Location Monitoring Patents (Class 455/456.1)
  • Patent number: 10004091
    Abstract: A communication apparatus according to the present invention includes a storage unit that stores, when the communication apparatus is connected to a first wireless network at a predetermined position, information about the predetermined position, a detection unit that detects whether the communication apparatus exists within a predetermined range including the predetermined position, and a transmission unit that transmits predetermined information, for connecting another communication apparatus to the first wireless network, to the another communication apparatus using a second communication system with a lower power consumption than a first communication system used in the first wireless network in response to the detection unit detecting that the communication apparatus exists within the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryosuke Sato
  • Patent number: 10002353
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a transaction may include receiving a funds transfer request, the funds transfer request specifying a source account associated with a first unit of value, a transaction amount, and a destination account associated with second unit of value, wherein the second unit of value is different than the first unit of value. The transaction may proceed with a response to the funds transfer request which is processed by automatically determining an exchange rate between the first and second units of value, wherein at least one of the first or second units of value is not a governmental currency, and automatically initiating a debit request to debit the transaction amount from the source account and automatically initiating a credit request to credit the transaction amount to the destination account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Debbie Kimberg, Shawn Hagmeier
  • Patent number: 10003928
    Abstract: A method and system for deploying a calibrated positioning map of an area. The method, executed in a processor of a server computing device, comprises receiving, at a memory of the server computing device, a first set of fingerprint data acquired within the area by a plurality of mobile devices, generating, using the processor, a distribution of calibrated data points based at least in part on the first set of fingerprint data, the calibrated data points representing respective positions within the area, receiving, at the memory, a second set of fingerprint data acquired by at least one additional mobile device, processing, using the processor, the second set of fingerprint data and the calibrated data points to generate an updated distribution of calibrated data points, and when the updated distribution exceeds a predetermined threshold density of calibration data points, deploying the updated distribution as the calibrated positioning map of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Paramvir Singh Nagpal, Saeedeh Hamidifar, Sean Huberman
  • Patent number: 9996998
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to electrical and electronic hardware, computer software, wired and wireless network communications, and wearable computing devices for identifying activities and/or destinations of relative importance. More specifically, a system, a device and a method provide to predict activities (e.g., preferential activities) available at a geographic region association with lodging and to adaptively generate advisory data. In one or more embodiments, a method can include accessing traveler profile data associated with a user, identifying data representing a portion of traveler attributes associated with a geographic region including lodging for the user, and receiving data indicative of locality-related characteristics. The method also includes predicting a first activity as a function of a locality-related characteristic and a travel attribute, and generating customized advisory data configured to engage in an activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HomeAway.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hedley Turner, Daniel Steven Haligas, Velayudhan Venugopal, Alex Holm Devine
  • Patent number: 9998881
    Abstract: Methods and systems and mobile device interfaces for creating, joining, organizing and managing via mobile devices affinity groups in a cloud computing environment for social and business purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Gerald Douglas Hosier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9996751
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for monitoring a monitored region (10) recorded by a camera, wherein a content analysis is performed for a sub-region (20) of the monitored region (10); wherein the sub-region (20) is determined in dependence on one or more parameters; and wherein the determination of the sub-region (20) is performed anew when at least one of the parameters changes during the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Karl Warzelhan, Nicolas Cebron
  • Patent number: 9997000
    Abstract: An electronic key actively executes wireless communication following a keyless entry communication and passively executes wireless communication following a RFID communication. A vehicle control device is mounted on a vehicle and actively executes wireless communication following each of the keyless entry communication and RFID communication. An ECU/BCM unlocks a door by communicating with the electronic key using the keyless entry communication and issues a password to the electronic key in relation to this action. When a door knob or handle is pulled, an RFID-IC acquires the password issued by the ECU/BCM from the electronic key using the RFID communication and unlocks the door by authenticating the acquired password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ikuhei Kimura, Makoto Yasutake
  • Patent number: 9998872
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for supporting positioning operations in a cellular communication network including locating a mobile device in response to an emergency event. In one particular implementation, a first position fix may be provided quickly by a mobile device and may be followed by a second, more accurate, position fix at a later time. In particular implementations, the first and second position fixes may be provided using the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) Positioning Protocol (LPP) as part of a single LPP transaction and may further be provided using a user plane or control plane location solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yongjin Jiang, Stephen William Edge, Kirk Allan Burroughs, Sven Fischer, Ie-Hong Lin
  • Patent number: 9998863
    Abstract: A method and system for broadcasting a beacon identifier identifying the beacon system from the beacon system to a user device, receiving the beacon identifier at a content determination system from the user device, determining contextual content at the content determination system based on the beacon identifier, transmitting the contextual content from the content determination system to the user device, where the user device automatically transmits the contextual content to the first beacon system in response to receiving the contextual content, receiving the contextual content at the beacon system from the user device, and controlling the output display with the beacon system to present the contextual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Estimote Polska Sp. z o. o.
