Airborne Or Aircraft Patents (Class 455/431)
  • Patent number: 10285087
    Abstract: A method of reporting events is provided. The method includes setting at least one defined threshold that warrants an event-generated report associated with sensor data from at least one sensor. An associated event-generated report is generated upon detection of sensor data from the at least one sensor reaching the at least one defined threshold. The event-generated report is stored in a buffer. A summary indicator signal is generated upon detection of a predetermined summary signal condition. The method further includes transmitting the summary indicator signal to a remote location. The summary indicator signal includes information indicating at least the number and types of event-triggered reports that are then currently stored in the buffer. Upon receiving a remote request in response to the summary indicator signal, the method further includes transmitting only those event-triggered reports stored in the buffer requested in the remote request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Jane Song
  • Patent number: 10244402
    Abstract: A network for providing air-to-ground (ATG) wireless communication in various cells may include an in-flight aircraft including an antenna assembly, a plurality of ATG base stations, a plurality of terrestrial base stations. Each of the ATG base stations defines a corresponding radiation pattern, and the ATG base stations are spaced apart from each other to define at least partially overlapping coverage areas to communicate with the antenna assembly in an ATG communication layer defined between a first altitude and a second altitude. The terrestrial base stations are configured to communicate primarily in a ground communication layer below the first altitude. The terrestrial base stations and the ATG base stations are each configured to communicate using the same radio frequency (RF) spectrum in the ground communication layer and ATG communication layer, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stone, Douglas Hyslop
  • Patent number: 10217342
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an individual in a dwelling so as to know when such individual falls or indicates the need of assistance. A plurality of 3D motion and sound sensors are located in the dwelling and provide data to a computerized monitoring system. The sensors are configured to recognize one or more biometric identifiers of the individual being monitored, which are used to track the individual's movement. When the monitoring system detects that the individual has fallen or gestured for assistance, a computerized communication system alerts the individual, a caregiver, or other designated person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Kusens
  • Patent number: 10210764
    Abstract: A device can receive, from an aerial vehicle, information related to the aerial vehicle. The information can be used by the device to manage use of an aerial RF signal by multiple aerial vehicles. The device can determine other information related to the aerial vehicle. The device can determine a base station, of a set of base stations, or a channel, of a set of channels associated with the base station, the aerial vehicle is to use to communicate. Each of the set of channels can have a different beam width. Different channels, of the set of channels, can be used by the aerial vehicle at different altitudes. The device can provide a set of instructions to the aerial vehicle to cause the aerial vehicle to use the base station or the channel to communicate. The device can perform an action other than providing the set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Weisbrod, Joshua J. Crans
  • Patent number: 10212610
    Abstract: A telecommunications system comprises: at least one station placed on a stationary high-altitude platform comprising propulsion means for remaining stationary around a specified point, the station being suitable for establishing at least one direct bidirectional communication link with another stationary high-altitude platform station; at least one network gateway station on the ground, for setting up communications between a core network and at least one station placed on a stationary high-altitude platform; a plurality of stations placed in drifting balloons for establishing a direct bidirectional communication link with at least one station placed on a stationary high-altitude platform or/and at least one other station placed in a drifting balloon; and a plurality of user terminals for establishing a direct bidirectional communication link with a station placed on a stationary high-altitude platform or/and at least one station placed in a drifting balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Jean-Didier Gayrard
  • Patent number: 10200853
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing multiple user access control entities or clients. For example, in one embodiment, a “wallet” of electronic subscriber identity modules (eSIMs) may be stored and used at a user device and/or distributed to other devices for use thereon. In another embodiment, a networked server may store and distribute eSIM to a plurality of user devices in communication therewith. A database of available eSIM is maintained at the wallet entity and/or at the network which enables request for a particular eSIM to be processed and various rules for the distribution thereof to be implemented. Security precautions are implemented to protect both user and network carrier specific data as the data is transmitted between networked entities. Solutions for eSIM backup and restoration are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan V. Schell, David T. Haggerty
  • Patent number: 10157616
    Abstract: A method for displaying received radio voice messages onboard an aircraft is provided. The method post-processes, by at least one processor onboard the aircraft, a set of speech recognition (SR) hypothetical data to increase accuracy of an associated SR system, by: obtaining, by the at least one processor, secondary source data from a plurality of secondary sources; comparing, by the at least one processor, the set of SR hypothetical data to the secondary source data; and identifying, by the at least one processor, an aircraft tail number using the set of SR hypothetical data and the secondary source data; identifies, by the at least one processor, a subset of the received radio voice messages including the tail number; and presents, via a display device onboard the aircraft, the subset using distinguishing visual characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jitender Kumar Agarwal, Vasantha Selvi Paulraj, Kiran Gopala Krishna, Chaya Garg, Roger W. Burgin, Robert E De Mers
