Quiet Or Transmission Prevention Mode Patents (Class 455/456.4)
  • Patent number: 10278011
    Abstract: Examples relate to devices being managed based on their locations relative to a facility. In some examples, the location of a client device can be determined relative to a facility. An organizational group can be associated with the location. The client device can be associated with the organizational group. Whether the client device complies with a compliance policy associated with the organizational group can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AIRWATCH, LLC
    Inventors: Santhosh Chandrashekarappa Irani, Dharmesh Guna, Ramani Panchapakesan, Lokeswar Akuthota, Prashant Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10240932
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to localizing mobile devices. In one example, a first location method associated with a first accuracy value may be used to estimate a location of the mobile device. A confidence circle indicative of a level of confidence in the estimation of the location is calculated. The confidence circle may be displayed on a mobile device. When other location methods become available, the size of the displayed confidence circle may be expanded based on information from an accelerometer of the client device or the accuracy of the other available location methods. This may be especially useful when the mobile device is transitioning between areas which are associated with different location methods that may be more or less accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Sorelle Alaina Friedler, Mohammed Waleed Kadous, Andrew Lookingbill
  • Patent number: 10220964
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for automating the verification of aerial vehicle sensors as part of a pre-flight, flight departure, in-transit flight, and/or delivery destination calibration verification process. At different stages, aerial vehicle sensors may obtain sensor measurements about objects within an environment, the obtained measurements may be processed to determine information about the object, as presented in the measurements, and the processed information may be compared with the actual information about the object to determine a variation or difference between the information. If the variation is within a tolerance range, the sensor may be auto adjusted and operation of the aerial vehicle may continue. If the variation exceeds a correction range, flight of the aerial vehicle may be aborted and the aerial vehicle routed for a full sensor calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Sperindeo, Benji Barash, Yves Albers Schoenberg, Daniel Buchmueller
  • Patent number: 10200529
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for restricting usage of a mobile device when a user is driving a vehicle. In one embodiment, it is determined that a mobile device is in use by a driver of an active vehicle. A functionality of the mobile device is then restricted based at least in part on determining that the mobile device is in use by the driver of the active vehicle. For example, a touch screen of the mobile device may be disabled, and the use of a hands-free interface may be made mandatory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AIRWATCH LLC
    Inventors: Erich Peter Stuntebeck, Kar Fai Tse, Chen Lu
  • Patent number: 10171946
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for assisted GNSS velocity estimation. In an implementation, a method comprises: obtaining, by a mobile device, a step-based speed measurement based on sensor data; obtaining, by the mobile device, a step-based speed uncertainty associated with the step-based speed measurement; determining, by the mobile device, that one or more assistance conditions are met; responsive to the determining, assisting a state estimator using the step-based speed measurement and the associated step-based speed uncertainty; and estimating at least one of the position, velocity or speed of the mobile device using the assisted state estimator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Changlin Ma, Kumar Gaurav Chhokra, Robert Mayor
  • Patent number: 10117112
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a terminal of a first wireless communication network determines a protection zone for each of a plurality of unintended receivers of a second wireless communication network, where a protection zone defines a geographical area where transmission by the terminal might interfere with operation of a corresponding unintended receive. At the time of an attempted transmission, the terminal determines its current location, and whether the current location is within any protection zone of the plurality of unintended receivers. If not within any protection zone of the plurality of unintended receivers, the terminal performs the transmission, but if so, then the terminal may then perform a local assessment of interference to the one or more unintended receivers. Once concluding that there would be no interference with any of the one or more unintended receivers, the terminal may then perform the transmission. Otherwise, the terminal prevents the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Higher Ground LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Reis, Mark E. Russell, Paul Christopher Hansen
  • Patent number: 10116358
