Remote Supervisory Monitoring Patents (Class 702/188)
  • Patent number: 9310412
    Abstract: An industrial process field device having a piezoelectric transducer performs self-testing of the condition of the piezoelectric transducer during a self-test mode. A charging current is supplied to the piezoelectric transducer, and voltage on the piezoelectric transducer as a result of the charging current is monitored. A diagnostic test result indicating condition of the piezoelectric transducer is produced based on the magnitude of the voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Jawahar Arunachalam, Udayashankar Bangalore Kasturi
  • Patent number: 9306877
    Abstract: A notification system with a method for providing a notification including storing a notification request at a home unit; receiving the notification request at a central location, the notification request comprising a message, a notification time, and a destination; storing the message at the central location; associating the message with the notification time and destination; determining a current time; comparing the determined current time to the notification time; opening a communication session with the destination based on the determination; and transmitting the stored message to the destination during the communication session based on the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas and Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Wendell A Thomas
  • Patent number: 9298581
    Abstract: Described is a technology by which a server in a server rack is illuminated to indicate its state with respect to an operating mode (e.g., a power mode, an environmental mode, or a performance mode). Data is collected for a server via sensors, power meters and/or the server. Depending on a user-selected operating mode, the server is illuminated at its physical location to indicate its data state based upon the data collected. The mode and collected data result in an illumination of the physical server location that varies by color, intensity and/or flash pattern to indicate the current (or a prior historical) state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Jon Adams
  • Patent number: 9291524
    Abstract: Provided is an operation data collection device for construction machines that is capable of efficiently collecting operation data indicative of impending failure of a construction machine by reducing the amount of information to be collected and stored without degrading the quality of information used for maintenance. The device receives operation data containing values measured by a plurality of sensors, a value indicating the operating status and an operation data storage section. The device includes a normal reference value storage section that stores a normal reference value for each of the sensors generating the operation data, a deviation calculation section that calculates the deviation of each of the sensors from the normal reference value, and a stored sensor item extraction section that extracts sensor items of operation data to be stored in the operation data storage section in accordance with the calculated deviation of each sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junsuke Fujiwara, Hideaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9280294
    Abstract: A computer program product, system, and computer implemented method comprising intercepting, by an interceptor, IO send on an IO path to a storage array; sending a copy of the IO and metadata to a message bus, and enabling a consumer to register with the message bus to consume events sent to the message bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: John D Hushon, Nihar K Nanda, Jeffrey M Nick
  • Patent number: 9280759
    Abstract: A system for displaying at least one notification from at least one source includes a processor configured to access the at least one notification from the at least one source, the at least one notification comprising content and geographical information. The processor is further configured to display the notification on a map based on the geographical information of the notification. A method for displaying at least one notification from at least one source is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Roth
  • Patent number: 9282147
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing hardware components in a cloud computing environment. Each hardware component in a data center of the cloud computing environment detects and identifies other hardware components within a communication range of the hardware component using a wireless protocol. Furthermore, each hardware component determines its actual location as well as its relative location with respect to the detected hardware components, such as based on a triangulation of the wireless signals. Such information is transmitted to an administrative server. An inventory of the hardware components in the data center, including their current location, is then compiled by the administrative server. In this manner, a hardware component can be more easily located after being relocated in the data center. Furthermore, the administrative server will be able to balance a workload across these hardware components based on their location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rohith K. Ashok, Roy F. Brabson, Hugh E. Hockett, Matt R. Hogstrom
  • Patent number: 9277001
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing hardware components in a cloud computing environment. Each hardware component in a data center of the cloud computing environment detects and identifies other hardware components within a communication range of the hardware component using a wireless protocol. Furthermore, each hardware component determines its actual location as well as its relative location with respect to the detected hardware components, such as based on a triangulation of the wireless signals. Such information is transmitted to an administrative server. An inventory of the hardware components in the data center, including their current location, is then compiled by the administrative server. In this manner, a hardware component can be more easily located after being relocated in the data center. Furthermore, the administrative server will be able to balance a workload across these hardware components based on their location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rohith K. Ashok, Roy F. Brabson, Hugh E. Hockett, Matt R. Hogstrom
  • Patent number: 9256846
