Position Based Personal Service Patents (Class 455/456.3)
  • Patent number: 9471942
    Abstract: A portable terminal which supports a social network, more particularly, an apparatus and a method for generating a community with agents of the same character in a social network and processing an answer to a query by sharing information between the generated communities. The apparatus includes an agent determiner configured to set an agent for a first network object. The apparatus also includes a community setting part configured to establish a community with an agent for a first network and an agent for a second agent, select a first representative agent of the community, and establish a community with the first representative agent selected and other adjacent representative agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-Jun Song, Seung-Yeol Yoo, Nam-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9473579
    Abstract: A communication device for a vehicle has a first communication unit and a second communication unit. The first communication unit is configured to communicate with a server via a first communication protocol. The second communication unit is configured to communicate with at least one further vehicle via a second communication protocol. The first communication unit is configured to receive from the server control information for the second communication protocol and to forward it to the second communication unit. The second communication unit is configured to perform, depending on the forwarded control information, at least one predetermined setting for communicating with the at least one further vehicle by use of the second communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: David Gozalvez Serrano, Oliver Klemp, Hyung-Taek Lim, Markus Strassberger
  • Patent number: 9472196
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for receiving data identifying an application and a voice command trigger term, validating the received data, inducting the received data to generate an intent that specifies the application, the voice command trigger term, and one or more other voice command trigger terms that are determined based at least on the voice command trigger term, and storing the intent at a contextual intent database, wherein the contextual intent database comprises one or more other intents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Wang, Sunil Vemuri, Nitin Mangesh Shetti, Pravir Kumar Gupta, Scott B. Huffman, Javier Alejandro Rey, Jeffrey A. Boortz
  • Patent number: 9473895
    Abstract: An approach, carried out by one or more processors, for providing volume information to communication devices. The approach may further comprise receiving a query for a set of volume information for a first communication device. The volume information includes at least a volume range for audible communicating. The approach may further comprise determining if a second communication device is in a vicinity of the first communication device. Responsive to determining the second communication device is in the vicinity of the first communication device, the approach may further comprise determining a first location and a second location for the respective first communication device and second communication device. The approach may further comprise determining the set of volume information for the first communication device based on at least the second location of the second communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Denise A. Bell, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz
  • Patent number: 9473948
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method for analyzing pilot pollution, and further disclose an apparatus for analyzing pilot pollution. The method includes: generating a preprocessed map according to an actual engineering parameter table and drive test data that are in pre-imported information, where the preprocessed map includes a cell distribution map and a pilot pollution distribution map, the actual engineering parameter table includes actual longitude information, actual latitude information, and actual azimuth information; obtaining selection information of a target area to determine the target area; and generating, for the target area, a map of abnormal cells of the target area according to the cell pilot identifiers and the signal strength corresponding to the pilot identifier of each test-marked cell. With the present invention, it is unnecessary to review test data and view the review connection, and the analysis efficiency is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junquan Ding, Xiaojun Cui
  • Patent number: 9465890
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to the field of content sharing over a network using geographical tags, particularly multimedia content relating to community, genealogical and historical information. The content that can be shared via preferred embodiments may take many forms, such as images, genealogical data, video, audio, etc. Preferably, the content comprises personalized content (such as family tree information, family photographs, neighborhood photographs, home video, home audio, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Donald Jay Wilson
  • Patent number: 9462050
    Abstract: A terminal device configured to support selection of a printer, the terminal device including: a first processor; and a first memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the terminal device to perform: registering area information which defines an area including a location of a printer and is for associating the area with the printer located in the area; acquiring the registered area information; acquiring terminal position information which represents the position of the terminal device; and specifying a candidate of a printer to be used based on the area information and the terminal position information, wherein the area is defined based on three or more positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shun Takeuchi, Sunao Kawai
  • Patent number: 9456174
