Using Computer Network (e.g., Internet, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/522)
  • Patent number: 10242116
    Abstract: One or more location updates from one or more user devices can be associated with one or more grid elements dividing a geographic area. Each location update corresponding to a set of user device data can be stored in a hashtable according to grid element. The hashtable can be resized based on the number of grid elements containing one or more sets of user device data. A set of grid elements can be determined to overlap a geofence, and zero or more sets of user device data can be retrieved from the hashtable corresponding to zero or more user devices located within the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gennady Laventman, Roie Melamed
  • Patent number: 10127526
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for determining travel information. One of the methods includes obtaining flight information for each of a plurality of users, the flight having a flight identifier and associated with a particular scheduled departure time and departure location; based on the scheduled departure time, obtaining location information for user devices associated with each user of the plurality of users; determining that the respective user devices associated with a first group of users of the plurality of users, has a location associated with the departure location; determining that the respective mobile devices associated with users of the first group are no longer in communication a mobile network; and using the respective times at which the user devices are determined to no longer be in communication with the mobile network along with the scheduled departure time to determine a departure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Tal Cohen
  • Patent number: 10083558
    Abstract: An access control system utilizes authorized users' mobile electronic devices for transmitting biometric identifiers in combination with using an access card, for authenticating the user's access privileges for unlocking a secure door. The system may further verify proximity of the user's device to the access control reader, which verifies correspondence of the access card with the transmitted biometric characteristics. The system may further require entry of a PIN into the user's device, for its transmission to the access control system for access confirmation. A scanner scans the area around its geographic location for signals emitted by mobile electronic devices, and identifies a position, a type, and an address of each device, using characteristics of the signals. Audio analytics detect/identify a position of sudden sound fluctuations indicating a gunshot/fight incident, and correlates the incident location to a device location. Video analytics correlate imaged people with detected electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Dan Kerning, Dharmesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10078705
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing an electronic search and guidance application that uses non-address destination designations. In one embodiment, a user enters a particular building identifier via a mobile device. A particular geographic location corresponding to the particular building identifier is determined. A user interface is generated that includes a map having an indicium showing the particular geographic location that corresponds to the particular building identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Katharine Gillian Lee
  • Patent number: 9996976
    Abstract: A method is provided for augmenting video feed obtained by a camera of a aerial vehicle to a user interface. The method can include obtaining a sequence of video images with or without corresponding sensor metadata from the aerial vehicle; obtaining supplemental data based on the sequence of video images and the sensor metadata; correcting an error in the sensor metadata using a reconstruction error minimization technique; creating a geographically-referenced scene model based on a virtual sensor coordinate system that is registered to the sequence of video images; overlaying the supplemental information onto the geographically-referenced scene model by rendering geo-registered data from a 3D perspective that matches a corrected camera model; creating a video stream of a virtual representation from the scene from the perspective of the camera based on the overlaying; and providing the video stream to a UI to be render onto a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AVIGILON FORTRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shirley Zhou, Don Madden, Tae Eun Choe, Andrew W. Scanlon
  • Patent number: 9851209
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computing devices for building, operating and using map systems with signature-based map caches are disclosed. Based on the desired map properties included in a formatted map request, a map signature can be generated. The map signature can be used to access a signature based map cache to determine whether a map with identical map properties has been previously generated and stored in cache or otherwise available for retrieval. If the map signature exists in the map cache, the corresponding map can be delivered to a map client. If the map signature does not exist in the map cache, then a map can be generated or rendered based on the map properties in the map request. Once the map is generated, it can be saved to the map cache along with associated map signature for future retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Becker
  • Patent number: 9354792
    Abstract: A method, a system, an apparatus, and a computer-readable medium for browsing spot information, adapted to an electronic device, are provided. In the present method, a plurality of spot information are retrieved, in which each of the spot information at least comprises a picture and a location of a spot. Next, an electronic map is displayed and a spot marker is marked at the spot location of each spot information on the electronic map. Meanwhile, a spot browsing bar is displayed on a side of the electronic map and the spot pictures of the spot information are sequentially displayed in the spot browsing bar. When a select operation of a certain spot marker on the electronic map is received, the spot browsing bar is scrolled to show the spot picture corresponding to the selected spot marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Po-Yen Lee, Chien-Wen Chen, Pai-Chang Yeh, Li-Wen Lian