    Abstract: A system and method obtain a database stored on a storage device containing information on multiple assets, the information including measurements taken from devices monitoring each asset, and context information corresponding to the environment the items are subjected to. The system and method groups assets via a computer system into a homogenous group as a function of selected context information and performs analytics via the computer system on the grouped assets to manage the assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Stluka, Eva Jerhotova, Karel Marik, Ondrej Holub, Wendy Foslien, Rylan Clark
  • Patent number: 9253054
    Abstract: A cloud-based infrastructure facilitates gathering, transmitting, and remote storage of control and automation data using an agent-based communication channel. The infrastructure collects the industrial data from an industrial enterprise and intelligently sorts and organizes the acquired data based on selected criteria. Message queues can be configured on the cloud platform to segregate the industrial data according to priority, data type, or other criteria. Behavior assemblies stored in customer-specific manifests on the cloud platform define customer-specific preferences for processing data stored in the respective message queues. An agent-based analytics framework in the cloud platform performs desired analytics on the data using distributed parallel processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Patent number: 9246324
    Abstract: A circuit breaker is disclosed which includes a plurality of stacked breaker modules arranged in series. Each breaker module can include, in parallel, a mechanical switching assembly, a semiconductor switching assembly and an arrester assembly. The circuit breaker can easily be adapted to a larger number of applications and voltage ranges by varying the number of breaker modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: ABB TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Per Skarby
  • Patent number: 9241007
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program are provided for providing a vulnerability assessment of a network of industrial automation devices. A user interface that enables a user to select an IP address range and a plurality of industrial automation protocols is provided. The system attempts to establish a communication session with each device within the selected IP address range using each of the selected industrial automation protocols. If a communication session is established with a device, the system attempts to read device information. If device information can be read, the system determines a threat level associated with the device using the device information. The system then provides a vulnerability assessment to the user, identifying each device with which a communication session was established and the industrial automation protocol(s) with which the communication session was established and any threat level determined for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Blue Pillar, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Jay Witter, Kyle Patrick Zeronik
  • Patent number: 9218017
    Abstract: A system is described for maintaining synchrony of operations among a plurality of devices having independent clocking arrangements. A task distribution device is to distribute tasks to a synchrony group comprising a plurality of devices to perform tasks distributed by the task distribution device in synchrony. The task distribution device distributes each task to synchrony group members over a network. Each task is associated with a time stamp that indicates a time, relative to a clock maintained by the task distribution device, at which synchrony group members are to execute the task. Each synchrony group member periodically obtains from the task distribution device an indication of current time indicated by its clock, determines a time differential between the task distribution device's clock and its respective clock and determines there from a time at which, according to its respective clock, the time stamp indicates that it is to execute the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. J. Millington
  • Patent number: 9218192
    Abstract: A method for selecting a virtual machine (VM) for problem determination utilizes a policy-based process for receiving an authorized program analysis report (APAR) containing problem type, a client information handling system (IHS) environment, a configuration, and a program version. The method determines automatically that the problem according to a provisioning policy is a candidate for provisioning a VM for analyzing the problem and searches a provisioning database for an existing VM for a system environment and configuration according to a closeness criteria. The method applies required updates to the provisioned VM, and utilizes the provisioned VM with the required updates for problem analysis. The method also may automatically create a new baseline image in the database according to expected value policy criteria that exceeds predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry A Dancy, Pralhad M Khatri, Geoffrey D Lubold, Christopher A Maul, Brad B Topol, Sahdev Zala
  • Patent number: 9212902
    Abstract: A range image obtaining system for a track includes a laser slit light source disposed within a plane perpendicular to a tread of a rail and emits laser slit light within the plane; a two-dimensional image imaging device which is disposed to have an angle with respect to the plane perpendicular to the tread of the rail and obtains a light sectioning image generated from the laser slit light; and an image signal processing device for generating a range image based on a distance from the two-dimensional image imaging device based on the light sectioning image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignees: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Masayuki Enomoto, Tadao Shimada, Yohichi Nakamura, Keita Kataoka, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Masanobu Kozeki
  • Patent number: 9195243
    Abstract: A system and method for improving energy usage and conservation of at least one air-management unit in a data center where a multiplicity of rack mounted power distribution units are used for power distribution to a multiplicity of electronic devices mounted on a plurality of racks in at least one computer room of the data center. A group of power load, temperature, humidity and differential pressure sensors are provided throughout the racks, and coupled to a computer through a network interface for automatically calculating multiple air-management effectiveness and energy efficiency indices (e.g., rack cooling index RCI, rack humidity index RHI, rack airflow index RAI, rack differential pressure index RPI and return temperature index RTI) based on the data from the sensors, such that the operation of the air-management unit can be adjusted accordingly to achieve an optimal efficiency of safe energy usage and conservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ATEN INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Herlin Chang
