Emergency Warning Patents (Class 725/33)
  • Patent number: 11206460
    Abstract: A transmitter for transmitting payload data and emergency information using data symbols in a single-carrier or multi-carrier broadcast system includes a modulator configured to modulate one or more transmission symbols with signaling data for use in detecting and recovering the payload data at a receiver and to modulate one or more transmission symbols with the payload data. An emergency information receiver receives emergency information carrying information of an actual emergency. An emergency information embedder embeds emergency information into one or more transmission symbols, wherein the emergency information is embedded within a predetermined time period after its reception by using a resource used for carrying signaling data and/or payload data if no emergency information shall be transmitted. A transmission unit transmits the transmission symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Lothar Stadelmeier, Makiko Kan, Nabil Loghin, Daniel Schneider, Jan Zoellner, Lachlan Bruce Michael, Yuji Shinohara, Samuel Asangbeng Atungsiri, Gholam Hosein Asjadi, Matthew Paul Athol Taylor
  • Patent number: 11184095
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a receiving apparatus, a transmitting apparatus, and a data processing method which are capable of providing detailed information of emergency information that is to be announced in case of emergency. The receiving apparatus receives a digital broadcast signal, and performs a process with respect to an emergency information application for presenting detailed information of emergency information on the basis of control information that is included in the digital broadcast signal and that includes information about the detailed information of the emergency information which needs to be announced urgently. The present technology is applicable to a television receiver, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Jun Kitahara, Naohisa Kitazato, Yasuaki Yamagishi, Taketoshi Yamane
  • Patent number: 11115708
    Abstract: A companion device interoperating with a broadcast reception device for receiving a broadcast service, includes a communication device configured to connect the companion device with the broadcast reception device; and a controller configured to receive emergency alert information from the broadcast reception device, the emergency alert information including identifier information for the emergency alert information, category information of the emergency alert information, and priority information for the emergency alert information, wherein a value of the priority information represents one of 5 levels of priority of the emergency alert information, the 5 levels represents the priority from low priority to high priority, and in response to a change of the priority, the controller receives changed emergency alert information including changed priority information of which a value represents a level of the changed priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwon Lee, Seungryul Yang, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong, Minsung Kwak, Kyoungsoo Moon, Seungjoo An
  • Patent number: 11076193
    Abstract: The present invention provides a digital broadcast receiver capable of executing functions having higher added values. The broadcast receiver receives a broadcast wave of a digital broadcast service, controls an operation including activation and end of an application that is in cooperation with a broadcast program based on application-related information, and selects control relating to reactivation of the application based on a user's operation. If activation of the application is requested after the end of the application, the broadcast receiver controls the reactivation or non-reactivation of the application in accordance with the selection of control by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Motoyuki Suzuki, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Nobuo Masuoka
  • Patent number: 11048567
    Abstract: A notification control system includes a handheld computing device; alerts associated with platforms on the computing device, the alerts being associated with notices; a notification management platform accessible from the handheld computing device, and having a selection portal in communication with the platforms; and a settings portal in communication with the selection portal, the settings portal provides options associated with user manipulation of the platforms; a processor working with the notification management platform to perform the steps of: receive a user selection of platforms; and receive a user selection of one or more alerts associated with the one platform; the user selection of one or more alerts designates either activation or deactivation of the alert; the notification management platform provides for user control of the alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Christen Keithley Medulla, Michael Jerrod Medulla
  • Patent number: 10958365
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception apparatus, a reception method, a transmission apparatus, and a transmission method that enable provision of an emergency warning service more suited to actual operation. Provided is a reception apparatus that includes a reception section and a demodulation section. The reception section receives a physical layer frame transported as a broadcast signal. The demodulation section demodulates physical layer signalling acquired from the physical layer frame and monitors whether or not emergency warning information has been transported on a basis of emergency warning notice information acquired as a result of the demodulation. In a case where the emergency warning notice information indicates that the emergency warning information has been transported, the reception apparatus starts up automatically. The present technology is applicable, for example, to a transport system for transporting a physical layer frame compliant with a DVB-T2 standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael, John Nicholas Wilson
  • Patent number: 10924196
