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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
340568100 Article placement or removal (e.g., anti-theft) 1199
340573100 Human or animal 718
340635000 Condition of electrical apparatus 418
340603000 Fluent material 405
340541000 Intrusion detection 359
340686100 Position responsive 330
340657000 Electrical characteristic 155
340584000 Thermal 154
340665000 Force or stress 93
340679000 Machine condition 90
340600000 Radiant energy 73
340669000 Acceleration 47
340577000 Flame 40
340601000 Meteorological condition 31
340670000 Velocity 28
340580000 Ice formation 4
20090315723OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING OPTICAL SYSTEM OBSCURATION IN A VEHICLE - An optical system is proposed which is configured to detect an obscuration of the optical components and to optionally initiate measures, which either warn the driver and/or activate a heater which reduces the detected obscuration of the image. The system is controlled by a method for detecting an obscuration, which comprises a high reliability for detecting obscurations through the evaluation of additional sensors.12-24-2009
20120032809METHOD OF DETECTING AN ICING STATE OR A NEED FOR MAINTENANCE IN A TURBOMACHINE FUEL CIRCUIT - Detecting a state of icing in a turbomachine fuel circuit includes reading information representative of a first temperature T02-09-2012
20090033502AIRCRAFT ICING SENSOR - An apparatus for detecting the presence of ice includes a sensor including a radio-frequency transmission line providing a characteristic impedance, a source coupled to the transmission line and operable to inject a wave into the transmission line, a summer operable to create standing wave, the standing wave including the sum of the injected wave and a reflected wave reflected by the end of the transmission line, the summer being connected between the source and the transmission line, and a detector for detecting the voltage of the standing wave. An embodiment may further include a comparator operable to compare the detected voltage with reference data for determining the presence of ice contacting the sensor.02-05-2009
20110050429ICE SAFETY DEVICE - An inexpensive and simple-to-operate ice safety device is provided for deployment in a body of water. Once deployed, the ice safety device can be activated to check whether ice has formed to a predetermined thickness around the ice safety device. If ice has not formed to the predetermined thickness, the ice safety device indicates an unsafe condition. The ice safety device can be moored to a fixed location.03-03-2011
340673000 Article transport 3
20100013654SELF-CONTAINED MONITORING AND REMOTE TESTING DEVICE AND METHOD - A self-contained monitoring and remote testing (SMART) unit for a mail conveyance machine includes a housing and a set of condition monitoring devices provided in the housing. The housing may be sized and adapted for conveyance by the mail conveyance machine. A ruggedized processor may be included in the housing. The processor may receive data from the set of condition monitoring devices during conveyance of the unit through the mail conveyance machine. The processor may be adapted to endure vibrations and impact during conveyance. Each of the condition monitoring devices of said set may be configured to measure a different property of the conveyance machine as the housing is conveyed therethrough. The measurements from the condition monitoring devices can be used to determine an operating condition of the conveyance machine.01-21-2010
20090184836Fault Detection System With Redundant Product Teach Verification - Some embodiments for a fault detection apparatus may include one or more monitors to detect at least three operating states of a sensor, such as pass, fail, and inoperative so as to enable a manufacturing facility to differentiate between situations in which a container does not have the appropriate machine-readable label and situations wherein the sensor is actually inoperative. The fail state may be indicative of an object on a conveyor system not matching a predetermined description, identity or characteristic. The pass state may be indicative of an object on a conveyor system matching the predetermined description, identity or characteristic. The inoperative state may be indicative of a sensor output associated with a malfunction in the sensor itself. The fault detection apparatus may also include a fail-to-safe controller configured to detect these operating states.07-23-2009
20110316713SAMPLE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SAMPLE CONTAINER TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, SAMPLE PROCESSING METHOD AND SAMPLE CONTAINER TRANSPORTING METHOD - The present invention is a sample processing apparatus including: a sample processing unit configured to process a sample contained in a sample container; one or more detectors located to detect the sample container both before and after the sample contained therein is processed by the sample processing unit; and a controller configured to perform an operation to alert a user if the one or more detectors fail to detect the sample container after the sample processing unit processed the sample in the sample container.12-29-2011
340678000 Of geometrical gauge 1
20090303064MATERIAL INSPECTION METHODS AND DEVICES - Alerting a user of a material inspection device to a change in thickness of a material being inspected is disclosed. A thickness offset is determined from calibration information. The calibration information identifies a time of flight of a pulse through a reference sample similar in composition to a material to be inspected. The thickness offset indicates when a thickness of a material being inspected differs from a thickness of the reference sample. A calibration thickness alarm is set, the calibration thickness alarm corresponding to the thickness offset. A change in thickness of the material being inspected is detected. The calibration thickness alarm is engaged to alert the user of the inspection device of a detected change in thickness of the material being inspected.12-10-2009
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20110175729CAPACITANCE-TYPE LIQUID LEVEL MEASURING PROBE - A capacitance-type liquid measuring probe 07-21-2011
20130027202PROTECTIVE UNIT AND AN ELECTRONIC MODULE COMPRISING THE SAME - The present invention relates to an electronic module with protective unit, comprising: an electronic device, a resistant member, and a detecting member. The electronic device includes: an outer shell having a plurality of openings; the resistant member has a plurality of protrusion being disposed in the opening correspondingly; the detecting member is disposed on the outer shell of the electronic device and includes: a sensing unit for executing sensing mechanism; a control unit electrically connected with the sensing unit; a warning signal generating unit electrically connected with the control unit; the sensing unit executes the sensing mechanism continuously, when the sensing mechanism detects a default condition, the sensing unit sends an indicating signal to the control unit to command the protrusion to protrude outside the openings, and the control unit control the warning signal generating unit to generate a warning signal.01-31-2013
20090195381COMMUNICATION DEVICE ALERT APPARATUS - In accordance with embodiments presented herein, an apparatus is provided that is suitable for producing an audible alert sound that is activated by a device sound produced by a communication device.08-06-2009
20090195380System and Method for Providing Visual and Physiological Cues in a Matching System - A system and method for displaying a match alert. First and second user monitors are configured to communicate with an interrogator to establish the presence of the user monitors in a defined space. An information server is configured to determine whether profiles of the first and the second user profiles match according to matching criteria. If the first and the second user profiles match, matching alert signals comprising matching attributes are sent to first and second match indicators. The first match indicator is visible to the user of the second user monitor so as to be informative to the user of the second user monitor of the matching of the first and second user profiles according to the matching criteria, and the second match indicator is visible to the user of the first user monitor so as to be informative to the user of the first user monitor of the matching of the first and second user profiles according to the matching criteria.08-06-2009
20120169494Bonding Line Mismatch Discovery Method and Node Arrangements - The present invention relates to methods for indicating a bonding configuration mismatch of lines of bonding groups. The methods are performed in different nodes of a communications network. Said method comprises sending a Bonding Configuration Value via one line of the bonding group of lines, said Bonding Configuration Value being unique for said bonding group, and receiving a Bonding Configuration Value via each of the lines of the bonding group. It further comprises checking each received Bonding Configuration Value for diverging values. If a diverging Bonding Configuration Value is identified, an alarm message is generated and sent to Element Manager of the communications network.07-05-2012
20100148960METAL DETECTOR FOR SALT SOILS - This invention relates to metal detectors used to detect metal targets in soils wherein the detector is insensitive to signals induced by a received magnetic field due to perpendicular components of a uniform conducting half-space, including metal detectors simultaneously capable of suppressing signals due to components of substantially log-uniform viscous superparamagnetic soil, and including metal detectors using repeating transmit signal cycles resembling a pulse induction-like waveforms. It discloses signal processing, in particular synchronous demodulation functions which may simultaneously substantially suppress signals due to perpendicular components of a uniform conducting half-space in a received magnetic field, signals due to components of substantially log-uniform viscous superparamagnetic soil, and signals due to a movement of the receive coil with respect to a static magnetic field.06-17-2010
20100148959SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING ENSILAGE OF FODDER - A system for monitoring the fermentation process in connection with ensilage of fodder (06-17-2010
20100141438Wheelchair Accessory - My invention is an improvement upon the previously existing wheelchair warning lamp apparatus that fails to allow the wheelchair to fold and be used indoors when installed onto the wheelchair and require drilling to be installed. My apparatus, a clamp-on extendible and retractable cylinder shaped erected pole has a safety light and an audible alert equipment installed on top of the inner casing and a pole lock nut installed on the outer casing whereas the outer pole casing is attached to the battery housing support member with three C-Clamps vertically and horizontally attached on the battery housing allowing the pole and battery safety light assembly with audible alert apparatus to be clamped onto one side only of the wheelchair without drilling required and allows the chair to fold and be used indoors without removal of the installed pole and battery with safety light with audible alert apparatus from the wheelchair.06-10-2010
20100013633SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VERIFICATION OF WIRELESS TERMINALS ON BOARD VEHICLES USING COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN INFORMATION - A security method and system for accepting identity information regarding a vehicle. The system intercepts communications between wireless communication terminals located on board a vehicle and a wireless communication network, and processes the intercepted communication so as to identify respective countries of origin of the terminals on the vehicle. A comparison is made between the countries of origin of the terminals and identity information of the vehicle to invoke an action. For example, the comparison may include detecting an inconsistency between the identity information of the vehicle and one or more of the countries of origin of the terminals.01-21-2010
20090207018ILLUMINATED OUTPUT PRESENCE INDICATOR - In a production, fax or printing system, collection stations are sometimes obscure to the user. This invention provides a first sensor connected to a light source that illuminates this collection station when a product or copy is present so that the presence of the product or copies to be collected is apparent to a user. A second sensor turns off the light source after a preset period of time so that the light doesn't stay on indefinitely.08-20-2009
20100085185METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING ELECTRONIC RECORDS OF LOCATE OPERATIONS - Exemplary apparatus include locate devices that generate, store and/or transmit electronic records of locate information relating to detection of underground facilities. An exemplary method for analyzing and processing locate information includes a computer-implemented method for visually rendering (e.g., in a display field of a display device) various aspects of locate operations. In one implementation, an output stream of data packets may be provided, wherein each data packet includes one or more flag fields that are set or reset upon at least one actuation of an actuation system of a locate device, and wherein at least some of the data packets include locate information relating to a locate operation.04-08-2010
20080272911Hazard Indicator with LED - A hazard indicator including a power-saving control circuit having a transistor with a collector connected via a resistor to the output of the signal processing circuit. In operation, the transistor delivers the clocked control signal for the semiconductor switch as a function of the current-proportional voltage applied to the base of the transistor.11-06-2008
20080258913ELECTRONIC PERSONAL ALERT SYSTEM - A personal alert system for sending alerts or notifications in certain conditions. An alert is created by a user, primary contact, first responder or other third party, and an alert message is sent to designated contacts. An alert message can provide an update on a pending alert. Alerts can be configured to be triggered by preselected trigger conditions or can be sent real time. Triggered alert can include a specific date and time or specific rules or alert conditions. Additional criteria can be applied, such as the constraint to check-in periodically during an alert period. If the user fails to meet an alert condition (e.g., check-in by a certain time), then the alert is triggered and an alert message is sent primary and secondary designated contacts. In another implementation, an emergency first responder can trigger the alert based on information on an emergency card stored in the user's wallet.10-23-2008
20080258912Apparatus and method for monitoring a component of a wireless communication network to determine whether the component has been tampered with, disabled and/or removed - A method and apparatus for monitoring one or more components of a wireless communication network. Preferably, an alarm system is linked to one or more components of a wireless communication network to determine whether the one or more components have been tampered with, removed or otherwise disabled. The monitored component can be a ground system in a cellular telephone network. The alarm system can include at least one conductive path linked to a ground bar of a ground system in a cellular telephone network such that if the ground bar is removed from the cellular telephone network the at least one conductive path is severed thereby generating an alarm signal. The alarm signal may take the form of an audible alarm (e.g., a horn), a visual alarm (e.g., flashing lights) and/or a signal transmitted to a monitoring station indicating that the ground bar has been removed and the equipment at the tower site is now vulnerable to lighting strikes. Preferably, the alarm system is configured such that it can be readily installed in existing sites as well as new sites. The at least one conductive path may be linked to two or more ground bars in series such that removal of either ground bar will result in the generation of an alarm signal. Alternatively, multiple ground bars at a single tower site can be monitored independent of each other.10-23-2008
20080258911EXIT ALARM ESCUTCHEON - An exit alarm system housed in an escutcheon for activating upon movement of an interior latch operator. The system is mounted to the interior side of a door with a latch assembly including an interior latch operator. The system may include an alarm, a trigger, and an electronic module. The trigger is responsive to movement of the interior latch operator. The electronic module may be electrically connected to a power source for providing an input signal to the alarm. Upon motion of the interior latch operator, the trigger may cause the electronic module to send an activating input signal to the alarm. The alarm may be a sound transducer. A switch may be provide to arm the system. A tamper switch may be provided to cause the electronic module to activate the alarm upon removal of the escutcheon. The system may be applied to retrofit an existing door.10-23-2008
20100127859SIMULATION AND VISUALIZATION OF SCATTERED RADIATION - Scattered radiation has non-intuitive properties. A signalling system (05-27-2010
20110193699USER FEEDBACK ENGINE - There is therefore provided a user feedback engine, comprising a message generation module for generating messages for a user; a queue management module for managing a queue of the generated messages; wherein each message includes respective values for a plurality of parameters including a priority, a period of validity and a non-repeat time; and wherein the queue management module manages the messages in the queue in accordance with the respective values.08-11-2011
20110193698Event Annunciator - An event annunciator may be provided. The event annunciator may comprise a housing, an alerting element, a switch, and a lanyard. The housing may be configured to mount on a pole that supports an electric power line. The alerting element may be in the housing and may have an active state and an inactive state. The switch may be in the housing and may have a first position and a second position. The first position may cause the alerting element to remain in the inactive state. The second position may cause the alerting element to remain in the active state. The lanyard may be configured to cause the switch to operate from the first state to the second state when the lanyard is pulled from the housing.08-11-2011
20100079281ATTACHABLE DOCUMENT MANAGER - A novel programmable timer includes a sensor for sensing opening of a refrigerator or cabinet door and an alarm outputting a visible and/or audible alarm when a timer has expired if and only if the sensor indicates that the door is open, thereby preventing expenditure of the alarm at times when the alarming function is likely to be ineffective. The timer is also attachable to an article of food within the refrigerator or to a wall or other portion of the refrigerator via a spring clip, magnet, and/or releasable adhesive.04-01-2010
20090121868Local emergency isolation valve controller with diagnostic testing and trouble indicator - A local logic solver that operates with a local smart valve controller to control, test and monitor performance characteristics of a local field-mounted emergency isolation valve device, outputting a local indication of trouble on the device, which is mounted in the field away from the facility's central control panel for the process. The local logic solver includes a recording function and memory for retrieval of detected faults that are time-stamped and recorded locally to generate documentation and to track the elapsed time, starting when the degraded state of the device was detected and first signaled as a problem; other performance data is also recorded. Accordingly, the operation of the overall system is simplified by eliminating the need for an external computer to diagnose any problems. A local control panel preferably includes pushbuttons and lights used during routine operations of the valve and a fault indicator light substantially adjacent to or in close proximity to the device being monitored to alert personnel of detected faults.05-14-2009
20090184819METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS - A method and apparatus for sensing radio frequency signals. A radio frequency strength sensing apparatus converts a sensed radio frequency signal to an audible tone. The apparatus comprises a radio frequency detector, a voltage to frequency converter, and a speaker system. The radio frequency detector is capable of detecting radio frequency signals over a selected frequency range with different signal strengths and capable of outputting a logarithmic voltage that varies with signal amplitude change. The voltage-to-frequency converter is connected to the radio frequency detector and is capable of producing an electrical signal waveform in the audio frequency range to generate the audible tone. The speaker system is connected to the voltage-to-frequency converter circuit, wherein the speaker system outputs the audible tone, with pitch of the tone related to the strength of the radio frequency signal.07-23-2009
20100117828Alarm scheme with olfactory alerting component - An alarm system integrating the sense of smell (i.e., an olfactory component) as an alerting modality is described. The olfactory component is uniquely recognizable and distinguishable from traditional visual or audible alerting components and can be used to increase the number of separate alarms that a person can respond to and/or decrease the reaction time for responding to the alarms.05-13-2010
