Position Based Personal Service Patents (Class 455/456.3)
  • Patent number: 9948476
    Abstract: Techniques to associate user data with a mobile device are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a service support component and a storage component. The services support component may be operative to receive a data package request from a service, the data package request comprising a network identifier for a mobile device associated with a user, and exchange a data package with the service in response to the data package request. The storage component may be operative to access the data package associated with the user based on the network identifier. Other embodiments are described and claimed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Kim, Yen-Ting Tung
  • Patent number: 9949117
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including initiating, by a system comprising a processor, a third generation partnership project link between a mobile user equipment and a mobile management entity of a mobile packet core of a mobile communication network, initiating a non-tunneling link between stationary user equipment and a stationary packet core of the mobile communication network, and transmitting packet data from the stationary user equipment to a service through the stationary packet core via the non-tunneling link. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vinod Pandey, Zhi Cui, Liza Fung, Cheng Liu, Paul Edward Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9935978
    Abstract: Controlling application behavior in the context of managed accounts. A device includes one or more applications. At least one of the applications is configured to be used with a plurality of user accounts including zero or more managed user accounts. The device includes or communicates with a client component. The client component is configured to identify active user accounts for the applications. The client component is further configured to receive policy from a management system, where the policy specifies application controls a user account basis. The client component is further configured to enforce application configuration based on the policy from the management system and the active user accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Floyd Emerson, Jeremy Christopher Dorfman, Neil Adam Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9930047
    Abstract: Associating a website with a credential manager includes identifying the launch of a first instance of a website to be associated with a credential manager in a web browser, displaying, along with the first instance of the website in the web browser, an overlay prompting a user to enter login data for the website, receiving, through the overlay in the web browser, the login data for the website, accessing a second instance of the website in a headless browser, utilizing the login data to attempt gain access to the second instance of the website, and in response to gaining access to the second instance of the website utilizing the login data, storing the login data in secure storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: McAfee, LLC
    Inventor: Olivier Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 9928536
    Abstract: A system adapted to allow consumers to order delivered products and services from at least one establishment using proximity events is described. The system includes: a set of sensors, each sensor in the set of sensor adapted to transmit a wireless beacon signal, the beacon signal including a sensor ID associated with the sensor, wherein each sensor in the set of sensors is associated with a particular location; and a server adapted to receive a request that includes the sensor ID from a mobile device associated with a particular consumer, generate an order based at least partly on the request and associated with the particular location, and send the order to at least one establishment. In addition, a client application adapted to be executed by a mobile device to allow a consumer to order products and services from a set of establishments is described. An automated method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Netclearance Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9924317
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of modifying a current state of a mobile station based on the location of the mobile station with respect to a nearby acquaintance. The method may include detecting a presence of a mobile station in a predefined domain area identified by an application, the predefined domain area being associated with at least one acquaintance, and performing a modification to a current state of the mobile station based on a level associated with the at least one acquaintance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 9924359
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for enhancing the security of a beacon device are herein disclosed. A service device includes a service communication unit and a service control unit. The service communication unit communicates with at least one terminal and a beacon device, and transmits and receives data required to enhance the security of the beacon device. The service control unit performs control so as to receive pieces of identification information from the terminal and the beacon device, to check the received pieces of identification information and then perform validation based on the times at which the pieces of identification information have been generated and whether authentication keys match each other, to extract service information in response to the result of the validation, and to transmit the extracted service information to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chul Yong Shin, Jae Hyung Huh
  • Patent number: 9915723