    Abstract: An automated video editing system uses user inputs and metadata combined with machine learning technology to gradually improve editing techniques as more footage is edited. The system is designed to work primarily with a network of automated video recording systems that use cooperative tracking methods. The system is also designed to improve tracking algorithms used in cooperative tracking and to enable systems to begin using image recognition based tracking when the results of machine learning are utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: H4 Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Boyle, Alexander G. Sammons, Scott K. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9456309
    Abstract: A system or method is provided to estimate wait time at a line or a queue. In particular, the system may estimate the wait time at a line by detecting the presence of a user at the line via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication. In an embodiment, the system may detect when the user enters the line and when the user departs from the line via BLE beacons and may estimate the wait time at the line based on how long the user is in line. In an embodiment, a grid of multiple BLE beacons may be installed or provided at the location of the line to track the location and movement of a user. The system may determine the wait time for the line based on the location and the movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 9456299
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating inferred information to a wireless device user are disclosed. A method comprises determining a location of the wireless device and a time of day at the location of the wireless device inferring an interest of the wireless device user and transmitting data to said device; wherein said data is related to the inferred interest of the wireless device user. A method also comprises inferring the interest of the wireless device user based upon the devices vicinity to at least one business entity. Another method comprises transmitting information to the wireless device user that is related to the business in which the wireless device user is in the vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: INTELLIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kannan Srinivasan, Michael I. Shamos
  • Patent number: 9446306
    Abstract: A system and method for local multiplayer gaming are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a system comprises a plurality of mobile client devices including a mobile client device designated as a server device. Each mobile client device comprises a display, at least one local network interface for communication with said server device and a processor. The processor is programmed for playing a multiplayer game with other mobile client devices and rendering on said display a game situation depending on commands sent by a plurality of mobile client devices to said server device over said at least local network interface. At least one of said mobile client devices is configured for overhearing commands sent by at least one other mobile client device to said server device or another mobile client device and for rendering on its display a game situation depending on said overheard command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignees: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)
    Inventors: Minh Thoai Anh Le, Lorenzo Keller, Athina Markopoulou, Christina Fragouli
  • Patent number: 9445387
    Abstract: The present invention is related to method and device for building Wi-Fi radio map. Especially, it is related to device and method for building Wi-Fi radio map that is used to position locating service that utilizes Wi-Fi fingerprints that many, unspecified mobile terminals collect and provide. Specifically, the present invention provides, as methods for estimating position data for AP (200) using Wi-Fi fingerprints collected by mobile terminals (100), 1) method for estimating position data for AP (200) by linking Wi-Fi fingerprints and time data for collecting Wi-Fi signal, or 2) method for estimating position data for AP (200) through user address data comparison between Wi-Fi fingerprints without linking signal collection time data to Wi-Fi fingerprints. Accordingly, it has effects of epoch-making economic feasibility compared to prior art that requires huge cost in collecting Wi-Fi fingerprint like war driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Dong-soo Han
  • Patent number: 9445251
    Abstract: A method and system includes the ability for individuals to set up an ad hoc digital and voice network easily and rapidly to allow users to coordinate their activities by eliminating the need for pre-entry of data into a web or identifying others by name, phone numbers or email. This method is especially useful for police, fire fighters, military, first responders or other emergency situations for coordinating different organizations at the scene of a disaster to elevate conventional communication problems either up and down the chain of command or cross communication between different emergency units. The method and system provides that the users are only required to enter a specific Server IP address and an ad hoc event name, a password and perhaps the name of the particular unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Ground Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Malcolm K. Beyer, Jr., Christopher R. Rice
  • Patent number: 9443326
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards automatically labeling location-related information such as corresponding to GPS data or the like with a semantic label. A classifier trained with machine learning is provided with feature data corresponding to the location-related information and other features, such as user demographics data of a person associated with location-related information. The semantic label is received from the classifier, and associated with the location-related information. Other features may be used, such as other egocentric features corresponding to a person's particular visit, features from a sequence of visits, and/or features from other user information. The semantic label may be used to trigger an action, label a location on a map or the like, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Krumm, Dany Rouhana, Ming-Wei Chang, Aman Kansal, Piali Choudhury
