Location Monitoring Patents (Class 455/456.1)
  • Patent number: 9972191
    Abstract: A tracking system can provide intervention notifications to a user to notify the user that a tracking device is potentially lost or is in a predicted state. The tracking system may notify the user that a tracking device is potentially lost or in a predicted state based on a number of factors, including: a proximity of a tracking device to other tracking devices or a user's mobile device, a movement of a tracking device to more than a threshold distance away from a mobile device or other tracking devices, a location of a tracking device relative to a geographic location or to geographic boundaries, a usage or movement behavior of the tracking device, a usage or movement behavior of a user or owner of a tracking device, information received from an external source, or information received from sensors within the tracking device or a user's mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Guilherme de Barros Chapiewski, Melody Quintana, Mayank Kumar, Tyler Lettau, Wayne Patterson
  • Patent number: 9974019
    Abstract: A method used by an electronic device receiving a geo-fence service, determines whether a current position of the electronic device, determined using a cellular positioning system (CPS), is located within a first distance from a central point of a geo-fence service area. In response to determining that the current position is located within the first distance, the current position is determined using a Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS) and it is further determined whether the WPS determined current position is located within a second distance from the central point of the geo-fence service area. In response to the determination the current position is located within the second distance, it is determined whether the current position calculated using a global positioning system (GPS), is located within a boundary of a geo-fence service area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-June Kim, Young-Ae Kang, Dae-Jin Kim, Jong-Man Park
  • Patent number: 9967797
    Abstract: A method and system for the leveraging a reserved relationship number by an SLS platform and/or SLS phone module for the purpose of performing special operations other than making an SLS call available for termination at a subscriber TD and/or a third party TD involve associating the SLS phone number of the subscriber, the primary number of the subscriber and a next set of instructions via a common reserved relationship number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corp
    Inventors: George Backhaus, Jignesh Gandhi, Julio Gonzalez, John Green, Philip Lowman, Paul Rubenstein, Mike Speanburg
  • Patent number: 9967914
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device that control signals for a plurality of terminals possessed by the same user. More particularly, a method of controlling signals for a plurality of terminals using a mobility management entity (MME) according to an embodiment of the present invention is characterized by including the steps of: setting terminals with the same subscriber codes and the same mobility as grouping terminals; and transmitting group signals on the grouping terminals to a base station. According to the present invention, the following advantages are realized: of enabling the prevention of waste in having to report mobility-related information on each terminal and being able to simultaneously transmit grouping or other signals to all terminals that are in a group in a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Song Yean Cho, Sang Bum Kim, Sang Soo Jeong
  • Patent number: 9964623
    Abstract: A tracking device broadcasts beacon signals that are separated in time by broadcast intervals. The tracking device determines the broadcast intervals based on a behavior model. The behavior model specifies one or more conditions, such as times of day within a 24-hour day, and associates a usage probability with each condition. A higher usage probability causes the tracking device to broadcast beacon signals at shorter broadcast intervals. A mobile device in communication with the tracking device can reconfigure the behavior model, either by modifying portions of the behavior model or by replacing the behavior model with a different behavior model. This allows the behavior model to adapt to different circumstances, such as different usage patterns during weekdays, weekends, and vacations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Josselin de la Broise, Aaron Okano, Akhila Hegde
  • Patent number: 9967032
    Abstract: Optical fiber-based distributed communications components and systems, and related methods to provide localization services for client devices are disclosed. The localization services allow the providing and/or determination of the location of client devices in communication with a component or components of the optical fiber-based distributed communications system. The location of client devices can be provided and/or determined based on knowledge of the location of the component or components in the optical fiber-based distributed communications system in communication with the client device. This information can be used to determine or provide a more precise area of location or area of location for client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Robert Baker, Michael Sauer
  • Patent number: 9967020
    Abstract: Techniques for facilitating data communications among electronic devices via various communication networks are provided. A first electronic device may be connected to a terrestrial network and a second electronic device may be connected to an on-board communications network of a vehicle. A first voice- or message-based content may be received from the first electronic device, for delivery to the second electronic device. A data center may transmit a corresponding forward communication to the second electronic device via a satellite communication link. The data center may also receive a return communication from the second electronic device via either the satellite communication link or a terrestrial communication link, and transmit corresponding content to the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GOGO LLC