20100117827METHOD FOR CURRENT REDUCTION FOR AN ANALOG CIRCUIT IN A DATA READ-OUT SYSTEM - The invention provides a method for current reduction for an analog circuit in a data read-out system. First, a performance indicator, indicating a performance of the data read-out system is generated. The performance indicator is then compared with a performance threshold level to generate a switch signal. A level of a current source biasing the analog circuit is then adjusted according to the switch signal.05-13-2010
20100073163METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A STRUCTURE - A system and method for monitoring a structure and for distinguishing between an alarm condition, and a nuisance event such as rain. An optical fibre sensor (03-25-2010
20100073162HAND WASHING REMINDER DEVICE AND METHOD - A device and method for reminding people to maintain hand hygiene. Further a device and method for reminding people to perform hand washing and obtaining hand hygiene compliance data in a patient care environment, which may be a hospital, a nursing home, or a food service facility, which may be a restaurant or cafeteria. A device and method for using accelerometry and/or additional sensor cues, which may include the sound of running water and/or alcohol odor, for sensing when a person has washed their hands, and for using accelerometry information and other cues to determine when a person has touched something, thereby contaminating his/her hands.03-25-2010
20100073161Systems, Methods, and Computer Program for Monitoring Crime Activity and Dissemination of Crime Related Information and Alerts Over a Multi-User Network - A system and method that allows Law enforcement to communicate quickly and efficiently with businesses and business owners. Businesses first create a profile at a website. The profile includes address, contact information, secondary contact information, alarm company name and number and information about the type of business. Detectives have the ability to send email and electronic messages to electronic devices alerting businesses, their owners and their employees about crime that affects them. Detectives can select different types of businesses, businesses within a certain range or businesses that have certain characteristics, like handle a lot of cash. Additionally detectives have the ability to look up information about a specific business, for example at three AM when the window is broken, and they need someone to come take care of the mess, or retrieve information about a group of businesses, like the names and numbers of all pawn shops within five miles.03-25-2010
20100073160ALERTING USERS USING A MULTIPLE STATE STATUS ICON - A user alert system is described that provides multiple dimensions of information to a user through a status icon. Initially the status icon displays a neutral state that informs the user that the user alert system is running, but there are currently no relevant alerts for the user to view. When the user alert system receives a lower priority alert, the system determines if the number of lower priority alerts received exceeds a threshold. If the number of lower priority alerts exceeds the threshold, then the user alert system modifies the status icon to display a low alert state. When the user alert system receives a higher priority alert, the system modifies the status icon to display a high alert state. Thus, the user alert system displays both the existence of alerts and the priority of the alerts to the user at the same time.03-25-2010
20130076511RESONATOR DESIGN FOR DETECTORS AND SOUNDERS - A sound enhancement device for a detector includes a cylindrical portion having a tubular body and an interior cavity longitudinally coextensive therewith. The device includes a first elongated portion and at least a second elongated portion with both portions coupled to the cylindrical portion. The first elongated portion includes a first body portion having a first cavity that is coextensive with the first body portion while the at least second elongated portion includes a second body portion having a second cavity that is coextensive with the second body portion. The cylindrical portion and each of the first and at least the second elongated portions comprise a length of a quarter wavelength of a predefined frequency. The sound enhancement device includes radii of curvatures for causing a wavefront emanating from the sound enhancement device to maximize the radiation efficiency of the sound enhancement device.03-28-2013
20130082840Method and Apparatus Pertaining to Automatically Moving a Component that Comprises a Part of a Portable Electronic Device - A portable electronic device detects a trigger event and responds by automatically moving a component that comprises a part of the portable electronic device. Examples of trigger events include but are not limited to receiving a communication (such as a wireless communication), receiving an input from a user interface, the occurrence of a time-based event, and so forth. The movement can comprise articulation-based movement (including but not limited to pivoting, rotating, sliding, bending, telescoping, elongating, realigning, or separating, to note but a few examples in these regards). These teachings will accommodate determining a present suitability of so moving the component, and not moving the component when such movement is not suitable at a time of determining the suitability. Such a determination can precede the movement and/or can occur during the course of the movement as desired.04-04-2013
20130033378Article of Footwear with Color Change Portion and Method of Changing Color - An article with a color change portion and a method of changing color is disclosed. The article includes at least one color change portion capable of changing colors. The color change portion comprised electrochromic fiber or fabric. The color change portion can change colors according to one or more performance parameters. The article can be connected to a computer and the color change portion can be controlled using the computer.02-07-2013
20130076512ACQUIRING AND TRANSMITTING EVENT RELATED TASKS AND SUBTASKS TO INTERFACE DEVICES - Computationally implemented methods and systems include detecting an occurrence of an event, acquiring one or more subtasks configured to be carried out by two or more discrete interface devices, the subtasks corresponding to portions of one or more tasks of acquiring information related to the event, facilitating transmission of the one or more subtasks to the two or more discrete interface devices, and receiving data corresponding to a result of the one or more subtasks executed by two or more of the two or more discrete interface devices. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.03-28-2013
20100045459Creature-machine hybrid detector system for the autonomous and multimodal detection of illicit and hazardous materials - The present invention relates to a creature-machine hybrid detector system capable of autonomously detecting illicit and hazardous materials. This hybrid detector comprises of an explosives detecting creature trained in the art of detecting illicit and hazardous materials that is additionally outfitted with a battery operated lightweight and portable electronics-based detector machine ensemble capable of real-time characterizations of vapor, liquid and gaseous phase materials towards which the creature displays a positive alert response, two-way wireless video, data, voice, location and image connectivity, a creature-heartbeat detector, and the capacity for interaction to remote personnel within the field of operations through a hand-held display or to a central control unit. Such a detector will combine the autonomous search-and-detect capability of a detector creature trained in the art of detection of illicit and hazardous materials with the multi-perspective material identification and characterization capability of electronics-based detector machines and instruments and will have superb advantages over currently available biological or electronic detection systems.02-25-2010
20100045458SAFETY SYSTEM FOR AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT ALIGNMENT TESTING APPARATUS - The invention provides for a safety system for a measuring apparatus for measuring positions of integrated circuits on an integrated circuit carrier positioned, in use, in a working enclosure of the apparatus. The safety system includes a sensor arrangement for sensing an operational status of the measuring apparatus, and an emergency cut-off configured to deactivate the measuring apparatus automatically when an undesired operational status is sensed by the sensor arrangement. A control system is connected to the sensor arrangement and the emergency cut-off to activate the emergency cut-off on receipt of a predetermined signal from the sensor arrangement.02-25-2010
20130038447ELECTRONIC LOCKING ASSEMBLY - An electronic locking assembly includes an electronic lock and an electronic key for unlocking the electronic lock. The electronic key includes a first memory for storing a first password, and a first signal transceiver for encoding the first password into a first wireless signal and transmitting the first wireless signal. The electronic lock includes a main body for physically locking or unlocking the device, a second memory for storing a second password, a second signal transceiver, a processor, and a comparator. The second signal transceiver receives the first wireless signal and decodes the first wireless signal into the first password. The processor sends the first password and the second password to the comparator. The comparator compares whether the first password second password match, and thus to control the main body to physically lock or unlock the device.02-14-2013
20100102961ALERT SYSTEM BASED ON CAMERA IDENTIFICATION - Some embodiments of the application provides methods and systems for receiving image frames from a plurality of repositories, extracting a camera fingerprint for each of the image frames, storing the camera fingerprints in a directory, receiving a new image frame from one of the plurality of repositories and extracting a new camera fingerprint corresponding to the new image frame, comparing the new camera fingerprint to each of the stored camera fingerprint, and generating an alert if a match is determined between the new camera fingerprint and at least one of the stored camera fingerprints in the directory.04-29-2010
20100097212Dynamic information projection for a wall sensor - An implementation of a system, device and method for projecting a visual indicator against a surface is provided. A display projection system in a handheld sensor device (e.g. a handheld wall scanner) projects a static or computer-controlled dynamic pattern of light onto a surface being scanned to indicate a specific feature, such as existence of solid structures of wood, metal or plastic, electric or magnetic fields, or a disturbance of a field. The projected light may be controlled by a computer via an aperture to allow flexibility in what is projected, such as icons, lines, graphics, characters and colors.04-22-2010
20100109868Notifying A User Of An Available Media Object - Among other features, notification is presented on a mobile device to a user to advise the user of the availability of a media object that (a) has been received from a server and stored on the mobile device without the user having been aware of the receipt or storage, or (b) has newly become available for streaming from the server to the mobile device.05-06-2010
20100109867IMPROVEMENTS RELATING TO EVENT DETECTION - A method of event detection for detecting the occurrence of an event in a crowd is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing video footage of the crowd, which video footage includes a series of image frames; calculating a series of values representative of the crowd dynamics, which series of values is calculated in dependence on the series of image frames; analysing the series of values to identify any discrepancies occurring in the series of values; and, in response to identifying a discrepancy, providing an output signal to alert an operator that an event has been detected. In preferred embodiments, the series of values are related to the complexity of the crowd dynamics. Apparatus suitable for carrying out such a method is also disclosed.05-06-2010
20100109866Hybrid communication terminal - alarm system - A hybrid communication terminal-alarm system is described, for individual use or for use in public facilities. A communication terminal, such as cellular telephone, personal digital assistant (PDA), fixed or mobile phone, etc, has one or more built-in alarm sensors. The sensors are capable of identifying various hazards and/or potentially dangerous events and appropriately warning the person(s) that may be affected, by the respective event. The alarm may be acoustic (e.g. a sound or a voice message) or optic (flashing light). The system also transmits automatically a distress message to a third party for help, as/if needed. The distress message may be transmitted over the public wireless or wireline network, or over a private network.05-06-2010
20100026485METAL DETECTOR WITH IMPROVED MAGNETIC SOIL RESPONSE CANCELLATION - A metal detector with improved magnetic soil response cancellation is disclosed. The metal detector including, in one aspect, at least one or more inductors arranged and adapted to transmit and receive an alternating magnetic field, transmit electronics arranged and adapted to generate a transmit signal applied to at least one inductor to produce a transmitted magnetic field, at least one inductor, a first inductor, arranged and adapted to receive a magnetic field to produce a receive emf signal, the said first inductor being connected to receive electronics arranged and adapted to amplify and may filter the receive emf signal to produce a receive signal, the transmit signal is arranged and adapted to contain at least three different frequency components, a relatively high frequency component, a relatively low frequency component and a relatively medium frequency component, the receive electronics is arranged and adapted to contain signal processing which may process the receive signal to produce and output indicator signal, such that at least part of the signal processing includes at least one linear combination of in effect adding receive signal components containing at least relatively high frequency resistive components to receive signal components containing at least relatively low frequency resistive components and the resultant sum is subtracted from receive signal components containing at least relatively medium frequency resistive components to give a linear combination output, coefficients of the linear combination being selected so that a further processed linear combination output which may include filtering is approximately independent of signals from magnetic soils including at least some higher order effects of different soils under the influence of the transmitted magnetic field which may include small variations in a ratio of received relatively high frequency resistive components compared to medium frequency resistive components, and also may include small variations in a ratio of received relatively medium frequency resistive components compared to lower frequency resistive components, the said linear combination arranged and adapted such that the further processed linear combination output is responsive to at least some metal targets, and the further linear combination output is arranged and adapted to produce the said output indicator signal.02-04-2010
20130135101ENCODER BASED SPEED COMPENSATED REJECT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system, including: a sensor that monitors containers as the containers move along a production line; a rejection device; a controller communicatively connected to the sensor and the rejection device, wherein the controller is programmed to determine whether a container is associated with a match condition in response to a signal received from the sensor, the match condition reflecting that the container is associated with predetermined properties or characteristics, in response to a match condition, determine a pass result, and otherwise determine a fail result, determine a velocity of the production line, dynamically determine a correction amount for a reject position, track a position of the container on the production line, and in response to the fail result, outputs a signal to actuate the rejection device that removes the container from the production line based on the velocity of the production line, the dynamically determined correction amount, and the position of the container on the production line.05-30-2013
20090045951DEVICE AND METHODS OF PROVIDING RADIO DATA SYSTEM INFORMATION ALERTS - Devices and methods of generating an alert comprise receiving a broadcast radio transmission at a communication device, wherein the broadcast radio transmission comprises primary content and supplemental content having a relationship to the primary content. Further, the primary content comprises a first audio data, and the supplemental content comprises a non-audio data. The devices and methods further include detecting the receiving of the supplemental content, and generating an alert signal operable to activate an alerting device to output a non-visual notification.02-19-2009
20090045946Emergent Information Pattern Driven Sensor Networks - Emergent information is created and utilized by an array of sensors. Each sensor is programmed with a trigger rule, which describes a local condition that must be met for the sensor to trigger an event signal, and a relationship rule, which describes a hierarchy of communication control among sensors in the array of sensors. When a predetermined percentage or weighting of the sensors trigger event signals, emergent information that describes conditions at the array location is generated.02-19-2009
20130049958METHOD AND SYSTEM TO CALIBRATE PHYSICAL DATA - A system and method for calibrating physical data sensing devices with physical data control devices is disclosed. The system and method are particularly useful for calibrating physical data sensing devices that measure physical data at periodic intervals different from the periodic intervals in which the physical data control device measure the physical data. The system and method provide a quick and accurate calibration between devices sampling at different rates.02-28-2013
20130069783SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING FLUID PRESSURE - A method of reducing power consumption in a pressure (vacuum) regulator system by waking the regulator upon detection of a person's hand proximity prior to adjustment of a pressure controller, including: defining a sampling time-window to sample a pressure in the pressure regulator system; generating a random number of pressure samples within the defined sampling time-window; acquiring data of the randomly generated number of pressure samples within the defined sampling time-window; adjusting the defined sampling time-window in response to a triggering of a proximity sensor; and wirelessly transmitting the data to an output device.03-21-2013
20100134284NIGHT LIGHT WAKE UP INDICATOR - A night light that transitions between at least two states to provide a visual indication to a child as to whether it is time for the child to get out of bed or that the child should stay in bed. The night light shows an illuminated sun to indicate that the child can get out of bed. The night light shows an illuminated moon with a border of Z's to indicate that the child should stay in bed. The transitions between modes are based on information entered into a user interface, the current time, and/or the actuation of buttons on the device.06-03-2010
20100134282Vibe: alarm - The Vibe: Alarm is an alarm clock equipped with a vibrator that makes it most useful for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Vibe: Alarm is equipped with a vibrator that turns on when the alarm is triggered which makes it most useful for the deaf and hard of hearing. Two switches on the lower part of the housing are used to select pulse or vibrate mode. Each switch is equipped with adjustable settings for low, medium and high intensity. A claw like clamp on the clock housing can be attached to a mattress cord.06-03-2010
20130088352SYSTEMS AND METHODS UTILIZING SENSORY OVERLOAD TO DETER, DELAY, OR DISRUPT A POTENTIAL THREAT - The present invention applies OODA Loop (for observe, orient, decide, and act) and Defense and Delay concepts to its processes, by observing and reacting to unfolding threatening events more rapidly than potential perpetrators, thereby disorienting, dazing, and confusing perpetrators before they act, or before they cause additional harm. A sensory overload controller is used to initiate various events that can disturb a perpetrator's thought process, thereby deterring, delaying, and distracting perpetrators, and disrupting or decreasing the intensity of a potential criminal act.04-11-2013
20090303040SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC ASSOCIATION OF SECURITY LEVELS AND ENFORCEMENT OF PHYSICAL SECURITY PROCEDURES - A method and system for dynamic association of security levels and enforcement of security procedures. A secure object can be tracked across a building or complex, and security levels may be dynamically updated to reflect the new security requirement. In response to the security level adjustment, security measures and protocols may be implemented dynamically. The system comprises a sensitivity index assigned to each of a plurality of secure objects, a scanner for detecting the sensitivity index, and a logic unit in communication with the scanner for determining a security level for the secure area based on the sensitivity indices of the plurality of secure objects within the secure area. The method comprises detecting a plurality of secure objects within a secure area, each secure object having a sensitivity index, and determining a security level for the secure area based on the sensitivity indices of the plurality of secure objects within the secure area.12-10-2009
