Location Monitoring Patents (Class 455/456.1)
  • Patent number: 10212548
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide navigational guidance to reach a package located inside a building. Low-energy wireless transmitting devices (e.g., Bluetooth devices) are used to transmit their identifiers. Some of the devices are placed at known locations inside the building; and some of the devices are attached to packages. When a mobile device detects the identifier of a device placed at a known location and the identifier of a device attached to the package, the location of the package is identified and recorded based on the known location of the device. Navigational guidance is provided to a mobile device of a user to reach the package based on the recorded location of the package and/or the location of any of the devices the mobile device can detect within the communication range from the current location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: OneMarket Network LLC
    Inventor: Erik Davin Kokkonen
  • Patent number: 10212550
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure support improving determination of a location of a driver device that performs bandwidth constrained communication with a server, based on sensor data acquired by the driver device. The driver device reduces dimensionality of the acquired sensor data before transmitting the sensor data to the server over a communication network. The server receives GPS data and compressed sensor data from the driver device, and determines a quality metric related to the GPS data. Based on the quality metric, the server increases dimensionality of the compressed sensor data to reconstruct original sensor data acquired by the driver device. The server than augments the GPS data with the reconstructed sensor data, and determines location information of the driver device based on the augmented data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivasan Rajagopal, Mohammed Waleed Kadous
  • Patent number: 10212118
    Abstract: Notifying a user about a previous conversation includes based on an analysis of the previous conversation between a first user and second user determining a characterization between the first user and the second user, in response to the first user selecting, via a user device, an option to open a subsequent conversation with the second user, notifying the first user via an alert as to the characterization of the previous conversation that the first user had with the second user before reengaging the second user in a subsequent conversation, and based on an analysis of the subsequent conversation between the first user and the second user, updating the characterization to a current characterization in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pamela A. Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 10204309
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves a method of verifying user check-ins to a venue. The method includes initializing a digital check-in chain for a venue. The method includes expanding, electronically by a processor, the check-in chain with a plurality of check-in entries that each correspond to a visit to the venue by a respective user. Each check-in entry on the check-in chain is generated in response to one or more preceding check-in entries on the check-in chain. The method includes detecting fraudulent check-in entries in response to a split in the check-in chain. The method includes removing the fraudulent check-in entries from the check-in chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: John Hastings Granbery
  • Patent number: 10206195
    Abstract: Determining a location quality based on base station identification is disclosed. The location quality can be based on an error attributed to a location determined based on historical data related to an identified base station. Application of supplemental data to the historical base station data can improve location quality by reducing the error. Supplemental data can comprise Voronoi data, geographic data, historical UE density data, historical UE timing advance data, or combinations thereof. Voronoi data can be associated with an area less than a service area of the base station. Geographic data can indicate areas where UEs are not likely to be located. UE density data can indicate probably UE locations. Timing advance data can indicate annular regions where a UE should be located. As such, the supplemental data can constrain a location determined for a UE and correspondingly can reduce error associated with the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, William Cottrill, Rick Tipton
  • Patent number: 10204626
    Abstract: A dictation device includes: an audio input device configured to receive a voice utterance including a plurality of words; a video input device configured to receive video of lip motion during the voice utterance; a memory portion; a controller configured according to instructions in the memory portion to generate first data packets including an audio stream representative of the voice utterance and a video stream representative of the lip motion; and a transceiver for sending the first data packets to a server end device and receiving second data packets including combined dictation based upon the audio stream and the video stream from the server end device. In the combined dictation, first dictation generated based upon the audio stream has been corrected by second dictation generated based upon the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Yuichiro Takayanagi, Masashi Kusaka
  • Patent number: 10206132
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a method for performing a measurement through a Discovery Reference Signal (DRS) performed by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system includes receiving DRS Measurement Timing Configuration (DMTC) information in relation to a DRS measurement time from a base station (BS) in order to perform a measurement using the DRS; receiving the DRS from one or more cells in a specific carrier frequency based on the received DRS Measurement Timing Configuration information; performing a measurement through the received DRS; and reporting the measurement result to the BS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonghyun Park, Joonkui Ahn, Yunjung Yi, Kijun Kim, Hyangsun You