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception apparatus, a reception method, a transmission apparatus, and a transmission method permitting provision of an emergency warning service more suited to actual operation. Provided is a reception apparatus including a reception section and a demodulation section. The reception section receives a physical layer frame transported as a broadcast signal on the basis of monitoring information that is included in upper layer signalling, signalling in a layer higher than a physical layer, and that is used to monitor a specific service. The demodulation section demodulates physical layer signalling acquired from the physical layer frame and monitors whether emergency warning information has been transported on the basis of emergency warning notice information acquired as a result of the demodulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10893311
    Abstract: A method of synchronization control in a synchronization gateway equipment is proposed. The method includes: receiving first metadata relating to a first audiovisual content, the metadata having an audiovisual content identifier, a first TV broadcast channel identifier, and time-and-date information; obtaining an identifier of a user interactivity element from the audiovisual content identifier; obtaining time-and-date information for presentation of a user interactivity element from the received time-and-date information; and transmitting, in synchronized manner with the time-and-date information for presentation of the interactivity element, a request for presentation of the user interactivity element corresponding to the identifier of the user interactivity element, the request including the identifier of the user interactivity element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Emmanuel Soyer, Muriele Le Bihan, Yves Acket
  • Patent number: 10812872
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitting device, a transmitting method, a receiving device, and a receiving method, which are capable of improving immediacy and flexibility of an alert. A transmitting device generates transmission data in which an index associated with predetermined process-related information in a relevant table in which process-related information related to an output process of outputting an alert on a receiving side is registered in association with an index is included in data of a physical layer, the relevant table being included in data of a higher layer higher than the physical layer and supplied, and transmits the transmission data. The receiving device obtains a relevant table, receives transmission data, and acquires an index included in data of a physical layer from the transmission data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10805783
    Abstract: A method and cell broadcast center (CBC) system are described for issuing an emergency alert message containing at least one hyperlink corresponding to content stored on a web server. The operations performed by the CBC include receiving an emergency alert message. The emergency alert message includes a hyperlink to web content. The CBC processes the emergency alert message by: issuing a request to a web server for a content corresponding to the hyperlink, and issuing an emergency broadcast request to carrier networks. The emergency broadcast request includes both: the emergency alert message, and the content corresponding to the hyperlink. The issuing the emergency broadcast request, causes delivery of the content corresponding to the hyperlink to a browser cache on a user equipment without user selection of the hyperlink on the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: United States Cellular Corporation
    Inventors: Vyacheslav Lemberg, Alexander Mesin, Claudio Taglienti, Narothum Saxena, Michael Shannon Irizarry
  • Patent number: 10735827
    Abstract: A system for broadcasting that includes a watermark payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sheau Ng, Kiran Misra, Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10659833
    Abstract: The present invention provides a digital broadcast receiver capable of executing functions having higher added values. The broadcast receiver receives a broadcast wave of a digital broadcast service, controls an operation including activation and end of an application that is in cooperation with a broadcast program based on application-related information, and selects control relating to reactivation of the application based on a user's operation. If activation of the application is requested after the end of the application, the broadcast receiver controls the reactivation or non-reactivation of the application in accordance with the selection of control by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Motoyuki Suzuki, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Nobuo Masuoka
  • Patent number: 10652628
    Abstract: A transmitter and a receiver of data frames and related methods are disclosed. The transmitter includes: a frame generator configured to generate a first frame comprising data to be transmitted; and a preamble inserter configured to insert a preamble into the first frame, wherein the preamble inserter is further configured to insert, in the preamble, emergency alert service (EAS) information related to a preset emergency alert event, and set an indicator in the frame to indicate whether the EAS information is inserted in the preamble. Accordingly, only important information related to the EAS is transmitted in the form of a preamble to achieve robust transmission, and L1 information of related data is directly transmitted to reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hak-ju Lee, Young-ho Oh
  • Patent number: 10652624
    Abstract: A Next Generation Broadcast Platform (NGBP) is disclosed that utilizes 5G software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) technologies. The NGBP is designed to enable a new paradigm for broadcasters, wherein the model of fixed wireless spectrum access granted only to the licensees of the spectrum is replaced by a flexible model in which licensed spectrum is pooled together and allocated dynamically to broadcast licensees as well as outside tenants. The NGBP is implemented using SDN/NFV technology, and includes a broadcast market exchange (BMX) entity that allocates the spectrum between tenants based on service level agreements (SLAs) with those users. The NGBP also includes an internet protocol (IP) core and a broadcast centralized radio access network (BC-RAN) which apply the major network functions to broadcaster content in accordance with the determinations of the BMX.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Simon, Mark A. Aitken