    Inventors: Paresh Kanabar, Bryan Adrian Lauer, Kathy Wang, Tony LaMarca, Premkumar Bangole, Pat Walsh
  • Patent number: 9965877
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the apparatus to perform at least the following: enable a display of a default image corresponding to a core portion of a larger image, the larger image comprising a core portion and a peripheral portion, and said display of the default image occurring at the time of opening an application or file to display the core image; and in response to a user input during the display of the core portion, reveal at least a part of the peripheral portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Cristiano Orioli, Ari Liusaari
  • Patent number: 9967546
    Abstract: A method for converting a 2D images and videos to 3D includes applying a set of pre-defined heuristic rules to assign a depth value for each pixel of a two-dimensional (2D) image source based on pixel attributes to generate an initial default depth map, refining the pre-defined heuristic rules to produce customized heuristic rules, applying the customized heuristic rules to the initial default depth map to produce a refined depth map, and rendering a three-dimensional (3D) image in a predefined format using the refined depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: VEFXI Corporation
    Inventor: Javed Sabir Barkatullah
  • Patent number: 9967470
    Abstract: A camera tracking system allows a camera to lock onto and follow a target object dynamically and automatically, without direct human intervention, including when the object moves erratically or unpredictably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ZOPTIC, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Paz
  • Patent number: 9960869
    Abstract: In CA performed using three or more frequency bands, whether or not a mobile station UE is capable of performing an inter-frequency measurement without a gap is properly determined. The mobile station UE according to the invention includes a transmission unit 11 configured to transmit “UE Capability” indicating a capability of the mobile station UE to a radio base station eNB. The transmission unit 11 is configured to notify frequency bands in which the mobile station UE is capable of performing an inter-frequency measurement without a gap for each “CA band combination” as the “UE Capability”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Hideaki Takahashi, Tooru Uchino, Kengo Yagyu
  • Patent number: 9958531
    Abstract: In some examples, a query including signal values providing measures of signals between a first wireless device and corresponding access points is received. Access points are ranked for the query based on sorting the signal values. Similarity values are computed, using the ranking, between the query and respective fingerprints of signal values collected at a plurality of locations in an area, each signal value of the signal values in the fingerprints providing a measure of a signal between at least one wireless device at a location of the plurality of locations and a respective access point of the access points. A location of the first wireless device is determined based on the computed similarity values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Krishnam Raju Jampani
  • Patent number: 9961559
    Abstract: Positioning determination of a communication device in a wireless communication network is supported by a positioning device receiving [230] tight synchronization signals from a master positioning cell; determining [232] therefrom a plurality of time differences between their actual and theoretical times of arrival; synchronizing [234] a positioning cell clock based on the received tight synchronization signals adjusted by the time differences; and emitting [236] to the communication device a positioning signal at a time determined by the synchronization. The positioning signal includes an identifier of the positioning cell, and it is transmitted so as not to interfere with positioning pilot signals transmitted by the wireless communication network. The positioning device may alternatively receive synchronization signals from another positioning cell instead of a master positioning cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Nestwave SAS
    Inventor: Rabih Chrabieh
  • Patent number: 9960809
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving data from an external network device positioned outside of a neighborhood network, wherein the first waveguide system is a first network node of the neighborhood network. Electromagnetic waves are sent to a second waveguide system via a transmission medium, wherein the electromagnetic waves are guided by the transmission medium without utilizing an electrical return path, wherein the electromagnetic waves convey the data. The second waveguide system is determined according to a neighborhood routing scheme that limits delivery of the data to a group of recipient devices within a service area of the neighborhood network and the second waveguide system is a second network node of the neighborhood network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Gross, Joshua Lackey, Donald E. Levy, Roger Piqueras Jover, Jayaraman Ramachandran, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9961502
