At Remote Station (i.e., Mobile Station) Patents (Class 455/456.6)
  • Patent number: 10067217
    Abstract: A beacon device includes a beacon code generator that generates beacon data that uniquely indicates a subscriber. A beacon generator generates a wireless homing beacon that indicates the beacon data. The wireless homing beacon is detectable by the at least one drone delivery device to facilitate a service delivery by the drone delivery device at the location of the beacon device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Bruce E. Stuckman, Judith Lynn Stuckman, Katherine C. Stuckman
  • Patent number: 10068456
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and computer system for detecting a device. The embodiment may include a computing device that determines a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) of a beacon of a second device. The computing device may determine a first location of the first device. The computing device may determine whether the UUID of the beacon of the second device matches a UUID in a list of UUIDs, where each UUID in the list of UUIDs corresponds to a beacon associated with a device. The computing device may transmitting the UUID of the beacon of the second device and the first location to a third device, based on determining the UUID of the beacon of the second device matches an entry in the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Cox, Daniel P. Craggs, Christopher J. Poole
  • Patent number: 10063642
    Abstract: Techniques for supporting location services are disclosed. In an aspect, a generic location session between a terminal and a location server may be established for a particular duration or until the generic location session is terminated by a trigger condition. Parameters related to the generic location session may be exchanged between the terminal and the location server during session establishment. Thereafter, the terminal and the location server may engage in one or more positioning activities at any time during the generic location session. Each positioning activity may be of any type supported by the terminal and the location server. The generic location session can be initiated by either the terminal or the location server. In one design, one entity (e.g., the location server) may initiate the generic location session, and the other entity (e.g., the terminal) may send an end message to terminate the generic location session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Andreas K. Wachter, Stephen William Edge
  • Patent number: 10051599
    Abstract: A range-finding and/or object-positioning system comprises one or more target devices; one or more reference devices communicating with said one or more target devices via one or more wireless signal sets, each wireless signal set comprising at least a first-speed signal having a first transmission speed and a second-speed signal having a second transmission speed, and the first transmission speed being higher than the second transmission speed; and at least one processing unit performing actions for determining at least one distance between one target device and one reference device based on the time difference between the receiving time of the first-speed signal and the receiving time of the second-speed signal of the wireless signal set communicated between said reference and target devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ZEROKEY INC.
    Inventors: Matthew William Lowe, Vahid Dehghanian
  • Patent number: 10045251
    Abstract: A method includes measuring a first congestion level of the first access point, determining to change a coupling destination of a terminal device from a first access point to a second access point, transmitting a request from the first access point to the plurality of access points, the request from the first access point requesting the plurality of access points other than the second access point not to send a response to a request from the terminal device, the request from the terminal device requesting the plurality of access points to send the response to the terminal device, cutting off a coupling between the first access point and the terminal device, transmitting the request from the terminal device to the plurality of access points, sending the response to the request from the terminal device, and establishing a coupling between the second access point and the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Naoya Hongo, Takeshi Ohtani, Kazuo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10038972
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for allocating monitoring resources of a mobile device based on information received at the mobile device. A plurality of outdoor regions and a plurality of indoor regions associated with a geographic area may be stored on the mobile device. Additionally, a determination may be made whether the mobile device is outside of each of the plurality of outdoor regions. Additionally, monitoring resources of the mobile device may be allocated in a first mode or a second mode based on the determination whether the mobile device is outside of each of the plurality of outdoor regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Quan Feng, Jason Schmitt, Hua Luo, Narayan Iyer, Paresh Suthar, Matthew Lindenberger
  • Patent number: 10034167
    Abstract: An event is detected at a first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is deactivated. The presence of a second device, cryptographically paired with the first device, is detected by the first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is activated or reactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua V. Graessley
  • Patent number: 9998866
    Abstract: The location of a computing device is determined, and the location of an area of interest that is a geographic area referred to as a geo-fence is identified. The accuracy of the determined location of the computing device has an associated uncertainty, so the exact position of the computing device cannot typically be pinpointed. In light of this, the uncertainty associated with the determined location is evaluated relative to the size of the geo-fence in order to determine whether the computing device is inside the geo-fence or outside the geo-fence. Based on this determination, various actions can be taken if the user is entering the geo-fence, exiting the geo-fence, remaining in the geo-fence for at least a threshold amount of time, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Lanny D. Natucci, Jr., Janet L Schneider, Mark A. Inderhees, Frank Gorgenyi, Stuart J. Harper, Cristina del Amo Casado, Fernando Gonzalez, Sanjib Saha, Shaun C. Hedrick