  • Patent number: 10204137
    Abstract: A data collection system that provides the means to collect, store and make data available for a location analytics inference pipeline. The system incorporates a feedback mechanism enabling algorithms produced from the inference pipeline to drive the collection strategy to yield higher data quality and to produce reference data for model validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: David Shim, Brad Bicknell, George Varghese, Nick Gerner, Weilie Yi
  • Patent number: 10200545
    Abstract: A volume adjustment method and apparatus, and a terminal is presented. Perform analysis on the collected sound signal surrounding a user terminal, to obtain composition information, where the composition information includes sound types included in the sound signal and proportions of sounds of the various types, and the sound types include blank sound, human sound, and noise; determine a current scene mode of the user terminal according to the composition information; and adjust volume of the user terminal according to the determined scene mode, thereby significantly reducing occurrence of a case, caused by mistaken determining of the scenario, in which play volume adjustment does not conform to the scenario, and enhancing user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Liu
  • Patent number: 10200963
    Abstract: A user device may determine an access point within communication range of the user device; determine whether location information, associated with the access point, is stored by the user device in the data structure; and obtain, based on the determination that the location information is not stored by the user device, a location of the user device. When obtaining the location information of the user device, the user device may invoke location identification hardware. The user device may store the obtained location information of the user device, in the data structure, as location information corresponding to the access point; obtain, based on the determination that the location information is stored in the data structure, the location information of the user device from the data structure; generate a location record identifying the location of the user device; and store or output the location record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Ashish R. Gandhi
  • Patent number: 10200817
    Abstract: A method includes receiving wireless signals from consumer devices that are in communicable range of the merchant device. The wireless signals each include a unique identifier associated with one of the consumer devices. The method further comprises generating signal strength data that includes one signal strength value associated with the unique identifier of each of the wireless signals, storing the signal strength data in a data storage device, analyzing the signal strength data to determine how many of the consumer devices achieved various signal strength levels, determining a threshold signal strength value based on the analysis, determining a consumer device is present within a physical area when a subsequent wireless signal from a subsequent consumer device is greater than the threshold signal strength value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Yishai Santeri Lerner, Ulf Schwekendiek, Tuomas Santeri Artman
  • Patent number: 10200964
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments include apparatuses, systems and/or methods of Fine Timing Measurement (FTM). For example, a first wireless station may be configured to transmit an FTM request message to a second wireless station; to transmit a first Non Data Packet (NDP) to the second wireless station; to process an FTM response message from the second wireless station; and to process a second NDP from the second wireless station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL IP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuval Amizur
  • Patent number: 10200829
    Abstract: A data pushing method and a related apparatus are provided. The data pushing method includes: obtaining, by a terminal, a target identifier of a target positioning base station; obtaining, by the terminal, a broadcast data stream delivered by an access device, where the broadcast data stream includes information data corresponding to identifiers of multiple positioning base stations; and extracting, by the terminal from the broadcast data stream, target information data corresponding to the target identifier. According to the present disclosure, spectrum resources are reduced, and server load is lightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yunsheng Kuang, Yu Zhu
  • Patent number: 10194267
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and method for adaptive oversight of physical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BI Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph P. Newell, James J. Buck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10194274
    Abstract: An objective of the present application is to provide a method and device for providing a wireless access point. The method includes: acquiring one or more wireless access points corresponding to target location information; loading at least one of the one or more wireless access points into map information corresponding to the target location information; and providing the map information loaded with the wireless access point. Compared with the prior art, in the present application, wireless access points corresponding to target location information are loaded into corresponding map information, and the map information loaded with the wireless access points is provided to corresponding user equipment, so that a user in need may intuitively know spatial locations of the wireless access points by using the map information and may further perform a corresponding subsequent operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI LIANSHANG NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: FaYou Zhang, Yuquan Wan
  • Patent number: 10194306