  • Patent number: 10148653
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for authenticating aircraft communications using detected difference of on board electronics. One embodiment is a method that includes detecting a request for an exchange of data between an aircraft and an off-board system, and selecting a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) of the aircraft based on at least one parameter of the request. The method also includes issuing a challenge to a Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) connected with at least one electronic component of the LRU, and obtaining a hardware signature based on a response of the at least one electronic component of the LRU to the challenge. The PUF derives the hardware signature from a unique physical property of the at least one electronic component. The method further includes validating the hardware signature to authenticate the request and initiate the exchange of data between the aircraft and the off-board system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jack Lawson, Timothy M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10109164
    Abstract: Systems and methods of notification and alert activation and delivery via transmission to users wearing technology designed for single and/or multiple media types are contemplated in which (a) a communication pathway is established, for instance either a wireless receiver and/or transceiver and/or a physical (e.g., wired) connection, that (b) allows an activation method type to provide an alert/notification to one-to-many persons (i.e., users) and/or, one-to-many devices in an addressable manner. The overall method consists of devices (including for example, wearable media with external and/or integrated delivery technology) that are actively listening on a communication pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Darryl Dwight Brayton
  • Patent number: 10084531
    Abstract: A communication network may include a satellite configured to provide a plurality of satellite cells within a satellite coverage area, and one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) configured to fly within the satellite coverage area. Each UAV is configured to fly over one of the satellite cells. A resource allocation system may be configured to dynamically allocate at least a portion of a frequency spectrum between the satellite and the UAV(s). Each UAV provides a plurality of UAV cells within a satellite cell in response to the resource allocation system allocating the frequency spectrum (or portion thereof) to the UAV(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ying J. Feria, David Whelan, Mike T. Trujillo, John M. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10078951
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an individual in a dwelling so as to know when such individual falls or indicates the need of assistance. A plurality of 3D motion and sound sensors are located in the dwelling and provide data to a computerized monitoring system. The sensors are configured to recognize one or more biometric identifiers of the individual being monitored. When the monitoring system detects that the individual has fallen or gestured, a computerized communication system contacts the individual to determine the need to send assistance to help the individual. Where assistance is required the system automatics contacts the previously designated caregiver for the individual and can also contact emergency personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Kusens
  • Patent number: 10069843
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating information are disclosed. An example method can comprise receiving information at a first device based on a first protocol. The information can be translated, at the first device, for communication to a second device based on a second protocol. A determination can be made as to whether the information matches a criterion associated with a transportation device. The information can be provided to the second device based on the second protocol and a determination that the information matches the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark D. Yerger, Ted McFann, Joseph W. Slavinsky, Joshua Beckman Kendrick, Scot A. Struminger
  • Patent number: 10069347
    Abstract: Provided are a power transmitting device, a power receiving device, a power supply system, and a power supply method able to supply electric power by emitting electromagnetic waves. A power transmitting device comprises: a calculating unit for calculating the maximum value for the emitted output of electromagnetic waves meeting exposure standards on the basis of a response delay time measured by the communication link between the power transmitting device and a power receiving device; a power transmitting unit for transmitting power via a power supply link with the power receiving device at an output not exceeding the maximum value; an anomaly detecting unit for detecting an anomaly in the power supply link on the basis of communication with the power receiving device via the communication link; and an output control unit for controlling the output on the basis of the detection of an anomaly in the power supply link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daiju Nakano, Nobuyuki Ohba, Kohji Takano
  • Patent number: 10057783
    Abstract: A network for providing air-to-ground (ATG) wireless communication in various cells may include an in-flight aircraft including an antenna assembly, a plurality of ATG base stations, a plurality of terrestrial base stations. Each of the ATG base stations defines a corresponding radiation pattern, and the ATG base stations are spaced apart from each other to define at least partially overlapping coverage areas to communicate with the antenna assembly in an ATG communication layer defined between a first altitude and a second altitude. The terrestrial base stations are configured to communicate primarily in a ground communication layer below the first altitude. The terrestrial base stations and the ATG base stations are each configured to communicate using the same radio frequency (RF) spectrum in the ground communication layer and ATG communication layer, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stone, Douglas Hyslop
