Central Control Patents (Class 70/264)
  • Patent number: 9845618
    Abstract: A lock assembly (30, 30?) is provided that includes a housing (32), a rotary bolt (36) or a translating bolt (36?), and a bolt blocker (38) that moves between a blocking position blocking movement of the bolts (36, 36?) and an unblocking position permitting the bolts (36, 36?) to move to a retracted position. The lock assemblies (30, 30?) are resistant to shocks being applied to the locks assemblies (30, 30?) in an effort to open the lock assemblies (30, 30?) without authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Sargent & Greenleaf, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Worm, David G. Christopherson, Michael R. Clark
  • Patent number: 9260886
    Abstract: An electronic locking system for vending machines or the like is provided for locking and unlocking the machine preferably with a remotely controlled electronic cam operating device. The lock system includes at least one axially and also preferably rotationally movable cam that can be mounted selectively on the cabinet or in the body of the machine and at least one slotted receiving device disposed either on the door or within the interior of the machine and positioned for engagement by the cam when the door is moved between an open position, an intermediate and closed position. When the door is manually moved from the open position to the intermediate closed position, the cam advances into the receiver slot and moves to draw in the door. The cam movement pulls the door into the closed position wherein a gasket disposed between the door and the vending machine is substantially uniformly compressed and sealed around its periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TRITEQ LOCK AND SECURITY, LLC
    Inventors: Gary L. Myers, Calin V. Roatis, William D. Denison, Thomasz Barnas, Catalin Captarencu, Richard Paeth
  • Patent number: 9145717
    Abstract: A locking system is provided for a motor vehicle door. The locking system includes, but is not limited to a door lock, an internal actuation unit having a pickup that is mechanically linked to the door lock and alternately transferable into a locked position and an unlocked position. In the locked position, actuation of the pickup is inactive with respect to the lock. The locking system further includes, but is not limited to a detection unit configured to detect an approach of a hand and also configured to unlock the door lock if a distance falls below a predefined distance to the internal actuation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Peter Eduard Schuessler, Mario Tassotto, Andreas Heberer, Oliver Roettel
  • Patent number: 9030321
    Abstract: Method for monitoring a cargo container in which a transmitter is arranged on the container and periodically transmits messages to a remote site or location according to a schedule of messages. When a message is not received according to the schedule, which may be the result of tampering with the transmitter or another nefarious action involving the container, it may be considered that the container has been stolen. A rate of transmission of the messages may be modified based on a condition of the vehicle, such as the presence of a driver inside the vehicle, a distance between a driver inside the vehicle and the vehicle, the vehicle being at rest after motion of the vehicle stops, a location of the vehicle, biometric identification of a driver of the vehicle and deviation of the vehicle from an expected route, and/or based on current time and weather around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20150068257
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a lock mechanism includes a control element arranged for rotation about an axis between an active position and an inactive position. The control element includes a control head having one or more axially extending projection(s). The lock mechanism further includes a lock element that is axially aligned with the control element and includes a lock element head. The lock element head has one or more axially extending projection(s). The projection(s) of the control head and the projection(s) of the lock element head are arranged such that in the active position, the lock element and control element are held apart by the projections, and such that in the inactive position, the projections can mesh together to permit axial movement of the lock element relative to the control element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: David Ogden, Simon Powell
  • Publication number: 20150020559
    Abstract: In a centralized unlocking apparatus for a vehicle locking mechanism in which the operation of an operator in an operating portion capable of placing a locking mechanism in unlocked state is regulated when a main switch is in a predetermined rotary operation position, a pair of operating portions each provided with an operator is disposed on both sides of a main switch. Thus, the number of locking mechanisms that can be operated into unlocked state can be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kengo Ura, Takenobu Kuroiwa
  • Publication number: 20150007619
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a rack of lockers is disclosed. The apparatus includes a key-facilitation server configured to cooperate with a locker server, and also configured to receive a key-access request. The locker server is associated with a rack of lockers including a first compartment configured to allow storage of secondary equipment, a second compartment having an open locker slot configured to maintain storage of equipment, and a locker divider separating the first compartment from the second compartment. The key-access request is configured to indicate a user request configured to request usage of an access key. The access key is also configured to be usable by the locker server. The locker server is configured to receive a locker-access request. The locker-access request is configured to indicate access of a selected locker is user requested. The locker server is configured to use the access key so as to facilitate secured user access of the selected locker associated with the rack of lockers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Cory Jack Finney, Christian Nitu, Nick Ramsey, Jordan Darrington, Jonathan White, Matt Hoenecke
