Location Monitoring Patents (Class 455/456.1)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9906920
    Abstract: An indoor positioning system based on building design information is disclosed. The system includes a server computer to provide indoor position information relating to a building, a plurality of beacons to be installed in selected locations in the building and to broadcast by each beacon an indoor position message indicating the indoor position of the beacon, and an installer to configure the beacons with their corresponding indoor position information. An indoor positioning system development system is also provided. The development system incorporates building information files and provides a development interface for users to determine respective locations to install the beacons. Once completed, the obtained results are converted into an indoor position message for each beacon and configured in the corresponding beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ACADEMIA SINICA
    Inventors: Jane W. S. Liu, Jan Su, Cheng-Chieh Li
  • Patent number: 9906898
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods and devices for application of determining position information for mobile devices. In specific implementations, measurement of a signal travel time and a signal's strength may be combined to characterize a transmission power of the signal's transmitter. The characterized transmission power may be applied to affect expected signal strength signature values for use of the signal's transmitter may be updated in order to enhance a location based service where location may be effected by accuracy of a transmitter's power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ju-Yong Do, Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Weihua Gao, Gengsheng Zhang, Lionel Jacques Garin
  • Patent number: 9901818
    Abstract: Online games may include game content that may be played cooperatively by groups of users. The game content may include a group roles set for the users in individual groups. Users of an online game may interact with the online game via client computing platforms. The client computing platforms may include virtual reality platforms and non-virtual reality platforms. Access to the game content of the online game may be regulated by determining whether the users are attempting to play a game instance of the online game via the virtual reality platforms or the non-virtual reality platforms. A first set of group roles may be presented to users attempting to play the game instance via the virtual reality platforms. A second set of group roles may be presented to users attempting to play the game instance via the non-virtual reality platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Tomi Huttula
  • Patent number: 9906941
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present application provide a method for sending user subscription data, a method for receiving user subscription data, an HSS, and an SGSN. After receiving a request from an SGSN, the HSS determines whether the user subscription data includes CAMEL service data. If the user subscription data includes the CAMEL service data, the HSS sends the user subscription data to the SGSN by using a Gr interface, or sends non-CAMEL service data in the user subscription data by using the S6d interface and sends the CAMEL service data in the user subscription data by using a Gr interface to the SGSN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shufeng Shi
  • Patent number: 9906504
    Abstract: An Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM) data communication system comprises OFDM subsystems. A trusted OFDM subsystem receives trust challenge data and encodes the trust challenge data with a physically-embedded read-only trust key to generate encoded trust data. The trusted OFDM subsystem transfers the encoded trust data. The trusted OFDM subsystem receives user data into a trusted network receive buffer system and transfers a resource request to an access OFDM subsystem. The access OFDM subsystem receives the resource request and allocates and indicates trusted OFDM resource blocks to the trusted OFDM subsystem. The trusted OFDM subsystem schedules the user data using the trusted OFDM resource blocks and transfers the user data from the trusted network receive buffer system to a trusted Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) transmit buffer system. The trusted OFDM subsystem transfers the user data from the trusted CPRI transmit buffer system to a CPRI communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Arun Rajagopal, Lyle Walter Paczkowski, Roger Danforth Bartlett
  • Patent number: 9907047
    Abstract: Techniques for estimating a position of an observing station are disclosed based on capturing, at the observing station, a first and a second FTM message exchanged between a first messaging station and a second messaging station. At the observing station, a first time of arrival of the first FTM message and a second time of arrival of the second FTM message may be determined. Based on contents of one or more FTM messages, a first transmission-related time associated with the first FTM message and a second transmission-related time associated with the second FTM message may be obtained. The position of the observing station may be estimated based on (1) a position of the first messaging station, (2) a position of the second messaging station, (3) the first time of arrival, (4) the second time of arrival, (5) the first transmission-related time, and (6) the second transmission-related time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Santosh Vamaraju, Xiaoxin Zhang, Rahul Malik
  • Patent number: 9900750
    Abstract: Communicating with isolated mobile devices in indoor positioning systems is provided. Information is received from a first mobile device connected to both a first network of a designated environment and a second mobile device that is not connected to the first network. The information includes one or more identifiers of the second mobile device. An estimated location of the second mobile device is determined based, at least in part, on the information received from the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lambert S. Berentsen, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, James R. Kozloski
  • Patent number: 9900783