  • Patent number: 10623827
    Abstract: To provide more advanced emergency notification service. An emergency notification control unit controls operations of respective units corresponding to an emergency notification service based on an emergency notification control signal transmitted through a broadcast wave of digital broadcasting using an IP transmission scheme, and thus a more advanced emergency notification service can be provided in digital broadcasting using an IP transmission scheme. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a broadcasting system including a transmitter and a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 10594419
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a receiving apparatus, a transmitting apparatus, and a data processing method which are capable of providing detailed information of emergency information that is to be announced in case of emergency. The receiving apparatus receives a digital broadcast signal, and performs a process with respect to an emergency information application for presenting detailed information of emergency information on the basis of control information that is included in the digital broadcast signal and that includes information about the detailed information of the emergency information which needs to be announced urgently. The present technology is applicable to a television receiver, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Kitahara, Naohisa Kitazato, Yasuaki Yamagishi, Taketoshi Yamane
  • Patent number: 10542389
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus may comprise: a broadcast interface for receiving a broadcast signal comprising an emergency alert message and signaling information indicating metadata for the emergency alert message; a control unit for generating an emergency alert multicast message comprising attributes of the emergency alert message on the basis of the broadcast signal; and a companion screen interface for transferring the emergency alert multicast message to at least one companion screen device in a multicast mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwon Lee, Seungryul Yang, Sejin Oh, Woosuk Ko, Seungjoo An, Kyoungsoo Moon, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10498792
    Abstract: A method for transmitting a broadcast signal is disclosed. The method for transmitting a broadcast signal according to an embodiment of the present invention includes performing delivery layer processing of a broadcast service data and signaling information with respect to the broadcast service data, performing UDP/IP encapsulation of a broadcast service data and signaling information with respect to the broadcast service data and performing physical layer processing of a broadcast service data and signaling information with respect to the broadcast service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woosuk Kwon, Minsung Kwak, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10405148
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus may comprise: a broadcast interface for receiving a broadcast signal comprising an emergency alert message and signaling information indicating metadata for the emergency alert message; a control unit for generating an emergency alert multicast message comprising attributes of the emergency alert message on the basis of the broadcast signal; and a companion screen interface for transferring the emergency alert multicast message to at least one companion screen device in a multicast mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwon Lee, Seungryul Yang, Sejin Oh, Woosuk Ko, Seungjoo An, Kyoungsoo Moon, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10271110
    Abstract: Transmission of emergency alert information using a broadcasting service in an appropriate manner is achieved. A transmitter 200 (broadcasting station) inserts a wake-up signal as signaling of emergency alert information, describes information including a scale (category), type, occurrence time, and occurrence position of disaster, and version information as a message of emergency alert information, and transmits the message using a packet structure of a physical layer. A simple and inexpensive receiver 300 equipped with only a receiving antenna for broadcasting and a demodulator can receive the message of emergency alert information. An evacuation direction and a map or route to a shelter can be displayed using digital signage or streetlights, and an evacuation route can be instructed using streetlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Jun Kitahara, Yoshiharu Dewa, Katsunori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10185692
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are disclosed for tracking use of a specialized hardware component in symmetric multiprocessing computing device. A device includes a memory and one or more multi-core processors attached to a coherent memory bus. A proxy for a specialized hardware component (SHC) such as an accelerator, FPGA, or ASIC is placed in communication with the coherent memory bus. The proxy may be attached to another bus such as a peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) bus. A tracker updates an allocated counting register with counts of events related to use of the SHC. When requested, information from the counting register is provided such as to an external device or client communicating with the multiprocessing computing device. The tracker may follow calls or messages to the SHC. The tracker may accumulate a count of message size or mode of use or use of certain functions of the SHC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shakti Kapoor, Grace Y. Liu, Karen E. Yokum
  • Patent number: 10181918