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to wireless communication. In some aspects, a wireless communication device may transfer to a suppress mode based at least in part on determining that a condition associated with the suppress mode is satisfied. In some aspects, the wireless communication device may suppress, during the suppress mode, generation of a notification by a modem of the wireless communication device that is to provide network status information to a particular processor of the wireless communication device. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Ravi Kanth Ventrapragada, Nagarjuna Chaganti, Sivakanth Vaka, Nirupama Locanindi
  • Patent number: 10191135
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a wireless network-based positioning method and positioning apparatus. The positioning method includes: obtaining time information used for determining a current location of a to-be-positioned node, where the time information records times of arrival of a first sounding signal; determining time differences of arrival of the first sounding signal at the at least three anchor nodes according to recorded historical information and the time information; and determining the current location of the to-be-positioned node according to locations of the at least three anchor nodes and the time differences of arrival of the first sounding signal at the at least three anchor nodes. By means of the present disclosure, time differences of arrival of a sounding signal at different anchor nodes can be accurately determined, thereby determining an accurate location of a to-be-positioned node and avoiding synchronization between the anchor nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xun Yang, Yanping Jiang, Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10192416
    Abstract: Systems and methods are introduced for indoor positioning and tracking of devices and objects using a multi-band wireless networking system. In an embodiment, multiple wireless networking devices are interconnected via a dedicated wireless backhaul to collectively form a single multi-band wireless network providing broad coverage to a client device. The multiple wireless networking devices of the system are coordinated via the dedicated backhaul, for example to manage time synchronization of signals received from the wireless networking devices that are indicative of a position of a client device or object. By coordinating the wireless networking devices via the dedicated backhaul and applying positioning processes to the received signals, a position of the client device or object is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NETGEAR, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Amalan Arul Emmanuel, Peiman Amini
  • Patent number: 10194272
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and apparatuses for peer discovery in transactional mobile applications are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of peer discovery includes receiving from a server, at a first device, a meeting location and information for communication with a second device, obtaining a series of location data related to the second device, where the location data is based on a non-device-to-device positioning, determining whether to perform a direct device-to-device positioning with the second device using the meeting location and information for communication with the second device, performing a series of last-stretch direct device-to-device positioning measurements between the first device and the second device in response to a determination to perform the direct device-to-device positioning with the second device, and identifying the second device based on the series of last-stretch device-to-device positioning measurements between the first device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Weihua Gao, Ju-Yong Do, Meghna Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10187529
    Abstract: Systems and methods performed by an IP telephony system allow a user to request that his IP telephony device be set into a conference calling mode for an indefinite period of time. When the user's IP telephony device is in the conference calling mode, all parties that attempt to call the user's IP telephony device are added to a conference bridge tied to the user's IP telephony device. All incoming calls are treated in this fashion until the user cancels the conference calling mode and returns to a normal calling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Vonage Business Inc.
    Inventor: Nehar Arora
  • Patent number: 10187751
    Abstract: Communication network architectures, systems and methods for supporting a network of mobile nodes. As a non-limiting example, various aspects of this disclosure provide communication network architectures, systems, and methods for supporting a dynamically configurable communication network comprising a complex array of both static and moving communication nodes (e.g., the Internet of moving things). For example, systems and method for vehicular positioning based on wireless fingerprinting data in a network of moving things including, for example, autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Nuno Alexandre Tavares Coutinho, Daniel Cardoso de Moura
  • Patent number: 10183223
    Abstract: Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by providing access to users attempting to join a game instance via virtual reality platforms and denying access to users attempting to join the game instance via non-virtual reality platforms. Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by requiring users playing the online game via virtual reality platforms during a time period to achieve a first objective, and requiring users playing the online game via non-reality platforms during the time period to achieve a second objective. The first objective may require interaction with the virtual reality content and the second object may not require interaction with the virtual reality content. Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by requiring all users to achieve an objective during a time period. The objective may require interaction with the virtual reality content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Tomi Huttula