    Abstract: An approach is provided that generates a current coverage area by receiving beacon position data of current beacon locations, with at least some of the beacons being moveable beacons. Object position data is retrieved for current locations and trajectories of moveable objects in a geographic area that are currently being tracked by the beacons. An anticipated coverage area is computed based on comparing the object position data with the current coverage area. Instructions are then wirelessly transmitted to some of the moveable beacons in order to move the beacons to a different set of locations based on the anticipated coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yu Gu, Inseok Hwang, Su Liu, Yaoguang Wei
  • Patent number: 9900401
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for ensuring delivery of geographically relevant content to IP-enabled user devices associated with a content distribution network. In one embodiment, the network (or designated content source) determines a geographic context or location of the user device, and uses this information to manage the packaging and delivery of content thereto so as to obey blackout restrictions and/or provide content which is relevant to the geographic context/location. In one variant, the user device comprises a mobile device such as a tablet computer or smartphone, and the content is delivered thereto over either a managed or unmanaged network infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Charles Hasek
  • Patent number: 9900811
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present specification provides a data channel reception method. The method can comprise the steps of: receiving, from a first cell, a cell-specific reference signal (CRS) and a data channel; receiving, from a second cell, configuration information of an MBMS over a single frequency network (MBSFN) subframe according to the movement from the first cell to the second cell; receiving, from the second cell, the CRS and the data channel of the first cell on at least one MBSFN subframe according to the configuration information; and demodulating the data channel received from the second cell on the basis of the CRS of the first cell received from the second cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daesung Hwang, Yunjung Yi, Kijun Kim, Seungmin Lee
  • Patent number: 9900732
    Abstract: Systems and methods for location tracking notification are provided. Location sharing involves a mobile device sending location information to another device. This can allow another device to track the geographic location of the mobile device. Even though permissions can restrict access of the location information to only authorised users, the user of the mobile device might nonetheless wish to be informed of when another user is tracking their location. In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, if the location of the mobile device is being tracked, then the mobile device executes a user notification indicating that the location of the mobile device is being tracked. This can inform the user that their location is being tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ronald Anthony Dicke, Robert Joseph Alain Guay
  • Patent number: 9900860
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving a request at a Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) Location Platform (SLP) for location-related service; producing a positioning method SUPL message that includes a posmethod parameter that includes a positioning protocol indicator indicating that SET capability transfer and positioning method selection are to be conducted in a positioning protocol layer; and sending the positioning method SUPL message from the SLP to a SUPL Enabled Terminal (SET) using a SUPL User Plane Location Protocol (ULP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Andreas Klaus Wachter, Stephen William Edge, Ie-Hong Lin
  • Patent number: 9894054
    Abstract: Upon receiving a triggering message from a MTC server (20), a network (10) verifies if the MTC server (20) is authorized to trigger a target MTC device (30) and also if the MTC device (30) is authorized to respond the triggering message, by comparing an MTC device ID and MTC server ID (and optionally information on subscription) which are include in the triggering message with authorized ones. Upon succeeding in the verification, the network (10) checks a trigger type included in the triggering message to verify if the triggering message is authorized to be sent to the MTC device (30). Upon succeeding in the check, the network (10) forwards the triggering message to the MTC device (30). The network (10) also validates a response from the MTC device (30), by checking whether the MTC device (30) is allowed to communicate with the addressed MTC server (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaowei Zhang, Anand Raghawa Prasad
  • Patent number: 9891696
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a method can include determining that a computing device is in a stationary position for a predetermined time, placing the computing device in a first power mode, detecting input from at least one sensor included in the computing device, identifying at least one application to launch on the computing device based on the detected input and on a heuristic-based usage pattern for the computing device, and transitioning the computing device from the first power mode to a second power mode based on the detected input. The transitioning can include automatically launching the at least one application on the computing device. The at least one application can provide content for display on a display device included in the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Choon Ping Chng, Rachel Nancollas, Alec Berg, Alexandra Levich
  • Patent number: 9894635
    Abstract: A location configuration information response (250) comprises a single frame of data. The response includes a data field having a length equal to the length indicated in the length field and including data indicating yaw, pitch and roll orientation parameter values of the subject. A location configuration information request (249) comprises a single frame of data. The request includes a data field indicating an orientation request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Provenance Asset Group LLC
    Inventors: Alexandre Jose Figueiredo Loureiro, Fuad Mousse Abinader, Jr., Rafhael Amorim, Graham Rowse
  • Patent number: 9894660
    Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for scheduling user equipments in a communication system. The method comprises: obtaining geographic position information of UEs in connected state, and determining, in each TTI, the UEs which need to feed back the geographic position information, by a serving base station; obtaining, in the (k+1)-th TTI, the channel information of a first part of UEs among the UEs in the connected state, wherein it is determined in the k-th TTI, based on the channel information of a second part of UEs obtained in the k-th TTI and the geographic position information of the second part of UEs, that the channel information of the first part of UEs is to be obtained in the (k+1)-th TTI; and selecting a UE to be scheduled from the first part of UEs based on the channel information of the first part of UEs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ye Wu, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9894669
    Abstract: Multiple relays are different distances from their respective donor access nodes. The donor and relay path selected for a user's traffic is selected based on the priority associated with that user and a ratio of a channel quality indicator and the distance of the donor-relay link. Traffic associated with a higher priority user is routed via a path with a good channel quality indicator to distance ratio whereas traffic for other, lower QoS profile, users does not take channel quality or relay-to-donor distance into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventor: Volkan Sevindik
  • Patent number: 9888352
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for forwarding location dependent messages from a first user's mobile device over a wireless communication network to a second user's mobile device, via a central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: LOEB ENTERPRISES, INC
    Inventors: Michael R. Loeb, Edward J. McCabe
  • Patent number: 9885583
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing access to a media item based at least in part on a route may include a processor. The processor may be configured to receive a start location of a mobile device. The processor may be further configured to receive a route. In this regard, the route may have been determined based at least in part on points of interest and the start location. The processor may be further configured to provide for access to a media item if a current location of the mobile device remains on the route. Associated methods and computer program products may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jukka Antero Holm, Antti Eronen, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi
  • Patent number: 9888344
    Abstract: Techniques for multiple pass geolocation are disclosed. In one particular exemplary embodiment, the techniques may be realized as a system for multiple pass geolocation. The system may comprise one or more processors communicatively coupled to a mobile communications network. The one or more processors may be configured to conduct a first geolocation pass to identify one or more geolocation estimates under consideration. The one or more processors may also be configured to conduct at least one additional geolocation pass to refine one or more geolocation estimates under consideration. The one or more processors may further be configured to determine an approximate location of one or more mobile devices within an estimated coverage area of a network based on at least the first geolocation pass and the at least one additional geolocation pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions UK Limited
    Inventors: Stefan Ulrich Thiel, Gareth James Smith, Christopher Michael Murphy, Peter Kenington, Howard John Thomas
  • Patent number: 9888085
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing notice of geo-locations of potential interest to a user. The method includes obtaining the user's current geo-location, collecting geo-locations indicated in the user's network-based social data, and collecting geo-locations indicated in network-based social data of other persons who are identified in the user's network-based social data. The user's current geolocation is compared with the collected geo-locations, ones of the collected geo-locations are selected responsive to the comparing, and the selected ones are presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 9888105
    Abstract: A smart phone senses audio, imagery, and/or other stimulus from a user's environment, and acts autonomously to fulfill inferred or anticipated user desires. In one aspect, the detailed technology concerns phone-based cognition of a scene viewed by the phone's camera. Recognition tasks, selected with the aid of context, are allocated increased or decreased resources based on data comprising (a) user input data indicating express or implied encouragement or discouragement of the recognition task and/or (b) a detection state metric, representing a quantified likelihood that the recognition goal sought by the recognition task will be reached. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 9888348
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention discloses a network positioning method and related equipments, the method includes: receiving, by a user equipment (UE), positioning signals of at least three positioning nodes, where the at least three positioning nodes include at least one auxiliary UE, where the auxiliary UE is located within an end-to-end communication range of the UE, and valid position information of the auxiliary UE exists currently; measuring the positioning signals of the at least three positioning nodes, and acquiring a measurement result which comprises time difference of receiving the positioning signals of the at least three positioning nodes by the UE; calculating, a current position of the UE according to the measurement result and the valid position information of the at least three positioning nodes. The technical solution provided by the present invention can effectively enhance the network positioning precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dengkun Xiao, Jie Cui, Yuan He, Jiangbo Zhu
  • Patent number: 9886013
    Abstract: Embodiments include a wireless mote network having a plurality of motes, wherein each of the plurality of motes includes a processing unit in communication with a communications device. Each of the motes includes at least a sensor configured to monitor an environmental condition in an area around the mote or an actuator configured to control one or more external systems. The wireless mote network also includes a central communications device configured to communicate with one or more of the motes within a range of the central communications device and a controller configured to communicate with the central communications device, to receive one or more signals indicative of the environmental condition of one or more of the plurality of motes, and to transmit one or more control signals indicating an operation of the actuator to one or more of the plurality of motes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente I. Klein