    Inventors: Marcin Mycek, Michal Sznajder, Grzegorz Krukiewicz-Gacek, Lukasz Kostka, Jakub Krzych
  • Patent number: 9992633
    Abstract: A BLE location system and method are disclosed. The BLE system may provide accurate location of a BLE enabled object in a three dimensional space. The three dimensional space may be a building and the BLE system and method permits accurate location at a room, bay, and bed level in the three dimensional space to be determined. In some embodiments, the BLE system may determine if a BLE enabled object crosses a boundary and the boundary may be, for example, a boundary to a room, such as a door, a boundary to a space, such as a hallway or meeting area, or a boundary to a particular location identified by set of coordinates (X,Y or X,Y,Z for example). The determination of the boundary crossing of the BLE enabled object or the location of the BLE enabled object may be used for staff and patient locating and their associated workflows as well as high accuracy asset tracking in a hospital embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AWAREPOINT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei Geng, Dipal Kashipara, John Taylor, Gary Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 9992620
    Abstract: A social media application that integrates with a map application which enables users to interact with both stationary and mobile geo-fences that are placed around locations or objects of interest. The geo-fences are populated with content or programmed to provide notifications, and social features. The social features include, among other things, categorization, peer review, interest suggestion, threshold alerts, private and public messaging, private and public content dissemination, and cloud repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Hippware, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Curry, Beng Leong Tan
  • Patent number: 9989619
    Abstract: A bulk propagation fine timing measurement (BFTM) allocation message is generated by a scheduling mobile computing device that identifies other mobile computing devices in the area. The BFTM allocation message generated by the scheduling mobile computing device indicates a scheduling order for the identified mobile computing devices and contention-free periods for the mobile computing devices to transmit the timing measurement messages. The responding mobile computing devices generate bulk propagation timing measurement (BPTM) messages that include propagation times between pairs of mobile computing devices—either two other devices or the responding device and another device. These BPTM messages are then transmitted during scheduled times frames indicated in the scheduling order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Fuad Mousse Abinader, Jr., Eduardo Abinader
  • Patent number: 9990479
    Abstract: Technologies for authenticating a user of a computing device based on an authentication context state includes generating context state outputs indicative of various context states of a mobile computing device based on sensor data generated by sensors of the mobile computing device. An authentication manager of the computing device implements an authentication state machine to authenticate a user of the computing device. The authentication state machine includes a number of authentication states, and each authentication state includes one or more transitions to another authentication state. Each of the transitions is dependent upon a context state output. The computing device may also include a device security manager, which implements a security state machine that includes a number of security states. Transition between security states is dependent upon the present authentication state of the user. The device security manager may implement a different security function in each security state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ned M. Smith, Nathan Heldt-Sheller, Micah J. Sheller, Kevin C. Wells, Hannah L. Scurfield, Nathaniel J. Goss, Sindhu Pandian, Brad H. Needham
  • Patent number: 9992625
    Abstract: An example method is provided and may include retrieving by a user equipment (UE) an access point (AP) Media Access Control (MAC) address for an AP to which the UE is connected; reporting location information for the UE to an evolved Packet Data Gateway over an SWu interface using Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) protocol, wherein the location information includes, at least in part, a UE location in GPS coordinates, a service set identifier, the retrieved AP MAC address and cell identity information for the UE; and populating a location database with the location information. The method can include embedding the location information in an identity initiator (Idi) of an IKE Authentication Request (IKE_AUTH_REQ) message using a Network Access Identifier (NAI) and communicating the location information from the ePDG to a PGW over an S2b interface using a private extension information element of GPRS Tunneling Protocol version 2 (GTPv2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Dhammawat, Arun Kavunder
  • Patent number: 9992452
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an IPTV System for provisioning IPTV services to a subscriber of said IPTV system. The IPTV-system comprises an application server for provisioning IPTV services to the subscriber via a first client device that is associated to the subscriber and the first client device. The application Server is coupled to the first client device over a communications network. The IPTV system further comprises a location determination part that is adapted to determine an actual location of the subscriber and a service provisioning determination part that is adapted to determine alternative means for provisioning the IPTV services to the subscriber based on the location of the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Provenance Asset Group LLC