  • Patent number: 9989648
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a satellite signal receiving section that receives a satellite signal with which positioning information is overlapped from a positioning satellite; a reception control section that controls driving of the satellite signal receiving section; and a detecting section that detects a state change of the electronic device, in which the reception control section allows the satellite signal receiving section to enter a driving state when the detecting section detects the state change to receive the satellite signal. According to this electronic device, it is possible to reduce a TTFF at the positioning start, and to reduce power consumption in the satellite signal reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Tomii, Reiko Sato
  • Patent number: 9986506
    Abstract: An application configured to provide a service using a particular type of sensor data can be executed by a first mobile device. The application attempting to access the particular type of sensor data from the first mobile device can be detected. Responsive to detecting the application attempting to access the particular type of sensor data from the first mobile device, the first mobile device can receive first sensor data from at least a second mobile device via at least a first low energy communication link, wherein the first sensor data received from the second mobile device is the particular type of sensor data the application is attempting to access, and the first mobile device can execute program code configured to provide the particular type of sensor data, and providing the first sensor data received from the second mobile device to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Catherine H. Crawford, Shahrokh Daijavad, Nirmit V. Desai, Scott D. Lekuch
  • Patent number: 9986531
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a positioning information processing method and apparatus. The method includes: receiving, by a test terminal, a cell-specific reference signal sent by a base station, and obtaining an original cell-specific reference signal; obtaining, by the test terminal, a multipath characteristic quantity according to the received cell-specific reference signal and the original cell-specific reference signal; and sending, by the test terminal to a server, RSRP, timing information, and a multipath characteristic quantity that are corresponding to each test site, so that the server implements a positioning service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Cui, Bin Su, Jiantao Xue, Yijie Li, Anjian Li
  • Patent number: 9970757
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and non-transitory processor-readable media of the present disclosure are presented for efficiently executing applications based on pressure sensor data. In some embodiments, a method includes monitoring pressure, and determining a rate of change in the pressure over time exceeds a predetermined rate-of-pressure-change threshold. The method further includes subsequently determining that the rate of change in the pressure over time no longer exceeds the predetermined rate-of-pressure-change threshold. The method further includes determining a change in pressure has exceeded a predetermined pressure-change threshold, and performing floor disambiguation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Saumitra Mohan Das, Faraz Mohammad Mirzaei
  • Patent number: 9949079
    Abstract: A method of estimating the position of a user device is provided. The user device is initially in electronic communication with a positioning system controller through a communication network. The method comprises determining that a user device meets one or more proximity criteria with respect to an offline region where electronic communication between the user device and the positioning system controller, through the communication network, is expected to meet one or more failure criteria. Responsive thereto and in advance of the user device entering the said offline region, the positioning system controller transmitting local positioning data to the user device, the local positioning data comprising data concerning electromagnetic signal sources in the said offline region. The user device subsequently estimates its position while it is within the offline region by measuring signal data from a plurality of electromagnetic signal sources and processing the measured signal data and the local positioning data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SENSEWHERE LIMITED
    Inventors: Firas Alsehly, Zankar Upendrakumar Sevak, Tughrul Sati Arslan
  • Patent number: 9944391
    Abstract: A system and method for a providing a dynamic backhaul. In one example, the system includes a self-positionable wireless device (for example, a drone) including a dual-band radio configured to establish a wireless connection between the self-positionable wireless device and a wireless system. The dual-band radio initiates a narrowband wireless link with the wireless system via a first narrowband antenna of the self-positionable wireless device and a second narrowband antenna of the wireless system. A navigation system generates location, velocity and error estimate of the self-positionable wireless device. The location is transmitted to the wireless system using the narrowband wireless link. The self-positionable wireless device receives via the narrowband wireless link location, velocity and error estimate of the wireless system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles E. Spengler, Randy L. Ekl, Daniel S. Griesmann, Lee M. Proctor
  • Patent number: 9942864
    Abstract: In some aspects, a wireless-signal source locator system includes wireless sensor devices distributed at distinct locations over a geographic region. The wireless sensor devices are configured to passively monitor wireless communication network signals in the geographic region. Each wireless sensor device is configured to receive a source signal wirelessly transmitted by a source (e.g., a mobile device, etc.) and a reference signal (e.g., from a synchronization source). The wireless sensor devices can generate arrival-time data based on the source signal and the reference signal. The wireless-signal source locator system further includes a data analysis system configured to receive the arrival-time data from the wireless sensor devices and to identify a location of the source based on analyzing the arrival-time data generated by three or more of the wireless sensor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Cognitive Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Oleksiy Kravets, Colin John Sherrat