    Abstract: A service signal processing method includes obtaining signal strength information of a current service antenna, and obtaining signal strength information of another service antenna; selecting a working antenna according to the signal strength information of the current service antenna and the signal strength information of the another service antenna; and controlling the working antenna to process a service signal of a current service using a radio frequency channel of the current service antenna. The working antenna determined according to the signal strength information of the current service antenna and the signal strength information of the another service antenna may be the current service antenna or may be the another service antenna. When multiple working antennas are determined, the working antennas may process a same service or may process different services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bing Liu, Jingya Wen, Dingjie Wang
  • Patent number: 10097613
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing the performance of resource state polling are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method includes using at least one processor and memory for transmitting a request and a baseline timestamp for an updated resource state based on a current resource state, wherein the baseline timestamp defines a time period for the updated resource state. The method also includes determining the updated resource state based on the baseline timestamp and the current resource state. The method also includes providing the determined updated resource state and current timestamp of the determined updated resource state. Additionally, the method includes setting a current baseline resource state based on a current timestamp of the determined updated resource state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Scott A. Piper
  • Patent number: 10079788
    Abstract: A method for managing data in an electronic device including a first processor and a second processor, the method comprising: receiving data transmitted by a first external device by using the first processor; identifying, by the first processor, a service or content corresponding to the data; in response to detecting that the data corresponds to a first service or a first content, using the first processor to transmit at least a portion of the data to the second processor; and in response to detecting that the data corresponds to a second service or a second content, using the first processor to transmit at least a portion of the data to a second external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Young Park, Su-Ha Yoon, Eui-Chang Jung, Jae-Woong Chun
  • Patent number: 10080098
    Abstract: Uplink high efficiency transport of location information from a user equipment (UE) may include initiating a periodic or triggered location session in a UE by a location server (LS) in a wireless network. The UE may enter an idle state and monitor for a triggering event. After detecting an event, the UE may obtain location information, determine a nearby base station, and obtain a temporary signaling channel from the base station. The UE transmits the location information to the base station and includes a UE identification (ID), an ID for the LS, and an authentication code (AC). The location information may be ciphered but other information is unciphered. The base station transfers the received information to the LS which may authenticate the UE ID using the AC, determine the UE location using the location information and transfer the UE location to an external client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen William Edge
  • Patent number: 10051432
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in a mobile device telemetry system is disclosed. The method and apparatus relate to a telematics furtherance visualization system. The system can sense mobile device remote observation misalignment risk and reconcile mobile device remote observation alignment by communicating a subsequent log of mobile device vector data for rendering a sequence of next positions in the furtherance of a mobile device. The system can also provide an adaptive rendering based upon a phase shift, a log of mobile device vector data, or predictive rendering until receipt of the next subsequent log of mobile device vector data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Charles Cawse, Pieter Albert Venter, Ilya Basiuk
  • Patent number: 9980094
    Abstract: A method, device and system for generating position information in a mobile equipment provided with at least two position determination devices. Embodiments of the invention may include allocating to each position determination device at least one stored parameter value, determining a context information, depending on the context information, choosing a corresponding position determination device selection process based on the value of said at least one parameter for each position determination device, selecting a position determination device according to the chosen selection process, and activating said selected position determination device. Application to location based services may provide a better handling of available positioning resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Telit Automotive Solutions NV
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Dupuy, Guillaume Blanc
  • Patent number: 9930169
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device that is operable to at least partially disable functionality of the mobile electronic device in response to receiving an indication that a vehicle is in motion. In one or more implementations, the electronic device includes a memory operable to store one or more modules and a processor communicatively coupled to the touch-sensitive display and to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to detect presence of a lock-out device and to receive an indication that a vehicle is in motion. The processor is also operable to execute the one or more modules to cause the mobile electronic device to be at least partially inoperable in response to receiving the indication and detecting presence of the lock-out device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SafeRide, LLC
