Location Monitoring Patents (Class 455/456.1)
  • Patent number: 10999292
    Abstract: The present application discloses computing platforms and methods for performing location-based restriction of content transmission. In one implementation, such a computing platform includes a hardware processor and a memory storing a content protection software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the content protection software code to obtain a media content including a cue for restricting broadcast of the media content, and to detect the cue in the media content. The hardware processor is further configured to execute the content protection software code to interpret the cue to identify a usage rule constraining the broadcast of the media content, and to restrict the broadcast of the media content based on the usage rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Steven M. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10996310
    Abstract: A user's location may be estimated by applying a probability function to raw user location data taken from various telephony or wireless systems. The probability function may estimate a user's location based on a training dataset that may be generated a priori to the analysis. A training dataset may be generated or updated by analyzing queries made with global positioning system (GPS) data to extract a device's GPS location. The probability function may be generated in part from physical maps. The estimated location may improve location accuracy, especially when attempting to map a user's location with accuracies that may be much smaller than a cell of a cellular telephony system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: DataSpark, Pte., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yibin Ng, Yunye Jin, Jingxuan Wang, The Anh Dang, Ying Li
  • Patent number: 10993202
    Abstract: A method of reporting information for positioning by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system, includes receiving, from a location server, assistant data related to plurality of cells including a reference cell and one or more neighbor cells; receiving, from the location server, quasi-co-location (QCL) information on the PRS of the plurality of cells and the CRS of the plurality of cells; calculating a reference signal time difference (RSTD) measurement value using a positioning reference signal (PRS) of the plurality of cells and a cell-specific reference signal (CRS) of the plurality of cells based on the assistant data; and reporting the RSTD measurement value to the location server, wherein the assistant data includes information on a cyclic prefix (CP) length of the PRS of the plurality of cells, a CP length of the CRS of the plurality of cells, and a multicast broadcast single frequency network (MBSFN) subframe configuration of the plurality of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunho Lee, Hanjun Park, Kijun Kim, Jonghyun Park
  • Patent number: 10989784
    Abstract: Methods and systems for tracking asset locations within a facility are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system is provided that includes nodes and a gateway. The nodes may receive beacon transmissions containing beacon identifiers from beacons associated with assets. The nodes may transmit a node transmission including a beacon identifier, a node identifier of the node, and a signal strength of received beacon transmissions. The gateway may receive node transmissions and identify node transmissions that share a common beacon identifier. The gateway may then determine a location of the beacon associated with the common beacon identifier by identifying floors associated with nodes that received a beacon transmission from the beacon. The gateway may also select a beacon floor with the most nodes that received a beacon transmission from the beacon and may select a closest node from among the nodes on the beacon floor with the highest signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: THOUGHTWORKS TECHNOLOGIES INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Sathyan Sethumadhavan, Atul Bhogendra Kumar, Sharanya Kowlali
  • Patent number: 10986508
    Abstract: A method for providing enhanced network performance and/or capability information related to at least one mobile communication network and a user equipment includes: in a first step, location information is determined and/or provided; and in a second step, subsequent to the first step, network performance and/or capability information is displayed on a display device or a projection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventors: Philip Cornforth, John Tottingham, Claire Hilton
  • Patent number: 10986666
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide various mechanisms that allow a user equipment to convey information regarding one or more attributes to a base station during a random access (RA) procedure. The attributes may include, for example a capability of the UE (e.g., to support a particular feature or version of a standard) or a condition of the UE (e.g., if it is currently experiencing an interference condition).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Madhavan Srinivasan Vajapeyam, Aleksandar Damnjanovic, Tingfang Ji, Osok Song, Tao Luo, Hao Xu, Yongbin Wei, Alan Barbieri, Durga Prasad Malladi