20120218106Dispenser Assembly For Dispensing Disinfectant Fluid And Method For Use Thereof And Data Collection And Monitoring System For Monitoring And Reporting Dispensing Events - A dispenser assembly for dispensing disinfectant to a user and associated monitoring systems and methods. The dispenser assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity and a container disposed within the cavity and releasably secured to the main housing. The container contains a fluid therewithin. An electronics unit is coupled to the main housing and includes a sensor for detecting an activation signal. The electronics unit includes a controller for producing a reminder signal in response to the detection of the activation signal to remind the user to dispense fluid from the container.08-30-2012
20120218105WARNING TAG AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN INDICATION RELEVANT TO SHELF LIFE OF A PRODUCT - A warning tag for providing an indication relevant to shelf life of a product is to be disposed on a product. The warning tag includes a storage unit, a clock unit, a control unit and a warning unit. The storage unit stores product information of the product. The product information includes time data associated with end of the shelf life of the product. The clock unit generates a current time. The control unit is electrically coupled to the storage unit and the clock unit, and outputs a warning signal based on the current time and the end of the shelf life of the product. The warning unit is electrically coupled to the control unit, and generates the indication according to the warning signal.08-30-2012
20120218104SIGNAL TRANSMITTING APPARATUS - A signal transmitting apparatus in accordance with the present invention comprises two connecting wires. Two connectors are respectively to two opposite ends of each of the two connecting wires. Two alarm devices are mounted on the two connecting wires and each near a corresponding one of the two connectors. Two conducting wires are respectively connected to the two alarm devices to form a closed circuit such that the two alarm devices are synchronously operated when one of the two alarm devices is connected to a power source for user to confirm a connecting wire is operated in somewhere.08-30-2012
20090040044WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention is a wireless sensor system coupled with sensors to non-invasively monitor external stimuli. By monitoring the outputs of sensors, the output data can be used to activate an alarm or logged for further diagnoses of human conditions.02-12-2009
20130057402Alert Analyzing Apparatus, Method and Program - An alert analyzing apparatus includes: a storage unit that stores a first value and a preset second value in association with time-of-day information, the first value fluctuating as time elapses; an alert output unit that outputs an alert and time-of-day information in a case in which the first value diverges from the second value in a certain time of day; a comment accepting unit that accepts an input of a comment on the alert thus output, and stores the comment in association with the time-of-day information; and a classification unit that classifies a plurality of time zones into any one of predetermined segments, and stores the comment associated with the time zone thus classified, in association with each of the segments, based on a fluctuation phase of the first value.03-07-2013
20090091443Segment-Based Change Detection Method in Multivariate Data Stream - A method and framework are described for detecting changes in a multivariate data stream. A training set is formed by sampling time windows in a data stream containing data reflecting normal conditions. A histogram is created to summarize each window of data, and data within the histograms are clustered to form test distribution representatives to minimize the bulk of training data. Test data is then summarized using histograms representing time windows of data and data within the test histograms are clustered. The test histograms are compared to the training histograms using nearest neighbor techniques on the clustered data. Distances from the test histograms to the test distribution representatives are compared to a threshold to identify anomalies.04-09-2009
20100097211Life safety device with automatic battery discharge at the end of life - When a rechargeable battery of a life safety device reaches its end of life, the life safety device provides an audible signal indicating that replacement is required. When the device is disconnected from line power, the rechargeable battery still contains a significant amount of energy. The device automatically begins controlled discharge the battery until the stored energy has been reduced to a safe level for disposal of the life safety device and its battery.04-22-2010
20100097210WIRELESS INTERFACE DEVICE ALLOWING A RELIABLE DIGITAL AND AUDIO COMMUNICATION TRANSFER BETWEEN A SECURITY SYSTEM, POTS AND/OR IP NETWORK MODEM DEVICE - A system, method process and apparatus is presented for interfacing digital and audio communications in a security system, comprising, a control panel having one or more first radio receiver/transceivers and one or more remote alarm sensors coupled to the control panel and the control panel receiving one or more digital reports from each one or more remote alarm sensors, a wireless interface device having one or more second radio receiver/transceivers for receiving the digital reports from the control panel unit and for establishing two-way voice communication between the control panel and the wireless interface unit, one or more telephone units coupled to the wireless interface device for communicating with the wireless interface unit and at least one POTS and/or IP network modem device coupled to the wireless interface device, an IP network, wherein, the wireless interface device includes a communication processing unit for transmitting one or more digital reports to a monitoring service via the POTS and/or IP network and for establishing two-way voice communication between the control panel and the monitoring service via a voice channel connection.04-22-2010
20090267763Information Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Method and Program - An information processing apparatus includes a user information detection means for detecting user information concerning a user, a score calculation means for calculating a score indicating the degree that a designated object which is an object designated by the user exists at each of plural setting areas which are previously set in a given space based on the user information and a display control means for displaying an image corresponding to scores of the designated object calculated at each of the plural setting areas.10-29-2009
20090267762SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING LOSS OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A computing system and method for detecting loss of an electronic device stores an alert time and a recipient for receiving transmittable information, determines whether the electronic device is missing via a collision sensor and a orientation sensor, issues an alert that the electronic device is missing, and sends the transmittable information to the recipient if the retrieval of the electronic device not confirmed within the alert time.10-29-2009
20090267761INTELLIGENT PACKAGING METHOD AND SYSTEM BASED ON ACOUSTIC WAVE DEVICES - An intelligent packaging system utilizing acoustic wave devices includes an electronic module, a SAW ID, various passive SAW sensors and a printed antenna. The passive SAW sensors include a SAW pressure sensor, a SAW temperature sensor and one or more SAW chemical sensors for monitoring physical parameters of a package content. The electronic module generally includes a printed large area distributed electrical circuit, an impedance transformer and a SAW transponder for realizing passive wireless monitoring of the structural integrity of the package. A separate power harvesting antenna and/or a separate dual band antenna can generate radio frequency (RF) power for biasing components associated with the electronic module.10-29-2009
20120223836TAMPER SWITCH ACTIVATION WITHOUT POWER - A tamper-detection device and system are disclosed. The tamper-detection device includes one or more components which enable the tamper-detection device to detect a state change, even in the absence of a power supply. A capacitor is provided in the tamper-detection device that, when shorted, discharges and induces a state change at a microcontroller of the tamper-detection device.09-06-2012
20110012733SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF OVERSIZE PARTICLES IN THE UNDERFLOW OF A VIBRATORY SEPARATOR - System and method for detection of oversize particles in the underflow of a vibratory separator and method for measuring the operability of a vibratory separator. The system comprises a sampling line connected to the underflow discharge line of the vibratory separator for sampling a portion of material, a centrifugal sensing pump powered by an electric motor with a power supply measuring device, a sampling screen, and a return line. A reduction in power supplied to the electric motor indicates a reduction in flow of material through the sampling screen as a result of oversize particles in the underflow of the vibratory separator. A baseline amount of power supplied to the electric motor may be measured and recorded. The subsequent amount of power supplied to the electric motor may then be compared to the recorded baseline amount to measure the operability of the vibratory separator.01-20-2011
20110012732SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED/SEMI-AUTOMATED ENTRY FILTERING - An automated gatekeeper system and method are disclosed. The system and method comprise a control unit, sensors monitoring a checkpoint and gates to controlled premises and controllable gates. A person who wishes to enter may be inquired by the system in order to monitor and identify his or her identity, to verify whether the identified person is listed in at least one list of classified persons and to define whether that person is in a state of mind or mood which may have implication on the decision whether to allow his or her entrance to the premises.01-20-2011
20110063108Store Surveillance System, Alarm Device, Control Method for a Store Surveillance System, and a Program - A store surveillance system, a warning device for use in such system, a store surveillance control method, and program-based instruction implementations of such method facilitate the detection of fraudulent activity in a retail store, supermarket, or other type of store. A store management server has a pattern storage unit that stores occurrence patterns of specific events that occur in a store; a POS terminal that executes a product transaction process; a employee surveillance camera that monitors component factors of the occurrence patterns; and a card reader. In some embodiments, when the POS terminal executes a predetermined exception process, the store management server issues a warning conditionally upon whether event occurrence conditions detected by the employee surveillance camera and card reader match a fraudulence pattern stored as an occurrence pattern, or do not match a normal pattern stored as an occurrence pattern03-17-2011
20130063262CONDITION MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Embodiments of a condition monitoring system and method provide an interface with visual aids that facilitate diagnosis of problems on an asset (e.g., a turbine, motor, pump, etc.). In one embodiment, the visual aids display fault data that corresponds to a fault condition such as bearing failure and/or shaft misalignment. The fault data is collected by sensors on the asset and processed by the condition monitoring system for use with the interface. In one example, the interface can include one or more icons, which represent fault conditions for the asset, and which an end user may select to display the visual aids on the interface. Selection amongst the different icons will change the visuals aid, the fault data, and other aspects of the interface to enable diagnosis and promote effective maintenance of the asset.03-14-2013
20130063263SELF-CONTAINED DETECTION METHOD AND DEVICE - The detection device comprises a sensor, a power supply, an alarm and an acousto-electric transducer. The activated acousto-electric transducer receives an acoustic signal and emits an electrical signal representative of the acoustic signal. The detection device further comprises a means of recognizing a predefined acoustic signal according to the electrical signal emitted by the transducer and triggering an emission of a message by the alarm when the predefined acoustic signal is recognized. The acoustic-electric transducer is only activated at regular intervals. Preferably, the transducer also serves an alarm to emit the message when the predefined acoustic signal is recognized.03-14-2013
20130063264DYNAMIC PREDICTION OF RISK LEVELS FOR MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS THROUGH LEADING RISK INDICATORS - Provided are methodologies to properly assess and manage operational risks at operations sites, e.g., a manufacturing, production or processing facility, such as a refinery, chemical plant, fluid-catalytic-cracking units, or nuclear energy plant, or a biological or waste management facility, airport or even financial institutions, or at any facility in which operations are often accompanied by risk associated with many high-probability, low-consequence events, often resulting in near-misses. In some operations, processes are monitored by alarms, but the invention operates on either process data or alarm data. The methods are based upon measurement of one or more variables, and/or utilization and management of the concept of “hidden process near-miss(es)” to identify a change or escalation, if any, in probability of occurrence of an adverse incident. The methodologies combine a plurality of subsets (also useful independently) of dynamically calculated leading risk indicators for dynamic risk management.03-14-2013
20090256704ABNORMALITY DETECTING APPARATUS - An abnormality detecting apparatus includes a power supply portion applying a voltage to electrodes provided at both surfaces of a light control glass adapted to be provided at a vehicle to change a transparency of the light control glass, a detection portion detecting a detectable amount obtained on the basis of the voltage applied to the electrodes, and an abnormality determination portion determining whether or not an abnormality occurs to the light control glass based on a predetermined detectable amount and the detectable amount detected by the detection portion.10-15-2009
20090243846ELECTRONIC APPARATUS SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF RACK-MOUNTED ELECTRONIC APPARATUSES, AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS IN ELECTRONIC APPARATUS SYSTEM - An electronic apparatus system includes a plurality of racks mounting a plurality of electronic apparatus. The system identifies the physical location of the electronic apparatus having sent the abnormality notification by using light emitting devices displaying the statuses of the electronic apparatuses. The light emitting devices of the entire electronic apparatuses on a rack is displayed, and the rack location is identified from among a plurality of racks.10-01-2009
20090237245METHOD AND APPARATUS TO AUTOMATE DATA COLLECTION DURING A MANDATORY INPSECTION - A system and method for verifying that an operator was sufficiently close to one or more items to be inspected during an inspection to actually inspect the components, and storing an indication to that effect in a memory accessible via a computer network. In addition to the indication, the memory can store other inspection related data, such as a starting time or ending time of the inspection, or maintenance information about the item that was input during the inspection. The system and method enable a third party application, such as an accounting program or a maintenance program, to access any of the inspection related data.09-24-2009
20090237244Electronic Device, Printer and Multi-Functional Device - An electronic device which obtains time from a real-time clock, the real-time clock keeping time with electric power supplied from a specific chargeable/dischargeable power supply, the real-time clock including: a discharge detecting unit which detects whether the power supply is discharging; a clock setup unit which sets a clock for the real-time clock; a clock setup flag which indicates whether the clock has been set by the clock setup unit; and a warning unit which issues a warning to encourage a user to set the clock in a period since the discharge of the power supply is detected until the clock is newly set, in which when the clock is set, the clock setup unit turns the clock setup flag on to indicate that the clock is set; when the warning unit issues a warning, the clock setup unit turns the clock setup flag off to indicate that the clock is not yet set; and the warning unit issues the warning when the clock setup flag is off.09-24-2009
20090237242Remotely Controllable Route Indicating Devices - A flexible audio output device includes control circuits couplable to a communications system and an audio announcement system. The communications system can transmit function specifying parameters to the device. Various forms of directional audio, or verbal messages can be emitted in accordance with received parameters.09-24-2009
20090237241APPARATUS FOR SCHEDULED LOW POWER AUTONOMOUS DATA RECORDING - A method and apparatus for powering a device, such as a data recorder or other device, according to an adjustable schedule. One example of the apparatus includes a programmable timer having an alarm output, a power regulator having an enable input coupled to the alarm output, a controller coupled to the power regulator and to the programmable timer, the controller being configured to receive operating power from the power regulator, and a powered device coupled to the power regulator and configured to receive power from the power regulator. The regulator has an operating state in which the operating power is provided to the powered device and an idle state in which the operating power is not provided to the powered device. The regulator is configured to be activated into the operating state by activation of the alarm output and deactivated into the idle state by deactivation of the alarm output, under the control of the controller.09-24-2009
20090237240DETERMINING QUALITY MONITORING ALERTS IN UNIFIED COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - Performance of endpoints, client devices and servers within a communication system, is monitored by collecting call quality data from each endpoint. The collected metric data is retrieved periodically from a database, categorized based on endpoint location and metric type, and compared to predefined thresholds for different endpoint types, metric categories, and call configurations. If an alert condition is met indicating a problem with quality of experience in the system, an alert is issued to an administrator.09-24-2009
20090009325SENSOR PROTECTOR - A sensor protector adapted to be attached to either a body or a door of a vehicle includes a hollow portion for accommodating a touch sensor for sensing whether or not an object exists between the body and the door of the vehicle, an attaching base portion formed as a unit with the hollow portion and including a core material embedded therein, a recessed portion provided at the attaching base portion having a rectangular shape formed by cutting out the attaching base portion, plural block-shaped cover portions formed contiguously with respective cut surfaces of the attaching base portion for covering the respective cut surfaces, and mating plates provided at two cover portions formed contiguously with respective visible front walls of the attaching base portion, the mating plates having facing mating edges which mate together when the sensor protector is bent.01-08-2009
20090009324APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING ALARM FUNCTION IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for using an alarm function in a portable terminal is provided. In the method, a residual battery voltage of the portable terminal is checked, the portable terminal is turned off when the residual battery voltage becomes identical to a threshold voltage, and the portable terminal is turned on to generate an alarm when the present time becomes identical to a preset alarm time.01-08-2009
20090002156Method and apparatus for correlating non-critical alarms with potential service disrupting events - The present invention enables the correlation of low-level alarms across a specified period of time to determine if the aggregation of such alarms is a harbinger of an impending customer impacting service disruption. The low level alarms can be mapped against historical trends of other conditions that preceded other service disruptions as a predictor of the likelihood of an impending re-occurrence of such an event.01-01-2009