  • Patent number: 10187923
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for provisioning mobile devices to wireless access points to provide 911 and other emergency services to the mobile devices via communication networks, such as wireless communication networks. For example, the systems and methods provide a mobile device with the functionality to determine cell sites are unavailable at a location or and provision one or more access points for 911 and emergency communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad Jamil Noor
  • Patent number: 10180488
    Abstract: An apparatus obtains test data, which comprises radio samples with associated indications of reference locations. The apparatus estimates for each of a plurality of representations of a radio environment positions based on the radio samples of the test data and on the respective representation. Each representation has been generated based on a different selection of batches of fingerprint. Each fingerprint comprises a radio sample and an indication of a location of measurement. Each radio sample includes a characteristic of a radio signal transmitted by at least one beacon and an identification of the respective beacon. The apparatus determines for each representation a positioning performance by comparing the estimated positions with the reference locations. Based on the determined positioning performances, the apparatus determines whether any batch of fingerprints is to be excluded from further use and/or which representation is to be used as a valid representation of the radio environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Aarne Johannes Wirola, Jari Tapani Syrjärinne, Jyrki Ilmari Aarnos
  • Patent number: 10181201
    Abstract: A time-of-flight camera system is described. The time-of-flight camera system includes an illuminator to illuminate a region within the time-of-flight camera system's field of view. The time-of-flight camera system includes an image sensor to receive optical signals from the illumination for determining depth profile information within the field of view using time-of-flight measurement techniques. The image sensor has circuitry to determine one or more regions within the field of view where a received optical signal from the illuminating was weak. The illuminator is also to re-illuminate the one or more regions with stronger light than the one or more regions received during the illuminating. Each of the one or more regions being smaller than the region. The image sensor is also to receive optical signals from the re-illumination for determining depth profile information within the one or more regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Chung Chun Wan, Jamyuen Ko
  • Patent number: 10182315
    Abstract: A method for signal processing includes receiving at a given location at least first and second signals transmitted respectively from at least first and second antennas of a wireless transmitter. The at least first and second signals encode identical data using a multi-carrier encoding scheme with a predefined cyclic delay between the transmitted signals. The received first and second signals are processed, using the cyclic delay, in order to derive a measure of a phase delay between the first and second signals. Based on the measure of the phase delay, an angle of departure of the first and second signals from the wireless access point to the given location is estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DEEYOOK LOCATION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Eran Shpak
  • Patent number: 10182088
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for utilization of an unlicensed radio frequency spectrum band for performing a ranging procedure. Performance of the ranging procedure may be triggered by a signal transmitted in a licensed radio frequency spectrum band. While conventional ranging in Long Term Evolution (LTE) communications, for example, using the licensed radio frequency spectrum band may be limited to a 10 MHz bandwidth, using the unlicensed radio frequency spectrum band for ranging may allow use of a wider bandwidth, such as 100 MHz or greater. Use of the wider bandwidth may result in more accurate ranging measurements (e.g., time-of-arrival estimation).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jubin Jose, Venkatesan Nallampatti Ekambaram, Xinzhou Wu, Hong Cheng, Shailesh Patil
  • Patent number: 10178644
    Abstract: A communication device and method therein for obtaining a position of the communication device are disclosed. The communication device operates in a wireless communication environment which comprises wireless communication networks comprising one or more wider range Access Points and Localized Wireless Networks (LWN) comprising one or more LWN Access Points. The communication device determines if it is in an LWN, when it in an LWN, it receives its position from an LWN AP in the LWN. Then it measures and records a first set of Received Signal Strength values of one or more wider range Access Points. When it is not in an LWN, it measures and records a second set of RSS values of the one or more wider range APs, and scales each of the second set of RSS values by a scaling factor calculated for each of the one or more wider range APs based on the first set of RSS values and reference RSS values of the one or more wider range APs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (publ)
    Inventor: Xiaohui Wang
  • Patent number: 10178507
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a computer-implemented messaging system for sharing location specific information. Users of the messaging system may provide a message about a specific location. The message can be displayed as a tag. The messaging system can comprise a map-based interface, and a plurality of tags on the map-based interface. The tags may be (i) positioned adjacent to a specific location and (ii) oriented to point towards the specific location. The tags may be configured to display at least a portion of a message about the specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TIPTAGS INC.