  • Patent number: 10045227
    Abstract: A marine communication system has an on-shore base station providing a long-range network, an Internet router connecting the base station to an Internet network, a plurality of first fishing boats in a cluster, each having an onboard Access Router, and at least one second boat in the cluster equipped with Adaptive Backhaul Equipment, including a directional antenna and a backhaul transceiver capable of accessing the network provided by the base station. The access routers provide communication with communication devices used by fishermen aboard the boats, and at least one Access Router communicates with the equipment aboard the at least one second boat in the cluster, thereby providing Internet connectivity and email, voice, text and video communication through the base station and the Internet network, to the fishermen aboard the boats in the cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Inventors: Sethuraman N. Rao, Maneesha Vinodini Ramesh, P. Venkat Rangan
  • Patent number: 10036642
    Abstract: An automated vehicle (AV) can be managed by a backend system and include an acceleration, braking, and steering system, an AV control system to maneuver the AV through road traffic throughout a given region, a memory to store a network resource map indicating locations of base stations and available network types providing coverage from the base stations throughout the given region, a communications array to transmit and receive communications from the backend system, and a communications system. The communications system can utilize the network resource map to dynamically select optimal network types from proximate base stations to communicate data with the backend system, and dynamically configure the communications array to connect with the optimal network types to transmit and receive data with the backend system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ross, Michael Aitken
  • Patent number: 10009716
    Abstract: A system including at least one smart device. The at least one smart device includes one or more programmable elements. The at least one smart device is configured to receive one or more customization instructions from a user device. The at least one smart device configures the one or more programmable elements in response to the customization instructions. Communicating between the user device and at least one smart device provides a seamless and integrated experience based on preferences or suggestions from user data analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: James E. Niles
  • Patent number: 10003973
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing security in a wireless network for fixed aircraft components, having a wireless access point located in the aircraft and defining the boundaries of the wireless network, a wireless remote node fixedly located within the aircraft and communicating with the wireless network, and a fixed security node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Luke Patrick Bolton
  • Patent number: 9992778
    Abstract: For allocating resources for a downlink communication on a frequency selective channel from an access point of a wireless telecommunications network to a communication device located in a moving conveyance performing a journey on a path, a processing device performs: obtaining a first interference profile according to a position of the moving conveyance on the path, said first interference profile being representative of interference on said downlink communication implied by at least one interferer located along the path; obtaining a second interference profile, said second interference profile being representative of interference on said downlink communication implied by at least one interferer located in the moving conveyance; and allocating the resources for said downlink communication, on the basis of the first and second interference profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Loic Brunel, Nicolas Gresset
  • Patent number: 9978011
    Abstract: A system to monitor and report asset inventory and status on board a vehicle, for example, an aircraft. This system has low weight and provides high reliability. Energy harvesting is provided for applications where it is difficult to connect to a power source. In one embodiment, a sensor communicates with the asset. An RFID tag is affixed to the asset and communicates with the asset. The RFID tag containing digitally stored information about the asset. An RFID reader mounted to the vehicle and positioned such that the RFID tag is within communication range with the RFID reader. A data delivery system effective to digitally transmit information from the RFID reader to a data collection system. A secure interface disposed between the data collection system and a communication system with the communication system effective to transmit the information to a flight crew, a ground crew and/or a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Jouper
  • Patent number: 9947200
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an individual in a dwelling so as to know when such individual falls or indicates the need of assistance. A plurality of 3D motion and sound sensors are located in the dwelling and provide data to a computerized monitoring system. The sensors are configured to recognize one or more biometric identifiers of the individual being monitored. When the monitoring system detects that the individual has fallen or gestured, a computerized communication system contacts the individual to determine the need to send assistance to help the individual. Where assistance is required the system automatics contacts the previously designated caregiver for the individual and can also contact emergency personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Kusens
  • Patent number: 9930158
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system facilitates hands-free interaction with a mobile device in a vehicle or elsewhere. Users interact with the system by speaking to it. The system processes text and processes commands. The system supports Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free use. The system handles telephone calls, email, and SMS text messages. The user can customize the device via a user profile stored on an Internet web server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: RIDETONES, INC.