20080297344Method for controlling security truck door locker and structure for controlling secrurity truck door locker - A method for controlling security truck door lockers and a structure for controlling security truck door lockers are disclosed. A control device is configured to control electronic lockers respectively mounted on security truck doors by means of detecting the unlocked/locked status of the electronic lockers and changing or not changing their status accordingly, and then informing users of the locker's current status. The electronic locker includes a substrate, a fastener, a stopper, a micro switch, and a locker core. When a bolt of the door fastens the fastener, the stopper horizontally moves to contact a bottom of the fastener by means of controlling the operation of the micro switch, or the locker core drives an engagement portion to contact the fastener so that the fastener is fastened and the locker is locked.12-04-2008
20120235814USER-DEFINED SYSTEM-ENFORCED SESSION TERMINATION IN A UNIFIED TELEPHONY ENVIRONMENT - Enforcing user-defined real-time communication session terminations can begin with a termination enforcement handler identifying termination conditions applicable to a real-time communication session hosted by a unified telephony system. The termination conditions can define a limit for an operational variable for the unified telephony system or the real-time communication session. The identified termination conditions can be evaluated. If a termination condition is satisfied, it can be determined which participants are to be disconnected from the real-time communication session based upon handling rules for the termination conditions and/or termination preferences associated with the real-time communication session. The termination preferences can be defined by an initiating entity of the real-time communication session. The participants can be notified that their connection to the real-time communication session will be terminated in a predefined time limit. If the predefined time limit is reached, the participants' connection to the real-time communication session can be automatically terminated.09-20-2012
20120235813SERVICE METHOD OF GAS APPLIANCES - A service method of gas appliances includes: Detecting the gas appliances at the client ends to generate detecting signals. Transmitting the detecting signals to a service end. Identifying which client end the detecting signals come from. Examining the detecting signals to find whether the gas appliance has an abnormal condition; and informing the client end when the abnormal condition is found. After all, the service end may monitor the gas appliances at the client end, and inform the client for repair when the gas appliance has detected an abnormal signal or has damaged parts.09-20-2012
20130162431METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING ALERTS ON A LOCATE DEVICE, BASED ON COMPARING ELECTRONIC LOCATE INFORMATION TO FACILITIES MAP INFORMATION AND/OR OTHER IMAGE INFORMATION - A locate receiver to detect an underground facility includes an RF antenna to receive a magnetic field and provide an output signal based on the received magnetic field, and a processing circuit for determining a magnetic field strength of the magnetic field based on the output signal. The locate receiver also includes a display device, a memory and a processor. A map image based on facilities map data is displayed on the display device. The processor compares a first location at which an indication of detection of the underground facility is generated to a second location of a facility line as indicated by the first map data, and generates an alert based on a disagreement between the first location and the second location.06-27-2013
20120112907DATA STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD - A portable, high-capacity data storage device for storage, transport, and retrieval of multi-terabyte-level data sets comprises a plurality of individual main data storage units coupled to a data bus and a controller isolated from the data bus. The data storage device can be coupled to an external system to establish data access connections between the external system and the individual main data storage units via a first communication path comprising the data bus, with the controller and external system communicating with one another via a second communication path logically isolated from the first communication path. The data storage device can be provided with sensors that enable the controller to monitor the surrounding environment, and can be provided with a non-volatile display.05-10-2012
20120268271METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING COMPATIBILITY ISSUES WITHIN AN ELECTRICAL GRID CONTROL SYSTEM - A packet inspection system for use in a power grid control system comprising a plurality of subsystems is described. The packet inspection system includes a memory device configured to store information associated with the plurality of subsystems. The packet inspection system also includes a first deep packet inspection device configured to extract at least one data packet sent to a central subsystem of the plurality of subsystems. The packet inspection system also includes a processing device coupled to the first deep packet inspector and to the memory device. The processing device is configured to identify a compatibility issue within the power grid control system by analyzing the at least one data packet.10-25-2012
20100176943PRE-SELECTION DISPLAY OF ALERTS IN AN ORDER ENTRY SYSTEM - An order entry system is described which displays items together with visual attributes that correspond to respective alerts. The visual attributes provide pre-selection guidance to a user in choosing from among the items without deluging the user with a cumbersome series of post-selection alerts. In one illustrative case, the items that are displayed correspond to drug-related items. In this case, one purpose of the order-entry system is to prescribe drug-related items to a patient.07-15-2010
20090115606Method and Apparatus for Secure Mode Indication - A method and apparatus relating to a hand-held device. The hand-held device comprising a visual indicator utilized to indicate at least one a normal mode or a press-to-test mode, and where in the setting of the visual indicator are tamper proof.05-07-2009
20100194562FAILURE RECOGNITION SYSTEM - A failure recognition system is disclosed. A failure recognition system includes a learning stage (S08-05-2010
20100231385Hand Washing Compliance Detection System - Systems and methods are provided for monitoring use of hand washing agents to determine compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. A hand washing agent is provided with a detectable, volatile compound, such as odors, which is then rubbed onto a subject's hands using the subject's hand washing technique. After the hand washing event, the subject's hand is then exposed to an detector (such as a badge), which includes a sensor capable of detecting the volatile compound, and an indicator that communicates detection of the volatile compound, indicating use of the hand washing agent and hand hygiene compliance.09-16-2010
20130009776Methods, Systems, and Computer-Readable Media for Providing an Event Alert - Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for providing an event alert. According to embodiments, a method for providing an event alert is provided. According to the method, an incoming communication from a first device is detected. An initiating party associated with the first device is identified. Whether the initiating party associated with the first device is further associated with an alert tag is determined. The alert tag may include an identifying alert identifying the initiating party associated with the first device. In response to determining that the initiating party associated with the first device is associated with the alert tag, the identifying alert is provided as the event alert on a second device.01-10-2013
20090251316Magnetic Proximity Sensor System And Associated Methods Of Sensing A Magnetic Field - A magnetic proximity sensor is attached to a ferrous object such that the sensor alerts a practitioner if a threshold of magnetic strength has been exceeded by bringing the ferrous object within a certain proximity to the magnet of an MRI scanner. The magnetic proximity sensor includes at least one magnetic field sensor for sensing a magnetic field strength. An alarm in communication with the field sensor alerts a practitioner that a threshold of magnetic strength has been exceeded. A battery powers the field sensor and the alarm. The field sensor may produce an output voltage corresponding to the sensed magnetic field strength, and a potentiometer may provide a reference voltage corresponding to a threshold magnetic field strength. A comparator compares the reference voltage to the output voltage, and triggers an alarm if the output voltage exceeds the reference voltage.10-08-2009
20080291016Anti-Tamper Devices - An anti-tamper device for detecting relative movement between a part (11-27-2008
20100277312IN-LINE HIGH-THROUGHPUT CONTRABAND DETECTION SYSTEM - A contraband detection system includes a first contraband detection apparatus designed to perform a first scan on an object and a second contraband detection apparatus positioned in-line with the first contraband detection apparatus to perform a second scan on the object. A computer is included in the contraband detection system and is programmed to cause the first contraband detection apparatus to perform the first scan and acquire object data therefrom. The computer is further programmed to identify one or more regions of interest (ROI) in the object based on the object data, cause the second contraband detection apparatus to perform the second scan on the one or more identified ROIs, and acquire object data from the second scan.11-04-2010
20090146806Redundant monitoring - Methods, mediums, systems, and devices for redundant monitoring are disclosed. One method of providing redundancy in an environmental monitoring device includes combining a first sensor, one or more redundant sensors, and a plurality of control logic components; monitoring a selected environmental condition using the plurality of sensors; measuring the selected environmental condition using the plurality of sensors each reporting to a particular control logic component among the plurality of control logic components, each of the plurality of control logic components monitoring a sequence of such measurements; and correlating corresponding monitored measurements from the sequence of measurements of each of the plurality of control logic components and determining whether a difference exists between the corresponding monitored measurements of each of the plurality of control logic components.06-11-2009
20090146807MULTIFUNCTION CAMERA WITH AN ENVIRONMENT SENSING FUNCTION - A multifunction camera includes an image capturing unit, a sensing unit, a storing unit, a control unit, and a warning unit. The image capturing unit is for capturing images. The sensing unit is for obtaining current environmental parameters of an immediate environment where the multifunction camera is used. The storing unit is for storing the images, the current environmental parameters, and predetermined safe environmental parameters. The control unit is for receiving the current environmental parameters, and comparing the current environmental parameters with the predetermined safe environmental parameters, and generating a warning signal if any of the current environmental parameters is outside a range of the corresponding predetermined safe environmental parameter. The warning unit is for activating a warning indicator in response to the warning signal.06-11-2009
20110279269Countdown timer application and method for programmable personal digital devices - A countdown timer application (computer program) that runs on programmable personal digital devices (“devices”) such as smartphones, tablet computers, and mobile Internet devices. The application is able to run several timers at once with different end times, the same end time and different beginning times, and one timer after another such that the end of one countdown triggers the beginning of another. Timers can repeat, such that when timer reaches zero it alerts user and begins to count down again indefinitely.11-17-2011
20110279268MEDICAL APPARATUS - An ultrasound output apparatus includes: a priority level judgment section for judging a priority level for preferentially notifying a user of a plurality of abnormalities that occur in the plurality of handpieces; a display control section for causing a display section to display abnormality information whose priority level judged by the priority level judgment section is high; and a priority level changing section, which upon detecting an occurrence of an abnormality from a handpiece, which is different from the handpiece in which the abnormality information being displayed on the display section is originated, causes abnormality information from the hand piece to be displayed on the display section in place of the abnormality information being displayed on the display section regardless of the priority level of the abnormality.11-17-2011
20110279267DISPLAY DEVICE WITH ALARM FUNCTION - A display device includes a dial, an alarm setting member, and a warning unit. The alarm setting member includes an A/D converter, a recognition module, a storage module, and an analysis module. With rotation of the dial, a variation voltage is generated. The A/D converter converts variable voltage from analog to digital form. In contrast, the alarm time is decreased. The storage module stores the adjusted alarm time. The analysis module compares the current time with the preset alarm time and outputs a driving signal to the warning unit in the event of a match.11-17-2011
20110279266AUTOMATIC VERIFICATION OF NETWORK CABLE CONNECTIONS - A system and method for guiding server chassis enumeration in a computer system are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method of connecting a plurality of computer server chassis configured as a plurality of nodes. For each cable connection between any two server chassis, a port on the first of the two server chassis to which a first end of a cable is connected is identified, and a port on the second server chassis to which a second end of the cable is connected is identified. The node containing second server chassis is uniquely designated by the port designator on the first server chassis, and the node containing the first server chassis is uniquely designated by the port designator on the second server chassis. An electronic alert is generated in response to any conflicting node designator.11-17-2011
20110279265SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION RELATED TO AN OPERATIONAL PARAMETER OF A BIOLOGICAL SAFETY CABINET - A system for displaying information related to an operational parameter of a biological safety cabinet that may change during ongoing operation thereof, comprises a sensor for detecting a prevailing value of the operational parameter at least periodically during operation, a display comprising a pictorial graphic having a series of adjacent arcuate segments graphically representing a range of possible values for the operational parameter between a minimum value represented by a first segment, a maximum value represented by a last segment, and incremental intermediate values represented by a plurality of segments intervening between the first and last segments, and a processor associated with the sensor and with the display for comparing the prevailing value of the operational parameter to the range of possible values and selectively actuate illumination of all, none or another number of the segments to visually signify the prevailing value in relation to the range of values.11-17-2011
20100171613CHECKING APPARATUS FOR CONTAINERS - An apparatus for checking for the presence of objects and in particular containers, comprising a transmitting device which has a sound signal generation unit for emitting a sound signal, and a receiving device which is arranged relative to the transmitting device in such a way that a sound signal emitted by the transmitting device and transmitted through air can be received by the receiving device. According to the invention, at least the transmitting device or the receiving device has a housing, wherein at least one region of this housing is suitable for emitting or for receiving sound signals.07-08-2010
20100007490METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE EMISSION SITUATION OF A PLANT - The invention relates to a method and device for monitoring the emission situation of a plant emitting emissions, comprising determination of at least one current emission value for the plant, extrapolation to a predicted emission value base on the at least one determined emission value, comparison of the predicted emission value with a given permitted emission and analysis of the comparison as basis for further regulation of the plant.01-14-2010
20090309721CONTROL AND MONITORING SYSTEM - When a system operator selects a message to be analyzed from among a plurality of messages listed in a state change list displayed on an HMI unit, a monitoring target is identified from the selected message and all other messages that correspond to the same monitoring target are automatically searched. Subsequently, a timeline chart is displayed that represents changes in the operating state specified in the selected message and the found messages.12-17-2009
20090309720APPARATUS FOR THE DETECTION OF THE STACKED STATE OF A CONTAINER - A device for detecting the stacked state of a container comprises a solar unit (12-17-2009
20100127856Flash drive locator - A memory locating device includes flash memory and remote locating components in a common housing. The device signals its presence in response to an external signal. One embodiment comprises a USB connector coupled to flash memory; a signal receiver capable of generating an output in response to an external signal; a power source electrically coupled to the USB connector and to the signal receiver; an annunciator coupled to the signal receiver and capable of signaling the presence of the device in response to the output; and a housing encompassing each of the other components.05-27-2010
20100253512SYSTEM AND METHOD TO ASSESS SIGNAL SIMILARITY WITH APPLICATIONS TO DIAGNOSTICS AND PROGNOSTICS - Signal processing technology for assessing dynamic system similarity for fault detection and other applications is based on time- and frequency-domain time series analysis techniques and compares the entire autocorrelation structure of a test and reference signal series. The test and reference signals are first subjected to similar pre-processing to help guarantee signal stationarity. Pre-processing may include formation of multivariate signal clusters, filtering and sampling. Multivariate periodograms or autocovariance functions are then calculated for each signal series. Test statistics are computed and assessed to determine the equality of the test and reference signals. When the difference between sample autocovariance functions or periodograms of such signals exceeds a preselected threshold value, fault detection signals and/or related diagnostic information are provided as output to a user.10-07-2010
20120032801INPUT APPARATUS AND INPUT METHOD - An input apparatus capable of receiving inputs of a plurality of levels in accordance with pressure loads varied in each operation by an operator and an input method using such an input apparatus are provided. An input apparatus 02-09-2012
20120032800OPTOELECTRONIC SENSOR - An optoelectronic sensor (02-09-2012
20090256703System and Method for Detecting Security Features on Paper Ballots - The present invention is directed to a system and method for detecting security features on paper ballots. The security features allow a ballot tabulator to distinguish between an authentic ballot and a counterfeit ballot that does not include the required security feature. One or more security sensors in the ballot tabulator are operable to detect the security feature on the ballot, and provide an output indicating the presence or absence of the security feature. The ballot tabulator preferably generates a visual alert and/or audio alert if the security sensor does not detect the security feature on the paper ballot.10-15-2009
20110285532 ANALYSIS SYSTEM - A method for analyzing the condition of a machine having a rotating shaft, includes: 11-24-2011
20120105228CODED WARNING SYSTEM FOR LIGHTING UNITS - The application discloses a method and apparatus for providing a desired warning signal for a lighting unit. A coded warning system is provided employing a detection module (05-03-2012
20110285531POINTER- TYPE ALARM MARK STRUCTURE OF A MICRO-DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE GAUGE - A pointer-type alarm mark structure of a micro-differential pressure gauge includes a transparent casing. The transparent casing has a shaft thereon. At least one alarm index is provided on the shaft. By adjusting the alarm index to a desired position, the user can know whether the pointer of the gauge is within a safe area.11-24-2011
20110285530ALARM COLOR PLATE STRUCTURE OF A MICRO-DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE GAUGE - An alarm color plate structure of a micro-differential pressure gauge includes a transparent casing. The transparent casing has a slot which is located corresponding to the range of movement of a pointer or a scale plate. An alarm plate is provided in the slot. The alarm plate has a plurality of areas with different colors or marks for the user to know whether the position and the value of the pointer are normal or not.11-24-2011