  • Patent number: 9916559
    Abstract: A mobile transceiver having selectable travel modes and a method of operation are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver having a processor, and a wireless transceiver and a satellite receiver each coupled to the processor, the method comprising: sending a message to an asset tracking service, the message from a mobile transceiver including a device identifier (ID) associated with the mobile transceiver; receiving a message from the asset tracking service, the message including an instruction for the mobile transceiver to apply a selected travel mode; and applying the selected travel mode as a current travel mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Sergio Barcala, Michelle Marie Dupuis
  • Patent number: 9913086
    Abstract: A device may receive, from a server device, information that identifies a user device and information that identifies an object. The device may receive, from the user device, information that identifies a geolocation of the user device. The device may receive information that identifies a geolocation of the object. The device may determine that a proximity condition associated with the user device and the object is satisfied. The device may provide information that identifies that the proximity condition is satisfied to permit an action to be performed in association with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Shameem Firoz Akhter, Michael Douglas Myers
  • Patent number: 9903935
    Abstract: A wireless device comprising: a wireless interface for communicating with a network of reference nodes, and a location module configured to obtain a measurement of a respective signal communicated between the wireless interface and each of a plurality of said reference nodes. The location module is also supplied with a respective set of transformed coordinates for each of said plurality of reference nodes, transformed relative to their actual physical coordinates. Using said signal measurements and the transformed coordinates of said plurality of reference nodes, the wireless device then submits information indicative of a transformed location of the wireless device to an interpretation function. Based on the interpretation function, the wireless device is thereby able to access functionality relating to the physical location of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ashish Vijay Pandharipande, Sandeep Shankaran Kumar
  • Patent number: 9906908
    Abstract: A communication method and an electronic device for supporting the same are provided. The communication method includes forming a group for communication with at least one external electronic device, receiving location information from the at least one external electronic device, selecting at least one of the at least one external electronic device to communicate with, based on a motion of the electronic device, and communicating with the at least one selected external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwangryeol Lee, Wonsu Kim, Jonghwan Oh, Jiwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9906864
    Abstract: Provided is a control method of a user terminal apparatus and device, for speaker location detection and level control using a magnetic field. The method includes receiving reference magnetic field information generated by at least one speaker, in response to a magnetic field being generated based on the reference magnetic field information by the at least one speaker, detecting the magnetic field generated by the at least one speaker, acquiring location information of the at least one speaker using the detected magnetic field information and the reference magnetic field information, and transmitting the location information of each of the at least one speaker to a source apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong-hu Lee, Yong-hee Park, Hun-sok Oh
  • Patent number: 9883344
    Abstract: A method and system for providing location-specific information to users, wherein this information is directly maintained and supplied by the provider of the service. This information is supplied by means of an application running on a personal communication device, where the application is developed and provided by a third-party servicer (e.g., CollegeNET) and the third party servicer makes various program options/APIs of the application available to and selectable by its customers (e.g., various universities). This way, the organization wanting to supply the information, such as a university, does not have to develop their own unique applications to provide a unique user experience tied to the university, and the users don't have to download an application for each school they visit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: COLLEGENET, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Michael Bolton, James H. Wolfston, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9875075
    Abstract: In one aspect, a headset includes a housing, a processor coupled to the housing, and a first, at least partially transparent display coupled to the housing and accessible to the processor. The headset also includes storage coupled to the housing and accessible to the processor. The storage bears instructions executable by the processor to identify at least a portion of content presentable on a second display that is not currently presented on the second display and present at least the portion of the content on the first display based on the identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Russell Speight VanBlon, Arnold S. Weksler, Nathan J. Peterson, John Carl Mese
  • Patent number: 9860821