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission device, a transmission method, a reception device, and a reception method that realize a process related to emergency warning information in DVB-T2 standard more promptly at a low power consumption. There is provided a transmission device including an emergency warning information acquisition unit configured to acquire emergency warning information, a content acquisition unit configured to acquire content, a transmission frame generation unit configured to generate a T2 frame including emergency warning notification information indicating that emergency warning information is being transmitted in P1 signaling or L1-pre signaling as a T2 frame, according to DVB-T2 standard, composed of a P1 symbol including P1 signaling, a P2 symbol including L1-pre signaling, and a symbol of data, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the T2 frame as a digital broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lachlan Bruce Michael, Takuya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10028034
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for receiving urgent alarm contents through a broadcast system. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method for receiving urgent alarm contents through a broadcast system includes the steps of: receiving a broadcast signal; parsing an urgent alarm table contained in the broadcast signal, the urgent alarm table containing an urgent alarm message and an urgent alarm contents transmission structure descriptor for signaling the information of the urgent alarm contents concerning the urgent alarm message, and the urgent alarm contents transmission structure descriptor containing the IP address of an IP datagram for transmitting the urgent alarm contents; receiving the IP datagram of the IP address; and decoding the IP datagram so as to reproduce the urgent alarm contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Jeongwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9948416
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a hybrid broadcast service, the apparatus comprising a reception module for receiving broadcast signals though a broadcast channel or contents through a broadband channel for the hybrid broadcast service, wherein the broadcast signals include data for the hybrid broadcast service and an EAM (Emergency Alert message) and a processor for receiving a request from a companion device and sending at least one of a content or continuous components or files or data or media timeline information of the EAM (Emergency Alert message) based on the request, wherein the continuous components or the files or the data are a part of the hybrid broadcast service which is currently selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwon Lee, Seungryul Yang, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong, Minsung Kwak, Woosuk Kwon, Sejin Oh, Kyoungsoo Moon, Seungjoo An, Jungwook Park, Jangwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9930426
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that performs operations including receiving user input associated with a group of emergency alert service messages, assigning a plurality of severity codes to the group of emergency alert service messages according to the user input, each of the plurality of severity codes indicating a presentation format, determining a first location of a mobile communication device, determining a second location of a premises of a user of the mobile communication device. The operations can also include, responsive to detecting a first emergency alert service message associated with the first location, determining a first severity code of the plurality of severity codes assigned to the first emergency alert service message and providing the first emergency alert service message to the mobile communication device for presentation in a first format according to the first severity code. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Alman, Charles D Turner, Jr., Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 9913116
    Abstract: Multicast expert system information dissemination systems and methods making use of artificial intelligence are provided. The systems and methods include a wireless device for receiving RF multicast information messages from a content provider wherein said information is descriptive of objects potentially of interest to users of the device. Received multicast messages may include information parameters about objects of potentially interest to the user. The wireless device also includes a knowledge base prestored in the wireless device descriptive of the user's level of interest in various objects. Artificial intelligence expert system control is used to evaluate a combination of the user's level of interest in the object information and distance from the user to the location where the object may be obtained. The artificial intelligence expert system derives a user advisory action index. In one embodiment the artificial intelligence may be implemented using fuzzy logic inference engine apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Robert D. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9865151
    Abstract: An observation system includes: a power supply unit having a battery; a sensor unit which detects a state of a structure on the basis of electricity from the power supply unit; a charging unit which charges the battery from renewable energy; and a processing unit which processes sensing information in one observation mode of a plurality of observation modes including at least a first observation mode and a second observation mode in which at least one of a sensor capability of the sensor unit and a load of computational processing using the sensing information is higher than in the first observation mode. The processing unit sets an observation mode on the basis of information for disaster occurrence estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Takeda
  • Patent number: 9807465
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for transmitting a portion of a media asset containing an object to a user. In many media assets, specific features appear at portions of a program that users find interesting. These features can be compared with a database of stored objects that commonly appear in media assets to determine the object corresponding to the feature. The system may store data related to the media asset containing the object and, if the user is not currently accessing the media asset, may transmit the data to the user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen E. Roe, Michael K. McCarty
  • Patent number: 9794610