  • Patent number: 10983579
    Abstract: Improved fixed receiver devices including both transmit and receive circuitry and operating on battery power are disclosed. An example transmitter/receiver location device includes a network interface to enable transmission and receipt of messages via a first communication medium and transmission and receipt of messages via a second communication medium. The example device includes a battery to provide power to the device, the battery to have a battery level and to be chargeable. The example device includes a memory to store instructions and data. The example device includes a processor to at least: process a beacon message received via the network interface; generate an information message for a location server based on location information from the beacon message and status information based on the battery level for the device; and adjust an operating state of the device based on the battery level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Cannell, Phillip Crawley
  • Patent number: 10986525
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to wireless communication. In some aspects, a user equipment may identify two or more peer-to-peer (P2P) communications to be combined based at least in part on a respective location of each of two or more originating UEs from which the two or more P2P communications are received; combine the two or more P2P communications, using network coding, to form a combined P2P communication; and transmit the combined P2P communication. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Tien Viet Nguyen, Shailesh Patil, Sudhir Kumar Baghel, Junyi Li, Kapil Gulati
  • Patent number: 10986607
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to the detection of one or more devices in zones, e.g., non-overlapping areas, are described. Individual device locations are made based on RSSI information. Whether a user is determined to be in a zone or not is determined based on location determinations corresponding to the device. Thresholds used to determine whether a device is to be considered as being within a zone differs depending on whether the device is newly detected in the zone or is already determined to be in the zone. In some embodiments it is easier to be determined to be in a zone than to be determined to have left a zone. A device may be determined to be in two non-overlapping zones at the same time thereby increasing the chance that devices in edge areas will be counted with regard to the number of devices for which resources should be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Cuong Ta, Randall Wayne Frei
  • Patent number: 10986580
    Abstract: A positioning method adapted for a signal transmitting device and a server is provided. The positioning method includes: transmitting a reference signal by using the signal transmitting device having a low power mode and a high power mode; receiving the reference signal and determining a position of the signal transmitting device according to the reference signal and a signal strength and distance curve diagram by the server; and configuring the signal transmitting device to switch to one of the low power mode or the high power mode by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: I-Chun Tseng, Jui-Chun Shyur
  • Patent number: 10976421
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed related to generating interactive user interfaces that enable a user to alter 3D point cloud data and/or associated pose graph data generated from LiDAR scans prior to generation of a high definition map. A user may make selections in a 2D map representation with overlaid graph node indicators in order to alter graph connections, remove nodes, view corresponding 3D point clouds, and otherwise edit intermediate results from LiDAR scans in order to improve the quality of a high definition map subsequently generated from the user-manipulated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Didi Infinity Technology and Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan Zhang, Tingbo Hou
  • Patent number: 10976337
    Abstract: A distributed computing system for artificial intelligence in autonomously appreciating a circumstance context of a smart device. Raw context data is detected by sensors associated with the smart device. The raw context data is pre-processed by the smart device and then provided to a cloud based server for further processing. At the cloud based server, various sets of feature data are obtained from the pre-processed context data. The various sets of feature data are compared with corresponding classification parameters to determine a classification of a continuous event and/or a classification of transient event, if any, which occur in the context. The determined classification of the continuous event and the transient event will be used to autonomously configure the smart device or another related smart device to fit the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC., STMICROELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL N.V.