    Abstract: Provided herein is an apparatus and method for secure access controlling of a terminal, and more particularly, to a method for secure access controlling of a terminal configured to analyze a behavior pattern of the terminal based on location tracking and path anticipating of the terminal, compare a current location and an anticipated path so as to restrict secure access when an abnormality is discovered from the behavior pattern, and an apparatus thereof, the method including inferring an anticipated path of the terminal based on location information of the terminal collected on a predetermined cycle; determining whether or not the terminal deviated from the anticipated path by comparing a current location of the terminal and the anticipated path of the terminal; and in response to determining that the terminal deviated from the anticipated path, rejecting a secure access request of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Woo Sug Jung
  • Patent number: 9853932
    Abstract: Process for sending an electronic file to at least one contact (1) of a user (2), said process providing for the activation by said user of a sharing function, said process further providing for, upon said activation: parsing said electronic file for detecting information about said contact; checking in at least a contact directory the existence of an electronic address matching with said information; creating an electronic message (5) comprising at least said electronic file and said electronic address; sending said electronic message to said contact through said electronic address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GENESYS TELECOMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Stéphane M. Blecon, Stéphane M. Hervochon, Frédéric M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9854556
    Abstract: Improved methods and apparatus are described for determining node locations using one or more associations of nodes in a wireless node network. In general, a first node (such as a master node) may broadcast one or more first messages at a first anticipated range distance. The first node identifies which nodes associated with the first node received at least one of the first messages, such as by reports from associated nodes that receives such message(s). The first node then broadcasts one or more second messages at a smaller anticipated range distance (e.g., with a lower output power level), and determines a location of those associated nodes that did not receive any second messages but received at least one of the first messages. Such a location is between the first anticipated range distance from the first node and the second anticipated range distance from the first node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud, Terence Hollahan, Steven Benton
  • Patent number: 9848401
    Abstract: A mobile device estimates includes a processor configured to execute a process. The process includes first estimating a location of each of a plurality of base station devices present at a location communicable with the mobile device. The process includes generating a circle a radius of which is a distance between the mobile device and the base station device estimated by using radio wave intensity from the base station device, around the location of the base station device estimated at the first estimating, for each of the base station devices. The process includes second estimating a location of the mobile device by using algorithm selected based on the number of the circles of the base station devices generated at the generating and a location relation between the circles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Makoto Uchino, Satoshi Sakita
  • Patent number: 9826350
    Abstract: An indoor positioning system and an indoor positioning method allow all of the wireless base stations and mobile terminals in the same interior space to synchronously generate their time slots. Further, each mobile terminal transmits a positioning signal only at a preset time point in each time slot to prevent collisions between mobile terminals transmitting the positioning signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WISTRON NEWEB CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chia-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9826353
    Abstract: Methods and systems for utilizing priority based geofences are disclosed. A mobile device receives, from another device over a wireless network, at least one geofence, each of the at least one geofence having an assigned priority level indicating an importance of the at least one geofence, wherein the assigned priority level is one of a plurality of priority levels and is received from the other device over the wireless network, determines, based on the priority level of the at least one geofence, a geofence breach detection method and an evaluation rate, and monitors a position of the mobile device relative to the at least one geofence at the evaluation rate using the geofence breach detection method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Aditya Narain Srivastava, Gengsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9823068
    Abstract: A method for determining an environmental pressure change affecting a pressure sensor within a portable device to determine an elevation of the portable device is disclosed. The method involves estimating a location of the mobile device, estimating an atmospheric pressure associated with the mobile device at a server based on data indicative of atmospheric pressure received from the mobile device, and generating the elevation of the mobile device based on the atmospheric pressure associated with the mobile device and reference data indicative of an absolute elevation reference. The absolute elevation determined may be based on the estimated location of the mobile device and elevation data obtained from a reference map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TRX Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Karvounis, Jared Napora, Dan Hakim, Carole Teolis, John Riley Miller, Benjamin E. Funk
  • Patent number: 9801155
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to use of a neighbor list for wireless indoor navigation. The neighbor list may include related information regarding all neighboring access points (APs). The neighbor list can be transmitted, at least partially, to include the related information of a desired number of or all APs in the neighbor list from one AP to a wireless device. The neighbor list can be transmitted in a Neighbor Report Response (NRR) or a time-of-flight (ToF) Response and allow the wireless device to scan for minimal number of APs for ToF measurements. By using the neighbor list, power consumption and time can be significantly reduced during wireless indoor navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Uri Schatzberg, Yuval Amizur, Leor Banin, Alexander Sirotkin