    Inventor: Otman A. Basir
  • Patent number: 9913149
    Abstract: Aspects described herein relate to a network for providing air-to-ground wireless communication in various cells. The network includes a first base station array, each base station of which includes a respective first antenna array defining a directional radiation pattern that is oriented in a first direction, wherein each base station of the first base station array is disposed spaced apart from another base station of the first base station array along the first direction by a first distance. The network also includes a similar second base station array where the second base station array extends substantially parallel to the first base station array and is spaced apart from the first base station array by a second distance to form continuous and at least partially overlapping cell coverage areas between respective base stations of the first and second base station arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Hyslop
  • Patent number: 9900080
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments may help an aerial vehicle network to provide substantially continuous service in a given geographic area. An example method may be carried out at an aerial vehicle that is at a location associated with the first geographic area in an aerial network that includes a plurality of geographic areas. The balloon may determine that it should update its vehicle-state in accordance with a vehicle-state profile for the first geographic area. Then, in response, the balloon may determine the vehicle-state profile for the first geographic area, which may include one or more state parameters for balloons operating in the first geographic area. The balloon may then operate according to the vehicle-state profile for the first geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Richard Wayne DeVaul, Clifford L. Biffle, Josh Weaver
  • Patent number: 9886862
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to aviation communications are included. A computing device can receive position data indicating a position of an aerial vehicle. The position can include an altitude. The computing device can determine, from a plurality of possible airspace classifications, a first airspace classification at the position of the aerial vehicle, where each airspace classification specifies one or more communication parameters for communication within an associated airspace. The computing device can select, from a plurality of communication repositories, a first communication repository that is associated with the first airspace classification, where each communication repository specifies a set of pre-defined communication components for at least one associated airspace classification. The computing device can generate a communication related to the aerial vehicle using the first communication repository. The computing device can send the generated communication to at least one recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: James Burgess, Chirath Thouppuarachchi, Gregory Whiting
  • Patent number: 9853713
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to form and manage different types of beams toward target ground terminals to “optimally” communicate with the terminals. In one set of embodiments, the UAV generates a set of beams to cover cells on the ground, the beams are divided into groups, and the UAV communications system deterministically and sequentially turns a subset of the beams on/off to reduce cross-beam interference and increase system throughput. In another embodiment, in order to increase throughput, the UAV communications system determines the highest data rate on the downlink and uplink that are decodable at the receiver given the received signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) while maintaining a low packet error rate. Systems and methods are described to determine the UAV antenna pattern toward different terminals needed for SINR calculation and data rate determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ubiqomm LLC
    Inventor: Ahmad Jalali
  • Patent number: 9843887
    Abstract: A base station comprises: a transmitter configured to transmit, to a user terminal, a measurement request for requesting a measurement of a reception intensity of a signal transmitted from another user terminal that performs D2D communication; a receiver configured to receive, from the user terminal, measurement information indicating the reception intensity measured on the basis of the measurement request; and a controller configured to determine on the basis of the measurement information whether or not the user terminal is able to perform the D2D communication. The controller controls to instruct the D2D communication to be performed when determining that the user terminal is able to perform the D2D communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Noriyoshi Fukuta
  • Patent number: 9843380
    Abstract: Methods for controlling directional antennas (and systems for performing same) may include one or more operations including, but not limited to: determining a location of an aircraft using a Kalman filter; selecting at least one communication tower for air-to-ground communication; computing a vector between the location of the aircraft and at least one selected communication tower; and configuring a directional antenna of an aircraft to correspond to the vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9826407
    Abstract: Methods and systems disclosed herein relate to determining a projected change in bandwidth demand in a specified area during a specified future time period, repositioning one or more balloons in a high-altitude balloon network based on the projected change in bandwidth demand, and providing, using the one or more balloons, at least a portion of the bandwidth demanded in the specified area during the specified future time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Eric Teller, William Graham Patrick
