Position Based Personal Service Patents (Class 455/456.3)
  • Patent number: 9226105
    Abstract: Architecture that enables users to define user interests, and when two or more people with matching interests (mutual) are identified in the same geographical area, the architecture actively notifies either one or both of the users (e.g., based on a given scenario). After being notified, either or both users can decide how to act (e.g., the user that wants to buy the car can call the user that wants to sell the car and then set a meeting at a suitable time). The architecture automatically creates dynamic geo-fences in association with users to perform different location-based matching scenarios. The locations of the users are continuously identified as the users move in a geographical area. When a matching interest is identified, the architecture actively notifies the users of items that might be of interest and which are currently occurring in the user vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ami Turgman, Saar Yahalom
  • Patent number: 9224282
    Abstract: Disclosed are a safety service system and a method thereof. The safety service system comprises: a collection unit for collecting position information and image information related to a protected person who is registered by a protector; and a service providing unit for providing the position information and the image information to one or both of the protector and a security company upon detection of a signal that the protected person is in danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Thinkware Corporation
    Inventors: Ji Young Lee, Yong Rae Jo, Jung Hwa Yoo, Ji Hyun Yoo
  • Patent number: 9225823
    Abstract: Methods, portable electronic devices and servers are provided for downloading applications to the portable electronic device from the server based on a geographical location of the portable electronic device. One or more applications are stored at the server. The one or more applications have an associated region and duration. A current position of the portable electronic device is determined. Ones of the stored applications are downloaded from the server to the portable electronic device if the current position of the portable electronic device is within the associated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Markus Andreasson, Erik Backlund
  • Patent number: 9220019
    Abstract: Provided is a communication system for allowing a user to feel the presence of other users existing in the same daily living area without using short-distance wireless communication. The system includes a position coordinate receiving section (80) for obtaining positions from a plurality of user terminals, and a nearby user distributing section (94) for selecting, under the condition that the nearby user distributing section (94) obtains a position of a specified user terminal, one or more of the plurality of user terminals corresponding to the position obtained from the specified user terminal and the positions obtained from the plurality of user terminals and providing the specified user terminal with information on the selected one or more of the plurality of user terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Kaido, Eiichi Nishina, Shohei Konno, Tomohiro Hasekura, Takamasa Shichisawa, Keigo Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9220006
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique is presented. The technique includes determining, at a server including one or more processors, one or more phones associated with a virtual phone number associated with a user. The technique includes determining, at the server, a location for each of the one or more phones. The technique includes receiving, at the server, position information from a mobile phone associated with the user indicating the user crossed a geo-fence corresponding to a specific location of a specific one of the one or more phones. The technique includes determining, at the server, a status of the specific phone associated with the geo-fence based on a previous status of the specific phone and the position information. The technique further includes selectively forwarding, from the server, an incoming phone call to the virtual phone number to the one or more phones based on their respective statuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Kirkham, Brandon Bilinski
  • Patent number: 9212921
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a method that includes determining a location that corresponds to a problematic travel condition based on data associated with when a first client device is at the location. The method may further include notifying, a second client device with a possible travel route that includes the location, that the location includes the problematic travel condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emrah Akin Sisbot, Veera Ganesh Yalla, Hirokazu Nomoto, Takuya Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9207098
    Abstract: A framework for estimating short-term travel times for one or more roadway links of a transportation network infrastructure models traffic speed predictions from collected traffic speed data and augments these predictions with precipitation predictions for the links being modeled. The framework employs strategies for scaling these augmented models for larger segments and areas of a roadway to minimize processing and training time. The travel time estimates generated by the framework are utilized to provide accurate routing information and recommendations to motorists, and to conduct more efficient traffic monitoring and infrastructure planning and maintenance activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: ITERIS, INC.