  • Patent number: 9189661
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and apparatus for monitoring temperature and airflow from multiple sensors node for maintaining proper conditions within a refrigerated tractor-trailer unit or reefer. The system provides a mesh network of multiple sensors, which communicate between sensors and with a processing unit of a reefer unit for monitoring the condition of transported goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventor: Richard C. Meyers
  • Patent number: 9168419
    Abstract: Biometric monitoring devices, including various technologies that may be implemented in such devices, are discussed herein. Additionally, techniques for utilizing gyroscopes in biometric monitoring devices are provided. Such techniques may, in some implementations, involve obtaining swimming metrics regarding stroke cycle count, lap count, and stroke type. Such techniques may also, in some implementations, involve obtaining performance metrics for bicycling activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Ook Hong, Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Andrew Cole Axley
  • Patent number: 9158863
    Abstract: A data acquisition system can include a central controller to provide a data acquisition system signal. The data acquisition system can also include a cabinet to receive the data acquisition system signal. The cabinet can have an array of modules installed therein. The cabinet can include a backplane connected to each module of the array of modules. The backplane can provide a status request signal to a given module in the array of modules if the given module is assigned a module address identified by the data acquisition system signal. The given module can provide status data characterizing an operational status of the given module in response to the status request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: IMAGINE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Malec, Zhiqun Hu, David C. Danielsons
  • Patent number: 9158646
    Abstract: Provided is an abnormal information output system for a computer system, wherein the computer system includes at least a plurality of hardware devices and a plurality of sensors for detecting operation statuses of each hardware device. The abnormal information output system includes at least a latch module connected to each of the sensors and the hardware devices, wherein the latch module is configured to latch operation status information of the hardware devices when abnormal operation of the computer system is detected; and a basic input-output system (BIOS) module embedded in the computer system and the BIOS module is connected to the latch module and configured to analyze the latched operation status information when the computer system returns to a normal operation so as to output corresponding abnormal information. Accordingly, the computer system is capable of recording a chip failure and information regarding reasons for system failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Celestica Technology Consultancy (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhirong Huang
  • Patent number: 9128202
    Abstract: A method of collecting data from wireless sensor units arranged in a network. The method may comprise the steps of initiating distribution of control signals to the wireless sensor units, acquiring data with the wireless sensor units by sensing one or more physical parameters, each of the wireless sensor units transmitting the acquired data in response to the control signals; and each of the wireless sensor units transmitting of at least a portion of the acquired data according to a prioritizing algorithm associated with each respective wireless sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SRD Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Gerald Murias, Sayed-Amr El-Hamamsy
  • Patent number: 9116635
    Abstract: An abstraction for storage class memory is provided that hides the details of the implementation of storage class memory from a program, and provides a standard channel programming interface for performing certain actions, such as controlling movement of data between main storage and storage class memory or managing storage class memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter D. Driever, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Steven G. Glassen, Thomas B. Mathias, Kenneth J. Oakes, Peter G. Sutton, Peter K. Szwed, Elpida Tzortzatos, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 9116634
    Abstract: An abstraction for storage class memory is provided that hides the details of the implementation of storage class memory from a program, and provides a standard channel programming interface for performing certain actions, such as controlling movement of data between main storage and storage class memory or managing storage class memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter D. Driever, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Steven G. Glassen, Thomas B. Mathias, Kenneth J. Oakes, Peter G. Sutton, Peter K. Szwed, Elpida Tzortzatos, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 9111023
    Abstract: A bridge apparatus for coupling a medical network with a non-medical network includes a storage unit to store data from the medical network, a first interface device for coupling the storage unit with the medical network, and a second interface device for coupling the storage unit with the non-medical network. The bridge apparatus is configured to execute write-only access requests on the storage unit via the first interface device or to execute read-only access requests on the storage unit via the second interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: STORZ ENDOSKOP PRODUKTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Bruederle, Dietmar Dechow
  • Patent number: 9107053
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, an interface, a processor and a memory. The interface is affixed to the housing and is configured for coupling to a cellular wireless network. The processor is affixed to the housing and is coupled to the interface. The memory is affixed to the housing and is coupled to the processor. The memory is configured to store a set of instructions for causing the processor to receive a first message using the interface and, in response thereto, for causing the processor to broadcast a second message using the cellular wireless network and using the interface, the second message having a transmission parameter determined by the first message and wherein the second message is compatible with a messaging service protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Davis, Kevin Sanh Hong