    Abstract: Aspects receive different instances of reception data from different respective wireless communication receivers that include broadcast data packets broadcast from a mobile device, geographic locations of the communication receivers and times of reception of the broadcast data packet by the respective receivers. Each broadcast data packet includes a time of broadcast by the mobile device and a unique identifier of the mobile device. Aspects determine a geographic location of the mobile device at the time of broadcast of the data packets as a function of triangulating to the geographic locations of the different communication receivers; and/or of determining a Doppler shift in frequency transmission data of an instance of reception of a first data packet relative to frequency transmission data of another instance of reception of another, second data packet transmission broadcast at a different time than the first data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Meller Javier Perez Nunez, Franz Friedrich Liebinger Portela, Ricardo Golcher Ugalde
  • Patent number: 9912710
    Abstract: A real-time Internet streaming system and method includes a scheduling server that receives queries from media streaming devices and determines if any scheduled events associated with a particular media streaming devices is an active scheduled event by comparing the scheduled events with time and date information. When there is an active scheduled event the scheduling server sends a response to the media streaming device to stream a media stream to a media server. When the scheduling server determines that an active scheduled event is no longer active, the scheduling server sends a response to the media streaming device to stop streaming. The media server can send the media stream or a resampled version of the media stream to a plurality of viewing devices or archive the media stream for later playback. The real-time Internet streaming system can include a scheduling server, media servers, and a plurality of media streaming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Maximum Media LLC
    Inventor: Brian Christopher Duerring
  • Patent number: 9912765
    Abstract: A network system for providing content to a mobile computing device of a user based upon the location of the mobile computing device. A wireless internet access point provides access to a single vendor web site such that upon connecting the wireless internet access points to the user's mobile computing device, a processor determines whether the device is associated with a user and if so, said device is directed to the landing page of the vendor web site when the user mobile computing device's device location is within a predetermined proximity to the wireless internet access point of that vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KILTR LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver Theobald, Stewart Fraser, Brian Hughes, Alastair Murdoch
  • Patent number: 9906951
    Abstract: Privacy centric feature analysis. A secure set of multiple mapped features is selected and provided to a mobile device. Each mapped feature maps a sharable feature to a matching criterion for an item of protected information and no combination of mapped features for a secure set are unique to an individual item of protected information. Privacy compliance instructions enable the mobile device to select a mapped feature from a received set of mapped features by identifying an item of protected information available to the mobile device which corresponds to a matching criterion found in the received set of mapped features. The sharable feature of the selected mapped feature is identified and sent to a privacy compliant destination. Advantageously, the analysis system protects the privacy of the mobile device user because it does not require the mobile device to relay protected information for the selection of customized content or relevant advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Quantcast Corporation
    Inventors: Konrad S. Feldman, Daniel Vogel Fernandez de Castro, Michael R. Blum
  • Patent number: 9905130
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, a computer-implemented process, and a system for identifying a parking space may provide a computer application to allow communication between an arriving user and exiting user. An arrival time that may correspond to the arriving user and exit time that may correspond to the exiting user may be matched to identify a parking space in an authorized location common to the arriving user and the exiting user. The arriving user may be provided a trade identification that may include information that may describe an exiting vehicle. The exiting user may remove the exiting vehicle from the parking space, and an arriving user may park an arriving vehicle in the parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Landon Bell
  • Patent number: 9906758
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide emergency services during emergency situations. When an emergency situation is determined, activation commands are sent to activate cameras and/or microphones within a geographic vicinity of the emergency situation. Mobile devices and traffic cameras, for example, are thus instructed to capture image and audio data during the emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9900739
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a method and apparatus for identifying a target geographic area. In one embodiment, the method comprises acquiring user information associated with a geographic area to be identified; determining characteristic data of the user information; and determining a value parameter of the geographic area to be identified based on the characteristic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Donghui Zhao, Guojun Tong, Kai Wu
  • Patent number: 9898763
    Abstract: A system receives geographic information from devices to determine and deliver relevant advertisements or personalized content for consumers. This ties a user's real-world location, with virtual leads (e.g., advertisements). The system uses geographical information gathered by mobile devices and saves the geographical information to consumer profiles. For example, the system can use different wireless radios present on mobile devices to gather different types of geographical information. Some radios include cellular, Bluetooth, global positioning system (or GPS), Wi-Fi, near field communications (or NFC), and other radios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: R1Demand, LLC
