Location Monitoring Patents (Class 455/456.1)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 9930079
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving information from a network-enabled device, the network-enabled device being associated with a first user of a social-networking system. The information indicates that the physical presence of an item has been detected by one or more sensors of the network-enabled device. The method further includes identifying the item based on the received information and providing information about the identified item to one or more second users of the social-networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yael G. Maguire, Damian Kowalewski
  • Patent number: 9930541
    Abstract: A method comprising: collecting from each of multiple access points in a network of access points a set of measurements made at a respective access point for signals transmitted by other access points, wherein the network of access points is for use in positioning a device that communicates with the network of access points; processing the collected sets of measurements to classify changes in the network of access points; and performing an action that is conditional upon how a change is classified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Terhi Tuulikki Rautiainen
  • Patent number: 9930491
    Abstract: Techniques for supporting positioning are described. In an example implementation, a method for use in determining a position of a mobile station is provided, wherein a network-based computing device receives a message from a mobile station, the message indicating an identity of a transmitter device from which the mobile device has received at least one signal; and identifies at least one civil location estimate based at least in part on the message; the at least one civil location estimate representing an estimated location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Kirk Allan Burroughs
  • Patent number: 9929817
    Abstract: Disclosed is a three-dimensional ad-hoc tracking system and method between two or more devices at a location. The disclosed systems and methods can be implemented on commodity mobile devices with no added components and require no cross-device calibration, in order to track surrounding devices. Such tracking can be achieved by fusing three types of signals: 1) the strength of Bluetooth low energy signals reveals the presence and rough distance between devices; 2) a series of inaudible acoustic signals and the difference in their arrival times produces a set of accurate distances between devices, from which 3D offsets between the devices can be derived; and 3) the integration of dead reckoning from the orientation and acceleration sensors of all devices at a location to refine the estimate and to support quick interactions between devices. The disclosed systems and methods can be implemented by cross-device applications on mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Christian Holz, Haojian Jin
  • Patent number: 9929855
    Abstract: A User Equipment comprises a master clock, for example a Precision Time Protocol, PTP, or Precision Time Control Protocol, PTCP, network clock. The User Equipment further comprises circuitry configured to set the master clock based on signals from a wireless communications network node and a time offset, wherein the time offset is based on the propagation delay between the wireless network node and the User Equipment. The circuitry is further configured to send timing information to a network device in a communications network having a slave clock, whereby the network device can synchronize its slave clock with respect to the master clock comprised within the User Equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Stefano Ruffini, Michael Breschel, János Harmatos, György Miklós, Magnus Sandgren
  • Patent number: 9921083
    Abstract: A method for locating a mobile element in a predetermined zone, including supplying power to an on-board module in the mobile element, where the on-board module includes an electronic circuit and an on-board coil, generating a locating signal by the electronic circuit and transmission of the locating signal via the on-board coil, picking up the locating signal by receiver coils on a support in proximity to the predetermined zone, each of the receiver coils configured to pick up the locating signal when the mobile element is in proximity, and determining a location of the mobile element in the predetermined zone by detecting a signal level on the support in the form of an array by a processing unit connected to the support. The electronic circuit and the on-board coil constitute an RLC circuit that oscillates, generating the locating signal by sudden interruption of the current through the on-board coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: VALOTEC, ASSOCIATION INSTITUT DE MYOLOGIE
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Lourme, Gary Tendon, Jean-Yves Hogrel
  • Patent number: 9924487
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for concealing location information of a user. The method comprises receiving current location information of a mobile terminal associated with the user from a network server upon initiation of a call by telecom equipment with the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal is registered with the network server. The method further comprises retrieving privacy settings of the mobile terminal predefined in respect to the telecom equipment when the current location information of the mobile terminal is different from location information associated with the network server. The method further comprises routing the call to the network server for announcing pre-stored information in a predefined language to the telecom equipment based on the retrieved privacy settings for concealing the current location information of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventor: Venkata Subramanian Jayaraman
  • Patent number: 9924315