20110298616ALARM MONITORING TELECOMMUNICATIONS LINE CONDITION DETECTION AND AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION - A method at an alarm monitoring station and security system arrangement for detecting alarm signals originating at security systems on incoming calls carried by a telecommunications line includes, for each call, measuring a noise level on the line in the absence of signals originated by the security systems. Based on the measuring, at least one signal detection threshold above the noise level is set, wherein a level of a signal must exceed the signal detection threshold in order to be detected as a data signal. Alarm data signals in the call are detected using the signal detection threshold.12-08-2011
20110291830CLEANING INDICATOR, ASSOCIATED TEST SPECIMEN AND METHOD FOR TESTING CLEANING PROCESSES - A cleaning indicator tests cleaning processes that facilitates a differentiated and gradual assessment of the cleaning processes. To this end, the cleaning indicator contains a plurality of indicator elements that are arranged on a common carrier and alter their properties depending on the cleaning action of a cleaning process, wherein the dependency on the cleaning action is selected differently for each of the individual indicator elements. Furthermore, a test specimen particularly suitable therefor is to be provided. In addition, a method for testing cleaning processes is to be provided, which facilitates a differentiated determination and testing of the cleaning action that is achieved.12-01-2011
20090102643SECURE SENSOR/ACTUATOR SYSTEMS - A chip module including a sensor/actuator, an input/output interface, a data processing circuit connected between the input/output interface and the sensor/actuator such that sensor/actuator data may be communicated to/from outside the chip module via the input/output interface, and a manipulation detector assembly configured to output an alarm signal responsive to attacks affecting the sensor/actuator data.04-23-2009
20100033325TOOL CONTAINER WITH AN ALARM SYSTEM - A tool container and alarm system includes a tool container and an alarm system. The tool container includes a container and a cover. The alarm system is generally carried by the container and has an activated state and a deactivated state. The alarm system, when in the activated state, is capable of outputting an alarm indication in response to a condition of the tool container. The alarm system includes a detector, a controller, a signaling device and a power supply. The detector is configured to detect the condition of the tool container. The controller is configured to receive an input signal from the detector based on the detected condition of the tool container. The signaling device is operatively connected to the controller and is configured to generate the alarm indication in response to receiving an output signal from the controller.02-11-2010
20100033324MINIATURIZED THRESHOLD SENSOR - A sensor comprising a plurality of electrodes having a miniature size and a lower power consumption and a coating exterior to the electrodes, wherein the coating interacts with a target condition thereby producing a change in an electrical property of the electrodes, wherein the change is transduced into an electrical signal by the electrodes. Further a system for medication delivery comprising such sensor and a pill.02-11-2010
20110215925METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FALL DETECTION AND ALARM - The invention relates to a method and apparatus for indicating a fall of a user by means of an alarm message. According to the invention, the apparatus (09-08-2011
20110215924METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY ADAPTING A DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM - A method has been invented for dynamically adapting a diagnostic system, which is at least partially implemented in a controller, and which has at least one diagnostic block. In such case, the controller is, in communication via a fieldbus with at least one field device, wherein the at least one diagnostic block is embodied in such a manner, that through this, various diagnostic parameters of the at least one field device are capable of being read. Additionally, the at least one diagnostic block is implemented (or provided) in the controller and/or in the at least one field device. The method includes steps as follows: Reading at least one diagnostic parameter of the field device by the diagnostic system; checking by the diagnostic system, referencing the at least one read diagnostic parameter, of whether a predetermined criterion for an alarm or error report is fulfilled; if such a predetermined criterion is fulfilled, automated checking by the diagnostic system, on the basis of predetermined rules, of whether an adapting of the criterion is possible in such a manner that the adapted criterion for an alarm or error report is no longer fulfilled; and outputting an alarm or error report only if such an adapting of the criterion is not possible.09-08-2011
20110215923ASPIRATING ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR WITH WEBSERVER AND EMAIL NOTIFICATION - A detector is described. The detector includes one or more environmental sensors that measures a predetermined environmental parameter, a processor that compares the measured parameter with a plurality of threshold values and detects that the measured parameter exceeds one of the plurality of threshold values and constructs a message to a person associated with the exceeded threshold value and an Internet protocol network interface that forwards the constructed message to the person.09-08-2011
20090189760MARKET DATA ALERT AND NEWS-DRIVEN ALERT SYSTEM - A system for providing a real-time user notice or alert for traders and daytraders based on stockmarket events or other market data is disclosed. The system provides for receiving a user selection of a first market event setting, and receiving user input specifying a maximum period of time, and providing the alert only if within the maximum period of time specified a first market signal corresponding to the first market event occurs and a second market signal corresponding to the first market event occurs, the first and second market event both corresponding to the same market event selection but being at different values. Also, customizable business or market news-based alerting is disclosed to allow signals and/or filters to be set for news-driven alerts.07-30-2009
20090207019TICKET APPROVAL SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF PERFORMING QUALITY CONTROL IN FIELD SERVICE APPLICATIONS - Methods and apparatus for assessing a locate and marking operation. Ticket information is received regarding the locate and marking operation prior to performance. Following performance, a locate manifest is received that includes a digital image associated with a dig area for which the operation was performed. One or more electronic indications are provided, based at least in part on a comparison of the ticket information and the locate manifest, of a quality assessment of the locate and marking operation. The electronic indication(s) indicate one of: 1) a satisfactory operation; 2) an unsatisfactory operation requiring further quality control assessment and/or at least partial re-performance; or 3) a satisfactory operation, but nonetheless requiring technician coaching. An electronic record is generated of the quality assessment of the locate and marking operation based on the electronic indication(s).08-20-2009
20090189762Electronic device - During communication periods between transportable electronic cassette and an image reading device by laser light, laser light detection is carried out by peripheral light sensors provided at the periphery of laser light receiving regions of the electronic cassette and the image reading device. The detected value of the received light amount of the laser light by the peripheral light sensor is monitored to see whether or not the detected value exceeds a reference value, the detected value at the start of communication, by a specific value or greater. If the detected value of the received light amount exceeds the reference value by the specific value or greater, then it is concluded that there has been a relatively large change in the relative position of the electronic cassette and the image reading device, and emission is halted of the laser light from the electronic cassette and the image reading device.07-30-2009
20120139727PHYSICAL INTERACTION DEVICE FOR PERSONAL ELECTRONICS AND METHOD FOR USE - The present disclosure describes, among other things, a method that may include receiving, at one or more sensors in communication with a mobile computing device positioned within a device receptacle portion of a device, the device receptacle portion being configured to substantially enclose and protect the mobile computing device during physical activity, sensor data. The method may include determining, by a processor of the mobile computing device, motion data regarding a movement of the protective device. The method may include estimating a behavior of a user based in part upon the motion data. The method may include generating a response to the behavior including at least one of graphic, audio, tactile, or video output. The method may include providing, through a wireless communications path, the response to a second device in wireless communication with the mobile computing device.06-07-2012
20100117829Method for operating a flow sensor subjected to thermal and/or chemical treatments - A flow sensor is equipped with a non-volatile memory for storing various information, such as a count of thermal and/or chemical treatments for sterilization that the sensor has been subjected to, a serial number, an expiry date, or notifications. When connecting the flow sensor to a control unit, this data is read out and processed appropriately. For example, after each treatment, the count of thermal treatments stored in memory is increased, or the expiry date is checked against the current date.05-13-2010
20110169635ACTIVITY MONITOR TO ALLEVIATE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ABUSE - An activity monitor which can be pre-programmed at the factory, the doctors office or the pharmacist, or that can be programmed by the user. The activity monitor is affixed to a medicine bottle or container and activity associated with the bottle or container, such as movement, opening, volume changes, etc. are monitored in view to the schedule. The activity monitor records and allows for the analysis of the recorded data to determine is there is a likelihood of substance abuse.07-14-2011
20110169634Apparatus and Methods for Distributing and Displaying Emergency Communications - Methods and systems are disclosed for event management, allowing authorized users or authorities to distribute and display emergency communications on digital displays. In one aspect, an emergency management communications system receives event data sent by an emergency detections system comprised of a network of sensors. The emergency management communications system processes the event data to determine an event perimeter, and then selects one or more digital displays based upon the event data or the determined event perimeter. Next, the emergency management communications system authors one or more emergency communications corresponding to the one or more digital displays and sends said one or more emergency communications to said one or more digital display, thereby allowing the one or more digital displays to display the corresponding one or more emergency communications to the affected populations.07-14-2011
20100039256Explosion Indicator For Explosion-Proof Enclosures - Indicator devices and systems for explosion-proof enclosures are described. The indicator devices include a sleeve coupled to a dome-like transparent member by a connector body, at least one conductive contact positioned in the sleeve, a piston responsive to an increase in pressure and positioned in the sleeve, and an indicator. The indicator can be a light source positioned in the transparent member or an alarm external to the indicator device. Upon an increase in a pressure in an enclosure to which an indicator device is attached, the piston shifts and contacts the at least one conductive contact and permits the completion of an electrical circuit from a power source to the indicator. The indicator systems include an indicator device coupled to an explosion-proof enclosure.02-18-2010
20100277314ALARM APPARATUS - An apparatus (11-04-2010
20080266084Systems and methods of directing a camera to image weapon fire - A system and method for detecting, identifying, and fixing the location of the source of an acoustic event. The inventive system includes: a plurality of sensors dispersed at somewhat regular intervals throughout a monitored area; a communication network adapted to deliver information from the sensors to a host processor; and a process within the host processor for determining, from the absolute times of arrival of an event at two or more sensors, a position of the source of the event. Acoustic events are detected and analyzed at each sensor so that the sensor transmits over the network: an identifier for the sensor; an identifier for the type of event; and a precise absolute time of arrival of the event at the sensor. In a preferred embodiment, the system also identifies the type of weapon firing a gunshot.10-30-2008
20080266083METHOD AND ALGORITHM FOR DETECTING MOVEMENT OF AN OBJECT - A system, method and computer application for electronic device 10-30-2008
20090309718SYSTEMS AND METHODS ASSOCIATED WITH PROJECTING IN RESPONSE TO CONFORMATION - The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that are related to projection.12-17-2009
20090309717Device that includes a motion sensing circuit - A dispensing device includes a dispenser configured to dispense a volatile material, a sensor configured to detect an environmental condition, and a nonlinear circuit element coupled to the sensor to establish a bias point. A voltage level at the bias point varies nonlinearly with respect to a current that flows through the sensor, wherein the current that flows through the sensor represents the environmental condition. The dispensing device further includes a controller coupled to the bias point. The controller controls the dispenser to dispense the volatile material in response to the environmental condition.12-17-2009
20090309716SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE INTELLIGENT LIGHTING THROUGH REGISTRATION AND EXECUTION LOGIC - The present disclosure is a system and method to control illumination within a data center, so as to efficiently light areas only when necessary. A path of low level light created between the entrance of the data center and the location of the required machine to access may be provided.12-17-2009
20100127857DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM HAVING A WAKE-UP CIRCUIT - A system comprises an electronic device including at least one input for receiving at least one enable signal and external data. The system also comprises a wake-up circuit including at least one input for receiving at least one informational signal, an output for sending the at least one enable signal to the electronic device, and a data interface for external configuration of the wake-up circuit.05-27-2010
20100127864Systems and Methods for Charging a Chargeable USB Device - Systems and methods are provided for charging a USB device. A USB connector may be used to couple the system to a USB port on the USB device, the USB connector including a bus voltage (Vbus) connector, a positive data (D+) connector, and a negative data (D−) connector. Charger circuitry may be used to receive a source voltage and convert the source voltage into the bus voltage (Vbus), wherein the bus voltage (Vbus) is used to charge the USB device. Presence detect circuitry may be used to compare a first voltage present on the D+ connector with a second voltage present on the D− connector in order to detect when the USB connector is coupled to the USB port of the USB device.05-27-2010
20100127858INDICATOR LIGHT - An indicator light includes a first ring shaped light and a second ring shaped light. The first ring shaped light is divided into two first curved lights. One of the first curved lights is configured to indicate a system status of an electronic device. The other one of the first curved lights is configured to indicate a connection status of a network of the electronic device. The second ring shaped light is configured to indicate a working status of at least one data storage device of the electronic device.05-27-2010
20090295575Medication Dispensing System - A device for dispensing medication includes a medication hopper, a dispensing mechanism that is configured to dispense medication from the hopper to a user and a processor. The processor is in communication with a communication network and is configured to generate instructions to the dispensing mechanism that cause the dispensing mechanism to dispense medications according to a stored prescription and track an amount of medication in the medication hopper. If the amount is less than a predetermined threshold, then the processor is configured to send a message to a designated entity indicating that the amount of medication in the hopper is less than the threshold.12-03-2009
20110148632SMART REMINDERS - Systems and methods for scheduling appointment reminders are based on multiple conditions including estimated travel time. An estimate of the time needed to travel between the user's location and the location of the appointment cam be determined by retrieving location information from a global address list (GAL), a local address book of a calendaring application, from a map service, or other location determining technology. Users can subscribe to alert service to receive information regarding recent events such as traffic problems, flight delays, weather conditions, etc., which is then used in setting or modifying reminder times. Notifications can be generated for timing conflicts based on the estimated travel time. If the estimated travel time would require the user to leave a previous appointment early, or be late for a subsequent appointment, a notification can be generated to the user.06-23-2011
20110148629ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR NOISE ALERTING - A method for noise alerting includes: recording ambient sound around an electronic device and generating corresponding sound signals; determining a volume of the ambient sound according to the sound signal; obtaining a noise grade corresponding to the determined volume of the ambient sound in a first table mapping relationships between a plurality of volumes and noise grades; searching a second table mapping relationships between the noise grades and solutions to obtain a solution corresponding to the obtained noise grade of the ambient sound; and outputting an alert to a user for recommending the obtained solution. The electronic device for noise alerting is also provided.06-23-2011
20090303041Device for integrating and indicating a parameter over time - A device for integrating and indicating a parameter over, comprising: a first electrode (12-10-2009
20100079280Advanced object detector - An advanced object detector, system and method comprising a memory device which contains a library of tailor-made signals and specific object resonances with those signals; an antenna which will act as both the exciter and receiver directing the memory device's tailor-made signals towards locations potentially having the objects intended to be detected and receiving resonated signals from said objects being detected which have resonated with said tailor-made signals; said memory device may then interpret and categorize the resonated signal by comparing the resonated signal with the library of specific objects and their resonance's with specific tailor-made signals. After identification and categorization the memory device may then respond to the presence of the object, alert another memory device for interaction or allow for human interaction through outputting the object's presence on a screen or alerting the human through some other means. In a preferred embodiment, the system can be handheld, mobile or static and can be made with a device that can provide a wide frequency response at frequencies likely to resonate with the weapons intended to be detected. It is to be understood that this invention may detect numerous objects, including but not limited to, piping, conductive, semi-conductive and non-conductive material that have the ability to resonate with specific tailor-made signals.04-01-2010
20100079279Detecting a Signal Quality Decrease in a Measurement System - Techniques for detecting a signal quality decrease are disclosed. A sensor or probe may be used to obtain a plethysmograph or photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal from a subject. A wavelet transform of the signal may be performed and a scalogram may be generated based at least in part on the wavelet transform. One or more characteristics of the scalogram may be determined. The determined characteristics may include, for example, energy values and energy structural characteristics in a pulse band, a mains hum band, and/or a noise band. Such characteristics may be analyzed to produce signal quality values and associated signal quality trends. One or more signal quality values and signal quality trends may be used to determine if a signal quality decrease has occurred or is likely to occur.04-01-2010