    Inventor: Joerg Rings
  • Patent number: 9204248
    Abstract: Provided in the present invention are a communication terminal and an information transmission processing method therefor. The communication terminal comprises: a communication processing module (6); a location information acquisition module (1), configured to acquire location information of users of a first user set; a target location acquisition module (2), configured to acquire a target location; a filter module (3), configured to filter a second user set from the first user set on the basis of the location information of the users of the first user set and the target location; a content acquisition module (4), configured to acquire content to be transmitted; an information transmission module (5), configured to transmit the content to be transmitted to each of users of the second user set via the communication processing module (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignees: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited, Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Liu, Chunyu Song
  • Patent number: 9198202
    Abstract: A device obtains a geographic position of a mobile telephone. The device retrieves geographic locations associated with multiple different civic addresses from memory, and determines if the geographic position is within a certain proximity of one of the geographic locations. The device retrieves a civic address of the multiple different civic addresses, that is associated with the one of the geographic locations, from the memory for use in identifying the civic address at which the mobile telephone is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas R. Jones
  • Patent number: 9197641
    Abstract: Provided is a contents sharing method between a mobile terminal and a local server. The contents sharing method between a client terminal storing metadata and a server terminal storing the metadata, the method comprising requesting the server terminal for a contents share service; and receiving information on contents corresponding to matching metadata as a result of comparing the metadata stored in the client terminal and the metadata stored in the server terminal, thereby sharing contents desired by the user without the user's intervention. Also, the user can communicate desired contents information with people in a bus, subway, library, etc., which forms a social network, and produces a contents flow between mobile terminals, thereby creating a new business model such as contents resale, promotion, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang-lim Choi, Su-hyun Nam
  • Patent number: 9197992
    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: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yinjun Zhu, Gordon John Hines, Roger Marshall, Fei Yang, Victor Burton
  • Patent number: 9197991
    Abstract: A content enablement system enables or disables playback or viewing of a content file based on the proximity of a portable electronic device (PED) of a user with an object. The content file is generated and associated with the object only when the PED is within a predetermined distance of the object. The system thereafter only enables playback of the content file if the PED is within the predetermined distance of the object. The system includes location services, content playback, and content capturing modules, all of which may be executed on the PED or a server communicating with the PED through a network. The content files associated with the object may be grouped into a virtual property, the moderating rights of which may be bought and sold. Users are designated as STANDARD or VIP users, with standard users able to subscribe to content files generated by VIP users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Spayce, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Colangelo, Christopher Taylor
  • Patent number: 9191487
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing contact information, the method comprising: displaying a list of contacts on a display of a wireless terminal; determining a first contact from the list of contacts in response to a selection by a user; obtaining a web log address and an online shop address of the first contact; obtaining, from a network service, a first content corresponding to the web log address and the online shop address of the first contact; and displaying the first content on a first area of the display, the first content being dynamically updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junjie Deng
  • Patent number: 9191788
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for selectively delivering shared information. The disclosed systems and methods enable a sending user to decide what context of information is to be shared, in that a sending user can determine when and where information is shared. This enables increased social engagement towards relevant information. Additionally, this enables a vast opportunity for commercial opportunities, whereby advertisements can be served contingent upon a consumer's context, and/or only when the product or service offered to the consumer is relevant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Oren Shlomo Somekh, Natalia Aizenberg, Michal Aharon
  • Patent number: 9191832