    Inventors: David Robinson, Andrey Kisel, Christiaan Schutte
  • Patent number: 9992326
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to methods and systems for determining the language presented by a mobile communication device operable for use in a plurality of different countries during an activation process on the mobile communication device. Methods may comprise receiving information from beacon(s) of one or more wireless access points to determine the presented language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Gary D. Koller, Mark Douglas Peden, Raymond E. Reeves, Simon Youngs
  • Patent number: 9992290
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing geolocation data indicating a first geolocation of a mobile computing device of a user of a social-networking system. The social-networking system including a graph that includes a number of nodes and edges connecting the nodes. A first node in the graph corresponds to the user. The method also includes identifying one or more second nodes in the graph connected to the first node. Each of the second nodes being associated with a second geolocation. Each of the second nodes being connected to the first node within a pre-determined threshold number of degrees of separation with at least one edge corresponding to the activity socially relevant to the user. Each edge in the graph represents a single degree of separation within the graph. The identifying being based on a determination that the second geolocation is within a pre-determined threshold distance of the first geolocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Matthew Cahill, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Charles Jolley
  • Patent number: 9983012
    Abstract: A location and mapping service is described that creates a global database of indoor navigation maps through crowd-sourcing and data fusion technologies. The navigation maps consist of a database of geo-referenced, uniquely described features in the multi-dimensional sensor space (e.g., including structural, RF, magnetic, image, acoustic, or other data) that are collected automatically as a tracked mobile device is moved through a building (e.g. a person with a mobile phone or a robot). The feature information can be used to create building models as one or more tracked devices traverse a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TRX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Travis Young, Kamiar Kordari, Benjamin Funk, Carole Teolis
  • Patent number: 9983291
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and devices are disclosed to estimate a position of a mobile device using, for example, beacon signals transmitted using virtual access points utilizing a single, physical transceiver. Determination that beacon signals emanate from a single, physical transceiver may be based, at least in part, on a similarity among acquired beacon signals conveying identifiers, such as media access control identification (MAC ID) addresses and/or basic service set identifiers (BSSIDs), and on measurement of beacon signal characteristics, such as received signal strength at a mobile device and/or round trip time between the mobile device and the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ju-Yong Do, Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Sundar Raman, Weiyi Liu, Gengsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9986383
    Abstract: In an approach to locating nearby computing device users to participate in a fitness activity, one or more computer processors receive from a first computing device of a first user, a selection of a fitness activity and a request to locate at least one second computing device associated with at least one second user in a vicinity of the first computing device to join in a fitness activity. The approach includes one or more computer processors determining the at least one second computing device associated with the least one second user is located in the vicinity of the first computing device. Furthermore, the approach includes one or more computer processors determining directions for the first user and the at least one second user to meet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Liam M. Doherty, Benjamin T. Horwood
  • Patent number: 9986373
    Abstract: A Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) location server, user equipment (UE) and evolved Node-B (eNB) are generally described. Information may be transmitted to the UE from the location server. The transmission may be triggered by the location server or another entity requesting the UE location. The information may permit the UE to receive a discovery reference signal (DRS) from at least one eNB. The information may contain an indication of measurements to be performed using the DRS. The UE may measure Reference Signal Received Power (RSRP) or Reference Signal Time Difference (RSTD) of the DRS. The UE may send the measurement information to the location server where the UE location is estimated. The UE location may be based on measurements of the DRS and a positioning reference signal (PRS) from one or more eNBs to obtain the Observed Time Difference of Arrival (OTDOA) or Enhanced Cell ID (ECID).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Alexei Davydov, Jong-Kae Fwu
  • Patent number: 9986440