  • Patent number: 8869576
    Abstract: A rotary electronic locking system for locking utility box or storage compartments installed on trucks or other vehicles, using a remote device like a remote key fob to lock and unlock the storage compartments, or by wiring the system to the vehicle's factory-installed electronic door lock system and utilizing the remote device supplied with the factory-installed electronic door lock system to lock and unlock the storage compartments. The rotary electronic locking system operates independently from the existing handles on the storage compartments. It may be used as a primary or secondary locking system, providing additional security. The system includes a rotating rod assembly with strikers, which is rotated by an electronic actuator causing the strikers to engage with or disengage from striker plates attached to the interior of the storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Daniel O'Leary, Monty Andrew Contente
  • Patent number: 8839650
    Abstract: A lock assembly (210) including a body (220), at least one locking member (223, 240) and a length of lock material with two free ends and at least one leg (212) attached to one of the free ends, each leg configured to be engaged by a respective locking member. The locking members are separately actuable such that each leg (212) may be removed from the lock body independent of any other legs. A bracket assembly (300) for connecting a lock assembly (210) to a bicycle or the like. The bracket includes a bracket body (310) with a strap (330) that is secured via a pivotal buckle (340). The bracket body (310) includes at least one flange (320, 322) configured to slidably engage a groove (250, 252) provided along the lock assembly (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Robert David Zuraski
  • Patent number: 8786401
    Abstract: An extendable flush door handle assembly for a door or liftgate of a vehicle includes a base portion and a handle portion movably attached to the base portion. The handle portion is movable between a recessed position, where the handle portion is at least partially received in the base portion, and a partially extended position, where the handle portion extends partially outward from the base portion and is graspable by a user. The handle portion is moved from the recessed position to the partially extended position responsive to a trigger, such as a signal from a key fob or a passive entry system or a vehicle door unlock button or the like. The handle portion, when in its recessed position, is at least partially received in the base portion so as to be not readily graspable by a user until the handle portion is moved toward its partially extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Keith D. Foote, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 8756964
    Abstract: A centralized unlocking operation device is provided in which a first operating arm pivots in response to a rotor being pivoted from a neutral position in a forward direction, and a second operating arm pivots in response to the rotor being pivoted from the neutral position in a reverse direction, wherein a first pressing face (38) that abuts against and imposes a pressing force on a first pressure-receiving part (35) of the first operating arm (33) when the rotor (15) is pivoted from the neutral position to the first operating position side and a second pressing face (39) that abuts against and imposes a pressing force on a second pressure-receiving part (36) of the second operating arm (34) when the rotor (15) is pivoted from the neutral position to the second operating position side are formed on a cam part (37) provided on the rotor (15), and the spring (32) is provided between the first and second operating arms (33, 34) so as to urge the first and second operating arms (33, 34) in a direction in which t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Hitoshi Yano, Nobuyuki Satou, Hayato Wakai
  • Publication number: 20140116100
    Abstract: A smart door unlock system may include a lock cylinder with a rotor receivably having a key inserted thereinto and rotated and a connecting rod rotated together with the rotor, an ignition switch provided with lock LOCK, accessory ACC, on ON, or start START switches, and outputting a signal of an operation state when the rotor is rotated with the key inserted thereinto and the connecting rod is positioned at any one of the switches, a body control module (BCM) automatically locking or unlocking a door or doors according to the signal output from the ignition switch when the connecting rod is positioned at the lock LOCK. The lock LOCK of the ignition switch includes a first lock for locking all doors, a second lock for unlocking only a driver's side door, and a third lock for unlocking all doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Sueng Lee, Eui Chan Cho
  • Publication number: 20140033774
    Abstract: An anti-theft system and method prevents access to and theft of fuel or another material in a container such as a tanker or intermodal container with upload and/or download assemblies. The anti-theft system includes a respective lock for each upload and download assembly, at least one control unit that operates the locks, and a computer program that operates the control unit. The computer program is operated by a user using a workstation to enter commands for the computer program to send signals via a communications network to the control unit to lock and unlock the locks. In a typical embodiment, the locks are provided by electromagnetic locks with an electromagnet base and an armature plate lock, and a satellite network is used for communications in remote or hostile areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin OFCHUS, Randall Todd Cline