  • Patent number: 9104537
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provide a method for processing information associated with a vehicle. An example method includes receiving a plurality of actions set at the vehicle over a period of time. The actions can be received from a server or services of a provider over the Internet. The method includes updating a history profile for a user account of the vehicle for the plurality of actions. The history profile includes meta data for each of the plurality of actions. The method generates confidence scores for each of the plurality of actions in the history profile and generating one or more action recommendations that can be accepted for implementation by the vehicle. For actions having confidence scores that exceed a threshold, the method sends the one or more action recommendations to the user account associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 9098195
    Abstract: A display device according synthesizes icons and messages with a portion where no descriptive display image is displayed by OSD for display. Icon functions are set by a PC so that the setting of the operation of the PC and the display device, and the setting of an external device can be conducted. The number of lines of the message to be displayed is determined according to distortion correction at the case of oblique projection to correct position coordinates detected by a camera. In a presentation system including an interactive white board device, the display device (for example, a liquid crystal projector), and the PC, the display of the icons are improved to extend the functions, and the display of the messages at the case of oblique projection, and a position detection precision on a screen by the camera incorporated into the display device are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Uchida, Shinji Onodera, Satomi Morishita, Kenichi Iwahara
  • Patent number: 9069730
    Abstract: A system and methods for reliability management of virtual machines in a host system. The reliability of the host system is monitored and compared with a reliability threshold level for a virtual machine. If the reliability of the host system drops below the reliability threshold level, the virtual machine is migrated to another host system having an appropriate level of reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L. P.
    Inventors: Vanish Talwar, Sanjay Kumar, Parthasarathy Ranganathan
  • Patent number: 9058484
    Abstract: A method and a system for checking whether program instructions have been executed by an end device, wherein, the end device calls for program instructions and the program instructions are stored in executable form in a trustworthy entity, in particular a chip card. Subsequently, the program instructions are variably modified in the trustworthy entity such that the modified program instructions vary upon each execution of the method. Through execution of the instructions in the end device there is obtained a check value which is in turn transferred to the trustworthy entity and verified in the trustworthy entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventor: Sven Bauer
  • Patent number: 9059963
    Abstract: The method and system allow an owner of a collection of vehicles, such as a classic automobile collection, to upload and store public and private vehicle information. Public vehicle information is accessible by other users of the system desiring to learn about the user's vehicle collection. Private vehicle information is available only to those users whom the vehicle owner designates should receive an evaluation file containing the private information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: MyClassicGarage, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Carroll
  • Patent number: 9046897
    Abstract: An system for monitoring the performance of a mobile environmental control unit (ECU) includes sensors for monitoring and detecting operating parameters of the ECU. A monitor processing and communications unit is coupled to the sensors for receiving and processing the operating parameter data signals from the sensors and relaying the processed operating parameter data signals to a computerized graphical user interface display via a network. The processed operating parameter data signals are graphically displayed to technical support personnel for determining problems or performance issues which may exist or may occur on an ECU remotely and offer corrective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Barney Klinger
  • Patent number: 9046886
    Abstract: A system includes a security server including a memory and a processor configured to receive a first set of communications from a human machine interface (HMI) device, wherein the first set of communications relates to HMI device security events. The security server is also configured to receive a second set of communications from an industrial controller, wherein the second set of communications relates to industrial controller security events. The security server is further configured to package and send the received first and second sets of communications to a remote managed security service provider (MSSP) for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Justin Brandon Chong, David Richard Socky, Manas Ranjan Sahoo
  • Patent number: 9030206
    Abstract: In a process plant, a first series of measurements from a coupling interface are received. The first series of measurements are stored. A second series of measurements from a coupling interface are received. The second series of measurements. The first series and second series of measurements are compared. An indication of loss of clamping force is generated if the first series of measurements deviates from the second series of measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Shawn W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9031791
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide systems and methods for using ballast sensors to detect rock fall events in a vicinity of railway tracks or similar roadways or tracks. The ballast sensors are spaced apart from the tracks. Particular embodiments permit the use of signals from the ballast sensors to discriminate rock fall events from other types of events and to detect the hypocenter of a rock fall event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants Ltd.