    Inventors: Dimitri Vaynblat, Maxime Domain
  • Patent number: 9892627
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing false alarms and providing a central station with information regarding occupants in a monitored region using a GPS location of a mobile device are provided. Some methods can include receiving a first signal indicative of a detected alarm condition in the monitored region, responsive to receiving the first signal, transmitting a second signal to the mobile device, receiving a third signal from the mobile device indicative of the GPS location of the mobile device, and based on a location of the monitored region and the third signal indicative of the GPS location of the mobile device, determining a likelihood of whether the detected alarm condition is real or false. Additionally or alternatively, some methods can include receiving the signal from the mobile device indicative of the GPS location of the mobile device at predetermined periodic time intervals and irrespective of the detected alarm condition in the monitored region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Philip J. Ferro, James Kern, Michael Landi
  • Patent number: 9888362
    Abstract: A computer system that communicates with information indicative of a lighting show, and provides information to users in the audience to allow their phones to be interactive with the show. In one embodiment a lighting designer or show promoter can provide information R that extends the lighting effect on to the user's phone. In another embodiment, the show promoter may provide information indicative of the venue. The information can be location specific, for example information that is provided to a specific client device can be based on the specific location of the client device. This can provide location sensitive lighting information, or maps, or in seat specific information about the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Production Resource Group LLC
    Inventor: Chris Conti
  • Patent number: 9886727
    Abstract: Methods and Devices are disclosed for performing automatic check-ins for a user associated with a mobile device. In some embodiments, the process is completely automated with no user intervention once the process has started. In some embodiments, the user is prompted for confirmation before the check-in is generated. The automatic check-in is performed based on detecting a social context which includes a current location of the user of the mobile device and applying rules. The rules may include an action part, a condition part, and qualifier part. The rules and the individual parts of the rules may be independently editable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ikorongo Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Hugh Svendsen, Michael W. Helpingstine, Christopher M. Amidon
  • Patent number: 9883347
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for determining a specific velocity of a device attached to a wireless network. The specific velocity can be determined using a handover count of the base station boundary transitions over a time window and/or using a set of sojourn time samples that each denote the duration the device remains in the zone of a particular base station. Techniques operate effectively in cellular networks having high base station densities. The specific velocity estimates may be inputs to components on the device or network to adjust a local device function or performance behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Arvind Merwaday, Ismail Guvenc
  • Patent number: 9883342
    Abstract: Localizing a location of a mobile device may be performed by obtaining times of flights between the mobile device and an access point at a first and second location. A heading of the mobile device and a distance between the first and second location may be further obtained. The times of flight, heading, and distance may be used to localize the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Souvik Sen, Jung Gun Lee, Alexander Timothy Mariakakis
  • Patent number: 9883398
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention include receiving subscriber identity information for a cellular network at a mobile communication device via a short-range wireless communication network. The subscriber identity information is received from a device issued by a provider of the cellular network. Exemplary embodiments further include storing the subscriber identity information at a subscriber identity module embedded in the mobile communication device. Exemplary embodiments additionally include transmitting the subscriber identity information from the subscriber identity module to a server of the provider for authenticating a subscriber of the cellular network. Exemplary embodiments still further include receiving, from the server of the provider, authorization for the subscriber to access the cellular network, and accessing the cellular network via the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security America, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Marquardt
  • Patent number: 9883350
    Abstract: A positioning method includes: collecting and analyzing wireless messages sent by at least one wireless device in a current space to obtain a first characteristic pattern associated with the current space; performing a matching process to match the first characteristic pattern to at least one of a plurality of preset characteristic patterns, each of the plurality of preset characteristic patterns being associated with one of a plurality of spaces; obtaining, if the preset characteristic patterns comprise a second characteristic pattern that matches the first characteristic pattern, space information corresponding to the second characteristic pattern; and determining a position of the current space by using the space information corresponding to the second characteristic pattern. Moreover, each characteristic pattern comprises a correspondence between an identifier of each wireless device in a corresponding space and a signal quality of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Hong Chen, Ziguang Gao, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 9883349