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are disclosed for addressing the challenges in interference and mobility management in broadband, UAV-assisted heterogeneous network (BAHN) scenarios. Implementations include BAHN control components, for example, at a controlling network node of a BAHN. Generally, a component implementing techniques for managing interference and handover in a BAHN gathers state data from network nodes or devices in the BAHN, determines a candidate BAHN model that optimizes interference and handover metrics, and determines and performs model adjustments to the network parameters, BS parameters, and UAV-assisted base station (UABS) device locations and velocities to conform to the optimized candidate BAHN model. Also described is a UABS apparatus having a UAV, communications interface for communicating with a HetNet in accordance with wireless air interface standards, and a computing device suitable for implementing BAHN control or reinforcement learning components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventor: Ismail Guvenc
  • Patent number: 9985981
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computerized apparatus and computer program product for monitoring traffic in a computer network. The computer network comprises a plurality of devices configured to apply a transformation function on a target port identifier of a requested transmission by an application program executing thereon and direct the transmission to a different target port per the scrambled identifier thereby obtained. The transformation function depends on at least one parameter shared among the plurality of devices and applying thereof is conditioned on the application program requesting transmission being listed in a list of authorized application programs. Attempts to access invalid ports as defined by the transformation function are identified and an action for mitigating a security threat ascribed thereto is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Cyber 2.0 (2015) Ltd
    Inventor: Erez Kaplan Haelion
  • Patent number: 9983290
    Abstract: A method for obtaining the direction of a signal incoming to a communication device is provided using a modal antenna that has multiple modes corresponding to multiple radiation patterns with a single feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ethertronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Pajona, Michael Roe, Mohd Faizal Mohd Zaini, Sebastian Rowson, Laurent Desclos
  • Patent number: 9986379
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a system for generating shopping incentives for users based on purchasing patterns of the users. The system performs operations including determining one or more zones within a venue based on wireless signals transmitted by one or more wireless sensors. The operations further include, for at least one zone, determining a current state associated with the zone, monitoring the zone, and, in response to detecting a device entering the zone, notifying the device of the current state associated with the zone. Each zone is assigned to a zone owner. A current state associated with a zone is based on a real-time location of a device carried by the zone owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Gerken, III, Jeremy A. Greenberger
  • Patent number: 9986494
    Abstract: Disclosed is a small cell discovery method, the method including: a base station of the current service cell receives a physical cell identifier and a status parameter transmitted by a base station of a non-service cell adjacent to the current service cell, the status parameter being used to indicate a mode of transmitting an air interface signal by the base station of the non-service cell; the base station of the current service cell transmits the physical cell identifier and the status parameter to a user equipment. Also, disclosed are a base station, a user equipment and a small cell discovery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: China Mobile Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Jianjun Liu, Yi Zheng, Xiaodong Shen
  • Patent number: 9986380
    Abstract: A first wireless device determines whether the first wireless device is in a specified proximity to a second wireless device based on a signal wirelessly transmitted by the second wireless device. Based on information transmitted by the second wireless device, it is determined whether the first wireless device shares a common interest with the second wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: William Anthony Gage, Biswaroop Mukherjee, Robert Novak
  • Patent number: 9986325
    Abstract: Apparatus comprises adapter and speaker system. Adapter is configured to plug into port of personal digital audio player. Speaker system is in communication with adapter, and comprises multiple acoustic transducers, programmable processor circuit, and wireless communication circuit. In first operational mode, processor circuit receives, via adapter, and processes digital audio content from personal digital audio player into which adapter is plugged, and the multiple acoustic transducers output the received audio content from the personal digital audio player. In second operational mode, wireless communication circuit receives digital audio content from a remote digital audio source over a wireless network, processor circuit processes the digital audio content received from remote digital audio source, and the multiple acoustic transducers output the audio content received from the remote digital audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KOSS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Koss, Michael J. Pelland