    Abstract: Systems, methods and tools for modifying existing geofence notifications using a plurality of overlapping geofences and geo-fencing rules to alter the notification messages as a function of triggering multiple overlapped geofences simultaneously. Triggering the two overlapping geofences may display notifications tied to a special event, marketing campaign or promotion designated by the subsequent geofence overlaying a pre-existing, first geofence. While the second geofence is active, a modified message may be displayed featuring the special event or marketing campaign. Subsequently, after the second geofence has changed locations, deactivated or deleted, the previously existing geofence may revert back to the originally displayed notification prior to mapping the second geofence targeting the special event or promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew B. Cornwall, Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 9919218
    Abstract: Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by providing access to users attempting to join a game instance via virtual reality platforms and denying access to users attempting to join the game instance via non-virtual reality platforms. Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by requiring users playing the online game via virtual reality platforms during a time period to achieve a first objective, and requiring users playing the online game via non-reality platforms during the time period to achieve a second objective. The first objective may require interaction with the virtual reality content and the second object may not require interaction with the virtual reality content. Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by requiring all users to achieve an objective during a time period. The objective may require interaction with the virtual reality content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Tomi Huttula
  • Patent number: 9915721
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a WPS dedicated device is used to estimate the position of a user device. The WPS dedicated device is configured to be receive-only and lacks WLAN packet transmission capabilities, or is configured to provide limited-transmission and is capable of transmitting only a predefined subset of WLAN packets supported by a WLAN protocol. The WPS dedicated device may be used with optimized scanning procedures that include a plurality of phases that are progressed through until WLAN information sufficient to identify at least a threshold number of more WLAN APs is obtained, that simultaneously scan on multiple WLAN channels, or that provide other types of optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz
  • Patent number: 9918319
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided for solving technical problems related to communicating between two or more unrelated mobile devices based on location without needing contact information for the unrelated mobile computing devices. In various implementations, the service is adapted to use a common user base for a location-based matching process. In some implementations, a rough order of magnitude is maintained for users until the user is identified as a potential responder to a location-based request at which time a location request may be made to a mobile computing device. Further, parallel location based requests, such as surveys, may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: VIOOZER, INC.
    Inventors: Uri Borenstein, David Eli Hammel
  • Patent number: 9918294
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems of location estimation using a probability density function are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a server can estimate an effective altitude of a wireless access gateway using harvested data. The server can harvest location data from multiple mobile devices. The harvested data can include a location of each mobile device and an identifier of a wireless access gateway that is located within a communication range of the mobile device. The server can calculate an effective altitude of the wireless access gateway using a probability density function of the harvested data. The probability density function can be a sufficient statistic of the received set of location coordinates for calculating an effective altitude of the wireless access gateway. The server can send the effective altitude of the wireless access gateway to other mobile devices for estimating altitudes of the other mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang, Jason Dere, Yefim Grosman
  • Patent number: 9916529
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multifunctional touch smart card, having: an operation center, a touch part, a security element, and a battery. The touch part is capable of controlling operation of the operation center and the security element. The battery supplies power to the operation center, the security element, and the touch part. A touch button design is adopted for the smart card of the present invention, so a button of the present invention can be disposed at any position of the smart card. Thus, not only may the card have a more beautiful appearance design, but also it is easier to lay out circuits of the smart card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOTRUST TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Darren Tien-Chi Lee, Jeng Lung Li
  • Patent number: 9916519
    Abstract: In one particular aspect, a portable computing device (e.g., a tablet or smartphone) senses audio and/or image content from a user's environment, and initiates one or more recognition agents (e.g., performing image watermark recognition, image recognition, object recognition, facial recognition, barcode recognition, optical character recognition, audio watermark recognition, speech recognition, speaker recognition, or music recognition). Resource allocation to a recognition agent can be varied based on (a) progress of the recognition agent to achieve its recognition goal, and (b) user interest data indicating user interest in the output of the recognition agent. A second candidate recognition agent can be evaluated for possible launch, based on a relevance score, and a cost score. In some embodiments, the device adapts its operation to changing context, by terminating a first recognition agent in favor of a second recognition agent, without express user instruction to do so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 9918297