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and device for displaying information which links to related information provided by user's friends at user's location. The method including the operations of: obtaining first user's information viewing operation performed on information associated with the first user; obtaining position information included in the information; obtaining at least one second user according to the position information, wherein the second user is within a first user's user relationship chain, and wherein the information published in the past by the second user includes the position information; and displaying the at least one second user to the first user. The present disclosure makes the first user team of the friends who published at this position information, and therefore the amount of the information available at this position has increased, thus enriching the first user's knowledge of the need for detailed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Xiao Long Zhang
  • Patent number: 9870574
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology generally relate to data delivery. More specifically, some embodiments of the present technology relate to systems and methods for using spatial and temporal analysis to associate data sources with mobile devices. The delivery of data to support a wide variety of services for and about mobile devices that are based on data stored in corporate, commercial, and government databases which is not currently linked to individual mobile devices. Some embodiments allow advertisers to better target their ads to relevant target audience with greater accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mobile Technology Corporation, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Hartzell, Mark Welton, Michael Perri
  • Patent number: 9872143
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for requesting an updated location, including a point of interest, from a user for display on an interactive map. On receiving from an interested user a request for a point of interest associated with a subscribed user's current location, a request is transmitted to the subscribed user to check-in to the point of interest. In response to the request, the subscribed user selects a selected point of interest from a selection list. A representation of the subscribed user and the selected point of interest is then provided for display on an interactive map associated with the interested user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Lapenna, Chris Lambert
  • Patent number: 9870276
    Abstract: A computing device for a network of computer controlled devices that communicate with each other using a pre-determined protocol includes a computing module for sending a data message with a pre-determined message feature and a message queue module. The message queue module includes a message forwarding module and a message listening module. The message forwarding module receives data messages from its computing module and forwards the data messages to another computer controlled device of the same network. The message listening module receives data messages from another computer controlled device of the same network, checks for a match of the message features of the data messages with a pre-determined message interest feature, and if there is a match between the message feature and the pre-determined message interest feature, forwards the respective data message to the computing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Kee Joo Yeo, Jim Seng Tie, Trung Thang Le
  • Patent number: 9871910
    Abstract: A solution is provided for controlling usage of one or more software programs on one or more mobile computing devices. A corresponding method comprises monitoring an indication of a position of each mobile computing device to determine a location area of the mobile computing device. The method comprises assigning each one of the software programs to a usage group. For each location area, the software programs of each software program type are assigned to the corresponding usage groups providing one or more usage characteristics that fulfill one or more usage requirements of each software program; this is performed according to one or more optimization criteria depending on one or more usage weights of each usage group. The method comprises enabling the usage of each software program according to the usage characteristics of the corresponding usage group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mauro Arcese, Giuseppe Ciano, Claudio Marinelli, Luigi Pichetti
  • Patent number: 9864885
    Abstract: Embodiments are generally, and without limitation, related to devices, systems, and methods that allow one or more users to store objects, in a fixed storage in a remote storage enclosure, that the user can have shipped to themselves anywhere. More specifically, but without limitation, a user sends objects directly or indirectly from a merchandise provider, to a fixed storage provided by a storage concierge at a Unique Address assigned to the user by the storage concierge. The storage concierge tags each object with an unique code and creates an inventory of each object it receives for the user. The storage concierge processes each object and then stores the objects in the user's fixed storage associated with the Unique Address. When the user needs one or more objects, the user requests the objects to shipped to a desired location. The storage concierge takes the objects from the fixed storage and ships them accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DUFL, LLC
    Inventors: William H. Rinehart, Albert J. McGowan, Michael M. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9865099