    Abstract: Techniques of category-based fence are described. A category-based fence can correspond to a group of signal sources instead of a point location fixed to latitude and longitude coordinates. The group of signal sources can represent a category of entities, e.g., a particular business chain. The signal sources can be distributed to multiple discrete locations. A category-based fence associated with the group, accordingly, can correspond to multiple locations instead of a single point location and a radius. Each signal source in the group can be associated with a category identifier unique to the group and uniform among signal sources in the group. The category identifier can be programmed into each signal source. A mobile device can enter the category-based fence by entering any of the discrete locations when the mobile device detects the signal identifier. The mobile device can then execute an application program associated with the category-based fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Shannon M. Ma
  • Patent number: 9182496
    Abstract: A communication terminal acquires positional information indicating the position at which the communication terminal exists, from a GPS satellite, determines a range of correspondence information to be acquired, from among the correspondence information that makes the positional information indicating position identified by latitude and longitude correspondent to the frequency to be used at that position and that is stored in a server, based on the acquired positional information, acquires the correspondence information included in the determined range, from the sever, and, identifies the frequency to be used between the communication terminal and the radio base station to be connected to the communication terminal, based on the acquired positional information and the correspondence information included in the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NEC PLATFORMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Katayama, Masahiko Yahagi
  • Patent number: 9179239
    Abstract: It concerns a method for delivering temporarily a plurality of software applications each based on respective contextual data, to one or more wireless mobile end-user devices (13), by using a single application called contextual engine pre-installed in said mobile devices (13), said delivery being limited to the immediate vicinity of specific locations comprising the steps of (i) receiving on a local device (9) located in the vicinity of one of said specific locations a remote request from one of said mobile end-user devices (13) located near said local device (9) for retrieving one of said plurality of applications related to its respective contextual data, (ii) receiving on said local device said application from a remote server (5), (iii) delivering automatically from said local device (9) exclusively said software application to said mobile end-user device (13) via a wireless connection (12), and (iv) displaying said application on said mobile end user device (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Netmeno
    Inventor: Sylvain Morgaine
  • Patent number: 9179265
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for reducing a location search space are described. A mobile device, when arriving at a venue, can determine a location of the mobile device using signals from one or more signal sources associated with the venue. The mobile device can use a coarse location estimator to estimate a coarse location of the mobile device at the venue. The mobile device can request, from a server, detailed location data associated with the coarse location. The detailed location data can include location fingerprint data associated with a portion of the venue that includes the coarse location. The mobile device can determine an estimated location that has finer granularity than the coarse location using the location fingerprint data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Robert Mayor, Shannon M. Ma
  • Patent number: 9178983
    Abstract: A device to automatically provide differing information levels according to a predetermined social hierarchy includes a memory and a processor. The memory stores social templates corresponding to unique social signatures and being selectable to provide, for each level of the predetermined social hierarchy, a corresponding differing amount of information to each member of the predetermined social hierarchy and/or a social networking service. The processor receives sensor data from a sensor set which detects sensor data related to an environment of a communication device, creates a detected social signature from the received sensor data, determines which of the social signatures of the social templates has the greatest correspondence with the created social signature, retrieves from the memory the determined one social template having the greatest correspondence, and provides only as much information as allowed in the retrieved social template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: e.Digital Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick O'Neal Nunally
  • Patent number: 9178573
    Abstract: An RF/digital signal-separating receiver is provided for GNSS and other RF signals. The receiver includes a first master antenna and a second slave antenna, which are positioned in spaced relation for directional, radio compass applications. First and second downconverters and first and second ADCs are located under the first and second antennas in analog signal areas, which configuration minimizes cross-coupling RF signals from the antennas and reduces noise. The first and second ADSs are connected to respective first and second correlators in a digital signal location, which is centrally located relative to the antennas. The correlators are connected to a microprocessor for computing distances for the received signals, from which the receiver's orientation or attitude is determined. A method of manufacturing receivers with this configuration is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: HEMISPHERE GNSS INC.