  • Patent number: 9438361
    Abstract: In a method for providing a content service to a recipient (20) in communications, a service center (14) receives information on a recipient identification and on service terminals (16) assigned, in a sender device (38), for the content. The service center (14) uploads the content to the assigned service terminals (16). The service terminal (16) receives information on a location of a transmitter device (34) of the recipient (20). The service terminal (16) compares the received location information with location information on the service terminal (16). Based on the comparing, if the service terminal is in a close proximity of the transmitter device (34) of the recipient (20) the service terminal (16) activates a first display content for inviting the service terminal (16) to display the uploaded content on a monitor of the service terminal (16). When the recipient acknowledges the first display content, the service terminal may take actions related to a second display content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: Eugene Bourakov, Johnathan C. Mun, Veniamin Bourakov
  • Patent number: 9439036
    Abstract: Selection of offers, locations or merchants based on their distances from a portion of a user's route and their affinity for the user is disclosed. A route employed by a user for travelling to a destination is obtained and segmented at identified vertices. Locations that are proximate to the route segments are determined. The proximate locations are further analyzed to obtain their specific distances from a selected portion such as the user's origin or destination or any route segment. Location based services are associated with those proximate locations that are closest to the selected portion on the user's route or those with the better utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Joseph Spears, Mark Carlson, Patrick Stan
  • Patent number: 9436767
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing content items to a network accessible device responsive to a rotational orientation of the device. In accordance with some embodiments, a first rotational orientation of a display screen of the network accessible device is identified. A first content item is transferred across a network for display on the screen in said first orientation responsive to a request from the device. A change of the display screen to a different, second rotation orientation is detected. A second content item for display on the screen in said second rotational orientation is transferred across the network to the device responsive to said change of the display screen to the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Marcel Phillip Gordon
  • Patent number: 9432808
    Abstract: Method, systems, and computer-readable media for receiving, from an application instance operating on a client device, education information that indicates a client device identifier, a wireless proximity beacon identifier, and a proximity of the identified client device to the identified wireless proximity beacon. From the received education information, a determination is made whether the proximity of the identified client device to the identified wireless proximity beacon satisfies a threshold proximity. Based at least on the determination, an action is determined that the application instance operating on the identified client device is permitted to perform while the proximity of the identified client device to the identified wireless proximity beacon satisfies the threshold proximity. Education information is transmitted to the identified client device that enables the application instance operating on the identified client device to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: MicroStrategy Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin Reyes, Hugh Owen, Jose Nocedal de la Garza
  • Patent number: 9432806
    Abstract: One example embodiment relates to a method that comprises receiving, via a first portable electronic device, contextual information and a geolocation relating to a first user in a network-based system; receiving, via second portable electronic device, contextual information and a geolocation relating to a second user in the network-based system; identifying a common element in the received contextual information relating to the first user, and the received contextual information relating to the second user; and in response to an identification of the common element, defining a boundary for a geofence based on the geolocation of the first or second users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 9426617
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a method and apparatus for dynamic location-based message notification. In one embodiment, a method for providing alerts to a computing device includes identifying, via a set of location-specific computing resources, a current location of the computing device and sending at least one alert to the computing device, based on the current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Leopold Strahs
  • Patent number: 9426621
    Abstract: A device may determine to initiate a location determination for a base station. The device may identify a set of positioning measurements associated with the location determination. The device may identify a set of other devices to be associated with the set of positioning measurements. The device may provide configuration information for the set of positioning measurements to the set of other devices. The device may determine information associated with the set of positioning measurements based on providing the configuration information. The device may determine a location in which the base station is located based on determining the information associated with the set of positioning measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Shankar Venkatraman, Lee K. Tjio, Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 9426729