  • Patent number: 9749984
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein that may help to provide location-aware caching and/or location-specific service profiles in an aerial-vehicle network. An exemplary method may be carried out by an aerial vehicle that is at a location associated with the first geographic area in an aerial-vehicle network that includes a plurality of defined geographic areas, and may involve: (a) determining that a location-aware cache of an aerial vehicle should be updated with user-data associated with the first geographic area; and (b) in response to determining that the location-aware cache should be updated: (i) sending a location-aware cache-update request; (ii) receiving, as a response to the location-aware cache-update request, user-data that corresponds to the first geographic area; and (iii) storing the user-data that corresponds to the first geographic area in a location-aware cache of the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Richard Wayne DeVaul, Clifford L. Biffle, Josh Weaver
  • Patent number: 9741227
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an individual in a dwelling so as to know when such individual falls or indicates the need of assistance. A plurality of 3D motion and sound sensors are located in the dwelling and provide data to a computerized monitoring system. The sensors are configured to recognize one or more biometric identifiers of the individual being monitored. When the monitoring system detects that the individual has fallen or gestured, a computerized communication system contacts the individual to determine the need to send assistance to help the individual. Where assistance is required the system automatics contacts the previously designated caregiver for the individual and can also contact emergency personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventor: Neil Kusens
  • Patent number: 9736854
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for providing network access services to mobile users via mobile terminals over a satellite system. In embodiments, dynamic multiplexing of traffic from fixed terminals and mobile users on the same satellite beam can take advantage of statistical multiplexing of large numbers of users and on different usage patterns between fixed terminals and mobile users. In embodiments, quality-of-service (QoS) is controlled for mobile devices at a per-user level. Mobile users may be provisioned on the satellite system according to a set of traffic policies based on their service level agreement (SLA). System resources of the satellite may be allocated to mobile users based on the demand of each mobile user and the set of traffic polices associated with each mobile user, regardless of which mobile terminal is used to access the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey Ryan Johnson, Brian T. Sleight, Thomas Duncan Lookabaugh, James Esserman, William F. Sullivan, Meherwan Polad
  • Patent number: 9730077
    Abstract: A network for providing air-to-ground (ATG) wireless communication in various cells may include an in-flight aircraft including an antenna assembly, a plurality of ATG base stations, a plurality of terrestrial base stations. Each of the ATG base stations defines a corresponding radiation pattern, and the ATG base stations are spaced apart from each other to define at least partially overlapping coverage areas to communicate with the antenna assembly in an ATG communication layer defined between a first altitude and a second altitude. The terrestrial base stations are configured to communicate primarily in a ground communication layer below the first altitude. The terrestrial base stations and the ATG base stations are each configured to communicate using the same radio frequency (RF) spectrum in the ground communication layer and ATG communication layer, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stone, Douglas Hyslop
  • Patent number: 9716926
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote query of weather conditions at an agricultural machine use an onboard telemetry unit as a gateway for communication with the machine. The telemetry unit can be coupled to both the machine's electrical system at the machine, and a machine's controller area network (CAN). A user can call up the machine's telemetry unit using a cell phone or personal computer to retrieve weather data such as temperature, humidity and rainfall from a weather station coupled to the machine. A system can provide an alert when a desired predetermined condition is present at a machine, for example an alert that a harvesting or baling condition is present. The system can also enable an operator or fleet manager to check the state of various devices or apparatus at a machine, enabling remote diagnostics via the onboard telemetry unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald R. Johnson, Grant L. Good, Timothy Dan Buhler
  • Patent number: 9711998
    Abstract: Provided are a power transmitting device, a power receiving device, a power supply system, and a power supply method able to supply electric power by emitting electromagnetic waves. A power transmitting device (110) comprises: a calculating unit (122) for calculating the maximum value for the emitted output of electromagnetic waves meeting exposure standards on the basis of a response delay time measured by the communication link between the power transmitting device (110) and a power receiving device (150); a power transmitting unit (128) for transmitting power via a power supply link with the power receiving device (150) at an output not exceeding the maximum value; an anomaly detecting unit (126) for detecting an anomaly in the power supply link on the basis of communication with the power receiving device (150) via the communication link; and an output control unit (124) for controlling the output on the basis of the detection of an anomaly in the power supply link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daiju Nakano, Nobuyuki Ohba, Kohji Takano