20090207017Methods for Remote Device Status Determination - Monitoring data is received from a remote device and represents a current status value of a monitored condition at the remote device. The monitored condition is characterized by a current state that can be any one of a number of possible states. A determination is made as to whether the current status value of the monitored condition as indicated by the received data satisfies a hysteresis criterion associated with the current state of the monitored condition. If the current status value of the monitored condition satisfies the hysteresis criterion, then a determination is made as to whether the hysteresis criterion has been continuously satisfied for a specified persistence period. If the hysteresis criterion has been continuously satisfied for the specified persistence period, then the current state of the monitored condition is changed to reflect the current status value of the monitored condition, and the changed current state is recorded.08-20-2009
20090207016APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SECURE SENSING - An apparatus including a sensor configured to sense a physical quantity, an actuator configured to manipulate the physical quantity in a predefined manner, and a detection circuit configured to output an alarm signal in case the sensor does not react to the manipulation of the physical quantity in an expected way.08-20-2009
20090072968EVENT DETECTION MODULE - An event alert system and method provide event detection modules that communicate detected events with a central command center. The central command center combines the detected events with related data to provide an intelligent response signal, and communicates the intelligent response signal to event responders. The event alert system also provides an event detection module having event sensors able to detect a variety of types of events.03-19-2009
20120092161SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NOTIFYING PROXIMAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF AN EMERGENCY OR EVENT - Aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to systems and methods for an automated community notification system (“CNS”) that is configured to notify certain individuals with relevant information relating to occurrence of an event or emergency at a given geographical location. Generally, aspects of the system include operative connections to one or more security system providers (“SSPs”) to identify events/emergencies at properties. In alternate embodiments, system users provide event information to the CNS via users' electronic devices. According to one aspect, system users register with the CNS and provide user information, preferences, geographic information, etc., and the CNS subsequently utilizes that information (in connection with other third party information sources) to establish “neighborhood networks” for system users. Typically, members of in the same neighborhood network are notified and provided with relevant information when an emergency occurs at the property or geographic location of another user in the members' network.04-19-2012
20100123576MEDICATION SERVICE APPARATUS, MEDICATION BOX, AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING MEDICATION - An apparatus and method for assisting medication are disclosed. The apparatus includes a medication box and a medication service device. The medication box includes a plurality of containers each storing a paper bag of medication, and discharges a paper bag of medication from a corresponding one of the containers using a rotational force of an electric motor, and detects whether the stored paper bag of medication is present or is discharged. The medication service device includes a situation detector detecting a status of a user based on user identification and signal strength included in a radio frequency signal, and a status of the medication box, a situation recognizer recognizing a medication situation, and a service executor generating a service for medication. The user who has to regularly take a paper bag of medication for a long time can be assisted to take an accurate dose of medication on time.05-20-2010
20090096606Remote obstruction sensing device - A novel and improved remote object sensing device and method that is capable of sensing the presence of an object, transmitting a blocking signal to a remote control or communication member thereby preventing activation of a garage door opener circuit.04-16-2009
20090045950Anomaly Anti-Pattern - A method is presented for representing anomalies to a process. These anomalies are represented in an anti-pattern, which depicts non-productive emergent information that describes activities that are detrimental to the progress of the process. The anti-pattern includes visually-coded areas that describe how severe the detrimental activities are to the process when combined. After the anti-pattern is created for the process, new non-productive emergent information for a current process is mapped onto the anti-pattern in the form of data patterns represented as visual fences. Appropriate steps are then taken to address the new non-productive emergent information, depending on the visually-coded area to which the new non-productive emergent information is mapped.02-19-2009
20090278683SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR METAL DETECTION, VIEWING, AND COMMUNICATIONS - A detection and viewing system includes a wireless device associated with a door and configured to communicate video data, the wireless device including a camera for providing the video data; a sensor for activating the camera, the sensor comprising a metal detector; a plurality of peripheral devices, each peripheral device associated with a respective user; and a computer configured for communication with the wireless device and configured for communication with each of the peripheral devices; wherein the computer executes software, in accordance with which, video data from the wireless device is received by the computer upon actuation of the sensor, and video data from the wireless device is accessible by each respective user using one of the peripheral devices.11-12-2009
20100127863APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING EMERGENCY ALERT SERVICE IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for providing an emergency alert service in a portable terminal and for generating an alarm for the emergency alert service are provided. The method includes detecting, by a controller, an SOS execution signal while the portable terminal is being operated in a certain mode, identifying, by the controller, a current operating mode of the portable terminal in response to the SOS execution signal, outputting a control signal according to the identified operating mode to a source audio signal processor, and outputting, by the source audio signal processor, a source audio signal according to an input port receiving the control signal.05-27-2010
20090284373DISASTER NOTICING SYSTEM, DISASTER NOTICING SERVER, DISASTER REPORTING TERMINAL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The disaster information system according to the invention includes a disaster noticing server and a disaster reporting terminal. The disaster noticing server calculates the expected time of arrival at which the natural disaster will arrive at the current location of the disaster reporting terminal, and transmits the calculated expected time of arrival to the disaster reporting terminal. The disaster reporting terminal, when it receives the expected time of arrival from the disaster noticing server, acquires the current time measured at the disaster reporting terminal, and calculates the time remaining until the natural disaster will arrive at the disaster reporting terminal from the expected time of arrival and the current time.11-19-2009
20110169636System and Method for Generating a Transporting Instruction Using an Environmental Sensor - A system including an environmental sensor that can travel with a product within a carrier's logistics network. The environmental sensor being configured to sense an environmental condition capable of affecting the product to generate product environment data. The system includes a scanner configured to read product environment data from the environmental sensor. The system also includes a hub control unit configured to communicate with the scanner and receive the product environment data from the scanner and determines whether the product environment data transcends a limit of exposure of the product to an environmental condition. The hub control unit is also configured to generate a transporting instruction to redirect transport of the product to an alternate destination different from its original destination if the hub control unit determines that the product environment data indicates the environmental condition of the product has transcended the limit of exposure.07-14-2011
20080303658Hand Washing Compliance Detection System - Systems and methods are provided for monitoring use of hand washing agents to determine compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. A hand washing agent is provided with a detectable, volatile compound, such as odors, which is then rubbed onto a subject's hands using the subject's hand washing technique. After the hand washing event, the subject's hand is then exposed to an detector (such as a badge), which includes a sensor capable of detecting the volatile compound, and an indicator that communicates detection of the volatile compound, indicating use of the hand washing agent and hand hygiene compliance.12-11-2008
20090273471Method of Operating a Networked CBRNE Detection System - A CBRNE detection system and method for operating same are disclosed. The method provides a relatively increased Probability of Detection and a relatively decreased Probability of False Alarms for a networked system of detectors. In the illustrative embodiment, a central controller of the system is capable of receiving information from individual CBRNE detectors and of determining whether or not to issue an alarm indicating that a CBRNE event has occurred. Data obtained from individual CBRNE detectors is evaluated based on one or more “sensor alert-to-system alarm” processing modes. The various processing modes specify the requirements that must be satisfied before a system-wide “alarm” is issued.11-05-2009
20090278682MOBILE DEVICE WITH LOCATING FUNCTION - A mobile device with locating function includes a microphone, an amplifier circuit, an A/D converter, an MPU, and a beacon circuit. The microphone allows sound activation of the locating function of the mobile device. The amplifier circuit is connected to the microphone, and capable of amplifying signals output from the microphone. The A/D converter is connected to the amplifier circuit, and capable of converting the amplified signals to a digital signal. The MPU stores a reference signal therein, and is capable of comparing the digital signal to the reference signal, when the digital signal matches the reference signal, the MPU outputs a control signal. The beacon circuit is connected to the MPU, and is capable of activating an audio and/or visual beacon.11-12-2009
20090289787RESIDENTIAL SECURITY CLUSTER WITH ASSOCIATED ALARM INTERCONNECTS - The illustrative embodiments provide a computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for security cluster monitoring and notification. A security cluster comprised of a plurality of structures is monitored for a plurality of events. When an occurrence of an event as defined by a set of parameters associated with a structure in the plurality of structures is identified, information about the event is generated. The information about the event is displayed through a user interface and transmitted to a set of computing devices associated with a set of structures in the plurality of structures.11-26-2009
20090295576Inspection system and method - A method and system for nuclear substance revealing using muon detection technique is presented. In some aspects, naturally occurred muons are selected from the flow of charged particles. Muon coordinate and incidence angle measured above and below the interrogated volume can be used for the decision making on the presence of nuclear substance inside the volume. The system is adapted for performing measurements on moving objects such as moving trucks. A combination of the nuclear substance detection system with an explosive sensing system is presented.12-03-2009
20090295574METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING FAKE SKIN PRINTS - The method aims at identifying a fake element (F12-03-2009
20090295573SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING ACCESSORY LOSS - A system includes several functional modules to alert a user that the accessory has not been placed back into a bay of an electronic device after a predetermined time period. A sensor is configured for determining if the accessory has been received in the bay after the time period has expired. The sensor is further configured for generating a notification if the accessory has not been received in the bay after the time period has expired. The audio module is configured for receiving the notification, and transmitting an audio alarm via a speaker indicating that the accessory has not been received in the bay after the time period has expired. The display module is configured for receiving the notification, and displaying a graphic alarm on a display panel of the electronic device.12-03-2009
20090295571 INEXPENSIVE MASS MARKET ALARM SYSTEM WITH ALARM MONITORING AND REPORTING - A monitoring system includes a plurality of sites being monitored for predetermined events. One or more sensor at each site detect at least one predetermined event in a specified area. One or more communications modules at each site communicate with the sensor and transmit an alert signal of the event using a communications system. The communications module(s) communicates with the sensor, and the communications module transmits the alert signal of the event using a communications system. A remotely located computer system communicates with the communications module using the communications system. The computer system logically divides and presents on a display data about the sites being monitored. The computer system controls the communications between the communications module and the computer system for receiving transmissions from, and sending transmissions to, the communications module. The computer system communicates an alarm signal after receiving the alert signal.12-03-2009
20100127860Systems and Methods for Evaluating Chromatography Column Performance - Methods and systems for evaluating and/or monitoring chromatography column performance are provided. Embodiments apply multivariate analysis (MVA) methods to process data as well as transition analysis data to provide a comprehensive evaluation of chromatography column performance. In embodiments, transition analysis data generated over extended periods of time can be analyzed together with process data to evaluate column performance. Further, embodiments enable a compact and robust tool for combining and presenting performance evaluation results, which allows for time-efficient performance examination. According to embodiments, MVA methods applied on transition analysis and process data provide (1) near real-time ability to comprehensively monitor column packing quality; (2) sensitive detection of column integrity breaches; (3) sensitive detection of subtle changes in column packing; (4) sensitive detection of different types of changes in column packing; (5) sensitive detection of fronting/tailing; and (6) sensitive detection of changes in process performance.05-27-2010
20090102644Alert notification system and method for neighborhood and like groups - An alert notification system and method for neighborhood, business, work location, community and other groups for broadcasting an alert message from one member of the group to the other members of the group. A member of the group who sees or hears of an alert condition, which may be criminal activity, suspicious character(s), animal running loose, natural or man-made disaster or the like, becomes an alert initiator by calling a centrally based alert processing device that, after verifying the caller is a member of a group, allows the caller to record an audible alert message describing the alert situation. The processing device then broadcasts the alert message to each member of the alert initiator's group or groups so the alert recipients may take appropriate action to protect lives and/or property. The alert processing device stores information regarding the caller and the message for later auditing and retrieval purposes.04-23-2009
20090295572System and Method for Detecting and Broadcasting a Critical Event - A system and method for detecting and reporting a critical event. Events may be continually detected by sensors and processed as digitized data. The digitized data may be compared to signature data stored in glossaries. If a match exists between the digitized data and the signature data, the event may be reported. An analysis of the event may be performed and based on a result of the analysis, an alarm notice may be sent.12-03-2009
20090261972Emergency information and transportation control system - A system for providing transportation information to passengers during an emergency, such as a terrorist attack. The system links emergency responders, public transportation operations (including subways, buses and other mass transit systems), and network operations in a coordinated evacuation of a crowded metropolitan area. Information is provided to the public via system of networked kiosks and displays provided strategically throughout a city. In another embodiment of the present invention, the system provides transportation and routing information to passengers during a non-emergency.10-22-2009
20090261973Door latching recognition apparatus and process - An acoustic door latch detector is provided in which a sound recognition sensor is integrated into a door or door lock mechanism. The programmable sound recognition sensor can be trained to recognize the acoustic signature of the door and door lock mechanism being properly engaged and secured. The acoustic sensor will signal a first indicator indicating that proper closure was detected or sound an alarm condition if the proper acoustic signature is not detected within a predetermined time interval.10-22-2009
20110205056Adding social networking to devices - A communication interface of a device communicates with a personal electronic device, and a processor associated with the communication interface automatically directs the personal electronic device, through the communication interface, either to operate in a first mode in which the personal electronic device interacts with a wearer of the personal electronic device or to operate in a second mode in which the wearable personal electronic device interacts with a person other than the wearer, based on how the wearable device is being used.08-25-2011
20110199209THERMOSTAT WITH UTILITY MESSAGING - The present disclosure pertains generally to thermostats that are adapted to assist utilities in communicating with its customers. In particular, the present disclosure relates to a thermostat having a display, a controller and a receiver that is coupled to the controller. The receiver is adapted to receive messages from a utility, and the controller is adapted to display one or more related display messages on the display.08-18-2011
20110199208METHOD OF DETECTING THE OPERATION OF A VOICE SIGNAL WIRELESS TRANSMISSION DEVICE - Method of detecting the operation of a device for transmitting voice signals between two equipment items so that at least one of the equipment items can send a voice signal and the other equipment item can receive this voice signal, the equipment items being linked by a wireless transmission chain, the method comprising, during a voice signal transmission phase, the steps of: 08-18-2011
20110199207RECEIVING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information receiving apparatus that includes a receiver that receives an alert signal including a predetermined number of bits, and a controller that detects that the alert signal includes alert information by processing a subset of the predetermined number of bits of the alert signal, and outputs an indication corresponding to the detection.08-18-2011
20120293327PROGRESS BAR - A method for displaying the progress of an activity performed on a user device is provided. The method includes outputting a progress indicator indicative of the progress made in completing an activity and updating the progress indicator as the activity proceeds. Simultaneously, a first progress rate indicator is also output to the display, the progress rate indicator having a property indicative of the rate at which the activity is being progressed. The property of the progress rate indicator is based on a value determined by receiving a rate value indicative of the activity progress rate and comparing the rate value with a value indicative of the maximum progress rate of the user device for the particular activity. A corresponding apparatus and computer program for carrying out the method are also provided.11-22-2012
20120268272Systems and Methods for Detecting Contraband - A method for detecting contraband is provided. The method includes acquiring tomographic image data of a subject at a plurality of frequencies using low frequency electromagnetic tomography, generating a composite image of the subject at each of the plurality of frequencies using the acquired tomographic image data, determining a differentiation parameter for a tissue material at each of the plurality of frequencies, determining a differentiation parameter for a non-tissue material at each of the plurality of frequencies, decomposing the composite images into a tissue image and a non-tissue image using the determined differentiation parameters, wherein the tissue image contains any region of the subject composed of the tissue material and the non-tissue image contains any region of the subject composed of the non-tissue material, and determining whether the non-tissue image contains any non-tissue material.10-25-2012