    Abstract: A method may use location information to transmit alert information to a communications device. Such a method may include receiving location information identifying a physical location of a mobile device; responsive to receiving an indication of communication intended for the mobile device, selecting an alerting tone based on the physical location of the mobile device; and providing instructions to adjust an alerting mechanism of the mobile device based on the selecting of the alerting tone. Other methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property l, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott Frank, Robert Starr, John Ruckart, Steven Tischer, Samuel Zellner
  • Patent number: 9961506
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for refining a coarse location determination by detecting patterns of motion sensor data that may be associated with predetermined locations. One or more geofeatures may be identified that cause a mobile device associated with a user to detect a distinguishable pattern of sensor data when the user interacts with the object. Accordingly, a coarse location may be refined using information associated with the geofeature, such as the location of the geofeature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Ardalan Heshmati, Rahul Bakshi
  • Patent number: 9961499
    Abstract: A mobile device management system includes a mobile device, a locator unit, and an operation unit. The locator unit includes a transmitter and is disposed on or in the mobile device. The operation unit is configured to receive the wireless signal. The units are configured to determine a distance between the locator unit and the operation unit and to cause a notification device to perform a notification when the distance is greater than a threshold signal strength value. The mobile device can also be configured to send a wireless signal to the locator unit when the mobile device receives a call or a message. The operation unit can be used to control the mobile device. A method using the system can help a person remember to retrieve the mobile device, to know to pick up a phone call, or to control a mobile device remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Cyber Group USA Inc.
    Inventors: David Mei, Jin-Xia Bao, Eric Mei
  • Patent number: 9961618
    Abstract: A geo-fence capable device is disclosed that is capable of performing an accurate geo-fence operation while minimizing power consumption. The device includes sensors, Wi-Fi connectability and GNSS. Sensors intermittently detect whether the device is in motion. When determined to be in motion, Wi-Fi is used to acquire a wireless access point list and to compare the access point list to previously-stored access points in order to determine whether the device is still within a particular region. GNSS is used to confirm exit from a region and to intermittently monitor whether the device has entered a new region. GNSS and application processor use can be minimized by utilizing sensor and Wi-Fi functionality as preliminary region monitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Charles Abraham, Frank van Diggelen
  • Patent number: 9961665
    Abstract: A method for acquiring a Global Positioning System GPS signal and a distributed base station are provided. The method includes that: a GPS signal is received via a GPS receiving module on a Radio Remote Unit RRU of a distributed base station, herein the GPS signal includes a clock signal and location information; the RRU transmits the received clock signal and location information to a Building Base band Unit BBU of the distributed base station; And the BBU computes to obtain an optimal clock provided for all devices of the present base station to use according to the received clock signal, and stores the received location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ying Wang
  • Patent number: 9961620
    Abstract: A system, a program and a method allow a wireless terminal to discover an objective access point with a comparatively small amount of consumption energy and in a comparatively short waiting time. The access point (AP) includes: an AP WLAN communicator communicating using a predetermined available channel of a first frequency band; a pointer signal generator generating a pointer signal including available-channel information in the first frequency band and a network identifier; and an AP pointer signal communicator using a specific channel of a second frequency band to send the pointer signal to the wireless terminal. While, the wireless terminal receives the pointer signal through the specific channel and controls, in response to the available channel information and network identifier included in the pointer signal, for waiting for receiving a beacon or a probe response transmitted in the first frequency band from the objective access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KDDI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuo Yunoki
  • Patent number: 9961664
    Abstract: A device may receive, from a base station, a wireless signal. The device may determine, based on the wireless signal, at least one of a signal quality value associated with the wireless signal or information indicative of a location of the base station relative to the device. The device may output a positioning notification, indicative of a manner in which the device is to be positioned, based on at least one of the signal quality value or the information indicative of the location of the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Chandwani, Frank Jager, Ratul Kumar Guha
  • Patent number: 9961565
    Abstract: A wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) may receive a request to perform directional signal strength measurements and provide location data associated with the WTRU. The WTRU may transmit directional signal strength measurements, based on the request and the location data associated with the WTRU, to facilitate generation of a directional radio environment map (DREM). The WTRU may receive a request to switch to a new transmission and reception beam pair based on the DREM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: IDAC Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnab Roy, Ravikumar V. Pragada, Philip J. Pietraski, Bharath Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 9955451