  • Patent number: 8627860
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system and method of use are provided that may be used to open the door covering the charge port of an electric vehicle, or the door covering the fuel filler port of a conventional vehicle. The system includes a fuel coupler (e.g., a charging connector or a gas nozzle) designed to transfer fuel from the source to the vehicle via the vehicle's fuel port. The fuel coupler includes a switch that when toggled, causes a control signal to be wirelessly transmitted over a short distance. Upon receipt of the control signal by a receiver integrated into a vehicle that is in close proximity to the fuel port, an unlatching actuator within the vehicle unlatches the port door, thereby allowing it to open and provide port access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Willard Ferguson, Daryl Zalan, Andrew Dai, Troy Adam Nergaard, Nicholas Robert Kalayjian, Scott Ira Kohn
  • Patent number: 8589032
    Abstract: A security system having an inner door handle of a door for a vehicle. The door is brought into a locked and unlocked state with a locking system. The security system includes an actuator triggering an actuation process for opening a lock of the locking system when activated, and an identification element detecting an approach around a zone of the actuator or a contact with the actuator when the identification has been positive. The locking system has an unblocked mode wherein the locking system is in the unlocked state and the actuator is effectively connected to the lock. A control unit is in data communication with the locking system and identification element. The control unit puts the locking system in the unblocked mode once the identification has been positive and the vehicle outputs an unblocking signal such that the actuation process is triggered by activating the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Martin Witte
  • Patent number: 8579337
    Abstract: A handle assembly is provided for a vehicle passenger door or compartment door and has a free floating paddle when the door or compartment is locked. The paddle is pivotally mounted on the exterior of the handle housing, while a logic assembly is mounted on the interior of the housing. The logic assembly includes a pivotal drive plate, a pivotal driven plate, and a pivotal lock arm. The drive plate is independent of the driven plate when the door is locked. The drive plate and driven plate moving in unison when the door is unlocked and the paddle is opened, thereby opening the latch mechanism for the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Trimark Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew L. Hidding, Toby Schwickerath
  • Patent number: 8516862
    Abstract: A locking arrangement comprising: (a) a handle assembly; (b) a primary locking mechanism comprising: (i) a locking bar movable between an extended latching position and a retracted release position, whereby when the locking bar is in the retracted release position the handle assembly is movable between a locked condition and an unlocked condition; and (ii) an actuator means which acts upon the locking bar to move the locking bar between the extended latching position and the retracted release position; (c) a secondary locking mechanism which acts independently upon the locking bar to move the locking bar between the extended latching position and the retracted release position; and (d) at least one biased catch means to releasably retain the locking bar in either the extended latching position or the retracted release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: David Martin Stuckey Investments Pty Ltd
    Inventor: David Martin Stuckey
  • Publication number: 20130008213
    Abstract: An electronic door lock is operable to control access to an access controlled area adjacent the inner side of a door. The door lock includes an outer base, an inner base, a locking mechanism movable between a locked and unlocked position in response to a control signal, and a control circuit disposed within the inner base and operable to generate the control signal in response to the presentation of an input credential. A plurality of different types of credential readers are each selectively attachable and removable from an attachment interface when the outer base is attached to the door to electrically connect the selected one of the plurality of different types of credential readers to the control circuit. The selected credential reader receives data from a user or credential and generates the input credential. A communication module is operable to communicate with a device separate from the electronic door lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: SCHLAGE LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: James W. Brown, James W. Overbey, Alfred S. Levesque
  • Patent number: 8351350
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for configuring access control devices. In overview, some embodiments provide for a method whereby a smartcard is used to configure a disconnected access control device. A user presents this smartcard to a connected access control device which, in response to the presentation of this card, allows the user to download to the smartcard one or more aspects of configuration data for a specified disconnected access control device. The user subsequently presents the smartcard to the relevant disconnected access control device, which uploads and selectively applies the one or more aspects of configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Neelendra Bhandari, Priteshkumar D Joshi, Chandrakanth C Reddy, Parveen Kumar Goel
  • Patent number: 8179228