    Inventors: Mahesh Chowdhary, Arun Kumar, Ghanapriya Singh, Rajendar Bahl
  • Patent number: 10979381
    Abstract: A method for interactively providing information to a user over a network, including: transmitting a stream of data from a server to a first user device through the network and displaying the stream of data on the first user device; receiving a first location information of the first user device through a first beacon signal from a first beacon installed on the first user device and including the first user location information in the stream of data sent to the first user device; receiving a preference information of a first user from the first user device over the network; and sending a stream of data related to the preference information of the first user to the first user device based on the first user location information of the first user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Roger Serad
  • Patent number: 10976407
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for locating a radio transmission source by scene reconstruction are described herein. A multipath radio signal—comprised of two or more multipath components—may be received at an antenna array. A collection of angle-of-arrival (AoA) values may be created from the multipath components. Thus, each AoA in the collection corresponds to one of the multipath components. An optical image of the environment may be obtained and possible reflective surfaces for the multipath components identified in the optical image. A set of paths may be created in a model of the environment by backtracking from the antenna array along the AoAs in the collection of AoA values. Here, the backtracking simulates reflections of the ray off of the surfaces identified in the optical image. A transmitter of the multipath radio signal may then be located via the set of paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Javier Perez-Ramirez, David Israel Gonzalez Aguirre, Javier Felip Leon, Mikhail T. Galeev, Dave A. Cavalcanti
  • Patent number: 10976443
    Abstract: A method, a device, and an electronic device for determining a positioning accuracy grade are provided. In the method, a predetermined list is created. The predetermined list is a list of at least one application with a positioning accuracy reaching up to a predetermined threshold. Operation preference information of a user operating is obtained a current third-party application selected from a plurality of third-party applications, which applies a positioning system in an electronic device. A positioning accuracy grade of the positioning system is determined correspondingly based on the operation preference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Huaqiu Lin
  • Patent number: 10980050
    Abstract: The present invention is designed so that it is possible to reduce the measurement-induced increase of load and power consumption in user terminals even when the number of component carriers that can be configured per user terminal is expanded. A user terminal communicates with a radio base station that configures groups (TAGs) comprised of one or more cells, and has a receiving section that receives information related to component carriers (CCs) included in the groups, and a measurement section that makes measurements on a per group basis based on the information related to the component carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroki Harada, Kazuki Takeda, Satoshi Nagata
  • Patent number: 10979914
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing system may collect data samples associated with a geographic area of interest covered by a communication network. The system may aggregate the data samples into data points. The system may split the aggregated data points into two sets of data points using a first threshold of a first network metric. The system may determine a trend of a second network metric over the first network metric based on regression on the two sets of data points. The system may determine a predicted gain of the second network metric for a network enhancement operation based on the trend of the second network metric and a reference value of the first network metric. The system may generate network optimization recommendations for the geographic area of interest based at least in part on the predicted gain of the second network metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Li, Vincent Gonguet, Martinus Arnold de Jongh
  • Patent number: 10976399
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal positioning method, device and system, the method comprising: receiving three-dimensional positioning measurement information transmitted by a terminal; and acquiring the three-dimensional position information of the terminal according to the three-dimensional positioning measurement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Cui, Dengkun Xiao, Yongtong Wu
  • Patent number: 10979871
    Abstract: A tracking device is described. The tracking device receives, from a management server, configuration parameters including a first data transmission rate and a second data transmission rate. The tracking device automatically enters into an active mode of the tracking device. When operating in an active mode, the tracking device, is operative to transmit, in response to determining based on first motion sensor measurements that the asset is stationary, first location data at the first data transmission rate. In response to determining, based on second motion sensor measurements and motion definition parameters, that the asset is mobile, the tracking device is operative to transmit, second location data of the asset at the second data transmission rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Samsara Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Hadi Hajimiri, Rishabh Gupta, Ye-Sheng Kuo, Kenneth Lee, Siri Amrit Ramos, Justin Tingao Xiao, Pete Nicholas Chulick, Gautam Ravi Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 10976404