    Abstract: Improved network event tagging for mobile communications is described herein. By way of example, a mobile network can be configured to take periodic geographic positions of a mobile terminal operating within the mobile network. Network events occurring between the periodic geographic positions, otherwise partially unknown in position, can be estimated by referencing topographical information and estimating a route of travel of the mobile device. Estimated speed of the mobile device can be utilized to place the mobile device on a road network, cycling route, pedestrian walkway, or the like, and refine the estimated position of the mobile device at the time of the network event. Such estimates can be refined from traffic information or other real-time travel data. An estimated position of the mobile device can be output as an approximation of the network event to facilitate event modeling for the mobile network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Francisco Martinez, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9955297
    Abstract: A method for distributing micro-location-based notifications to a computing device includes receiving a unique identifier associated with a first entity, the unique identifier collected from a wireless beacon by a computing device proximal the wireless beacon, receiving identification of a second entity affiliated with the wireless beacon from the first entity; and in response to positive identification of the second entity as an authorized entity, authorizing delivery of a communication from the second entity, the communication executing on the computing device responsive to receipt of the unique identifier at the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Estimote Polska Sp. z o. o.
    Inventors: Lukasz Kostka, Jakub Krzych
  • Patent number: 9955299
    Abstract: A method is provided for estimating flows of persons that gathered at an Area of Interest for attending a public happening during a time interval on a day. The Area of Interest is defined by an Area of Interest center and an Area of Interest radius and is covered by a mobile telecommunication network having a plurality of communication stations (105a) each of which is adapted to manage communications of user equipment in one or more served areas in which the mobile telecommunication network is subdivided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Colonna, Marco Mamei
  • Patent number: 9955303
    Abstract: A beacon uses a plurality of co-located, unidirectional antennas each to transmit angular and/or ranging reference signals from substantially the same point. In some embodiments, two such antennas transmit the reference signals in substantially opposite directions, and in some embodiments four such antennas transmit in directions that are substantially at right angles to each other. In some embodiments, the transmitted signals overlap so they can be received at a single receiver. Some implementations include a receiver that interprets the reference signals from two or more of the co-located antennas to determine the direction of the receiver is in relative to the beacon or the location of the receiver relative to the beacon. Another implementation uses an omnidirectional antenna to provide ranging information and a rotating, unidirectional antenna to provide directional information. In some of these implementations, the antennas are co-located, while in others, they are separated in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: IP Funding Group, LLC
    Inventor: Richard L. Baker
  • Patent number: 9955311
    Abstract: A control apparatus of the present invention includes: a detection unit that detects a position of a terminal apparatus, based on position information which is acquired from plural radio beacons by the terminal apparatus; a memory that stores a history of the position of the terminal apparatus as route information, based on the position detected by the detection unit; and a determination unit that determines whether or not a current position, at which the terminal apparatus is detected, is correct, based on route information of plural terminal apparatuses stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Saito, Jiro Matsuda, Tohru Fuse
  • Patent number: 9955358
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a technique is provided for building a reference database used to estimate a position of a wireless local area network (WLAN) enabled device. Samples are obtained for WLAN access points, the samples for each WLAN access point being based on WLAN signals transmitted by the WLAN access point and received by one or more scanning devices. Software of a WLAN positioning system executing on one or more computing devices estimates a position of each WLAN access point based on the samples of the WLAN access point. The software also estimates a geographical area covered by the samples of each WLAN access point and determines a quality metric of each WLAN access point based on the estimated geographical area covered by the samples of the WLAN access point. The software then builds the reference database based on the estimated position and quality metric of each WLAN access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Kaveh Pahlavan, Nicolas Brachet
  • Patent number: 9955302