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for a network device to receive a first notification message from a first wireless network operating via a first radio frequency protocol, where the notification message indicates a presence of a mobile device within a radio frequency coverage area of a first wireless access point in the first wireless network. A connection message is transmitted from the network device to the mobile device, where the connection message comprises information configured to initiate a connection of the mobile device to a second wireless network operating via a second radio frequency protocol when a radio frequency coverage area of a second wireless access point in the second wireless network is known to overlap the radio frequency coverage area of the first wireless access point in the first wireless network. The connection message may initiate mobile device connections or transfers between, e.g., macrocell, femtocell, and Wi-Fi networks, among other networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh S. Pazhyannur
  • Patent number: 9421440
    Abstract: A system is provided. The system includes a golf course operator mobile computing device located within a golf course. The operator device obtaining a geolocation of a flagstick positioned for golf gameplay within the course. The system further includes a computer system receiving the flagstick geolocation from the operator device. The system also includes a golfer mobile computing device located within the course. The golfer device obtaining a golfer device current geolocation. The golfer device receiving the flagstick geolocation from the computer system. The golfer device determining a distance between the golfer device and the flagstick based on the golfer device current geolocation and the flagstick geolocation. The golfer device disclosing the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Hon Chau
  • Patent number: 9426618
    Abstract: A method and mechanism to allow a location server to initiate a user plane location service (e.g., SUPL defined by OMA) procedure to a user plane enabled device via Instant Messaging, or alternatively, via an existing SIP session if a multimedia session is already established. The location request is signaled to the user plane enabled device via a SIP INFO message. The location request uses SIP messaging to overcome firewall and other network security issues. Location using SUPL over SIP may be provided about a caller making an E911 emergency call. An Instant Message may be sent to the user plane enabled device, e.g., a VoIP wireless phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yinjun Zhu, Gordon John Hines, Roger Marshall, Fei Yang, Victor Burton
  • Patent number: 9412130
    Abstract: A mobile computerized apparatus or method configured to coordinate towing facilities and roadside assistance providers and their available capacity to tow and provide roadside assistance and match users with those towing facilities and roadside assistance providers is disclosed. The apparatus or method may be configured to consider the following factors in matching the towing facilities/roadside assistance providers and users: (a) availability of nearby towing facilities; (b) telematics information from the vehicle to assist with the diagnosis/repairs; (c) preset preferences of the user; (d) insurance information (such as the type of the vehicle the user has and the user's home address); and (e) the capabilities of the towing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Robert Wasserman, Tara Cavallaro Kozlowski, Ryan M. Briggs, Imran Iqbal
  • Patent number: 9403602
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing architecture independent event driven vehicle position reporting are disclosed. The position reporting capability in accordance with the present disclosure is provided by a stand-alone, self-contained apparatus operating independently from the rest of the systems onboard a vehicle. This stand-alone, self-contained apparatus is configured to detect a non-nominal or a hostile condition, and automatically starts position reporting and/or tracking. In addition, this stand-alone, self-contained apparatus is configured in a manner so that it cannot be turned off or disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Heinrich, Ryan J. Paulus
  • Patent number: 9408042
    Abstract: A method includes receiving location information from a Global Positioning System receiver, retrieving geo-fence data from a geo-fence database corresponding to a boundary of a jurisdiction, automatically selecting between a first or second frequency band satellite transmitter based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: iHeartCommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Stubbs
  • Patent number: 9398408
    Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for associating content in a cloud computing infrastructure with geo-panes and sending it to a location aware device based on user gaze. The content may be restricted by rules, including distance from user to the geo-pane. The geo-panes may be static or mobile in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Derick A. Johnson, Thomas A. Birch
  • Patent number: 9396344
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating a database of geofences and registering geofences, with each geofence in the database being associated with an IP address, preferably an IPV6 address. Each geofence is defined using at least one geographic designator, preferably real property boundaries. Entitlements can be associated with geofences relating to permissive and prohibitive activities within the geofences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: GeoFrenzy, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 9395433