    Inventor: Timothy G. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10178652
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method (33) for operating a wireless communication network (11) or a network element (13) thereof, the network (11) comprising a plurality of baseband processing devices (13). In order to allow for performing baseband processing tasks by multiple cooperating baseband processing devices (13) such that the real time constraints are met, it is proposed that the method (33) comprise determining (39) a delay metric (RTT_BBU) that depends on a network delay between the network element (13) and at least one baseband processing device (13) of the plurality of baseband processing devices (13), wherein the delay metric (RTT_BBU) is determined before an event (e) occurs that triggers allocation or reallocation of processing resources of the at least one baseband processing device (13), and selecting (55, 65) the at least one baseband processing device of the plurality of baseband processing devices for remote processing depending on the delay metric (RTT_BBU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Heidrun Grob-Lipski, Fariborz Derakhshan, Bernd Haberland
  • Patent number: 10178548
    Abstract: A method for protecting intelligent terminal location information is provided, where the method includes: responding to a location query request from an APP, and acquiring current location coordinates of the intelligent terminal; acquiring a privacy sensitivity level of an area in which the current location coordinates are located; acquiring a location trust level of the APP; and obtaining, according to the location trust level of the APP and the privacy sensitivity level of the area in which the current location coordinates are located, a response manner corresponding to the location query request from the APP. In addition, some embodiments of the present application further disclose an intelligent terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhengde Zhai, Yu Shen, He Wei
  • Patent number: 10178571
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for performing positioning by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system, including: receiving assistance data including reference cell information and neighbor cell information from a serving base station (BS), the reference cell information and the neighbor cell information including channel state information-reference signal (CSI-RS) configuration information for measurement related to CSI-RS-based positioning; receiving a CSI-RS from each of a reference cell and at least one neighbor cell on the basis of the received assistance data; measuring a reference signal time difference (RSTD) regarding the reference cell of the at least one neighbor cell using the received CSI-RS; and reporting the measured RSTD to the serving BS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonghyun Park, Kijun Kim, Yunjung Yi, Bonghoe Kim, Hanjun Park
  • Patent number: 10175336
    Abstract: An apparatus obtains fingerprints that have been collected by at least one mobile device for supporting a positioning of other mobile devices. Each fingerprint comprising results of measurements on radio signals of at least one communication node at a particular location and an indication of the particular location. The apparatus estimates values of parameters defining a radio model for the at least one communication node based on the obtained fingerprints. The apparatus determines a quality of the radio model. The apparatus generates data for a feedback for a user of the at least one mobile device based on the determined quality of the radio model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Pavel Ivanov, Lauri Wirola, Jari Syrjärinne, Muhammad Irshan Khan
  • Patent number: 10178629
    Abstract: A communications node includes a first transmitting circuit configured to transmit to plural communications nodes, a confirmation signal for confirming whether response is possible; a receiving circuit configured to receive from first communications nodes capable of responding among the plural communications nodes, a response signal for the transmitted confirmation signal; a selecting circuit configured to select from among the first communications nodes and based on reception strength of the received response signal, a second communications node to which execution of data processing is requested by the communications node; a strength calculating circuit configured to calculate based on the reception strength of the response signal from the selected second communications node, a transmission strength to the second communications node; and a second transmitting circuit configured to transmit to the second communications node and based on the calculated transmission strength, a request signal requesting executi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiromasa Yamauchi, Koichiro Yamashita, Takahisa Suzuki, Toshiya Otomo, Miyoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 10178620
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method performed by a wireless communication device 100 to enable the reception of a beam sweep transmission. The method comprises obtaining S1 information enabling said wireless communication device 100 to determine whether it is stationary, or essentially stationary. The method also comprises acquiring S2 configuration information comprising information about the starting time for the beam sweep transmission. The method also comprises determining S3 a time when to initiate a reception of the beam sweep transmission based at least partially on the obtained information and the acquired configuration information, thereby allowing said wireless communication device to enter, or remain in, a first activity state until the determined time. The method also comprises entering S4, at the determined time, a second activity state whereby said wireless communication device is capable to receive the beam sweep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Johan Rune, Jose Luis Pradas, Andres Reial
  • Patent number: 10178498