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments include devices, systems and/or methods of estimating a location of a mobile device. For example, an apparatus may include a wireless communication unit to communicate a message between an access point and a mobile device, the message including a group identifier to indicate the access point belongs to a group of two or more access points having local coordinates measured with respect to a common origin point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Uri Schatzberg, Yuval Amizur, Leor Banin, Itai Steiner
  • Patent number: 9948789
    Abstract: The present technology provides a method and system for monetizing the usage of a certain “reserved service,” which comprises usage of certain reserved wireless operating modes, such as Ultra High Coverage Mode (UHCM), usage of one or more reserved Modulation and Coding Schemes (MCSs), or a combination thereof. In some embodiments the reserved MCSs may be employed solely when using the reserved operating mode. Similarly, the reserved operating mode may be defined at least in part by its usage of the reserved MCSs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Richard Thomas Kavanaugh, Steven John Bennett
  • Patent number: 9949091
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include an efficient method for presenting a traversed path. The method disclosed can be used to track individuals or provide directions for the individual to return using a path already traversed, so that the individual does not get lost. The method comprises determining a location for an individual by receiving a device identifier (e.g., distinctive combination of numbers and/or characters uniquely identifying a receiving device associated with the individual) and location information, received from one or more beacons, from the receiving device. The method comprises determining a first location associated with the receiving device based on the location information and/or the device identifier. The method comprises determining different locations associated with the individual as the individual moves. The method comprises, upon receiving a request for a traversed path, displaying instructions to reach the point of origin (e.g., first location).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Michal Knas, Jiby John
  • Patent number: 9946892
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, systems, and devices are described for providing data security. In one method, data security is provided for a computing device having a data storage drive. A predetermined geographical area within which access to the data storage drive of the computing device is permitted may be identified. A geographical location of the computing device also may be identified. When the identified geographical location of the computing device is outside of the identified geographical area, access to at least a portion of the data storage drive may be denied. When the identified geographical location of the computing device is within the identified geographical area, access to the portion (or all) of the data storage drive may be allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Catherine Ellen Sand-Soll
  • Patent number: 9945953
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and devices for bias estimation and correction, particularly for time-of-arrival (TOA) based wireless geolocation systems. Multipath and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) biases can cause distance estimation errors in the range of tens-hundreds of meters and is particularly problematic in urban and indoor environments. The behavior of the biases dynamically changes depending on the clutter and/or obstructions between the base station and the mobile device. Aspects of the present invention provide practical real-time bias estimation and correction techniques for TOA-based systems and are based on inferring and estimating the biases from dynamic time differential measurements. The techniques can operate in real-time and involve simple calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, British Telecommunications plc, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
    Inventors: Nayef Alsindi, James Aweya, Zdenek Chaloupka
  • Patent number: 9949230
    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: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, William Cottrill, Rick Tipton
  • Patent number: 9949085
    Abstract: An indoor positioning data system includes a mobile device having an indoor positioning system (IPS) mobile app, an enterprise server having a control processor, a datastore including a data metric analytic algorithm, and position beacons distributed throughout a volume of an indoor space to be monitored configured to broadcast their respective positions. The control processor configured to perform the data metric analytic algorithm, to collect position information from the mobile device and position information from the position beacons, to compare the collected position information to a predetermined distance threshold, if the collected position information is within the predetermined distance threshold, record the position of the mobile device in the data records, and display results of the data metric algorithm on a display of a client computing device. A non-transitory computer-readable medium containing executable instructions is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Diana Freeman-Baer, Lokesh Babu Krishnamoorthy
  • Patent number: 9949086
    Abstract: A system, such as a security monitoring system, includes one or more devices at a physical space. Each device performs a function (e.g., security monitoring) at the physical space, and at least one is able to interact, via a network, with a mobile device. The system is automatically controlled based on a location of the mobile device. The system tracks the mobile device with a first tracking technique when located outside both a home region associated with the physical space and an active monitoring region that surrounds the home region, determines, based on the tracking information, whether the mobile device is within the active monitoring region, and switches to a second, different, tracking technique if it is determined that the mobile device is within the active monitoring region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canary Connect, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiernan Kennedy, Michael Klein, Eric Weaver, Sergey Morozov, Michael Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9949200