  • Patent number: 9354073
    Abstract: A navigation system is configured to generate a sequence of driving instructions for directing a driver of a vehicle from a current location to a final destination. The navigation system is configured to capture sensor data that reflects the field of view of the driver and to identify objects in that field of view. The navigation system then customizes the driving instructions to reference specific objects, thereby generating context-specific driving instructions. The navigation system is also configured to identify particular objects upon which the driver is focused, and to generate context-specific driving instructions relative to such objects of focus. The navigation system may also provide correction information to the driver upon determining that the driver has incorrectly focused on a different object than an object referenced in a context-specific driving instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti
  • Patent number: 9246892
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for managing access to data based on information associated with a physical location of a user. These mechanisms and methods for managing access to systems, products, or data based on information associated with a physical location of a user can enable improved data management efficiency, enhanced data management accuracy, decreased data management costs, decreased licensing costs, increased security, additional marketing opportunities, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Harrison
  • Patent number: 9127957
    Abstract: A method for producing an itinerary may include receiving a request for an itinerary from a remote device. The request includes points of interest to be included in the itinerary and a time or time range. The method includes communicating with remote systems to obtain information related to the points of interest. An itinerary is produced that includes the points of interest and is organized based on the information and the time. A suggested transit route is provided having directions to the points of interest. The itinerary may be provided to the remote device. A subsequent itinerary may be produced based on the information. Data from a plurality of itineraries is aggregated and includes a date of a visit, a time of the visit, or an estimated number of people for the visit. A portion of the data may be provided to a point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Gavin Ritchie Smith
  • Publication number: 20150149087
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for determining travel information. One of the methods includes obtaining flight information for each of a plurality of users, the flight having a flight identifier and associated with a particular scheduled departure time and departure location; based on the scheduled departure time, obtaining location information for user devices associated with each user of the plurality of users; determining that the respective user devices associated with a first group of users of the plurality of users, has a location associated with the departure location; determining that the respective mobile devices associated with users of the first group are no longer in communication a mobile network; and using the respective times at which the user devices are determined to no longer be in communication with the mobile network along with the scheduled departure time to determine a departure time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Tal Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150134240
    Abstract: An imitation sound generation system is provided that accurately informs a user of a road environment corresponding to a current location, by an imitation sound. A navigation apparatus, which serves as an imitation sound generation system, includes a map data storage apparatus that stores road network data including data regarding links each representing each road in a road network, a vehicle information acquiring unit that acquires a current location, and a travelling road determining unit that specifies a link to which the current location belongs. The map data storage apparatus stores a plurality of pieces of imitation sound data each being associated with each link. A controller determines a piece of imitation sound data that is associated with the link to which the current location belongs, on the basis of the plurality of pieces of imitation sound data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeaki Yamada, Mitsuo Shimotani, Makoto Mikuriya
  • Patent number: 9031786
    Abstract: A method of guidance by radio focusing includes a “visitor” entity heading towards a radio source of number k=1 (or k=klast) by observing intensity of the radio source of number k=1 (or k=klast) as measured by an “Evisitor” communicating device carried by the visitor, until the visitor reaches the source of number k=1 (or k=klast). The visitor heads in succession for k=1, 2, . . . , klast-1 (or in reverse) from a radio source of number k towards a radio source of number (k+1) (or (k?1)) by observing intensity of the source (k+1) (or (k?1)), until the visitor reaches the source (k+1) (or (k?1)). Each radio source is a virtual radio source as produced by a respective signal k or by superposing a plurality of respective signals k. Each signal is transmitted by a respective communicating device ER.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventors: Dinh Thuy Phan Huy, Nadine Malhouroux Gaffet
  • Publication number: 20150127251