    Inventors: Bohdan Nedilko, Iain Weir-Jones
  • Patent number: 9026271
    Abstract: The data recording assembly for monitoring and recording the activity of a vehicle includes an accelerometer coupled to the vehicle. A first transceiver is coupled to the accelerometer. A recorder is coupled to the vehicle. A processor is coupled to the recorder. An electronic memory is coupled to the recorder. A second transceiver is coupled to the recorder and is in communication with the first transceiver. A gps is coupled to the recorder. The gps is in communication with a satellite. A clock is coupled to the recorder. A remote unit is provided. A remote processor is coupled to the remote unit. A remote electronic memory is coupled to the remote unit. A remote transceiver is coupled to the remote unit and is in communication with the second transceiver. A display is coupled to the remote unit. An actuator is coupled to the remote unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn Madden
  • Patent number: 9026401
    Abstract: Monitoring parameters of memory modules is described. According to certain embodiments, one or more parameters on respective memory modules are monitored. Corresponding parameter information is transmitted away from the respective memory module to a device that is external to the respective memory modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Cosair Memory, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald A. Lieberman, Daniel R. Solvin
  • Patent number: 9026558
    Abstract: A connection to an item of equipment is detected. An equipment class of the item of equipment is determined. A selection of an attribute associated with the item of equipment is received. An attribute record corresponding to the equipment class of the item of equipment and the selected attribute is retrieved from a database, wherein the attribute record enables a retrieval of a value of the selected attribute from the item of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Vandevert Dunkle
  • Patent number: 9020781
    Abstract: Monitoring parameters of memory modules is described. According to certain embodiments, one or more parameters on respective memory modules are monitored. Corresponding parameter information is transmitted from the respective memory module to a device that is external to the respective memory modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Corsair Memory, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald A. Lieberman, Daniel R. Solvin
  • Patent number: 9020780
    Abstract: In a data acquisition system a sensor module includes a motion sensor and a communication controller. The motion sensor and communication controller are prepared in a form factor adapted to be received within, or otherwise readily used with, the user appliance. A data signal produced by the motion sensor is adaptable for compliance validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: James Zhang, William K. Krug
  • Patent number: 9020769
    Abstract: Devices and methods for identifying an electrical device, and its state, in a network of electrical devices are disclosed. An energy monitoring device is programmed to identify an electrical device coupled to a power supply, and a state of the electrical device, from a change in successive measurements of the power supply. Algorithms for determining a load signature for an electrical device and its state are disclosed. A stored table of load signatures for states is used to identify devices, and states. Energy monitoring information is collected and presented to the user on a display, a remote display, or is transmitted over a network to a remote device such as a personal computer, personal digital assistant, an iPhone®, a cell phone, voice mail, email, or text message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Geneva CleanTech Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Rada, John H. Magnasco
  • Patent number: 9020782
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling of ski vibration consisting an accelerator/actuator sub-system attached to the ski and a adaptive vibration control application residing in the user smart-phone and communicating with the accelerometer/actuator sub-system over Bluetooth radio interface is disclosed. The adaptive vibration control application extracts vibration frequencies and amplitudes from signal received from an accelerometer, separates such frequencies according to their types—bending or torsional, and after thresholding and scaling by the ski calibration parameters and by the user desired ski response, apply such signal to the control loop and consequently to the actuators to provide vibration dampening force. In one embodiment, such actuators are attached to the ski, while in another embodiment such actuators are embedded into the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: IPComm
    Inventors: Stanislaw Czaja, Grzegorz Staszczuk, Muhammad Afsar
  • Patent number: 9020777
    Abstract: A method for locating the position of the wheels of a vehicle, each wheel being equipped with a sensor capable of emitting a location signal and the vehicle being equipped with a receiver capable of receiving the location signals emitted by the sensors. The method includes the step of determining a signature of the location signal emitted by the sensor of each wheel as a function of the position of the wheel on the vehicle, and the step of storing in the receiver the signature and the corresponding position of each of the wheels. The receiver is equipped with at two least two antennas, called first and second antennas, the signature of the location signal emitted by the sensor of each wheel being determined from the strength difference between the strength of the signal received by the first antenna and the strength of the signal received by the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Sébastien Kessler, Mohamed Cheikh
  • Patent number: 9015007
    Abstract: A method and system for reconstructing random samples taken across multiple sensors of a sensor array, so that each sensor's output is reconstructed. The samples are processed using a compressive sensing process. The compressive sensing process uses a time-space transform basis that represents the multi-channel data in terms of both a frequency component and an azimuthal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Ryan B. Casey, Christopher B. Smith
  • Patent number: 9013173
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to detecting energy theft within an energy distribution system and more particularly to systems and methods for detecting energy discrepancies in voltages and/or currents reported by electric meters present in a distribution circuit, without requiring installation of additional hardware at the transformer. Typically, the location of each of at least two meters is determined with respect to a transformer. The line resistances within the distribution circuit are determined starting with a line resistance farthest from the transformer. Estimated line voltages are determined for at least one electric meter using the estimated line resistances, and the estimated voltages are compared to actual voltage readings for the at least one electric meter. The existence of line loss is determined based on this comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Trilliant Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Veillette
  • Patent number: 9015008
    Abstract: A personal health monitor, including: (a) a physiological data input device operative to gather physiological data; (b) a detachable module that is detachably connected to a multi-purpose personal data accessory, operative to transmit the physiological data to the multi-purpose personal data accessory; and (c) the multi-purpose personal data accessory, whereas the multi-purpose personal data accessory is adapted to execute health monitoring software such as to enable the multi-purpose personal data accessory to receive the physiological data, process the physiological data to provide processed physiological data and control a long range transmission of the processed physiological data to a remote entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Card Guard Scientific Survival Ltd.