  • Patent number: 9658618
    Abstract: Innovative new systems and method of operating the systems, wherein the system comprises an airborne platform comprising an unmanned balloon; a payload that is separate from the unmanned balloon; a transceiver; a flight termination device; at least two separate power sources; a sensor; a processor; a pump; a valve; and an object that when broken separates the unmanned balloon and the payload, are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SPACE DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerald M. Knoblach, Eric A. Frische, Bruce Alan Barkley
  • Patent number: 9643706
    Abstract: Innovative new systems and method of operating the systems, wherein the system comprises an airborne platform comprising an unmanned balloon; a payload that is separate from the unmanned balloon; a transceiver; first and second flight termination devices; at least two separate power sources for the first and second flight termination devices; a sensor; a processor; a pump; a valve; and a tether that when broken separates the unmanned balloon and the payload, are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: SPACE DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerald M. Knoblach, Eric A. Frische, Bruce Alan Barkley
  • Patent number: 9635706
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining control policies for a fleet of vehicles are provided. In one example, a method is provided that comprises receiving a sequence of coverage requirements for a region and an associated period of time, and receiving an initial location of one or more vehicles of a fleet of vehicles. The method may further include determining a control policy for each of the one or more vehicles. Additionally, based on the determined control policies and the initial locations, one or more estimated distributions of the fleet of vehicles at respective phases within the period of time may be determined. According to the method, a score associated with the control policies may be determined based on a comparison between the estimated distributions and corresponding desired distributions of the sequence of coverage requirements. In some examples, the control policies may also be revised using an optimization technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Keith Allen Bonawitz
  • Patent number: 9627778
    Abstract: An air-to-ground network communication device may include a conductive groundplane and an antenna element. The conductive groundplane may be disposed to be substantially parallel to a surface of the earth. The antenna element may extend substantially perpendicularly away from the groundplane and may have an effective length between about 1?, to about 1.5?. The antenna element may be disposed at a distance of about 0.5? to about 1? from the groundplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Schmidt, Gerard James Hayes
  • Patent number: 9622277
    Abstract: A method for matching a ground station to an aerial vehicle for establishment of a backhaul link to an airborne network involves: (i) determining location information for a ground station that is configured to provide a backhaul link to an airborne mesh network, (ii) determining flight data for one or more of the aerial vehicles in the airborne mesh network, (iii) based at least in part on the combination of (a) the location information for the ground station and (b) the flight data for the one or more of the aerial vehicles, selecting a flight with which the ground station should establish a backhaul link to the airborne network, and (iv) generating a link-assignment message that comprises instructions for the ground station to establish a backhaul link between the ground station and an aerial vehicle carrying out the selected flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Zhifeng Sun, Jun Gong, Fei Ye, Jeff Gilbert
  • Patent number: 9572006
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the deployment of a plurality of wireless communication devices in order to provide a wireless mesh communications network. According to various embodiments, deployment of the communications devices is made by parachutes suitably adapted for the purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Joel Conus
  • Patent number: 9542851
    Abstract: A flight management system is modified so that it can deal with an unpredicted current event happening to an airplane based on non-standard maneuvers that have been carried out previously by other airplanes in similar circumstances. This allows the flight management system to adaptively or dynamically respond to a variety of flight path changes rather than rely solely on a set of fixed responses to predictable events during a flight. Specifically, the flight management system is configured to provide procedural recommendations to a flight crew in real time based on collaboratively filtered historical data such that the flight crew can make smarter choices while operating airplanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Geun Il Kim, Tay Pham, Timothy C. Rohr
  • Patent number: 9516513
    Abstract: Method and system for provided a long range, high capacity ad-hoc mobile communication network where a narrow antenna beam formed by a plurality of antenna elements, radio transceivers and digital spatial signal processing is used to provide a high accuracy positioning system integrated into the communication system. The relative positions and directive orientation of all the units in the network is done by mutual exchange of positioning data as an element in the communication protocol in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Radionor Communications AS
    Inventors: Atle Sægrov, Roger Kamben
  • Patent number: 9503175