    Abstract: Mobile device installed in a vehicle for communicating a current location and a current destination, to a coordination server, receiving a set of tasks (statically assigned or dynamically assigned) for the user (for example, from the server or from another user or adhoc tasks specified by a customer), displaying the set of tasks to the user, receiving a completion response (successful or unsuccessful) from the user, and proceeding to the next waypoint along a route/trip plan. A coordination server facilitates communication of a list of tasks dynamically and opportunistically assigned to a user to be performed at a specified location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Madhavi Jayanthi, Bindu Rama Rao
  • Patent number: 9860576
    Abstract: A system and a method are described herein for enabling a user with a location-aware mobile device to have at least partial control of a closest set top box associated with a closest television. The closest set top box does not need to be associated with the user's home television but instead can be any set top box that is associated with a television located for instance at a stranger's house, an airport, a bar, or wherever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: IDTP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Ann Reynolds, Charles Hammett Dasher, Paul Canter
  • Patent number: 9860868
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for generating enhanced location information on or about a mobile device may include improved dead reckoning solutions in which the mobile device performs location determination calculations with the aid of network components or global positioning systems (GPS). The network aided location information may be provided to the processor and utilized in measuring the accuracy of sensor based location calculations. The mobile device may utilize local sensors to obtain a set of combined sensor output location information, which may seed execution of dead reckoning. To ensure that most accurate location information is provide to the enhanced location based service, the dead reckoning location information may be compared to a current best estimate. Results of the comparison may be passed to the enhanced location based service and the methods, systems, and devices may reiterate the location determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Clint Smith, Alan Joseph J. Caceres, Cesar Alfonso Aguilar, Purnima Surampudi
  • Patent number: 9858726
    Abstract: A computer-implemented augmented reality method includes receiving one or more indications, entered on a mobile computing device by a user of the mobile computing device, of a distance range for determining items to display with an augmented reality application, the distance range representing geographic distance from a base point where the mobile computing device is located. The method also includes selecting, from items in a computer database, one or more items that are located within the distance range from the mobile computing device entered by the user, and providing data for representing labels for the selected one or more items on a visual display of the mobile computing device, the labels corresponding to the selected items, and the items corresponding to geographical features that are within the distance range as measure from the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 9852233
    Abstract: A system and method of providing autocomplete features using social activity signals. In some embodiments, social activity signals associated with a user are received. User-entered text is received from the user in a search field for a search engine. Predicted queries are determined based on the user-entered text and the social activity signals. Each one of the predicted queries comprises predicted text and at least a portion of the user-entered text. The predicted text is absent from the user-entered text. The predicted queries are caused to be displayed in an autocomplete user interface element of the search field. In some embodiments, the social activity signals comprise at least one of a like of content, a share of content, a follow of content, and a comment on content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Venkateswaran Subramanian Karthik
  • Patent number: 9854559
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method, device, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for pushing user information. The method includes obtaining a first identity (ID) of a first user equipment (UE) through short distance communication; searching a first database to obtain first user information corresponding to the first ID, the first database including user information corresponding to respective ones of a plurality of UE IDs; and outputting a push notification including the first user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Gao, Hongqiang Wang, Yunyuan Ge
  • Patent number: 9854402
    Abstract: A system for exchanging GPS or other position data between wireless devices for purposes of group activities, child location monitoring, work group coordination, dispatching of employees etc. Cell phones and other wireless devices with GPS receivers have loaded therein a Buddy Watch application and a TalkControl application. The Buddy Watch application communicates with the GPS receiver and other wireless devices operated by buddies registered in the users phone as part of buddy groups or individually. GPS position data and historical GPS position data can be exchanged between cell phones of buddies and instant buddies such as tow truck drivers via a buddy watch server. Emergency monitoring services can be set up with notifications to programmable individuals in case an individual does not respond. Positions and tracks can be displayed. TalkControl simplifies and automates the process of joining talk groups for walkie talkie services such as that provided by Nextel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: X One, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Haney
  • Patent number: 9846525
    Abstract: The locations of electronic devices in an institutional facility are determined based on interaction with the wireless mobile devices of users who roam though the facility and interact with (or are detected by) the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: IMPRIVATA, INC.