    Inventor: Scott D. Rownin
  • Patent number: 9924342
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating messages with another electronic device via a characteristic-based communication. Communicating includes establishing a connection with the other electronic device over a low power wireless radio using a characteristic-based communication protocol and submitting a connection request message to the other device by writing a value to a first characteristic associated with the characteristic-based communication protocol. Communicating also includes subscribing to messages from the other electronic device by writing a value to a second characteristic associated with the characteristic-based communication protocol and communicating with the other electronic device by using the first characteristic to send messages to the remote device and the second characteristic to receive messages from the other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jay D. Logue, Liang-Yun Wang, Andrew William Stebbins
  • Patent number: 9854087
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identification of a controlled-environment facility resident in possession of a contraband communications device capture or otherwise accept managed access data and/or contraband communications device assessment data for contraband communications devices operating in the controlled-environment facility. Controlled-environment facility resident call data for each resident of the controlled-environment facility is gathered from the controlled-environment facility resident communications system. Correlations in the managed access data and/or assessment data with the controlled-environment facility resident communications system call data are analyzed to identify each resident of the controlled-environment facility in possession of a contraband communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly S. Solid, Mark Baker
  • Patent number: 9854432
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to determine that an application is running in a foreground. The processor is also configured to receive a mobile device speed. The processor is additionally configured to determine if the mobile device speed is above a predetermined threshold. Also, the processor is configured to determine if an interface threshold has been exceeded and lock out the application from use if the mobile device speed is above the predetermined threshold and the interface threshold has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Srini Racha, David Marvin Gersabeck
  • Patent number: 9831991
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a cooperative communication method and system, an access network device, and a user equipment. The method includes, when a access network device receives downlink data belonging to a first user equipment UE, if it is determined that a supporting UE in a support list of the first UE cannot serve as a current supporting UE of the downlink data, establishing a cooperative communication relationship between a second UE and the first UE, that is, setting the second UE as the current supporting UE of the first UE. The second UE is another UE except the first UE and the supporting UE in the support list of the first UE. The downlink data is sent to the second UE, so that the second UE sends the downlink data to the first UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yue Li, Fei Yang, Xiaolong Guo
  • Patent number: 9820170
    Abstract: A method includes mapping communication activity of wireless communication terminals on a plurality of frequency channels. A schedule of time durations to be spent on the respective frequency channels is defined based on the mapped communication activity. One or more transceivers are controlled to alternate among the frequency channels in accordance with the schedule. On each frequency channel, one or more of the wireless communication terminals are tracked by soliciting the wireless communication terminals to temporarily communicate with at least one of the transceivers during the respective time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: VERINT AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Doron Breiter, Victor Cristian Ciochina, Constantin Tanasa
  • Patent number: 9819661
    Abstract: A method of authorizing an operation to be performed on a targeted computing device is provided. The method includes generating a request to perform an operation on the targeted computing device, signing the request with a private key of a first private, public key pair, transmitting the request to an authentication server, receiving an authorization response from the authentication server that includes the request and an authorization token, and transmitting the authorization response to the targeted computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Allon Joseph Stern
  • Patent number: 9819789
    Abstract: An anti-distracted driving system comprises a plurality of transceivers at different locations within a vehicle. Each of the transceivers is operable to receive a signal from a mobile communication device and to output a detection signal indicative of the strength of the received signal. A controller in communication with the transceivers is operable to calculate a corresponding distance of the mobile communication device for each of the detection signals and to determine a location of the mobile communication device within the vehicle based on the distances. The controller can send a signal from a transceiver to a mobile communication device in response to determining that the mobile communication device is near a driver's seat, the signal causing at least one function of the mobile communication device to be inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: 1943596 ALBERTA LTD.