    Inventor: Walter J. Feller
  • Patent number: 9170119
    Abstract: A method adapts a user interface of a vehicle navigation system. Based on an input vector representing a current state related to the vehicle, probabilities of actions are predicted to achieve a next state using a predictive model representing previous states. Then, a subset of the actions with highest probabilities that minimize a complexity of interacting with the vehicle navigation system are displayed in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Nikolaev Nikovski, John R Hershey, Bret Harsham, Jonathan Le Roux
  • Patent number: 9158740
    Abstract: Systems and methods for speed estimation based on stride data using predictive modeling relate to portable wireless devices (202) that contain GPS or other location resources to generate position and speed data. The device (202) also incorporates an accelerometer (212) or other motion sensor. When GPS signals are interrupted, an estimation module (216) and associated logic generates a speed estimate based solely on stride frequency data from the accelerometer (212). Unlike conventional estimators, the estimation module (216) operates on a non-deterministic basis, generating an estimated speed using a joint probability distribution derived from previous speed and stride data captured while positioning signals are available. The estimation module (216) can continue to operate when GPS signals are available, and either filter the GPS speed measures for spurious signals, or further train the estimation module (216) with new position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Julius S. Gyorfi
  • Patent number: 9148865
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed for radio fingerprinting and for device identification and valuation using a multi-point radio fingerprint. In some examples radio fingerprinting logic may be operative for execution on a processor component to receive a set of radio frequency signals from multiple mobile computing devices at a first time, store identification information for the set of radio frequency signals, receive a subset of the set of radio frequency signals from one of the multiple mobile computing devices at a second time, associate identification information for the subset of radio frequency signals to the one mobile computing device, and generate a multi-point radio fingerprint for the one mobile computing device based on the subset of radio frequency signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: BANDWIDTH.COM, INC.
    Inventor: L. Anders Brownworth
  • Patent number: 9143898
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for automatically selecting alert modes for a mobile device based at least in part on the mobile device location. A location of the mobile device is determined. A map feature classification of the location is obtained from a server. One or more notifications of the mobile device are automatically to use a particular alert mode that is selected based at least in part on the map feature classification of the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Barr
  • Patent number: 9137734
    Abstract: A computing device's settings, specifically audio or video settings are adjusted based on a status and/or location of an event participant carrying the device. An event coordination service or an application on the computing device may match the participant's status and location to event location information. Upon matching either status or location, the computing device's settings may be modified to prevent audio feedback by any audio equipment at the event location or similar video interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Josh Watson, Nghiep Duong
  • Patent number: 9131459
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which may be implemented using various methods and or apparatuses for use in providing positioning assistance data with local mapping data to mobile stations. For example, positioning assistance data may comprise and or otherwise be based, at least in part, on local mapping data which may relate to a current location of the mobile station. Such positioning assistance data may, for example, be provided to a mobile station by a first server within a cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nathan E. Tenny, Rajarshi Gupta
  • Patent number: 9125018
    Abstract: Techniques for supporting triggered location services are described. In one design, at least one location related measurement for a terminal may be obtained and used to detect for a trigger event. For an equidistance triggered service, a trigger event may be declared if the distance traveled by the terminal exceeds a predefined distance. For a relative terminal to terminal triggered service, a trigger event may be declared if the terminal is inside or outside, or enters, or leaves a moving geographical target area defined by a reference terminal. For a velocity triggered service, a trigger event may be declared if the maximum velocity of the terminal exceeds a predefined velocity. For a time-distance-velocity combination triggered service, a trigger event may be declared based on distance traveled by the terminal, velocity of the terminal, and time since the last report. For all services, a report may be sent if a trigger event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Andreas K. Wachter, Stephen W. Edge, Kirk Allan Burroughs
  • Patent number: 9125169
    Abstract: Methods and systems for performing actions based on location-based rules are provided. In particular, these methods and systems may store an entertainment profile of a user, wherein the entertainment profile identifies entertainment media characteristics of the user. It may then be determined that the user entered a predetermined range of a location. In response to this, a location-based rule that corresponds to the location and that defines an action to be taken may be automatically identified. Based on the location-based rule, the location, and the entertainment profile of the user, the action may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9125017