    Abstract: It is disclosed to transmit query information that comprises information on at least one property of a device (101), to obtain response information that comprises information indicating that the device has been determined, based at least on the information on the at least one property of the device comprised in the transmitted query information, to be one of suited to provide fingerprint information and unsuited to provide fingerprint information, wherein fingerprint information comprises information on at least one radio node and/or on at least one cell observed at at least one position of the device (102). It is further disclosed to obtain the query information, to determine if the device is one of suited to provide fingerprint information and unsuited to provide fingerprint information, and to transmit the response information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Aarne Johannes Wirola, Tommi Antero Laine
  • Patent number: 10979852
    Abstract: Embodiments are described herein to identify matching users that share an affinity for particular subjects with a searching user. The embodiments may allow searching users to find and connect with matching users based on parameters, such as physical and/or virtual proximity of the users, one or more shared affinity subjects and/or privacy preferences associated with the users. The embodiments may provide notifications throughout the matching and connecting process and may allow connected users to manually and/or automatically share information with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Marc Chelnik
  • Patent number: 10977871
    Abstract: Embodiments for delivery of a time-dependent virtual reality environment by a processor. A time-dependent three dimensional (3D) virtual environment, having one or more configurable boundary parameters, may be created according to user input, one or more cognitive computing systems, data resources, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Delia, Wayne M. Delia, Derek Difazio, Eric Lei
  • Patent number: 10977759
    Abstract: A system for detection of an air transport made includes a barometric sensor to measure the values of the atmospheric pressure, and a processing unit to acquire the pressure values and to identify if the transport mode is air transport (aircraft mode), depending on the pressure measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Andrea Vassilev
  • Patent number: 10979142
    Abstract: A dynamic short range free-space optical (FSO) communication system that is specially designed for use in dynamically moving targets that are within a short range of distance (e.g., 0-50 meters) is provided herein. Using specially designed transmitters and/or receivers, the dynamic short range FSO communication system may facilitate high-bandwidth communication, while allowing several line of sight alignment options that may be useful for somewhat unpredictable vehicle movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Tracy Green, Sean Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 10979957
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems are disclosed for assessing a radio link quality using resources corresponding to bandwidth parts. One method includes receiving first information including a plurality of reference signal resource sets for a plurality of bandwidth parts. Each reference signal resource set of the plurality of reference signal resource sets corresponds to a bandwidth part of the plurality of bandwidth parts. The method includes receiving a plurality of spatial quasi-co-location information corresponding to a plurality of reference signal resources of the plurality of reference signal resource sets. The method includes assessing a radio link quality based on the plurality of spatial quasi-co-location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Hyejung Jung, Prateek Basu Mallick, Joachim Loehr, Vijay Nangia, Ravi Kuchibhotla
  • Patent number: 10972983
    Abstract: A method and apparatus may include activating, by a network node, power of a global-positioning-system receiver or power of an active antenna of the global-positioning-system receiver. The apparatus uses the global-positioning-system receiver to perform synchronization of the apparatus. The method may include receiving at least one measurement, wherein the at least one measurement includes real-time, predictive, or historic data. The method may also include determining a holdover duration based on the at least one measurement. The holdover duration corresponds to a length of time where the power of the global-positioning-system receiver or the power of the active antenna is to be turned off. The method may also include deactivating the power of the global-positioning-system receiver or the power of the active antenna for the holdover duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Andrew Killen, Alex Hirsbrunner, Kirk Ingemunson, William Walsh
  • Patent number: 10972871
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling updating of information stored on a device, the information including information of a first type and information of a second type. The techniques include determining, using at least one processor, when a first item of information of the first type and a second item of information of the second type are to be updated, wherein the second item of information is to be updated more frequently than the first item of information; and causing the device to update the first and second items of information in accordance with the determination at least in part by wirelessly communicating with at least one other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichiro Tsuda, Takashi Usui, Naoki Ide
  • Patent number: 10972474
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for logically grouping Internet of Things (IoT) devices. One or more logical zones are defined. Each logical zone includes one or more physical zones, one or more virtual zones, or a combination of physical and virtual zones. Each IoT device is associated with at least one logical zone. Communication between the IoT devices is restricted based on the zones with which the IoT devices are associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Achtermann, Harrison Kurtz, Maharaj Mukherjee, Joanna W. Ng
  • Patent number: 10972874