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring a location of a communication terminal using an access point is provided. Information of nearby access points from the communication terminal is received. A predetermined number of nearby access points among the nearby access points is selected based on the received information. Location coordinates of the selected predetermined number of nearby access points are extracted. A barycentric coordinate is calculated using the extracted location coordinates. The calculated barycentric coordinate is determined as a final location of the communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventor: Seung-Hyuk Jeong
  • Patent number: 9915722
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, a GraphSLAM-like algorithm for signal strength SLAM is presented. This algorithm as an embodiment of the present invention shares many of the benefits of Gaussian processes yet is viable for a broader range of environments since it makes no signature uniqueness assumptions. It is also more tractable to larger map sizes, requiring O(N2) operations per iteration. In the present disclosure, an algorithm according to an embodiment of the present invention is compared to a laser-SLAM ground truth, showing that it produces excellent results in practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Joseph Huang, David Millman, David Stavens, Sebastian Thrun
  • Patent number: 9913088
    Abstract: A communication device receives coordinates for an inner area and an outer area associated with a geo-fence. The communication device determines its current location coordinate and determines how the current location coordinate relates to the coordinates for the inner area and the outer area. The communication device discovers, using the current location coordinate and the coordinates for the inner area and the outer area, that the communication device is located outside of the inner area and inside of the outer area. Responsive to the discovering, the communication device sends a query to a network equipment to determine the current location of the communication device relative to the geo-fence. The communication device receives information associated with an intermediate area and uses the information associated with the intermediate area to determine the current location of the communication device relative to the geo-fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Xun Fei, Da-Jun Chen, Wen Feng, Ya-Hui Gong, Yong Tian
  • Patent number: 9913173
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus for handover of communications between a plurality of radio user equipment and an egressing mobile base station to an ingressing mobile base station. The user equipment are terrestrially located within a geographical service zone (GSZ) having an ingress zone and an egress zone. When an egressing mobile base station enters an egress zone, it initiates a handover to a management node associated with the GSZ. The management node communicates with the ingressing mobile base station, which has entered the ingress zone, to accept the handover of the connections from the egressing base station. The handover is carried out without any disruption of user equipment communications. The management node can also communicate with a flight control node to control one or more flight parameters of the ingressing or egressing base station to facilitate smooth handover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Koodli, Hassan Sipra
  • Patent number: 9910438
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a vehicle having one or more computing devices that may receive instructions to pick up a passenger at a location, determine when the vehicle is within a first distance of the location, provide a first notification that the vehicle is within the first distance, and stop the vehicle. When the vehicle is stopped, the computing device may initiate a countdown. When a client computing device associated with the passenger has not been authenticated, the computing devices may provide a second notification based on a first amount of time remaining in the countdown and a third notification indicating that the trip is cancelled based on a second amount of time remaining in the countdown less than the first amount of time. Once the third notification is provided, the computing devices move the vehicle from the where the vehicle is stopped without the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jennifer Arden, Anne Kristiina Aula, Brian Douglas Cullinane
  • Patent number: 9913287
    Abstract: Provided is a technique related to a terminal apparatus, a base station apparatus, a communication system, a control method, and an integrated circuit, which efficiently controls a state of a cell for a plurality of cells. In the terminal apparatus using a plurality of cells, configuration information which disables change in a state of a cell is received from the base station apparatus, and control is performed based on the received configuration information so that a state of a part of cells among the plurality of cells is not changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsunari Uemura, Yasuyuki Kato, Hidekazu Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 9913282
    Abstract: A device may receive channel monitoring information associated with an unlicensed radio frequency (RF) spectrum band. The device may determine channel availability information associated with one or more channels of the unlicensed RF spectrum band based on the channel monitoring information. The channel availability information may include one or more channel availability parameters, corresponding to the one or more channels, that indicate availability for communicating via the one or more channels. The device may receive, from an access point that provides network access via the unlicensed RF spectrum band, a request for a channel recommendation associated with the unlicensed RF spectrum band. The device may determine a set of recommended channels of the unlicensed RF spectrum band based on the channel availability information and the request for the channel recommendation. The device may provide, to the access point, information that identifies the set of recommended channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Arda Aksu