    Abstract: A method of controlling a mobile terminal. The method includes entering a schedule creation mode; displaying, via a display of the mobile terminal, an add option for adding a location based alarm based on the entered schedule creation mode and a list of contacts included in a contact list associated with the mobile terminal; receiving a selection signal indicting a selection of one of the displayed list of contacts; inputting the selected contact as a participant, a reminder name and a physical location that the location based alarm is to be output when at least one of the participant and the mobile terminal is within a near predetermined distance from the physical location; and when the selected contact is not registered to a Location Based Service (LBS), transmitting an invitation message recommending a subscription to the LBS to the participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Il-Seop Yoon
  • Patent number: 9125119
    Abstract: A mobile station that is initially attached to a first type of wireless access network is involved in a packet-switched emergency call. Upon detection of transitioning of the mobile station, a message is sent indicating transitioning of the mobile station from the first type wireless access network to the second type wireless access network to cause the packet-switched emergency call to be performed over the second type wireless access network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ke-Chi Jang, Yi Song, Jun Li
  • Patent number: 9119038
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods for time-based geolocation queries, with designated planned arrival and/or departure times or event start/end times. The number of queries can be drastically reduced to reduce battery, bandwidth, and processing requirements; or the rate of queries can be increased within a specified time frame, providing much higher resolution of geolocation information. Geolocation information may be monitored via notifications from portable devices to identify demographics of users within identified regions and subregions, allowing real-time, dynamic comparison of demographic information between locations, such as restaurants, clubs, or events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Yopima LLC
    Inventors: Vernell Woods, Dennis Campbell, Troy Nunnally, Travis Nunnally, Alexander Mims
  • Patent number: 9113293
    Abstract: Methods and systems for displaying location uncertainty of locations of mobile devices are provided. A location of a mobile device may be determined using a location system. The mobile device can be associated with a location service that locates the mobile device. The location system identifies the location of the mobile device that is an approximation of the location of the mobile device. An uncertainty region for the location of the mobile device is identified. The uncertainty region determines an extent of geographic data that is displayed on a location diagram based on a correlation between the uncertainty region and the extent of geographic data. The extent of geographic data that corresponds to the uncertainty region is determined. The location associated with the uncertainty region is communicated such that the location is displayed on the location diagram with the extent of geographic data using the obscuring feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Terry G. Rayburn, Rodney D. Nelson, Michael P. McMullen
  • Patent number: 9113327
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for receiving a request from a requestor to locate a user. The request identifies a personal location code (PLC) for the user. It is determined if the request is allowed based on the PLC. If the request is allowed, the current location of the user is obtained based on the location of one or more devices associated with the user. The current location of the device is then provided to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Francis Cone
  • Patent number: 9113308
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for managing the automatic provision of a subscriber network identifier from a central network server to a subscribed communication device, the method comprising receiving notification at the central server relating to a change in the current location for the subscribed device, and determining from the notification whether a new subscriber network identifier is to be provisioned from the central server. The method further comprises selecting a subscriber network identifier on the basis of the current location, if the determining step has determined that a new subscriber network identifier is to be provisioned, and outputting the selected subscriber network identifier for transmission to the subscribed device. The present invention also relates to managing the automatic connection of a subscribed communication device to a network, where a preferred network and preferred subscriber network identifier may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Truphone Limited
    Inventors: James Peter Tagg, Edward Thomas Guy, III, Timothy Paul Evans, Robert Snijder, Igor Borisoglebski, Alistair James Campbell, Claudio Sequeria
  • Patent number: 9100791
    Abstract: A network connected computer receives data from a wireless communication device including location data and user data. The computer is programmed to determine if the wireless communication device is in a vicinity of a preselected location, stored on the computer, based on the data for identifying the location of the wireless communication device. The computer transmits data to the communication device for notifying the user of the communication device that the user is in the vicinity of the preselected location. Directional information can then be sent to the communication device for the user to access in order to assist the user in finding the preselected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC
    Inventors: Tomi Lahcanski, Dustin L. Winters