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for a terminal transmitting positioning information in a wireless communication system supporting sidelink and a device therefor according to various embodiments. Disclosed are a method for a terminal transmitting positioning information and a device therefor, the method comprising the steps of: receiving, from a network or a transmission terminal, a positioning signal comprising N consecutive tones to which reference signals are mapped; measuring the phase difference between a reference signal, which is mapped to an anchor tone which is a reference among the N consecutive tones, and the reference signals respectively mapped to the remaining tones; and transmitting, to the network or the transmission terminal, positioning information comprising information relating to the measured phase difference, wherein the positioning information comprises information relating to the sum of the measured phase differences between the reference signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyukjin Chae, Seungmin Lee
  • Patent number: 10972921
    Abstract: A wireless signal strength monitoring system employs a wireless signal strength driver model to monitor and maintain wireless signal strengths for mobile devices on a wireless communication network. The monitoring system parses activity logs of network entities including the mobile devices on the wireless communication network to generate a plurality of multilevel token sets. A selected one of the plurality of multilevel token sets is used to generate a wireless signal strength driver model along with topics from clusters of homogenous logs of the activity logs. The drivers of the wireless signal strength are identified from the wireless signal strength driver model. The drivers are used to monitor and improve the wireless signal strengths for the mobile devices on the wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Gurpreet Singh Bawa, Kaustav Pakira, Sanjay Sharma, Tejas Wagh
  • Patent number: 10972476
    Abstract: A method for limiting usage of an application on a mobile terminal is provided. In an implementation, a usage limitation condition is preset for the application, where the usage limitation condition includes at least one of a geographical location, a time, and a network condition of the mobile terminal. A current operation environment corresponding to the usage limitation condition is obtained in response to receiving an input operation of a user. Usage of the application is limited when the operation environment meets the usage limitation condition, and the application is normally used when the operation environment does not meet the usage limitation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jing Ni, Kai Qian
  • Patent number: 10965865
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording a drive video of a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a position measuring device configured to acquire a position of the vehicle, a camera configured to capture an image of an area around the vehicle, and a controller configured to determine a capturing requirement of the camera based on the position of the vehicle, and to determine whether to apply the capturing requirement to the camera based on a user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Se Young Park
  • Patent number: 10966137
    Abstract: The described technology is generally directed towards adaptively changing which transmission scheme a user equipment is to use based on a Doppler metric (e.g. Doppler frequency) as evaluated against a threshold Doppler value. A network instructs a user equipment to use a Rank-1 precoder cycling transmission scheme if the Doppler metric of user equipment is above a threshold value, or to use a closed loop MIMO transmission scheme if the user equipment has a Doppler metric below the threshold value. The network can instruct the user equipment via a suitable message, or by switching off TPMI and notifying the user equipment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: SaiRamesh Nammi, Arunabha Ghosh
  • Patent number: 10966057
    Abstract: A position identifying device calculates a plurality of estimated lines with base points at the monitoring devices and with radii equal to estimated distances from the monitoring devices to the wireless communication device, based on a transmission signal of a wireless communication device in a target area acquired from each of monitoring devices disposed around the target area, and, when first intersections of a standard estimated line with a base point at a standard monitoring device, and reference estimated lines with base points at reference monitoring devices, are located farther from the standard monitoring device than a virtual standard line connecting two of the reference monitoring devices, identifies, as a position of the wireless communication device, an inside of a first area inside the first intersections and second intersections of the virtual standard line and the reference estimated lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU CLIENT COMPUTING LIMITED
    Inventors: Keita Satou, Akira Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10962373
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for generating and providing assessments of transit network characteristics for specified locations. The system receives a specified location, generates an assessment of the received location, and provides a generated visual representation of the received location to a client system. Determining a location assessment may be based on transit network information related to the distance between a specified location and the nearest point of access/egress on transit network routes that are accessible from the specified location, the frequency at which the transit network routes stop at the point of access/egress on the transit network routes that are accessible from the indicated location, or the transportation mode used for at least one of the transit network routes that are accessible from the specified location. The initial location assessment may be updated periodically, in response to changes in system status, or on demand by user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Walk Score Management, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Lerner, Jesse G. Kocher, Joshua Herst