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method and device for signal processing. The method includes generating a signal time series associated with a terminal device based on time points for signal collection and intensities of signals collected at the time points collected from the terminal device by signal collection devices deployed in a spatial object; obtaining at least one segment of the signal time series by segmenting the signal time series according to a pre-generated segmenting interval; and determining, for the at least one segment, if a user of the terminal device is located in the spatial object during a continuous period of time included in the at least one segment. The disclosure may be used to statistically analyze user traffic in a spatial object and reduce resource consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Jin Zhang, Wei Lin, Lan Luo, Zhi Li, Yun Jiang
  • Patent number: 10178501
    Abstract: A system and method for using super geo-fences and virtual fences to improve efficiency of geo-fences is disclosed. A server system stores geo-fence data for a plurality of geo-fences and receives a request for updated geo-fence data from a client system. The server system selects one or more geo-fences and generates a super geo-fence that encompasses all the selected geo-fences. The server system determines a super geo-fence reduction factor. The server system reduces the size of the super geo-fence based on the determined reduction factor. The server system then transmits the generated super geo-fence and the selected one or more geo-fences to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Kong, Chintan Jain, Rajkumar Chinnakonda
  • Patent number: 10171966
    Abstract: A method and system for deploying a calibrated positioning map of an area. The method, executed in a processor of a server computing device, comprises generating, using the processor, a distribution of positioning data points based at least in part on a first set of fingerprint data, the positioning data points calibrated in accordance with respective positions within the area, receiving, at the memory, a second set of fingerprint data, processing, using the processor, the second set of fingerprint data and the positioning data points to generate an updated distribution of positioning data points, and when the updated distribution exceeds a threshold density of positioning data points, deploying the updated distribution as the positioning map of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Sean Huberman, Paramvir Singh Nagpal, Saeedeh Hamidifar
  • Patent number: 10171955
    Abstract: A method for the communication of vehicles including receiving a first message from a first vehicle by a second vehicle via vehicle-to-vehicle communication and/or vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and allocating the first message to the first vehicle based on the content of the first message by the second vehicle The method includes sending a second message from the second vehicle to the first vehicle via a separate communication channel by using information from the first message. Also disclosed is a method for vehicles to exchange data unrelated to traffic with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Holger Schultz, Thomas Biehle
  • Patent number: 10171589
    Abstract: Techniques for reducing interference in a network from management and control traffic to functional applications are provided. In one aspect, a method for regulating information flow between monitoring agents and a management server in a network includes the steps of: inserting an interface in the network to access stream based communications in the network; exporting control and data ports to each of the monitoring agents; receiving requests from one or more of the monitoring agents to establish sessions; and limiting a number of the sessions to open. A system for limiting interference in a network is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Dinesh C. Verma
  • Patent number: 10172017
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for automatically assigning cell identifier values in a communication network and to a method and apparatus for managing the assignment of cell identifier values in a communication network. In particular, the present invention relates to the management and assignment of cell identifier values that are required to be unique between adjacent cells, in a border region within a communication network in which cells from two or more cell sets are present. The present invention provides a novel method and apparatus for assigning cell identifier values in a communication network and for managing the assignment of cell identifier values in a communication network. Embodiments of the invention enable the automatic assignment of cell identifiers in a communication network, such as the assignment of physical cell identities (PCI) and scrambling codes (SC) in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Bagher Zadeh, Cormac Mullally, David Quinlan
  • Patent number: 10169970
    Abstract: A location tracking system is provided for tracking the location of a child or other individual. The location tracking system includes a location server and one or more location tracking devices. Communication protocols are provided for communications between the location server and the location tracking devices. The communication protocols provide a low complexity and low cost solution for location tracking applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FILIP TECHNOLOGIES UK LTD.
    Inventors: Demir Selmanovic, Sten Kirkbak, Pål Selnaes, William Herbert Darden, Admir Tuzovic
  • Patent number: 10171646
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for providing geolocation services in a mobile-based crowdsourcing platform. The system includes a plurality of remote mobile devices configured to communicate and exchange data with a geolocation service based on the crowdsourcing, or polling, of users of such mobile devices to determine location and movement of the users within a specific environment. For example, in an outdoor environment such as a parking lot, the system can track the location of a user's vehicle within the lot and provide the user with an exact position of their vehicle upon the user returning to the parking lot. In the instance of an indoor environment, such as an airport, the system provides a messaging/location alert service for persons within the airport, where any given person's location within the airport can be determined and correlated with an impending departure of a flight for which they are associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CROWDCOMFORT, INC.