    Inventor: Michael S. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9843895
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and program products for determining a location of a calendar item are described. A mobile device can receive a calendar item including a description and a time. The mobile device can determine that, at the time specified in the calendar item, the mobile device is located at a location that is estimated to be significant to a user. The mobile device can store the description in association with the significant location. Upon receive a new calendar item containing at least one term in the description, the mobile device can predict that the user will visit the significant location at the time specified in the new calendar item. The mobile device can provide user assistance based on the prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Lili Cao, Lukas M. Marti, Michael P. Dal Santo
  • Patent number: 9838850
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure related to methods and systems of determining the floor and location of a device in an indoor space having multiple floors. A map importing module takes a floor map of an indoor space and processes it for further use. A calibration module creates a fingerprint map of the indoor space described by the floor map. A floor localization module searches the fingerprint map of each floor to determine the most likely location for each floor. A floor detection module determines the floor and location by comparing the most likely locations for each floor and utilizing device movement history data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Sean Huberman, Eros Gulo, Edward Tan, Paramvir Singh Nagpal
  • Patent number: 9832633
    Abstract: A method for allowing the management of permissions, notifications and reporting pertaining to a wireless device and the physical location of the device obtained via automatic location identification (ALI) technologies. A location preferences management system and method is provided for wireless users utilizing a mobile application requesting location fixes via any telecommunication technology. The location management system provides these mobile users with a comprehensive understanding of the location permissions and notifications and hence the location transactions associated with their wireless device and with the ability to manage it in a way that makes sense for their personal or business needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Robert B. Gerber, Jr., David D. Allen
  • Patent number: 9826363
    Abstract: Present disclosure relates to a mobile media delivery platform. In certain embodiments, mobile media delivery platform includes one or more mobile media delivery systems and a mobile media delivery server (MMDS). Each mobile media delivery system is mounted on a vehicle and includes a mobile communication device (MCD), a mobile media delivery controller (MMDC), and a mobile media delivery device (MMDD). The MCD sends GPS location information of the mobile media delivery systems to the MMDS, receives a set of digital media and delivery instructions from MMDS based on the GPS location information, sends set of digital media and delivery instructions received to MMDC, instructs the MMDC to store the set of digital media and delivery instructions received in a media storage, and send the set of digital media and delivery instructions to MMDD, and instructs MMDD, through MMDC, to deliver the set of digital media according to the delivery instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: David Quan He, Ming Jiang
  • Patent number: 9826345
    Abstract: An approach is provided for detecting points of interest or events based on geotagged data and geolocation seeds. A maps platform processes and/or facilitates a processing of location information associated with one or more devices to determine one or more geolocation seeds. The maps platform causes, at least in part, a querying for content information based, at least in part, on the one or more geolocation seeds. The maps platform then processes and/or facilitates a processing of the content information to determine one or more points of interest, one or more location-based events, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Antonio Haro, Jane MacFarlane
  • Patent number: 9818121
    Abstract: A system and method for verifying a secure transaction by evaluating the transaction, generating a first verification value for the transaction, sending an electronic mobile message to a wireless device associated with the transaction, receiving a response from the wireless device to the electronic mobile message associated with the transaction and generating a new second verification value for the transaction based on the response is provided. The second verification value may be used to validate or invalidate the secure transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Visa International Space Association
    Inventors: Randall A. Snyder, Thomas S. Ginter
  • Patent number: 9819627
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing location-restricted message exchange include receiving, by a system provider device over a network from a sender device, a location-restricted message that includes sender message information and first location information that is associated with a first location. The system provider device then receives, over the network from a first receiver device, second location information that is associated with a second location. The system provider device then determines that the second location is in a limited geographic message exchange area with the first location and, in response, sends at least some of the sender message information by the system provider device over the network to the first receiver device. They system provider device may use filtering criteria provided by the first or second receiver device and use that filtering criteria to determine whether to send the sender message information to the first or second receiver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Koson Cao
  • Patent number: 9818133