    Abstract: A device for selectively controlling access to a plurality of secure areas includes a driver circuit including a plurality of drivers, and a plurality of access modules each assigned to a corresponding secure area of the plurality of secure areas. Each access module is operatively coupled to at least one actuator operative to grant or deny access to the corresponding secure area. Unused drivers provided to a first access module of the plurality of access modules are cascaded to a second access module of the plurality of access modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: MV Circuit Design Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Colley, III, Markos Pantelis Paradissis
  • Patent number: 8085128
    Abstract: A device for selectively controlling access to a plurality of secure areas includes a driver circuit including a plurality of drivers, and a plurality of access modules each assigned to a corresponding secure area of the plurality of secure areas. Each access module is operatively coupled to at least one actuator operative to grant or deny access to the corresponding secure area. Unused drivers provided to a first access module of the plurality of access modules are cascaded to a second access module of the plurality of access modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: MV Circuit Design Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Colley, III
  • Publication number: 20110113838
    Abstract: A locking arrangement comprising: (a) a handle assembly; (b) a primary locking mechanism comprising: (i) a locking bar movable between an extended latching position and a retracted release position, whereby when the locking bar is in the retracted release position the handle assembly is movable between a locked condition and an unlocked condition; and (ii) an actuator means which acts upon the locking bar to move the locking bar between the extended latching position and the retracted release position; (c) a secondary locking mechanism which acts independently upon the locking bar to move the locking bar between the extended latching position and the retracted release position; and (d) at least one biased catch means to releasably retain the locking bar in either the extended latching position or the retracted release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: David Martin Stuckey
  • Patent number: 7861314
    Abstract: A security system associated with places physically protected by corresponding security mechanisms used to gain physical entry to the places by security mechanism users is managed using a searchable database that stores information on a plurality of places, a plurality of security mechanisms, and a plurality of security mechanism users. Program code provides access to the searchable database and interacts with database users using an Internet-accessible web site. The program code further authenticates each database user attempting to connect to the searchable database, and after authentication, interactively communicates a plurality of screens to database users, where each screen includes only hotlinks associated with security management operations for which those database users are authorized such that the screens do not include any hotlinks associated with security management operations for which the database users are not authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Shield Security Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Scott M. Serani, Leslie S. McMillin, Charles D. Blish, III
  • Publication number: 20100269553
    Abstract: A system and method for securing a door with a double lock system. A user may have a key to a personal lock while trusted third-parties may be given keys to a common lock. The keys may wireless control each of the respective lock's functions. In this way, the user can control access by trusted third-parties while maintaining security for a residence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Min Zhong
  • Publication number: 20100251785
    Abstract: A shipping container includes internal computer-operated locks that cannot be accessed from outside the container. A satellite receiver inside the container can receive position signals and other commands from a satellite to unlock the locks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Mahmood Zarei
  • Patent number: 7758428
    Abstract: An apparatus and method affords, to authorized persons, access to one or more lockable areas of one or more gaming machines. Each area includes a door or switch and an associated electrically operable lock mechanism which controls access to the area. Each machine has a local processor communicating with a central host computer and with lock processors for each of its lockable areas. Personnel identification and access authorization data is stored at the host computer. Data may also be stored on personal data cards, respectively assigned to individual persons. A person seeking access inputs identification data at the machine, and the host computer responds with signals to unlock lock mechanisms for areas which the identified person is authorized to access. Each machine monitors the states of all of its locks and doors. A manual override key, disabled when power is on, operates the lock mechanisms when power is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Harold Mattice, Joseph R. Hedrick, Chan W. Griswold
  • Publication number: 20100139338
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock (1) which can be released on an electrically automated basis, in particular for use with locker-type storage systems. A lock element (9) which can be introduced into the lock (1) is provided, which lock element (9) can be blocked in the lock (1) and thus holds a locker door (2) fixedly connected to the lock element (9) in the closed position. A lock pawl (14) which can be displaced in rotation to a limited degree is also provided, which engages with the lock element (9), either directly or indirectly via at least one displaceably mounted coupling element (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Wintersteiger