    Abstract: A centralized beacon management service includes a beacon database for storing beacon information for different enterprises. The beacon database includes tables that associate beacons deployed by enterprises with beacon information. The beacon information can include information for commissioning the beacons and payload data to be broadcast by the beacon to client devices within communication range of the beacon. Based on proximity sensing data provided by a client device, beacon information is retrieved and sent to the client device over a communication channel (e.g., WiFi, cellular) established with the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Mayor
  • Patent number: 9942708
    Abstract: A device and method to track individuals. The device has a processing unit, and a memory containing instructions executable by the processing unit. The device receives a location with which at least one individual is to be associated, receives an indication of a geographical area in which the individual is allowed to move with respect to the location, and registers a first event in a database at a first time in response to a message received indicating that the individual is within the indicated geographical area. Further, the device tracks, in response to registering the first event, a geographical position of a mobile terminal of the individual, and registers a second event in the database at a second instant of time based on the tracked geographical position of the mobile terminal indicating that the individual no longer is within the indicated geographical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TIDLOG AB
    Inventor: Magnus Eriksson
  • Patent number: 9942724
    Abstract: A system creates a content-based mapping of a physical space based on data received from beacons positioned at various locations in a physical space. Each beacon transmits a unique beacon identifier. When a mobile device detects a beacon identifier, the mobile device may also detect the signal strength of the transmitted identifier. If, with or shortly after detecting the beacon identifier, the mobile device is used to view content that is present in the physical space, the system may use the content information, the beacon identifier and the signal strength to build content-based floor map of the physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Otis, Joshua Barrett Strausser
  • Patent number: 9942164
    Abstract: A mobile information terminal determines whether or not access to a site which is specified by a signal is permitted when the signal transmitted from a transmission source is received, based on identification information. When it is determined that access to the site is permitted, the terminal changes a state of the identification information to a state in which access is not permitted by accessing the site. When it is determined that access to the site is not permitted, the terminal receives an instruction on access to the site while the signal is received. When the instruction on access is received, the terminal accesses the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki Yasunaga, Akihiko Fujiwara, Mika Hirama, Tetsuya Nobuoka
  • Patent number: 9942871
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for estimating, by a third device, a location of a first device by using a Bluetooth low energy (LE) technique. The present invention provides a method and an apparatus, the method comprising the steps of: receiving, from the third device, a location measurement request message for requesting a measurement of the location of the first device; transmitting, to the first device, a first request message for requesting location information relating to the location of the first device; receiving, from the first device, a first response message including the location information as a response to the request message; estimating location value information indicating the location of the first device on the basis of the location information; and transmitting, to the third device, a location measurement response message including the estimated location value information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsoo Lee, Younghwan Kwon, Jaeho Lee
  • Patent number: 9940525
    Abstract: A method of providing obscurant data includes receiving image data including an image of a target and receiving a preference setting corresponding to the target. Obscurant data of at least a portion of the image data corresponding to the target are determined using the received preference setting. A method of providing surveillance image data includes capturing image data including an image of a target, querying a database to receive a preference setting corresponding to the target, determining the obscurant data of the portion of the image data, and selectively modifying the received image data according to the determined obscurant data to provide the surveillance image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Mace Wolf
  • Patent number: 9942385
    Abstract: A system and a method for preventing and/or limiting use of mobile devices are provided. The method includes receiving, by a mobile device, a message indicating that the mobile device is in a certain location, and determining a user-configured security policy of the mobile device based on the certain location. The method further includes at least one of disabling and enabling, by the mobile device, one or more functions of the mobile device based on the determined user-configured security policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank C. Fisk, Sri Ramanathan, Matthew A. Terry, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9940669