  • Patent number: 10966256
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pre-5th-Generation (5G) or 5G communication system to be provided for supporting higher data rates beyond 4th-Generation (4G) communication system such as long term evolution (LTE). A method for operating a terminal in a wireless communication system is provided. The method includes acquiring information regarding resource set comprising a plurality of random access channels, selecting a random access channel among the plurality of the random access channels, and transmitting, to a base station, a preamble on the random access channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen Qian, Bin Yu, Di Su, Qi Xiong, Yingjie Zhang, Jingxing Fu
  • Patent number: 10962377
    Abstract: A method involves utilizing a geo-locator service and zone servers to reduce server resource requirements for determining high quality solutions to routing problems. The use of a geo-locator service and zone servers enables the use of servers having less memory which can handle determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a smaller geographic area even if they are incapable of handling determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a larger geographic area, and enables efficient assignment of requests to an appropriate server without unduly burdening high value servers having sufficient memory to handle determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a very large geographic area with determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a smaller geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Salesforce.com, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brian Stewart, Dinesh Premalal Weerapurage, Timothy Alan Carnes, Christopher Sebastian Groer, Lahiru Sandakith Pileththuwasan Gallege, Chenlu Lou
  • Patent number: 10965687
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Patent number: 10966056
    Abstract: A system and methods for estimating the location of a mobile device are disclosed. In accordance with one embodiment, a mobile device receives an ultrasound signal lacking an identification of the source of the ultrasound signal. One or both of the mobile device or a server identify which of a plurality of beacons transmitted the ultrasound signal based on the time at which the mobile device received the ultrasound signal and the time at which the mobile device received a wireless electromagnetic signal prior to receiving the ultrasound signal. One or both of the mobile device or the server estimate a location of the mobile device based on the identified beacon and on the times at which the mobile device received the wireless electromagnetic and ultrasound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: CenTrak, Inc.
    Inventor: Israel Amir
  • Patent number: 10965684
    Abstract: Methods for logically grouping Internet of Things (IoT) devices are described. One or more logical zones are defined. Each logical zone includes one or more physical zones, one or more virtual zones, or a combination of physical and virtual zones. Each IoT device is associated with at least one logical zone. Communication between the IoT devices is restricted based on the zones with which the IoT devices are associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Achtermann, Harrison Kurtz, Maharaj Mukherjee, Joanna W. Ng
  • Patent number: 10966258
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods for monitoring and maintaining networks, such as networks associated with a wireless access point. In an aspect, a user device that was connected the wireless access point and loses connectivity to the access point can receive network parameters for implementing a new wireless network, where the network parameters are associated with the network as implemented by the wireless access point that is no longer available. The user device can activate a new wireless hotspot mode using the received network parameters. The resulting new wireless hotspot can implement various aspects of the wireless access point and associated network. The new wireless hotspot enabled by the user device can allow other devices, previously connected to the access point, to automatically connect to the new wireless hotspot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Billy Stephens, Sanjay K. Sharma
  • Patent number: 10956546
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a mechanism for performing a biometric algorithm on ear biometric data acquired from a user. The mechanism may be used for biometric authentication, or in-ear detect, for example. In one embodiment, a method is provided in which a quality metric of an input signal to a transducer and/or a signal on a return path from the transducer is monitored. One or more steps of a biometric process, comprising monitoring of a parameter related to an admittance of the transducer, comparison of the parameter to a stored profile for an authorised user, generation of a score based on the comparison, comparison of the score to one or more threshold values, and initiation of one or more actions, may be performed responsive to the quality metric meeting one or more criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: John Paul Lesso
  • Patent number: 10956896
    Abstract: A system, mobile device, backend server, and RFID toll module work in cooperation to automatically pay vehicular tolls to a toll agency that operates toll stations along roadways travelled by the user of the mobile device. Upon approaching a toll station the mobile device enables the RFID toll module. The toll reader at the toll station transmits a toll reader signal that is received by the RFID toll module, which responds by transmitting a unique identifier. The unique identifier is associated with the mobile device at a toll account maintained by a toll service backend server. Upon completion of a toll transaction, the RFID toll module indicates the transaction to the mobile device, which forwards toll transaction information to the toll service backend server for payment from the toll account to the toll agency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GeoToll, Inc.