  • Patent number: 9094798
    Abstract: A method for locating at least one individual located remotely from a broadcast network. An analysis unit compares user profiles, dynamic locations stored in the communicator location database, and/or fixed locations entered into the analysis unit. A data set of at least one matching individualized locatee user profile is generated and the individualized locatee user profile is transmitted to the locator via the locator's communicator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: LOCATOR IP, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Root, Michael R. Root
  • Patent number: 9088901
    Abstract: Method and arrangement in a first base station for calculating a first location parameter ? of a user equipment in order to improve beamforming accuracy. The first base station and the user equipment are comprised in a Coordinated Multiple Point “CoMP” communication system together with a second base station. The method comprises measuring a signal received from the user equipment, estimating a first parameter value ?? based on the measured signal, obtaining a second parameter value ??, based on an estimated second location parameter ? of the user equipment, estimated at the second base station and calculating the first location parameter ?, based on the first estimated parameter value ?? and the obtained second parameter value ??.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Yang Hu, Jiansong Gan, Abdulrauf Hafeez
  • Patent number: 9088614
    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: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yinjun Zhu, Gordon John Hines, Roger Marshall, Fei Yang, Victor Burton
  • Patent number: 9088889
    Abstract: A method and system for managing awareness information relating to a mobile device's visibility with respect to other buddy devices, the system comprising; the mobile device, a mobile application listing one or more buddies, an application listener which tracks the one or more buddies zoom operations and radar zoom factors, and a server, the server comprising an encounter manager, an approach manager and a notification marshalling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: TTI Inventions D LLC
    Inventors: Shoshana K. Loeb, Benjamin Falchuk
  • Patent number: 9088867
    Abstract: A location based method of offering a recommendation of content to a user of a mobile station includes receiving information identifying a current location for the mobile station. Then, in a content usage database, records of other mobile stations that have recently been near that location are identified. For each identified record of another mobile station, content resident on an used by the other mobile station in the content usage database is identified. Then, for example, responsive to at least one inquiry received from the mobile station, a recommendation is transmitted through a wireless communications network to the mobile station of the user. The recommendation includes information about the identified content resident on and used by one or more of the other mobile stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventor: Shilei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9088866
    Abstract: An architecture, system and method of use sends location based multimedia to participants of a geo-tour or other application using geo-boundaries and/or other location information. The method includes detecting when a user has crossed within a geo-boundary. The method further includes determining a content type to be sent to a mobile device based on preferences provided by the user. Additionally, the method includes sending user location specific content of the determined content type to the mobile device when the user has crossed within the geo-boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pramodh D. Narayan, Sri Ramanathan, Matthew A. Terry, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9084086
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for location matching. The method may include tracking, by the user equipment, a plurality of locations of the user equipment, the plurality of locations mapped to a plurality of time values representative of when the user equipment traversed the plurality of locations; determining, by the user equipment, a first location of the user equipment, wherein the determining is based on a first time value received from an interface; providing, by the user equipment, at least one of the determined first location and the received first time value to a database searchable based on the at least one of the determined first location and the received first time value; and receiving, at the user equipment, an indication of whether the database includes one or more items matching the at least one of the determined first location and the received first time value. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Jens Bombolowsky
  • Patent number: 9068850
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory and a processor. The memory can store a first address and a longitude, latitude, and altitude associated with the first address. The processor can receive a second address and determine that a user device associated with the second address is not located at the second address. In response to the determination that the user device is not located at the second address, the processor can approximate the geocoordinates of the second address based at least in part upon the longitude, latitude, and altitude associated with the first address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven S. Armato
  • Patent number: 9070102