  • Patent number: 9888350
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to time-of-flight (TOF) positioning and device location within a wireless networks using a hybrid combination of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi signaling. In one exemplary embodiment, a hybrid responder engages in BLE discovery and negotiation with a mobile device seeking its location. The hybrid responder may engage its WiFi platform only to conduct the FTM procedure. By keeping the WiFi platform in deep sleep or Off mode, the hybrid responder can gain significant power savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Itai Steiner
  • Patent number: 9883348
    Abstract: A system and related method for navigation and orientation determination in an indoor or GPS-denied environment mounts a static reference transceiver (SRT) at a known, fixed position within the environment, the fixed position referenced by a coordinate reference frame (CRF) of the SRT. The SRT communicates its position to mobile dismounted units within the environment, determining a range and orientation angle of each mobile unit relative to the SRT CRF based on response signals received from the mobile units. The SRT provides the determined SRT-CRF-referenced ranges and orientation angles to the mobile units, which may share orientation data with each other or relay the SRT-referenced location data to other mobile units not within line of sight of the SRT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad A. Walker, Steven E. Koenck, Gary A. McGraw
  • Patent number: 9883319
    Abstract: Various systems, mediums, and methods may involve a provider application configured to access a user account associated with a provider server. For example, a system may perform operations to identify one or more other applications installed on the mobile device that may be configured to communicate with the provider server. The system may determine data required by the other applications to perform one or more data transfers with the user account. The system may cause the provider application to send the data required to the other applications. As such, the other applications may be enabled to perform one or more data transfers with the user account based on the data sent to the other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Ward, Vijeyta Aggarwal, Larry Lingjer Wang, Mayank Chaudhary, Nischitha Thimmappa Gowda Sundaramma
  • Patent number: 9883338
    Abstract: A technology for a user equipment (UE) that is operable to communicate in a device to device (D2D) network. A proximity detection request can be communicated to an evolved packet core (EPC). The proximity detection request can include a window parameter, an identification information of a second UE, and a proximity detection signal indicating whether the proximity detection request is for proximity detection of the second UE or for establishing a D2D connection with the second UE. A proximity alert message can be received from the EPC at the window parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kerstin Johnsson, Alexandre S. Stojanovski, Muthaiah Venkatachalam
  • Patent number: 9881322
    Abstract: Transferring data between mobile computing device by converting contact information stored in a proprietary format on the first mobile computing device to a nonproprietary graphical format, transferring the contact information in the nonproprietary graphical format from the first mobile computing device to a second mobile computing device and storing the contact information in the nonproprietary graphical format on the second mobile computing device. The contact information stored in the nonproprietary graphical format on the second mobile computing device can be converted to the proprietary format and stored on the second mobile computing device. The transfer of the contact information can be performed in response to an indication that the users of the first and second mobile computing devices have had contact with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BCARD, INC.
    Inventor: Brett Turner
  • Patent number: 9881508
    Abstract: An aircraft ground collision detection system comprising: an object detection device for mounting on an aircraft and arranged to detect objects and output the location of each detected object; and a processor arranged to: receive the ground speed of the aircraft and the heading of the aircraft and the detected location of each detected object; predict the aircraft's path based on the ground speed and the heading; compare the predicted aircraft path with the object locations; and output an alert based on the overlap or proximity of the predicted aircraft path with the object locations. By predicting the path of the aircraft based on detected ground speed and heading, the system can accurately assess which detected objects pose a collision threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Atlantic Inertial Systems Limited
    Inventor: Mark Silver
  • Patent number: 9883413
    Abstract: Network traffic usage information for a set of registered devices is monitored, analyzed, and reported within a cellular service provider portion of a communications network. The network traffic usage information can relate to data traffic, voice traffic, and/or short message service traffic. Reporting the network traffic usage information is customizable such that parameters associated with the network traffic usage can be changed, depending on the parameters that are of current interest to an organization affiliated with the set of registered devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cynthia Cama, Jeffrey Erman, Wen-Ling Hsu, Yu Jin, Ann E. Skudlark, Lien K. Tran
  • Patent number: 9883463
    Abstract: A first user equipment transmits a beacon signal to be detected by at least one second user equipment for Device-to-Device, D2D, communication in a wireless telecommunications network. The first user equipment transmits the beacon signal in transmission bursts with a first energy level, where the transmission bursts are transmitted continually over time in order to enable detection of the beacon signal by the at least one second user equipment. The first user equipment then increases the energy of the transmission bursts at one or more intervals to a second energy level such that transmission bursts with the first energy level is alternated with transmission bursts with the second energy level, and such that transmission bursts with the first energy level recur more frequently over time than transmission bursts with a second energy level. A user equipment, a network node and a method in the network node are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Erik Dahlman, Stefan Parkvall, Gabor Fodor, Leif Wilhelmsson, Göran N. Klang