  • Patent number: 7702913
    Abstract: An interactive system for managing access via a communications network by one or more Device-Users and Database-Users with regard to at least one secured Location and an entry control Device assignable for use in gaining access to the Location by the one or more Device-Users. The system may include a searchable database configured to store information on at least one of the secured Location, the one or more Device-Users, the one or more Database-Users or the entry control Device. Software is configured to produce a real time activity report on a selected portion of the stored information during a time period selected by the one or more Database-Users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Shield Security Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Scott M. Serani, Leslie S. McMillin, Charles D. Blish, III
  • Patent number: 7653945
    Abstract: An interactive method and system for managing access to one or more secured locations by one of more users via a global communication network which comprises software made up of a plurality of databases, each of the databases requiring a different level of access to the secured locations as well as being able to perform one or more functions at each different level of access, and a key or other entry control device is assigned to each user for use in gaining access to one or more of the locations at a predetermined level of access assigned to hat user, the system as described being capable of being added to, deleted in whole or in part, or modified, and the databases are capable of maintaining the status of the entry control devices, locations and users in a real time mode for instantaneous access, maintenance and control anywhere in the world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Shield Security Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Scott M. Serani, Leslie S. McMillin, Charles D. Blish, III
  • Publication number: 20100011821
    Abstract: A system for controlling door locking devices may include inside door handles each configured to include a grip for unlocking the door locking devices, mounted in a vehicle and opening a door, and a display unit for displaying whether the door locking device is locked or unlocked, and at least an external switch module mounted outside the inside door handles, each electrically-connected to the door locking devices, and each configured to enable a vehicle occupant to control the door locking devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ho Hyung KIM
  • Patent number: 7552952
    Abstract: A system for the detection of at least an open state of an opening of a motor vehicle and two other states of a lock of said opening, called a first state and a second state, includes two switching devices associated with the opening and the lock. One of the two switching devices includes a first contact breaker with a normally open or normally closed position detecting at least the open state of the opening. The two switching devices are connected to a ground cable. The first contact breaker detects the first state and is connected to a first information cable. The other of the two switching devices includes a second contact breaker with a position normally open or normally closed detecting two states and is connected to a second information cable. Of the two states, one is common with the state detected by the first contact breaker. The first and second information cables are connected to analytical means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventor: Lionel Roesslinger
  • Patent number: 7553237
    Abstract: A gaming machine for conducting a wagering game includes a cabinet having a top box mounted on a main body. The top box has a door for allowing user access to an inner area of the top box. A lock assembly in the top box locks/unlocks the door and a release assembly in the main body operates the lock assembly. The lock assembly and the release assembly are configured to automatically engage one another when the top box is mounted on the main body. Thus, no manual connection is needed between the two assemblies and the lock assembly may be preinstalled independently of the release assembly. Moreover, any suitable top box design may be used with the lock assembly, and any suitable main body design may be used with the release assembly. This allows the top box to be selected much later in an assembly process than previously possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Rodriguez, Gregory J. Tastad
  • Patent number: 7550867
    Abstract: A safety system for a locking device of a motor vehicle includes a unit control device which has at least one power switch for controlling an electromechanical unit in a blocking state, a central control device including signal links to the unit control device and further unit control devices of the motor vehicle, at least the electromechanical unit being controllable through the central control device via the signal links, and an electrical lead connection which is independent of the signal links. The unit control device is connected to the central control device through the independent electrical lead connection. A potential of a control connection of the power switch or a power connection of the unit control device is controllable by the central control device via the independent electrical lead connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Roland Kalb
  • Patent number: 7448237
    Abstract: To prevent an erroneous installation of a rotational detection lever and a rotational element, one of a plurality of toothed portions of a rotational element is made into a larger toothed portion which is larger in pitch and/or tooth height, and one of a plurality of tooth grooves of a rotation detection lever is made into a larger tooth groove which can mesh with the larger toothed portion when the rotational element and the rotation detection lever are positioned so as to correspond to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Shimada, Shingo Gotou, Hirotsugu Takai, Takasi Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20080092610