    Abstract: A system and method for providing directional information to a user using existing infrastructure elements (150) is disclosed. The method comprising determining a route of infrastructure elements (150) between a current location and a remote location, wherein the current location is associated a first element in the route and the last element in the route being closest to the remote location, wherein each of the elements in the route are identified by at least one of: a physical identification and a data identification, and providing a visual indication, progressively, to each of the infrastructure elements in the route at a predetermined time and for a determined period, wherein the progressive display of the visual indication provides for direction control information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Hongxin Chen, Engel Johannes Knibbe, Xin Ge, Dan Jiang, Yong Qin Zeng, Lei Feng
  • Publication number: 20150120189
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, an antenna structure of a base station including an antenna element for communicating with a communication device via radio frequency signals and a circuit coupled to the antenna element. The circuit detects a location of the communication device. The circuit determines from the location of the communication device a first set of coordinates corresponding to an alternate location where an improved quality of communications can be provided to the communication device, and transmits the first set of coordinates to the communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Giometti, Mark T. Montgomery, Frank M. Caimi, Li Chen, Duane Rabe
  • Publication number: 20150120180
    Abstract: An electronic device offers acquired location information to a point-of-interest (POI) management server when a predetermined condition is satisfied. The POI management server offers POI identification information to the electronic device when the location information is matched to one of registered POIs. When the POI identification information is received from the POI management server, the electronic device performs a certain action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jihyun Park, Soohyung Kim, Soonhyun Cha, Hyunsoo Kim
  • Publication number: 20150120190
    Abstract: In a method for operating a vehicle, a location assigned to a driving route of the vehicle is transmitted from the vehicle to an external server, and the server checks whether a zone is assigned to the transmitted location for which navigation data exist for at least partially automated vehicle driving within the zone. The navigation data are transmitted from the server to the vehicle when such a zone is assigned to the transmitted location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Fuehrer
  • Publication number: 20150112590
    Abstract: A method for communicating based on an ad hoc-type motor vehicle communication system, in which transportation users communicate with one another and/or transportation users and the transportation infrastructure communicate, includes determining the valid directions of travel independently based on messages transmitted by transportation users and determining travel in the wrong direction based on these messages. Corresponding further messages may be transmitted in response to the hazardous situation. A transportation infrastructure device and to a transportation user device may implement the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Herbert Füreder, Fritz Kasslatter
  • Publication number: 20150112584
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for hybrid off-board vehicle navigation are disclosed. In the system, a multi-stop route package is created and sent from a route server to a navigation device. The route package can include a collection of vehicle attributes and corresponding road restrictions for guiding the vehicle towards its destination. The server can optionally push the route package to the vehicle in an email message or other stored communication. When an off-route condition is detected, the navigation device can send a route request to the server that includes the vehicle attributes and the corresponding road restrictions. The server can respond with a partial route correction that is determined based on the vehicle attributes and road restrictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jeff Rogers, Matt Crowder, Kerry Somerville, Richard Pearlman, Matthew Chaffin, Bert Yagrich
  • Publication number: 20150112589
    Abstract: A method and a terminal for acquiring road condition information are provided, wherein, the method includes: forming an Ad Hoc network with other terminals; acquiring own position information through positioning; exchanging position information with other terminals in a network through the Ad Hoc network; and acquiring the road condition information according to the exchanged position information. The present method realizes a technical effect of acquiring the road condition information without an operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Wei Zou, Yan Wang
  • Publication number: 20150112585
    Abstract: A transit system including a system data processor in communication with a driver data processor of a driver electronic device and a rider data processor of a rider electronic device. The system data processor receives vehicle information of a vehicle from the driver. data processor. The vehicle information includes a vehicle route and a geolocation of the vehicle. The system data processor receives a geolocation of a rider electronic device from the rider data processor, and sends the vehicle information and advertisement information over a communication network to the rider data processor. The advertisement information is based on the vehicle information and the geolocation of the rider electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Quicken Loans, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis C. Knepper, Ryan Robert Kukla, Joseph Lee Colburn, Kriser Gellci, Michael Dickman, Donald James Ward
  • Publication number: 20150106013