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods and devices for computing an estimated location of a mobile device based, at least in part, on an observed difference of time of arrival of messages arriving at the mobile device. In particular implementations, such observed time arrival may comprise a difference between receipt at the mobile device a first message transmitted from a first transceiver device to a second transceiver device and receipt at the mobile device of a second message transmitted by the second transceiver device in response to the first message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Carlos H. Aldana
  • Patent number: 9389094
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for sequencing locations and events and determining routing and itineraries for the sequence. In some embodiments the system may receive a starting location, a first location, and a second location in a default order. The system may determine a sequence from the starting location for the first location and the second location. The system may generate a route for the sequence with the route having transportation directions between the starting location, the second location, and the first location indicative of the sequence. The system may display the route in a graphical user interface of an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer T Brenner, Yu Tang, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Christopher Diebold O'Toole
  • Patent number: 9392572
    Abstract: System and method are directed towards determining an approximate location of a cell tower (CT), using at least implicit location information obtained from a plurality of mobile devices obtained while each mobile device user employs a location based application. Also obtained are CT identifiers associated with a cell tower each mobile device is currently employing. When a sufficient number of mobile devices provide implicit location information for a given CT identifier, an approximate location may be determined. Subsequently, when a mobile device provides a CT identifier for which an approximate location has been determined, the approximate location information may be used to assist the user of the mobile device. For example, the user might access a location based application and automatically have an approximate location of the user's mobile device be provided to the application transparent to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Mor Naaman
  • Patent number: 9385889
    Abstract: A sending device transmits a message to a receiving device. After receiving the message, the receiving device transmits a delivery confirmation to a third party notification service. The delivery confirmation includes an ID corresponding to the receiving device, an ID corresponding to the sending device, the time of transmission, the time of reception, the format of the message and/or a message ID. This delivery confirmation is subsequently stored by the notification service. The sending device then sends a delivery inquiry to the notification service. The delivery inquiry includes information that allows the notification service to identify a stored delivery confirmation. If a message corresponding to the delivery inquiry is identified, the notification service responds to the sending device affirming that the message was successfully delivered. The notification service may also respond with multiple delivery confirmations that meet the criteria of the delivery inquiry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Keynetics Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Barber, Rich L. Stuppy
  • Patent number: 9386400
    Abstract: A detector, positioned at a first geographic location, receives a message from a mobile device that is sent without a request from the detector and via a short-range communications protocol, such as Bluetooth® or other WPAN. The detector parses the message to obtain data associated with the mobile device, such as extracting a media access control (MAC) address, a device type, or other information from the message. The detector may further identify an attribute, such as a signal power loss or frequency, associated with the received message. A second geographic location, associated with the mobile device, may be determined based on the attribute. The detector may also identify an associated user based on the data associated with the mobile device. The local device may receive data identifying, for example, the user, the second geographic location, or preference data related to user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Charles M. Link, II
  • Patent number: 9386508
    Abstract: The information providing system according to the embodiment includes a wireless LAN access point and an information providing apparatus. The wireless LAN access point detects a wireless terminal existing in a wireless LAN communication area to transmit the detection information to the information providing apparatus. The information providing apparatus determines either the wireless LAN access point or a wireless WAN base station, on the basis of information on a user of a wireless terminal specified according to the detection information and/or the information on an installation location of the wireless LAN access point, as a communication medium that notifies the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ota, Yasuhiro Sukemitsu, Taku Kusano
  • Patent number: 9383431
    Abstract: A system for estimating apparatus position based on different types of positioning information. In at least one example implementation, an apparatus may sense wireless signals (802), and if the wireless signals are determined to comprise angular data meeting a certain criteria (804), the position of the apparatus may be estimated based on the angular data (806). Otherwise, if the apparatus determines that the wireless signals comprise at least one of angular data not meeting the certain criteria (814) or proximity data (816), the position of the apparatus may be estimated based on proximity data derived from the sensed wireless signals (822).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Ville Valtteri Ranki, Antti Paavo Tapani Kainulainen, Fabio Belloni, Kimmo Juhana Kalliola
  • Patent number: 9380487