    Inventors: David Moir, Lanny Westgard, Phil Laplante, Glen Suitor, Dean Lorenson
  • Patent number: 9807225
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for providing a function by means of a service in a computer system of a given vehicle, with the steps: making (12) a communication link between the computer system of the vehicle and a mobile terminal, relaying (14) terminal information from the mobile terminal to the computer system of the vehicle, distinguishing the mobile terminal as a server, relaying (16) vehicle information from the computer system of the vehicle to the mobile terminal, providing (18) a list of available services of the mobile terminal for the computer system of the vehicle, wherein the list contains at least one service in addition to services already implemented in the computer system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Arne Zörb-Schliefer
  • Patent number: 9775095
    Abstract: An aircraft proximity sensor system includes a control module in communication with a transceiver module and an aircraft proximity sensor module, the control module operable to disable transmission by the transceiver module in response to the aircraft proximity sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
  • Patent number: 9602968
    Abstract: Dynamic and current information is provided regarding a wireless device's entry into or exit from a geographically defined “watched” area. An area watcher application monitors preconfigured wireless devices entry/exit into preconfigured watched areas. The watched areas may watch for any/all subscribers, or for select, preconfigured subscribers listed in an appropriate table or database. Provision of location information is triggered by a wireless subscriber's entry, exit or changing between designated ‘watched’ areas or locations. Continuous polling may be used, or the mobile device itself or network element may be triggered to push its own location upon notification of its entry into or out of watched areas from an area watcher. A third party may be notified when a wireless user enters an area surrounding their retail store, and be sent a message such as “sale inside”, or “Your rentals are overdue”, on their wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Hines, Mario G. Tapia, Will Cousins
  • Patent number: 9554282
    Abstract: A method for use in mobile station. The method comprises detecting a special code transmitted by first base station, wherein the special code is associated with a border of a restricted area. The method further comprises, in response to detection of the transmitted special code, determining a position of the mobile station and comparing the position of the mobile station to the border of the restricted area. The method also comprises determining whether the mobile station is in the restricted area or a permitted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: David Steer
  • Patent number: 9533576
    Abstract: A user equipment includes a positioning unit which is configured to determine a relative position of the user equipment within a reference coordinate system that is defined with respect to a vehicle. The user equipment further includes a processor configured to selectively enable or disable a user access to at least some features of in-vehicle entertainment and/or control based on the determined relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Kalbus
  • Patent number: 9522682
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating unintended operation of in-vehicle controls is described herein. The system and method analyze data and/or signals received from sensors to determine when the vehicle is experiencing changes the in the vehicle's direction, dynamic state and/or status. The analysis may be applied to data and/or signals from one or more sensors alone or in combination. Analysis of the data and/or signals may determine that one or more criterion are met and therefore the vehicle may be an identified state. When the vehicle is in an identified state, the system and method may disable, deaden or otherwise modify the response to one or more controls in order to mitigate unintended operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Hutten-Czapski
  • Patent number: 9494673
    Abstract: A system for providing positioning information within a wireless communication signal. An apparatus may determine whether to provide information usable for positioning in a packet. If it is determined that positioning information will be provided in the packet, header information in the packet may be configured to indicate that the packet includes positioning information. The positioning information may then be included in the packet, which may then be transmitted. When the packet is an advertising packet, the packet may be transmitted on an advertising channel. A scanning apparatus may then receive the packet and may determine, based on the header information in the packet, whether the packet includes positioning information. If it is determined that the packet includes positioning information, positioning in the scanning apparatus may be configured based on the header information, and positioning may be performed in the scanning apparatus based on the positioning information in the packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Paavo Tapani Kainulainen, Joni Jorma Marius Jantunen
  • Patent number: 9426253
    Abstract: Provided is a method for enabling a capability of a terminal in a device management system including a server capable of at least one of enabling and disabling capabilities of the terminal. The method includes the step of determining if a condition has been met for requesting enablement of a disabled capability of the terminal. The method further includes the step of transmitting a request message to the server including information related to the condition being met, based on a determination that the condition has been met. The method further includes the step of receiving a control command for the disabled capability from the server to process the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hae-Young Jun, Ji-Eun Keum, Wuk Kim
  • Patent number: 9391999