    Abstract: When a navigation device receives an input of speech from a user, it transmits data of inputted speech to a server and receives a speech recognition result. If a guide route includes a communication impossible area, the navigation device obtains terminal-use speech recognition data necessary for the navigation device to perform speech recognition from the server before reaching the communication impossible area. Thus, even if the speech is inputted by the user while traveling the communication impossible area, the navigation device can perform the speech recognition by itself by using the terminal-use speech recognition data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Ryu Yokoyama
  • Publication number: 20150100236
    Abstract: A navigation system for enabling a user to navigate via his computerized device without having to insert the address of the destination is disclosed herein. Such a system may be used by tourists, for example, who have difficulties to insert the details of the destination. Such a navigation system address enables the tourists to specify the destination address by activating a gadget (such as a button, for example) on the web site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Ronen HARTMAN
  • Publication number: 20150100235
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a seismic survey using an augmented reality device. In one implementation, a method may include determining current location data of an augmented reality (AR) device in a physical environment. The method may also include receiving placement instructions for a first seismic survey equipment in the physical environment based on the current location data. The method may further include displaying the placement instructions in combination with a view of the physical environment on the AR device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Hughes Jones, Emmanuel Coste, Guillaume Daniel Tamboise, Dorin Rosu
  • Patent number: 9002643
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a position information sharing method and a positioning device and system. The position information sharing method includes sending a position query request to a first positioning device or a positioning server. The position query request carries a first positioning device identifier. Position information of the first positioning device is received. The position information is sent by the first positioning device or the positioning server according to the position query request. The position information of the first positioning device can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhongjie Xu
  • Publication number: 20150066364
    Abstract: A navigation system includes a plurality of vehicles and a server device that is communication connectable with the plurality of vehicles. The plurality of vehicles includes a control device that transmits information to the server device regarding a current position during traveling and route information or destination information and a head-up display. The server device includes a server control device that transmits vehicle information on other vehicle to the each vehicles, the other vehicle being present within a predetermined range from the current position of the each vehicles and having at least a part of the route information common with the each vehicles or having same destination information with the each vehicles. The control device of vehicle performs a marking-display to an external other vehicles on the head-up display on the basis of the vehicle information transmitted from the server device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naotoshi Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20150066362
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system related to veracity determination through comparison of a geospatial location data of a vehicle with a provided data are disclosed. In one aspect, the method of a veracity server associates a provided data of an individual with a vehicle using a processor, determines the geospatial location of a vehicle, correlates a relevance of the geospatial location of the vehicle with the provided data, and determines the veracity of the provided data based on the relevance of the geospatial location of the vehicle to the provided data. The method may also comprise the usage of a geospatial circuit in the vehicle in order to transmit geospatial coordinates as well as a plurality of relevant locational information of the vehicle to the veracity server in order to make a correct veracity determination of the provided data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: David M. Meyer, Mark J. Behnke
  • Publication number: 20150066365
    Abstract: With the addition of directional information in the environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided on top of user identification or interaction with specific object(s) of interest by pointing at the objects. Sometimes either the device user and/or the publishers of content cannot complete a content exchange due to connectivity to data or services becoming lost. A device provisioned for pointing or direction based services losing connectivity to a first network while engaging pointing based services. In response, one or more other sources for the pointing based services are identified on a second network or device to which the device can connect and the device automatically connects to the second network or device to receive the pointing based services, or data for use with the pointing based services (e.g., GPS information, point of interest data, direction data, etc.), from the one or more other sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Moe Khosravy, Lev Novik
  • Patent number: 8972167
    Abstract: An enhanced geocoding module may be used to determine various physical addresses located on the same street. The enhanced geocoding module may create a grid around a predetermined location and request the physical addresses of various coordinate points located on the grid. Additional features of the module may include a display that displays the grid with physical addresses located on the same street, various statistics related to a user of the enhanced geocoding module, and a color-coded scheme that indicates the status of individuals/groups located at the physical addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Oberweis Group Inc.