20100102960INTEGRATION OF LED LIGHTING CONTROL WITH EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS - An emergency lighting system for a building includes at least one LED-based light. An emergency detector is operable to detect an emergency. The emergency detector produces an emergency signal in response to the emergency. A controller is operable to control the at least one LED-based light in response to the emergency signal.04-29-2010
20080238666Methods and Systems for Medication Management - A method of monitoring a patient's compliance with a medication regimen may include identifying a patient, identifying a medication prescribed to the patient and determining one or more intake times associated with the medication. For each intake time, an alert reminding the patient to take the medication may be generated, and the alert may be transmitted to a mobile device associated with the patient. Receipt of the alert by the mobile device may trigger one or more of an audible alarm, a visual alarm and a tactile alarm on the mobile device. If an indication of compliance is not received from the mobile device within a predefined period of time, a caregiver associated with the patient may be notified.10-02-2008
20080238665SENSORY FEEDBACK SYSTEMS FOR NON-CONTACT ELECTRICAL SWITCHES - The present invention relates to sensory feedback for non-contact electrical switching systems. Such systems may be used in conventional electrical circuits or in traditionally non-electrical switching systems, such as faucets. The non-contact electrical switching mechanism includes a motion sensor to detect motion for the purpose of changing between an on and an off state. The sensory feedback system is physically disposed on the non-contact electrical switching mechanism in proximity to the motion sensor and is configured to transmit sensory data corresponding to the current state of the non-contact switching mechanism. Sensory data is data which is received by one or more of the five human senses. The sensory data may include continuous, responsive, and/or synchronized sensory feedback. It will be appreciated that teachings of the present invention may be applied to other forms of human interface non-contact switching mechanisms such as those responding and/or detecting human generated sound, thoughts, etc.10-02-2008
20100127862ELECTRONIC KEY - To provide an electronic key capable of easily checking whether or not data has been read from a contact IC chip and enhance reliability of security, an electronic key includes a contact IC chip connected in series to first and second terminals so that data is read from the IC chip by a current allowed to flow between the first and second terminals, wherein the electronic key comprises an LED arranged in parallel to the contact IC chip and allowed to turn on through use of the current allowed to flow between the first and second terminals when the first and second terminals contact with IC chip data reading means, and turn-on of the LED indicates that data has been read from the contact IC chip.05-27-2010
20100127855AUTHENTICATION WITHIN A PACKAGE - A closed package comprising an outer protection material for protecting an electronic device placed inside the package. The closed package includes an extension cord for coupling the electronic device with an external power source, such that it is possible to turn on the electronic device without opening the disposable package. Alternatively, closed package includes a hole enabling the connection of an external power source to the electronic device.05-27-2010
20090167527VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A video monitoring method is provided. The method includes capturing video data via a video capturing device, and sending the video data to a video server, generating a first parameter for controlling the video data for storing in a designated network video recorder (NVR) and a second parameter for controlling the video data to display on a designated monitor. The method further includes storing the video data in a storage system that is connected with the video server, sending the video data to the designated NVR for storing according to the first parameter, reading the video data from the designated NVR and displaying one video picture based upon the video data on the designated monitor according to the second parameter.07-02-2009
20080284591SYSTEM FOR MONITORING UNSUPERVISED WORKERS AND GENERATING AND DELIVERING A REPORT BASED ON THE MONITORED ACTIVITY - A system for monitoring an unsupervised worker is provided that includes a plurality of sensors and a base station provided at the monitored location, a service provider server located remotely from the monitored location and operated by a third party service provider, and a computing device associated with a subscriber to the system. At least a portion of the sensed data is sent to and stored by the service provider server so that a report based thereon may, at the request of the system subscriber, be selectively generated and provided to the system subscriber. The computing device is also adapted to generate configuration data for one or more of the sensors and transmit the configuration data to the service provider server. The configuration data is then sent to the base station and used to control the operation of the sensors11-20-2008
20080291014SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR OF A PLANT MALFUNCTION WITH SOFTWARE AGENTS - A system and method for the remote diagnosis and repair of a plant malfunction in an automotive vehicle. The method includes the step of sending a plant malfunction diagnostic request to the remote station. Thereafter, the remote station transmits a software agent selected as a function of the nature of the malfunction from the remote station and to the vehicle. Upon execution, the software agent collects plant data relevant to the malfunction and transmits that collected data from the vehicle and to the remote station. The remote station analyzes the data to diagnose the cause of the plant malfunction and, if necessary, transmits additional diagnostic software agents to the vehicle to complete the diagnosis and then generates an output signal as a result of that analysis. If the malfunction is repairable at the plant, such as a software malfunction, the remote station transmits a software agent to the vehicle to perform the repair.11-27-2008
20090033486SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACIAL NERVE MONITORING - In accordance with the invention apparatus is provided for monitoring the activity of a surgeon. The apparatus comprises a plurality of wireless sensing units for producing an output indicative of nerve stimulation. A receiver takes the output of the receiver units and produces at its output a plurality of signals each corresponding to the output of one of the plurality of wireless sensing units. An analyzer unit receives the plurality of signals each corresponding to the output of one of the plurality of wireless sensing units from the receiver. An indicator responds to the output of the analyzer unit.02-05-2009
20080303660EMERGENCY EVENT DETECTION AND ALERT SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods are provided herein that provide for emergency event detection and alert.12-11-2008
20080303657LIFE SAFETY DEVICE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED - The instant invention includes a central security and alarm system that operates to protect a home or business and includes a personal safety device to communicate with a hearing-challenged end-user at the protected home or business. The system includes at least one alarm event detection device, and a central panel in communication with the personal safety device and the at least one alarm event detection device, the central panel comprising a processor for carrying out a method of communicating to the hearing-challenged end-user at the detection of alarm events via the personal safety device. The method includes detecting an alarm event at the home or business and noting a designated, hearing-challenged end-user that the alarm event has occurred by causing a life safety device in the possession of the hearing challenged end-user to communicate the detected event by a mechanical communication signal.12-11-2008
20080303656METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MISALIGNMENT OF TRAIN INSPECTION SYSTEMS - A method and system to detect misalignment of sensors used in train inspection systems are provided. The method includes receiving inputs from a train inspection sensor that is coupled to a railroad track, determining a position of the train inspection sensor using a motion detector, and identifying the inputs received from the train inspection sensor as at least one of acceptable or not acceptable based on the determined position of the train inspection sensor.12-11-2008
20120032799PAINTBALL GUN SYSTEM WITH RATE OF FIRE PAINTBALL MONITORING - A paintball gun includes a detector that detects the ejection of each paintball and a transmitter that transmits a signal to a remote location indicative of the ejection. The signal is used to determine if the paintball gun is ejecting paintballs at an unacceptable rate and in response, either a warning is generated, or a signal is sent back to inhibit the paintball gun. The signal from the transmitter may include a unique ID for the paintball gun. A command center can receive the signals and generate a statistical record of the operation of each paintball gun in a given playing field.02-09-2012
20080309486SELF-CONFIGURING EMERGENCY EVENT ALARM SYSTEM HAVING CONNECTION TO A PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT - The present Self-Configuring Alarm System uses a decentralized (ad hoc or mesh) architecture where any node is capable of autonomously reporting the alarm event directly to all other nodes in the ad hoc network independent of where the alarm event occurred. In addition, the Self-Configuring Alarm System includes a plurality of autonomous output devices which function to provide an audible alarm that directs the occupants to the location of the hazard and/or provides an indication of the nature of the detected hazard or whether an indication of the hazard has been received at a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) that serves the dwelling or locale. The alarm networks and output networks may not be coextensive in their coverage areas.12-18-2008
20080309485Location Mechanism for Mobile Device - A location mechanism for a mobile device, in which an electronic communication including a code is received at the mobile device and the code is parsed from within the received electronic communication. The code parsed from within the electronic communication is used to determine whether to classify the received electronic communication as a coded electronic communication, and the received electronic communication is classified as a coded electronic communication based on results of the determination. In response to classification of the electronic communication as a coded electronic communication, a process is initiated that facilitates location of the mobile device. For instance, volume control settings at the mobile device may be overridden and an audible alert at the device may be invoked, and/or a response electronic communication that includes location information indicative of a current location of the communication device may be generated and sent.12-18-2008
20080309483ELECTRONIC ALARM - The alarm system uses a presently available telephone set and an electronic circuit. The electronic circuit is connected to a plurality of sensors. The electronic circuit, in order to operate, uses DC voltage which is equal to the supply voltage of the telephone set. The sensors form the inputs for the electronic circuit of the alarm system. The inputs for the electronic circuit are connected to the pull up resistors12-18-2008
20090322520THREAT DETECTION AND MONITORING APPARATUS WITH INTEGRATED DISPLAY SYSTEM - The present invention is generally related to a threat detection and monitoring apparatus with an integrated display system. More particularly, the present invention is directed to an apparatus for use as a public safety and emergency messaging system adapted to detect and identify threats in the surrounding environment and display useful information regarding the threat or other public information to the public.12-31-2009
20090322521SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING A SECURITY BEACON DEVICE - Methods, devices and systems for implementation in a campus environment including an interface module, a storage device and a server. The interface module configured to receive user profile information. The storage device may be coupled to the interface module for storing the user profile information. The server may be coupled to the storage device and configured to receive a user message initiated in response to a trigger event. The user message may include a security beacon device identification information, user profile information, and trigger event message. The server may be configured to process the user message to identify the security beacon device and to associate the security beacon device with the user profile information in the storage device. The user message may be analyzed at the server in order to determine the appropriate response to the trigger event associated with the received user message.12-31-2009
20120139726INTELLIGENT MUSIC ON HOLD - Prior art solutions only implement absolute music-on-hold suppression at the conference bridge. The present disclosure moves the intelligence and control capabilities to the entity implementing music-on-hold functionality and also provides mechanisms for applying the music-on-hold treatment more intelligently. Intelligent and flexible music-on-hold control algorithms are disclosed which make conference participation more convenient and enjoyable.06-07-2012
20080266082SAFETY SYSTEM - This invention relates to a safety system comprising an elongate signal carrying device having a first end and a second end. At least a part of the elongate signal carrying device is selectively manipulable at a manipulation point to generate a measurable non-electric signal that can be carried by the signal carrying device. The safety system further comprises an output device for causing an audible or visible alarm signal or an electric signal to be outputted in response to the non-electric signal.10-30-2008
20100127861METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING IN A CAB SIGNAL SYSTEM - A fault detection system (05-27-2010
20080252447COMBINATION SMOKE AND WATER DETECTOR - The apparatus is a combination smoke and water detector. The smoke detector has an alarm and a test switch. The smoke detector is electrically connected to an open cell foam sensing pad through a pair of wire leads. The sensing pad is contained in a plastic housing having at least one water inlet hole. When the sensing pad is wetted with water, the pad becomes electrically conductive, by-passing the test switch and activating the alarm on the smoke detector. The apparatus is particularly suitable for detecting leaks.10-16-2008
20080303659Low-Profile Signal Device and Method for Providing Color-Coded Signals - A low-profile signal device is provided having a plurality of light emitters disposed on at least one support member, the plurality of light emitters configured to emit light in a plurality of colors that indicate one or more predefined conditions; a housing substantially enclosing the at least one support member; a signal interface coupled to the plurality of light emitters and configured to selectively activate light emitters from the plurality of light emitters in response to a received control signal.12-11-2008
20120293328INSULIN PUMP HAVING AN ALARM SIGNAL - A pump for delivering insulin to a user comprises a pump mechanism, an alarm and a timer and an alarm program in data communication with the alarm and the timer. The alarm program module is programmed to operate a plurality of types of alerts and to associate a predetermined interval of time and a predetermined event with a selected type of alert. An alarm signal can be generated by the alarm program module based on the predetermined event and interval.11-22-2012
20080272910Security System and Method Using Mobile-Telephone Technology - Disclosed is a security and alarm system. When sensors detect something of note, they alert a master unit which in turn captures pertinent information (e.g., an image or sound) and places a mobile-telephone call to deliver the alert and the captured information. The recipient of the call (for example, an owner of the system or a security service) evaluates the information and takes appropriate action such as alerting a local police department. Some embodiments offer two-way service: In addition to delivering alerts, the system responds to calls from an authorized user requesting current information. Two-way communications allow some embodiments to deliver “Breach of Peace” alerts to users. In one scenario, a public security service sends out a warning within a geographical area that the peace has been breached. The system receives the warning and alerts its user to the situation. The user then takes appropriate action.11-06-2008
20100141440METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VISUAL SILENT ALARM INDICATOR - An apparatus and method thereof wherein a portable computer system or personal digital assistant generates a visual signal in response to an occurrence of a programmed event. For example, the portable computer system can use a light emitting diode to visually signal an alarm at a specified time. The visual signal can be varied in order to indicate the type of event associated with the alarm. In one implementation, the visual signal blinks at a particular rate depending on the type of event. In another implementation, the visual signal blinks a prescribed number of times or according to a particular pattern depending on the type of event. When enabled, the visual signal is generated in lieu of an audible signal, thus providing to the user a silent alarm that does not disturb other people in proximity, such as in a meeting, a theater, or some other gathering.06-10-2010
20080258910Student And Faculty Emergency Response System (SAFERS) - An emergency response system that is used by schools to alert students, faculty, and staff on the school campus of critical situations. The system utilizes ID cards that are issued to the students, faculty, and staff at the beginning of each new school year, and issued to visitors as needed. The ID cards each have a miniature receiver, control circuitry, antenna and battery embedded into them along with a flat speaker and an LED light. If an emergency on the grounds of the school is imminent or ongoing, a master transmitter box is triggered by an administrator. The triggering of the transmitter sends coded RF signals out to ID cards and repeaters that are strategically placed through the school property. Signals received by the receivers embedded into the ID cards and decoded by the control circuitry trigger the speaker and LED in the ID cards to alert persons carrying the ID cards.10-23-2008
20100141441APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A DEFECT AND/OR OPERATING CHARACTERISTIC OF A SYSTEM - An apparatus and methods for identifying a defect and/or an operating characteristic of a system being monitored (and/or one or more of the system's components) are described. In an embodiment, orthogonally related data monitored by two or more detectors may be fused to determine whether a component of a system is defective and/or malfunctioning. Additionally or alternatively, data from a first detector may be determined to be accurate using non-orthogonally related data outputted by a second detector. Both types of determinations may be made with minimal or no false indications, which lowers the cost of operating the system being monitored. Embodiments of the invention may also be configured to forecast and/or prevent accidents and/or damage to the system being monitored by predicting whether a defect and/or a malfunction will occur06-10-2010
20090045949Pattern Driven Effectuator System - Emergent information is created and utilized by an array of sensors. Each sensor is programmed with a trigger rule, which describes a local condition that must be met for the sensor to trigger an event signal, and a relationship rule, which describes a hierarchy of communication control among sensors in the array of sensors. When a predetermined weighted percentage of the sensors trigger event signals, emergent information that describes conditions at the array location is generated. An effectuator then takes appropriate steps to address the condition described by the emergent information.02-19-2009
20130120143Automatic Audible Alarm Origination Locate - A plurality of hazard alarm devices are in spatially diverse locations and coupled together with an input-output bus. An interconnect protocol enables non-originating alarm devices to synchronize their audible alert tone pulses with audible alert tone pulses from an originating alarm device in a local hazard alarm condition. Hence, all audible alert tone pulses start sounding substantially together with allowances for signal contention and arbitration between the spatially diverse alarm devices. The originating alarm device continuously sounds its pattern of audible alert tone pulse groups without interruption, while the non-originating alarm devices periodically pause sounding a group of their audible alert tone pulses. The originating alarm device may be found by listening for the alarm device that is continuously sounding audible alert tone pulse groups without pause.05-16-2013