  • Patent number: 9882978
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an opportunistic crowd based service platform is disclosed. A mobile sensor device is identified based on a current location and/or other qualities, such as intrinsic properties, previous sensor data, or demographic data of an associated user of the mobile sensor device. Data is collected from the mobile sensor device. The data collected from the mobile sensor device is aggregated with data collected from other sensor devices, and content generated based on the aggregated data is delivered to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9877229
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a radio node receives target channels from a target cell and interfering channels from first and second interfering cells. The first target channel and the first interfering channel each comprise a first channel type, and the second target channel and the second interfering channel each comprise a second channel type. The radio node receives the first interfering channel when receiving the first target channel and determines first information accordingly. The radio node uses one or more gaps impacting receipt of the second interfering channel relative to receipt of the second target channel and determines second information based on receipt of the second target channel and second interfering channel. The radio node reduces interference associated with the at least one of the interfering cell based on at least one of the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Iana Siomina, Joakim Axmon
  • Patent number: 9876868
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing notice of geo-locations of potential interest to a user. The method includes obtaining the user's current geo-location, collecting geo-locations indicated in the user's network-based social data, and collecting geo-locations indicated in network-based social data of other persons who are identified in the user's network-based social data. The user's current geolocation is compared with the collected geo-locations, ones of the collected geo-locations are selected responsive to the comparing, and the selected ones are presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 9877219
    Abstract: Wireless network site survey systems and methods are described herein. One system includes a plurality of wireless nodes placed at a number of locations and a computing device configured to: receive communication metrics, wherein the communication metrics include metrics of communication between the plurality of wireless nodes and between the computing device and each of the plurality of wireless nodes, and generate a node coverage map based on the received communication metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Arun Vijayakumari Mahasenan, Alexander Chernoguzov, Todd Bill
  • Patent number: 9877300
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for determining a location of a disconnected device. In an example, a method includes instructing a first access point to sniff a wireless channel for probe request packets from disconnected devices, and instructing the first access point to send a distance-probing packet to a disconnected device after receiving a probe request packet from the disconnected device. The method further includes receiving, from the first access point, a MAC address of the disconnected device determined from the received probe request packet. After receiving the MAC address from the first access point, a group of access points is instructed to send distance-probing packets to the disconnected device. The method further includes receiving, from the first access point and the group of access points, time-of-flight measurements associated with the disconnected device. A location of the disconnected device can be determined using the time-of-flight measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Souvik Sen, Dongho Kim
  • Patent number: 9872269
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide methods for selecting tracking areas, including: receiving a plurality of messages from a plurality of base transceiver stations, each message including a list of tracking areas handled by the base transceiver station from which the message is received; performing domain name system queries for the tracking areas to retrieve information identifying serving gateways serving the tracking areas; based on the information identifying serving gateways, storing, in a local memory, a list of tracking area identities handled by each identified serving gateway; receiving a message from user equipment indicating a first tracking area; selecting at least one tracking area handled by a serving gateway serving the first tracking area based on the list of tracking areas handled by each identified serving gateway stored in the memory; and sending a tracking area identity list to the user equipment based on the selected at least one tracking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Pradeep Dakshayani, Vinod Kamalaraj, Jacob Eipe, Mruthyunjaya Navali, Ravi Chamarty, Lingesh Munagala
  • Patent number: 9872145
    Abstract: A device may obtain event information regarding a set of user equipment. The device may determine a first location for a particular user equipment, of the set of user equipment, based on the event information and a stored set of parameters. The device may provide information associated with identifying the first location. The device may determine a second location for the particular user equipment based on the information associated with identifying the first location and after determining the first location. The device may provide information associated with identifying the second location. The device may update the stored set of parameters as a set of updated parameters. The device may use the set of updated parameters to determine another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions UK Limited
    Inventors: David Christopher Wyles, John Joseph Holden, David Antony Razzetti, Gareth James Smith, Peter Kenington
  • Patent number: 9872126