    Inventors: Akash Takyar, Shaifali Garg
  • Patent number: 8965422
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for marking content in substantially real-time messaging applications using a mobile communication device. A marking application in cooperation with a messaging application displays a message communication on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, enables navigation to a selected position within the message communication and receives a signal to mark the selected position with a tag. A manually actuated signal is provided to mark the selected position within the message communication and receive an automatically actuated signal to mark a portion of the message communication based on a pre-defined rule. Receiving the manually actuated signal includes receiving one of: a first actuation signal from a user-selected key on a keyboard or a second actuation signal from a user-selected icon on the graphical user interface. The mobile communication device allows users to more efficiently tag and retrieve content transmitted in substantially real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Tabarak Khan
  • Publication number: 20150046087
    Abstract: Provided is a navi-system or the like capable of improving accuracy of road traffic information that is created based on probe information. A navi-client 2 creates probe information including an identifier that represents a detection result as to whether a communication with a vehicle-mounted device 3 has been established or not. A server communication device 1 discriminates or selects probe information in accordance with a difference of the identifier, and creates road traffic information based on the thus discriminated or selected probe information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadafumi Nogawa
  • Publication number: 20150039225
    Abstract: An augmented reality guiding system for delivery of location-oriented information, including a location server, a database coupled to the location server, and at least one mobile locating device. The database is configured to store target information relating to target points of interest. Each mobile locating device has a positioning module, an imaging module, a spatial orientation detection module, a display module, and at least one wireless communication module. Each mobile locating device is configured to receive target information relating to at least one target points of interest from the location server, and display the target information by visually augmenting at least one image on the display module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Maran Ma, Janice Cheng, Namratha Rajagopal, Yuan Fang
  • Patent number: 8935094
    Abstract: Device, system and method, in a vehicle communication system, of generating a location by the use of combining the rough locations of a “consensus set” of vehicles within wireless communication range to produce more accurate locations of the vehicles in the consensus set. Unique features of some embodiments include the continual re-computation and re-adjustment of both the vehicles in the consensus set and the more accurate locations. Embodiments use sensors on a first vehicle, such as cameras, sonar, radar and LIDAR to determine the relative location of the second vehicle to the first vehicle. Embodiments use this relative location in the computation of the more accurate locations. Algorithms are described for the computation, communication, convergence and updating of the more accurate locations. Algorithms are described for generation and update of the consensus set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Zetta Research and Development LLC—ForC Series
    Inventors: Kim T Rubin, Jonathan N. Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 8924155
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for scanning for access points (APs) for wireless local area network (WLAN) positioning. In one embodiment a wireless device includes a WLAN positioning system. The WLAN positioning system includes an AP scanner. The AP scanner is configured to determine which WLAN channels are being used by APs proximate to the wireless device. The AP scanner is also configured to scan for AP transmissions only the WLAN channels determined to be used by APs proximate to the wireless device. The AP scanner is further configured to extract signal strength and AP identification information for WLAN positioning from the AP transmissions on the scanned channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Deric W. Waters, Sthanunathan Ramakrishnan, Ariton E. Xhafa, Jaiganesh Balakrishnan, Tarkesh Pande, Sandeep Kasargod, Saket Thukral
  • Publication number: 20140365111
    Abstract: Systems and methods for computing a geographic position of an object or event based on a geographic position of a computing device and a user gesture are disclosed herein. According to an aspect, a method includes determining a geographic position of a computing device. The method also includes receiving a user gesture on the computing device to indicate a direction towards a location from the computing device. Further, the method includes defining a geographic position of the location based on the geographic position of the computing device and the user gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Francis J. McClernon, Romit Roy Choudhury
  • Patent number: 8908472
    Abstract: A method and system for acquiring seismic data from a seismic survey plan is provided. A survey area is selected in which the seismic data will be acquired. A coordinate for at least one point of interest within the survey area is determined and input into a portable navigation device. A navigation solution is determined between a GPS-determined location of the portable navigation device and the determined coordinate and thereupon presented in a human cognizable media. A seismic device may be positioned at the determined coordinate to insonify a subterranean formation with seismic energy or for detecting reflected seismic energy. Data may be periodically entered into and retrieved from the portable navigation device by an in-field operator. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Inova Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Bull, Craig Williamson, Martin C. Williams, Scott T. Hoenmans