    Abstract: An alert generation method and system. The method includes receiving by a computer processor, alert data indicating filters for specified alert types associated with possible future events. The computer processor receives monitor definition data and media generated audio/video data; compares the alert data to the media generated audio/video data; determines a first alert type matches first audio/video data of the media generated audio/video data; and determines that the first audio/video data comprises a primary event. The computer processor broadcasts the primary event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, Randy S. Johnson, David W. Morgan, Tedrick N. Northway
  • Patent number: 9781458
    Abstract: In the dynamic generation of video, a video service provider receives a video request from a video player over a data network. The video service provider matches the video request with a given video descriptor record of a plurality of video descriptor records. a video media file including a plurality of cue slots is generated according to the given video descriptor record using the video request. A plurality of video clip files in a video clip library is selected for the plurality of cue slots, and the plurality of video clip files are copied to the plurality of cue slots in the video media file. The video service provider then sends the video media file to the video player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventor: Chi Fai Ho
  • Patent number: 9699623
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for receiving urgent alarm contents through a broadcast system. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method for receiving urgent alarm contents through a broadcast system includes the steps of: receiving a broadcast signal; parsing an urgent alarm table contained in the broadcast signal, the urgent alarm table containing an urgent alarm message and an urgent alarm contents transmission structure descriptor for signaling the information of the urgent alarm contents concerning the urgent alarm message, and the urgent alarm contents transmission structure descriptor containing the IP address of an IP datagram for transmitting the urgent alarm contents; receiving the IP datagram of the IP address; and decoding the IP datagram so as to reproduce the urgent alarm contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Jeongwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9560320
    Abstract: A reverse 911 can be sent to a TV communicating with the Internet. The TV is automatically turned on if it is off, and a viewer can acknowledge the reverse 911 using a TV remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Angela Bartolome
  • Patent number: 9472091
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing indications of received emergency alert messages to devices within a consumer premises are disclosed. In one embodiment, a consumer premise equipment (CPE) receiving one or more emergency alert messages from a content provider or managed network determines one or more alert responses for one or more devices of the consumer premise network. In one implementation, the responses are based at least in part on the received emergency alert messages themselves. The CPE issues one or more commands to one or more devices present within the consumer premises (which may be for example a home automation system), to indicate the one or more determined alert indication responses, such as auditory alert and visual alert by the one or more devices. Thus, users in the consumer premises may be made aware of an alert message outside of the typical means in which an alert is displayed, such as via a television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Peter Stern, Scott Ramsdell, Adam Mayer, Mike Roudi, Chris Williams
  • Patent number: 9467240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for receiving urgent alarm contents through a broadcast system. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method for receiving urgent alarm contents through a broadcast system includes the steps of: receiving a broadcast signal; parsing an urgent alarm table contained in the broadcast signal, the urgent alarm table containing an urgent alarm message and an urgent alarm contents transmission structure descriptor for signaling the information of the urgent alarm contents concerning the urgent alarm message, and the urgent alarm contents transmission structure descriptor containing the IP address of an IP datagram for transmitting the urgent alarm contents; receiving the IP datagram of the IP address; and decoding the IP datagram so as to reproduce the urgent alarm contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Jeongwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9445056
    Abstract: A method, Internet protocol television (IPTV) enabled communication device, and computer program product for automatic message services are provided. A processor executes instructions from a memory. An input and output (I/O) device is for transmitting and receiving, respectively. A client application is stored in the memory and configured to provide the automatic message service. The client application receives input of a message to be presented at an appropriate time, receives input of an action associated with the message, receives input of a recipient for the message, and presents the message for display to the recipient at the appropriate time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian Daigle
  • Patent number: 9438388
    Abstract: Provided is a method for transmitting a broadcast signal, including: formatting input streams into multiple data pipes (DPs); encoding data of the multiple DPs for each DP; generating at least one signal frames by mapping the encoded data; and modulating data of the generated signal frame using an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) scheme and transmitting a broadcast signal comprising the modulated data of the signal frame, wherein the signal frame includes a preamble, a PLS (Physical Layer Signaling) and EAC (Emergency Alert Channel), the preamble and the PLS include EAC flag information indicating whether there exists EAC in the signal frame, and when the EAC flag information indicates that there exists EAC in the current frame, the PLS further comprises EAC length information, and when the EAC flag information indicates that there doesn't exist EAC in the current frame, the PLS further comprises control information related to EAC transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woochan Kim, Jaeho Hwang, Byounggill Kim, Jaehyung Kim, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 9357254