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory and a processor. The processor receives, from a transporter device, an indication of a problem associated with locating a destination site associated with the first user device. In response to receiving the indication, the processor requests the geocoordinates of the first user device. The processor confirms that a second user device is located proximate the destination site, wherein the first user device requests the geocoordinates of the second user device in response to a determination that the first user device is not located proximate the destination site. The processor receives the geocoordinates of the second user device, and communicates, to the transporter device, the geocoordinates of the second user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven S. Armato
  • Patent number: 9071932
    Abstract: Communication by location method that geoplaces asynchronous message threads to a specific first geographic location geo-fence within which they are visible, and a second sub geo-fence for replies. The message threads have a first viewing distance parameter, a second reply parameter, and other parameters such as optional user set password prefixes. Users with mobile devices such as GPS equipped smart phones may set their devices to discover non-password protected message threads that are within a specified radius of the actual device itself, or a device virtual map location, and may use passwords to find password protected message threads. Generally only users with a real geographic proximity to the thread within the specified reply distance may reply to the thread. The method will generally be implemented by software residing on mobile devices and host servers, and may additionally use data from map servers to place the treads in a map context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Hazem I Sayed
  • Patent number: 9071937
    Abstract: Techniques of delivering location data are described. A location server can receive, from a mobile device, a request for location data for determining a location of the mobile device at a venue. The request can include an estimated location of the mobile device. The location server can provide to the mobile device coarse location data for each venue that is located within a threshold distance to the estimated location of the mobile device. The coarse location data can include a list of coarse tiles at each venue, and parameters of a probability distribution function for determining in which tile of the venue the mobile device is located based on signals detected by the mobile device. The location server can the provide location fingerprint data associated with the tile and neighboring tiles to the mobile device. The mobile can use the location fingerprint data to determine a more detailed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Robert Mayor, Shannon M. Ma
  • Patent number: 9064117
    Abstract: A mobile provisioning device is configured for use in conjunction with a provisioning service/authority. Upon connection to a target computer, the mobile provisioning device emulates a boot device, and provides a boot image for booting by the target computer. The mobile provisioning device and/or the target computer may communicate with the provisioning service/authority for various purposes, including authentication, reporting, and provisioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy C. Worsley
  • Patent number: 9059802
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter provides for received signal strength indicator (RSSI) snapshot analysis. RSSI snapshot analysis can be independent of determining location/map information. An RSSI snapshot can be analyzed in view of historic RSSI information to determine a probability that a local wireless resource correlated with the historical RSSI information is instantly available. Machine learning can be employed to train an inference component to facilitate in determining the probability. In an aspect, the state of a wireless radio can be controlled based on the probability and this can reduce the energy consumption of the user equipment by facilitating intelligent enablement of a wireless radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin
  • Patent number: 9049555
    Abstract: A geofence management system obtains location data for points of interest. The geofence management system determines, at the option of the user, the location of a user mobile computing device relative to specific points of interest and alerts the user when the user nears the points of interest. The geofence management system, however, determines relationships among the identified points of interest, and associates or “clusters” the points of interest together based on the determined relationships. Rather than establishing separate geofences for multiple points of interest, and then alerting the user each time the user's mobile device enters each geofence boundary, the geofence management system establishes a single geofence boundary for the associated points of interest. When the user's mobile device enters the clustered geofence boundary, the geofence management system notifies the user device to alert the user of the entrance event. The user then receives the clustered, geofence-based alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Xiaohang Wang, Farhan Shamsi, Yakov Okshtein, David Singleton, Debra Lin Repenning, Lixin Zhang, Marcus Alexander Foster
  • Publication number: 20150148076
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a pushing method based on location information, comprising: recording a plurality of areas passed by a user; obtaining a resident area of the user according to the frequencies at which the user uses an electronic map in the plurality of areas, and pushing, when it is judged that the user enters a new area from the resident area, point of interest information in the new area to the user according to the point of interest information about the user in the resident area. The method in the embodiments of the present invention fully exploits the interests of a user and performs personalized customization, may better meet and inspire the needs of the user, and is widely applicable and easy to expand. The present invention also discloses a pushing system and server based on location information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Hua Lin, Jun Luo, Hongxian Du