  • Publication number: 20140350848
    Abstract: A vehicle positioning system (200) comprising a receiver (206) configured to receive information representative of signals (222) transmitted by one or more other vehicles (220), wherein each signal (222) comprises data relating to the position of the associated other vehicle (220); and a processor (207) configured to process the data relating to the position of each other vehicle to determine an estimate of the position of the vehicle positioning system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Marinus Moerman
  • Patent number: 8898002
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining geographical location data from multiple sources and aggregating the geographical location data are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving geo-location data from a plurality of geo-location data collectors, at least one of the plurality of geo-location data collectors being in data communication with an in-vehicle geo-location data source, at least one of the plurality of geo-location data collectors being in data communication with a geo-location data source in a mobile device; collecting reliability data corresponding to one or more of a plurality of geo-location data sources corresponding to the plurality of geo-location data collectors; collecting map data including information related to geographical features associated with the geo-location data; and aggregating, by use of a data processor, the geo-location data from the plurality of geo-location data collectors based on the reliability data and the map data to produce a resulting geo-location fix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: CloudCar, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Barrett, Zarko Draganic
  • Publication number: 20140343845
    Abstract: Provided is a method for providing update information for a route from a terminal to a destination to the terminal, wherein the destination is designated as location of the third party being moving, which is performed by a server and comprising: receiving location information of the terminal from the terminal; determining whether the location of the third party has been changed; generating update information for the route based on the received location information and the changed location of the third party upon determining that the location of the third party has been changed; and notifying the terminal of the update information according to types of the update information, wherein the location information of the terminal is received when the terminal deviates from or detours around the route, when the terminal enters a specific segment on the route set by the server, or when the terminal moves by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Choi, Hongbeom Ahn
  • Patent number: 8886390
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for managing and prioritizing for action fleets of mobile robots deployed at various locations. The system/method includes a plurality of homebase servers, each corresponding to a different location, with each of the homebase servers receiving operational parameter data (representing operational and navigational issues experienced by the mobile robot) from a plurality of mobile robots operating at the particular location where the homebase server is deployed. A central server receives the operational parameter data from the plurality of homebase servers. The central server included a data analysis module for processing the operational parameter data and prioritizing the mobile robots operating at the various locations for action by support staff. A list is generated ranking the mobile robots in order of importance for action by support staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Aethon, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Wolfe, George F. Lucas, Mark Swaney
  • Patent number: 8862399
    Abstract: In a method for generating a generic object exchange profile message, navigation data is inserted into the generic object exchange profile message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Mobile Communications GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Schmidt, Norbert Schwagmann, Achim Luft
  • Patent number: 8862400
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for determining navigation/positional data, implemented in a computing system programmed to perform the method. The method includes receiving a plurality of signal strength measurements and user ID data from a hand-held user device, determining user navigation/position data using the plurality of signal strength measurements from the hand-held user device, and transferring the user navigation/position data to the hand-held user device in response to a request signal associated with the user ID data. The user navigation/position data can include 2-D position, 3-D position, relative position, heading, orientation, speed, bearing, and the like. Benefits of this method and system include user hardware independence, reduced computational load on user hardware, and network-level tracking of aggregated traffic patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: mCube Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Kelly
  • Patent number: 8862403