    Inventors: Wyatt Drake Geist, Jaime Andres Borras
  • Patent number: 10955562
    Abstract: A method for cycling GPS computations is described in which, at a beginning of a cycle, N computing devices are determined to be members of a device group. At each of N points within the cycle: a target device of the N computing devices is instructed to compute its target location data; another member of the device group is instructed to refrain from computing its other location data; target location data is received from the target device; and the target location data is transmitted to each other member of the device group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MICRO FOCUS LLC
    Inventors: Dori Waldman, Eli Mordechai, Ran Snir
  • Patent number: 10959042
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method for determining a position of a mobile terminal in an interior of a vehicle or in surroundings of the vehicle. A radio signal emitted by the mobile terminal at a carrier frequency assigned to a channel of a selected radio technology is received by at least one antenna that is mounted on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Nicky Jahn, Florian Leopold
  • Patent number: 10959144
    Abstract: A method for automatic steering of client devices accessing a network to a different access point on the network is provided. A network controller of the network device automatically identifies a pre-determined type of electronic client device gaining access to the network and automatically designates the client device as non-steerable when identified as the predetermined type of electronic client device. Thus, when the network controller selects a client device for being steered to a different access point of the network during a steering event, client devices designated as non-steerable by the network controller are prevented from being steered and only client devices that are not designated as non-steerable are available as candidates to be steered. A network device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Jay Strater, Gregory Nakanishi, Paul D. Baker
  • Patent number: 10955249
    Abstract: A method involves utilizing a geo-locator service and zone servers to reduce server resource requirements for determining high quality solutions to routing problems. The use of a geo-locator service and zone servers enables the use of servers having less memory which can handle determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a smaller geographic area even if they are incapable of handling determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a larger geographic area, and enables efficient assignment of requests to an appropriate server without unduly burdening high value servers having sufficient memory to handle determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a very large geographic area with determination of high quality solutions to routing problems involving locations spanning a smaller geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Salesforce.com, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brian Stewart, Dinesh Premalal Weerapurage, Timothy Alan Carnes, Christopher Sebastian Groer, Lahiru Sandakith Pileththuwasan Gallege, Chenlu Lou
  • Patent number: 10959040
    Abstract: A method and system for generating by a server, a recommendation for a venue or an event of interest proximally located to an inferred current location of a user of a portable media player device. In an embodiment, a server may determine one or more media preferences for a user based at least in part on media stored on or accessed using the portable media player device of the user. The server may generate information related to the current location or a recommendation for a venue or an event of interest to the user based at least in part on the one or more media preferences and the inferred current location of the user. Once generated, the server then may communicate the recommendation (or the information) to the user, e.g. the portable media player device. Other embodiments may also be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: VARIA HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Evan Feldman, Jonathan Nelson
  • Patent number: 10959205
    Abstract: Techniques for systems in which a measuring node is associated with multiple antenna, including techniques for selecting and configuring the set of receiving antennas suitable for performing uplink measurements for a given wireless device. An example method, as implemented by a network node, is for controlling measurements of radio signals transmitted by a wireless device, where the measurements are performed by a measuring node associated with two or more receiving points. The example method begins with obtaining a receiving point configuration for at least one measuring node associated with two or more receiving points, and continues with selecting one or more receiving points for performing measurements, based on the obtained configuration. The selected receiving points are then configured for performing the measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventor: Iana Siomina
  • Patent number: 10956690
    Abstract: A management system monitors a set of objects of a user by wirelessly communicating with one or more location components associated with the objects, and each object of the set has a respective location component. The monitoring includes ascertaining by the management system, based at least in part on data obtained via wireless communication with the location component(s), a spatial centroid of the set and a spatial separation of an object in the set from the spatial centroid, and correlating the ascertained spatial centroid to a context classification of multiple context classifications. The management system further determines whether a difference between the ascertained spatial separation and the average spatial separation of the location component(s) for the correlated context classification exceeds an acceptable spatial separation tolerance. Based on the difference exceeding the acceptable tolerance, the management system provides an electronic alert to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akil Khamisi Sutton, Edward C. McCain, Yufei Wu, Kennedy Cheruiyot, Ali Y. Duale