    Inventors: Yacov Geva, Nir Geva, Reuven Nanikashvili
  • Patent number: 9013320
    Abstract: Provided are a home appliance and its system. The home appliance include: an input unit for inputting driving information; a data unit for storing a diagnosis logic; a control unit for diagnosing a state of the home appliance and whether a failure occurs according to the diagnosis logic on the basis of product information including the driving information inputted from the input unit, operation information detected during an operation, and failure information occurring during an operation, in order to generate a diagnosis result including the operation information and the failure information, and encoding transmission information including predetermined data for a diagnosis, which are selected from the driving operation, and the diagnosis result and outputting the encoded transmission information; a modulator for converting the encoded transmission information; and a sound output unit for outputting the transmission information converted by the modulator as a sound including a plurality of frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangdoo Ha, Jinwook Lee, Moonhyun Kim, Deoghyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9015003
    Abstract: An Anti-Terrorism water quality monitoring system for continuously monitoring a potable water treatment system and related potable water distribution network that provides potable water to a municipality, city, housing development or other potable water consumer. The system includes the collection of data from the water distribution system and from the water treatment facility and from advanced separation processes which are integrated into analytical instruments. The data collected are stored in a remote database on a remote server computer or bank of computers and accessible by Homeland Security or its designated agency. Preferred parameters of monitoring include the turbidity and disinfectant such as chlorine, hypochlorous acid, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, ozone, chlorine dioxide, chloramines, hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hach Company
    Inventor: Thomas D. Wolfe
  • Publication number: 20150106061
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to monitoring a legacy device using at least one smart device. A gateway of an automation system may monitor an operation status of a target legacy device located in a service area of an automation system using at least one of smart devices participating in the automation system. In order to monitor, a monitoring request may be received for monitoring the target legacy device from user equipment associated with a user. At least one of monitoring smart devices may be controlled for monitoring the target legacy device. Monitoring results may be received from the at least one of monitoring smart devices. The received monitoring results may be provided to the user through the user equipment using at least one of outputting monitoring smart devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jeong-Yeop YANG, Kyung-Eun KONG, Myung-Eun KWON
  • Publication number: 20150106060
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus comprises: a processing unit that determines, if received type information of one or more other monitoring apparatuses does not match type information of the monitoring apparatus, one or more apparatuses that serve as monitoring targets of the monitoring apparatus from among a plurality of apparatuses that were being monitored by the one or more other monitoring apparatuses; a notification unit that notifies a management server of information on the one or more other monitoring apparatuses whose monitoring target was changed and of the type information of the monitoring apparatus; and a transmission unit that collects, after the notification unit made notification, operation information on the one or more apparatuses that were determined by the processing unit as monitoring targets of the monitoring apparatus, and transmits the collected operation information to the management server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Akiko Hirahara
  • Patent number: 9008804
    Abstract: A portable communicator for operating a field device. The portable communicator is configured to communicate with the field device to configure and/or analyze performance of a field device in an efficient manner. In some embodiments, the portable communicator includes an intuitive user interface that allows the user to perform a relatively limited set of preconfigured procedures on a field device. The portable communicator may communicate with the field device via a wire and/or wirelessly. In one embodiment, the portable communicator is a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, a PDA, a pocket PC, or any Bluetooth-enabled generic mobile communication device. The portable communicator may communicate with the field device via a wireless communication unit (e.g., Bluetooth modem) coupled to the field device. In a process plant environment, in which the field device is coupled to a controller, the portable communicator may communicate with the field device without communicating with the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Junk, Bruce F. Grumstrup