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining altitudes for a vehicle to travel are provided. In one example, a method comprises receiving information indicating a desired location for a balloon and a time period for traveling to the desired location. A region may include the desired location, and the region can be divided into a plurality of cells. The method may include determining estimated cell locations that can be reached by the balloon over a time interval by following a wind at a given altitude. The method may also include assigning a cost value to each cell based on a proximity of the estimated cell locations to a cell including the desired location. The method may further include determining for each cell an altitude for the balloon to travel based on the assigned cost value, and storing information indicating the cost value and the altitude for the balloon to travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniele P. Piponi, Bradley Rhodes
  • Patent number: 8855931
    Abstract: In general, techniques, devices, and systems for filtering location information received from multiple computing devices are described. In one example, a method includes receiving a first plurality of location indicators from a first mobile computing device and a second plurality of location indicators from a second mobile computing device, wherein the first and second computing devices are both associated with a single user and the first and second pluralities of location indicators are representative of geographical locations at which each of the respective first and second mobile computing devices has been located. The method may also include determining a subset of the location indicators for a period of time, all location indicators included in the subset being associated with the one of the first or second mobile computing devices that moved with the user during the period of time, and outputting information related to the subset of the location indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Kirmse, Gokay Baris Gultekin
  • Publication number: 20140297178
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a navigation method, a device for navigation and a navigation system in the field of communication technique. Said method comprises steps of performing a location processing to obtain a location of the first terminal, acquiring a location of a second terminal; and navigating the second terminal based on navigation information from the location of the second terminal to a target location. The target location is a predetermined location or a current location of the first terminal. A first terminal for navigation comprises a location module, an acquiring module and a navigation module. A server for navigation comprises an acquiring module and a transmitting module. Said system comprises the first terminal and the server. The present disclosure accomplished a location-based navigation service and incorporated the location service and the navigation function so as to enhance the location service function and sufficiently meet with the user's requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Hao LUAN, Yingfeng ZHANG, Mu WANG
  • Publication number: 20140288827
    Abstract: A guiding server according to this application includes an image storing unit, a retrieving unit, and a generating unit. The image storing unit stores a signboard image of a signboard. The retrieving unit retrieves, from the image storing unit, a signboard image of a signboard on a way to a destination based on location information and destination information of a user terminal. The generating unit generates guiding information including the signboard image based on the retrieved signboard image, the location information and the destination information and transmits the guiding information to the user terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki IWASAWA, Miki HIRAI, Katsufumi ASAI, Shinsuke ITOH
  • Publication number: 20140278054
    Abstract: A system and method for switching a positioning device between using a first positioning technology and using a second positioning technology includes determining a location of the positioning device based on the first positioning technology, determining environment information corresponding to the location of the positioning device, and determining a location of a boundary where switching from the first positioning technology to the second positioning technology should occur. The method also includes switching from the first positioning technology to the second positioning technology prior to the positioning device crossing the boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CRS Technology Inc.
    Inventors: James Burgess Tidd, Dimitri Rubin
  • Publication number: 20140278083
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a location of an unloaded unit of agricultural product and locating a desired unit of agricultural product or identifying a candidate unit of agricultural product as a function of sensing system information indicating contact of the unit with the ground or other surface onto which the unit is unloaded, global positioning system or other location system information identifying the contact or related location, and heading information, which information can then be used to discern the unit from others at the location for desired loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, Justin R. Ringwald
  • Publication number: 20140257693
    Abstract: An information system and method provides information to an operator of a motor vehicle. A destination location and a current position of the motor vehicle are established. A planned route is established as a function of the destination location and the current position, and at least one required parameter of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventor: Gregory A. Ehlers
  • Publication number: 20140172296
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a navigation device. The navigation device is arranged to dynamically generate multidimensional video signals based on location and directional information of the navigation device by processing at pre-generated 3D data set (3D Model or 3D point cloud). The navigation device is further arranged to superimpose navigation directions and/or environment information about surrounding objects onto the generated multidimensional view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Aleksandr Shtukater