  • Patent number: 9774996
    Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure provides an apparatus for wireless communication. The apparatus comprises a plurality of antennas and a processing system. The processing system is configured to transmit a first signal to and receive a second signal from an wireless node via each of the antennas. The processing system is further configured to determine a plurality of distances between each of the plurality of antennas and the wireless node based on the signals. The processing system is also configured to identify a position of each of the antennas in relation to the wireless node based on a known distance between two antennas of the plurality of antennas in a pair and the determined distances. The processing system is further also configured to command a movement of the apparatus based, at least in part, on the identified positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Javier Frydman, Amichai Sanderovich, Reuven Alpert
  • Patent number: 9769614
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that use anchors to correct satellite-based geographic positioning data in a network of moving things. A plurality of anchor nodes using low-cost, non-differential GPS capable receiver may be used to correct positioning information of a plurality of other nodes of a network of moving things. Nodes in the network may share correction information produced by the anchor nodes with neighboring nodes, enabling other nodes of the network to correct positioning information produced by their own receivers of satellite-based geo-positioning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Cardoso de Moura, Nuno Alexandre Tavares Coutinho, Roy Russell
  • Patent number: 9769764
    Abstract: Connectivity and/or content management in mobile networks is provided. Information associated with a mobile device of a plurality of mobile devices is determined. In various embodiments, the information can be current or past usage or travel pattern information for the mobile device. The mobile device is configured in association with delivery of content. The configuration is based, at least, on the information associated with the mobile device. The mobile device is configured to request accelerated content delivery if the mobile device is located within a good coverage area, and to request connection re-establishment priority if the mobile device is approaching or located within a poor coverage area or a handoff area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Soumyajit Chakraborty, Dave Huggins, Rakhee Nair, Haywood S. Peitzer
  • Patent number: 9756460
    Abstract: An example of adaptive location perturbation can include selecting, by a processing resource of a mobile device executing instructions stored on a non-transitory medium, between a plurality of localization technologies to perturb a location measurement of the mobile device. The perturbed location measurement of the mobile device can be sent to a location-based service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Jindan Zhu, Kyu-Han Kim, Prashant Mohapatra
  • Patent number: 9756472
    Abstract: A method and a system for prompting a signal coverage area are disclosed, which relate to the field of mobile communications. The method for prompting the signal coverage area disclosed in the embodiment of the present document includes: when detecting a signal coverage area searching instruction from a user, a mobile terminal performs positioning operation, acquiring current location information of the mobile terminal, and according to signal strength around a current location of the mobile terminal, determining a list of blind areas around the current location; and the mobile terminal prompting the user to open a map, and displaying the current location of the mobile terminal on the map, and displaying signal coverage areas near the current location according to the list of blind areas. The embodiment of the present document also discloses a system for prompting a signal coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Gengmao Sun
  • Patent number: 9749810
    Abstract: Performing user equipment (UE) assisted indoor small cell location determination is presented herein. A method can include in response to sending, by an access point device, a request directed to a mobile device to obtain mobile device location data representing a user equipment location of the mobile device, receiving, by the access point device, the mobile device location data from the mobile device; and based on the mobile device location data, determining, by the access point device, access point location data representing an access point location of the access point device. In an example, the mobile device location data can include coordinates of the mobile device comprising latitude of the mobile device and longitude of the mobile device, and a time stamp representing a time of generation of the coordinates. In another example, the mobile device location data can include an altitude of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Hongyan Lei, Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan, Cheng P. Liu, David Orloff
  • Patent number: 9743276
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present is a method of implementing privacy control of location information. Such a method comprises defining a geographic zone for which pseudo-location information is to be reported as the current location of the user, wherein the pseudo-location information is not the current location of the user; receiving the current location of the user; determining that the current location is in the geographic zone; and reporting the pseudo-location information as the current location of the user when the current location is determined to be in the geographic zone. Other methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott Frank, Robert Starr, John Ruckart, Steven Tischer, Samuel Zellner
  • Patent number: 9743245
    Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure provides an apparatus for wireless communication. The apparatus comprises a plurality of antennas and a processing system. The processing system is configured to transmit a first signal to and receive a second signal from an wireless node via each of the antennas. The processing system is further configured to determine a plurality of distances between each of the plurality of antennas and the wireless node based on the signals. The processing system is also configured to identify a position of each of the antennas in relation to the wireless node based on a known distance between two antennas of the plurality of antennas in a pair and the determined distances. The processing system is further also configured to command a movement of the apparatus based, at least in part, on the identified positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Javier Frydman, Amichai Sanderovich, Reuven Alpert