  • Patent number: 9913208
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and other embodiments associated with obtaining schedule information to support snoop ranging are described. According to one embodiment, a method is performed by a station device on a computer network and includes establishing a network association with a network device of the computer network. The method also includes receiving schedule information from the network device without having to previously transmit to the network device to initiate acquisition of the schedule information. The schedule information is negotiated between other network devices communicating in the computer network, or between the network device and at least one of the other network devices. The schedule information is communicated to the network device and specifies timing associated with a ranging exchange between the other network devices, or between the network device and at least one of the other network devices, and may be used by the station device for snooping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MARVELL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Liwen Chu, Sagar Tamhane, Sarang Shrikrishna Wagholikar, Hongyuan Zhang, Hui-Ling Lou
  • Patent number: 9913100
    Abstract: Techniques for storing information representing a venue are described. A venue data provider may upload venue data to a venue data service. The venue data can include locations, geometries, and business categories of the buildings and floors. The venue data service can validate the venue data, and request a survey service to survey the venue using the validated venue data. A survey can include recording measurements of an environment variable at various locations of the venue. The location service can generate location fingerprint data from the survey. The location fingerprint data can include expected measurements of the environment variable at various locations of the building. The venue data service can provide the location fingerprint data to a mobile device such that the mobile device can determine a location of the mobile device in the venue using sensor readings of the environment variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Agarwal, Ian Aric Mondragon, Rahul Ravikumar, Calvin Lin, Max Muller, III, Philip Stanger, Vojislav Samsalovic
  • Patent number: 9913137
    Abstract: A method for user equipment (UE) identification in a wireless network comprising selecting, at the UE, a sequence from a stored pool of possible sequences based on a stored secret value; and transmitting the selected sequence to the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mohammadhadi Baligh, Kelvin Kar Kin Au, Jianglei Ma
  • Patent number: 9913186
    Abstract: A method, a computer-readable medium, and an apparatus for switching between a first radio access network (RAN) using the first radio access technology (RAT) and the second RAN using a different, second RAT are provided. The method includes switching a wireless device operating at a first signal frequency in the first RAN to a second RAN and switching from the second RAN back to the first RAN. In an aspect, the wireless device is switched to one of the cells operating at the first signal frequency in the first RAN if each signal parameter from the one of the cells satisfies a criterion. The wireless device is otherwise switched to another one of the cells operating at a second signal frequency in the first RAN based on parameters from the another one of the cells. The first signal frequency is different from the second signal frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ming Yang, Hui Zhao
  • Patent number: 9912675
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are provided for geo-verification for access to data stored in a memory of a server having a processor and a network interface connected to the memory. The method includes: storing, in the memory, access control data including an approved geographic area; receiving at the processor, from a client computing device via the network interface, a request for access to the data, the request containing a client location of the client computing device, the client location including global positioning system (GPS) coordinates; comparing, at the processor, the client location to the approved geographic area; when the client location is within the approved geographic area, permitting access to the data for the client computing device via the network interface; and when the client location is not within the approved geographic area, denying the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Client Care Audit Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Winter, Kundan Joshi
  • Patent number: 9913093
    Abstract: An apparatus of a user equipment (UE) for supporting a higher data rate than a 4G communication system is provided. The apparatus includes a transceiver and a processor operatively coupled with the transceiver. The processor is configured to broadcast a request signal for positioning the UE, receive response signals corresponding to the request signal from a plurality of UEs, based on received signal timings of the response signals and timing advance (TA) values of the plurality of UEs, select one of at least one UE set which is classified based on a distance from the UE, select three UEs from the selected set based on the TA values such that a triangular area comprising the three UEs as vertices covers the UE, and generate position information of the UE based on distances between the three UEs and the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Research & Business Foundation SUNGYUNKWAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Wonjun Hwang, Hyung-Jin Choi, Kyunghoon Lee, Hyunseok Ryu, Dong Hun Lee, Min Jang, Han Jun Kim