    Inventor: Abdullah Daoud
  • Patent number: 10172073
    Abstract: Wi-Fi-based location determination methods may include receiving location information and/or identifier information regarding a Wi-Fi hot spot, at a database. The methods may include transmitting the location information and/or identifier information regarding the Wi-Fi hot spot, from the database to a positioning receiver. Related systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Telcom Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Rajendra Singh
  • Patent number: 10169705
    Abstract: A geofence filtering method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium, include a user location monitoring circuit configured to monitor a pinpoint location of a user and a boundary location of the user, a geofence determining circuit configured to determine a plurality of geofences that overlap with the boundary location of the user, the plurality of geofences being stored in a database, and a cognitive filtering and ranking circuit configured to filter the plurality of geofences that overlap with the boundary location of the user based on a cognitive factor and to rank the filtered geofences based on the cognitive factor to deliver to a user device when a pinpoint location of the user overlaps with the plurality of geofences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jeremy Adam Greenberger, James Robert Kozloski
  • Patent number: 10171967
    Abstract: Communication network architectures, systems and methods for supporting a network of mobile nodes. As a non-limiting example, various aspects of this disclosure provide autonomous vehicle network architectures, systems, and methods for supporting a dynamically configurable network of autonomous vehicles comprising a complex array of both static and moving communication nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlos Eduardo Braga Ameixieira
  • Patent number: 10163132
    Abstract: A plurality of location data points is collected by a system, each location data point of the plurality of location data points corresponding to a request received at a central server from a user device of a user among a group of users. A geographic heatmap is created based on the collected plurality of location data points, the geographic heatmap identifying density distributions of the plurality of location data points, the density distributions being concentrations of the location data points included in each of a plurality of identified locations. The density distributions are analyzed within the geographic heatmap to identify a target location from one of the plurality of identified locations with a density profile including parameters exceeding one or more pre-defined thresholds. A geofence is generated around the target location, the geofence enabling detection of target users for distributions of promotional publications associated with the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Chintan Jain, Rui Kong
  • Patent number: 10165404
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a first speed and a first location of a portable electronic device that are at a first time point, determining, according to the first speed and a time difference between a second time point and the first time point, a geo-fencing centering on a second location, where the geo-fencing is a virtual fence including points whose distances to the second location are equal to a reference distance, the reference distance is not greater than a product obtained by multiplying the first speed by the time difference, and the second time point and the second location are preset, and triggering a preset operation when the first location is outside the geo-fencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chenxi Lu
  • Patent number: 10163311
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to integrated systems, methods and apparatuses for assisting individuals in managing acute life-threatening conditions. A system in accordance with the current disclosure may comprise an electronic circuit configured to be attached to a container of a medication and one or more devices in communication with the electronic circuit in a private network. In an aspect, the one or more devices may work in concert to determine the safety level of an individual based on predetermined usage settings. In some aspects, the system may be configured to determine whether a medication would expire before its manufactured expiry date. In another aspect, the system may assist an individual in locating a medication. In a further aspect, the system may determine whether an individual is having an anaphylactic reaction. In some aspects, the system may detect a known allergen and alert the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Above the Fold, LLP
    Inventors: Samuel Herschkowitz, Abby Herzig, Joshua Kornberg, Seymour Fein, Deborah Adler, Eric Freitag, Robert R. Pascazio, Matthew Chin, Gareth Brown, Stephen Kaes, Troy Yoshimoto, Ritik Dholakia, Mike Klodginski, Khoi Uong, Erin Woo, Pepin Gelardi, Theodore Ullrich
  • Patent number: 10164789
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a home automation system that is automated based on user preferences provided by a social networking system, where the home automation system provides a short-range, high-speed wireless connection that is contained within the safe boundaries of a home. Briefly described, the home automation system employs one or more home automation devices to control various home devices within the home based on detection of one or more users' social profile, where each home automation device is configured to broadcast and communicate via a short-range, multi-gigabit-per-second (MGbps) wireless communication link that can be utilized by the various home devices. Furthermore, each home automation device is configured to be self-tuning, thereby enabling automatic efficient management of the MGbps wireless communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Narsing Vijayrao, Giovanni Coglitore