    Abstract: A system and method of configuring HVAC components in an HVAC system including a main system controller in operable communication with at least one auxiliary controller, wherein the main system controller and each of the at least one auxiliary controllers include a near field communication interface. The HVAC system components are configured by placing each of the at least one auxiliary controllers in close proximity to the main system controller, and operating the main system controller to initiate a pairing event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan M. Yarde, Michael A. Roher
  • Patent number: 9872147
    Abstract: Receiving point of interest zones and alerts on user devices comprises communicating, by a user computing device to a remote computing device, a request for point of interest data corresponding to points of interest within a proximity of the user device; presenting the received point of interest data; identifying a particular point of interest; and outputting an alert regarding the particular point of interest. Receiving point of interest zones on user devices comprises communicating a request for point of interest data; receiving the point of interest data from the remote network device wherein a size of the point of interest zone is determined based on a density of points of interest in the proximity of the user, and wherein the shape of the point of interest zone is expanded in a direction of travel and contracted in the opposite direction; and presenting the received point of interest data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Xiaohang Wang, Farhan Shamsi, Yakov Okshtein, David Singleton, Douglas Alexander Gresham, Alan Newberger, Lixin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9871684
    Abstract: In one or more exemplary embodiments, a method comprises applying one or more first hermetic filters to an interval of data to produce one or more first filtered subintervals of data, wherein the one or more first hermetic filters are constructed from a hermetic function for the interval; and applying one or more second hermetic filters to the one or more first filtered subintervals of data to produce one or more second filtered subintervals of data, wherein the one or more second hermetic filters are constructed from a hermetic function for the one or more first filtered subintervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: VertoCOMM, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey C. Woodsum
  • Patent number: 9872165
    Abstract: A method for establishing an intra-network call between a first subscriber, which is served by a first call control node in a visited public land mobile network, V-PLMN, and a second subscriber of a home public land mobile network, H-PLMN, which is different to the V-PLMN. The second subscriber is served by a second call control node of the same V-PLMN. The method include sending, by the first call control node, a call setup message to a gateway node in the V-PLMN which is adapted to perform re-routing of calls to another network. The gateway node requests routing information of the second call control node from a proxy location register, PLR, in the V-PLMN. The gateway node routes the call to the second call control node responsive to if routing information towards the second call control node is available from the PLR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventor: Oliver Speks
  • Patent number: 9872171
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a service provision method for storing each wireless fingerprint characteristic of a case in which a service device provides a general service and a case in which the service device provides an event for each affiliated store in a wireless fingerprint map, and providing an event by changing a wireless signal transmission pattern through an affiliated store terminal, and a device performing the same and a recording medium recording a computer program executing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kichon Kang
  • Patent number: 9866248
    Abstract: A method for verifying location information of a terminal equipped with a UICC card, connected to a cellular telecommunications network and located in a current cell, said terminal storing in the UICC card an identifier of the current cell and at least one identifier of a previous cell in which the terminal was previously located. This method comprises the following steps, implemented by a processing server connected to the network: receiving said identifiers coming from the terminal via the communication network; determining first location information using the identifier of the current cell; estimating second location information using the identifier of at least one previous cell; detecting a location error if the two items of location information correspond to different geographical positions according to a defined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventors: Yann Collet, Samuel Dufour
  • Patent number: 9867010
    Abstract: An electronic device provides location-based services. The electronic device may include a communication module configured to receive information on a wireless network device, including identification information of at least one electronic device, from the wireless network device. The electronic device may also include a controller configured to perform at least some functions of the electronic device, based on at least one piece of action information corresponding to the identification information, when the identification information corresponding to the electronic device is included in the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Hong Jeong, Chang-Sook Sung, Ji-Ryang Chung, Na-Rae Cho, Hyun-Soo Kim, Ji-Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 9866707
    Abstract: A volume adjustment method and apparatus, and a terminal is presented. Perform analysis on the collected sound signal surrounding a user terminal, to obtain composition information, where the composition information includes sound types included in the sound signal and proportions of sounds of the various types, and the sound types include blank sound, human sound, and noise; determine a current scene mode of the user terminal according to the composition information; and adjust volume of the user terminal according to the determined scene mode, thereby significantly reducing occurrence of a case, caused by mistaken determining of the scenario, in which play volume adjustment does not conform to the scenario, and enhancing user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Liu