    Abstract: A method and system for executing applications in a mobile device including receiving a request for execution of the application; determining whether the mobile device is located in a restricted area where execution of the application is controlled; and determining, when the mobile device is located in a restricted area, whether to execute the application requested for execution, according to a application execution policy that allows for execution of the application in the restricted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Young Seol Kim, Jae Won Lee, Sung Gun Jung
  • Patent number: 9363629
    Abstract: A method of obtaining a location of a user includes obtaining first location information of the user; searching a pre-stored first map for a plurality of candidate areas corresponding to the first location information; selecting at least one search area from the plurality of candidate areas corresponding to the first location information based on second location information of the user; and determining the location of the user using at least one search area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Kim, Eung Sun Kim
  • Patent number: 9357445
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a method for establishing a wireless communication session between a base station unit and a mobile unit wherein a system controller determines which base station unit of multiple base station units is an optimal base station unit to establish the session. The method includes the system controller receiving commands from each of multiple BSUs that have received a request for wireless service from a mobile unit. The commands include information, such as a unique identifier for the sending BSU, signal strength information for the sending BSU, and channel availability for the sending BSU. The system controller directs the optimal BSU to respond to the request, and directs every other BSU to ignore the request. In at least one embodiment, Bluetooth commands are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Strix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Jollota, Matthew Kuiken
  • Patent number: 9344992
    Abstract: A method of detecting, controlling and managing transmission of a transmitting device within a facility is disclosed. The method involves transmitting information to the transmission device, detecting a response transmission from the transmission device by a least one transmission detection facility, extracting identification information associated with the transmission device in response to the transmitted information; and determining a location of the transmission device based on the response transmission received by the at least one received transmission detection facility, wherein the response transmissions are sorted by the identification information, determining an allowability of the located transmission device within the set area and reducing a power level of a transmitted signal for a predetermined period of time, when allowability is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: BINJ Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Josesph S. Noonan, James P. Noonan
  • Patent number: 9313315
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mobile terminal and a method of controlling the same. The mobile terminal according to the present invention includes a Near Field Communication (NFC) module and a controller configured to set up a first communication link with at least one first terminal, placed within a specific distance, by using the NFC module, activate a first operation mode based on data obtained through the first communication link, and execute at least one function included in the activated first operation mode. In accordance with the present invention, the mobile terminal can be easily set so that it is operated in a specific operation mode based on data obtained through a communication link using the NFC module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eunkyung Choi, Nayeoung Kim, Jungmin Lee
  • Patent number: 9307369
    Abstract: A wireless position detection apparatus specifies, on a road, a target point corresponding to a current position correspondence point of a moving object and calculates a positioning coordinate of the target point as current position information of the moving object based on (i) position information of the current position correspondence point of the moving object on the coverage map, (ii) the position information of the auxiliary points positioned immediately prior to and immediately posterior to the current position correspondence point on the coverage, and (iii) the position data of the map objects corresponding to the auxiliary points positioned immediately prior to and immediately posterior to the current position correspondence point on the coverage map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuneo Nakata, Kenji Muto
  • Patent number: 9301102
    Abstract: A method of detecting, controlling and managing transmission of a transmitting device within a facility is disclosed. The method involves transmitting information to the transmission device, detecting a response transmission from the transmission device by a least one transmission detection facility, extracting identification information associated with the transmission device in response to the transmitted information; and determining a location of the transmission device based on the response transmission received by the at least one received transmission detection facility, wherein the response transmissions are sorted by the identification information, determining an allowability of the located transmission device with the set area and interacting and manipulating transmission of the detected transmitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: BINJ LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Noonan, Carl A. Giordano
  • Patent number: 9226259
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for managing wireless transmitting devices in which a wireless transmission from a transmission device is detected within or about a set area and an allowability of the transmission device to continue transmitting is based on an identification information, of the device, a location of the device and a number being called by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: BINJ LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph S. Noonan