    Abstract: A protective lock structure mainly including a main body, interior of which is disposed a control circuit assembled from a microprocessor, a memory, a high frequency transmitter circuit. The main body is connected to monitoring equipment, including an infrared camera, an infrared hot body sensing component, a sound pickup and speakers. Moreover, the main body is connected to an electric controlled lock, thereby enabling a cellular phone handset to dial out a telephone number and preset code, which the control circuit of the main body identifies and compares to ensure correctness before unlocking the electric controlled lock, thus providing a lock device with even greater safety and protective effectiveness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Chung-Yi Kuo, Kuo-Tso Wang
  • Patent number: 7352081
    Abstract: A control device is provided for activating and deactivating a child safety lock function of rear doors of a motor vehicle. The control device includes a safety lock device connected to rear inside door handles of the rear doors. The control device also includes a central control unit for controlling the safety lock device between a first operating position that defines a normal operating mode, in which the safety lock device allows the rear doors to be opened using both the rear inside door handles and the rear outside door handles, and a second operating position that defines a safety lock mode, in which the safety lock device does not allow the rear doors to be opened using the rear inside door handles. A selector device is included for manually selecting between the normal operating mode and the safety lock mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Taurasi
  • Patent number: 7287785
    Abstract: A door latch assembly of a motor vehicle is provided for selectively engaging a striker between latched and unlatched positions. The door latch assembly includes a ratchet for receiving and engaging the striker. The door latch assembly also includes a pawl movable between a locked position, in which the pawl abuts the ratchet into engagement with the striker, and an unlocked position, in which the pawl and the ratchet are spaced apart from one another so that the ratchet releases the striker. In addition, the door latch assembly includes an electromagnet disposed adjacent the pawl for generating a magnetic field to alter the force required to move the pawl out of the unlocked position and into the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Schupp, John G. Zeabari
  • Patent number: 7233244
    Abstract: The invention relates to an alarm and control system for at least one switch cabinet that can be opened and closed by an operator. Said switch cabinet comprises an electroactuated locking unit (17) for locking and releasing its door lock and a plurality of modules (12, 13, 14, 15, 16) that are interlinked via a data-exchange data bus (11) and that comprise respective signal-processing microprocessors. Said modules have a closed scope of functions, independently process the signals supplied to them and emit a decision signal as the result of processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: EMKA Beschlagteile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rainer Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 7145436
    Abstract: A door opening and closing apparatus has a motor, a door latch and a power generation mechanism. When the voltage of the battery is below a level needed to drive the electric actuator, a predetermined manipulation of the power generation mechanism generates the power needed to drive the motor. Therefore, when the voltage of a battery that supplies electric power to the electric actuator is below a level needed to drive the electric actuator, the door opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Takashi Ichikawa, Terumasa Suyama, Ichiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 7086257
    Abstract: A lock system is provided with a function controlling mechanism for control of the lock states unlocked, locked and optionally theft secure and child safety. The lock system is characterized by very short times for controlling the desired locking states and good suitability to various requirements with regard to construction space and functionality. The lock system comprises locking pieces, for example a turning latch or lock handle, in a lock for the mechanical locking of the door, at least one operating device in the form of an external door opener and/or an internal door opener, an optional locking cylinder, and elements for transmitting the operating force from the operating device to the locking pieces. The pieces of the function controlling mechanism (FSM), involved in controlling the locking state are not involved in the force path between the operating device and the locking pieces of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Rolf Bücker, Uwe Sommer, Jörg Übelein, Andre Görtz
  • Patent number: 7070214
    Abstract: A lock mechanism has a manually actuable element, a lock lever and an actuator, with the manually actuable element connected to the lock lever via a transmission path. The transmission path includes a rigid link with an end defining an abutment for selectively driving the lock lever. A drive feature couples the abutment to the lock lever when the lock lever is rotated between locked and unlocked positions by operation of the manually actuable element. The drive feature decouples the abutment from the lock lever when the manually actuable element is actuated in an attempt to move the lock lever from a superlocked position, allowing the abutment to move relative to the lock lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Light Vehicle Systems (UK) Ltd.