  • Patent number: 9986377
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods in a mobile device for determining a breach of a geofence is presented. A reference radio frequency (RF) fingerprint is obtained by the mobile device, the reference RF fingerprint defining the geofence. The reference RF fingerprint may be generated by the mobile device or received from a different mobile device. The mobile device scans for RF signals and determines a scanned RF fingerprint based on the scan for RF signals. A breach of the geofence is determined using the reference RF fingerprinting and the scanned RF fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Xintian Li, Marc Anthony Ische
  • Patent number: 9977133
    Abstract: Examples are provided that enable a cellular network location assist to confirm a position determined using a sensor of a mobile device. As a result of global positioning system signals becoming unavailable due to the mobile device traveling indoors, the mobile device implements a sensor-based position determination that provides a position of the mobile device as the mobile device travels about a location. In order to confirm the reliability of the sensor-based position determination, the mobile device, after passage of time or after traveling some estimated distance, requests location assistance indications from the cellular network. A processor of the mobile device receives the location assistance indications and generates a directional vector based on several of the location assistance indications. Using the directional vector, the processor confirms the reliability of the dead reckoning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Yuk Lun Li, Xin Ren, Zheng Zhao, Nanjun Qian
  • Patent number: 9980095
    Abstract: An electronic mobile device that supports a subscriber identification module (SIM) profile scans a base station cell that is associated with a different SIM profile in response to an inability to connect with a wireless network associated with the electronic mobile device's SIM profile. The electronic mobile device obtains cell information from the base station cell associated with the different SIM profile in response to the scanning. The cell information may include country associated data such as Mobile Country Code (MCC) or a System Identification (SID) data. Based on the obtained cell information, the electronic mobile device determines a current geographic location. The electronic mobile device may then adjust operation of a service, such as an application, of the electronic mobile device based on the determined country. Corresponding methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Weihua Tan, Shishir Kumar Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9980100
    Abstract: A venue system of a client device can submit a location request to a server, which returns multiple venues that are near the client device. The client device can use one or more machine learning schemes (e.g., convolutional neural networks) to determine that the client device is located in one of specific venues of the possible venues. The venue system can further select imagery for presentation based on the venue selection. The presentation may be published as ephemeral message on a network platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Ebony James Charlton, Sumant Hanumante, Zhou Ren, Dhritiman Sagar
  • Patent number: 9978019
    Abstract: Method for calculating whether an actual location of a target device is on one side of a boundary zone includes: receiving an estimated location of the target device; receiving a desired confidence level; forming a first circle with radius D, centered at the estimated location, where D is the shortest distance from the estimated location to the boundary zone; forming a second circle with radius R?, centered at the estimated location, wherein R? is determined in such a way so that a likelihood that the actual location is inside the second circle equals or exceeds the desired confidence level; forming an angle with an apex at the estimated location and rays passing through two closest points to the estimated location where the second circle intersects the boundary zone; and using a size of an annulus formed by the first circle, the second circle, and the rays to estimate whether the actual location lies on the same side of the boundary zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNOCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khaled I. Dessouky, John Thomas Moring, Mario Proietti
  • Patent number: 9980092
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of transmitters, which are distributed at fixed locations of a site, regularly transmits radio signals. A mesh node performs measurements on radio signals transmitted by at least one transmitter and transmits messages including results of the measurements. The mesh node belongs to a plurality of mesh nodes, each configured to monitor at least one environmental parameter at the site. A gateway node receives messages transmitted by the mesh node directly and/or via at least one other mesh node of the plurality of mesh nodes, wherein each of the plurality of mesh nodes is configured to receive messages from other mesh nodes of the plurality of mesh nodes and to forward received messages. The gateway node transmits received messages to a server that is configured to monitor mesh nodes at the site based on results of measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Aarne Johannes Wirola, Kalle Asikainen
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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