  • Patent number: 9210545
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for managing alerts provided to a user of a mobile device based on context of the mobile device. For example, a perimeter of a geo fence can be decreased when the mobile device enters a particular context (such as when the user is traveling on a train), thereby decreasing unwanted alerts. As another example, certain alerts can be dynamically turned on based on the device entering a specified context (e.g., a particular application being executed or the mobile device is being carried by the user as the user is running), thereby allowing the user to receive alerts that he/she would not have otherwise received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alessandro Sabatelli, Ronald K. Huang
  • Patent number: 9185526
    Abstract: A system and computer executable instructions running on a mobile device for controlling one or more functions of the mobile device in response to vehicle state data. The mobile device includes a processor and memory coupled to the processor, wherein a receiver in electronic communication with the processor detects a data signal transmission. A default rules-based policy, initially stored in memory of the mobile device, defines how the various functions of the mobile device perform in response to the vehicle state data. A customized rules-based policy is subsequently uploaded into the memory of the mobile device and replaces at least some of the default rules-based policy. Software within the mobile device confirms that the data signal transmission is from an approved transmitter and, if so, causes one or more of the functions on the mobile device to perform in accordance with the customized rules-based policy based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: obdEdge, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Guba, Joseph E. Breaux, III, Donald L. Powers, Sean Brown
  • Patent number: 9185135
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, apparatus, devices, methods, computer program products, computer media, and other implementations, including a method that includes communicating data representative of one or more location-based restrictions corresponding to a venue area to a mobile device determined to be located within the venue area, and controlling, by at least one venue server, use at the mobile device of services available at the venue area from one or more nodes associated with the venue area based, at least in part, on a determination, by the at least one venue server, of whether the mobile device complies with the location-based restrictions corresponding to the venue area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajarshi Gupta, Saumitra Mohan Das, Ayman Fawzy Naguib
  • Patent number: 9161236
    Abstract: A wireless communication system and, more specifically, a measurement method and apparatus for inter-cell interference coordination in a wireless communication system are disclosed. Herein, a method for supporting measurement of a User Equipment (UE) by a first base station in a wireless communication system includes the steps of acquiring information of downlink subframe configuration of a second base station, determining measurement objects of downlink resource of the first base station based on the downlink subframe configuration of the second base station; transmitting information of the measurement objects to the UE, and receiving measurement result for the measurement objects from the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Inkwon Seo, Hanbyul Seo, Byounghoon Kim, Kijun Kim, Hakseong Kim
  • Patent number: 9154906
    Abstract: Dynamic and current information is provided regarding a wireless device's entry into or exit from a geographically defined “watched” area. An area watcher application monitors preconfigured wireless devices entry/exit into preconfigured watched areas. The watched areas may watch for any/all subscribers, or for select, preconfigured subscribers listed in an appropriate table or database. Provision of location information is triggered by a wireless subscriber's entry, exit or changing between designated ‘watched’ areas or locations. Continuous polling may be used, or the mobile device itself or network element may be triggered to push its own location upon notification of its entry into or out of watched areas from an area watcher. A third party may be notified when a wireless user enters an area surrounding their retail store, and be sent a message such as “sale inside”, or “Your rentals are overdue”, on their wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gordon John Hines, Mario G. Tapia, Will Cousins
  • Patent number: 9119042
    Abstract: Method for handling at least one external device in an environment, wherein the environment comprises at least one central handling unit and at least one communication module, wherein at least one external device is assigned to the communication module, and wherein a dialogue session is established between the central handling unit and at least one of the further components of the environment, characterized in that, in the dialogue session at least one request message relating to the handling of the external device is transmitted, during the existence of the dialogue session a response message relating to the request message is generated, wherein the response message comprises handling information, relating to the handling of the external device, the response message is a confirmation message on the receipt of the request message at a component of the environment and the response message is transferred back within the same dialogue session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: Vodafone Holding GmbH, Vodafone Libertel B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelius Boylan, Friedhelm Rodermund, Jeffrey Lammerts van Bueren
  • Patent number: 9094931