  • Patent number: 9736807
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to use of a neighbor list for wireless indoor navigation. The neighbor list may include related information regarding all neighboring access points (APs). The neighbor list can be transmitted, at least partially, to include the related information of a desired number of or all APs in the neighbor list from one AP to a wireless device. The neighbor list can be transmitted in a Neighbor Report Response (NRR) or a time-of-flight (ToF) Response and allow the wireless device to scan for minimal number of APs for ToF measurements. By using the neighbor list, power consumption and time can be significantly reduced during wireless indoor navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Uri Schatzberg, Yuval Amizur, Leor Banin, Alexander Sirotkin
  • Patent number: 9686732
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for using structured communications in an observation platform with distributed traffic flow. A signal from a first mobile device is received at a second mobile device wherein the first mobile device and the second mobile devices act as a nodes in a first environment which comprises a plurality of nodes, wherein a first characteristic of the signal corresponds to an audible source and a second characteristic of the signal corresponds to information indicative of a geographic position of the first mobile device. Context information is derived, via the second mobile device, from the signal based on the first characteristic and/or the second characteristic. A third mobile device is determined, via the second mobile device, as a destination for the signal. The signal is relayed from the second mobile device to the third mobile device without relaying the signal to a central server computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: TheatroLabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Paul Russell, Guy R. VanBuskirk, Ravi Shankar Kumar, Kranthimanoj Nagothu
  • Patent number: 9683856
    Abstract: An evacuation navigation device disclosed. In one embodiment, the evacuation navigation device comprises a position determining component configured to determine a position of a handheld device within a selected environment having access to at least one positioning system. The device further comprises a display device configured to display the position of the handheld device on a digital map of the selected environment and at least one evacuation route from the position to an evacuation position. The device further comprises a wireless communication component configured to receive a real-time update of safety conditions along the at least one evacuation route. The device further comprises logic implemented by a processor for dynamically revising the digital map based upon the real-time update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Prakash Iyer, Lea Ann McNabb
  • Patent number: 9646333
    Abstract: Systems and methods for responding to the arrival of a person within a defined geographic area after receiving a virtual presence of the person at a target destination before actual arrival at the target destination are defined. A mobile electronic device stores user profile data and periodically outputs a unique device identification number and position data. A host server monitors the position data and when it is within the defined geographic area, the user profile data is received from the mobile electronic device and transmitted to subscribing terminals. The terminals display the user profile data so that customer service may be enhanced upon the user's arrival. When the user leaves the defined geographic area, the profile data is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: UBETTERKNOWME.COM INC
    Inventors: Claudine Kolton, Shamim A Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9642000
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improving the reporting of mobility information are disclosed. An example method, suitable for implementation in a mobile terminal such as an LTE UE, begins with the detecting of a transition from idle state to connected state. The mobile terminal subsequently transmits mobility information to the network in response to or in connection with the transition. The mobility information sent to the network includes one or more of several information elements or information types, including a list of recently visited cells, including information specifying a time-of-stay in each cell, or timestamp information that can be used to derive the mobile terminal's time in each cell. GPS-based speed information or other generic speed information may be included. Complementary methods for implementation in a base station and corresponding apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Stefan Wager, Mats Folke, Stefan Wänstedt, Henning Wiemann, Emre Yavuz
  • Patent number: 9614596
    Abstract: There is provided a communication control device including a control unit configured to regard each of a plurality of communication regions corresponding to individual beams formed by a directional antenna capable of forming the beams in 3-dimensional directions as a virtual cell and perform communication control when the plurality of beams are formed in the different 3-dimensional directions by the directional antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takano
  • Patent number: 9599492
    Abstract: A method for controlling a sensor by a mobile device, the method comprising: executing an application performing a task; obtaining first sensor data using a first sensor to perform the task; receiving second sensor data obtained using a second sensor of at least one communicably connected external device; comparing the first sensor data with the second sensor data; and when the first sensor data is replaceable with the second sensor data, controlling an operation of the first sensor and the second sensor according to a battery state of the mobile device and the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FUTUREPLAY INC.