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for traffic scheduling based on user equipment (UE) in wireless networks. A location prediction-based network scheduler (NS) interfaces with a traffic engineering (TE) function to enable location-prediction-based routing for UE traffic. The NS obtains location prediction information for a UE for a next time window comprising a plurality of next time slots, and obtains available network resource prediction for the next time slots. The NS then determines, for each of the next time slots, a weight value as a priority parameter for forwarding data to the UE, in accordance with the location prediction information and the available network resource prediction. The result for the first time slot is then forwarded from the NS to the TE function, which optimizes, for the first time slot, the weight value with a route and data for forwarding the data to the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaveh Shafiee, Hang Zhang, Aaron James Callard, Alex Stephenne, Hamidreza Farmanbar
  • Patent number: 9378532
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may include systems and methods for monitoring a person's activities. A system may receive an input and may contact a designated party to ensure they are safe or perhaps even confirm they are at a specified location at a specified time. A system may also provide an escalation response in those circumstances where a primary contact is not reached or perhaps where it is directed by a primary contact. Further, a system may provide communications to a primary contact or a user including a plausible excuse for the primary contact to leave an agenda location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Three H, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa A. Herickhoff, James A. Herickhoff, Ruth A. Herickhoff
  • Patent number: 9374460
    Abstract: An arrangement is described for capturing and reporting call-through events in connection with phone numbers embedded in advertising impressions sent to mobile wireless devices. A call-through event is said to occur when a phone number embedded within an advertising impression is called from the mobile device. The system includes a call-through detector on the device that captures data related to a call-through event and communicates the captured data for one or more phone numbers over the network to a server. The server collects the captured data from various mobile devices and can correlate those with the advertisements sent to the mobile devices. A call detail information record sent from a device may contain detailed information about the context in which the call was made from the mobile device, including, for example, time of day or device location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Badri Nath, Rakesh Kushwaha
  • Patent number: 9374696
    Abstract: Automatic Location Information (ALI) data that is representative of a landline address is digitally retrieved, and automatically transferred to an emergency call taker over a wireless system emergency network. Importantly, the ALI information is determined based on association to a proximate location. Before an emergency call is initiated, additional environmental information, such as a RFID tag, location beacon, WiFi access point, Bluetooth device, or other communication signal with a known location, is included in the wireless session data exchange, used to match one or more location inputs to a fixed civic location (street address) which is used to dispatch emergency responders. Alternatively, the mechanism matches to a precise geodetic location (e.g., where no civic location is available).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Singer, Don Mitchell, Firdaus Aryana, Roger Marshall
  • Patent number: 9374667
    Abstract: A system and method for rapid room entry are provided in which at least two Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons may be used to determine when a BLE enabled object has crossed a boundary. The BLE enabled object may sense the signals from BLE beacon and a location engine may determine the crossing of the boundary based on the sensed signals from each BLE beacon. Each BLE beacon may have a directional antenna so that a portion of the signal having a strong strength is directed towards the boundary and a portion of the signal having a weaker strength is directed away from the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: AWAREPOINT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary Jorgensen, Wei Geng, Matt Delmage, Brian Costabile, John Taylor
  • Patent number: 9368021
    Abstract: Approaches in accordance with various embodiments attempt to provide a user with less disruptive event notifications by being aware of a user's context. Before a notification is sent to multiple computing devices associated with the notifying account, contextual information for each device is determined. The contextual information can be determined by querying each device for information. The information can include how close each device is relative to other devices associated with the same user, if at least one of the devices is moving, whether the user's attention is focused on a particular device, whether the user is engaging multiple devices simultaneously, and the like. Once contextual information associated with each device is determined, an appropriate type of alert associated with the notification is determined for each device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Touloumtzis
  • Patent number: 9361378
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for determining a reliability of an online post. In some examples, a method may include identifying from an online post at least one word associated with a place, identifying a location from which the online post was posted, and determining a reliability of the online post based at least in part on the identified word associated with the place and the identified location from which the online post was posted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Tsutomu Miyasato, Noriaki Kuwahara, Rieko Kadobayashi, Naoki Kusakawa
  • Patent number: 9363646