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a system and method may be provided for validating communications permissions for an in progress communication. The system and method may include receiving location information, at a service provider, from a wireless communications device. The location information may be communicated to a database that is able to determine communications permissions based upon some predetermined criteria, such as time, date, and location. Based upon the received location information and a related database record, permissions for the wireless communications device may be determined. The determined permissions may be communicated to the service provider. The wireless communications device may be notified about restrictions on its communications, in response to receiving the permissions. The permissions determination may be repeated, as necessary, in response to receiving updated location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Cook, Jade Kerr, Mohit Mathur, Michael Morrissey, Clinton Smoyer
  • Patent number: 9084080
    Abstract: A wireless telecommunication system that automatically enforces a quiet mode of operation for a wireless handset comprises a cellular telecommunication network, and a wireless handset configured to transmit voice and data information to, and configured to receive voice and data information from the cellular telecommunication network. The wireless handset comprises a quiet mode controller configured to disable the wireless handset from issuing the audible notification when the wireless handset is in a designated quiet zone location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Cook, Thomas Cho
  • Patent number: 9071938
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for controlling mobile computing devices such as laptops, PDAs and cellular telephones, based on their location. A mobile computing device may include a software-rendered map of defined geographic regions, location handlers for defining behavior of a mobile device in a given geographic region, and a location handling engine for determining when a new geographic zone has been entered and exited, and for executing and terminating location handlers accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vivekanand Vellanki, Durga Devi
  • Patent number: 9065928
    Abstract: Customizing a device based on space and time (e.g., a geographic position of the device at a particular time) is disclosed. In one aspect, geographic position data of a device is obtained. Temporal data that is related to the geographic position data is obtained. An operational mode is selected based on the geographic position data and the temporal data for activation on the device. In some implementations, the operational mode identifies a communication medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Keryuan Huang, Robert Mayor, Isabel Ge Mahe, Patrick Piemonte
  • Patent number: 9064128
    Abstract: Techniques described herein relate to facilitating interaction in the physical world, after initial interaction has occurred within the virtual world, while also maintaining at least a degree of privacy, anonymity, safety, and/or deniability for the physical world parties. This may be accomplished, according to some example embodiments, by the exchange of one or more self-identifiers between virtual world personas, each of which is defined by its sending physical world party but that lacks any personal identification information associated with the sending party. Content of a self-identifier may only be known to the sending physical world party, at least until the receiving party is authorized and/or consents to view or display the self-identifier in a manner that may be perceived by the sending party. A sending party that perceives their own self-identifier, as displayed by a receiving party, may correlate the receiving party with a virtual world persona to which the self-identifier was sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Uumbra, LLC
    Inventors: Julian Pelenur, Joseph Pilkerton
  • Patent number: 9066210
    Abstract: Methods and related systems monitor a mobile communications device to determine if it is in a moving vehicle. If the device is determined to be in a moving vehicle, a database is accessed. The database contains information on locally imposed restrictions on usage of mobile communications devices while driving. The obtained information is used to impose appropriate communication restrictions on the mobile device. As long as the mobile communications device continues to be in the moving vehicle, its geographical location is monitored and, if it is determined that the device has entered a new geographical location, the database is again accessed and the restrictions are modified accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Samantha J. Kalita, Dorothy Beau Morley
  • Patent number: 9060345
    Abstract: An architecture is provided that can facilitate and/or transmit notifications based upon device presence techniques in connection with a wireless communications network. For example, when certain mobile devices register with a particular network entity (e.g., a femtocell) that services a particular target location (e.g., place of residence), then such registration can be leveraged to indicate presence at the target location. Accordingly, notifications can be delivered to custodian devices that indicate the presence information if certain predetermined conditions or criteria are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: William Robbins, Judson Flynn, Randolph Wohlert
  • Patent number: 9046591
    Abstract: A system and associated methods for coordinate-free measurement-domain navigation and guidance utilizing a plurality of radio signals of opportunity, without knowing the coordinates of transmitters of said radio signals in a reference system that steers a user from an initial location to a destination without calculating coordinates in said reference system. In one embodiment, radio signal parameters comprise received signal strength indications, differential times of arrival, and sector angles from a user to at least a pair of radio sources and a combination thereof that are used for coarse navigation and guidance toward the vicinity of said destination. In another embodiment, radio signal parameters comprise temporal characteristics of radio signals, propagation channel impulse responses, radio signal power spectra, propagation channel transfer functions, and a combination thereof that are used for vernier navigation and guidance within the vicinity of said destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Sigtem Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun Yang, Di Qiu