    Inventors: Sidney Edward Fisher, Gurbinder Singh Kalsi, Stephen Drysdale, Robert Frank Tolley
  • Patent number: 7068146
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock apparatus receives a signal from a portable transmitter and at least locks a door based on the received signal. When a door lock request is received from the transmitter and the door on the driver's seat side is closed, signals detected by door courtesy switches are monitored. When all doors of the vehicle are closed, a door lock actuator is controlled for locking all doors by a lock unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sasaki, Minoru Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 6889571
    Abstract: An actuator including a rotatable gear wheel reversibly drivable by a motor, the gear wheel being operably connectable to an output element by a drive transfer device, the output element being moveable between a first and second position, in which the drive transfer device is operably disconnectable from the output lever to allow independent movement of the output lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Meritor Light Vehicle Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Gurbinder Singh Kalsi, Douglas Conquest
  • Patent number: 6877348
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closing device for a vehicle comprising a lock, a drive for determining the locking state of the locking device, by means of which the locking device may be placed in at least four different locking states and a rotating shaped disc on the drive, which may be rotated by the drive to determine the individual locking states, whereby the individual locking states are each assigned a particular angular position for the shaped disc. According to the invention, the shaped disc (1) is of such a form that said disc may be taken from each angular position, corresponding to one of the various states (V, K, S) and different to the unlocked state (E), without a third locking state occurring on performing the above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Rolf Buecker, Joerg Uebelein, Uwe Sommer, Andre Goertz
  • Patent number: 6786530
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one door releasably securable in a closed position by a power operable latch. The latch is operable by a remotely operable unlatching mechanism to release the door. There is no unlatching mechanism provided on an unsecured part of the vehicle when the vehicle has been secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Light Vehicle Systems (UK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Sidney Edward Fisher
  • Patent number: 6662608
    Abstract: A central locking drive (10) serves for the actuation of various locking functions of a door lock, especially in motor vehicles' and has two drive members (18, 20, 22, 24), which are each adjustable between an inoperative position and an activated position. In order to be able to actuate additional locking functions' such as child safety for example, automatically, an additional drive member or expensive detection of intermediate positions of the two drive members has hitherto been necessary. In order to avoid this expense there is provided an operating element (26), which is moveable between a neutral position and at least one operating position, the attainment of a particular operating position of the operating element (26) being dependent upon the order in which the two drive members (18, 22) are activated. The operating element is displaced, for example, by interacting cam elements on the operating element (26) and the drive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventor: Theo Baukholt
  • Patent number: 6655179
    Abstract: A so-called super-lock condition of a door lock is achieved with a simple and compact construction. The door lock includes first and second lock/unlock mechanisms which establish the super-lock condition when assuming lock conditions respectively. The first and second lock/unlock mechanisms are actuated by an electric actuator mounted to the door lock. In a housing of the electric actuator, there are installed first and second electric motors and first and second operation levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Kobayashi, Ryoji Shimura
  • Publication number: 20030177974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle door lock indicator device which is arranged to be moved between at least a first position and a second position. Said vehicle door lock indicator device includes an actuator, substantially made of shape memory alloy (SMA). The actuator is arranged for effecting the movement of the vehicle door lock indicator device between at least a first position and a second position. The invention also relates to a vehicle and a vehicle door system having a vehicle door lock indicator device as described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Christer Gustav Dominique
  • Publication number: 20030140666
    Abstract: A central locking system for a building having at least one window or door, the system comprising a central control unit in communication with a storage means for retaining pressurised fluid, the storage means being in fluid communication with at least one locking mechanism operable in response to a signal from the central control unit to the storage means to move between an inoperative position in which the opening and closing of the associated door or window is unimpeded and an operative position in which the opening and closing of the door or window is impeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventors: John Patrick Darcy, Matthew D A Tiller, Tim Armitage
  • Patent number: 6598437
    Abstract: The invention provides a door unlocking system with the switch transmitting the signal to the central processing unit (10) according to the rotary direction of the key inserted into the key box to unlock the front and rear doors, wherein the switch is installed at the door latch (30) unlocking the driver door and the switch transmits the signal to the central processing unit according to the signal input in the key rod clip (31) to unlock the other doors, in the inserted status, the key turns to one direction to operate the switch, thereby installing the switch in the driver door regardless of the door chassis and the key rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jae Hong Choi