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing a vehicle service to a vehicle based on the location data of a mobile device. The method carried out by the system includes a step of receiving at a call center vehicle location data from a vehicle. After receiving vehicle location data, the method may then include receiving at the call center mobile device location data from the mobile device. The method may include determining whether the mobile device is located within the vehicle based upon the vehicle location data and the mobile device location data. And if the mobile device is located within the vehicle, the method may include initiating at least one vehicle service from the call center in response to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventor: Thomas K. Mauti, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9357474
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to public land mobile network searching. A device, method, and/or system may include for each of at least one mobile network identity, each mobile network identity separately associated to a different mobile network, sequentially assessing, with a processor, for each mobile network identity, identity information sets corresponding to one of the at least one mobile network identity for a location code corresponding to the mobile network associated with the one of the mobile network identities, presenting, on a user interface, information related to the mobile network corresponding to the location code as identified. Upon the location code corresponding to the mobile network having been identified, the processor ceases assessing identity information sets corresponding to the mobile network identity for the location code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Amit Arora
  • Patent number: 9356902
    Abstract: A social networking system identifies an event based on a thread including messages from users of the social networking system and communicates invitations to the event to one or more invited users. The social networking system receives a response to an invitation from a responding user and identifies a group of users invited to the event that have not responded to the invitation. From the users invited to the event that have not responded to the invitation, a subset of users having a threshold affinity to the responding user are selected. The social networking system notifies the subset of users of the responding user's response to the invitation and may also provide the subset of users with a suggestion for attending the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Peter Davenport, Lucy Congyun Zhang, Jonathan David Perlow, Justin Alexander Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9354292
    Abstract: Systems and methods of transmitting location data based on wireless communication activity can include a location transmitting device having a sensor communicatively coupled to a low-power transmitter. The transmitter (e.g., a Bluetoothâ„¢ transmitter) can transmit location data from which an electronic device can derive its location. The sensor can be a sensor configured to detect wireless data transmissions (e.g., cellular data transmissions). In one example, the transmitter can transmit location data in response to the sensor detecting data transmissions of an electronic device. The transmitter can remain in an idle, standby, or otherwise low-power state until the sensor detects data transmissions of an electronic device. In response, the transmitter can transmit data which can be received by the electronic device. The electronic device can then derive the electronic device's location from the data transmitted by the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Burrell, Jerome Pasquero, David Ryan Walker
  • Patent number: 9356925
    Abstract: A method for providing location based security for communication between a remote device and a mobile device having a global positioning system receiver for determining its current position. The method comprises receiving geographic data from the remote device, determining if the mobile device is within a predetermined geographic region based on the geographic data and the current position, and enabling subsequent communication with the remote device when the current position is within the predetermined geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ansaf I. Alrabady, Fred W. Huntzicker, David Racklyeft
  • Patent number: 9351126
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for deriving indoor/outdoor classification information for call data for a wireless communication network. The method comprises identifying a set of subscriber call data records relating to vehicular calls, deriving a physical channel measurement threshold value based at least partly on physical channel measurement values for the subscriber call data records identified as relating to vehicular calls, and classifying subscriber call data records for the wireless communication network as indoor subscriber call data records and outdoor subscriber call data records based at least partly on a comparison of physical channel measurement values for the subscriber call data records with the derived physical channel measurement threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions UK Limited
    Inventors: Peter Kenington, Stefan Thiel, Gareth Smith, Michael Joseph Flanagan
  • Patent number: 9344879
    Abstract: A method of managing at least one wireless communications interface of a terminal by performing an obtaining step (E10) to obtaining information (CId) representative of the geographical location of the terminal; a searching step (E20) for searching in a database of the terminal at least one identifier of a wireless communications interface of the terminal that is associated with said information. If such an associated identifier is found, an automatic activation step (E50) is performed for activating the wireless communications interface corresponding to the at least one identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventors: Julien Bournelle, Lionel Morand