    Abstract: A method of consolidating consumer profiles based on mapping an external identifier of a mobile communication device to a mobile network identification by an authentication network element computer. The method comprises receiving, by an advertisement (ad) bidder server computer, an ad bid request with an external consumer identifier and consumer profile information of a mobile communication device, and receiving, by a mobile communication network, a pixel tag request from the mobile communication device with the external consumer identifier embedded in the pixel tag request, wherein the mobile communication network is maintained by a mobile network carrier that maintains the ad bidder. The method further comprises identifying a mobile network identification of the mobile communication device by the mobile communication network, and storing a mapping between the external consumer identifier and the mobile network identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Bell, Sara M. Dugan, Wayne W. Schroeder, Ashwin Shashindranath
  • Patent number: 9820104
    Abstract: An approach and system for determining a level of effectiveness of a device action performed in response to the presence of a user is described. The system identifies a user associated with a presence signal transmitted by a transmitting object in use by the user during an event. The system also initiates a rendering of content associated with the user, an event host, one or more items associated with the event host, or a combination thereof at a sensing device that detects the presence signal. Still further, the system determines a response of the user to the content based on movement information, location information, transaction information, or a combination thereof associated with the transmitting object, the user, or a combination thereof during the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Cohen
  • Patent number: 9813309
    Abstract: Determining a location corresponding to an Internet Protocol (IP) address includes collecting an IP address and location information corresponding to the IP address, wherein the location information corresponding to the IP address includes information identifying a location from which a terminal associated with the IP address accesses a network, obtaining one or more pieces of IP address geographic coordinate data for the IP address using the IP address and the location information corresponding to the IP address, determining geographic coordinates corresponding to the IP address based at least in part on the one or more pieces of IP address geographic coordinate data, determining an IP address field based at least in part on the geographic coordinates corresponding to the IP address, and determining a location corresponding to the IP address field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Xiaojian Li, Manhuo Hong
  • Patent number: 9813544
    Abstract: A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or conspicuous to individuals than in the normal mode of operation. The device may enter the inconspicuous mode upon user request or by detecting at least one environmental condition using a sensor available to the mobile communication device. The environmental condition may be anything that the device can detect or sense in its surrounding environment such as ambient light or sound. The device may return to the normal mode of operation by user request or when the environmental condition is no longer present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jordan Naftolin
  • Patent number: 9807640
    Abstract: Network device coordination schemes allocate resources, configure transmission policies, and assign users to utilize resources. A set of transmission policies is generated to services users while each user maintains a throughput threshold. The set of transmission policies can be altered to alter a network energy efficiency. The set of transmission polices can be altered based on energy consumption, data throughput, channel characteristics, measured interference, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Chie Ming Chou, Ching-Yao Huang
  • Patent number: 9807186
    Abstract: To improve communication with users, a venue management system is associated with the venue and allows an administrator to configure notifications to send to users at or near the venue. To configure a notification, the administrator provides to the venue management system notification information for presentation to users, criteria describing conditions need to be satisfied for the notification to be transmitted to users, and user targeting information identifying characteristics of users to receive the notification. Based on information gathered by the venue management system, the venue management system determines whether at least a threshold amount of the criteria of the notification are satisfied. If at least the threshold amount of the criteria of the notification are satisfied, the venue management system sends the notification to users having characteristics matching at least a threshold amount of the user targeting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: VenueNext, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Paul, Deepak Jhalani, Dean Yang
  • Patent number: 9801154
    Abstract: A method for correcting a positioning location is provided. The method includes: receiving current positioning information; comparing a current Mobile Country Code (MCC) comprised in the current positioning information with a previous MCC comprised in previous positioning information; determining whether a moving speed of a mobile device is greater than a speed threshold according the current positioning information and the previous positioning information when the current MCC is the same as the previous MCC; determining whether the mobile device has moved after determining that the moving speed is not greater than the speed threshold; and identifying a final positioning location according to a determination result indicating whether the mobile device has moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: AthenTek Incorporated
    Inventors: Chun-Nan Chen, Ivy H. Tseng