    Abstract: A system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment are presented. In one embodiment, a vertical and horizontal array of set-top boxes is provided and each set-top box includes an identification corresponding to the room in which the set-top box is placed. Each set-top box includes a wireless transceiver that periodically transmits an identification beacon that is received by a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device. The proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, in turn, broadcasts data packets including an indication of the strength of set-top box identification signals received. The broadcasts are received by a server via an array of wireless routers. The location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device is determined based on the signal strength information in the data packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Ogle, Thomas R. Miller, William C. Fang
  • Patent number: 9344872
    Abstract: Public safety user equipment (PS UE) that establishes a first wireless communication channel over a primary network to at least one multimedia multicast or broadcast service management entity and establishes one or more alternative wireless communication channels over one or more alternative networks (310). The public safety user equipment receives at least one multimedia multicast or broadcast service message over the first wireless communication channel (320). Then, the PS UE extracts data contained in the multimedia multicast or broadcast service message and storing the data in a local cache (330). The PS UE receives a cache request from the one or more user equipment over one or more alternative wireless communication channels (340) and then the PS UE transmits the stored data to the one or more PS user equipment (350).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Aparna Pandey, Tyrone D. Bekiares, Harish Bhandiwad, Randy L. Ekl, Steven D. Tine, Ryan P Ziolko
  • Patent number: 9344757
    Abstract: A system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment are presented. In one embodiment, a vertical and horizontal array of set-top boxes is provided and each set-top box includes an identification corresponding to the room in which the set-top box is placed. Each set-top box includes a wireless transceiver that periodically transmits an identification beacon that is received by a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device. The proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, in turn, broadcasts data packets including an indication of the strength of set-top box identification signals received. The broadcasts are received by a server via an array of wireless routers. The location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device is determined based on the signal strength information in the data packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Ogle, Thomas R. Miller, William C. Fang
  • Patent number: 9332304
    Abstract: A system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment are presented. In one embodiment, a vertical and horizontal array of set-top boxes is provided and each set-top box includes an identification corresponding to the room in which the set-top box is placed. Each set-top box includes a wireless transceiver that periodically transmits an identification beacon that is received by a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device. The proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, in turn, broadcasts data packets including an indication of the strength of set-top box identification signals received. The broadcasts are received by a server via an array of wireless routers. The location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device is determined based on the signal strength information in the data packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Ogle, Thomas R. Miller, William C. Fang
  • Patent number: 9300708
    Abstract: A method, a base station, an application server and a mobile device for transmitting and receiving media content are disclosed. A transceiver 302 may receive a unicast transmission specification and a broadcast transmission specification for the media content. A processor 304 may determine if a broadcast transmission for the media content is available. The processor 304 may initiate a unicast reception mode to receive the media content based on the unicast transmission specification if the current broadcast transmission is not available. A memory 308 may store the broadcast transmission specification for later reception of the media content in a broadcast reception mode if the current broadcast transmission is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jheroen P. Dorenbosch, Anand B. Alen
  • Patent number: 9253514
    Abstract: Systems and methods that request emergency services through an Internet-Protocol Television (IPTV) infrastructure. One embodiment comprises an IPTV network infrastructure comprising an IPTV server coupled to an IPTV set-top box of an end user that subscribes to IPTV services. The IPTV server receives a request for an emergency service from the end user through the IPTV set-top box. The infrastructure further includes a management server that receives the request for the emergency service from the IPTV server, and identifies information regarding the end user from an IPTV account of the end user. The infrastructure further includes a text message engine that receives the request for the emergency service from the management server, formats a text message for requesting the emergency service, inserts the information regarding the end user in the text message, and sends the text message to an emergency services center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Marcus P. Magri, Gerardo M. Espinosa
  • Patent number: 9232167
