individual measurements are used to estimate satellite effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP), satellite antenna gain-to-noise-temperature (G/T), and loss due to an Earth Terminal pointing error. The EIRP, satellite antenna G/T and loss due to Earth terminal pointing error may then be used to determine operating parameters for the satellite communications network that enable the network to operate more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Miller
  • Patent number: 8559871
    Abstract: Provided are a satellite VSAT apparatus and a control method thereof. The satellite VSAT apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention can switch a modulation type of a signal to be transmitted from an indoor unit (IDU) to the outdoor unit to a linear or non-linear type in a case in which outputting of a transmitted signal is not controlled to an outdoor unit due to limitations, that is, there is no function such as an automatic signal level control in a block up-converter (BUC), a case in which transmission output limitation is large due to a lot of interference requirements for an adjacent channel, a case in which the number of adjacent channels (carriers) is large, or a case in which adjacent channel interference is large due to a frequency in a satellite multi-beam environment and polarization reuse, in a satellite VSAT apparatus system which aims at a low-priced user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Pan Soo Kim, Jae Hee Han, Dae Ig Chang, Ho Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 8543106
    Abstract: Provided is a satellite communication system for obtaining a diversity gain by transmitting a signal applied with STBC. When a signal transmission band of a link between a satellite and a terminal differs from that of a link between a satellite and a repeater, the satellite communication system includes: a satellite for transmitting a first signal encoded to STBC using a band of a link formed between the satellite to a terminal and transmitting a second signal encoded to STBC using a band of a link formed between the satellite to a repeater; and at least one of frequency transforming repeaters for receiving the second signal through the band of the link formed between the satellite to the repeater, transforming the received second signal to a signal with other frequency band, and transmitting the transformed second signal using a band of a link formed to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hee-Wook Kim, Kun-Seok Kang, Do-Seob Ahn
  • Patent number: 8526941
    Abstract: Communications between a terminal and a terrestrial base station are established. The terrestrial base station receives a request to monitor a satellite base station from the terminal. The terrestrial base station grants the request and receives monitoring information for the satellite base station corresponding to the request. Granting of the request may include suspending transmission from the terrestrial base station to the terminal for a period of time sufficient to allow the terminal to request the monitoring information from the satellite base station and receiving monitoring information may include receiving the requested monitoring information at the terrestrial base station via a communications path not including the terminal. Suspending transmission from the terrestrial base station to the terminal may be followed by resuming transmission to the terminal before receiving the monitoring information at the terrestrial base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: ATC Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tseytlin, Santanu Dutta
  • Patent number: 8520631
    Abstract: A mechanism for decreasing the latency in an IP address assignment process for mobile systems using IP as network layer protocol is described. The proposed system is aimed at supporting seamless hand-offs for real-time applications like VOIP. A set of optimized messages is defined to eliminate the need for exchanging long DHCP messages to acquire an IP address. The mechanism involves splitting the IP address assignment functionality into two parts, with the base station being responsible for assigning IP addresses to individual end user devices, and the Mobile Switching Center assigning a block of IP addresses to each base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: XG Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shashidhar R. Gandham, Amit Shukla
  • Publication number: 20130203407
    Abstract: A hybrid satellite communication system in which a hub station transmits signals to remote stations through a satellite at a relatively low frequency which is unaffected by weather effects and in which the remote stations transmit signals to the hub station at a relatively higher frequency which enables the use of more economical equipment at the remote stations. The hub station senses the signal quality or strength received from each remote station and transmits power control signals to remote stations with poor signal strengths to cause such remote stations to increase their output power to overcome weather effects. The power control signals are transmitted on the lower frequency to prevent the power control signals from being masked by the weather effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: George A. Livergood