    Abstract: An aerospace communication system comprises a communication management unit; a first communication device configured to transmit and receive data over a first communication network; and a second communication device configured to transmit and receive data over a second communication network. The first communication device is coupled to a corresponding interface of the communication management unit. The second communication device is communicatively separated from the communication management unit by the first communication device such that the communication management unit is unaware of the second communication device. The first communication device includes routing logic configured to determine whether to send each message received from the communication management unit over the first communication network or to the second communication device for transmission over the second communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Judd, Sandra J. Howe-Ryberg, Darshan Gandhi
  • Patent number: 9487295
    Abstract: A wireless media distribution system for a passenger vehicle including a media server and a plurality of transmitters adapted to wirelessly transmit media signals representative of media delivered from the media server. Each transmitter is adapted to direct a media signal to a selected passenger location or a group of passenger locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: William James Sim, Nigel Greig, Robert David Beck, Mark Nicklin
  • Patent number: 9430949
    Abstract: A verbal taxi clearance system for an aircraft and a method of controlling the same are provided. The system, for example, may include, but is not limited to a communication system, and a processor communicatively coupled to the communication system, the processor configured to receive, from the communication system, first audio data from air traffic control, convert the first audio data from air traffic control into first taxi route data, receive second audio data from a cockpit of the aircraft, convert the second audio data into second taxi route data, compare the first taxi route data to the second taxi route data, output, when the first taxi route data matches the second taxi route data, a taxi route corresponding to the first and second taxi route data, and generate an alert when the first taxi route data does not match the second taxi route data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Erik T. Nelson, Chaya Garg, Jeff Lancaster
  • Patent number: 9386498
    Abstract: A device detects poor coverage associated with a source radio access technology (RAT) with which the device is connected, and connects to a target RAT. The device also measures the source RAT for a time period after connecting to the target RAT, and sends, based on the measurements, one or more measurement reports to the target RAT, where the target RAT forwards the one or more measurement reports to the source RAT. Alternatively, or additionally, the target RAT may detect that the handover was triggered too early and may inform the source RAT or command the UE to return to the source RAT. The device further stops the measuring and the sending when the time period expires. In this way, IRAT handover parameters may be automatically or manually tuned to minimize the number of handovers triggered too early, which may result in a more efficient cell configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Jose Alonso-Rubio, Kristina Zetterberg
  • Patent number: 9369941
    Abstract: A moving cellular communication system comprising at least one upgraded moving relay including at least two base station functionalities and at least one mobile station functionality and a relay resource manager, all co-located, wherein each base station functionality of the upgraded moving relay is operative to communicate via antennae with at least one mobile station thereby to define a first radio link therebetween, and wherein each base station functionality has a connection to its relay resource manager, wherein each mobile station functionality of the upgraded moving relay communicates via antennae with a unit which has base station functionality thereby to define at least one second radio link, respectively, wherein the relay resource manager in each individual moving relay comprises a radio resource manager; and functionality for exchanging information with relay resource managers is included in moving relays other than the individual moving relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: ELTA SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Yaakov Shoshan, Adi Schwartz, Gil Koifman
  • Patent number: 9312947
    Abstract: A network for providing high speed data communications may include multiple terrestrial transmission stations that are located within overlapping communications range and a mobile receiver station. The terrestrial transmission stations provide a continuous and uninterrupted high speed data communications link with the mobile receiver station employing a wireless radio access network protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SMARTSKY NETWORKS, LLC
    Inventor: Donald L. Alcorn
  • Patent number: 9302782
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and apparatus for providing distributed airborne wireless communications are provided herein. In some embodiments, a communication fleet includes: an airborne communication payload subdivided into multiple payload sections; and a plurality of airborne platforms each including a payload section, wherein each airborne platform comprises an airframe, a propulsion system, a power system, and flight control electronics, wherein the propulsion system is configured to provide propulsion power and thrust to maintain level flight, ascend, descend and maneuver the airborne platform, wherein the power system provides electrical power to the propulsion system, the flight control electronics, and the payload section, and wherein the flight control electronics provide capability to control a position, speed, and flight pattern of the airborne platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SUNLIGHT PHOTONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sergey V. Frolov, Michael Cyrus, Allan J. Bruce, John Peter Moussouris