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of operating a remote control system having a touch interface. The method comprises receiving a user input through the touch interface, generating a control communication corresponding to the user input and transferring the control communication from a communication transceiver to remotely control a display of content on a video display system, receiving into the communication transceiver supplemental content for display on the touch interface, and displaying the supplemental content on the touch interface while the video display system displays the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Cooke, Vincent Dung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9225941
    Abstract: Customer-specific information such as billing information, a listing of available services or the like can be provided to multiple receivers via a satellite or other high-bandwidth connection. The customers to receive customer-specific information are selected, and a broadcast message is created that includes the customer-specific information, as well as an identifier for each receiver associated with the selected customers. The broadcast message is transmitted on the high-bandwidth connection to thereby allow each of the receivers associated with the selected customers to extract the customer-specific information based upon the identifier and to display the customer-specific information to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Dish Network, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John T. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9167315
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example transmitting, by a system comprising a processor, via a first emergency media channel a first video stream comprising first evacuation routing information for a first evacuation group responsive to receiving a notification of an emergency event, instructing, by the system, a first media processor device to select the first emergency media channel while disabling selection of other media channels according to the first evacuation routing information, where the content of the emergency media channel is presented at a display device by way of the first media processor device, and enabling, by the system, the first media processor device to select the other media channels responsive to receiving user input acknowledging the emergency media channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Sam Russell, Steven Charles Salimando
  • Patent number: 9154854
    Abstract: A content management resource transmits a received digital data stream in a respective network data channel to one or more subscribers. The content management resource receives an emergency notification control signal, which indicates occurrence of an emergency message. In response to receiving the emergency notification control signal, the content management resource transmits the emergency message in the digital data channel to the one or more subscribers in lieu of transmitting the received digital data stream of content in the data channel to the one or more subscriber. Thus, a subscriber can tune to a particular channel to play back selected content and be apprised, via receipt of the message over the particular channel, of a corresponding condition such as an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Albert Straub, Niem Dang, Edward P. Galt, III
  • Patent number: 9143248
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and systems for the broadcast and reception of targeted content. Using the systems and methods, a wide variety of different types of content can be targeted to a single client or a group of clients. The methods and systems utilize application handlers to handle different types of content. Further, the system can distribute packets with different rates depending on their priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Benting, Alain Delpuch, Nick Fishwick, Mehmet Hakan Isbiliroglu, Vahid Koussari-Amin, Waiman Lam, Jean-Rene Menand, Steven Szymanski, Pierre Willard, Joel Zdepski
  • Patent number: 9106969
    Abstract: An alert generation method and system. The method includes receiving by a computer processor, alert data indicating filters for specified alert types associated with possible future events. The computer processor receives monitor definition data and media generated audio/video data; compares the alert data to the media generated audio/video data; determines a first alert type matches first audio/video data of the media generated audio/video data; and determines that the first audio/video data comprises a primary event. The computer processor broadcasts the primary event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, Randy S. Johnson, David W. Morgan, Tedrick N. Northway
  • Patent number: 9078044
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed invention include a system and a method for bypassing an emergency alert break-in for a recorded event. For example, in one embodiment, a set top box is disclosed that includes a memory component for storing computer executable instructions; a communication interface for receiving media content data from a cable service provider; a decoder module for decoding the received media content data; an emergency alert break-in monitoring module for identifying an emergency alert break-in from the received data; a digital video recorder controller module for determining whether the identified emergency alert break-in affects a recording of a program on a recorded channel; and an emergency alert break-in bypass module for bypassing the identified emergency alert break-in for enabling the digital video recorder controller module to record the program without the identified emergency alert break-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Howarter, Douglas Ceballos
  • Patent number: 9043834
    Abstract: A method of providing information including providing a communication session of at least one of audio and video media and applying automatic recognition to media transferred on the communication session. An advertisement is selected by a processor, based on the automatic recognition and non-advertisement information is selected by the processor, responsive to the automatic recognition. The selected advertisements and the selected non-advertisement information, are presented during the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Alon Atsmon, Saar Shai