    Inventor: Sungjae Hwang
  • Patent number: 9596570
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that use anchors to correct satellite-based geographic positioning data in a network of moving things. A plurality of anchor nodes using low-cost, non-differential GPS capable receiver may be used to correct positioning information of a plurality of other nodes of a network of moving things. Nodes in the network may share correction information produced by the anchor nodes with neighboring nodes, enabling other nodes of the network to correct positioning information produced by their own receivers of satellite-based geo-positioning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Cardoso de Moura, Nuno Alexandre Tavares Coutinho, Roy Russell
  • Patent number: 9593957
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a trajectory route to multiple geographical locations of interest are described. This disclosure describes receiving global position system (GPS) logs associated with respective individual devices, each of the GPS logs including trajectories connecting a set of geographical locations previously visited by an individual of a respective individual device. A trajectory route service receives a request for a trajectory connecting a set of geographical locations of interest specified by a user. The trajectory route service calculates a proximal similarity between (1) the set of geographical locations of interest specified by the user, and (2) respective sets of geographical locations from the GPS logs. The trajectory route service constructs the requested trajectory with use of at least one of the trajectories from the GPS logs determined at least in part according to the calculated proximal similarities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yu Zheng, Zaiben Chen, Xing Xie
  • Patent number: 9591458
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and apparatus for adaptively performing position determination in response to environmental profile determination. Aspects of the disclosure provide an apparatus including a sensor, an environmental profile determination module, and a profile based position provider. The sensor is configured to generate data indicative of motions of the apparatus. The environmental profile determination module is configured to receive the data indicative of the motions of the apparatus, and detect an environmental profile from a plurality of environmental profiles for the apparatus based on the data. The profile based position provider includes a plurality of configurations associated with the plurality of environmental profiles. The profile based position provider is configured in one of the configurations associated with the environmental profile, and is configured to select a positioning source to determine a location of the apparatus based on the configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: BoChih Liu, Zhike Jia, Jian Chen, Jing Yu, Xin Zhang, Liujun Shao
  • Patent number: 9568582
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises an antenna module, a direction detecting module and a signal processing module. The antenna module is provided for communicating with a wireless communication device. The direction detecting module is provided for detecting strength of N wireless signals that the antenna module received from a first offset angle to N-th offset angle with respect to the wireless communication device to determine a directivity of the wireless communication device, in which N is a positive integer larger than 1. The signal processing module is provided for comparing the offset angles corresponding to the strength of the N wireless signals at the directivity of the wireless communication device with a look-up table for obtaining an angle of the wireless communication device with respect to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Huan-Chia Chang
  • Patent number: 9565602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for efficiently configuring information during a process in which a terminal records channel measurement information in a mobile communication system. Disclosed is an operation of a terminal for accurately indicating to a base station whether or not a serving cell or neighbor cells are measured in configuring channel measurement information. In addition, disclosed is a method in which a terminal adjusts the frequency of recording in consideration of the importance of the measured information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Bum Kim, Soeng Hun Kim, Kyeong In Jeong, Jung Soo Jung