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to computer-implemented personal financial management tools, methods and systems for providing financial transaction data to users and attracting origination customers to a financial institution within a financial business computing environment. The disclosure also extends to a flexible Open Origination that allows any type of mobile, internet, online, personal financial management software, finance tool, or other useful function, device or software, that a bank or financial institution provides to account holders, and offers that same functionality to all users, regardless of their account status. Non-account holders can download and utilize the Banking Software in question in order to enjoy its features, and to become familiar with the experience of doing business with the bank or financial institution that provides the software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: MX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: John Ryan Caldwell
  • Patent number: 9942791
    Abstract: A 3GPP monitoring architecture framework provides monitoring event configuration, detection, and reporting for machine-type and other mobile data applications by configuring monitoring on a mobility management entity (MME), a serving general packet radio service support node (SGSN), or a home subscriber service (HSS) node through existing interfaces, such as Tsp, T4, and T5 interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Puneet K. Jain, Varun N. Rao, Muthaiah Venkatachalam
  • Patent number: 9939515
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus comprises a processor configured to determine a first result of estimating a position based at least in part on a first partial radio map, the processor further configured to perform a first comparison of the first result to a reference position, and a memory configured to store a second result based upon the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Wirola, Laura Wirola, Jari Syrjarinne, Mikko Blomqvist
  • Patent number: 9942815
    Abstract: In some scenarios it may be useful for a client terminal to know the location of one or more base stations in a wireless communication network. While a network may know its location accurately, it may not provide that information to a client terminal. Furthermore, the location information for a base station may be required before a client terminal can communicate with a particular base station. Location determination is a commonly available and used capability in many client terminals in a wireless communication network for finding the client terminal's own location. A method and apparatus are disclosed that enable a client terminal that is capable of determining its own location to be able to determine the location of any base station in a wireless communication network. A client terminal may use the base station location information for improved performance, improved user experience, and reduced power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: MBIT WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventor: Sivakumar Govindassamy
  • Patent number: 9935756
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for obtaining measurements of a range between devices in an exchange messages. In particular, described are techniques for transmitting messages between or among devices to share computed parameters indicative of ranges between devices. In particular implementations, shared computed parameters indicative of ranges between or among devices may enable computation of estimated locations of one or more of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Subash Marri Sridhar, Carlos Aldana
  • Patent number: 9933274
    Abstract: A system and method for determining location information using a location data point provided by a computing device is described. A location data point is received by a system from a client computing device. The system determines whether the location data point is within a predefined region from a plurality of predefined regions configured by a user of the system. If the location data point is within a predefined region, location information corresponding to the predefined region is transmitted to the client device. If the location data point is not within a predefined region, one or more third-party reverse geocoding services can be used that translates the location data point to a street address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul-Phillip Holden, Matthew Sweeney, Jeremy Grosser
  • Patent number: 9934635
    Abstract: A computing device may be configured to transition control over one or more functions of a rental unit to a user (e.g., a traveler) based on one or more of time, geo-location and access credentials. Access may be granted to the traveler to use one or more home automation functions including a HVAC system, a thermostat, lighting, security alarm, automated door locks, etc. An owner of the rental unit may have access to some or all of the home automation functions blocked during the traveler's stay at the rental unit, and at an end of the stay owner access to those functions may be enabled. Some functions may be activated prior to the traveler's arrival at the unit based on a time to arrival and/or distance from the unit. An application on a traveler's computing device may be configured to summon a repair service for the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: HomeAway.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hedley Turner, Daniel Steven Haligas, Velayudhan Pillai Venugopal, Alex Holm Devine