20090189761Radiation detection apparatus and radiation image capturing system - A radiation detection apparatus and a radiation image capturing system according to the present invention includes an electronic cassette equipped with a casing, and a radiation detection device accommodated inside the casing, which detects radiation emitted from a radiation source and having passed through a subject, while converting the radiation into radiation image information. The electronic cassette includes a sensor for sensing that the casing has been lifted, a power supply controller for supplying power based on a detection signal from the sensor, a discriminating unit for discriminating whether the radiation detection apparatus has transitioned to an image capturing capable mode, and a warning signal output unit for outputting a warning signal, for issuing a warning when the radiation detection apparatus cannot transition to the image capturing capable mode.07-30-2009
20110267191NETWORK-ENABLED DEVICE WITH IMPROVED STATUS INDICATION OF SAID DEVICE'S NETWORK STATE AND DEVICE STATE USING A SINGLE LIGHT INDICATOR OR A SET THEREOF - A network-enabled device is provided, The provided network-enabled device includes at least one light indicator, and an electronic circuit capable of controlling brightness of said light indicator and driving said light indicator in a manner that allows simultaneous indication of at least a first and a second dimensions of said network-enabled device's operational state on said at least one light indicator using at least a first and a second methods of status indication. The present invention reduces the size, cost, and complexity—both internal and aesthetic—of network-enabled devices by combining the functions of the network LED (or a set thereof) and the device LED (or a set thereof) in a single status LED (or a set thereof).11-03-2011
20100141439TIME FOR EAR PILL INTAKE DETERMINED BY NOISE DOSIMETRY IN WEARABLE DEVICES - The disclosure relates to a portable processing system adapted for being worn by a user and comprising an input transducer for converting an input sound to an electric input signal, and a signal processing unit adapted for processing an SPU-input signal originating from the electric input signal. The disclosure further relates to use of such system and to a method. The object of the present disclosure is to provide an alerting device aiding a user in administering the dose of a hearing protecting agent. The problem is solved in that the signal processing unit comprises a monitoring part for monitoring and determining an accumulated sound dose AccD in the electric input signal from a start time t0 and for generating an alarm output at a threshold time t06-10-2010
20090160643PERSONAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION DEVICE WITH USAGE MONITORING - A personal security apparatus includes a transmitting device having an event detector initiating different signals which indicate different event types. A transceiver receives the signals from the transmitting device and interprets each signal as corresponding to a particular event type. The transceiver sends respective event type alert signals to a remote monitoring device. The remote monitoring device provides a plurality of respective event type indicators for each of the event type alert signals received.06-25-2009
20090140854METHOD FOR INTRUSION DETECTION VIA CHANGES IN THE PRESENCE OF SHORT RANGE RF DEVICES - A method for monitoring for radio frequency (RF) signals to determine an unexpected presence, activity, or security threat, the method includes: scanning for RF signals; detecting an RF signal; determining at least one of the following: whether the RF signal is jammed, whether the RF signal is assigned to a device that is forbidden, and whether the RF signal is assigned to a device breaking one or more pre-defined rules; sending a potential threat alert in response to the determining; and wherein the one or more pre-defined rules are held in a database.06-04-2009
20090184820Security System, Security Center Apparatus, and Security Management Method - Mass transit terrorism is prevented to construct a safe society. Individual explosive sensing devices are connected by a network to establish a security system. Information collected in the security center is compared with a database to determine a risk. When the risk exceeds a predetermined level upon determination of the risk, measures may be taken such that an alarm is activated and instructions for making a security guard carry out the parcel inspection of the person causing the risk are transmitted to the security guard. According to the present invention, the security can be enhanced while the social life is still convenient even when the explosive sensing device having a high throughput is employed at places such as mass transit where many people gather. Therefore, the terror risk on the mass transit can be reduced to contribute to construction of the safe society.07-23-2009
20090184818System and Method for Inter-modal Container Screening - A system and method for screening inter-modal shipping containers for the presence of weapons-of-mass-destruction, such as chemical-warfare agents, biological-warfare agents, radiological materials, nuclear material, or explosives, is disclosed.07-23-2009
20120068844PROVIDING EVENT INDICATIONS TO PREVENT INDICATION STORMS IN AN EVENT MODEL - A method, apparatus, and computer program product for providing event indications in an event model in a manner so that indication storms resulting from excessive indication generation and delivery is prevented. An object behavior change in an information model corresponds to an event. An indication of interest is sent to a listener process when the detected object behavior change corresponds to a specified top level indication class in an indication class hierarchy.03-22-2012
20090140855VOICE OPERATED REMINDER SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - According to certain embodiments, there is provided a voice operated reminder system and method. In one embodiment, the system and method is configured to outputting a reminder message in accordance with a predefined rule. According to certain embodiments the system and method include, inter-alia, modules for speech processing, and reminding (including inter-alia database processing). In one embodiment, additionally or alternatively the system and method has location finding capabilities such as a global positioning system GPS receiver, and therefore the reminding module may allow location based reminders. In one embodiment, additionally or alternatively, the system and method include third party identification capabilities (for example caller id, SMS sender, and email sender) and therefore the reminding module may allow third party identification based reminders. In one embodiment, additionally or alternatively, the system and method include a timing module (e.g. calendar/clock which shows current date and time, timer which counts down, etc), and therefore the reminding module may allow time based reminders.06-04-2009
20090140853Method and Apparatus for Alert Control - In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a method, comprising monitoring at least one environmental factor related to a device, storing at least one event, and generating an alert based at least in part on the storing and the monitoring is disclosed.06-04-2009
20090015404METHOD FOR COORDINATING COOPERATIVE ROBOTS - A method for coordinating cooperative robots is provided. The method includes following steps. An abnormal event is detected by a sensor disposed in an environment or in a robot. The abnormal event is broadcasted to the cooperative robots. Each robot determines whether the priority of the abnormal event is higher than that of its currently executing task. If the answer is “yes,” whether function attributes of the robot meet attributes of the abnormal event is then determined. If the function attributes of the cooperative robot do not meet the attributes of the abnormal event, the robot broadcasts to acquire help from other robots, thereby constituting an instantly designated task team. The instantly designated task team goes to where the abnormal event takes place to process the abnormal event. After the abnormal event has been eliminated, the instantly designated task team is dismissed and these robots resume their original tasks.01-15-2009
20090015402System Method and Device for Providing Asynchronous Event Driven Reminders - The present invention is a device method and system for providing asynchronous event based reminders in the context of a mobile communication/computing device. According to some embodiments of the present invention, integral with a communication/computing device there may be provided a Reminder Logic Module functionally associated with or integral with an Event Register, an Event Receiving Unit, an Event Correlation Unit and an Event Action/Response Triggering Unit.01-15-2009
20110140888Printed Article - A printed article, such as a greeting card, comprises a substrate formed of card, a sensor for detecting exhaled breath directed at the substrate, the sensor comprising first and second spaced electrodes supported on the substrate, at least one transducer for supplying a user-perceivable signal, such as light emitting diodes, and a switching circuit for causing the at least one transducer to supply the signal in response to detection of exhaled breath.06-16-2011
20090237243PROTECTIVE CASE HAVING A LIGHT-ACTIVATED SOUND CHIP POSITIONED BENEATH A LINER SHAPED TO HOLD A READABLE CARD - A protective case incorporates a light-activated sound chip playback system that is largely hidden beneath a liner shaped to hold a readable card. The case includes a receptacle having an opening; a lid sized to fit over the opening; a semi-rigid liner shaped to generally fill the receptacle, the liner having a storage location for a readable card, such as a gift card, credit card or smart card, the liner being formed of generally laminar material so as to leave a void between an upper interior surface of the liner and an interior bottom surface of said receptacle; and an electrochemical-cell-powered sound playback system positioned generally within the void, the sound playback system having a light-activated switch which activates sound playback when said lid is removed from said receptacle.09-24-2009
20090085740METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING VIDEO STREAMS - The invention includes a method and apparatus for controlling video streams. A method includes monitoring for an event associated with one of a plurality of video camera controllers providing a plurality of video streams where each of the video streams has a first quality level, and, in response to detecting an event associated with one of the plurality of video camera controllers, propagating a control message toward the one of the video camera controllers for which the event is detected, where a control message adapted for requesting the one of the video camera controllers to switch from providing the video stream using the first quality level to providing the video stream using a second quality level. The first quality level may be a low level of quality and the second quality level may be a high level of quality.04-02-2009
20110140889INSPECTION OF ASPHALT DURING INSTALLATION - An apparatus and a method for monitoring a ratio of at least two components being mixed use sensors detecting ferrous taggant particles in the component(s) and the mixture. The sensors include an annular drive coil positioned between inner and outer annular sense coils all surrounding a passage for material being sensed. The ratio is determined by comparing a signal generated by one sensor through which a taggant particle containing component is flowing with a signal generated by another sensor through which the mixture is flowing delayed by the time required for the component to flow from the one sensor to the another sensor. The signals can also be used to control the flow of the components and to check the mixture after use for such mixtures as asphalt and concrete.06-16-2011
20110140890SHOE WEAR-OUT SENSOR, BODY-BAR SENSING SYSTEM, UNITLESS ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A shoe wear out sensor includes at least one detector for sensing a physical metric that changes as a sole of a shoe wears out, a processor configured to process the physical metric over time to determine if the shoe is worn out, and an alarm for informing a user of the shoe when the sole is worn out. A body bar sensing system includes a housing with at least one detector for sensing a physical metric that indicates a repetition movement of the housing when attached to the body bar, a processor for processing the physical metric over time to determine repetitions thereof, and a display for informing a user of the repetitions. A system assesses activity and displays a unitless activity value. A detector senses activity of a user. A processor reads sensed activity data from the detector. A display displays the unitless activity value. An enclosure houses the detector and the processor. The processor periodically reads the sensed activity data from the detector and processes the data to generate an activity number, the number being used to generate the unitless activity value based upon a maximum number and a display range.06-16-2011
20110140887HARDWARE EQUIPMENT HIRE CABINET - Hardware equipment hire cabinet. An automated hardware equipment hire cabinet is provided in which the hiring of pieces of hardware equipment is monitored by the use of individual tags being read by tag readers such that their removal and replacement can be monitored and hire times and service intervals monitored. In at least one exemplary embodiment of a hardware equipment hire cabinet of the present disclosure, the cabinet comprises a hardware equipment storage area comprising a plurality of equipment bays, a hire tracking system comprising a first equipment sensor configured to detect removal of a piece of equipment from an equipment bay and to electronically store hire data concerning such removal, and a quarantine system comprising a dedicated quarantine area and a second equipment sensor configured to detect the presence of a quarantined piece of equipment in the quarantine area and to electronically store quarantine data.06-16-2011
20100156632INFRASTRUCTURE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An infrastructure monitoring system and method that comprises multiple monitoring devices and/or multiple output devices. Each monitoring device includes at least one sensor for collecting data, a data storage device for storing the data, a processor for analyzing the data, and a communications device for transmitting and receiving data. The system may also include an operations center for controlling and receiving data from the plurality of devices.06-24-2010
20110227730SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING AND SURVEILLANCE OF PERSONS AND/OR SURROUNDINGS - An embodiment includes a method for receiving a safety device alert activation notification; determining a user profile associated with the safety device; and determining an alert level based on the safety device activation notification, where the determination may a first and second alert level. One embodiment includes determining that a first alert level is present; retrieving a contact list associated with the user profile; initiating contact with at least one contact on the contact list; and determining whether first level emergency criteria are met.09-22-2011
20090167526LOCKBOX TAMPER DETECTION - A lockbox can comprise one or more sensors for detecting tampering with one or more portions of the lockbox. For example, in some embodiments the one or more sensors are configured to detect cutting or breaking of the shackle (or other portion of the lockbox) configured to secure the lockbox to another object. As a result of detecting tampering, a wireless communication device coupled to the lockbox transmits a notification to a monitoring station. Some embodiments of the lockbox perform detection and transmission of lockbox position data.07-02-2009
20090231131Control method for a printer and a printer - Sounding a buzzer a plurality of times can be controlled with few commands, the processor load is reduced when sounding the buzzer, and the buzzer can be sounded at the desired timing. A printer 09-17-2009
20090231130OPERATION ABNORMALITY DETECTOR OF ELECTRONIC MODULES - An operation abnormality detector of electronic modules detects an abnormality in an associated device, such as the presence of a foreign body nearby the device. The detector can be used, for example, in the mouthpiece of a card reader of a self-serving banking machine. Upon detecting an abnormality, operation of the machine can be suspended by turning off its display, precluding fraud with unauthorized cards or vandalism. Upon detecting the abnormality, an alert is set to an alarm central.09-17-2009
20090231129WIRELESS JANITORIAL SUPPLY/EMERGENCY MONITORING SYSTEM - A monitoring system and method of monitoring a predetermined maintenance event including one or more sensors for transmitting an alert signal of the predetermined maintenance event to a transceiver device and messaging device which may be included in a control panel. The transceiver device receives the alert signal transmission from the sensor, and the messaging device transmits an alert message to a receiving device. The receiving device may be embodied as a pager or a cell phone for notifying a user of the predetermined maintenance event.09-17-2009
20090231128METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALERT MANAGEMENT - An alert management apparatus (09-17-2009
20090102645Adding social networking to devices - A communication interface of a device communicates with a personal electronic device, and a processor associated with the communication interface automatically directs the personal electronic device, through the communication interface, either to operate in a first mode in which the personal electronic device interacts with a wearer of the personal electronic device or to operate in a second mode in which the wearable personal electronic device interacts with a person other than the wearer, based on how the wearable device is being used.04-23-2009
20090102647Device for Controlling and Monitoring Sequential Subsections of an Installation - A device for controlling and monitoring an installation that is composed of sequentially disposed sub-sections in a chain so that each sub-section lies between a forward sub-section and a rearward sub-section, with the exception of the terminal sub-sections of the installation. Each sub-section is connected to a first control unit and a second control unit and the control units of the sub-sections communicate at least partially with one another, with the sub-sections, and/or with a higher-level control center. Increased safety requirements are satisfied with the novel device, while at the same time being cost-effective, in that the first control unit is also connected to the forward sub-section and the second control unit is also connected to the rearward sub-section.04-23-2009
20090102646DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING AND PROTECTING AN ELEMENT WHOSE INTEGRITY IS DESIRED TO BE KNOWN - The invention relates to an identifying and protecting device associated with an element whose integrity is desired to be known. The identifying and protecting device includes an electronic identification label assigned to a first antenna which is used for remotely reading the content of the label, a second antenna which is connected to the first antenna, and which is used for remotely reading the content of the label and is associated with the element in such a way that the coupling between the first and second antennas is broken when the integrity of the element is affected.04-23-2009
20090243844SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A device for detecting a suspicious activity, efficiently performing surveillance of a person and vehicle detected by a surveillance camera. The device uses signal generation means, a sensor for receiving a signal from the signal generation means, and image data taken by the camera. The device detects mobile bodies, such as a person and a vehicle, included in an image taken by the camera and uses them as mobile body information, uses as authentication information an ID number represented by a signal received by the sensor, defines permitted activities and prohibited activities according to authorized activities corresponding to authentication information, and issues an alarm when the device detects that an activity represented by mobile body activity information is a illegal or prohibited activity.10-01-2009
20090251315METHOD OF RECEIVING A DISASTER WARNING MESSAGE USING A PAGING MESSAGE IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - Disclosed is a method of receiving a warning message in wireless communication system. A terminal (UE) monitors a paging message transmitted from a network in order to determine an existence of the warning message. If the monitored paging message has an indication of warning message broadcasting, the terminal receives a warning message through a downlink shared channel.10-08-2009
20090243848REFERENCE POINT LOCATOR - A reference point locator comprises a reference member and a receiver. The reference member includes an attachment element and a magnet. The attachment element is configured to releasably secure the reference member to one side of a structure. The receiver includes a sensor and an indicator. The indicator is configured to emit a signal in response to the sensor detecting from another side of the structure a magnetic field generated by the magnet.10-01-2009
20090256705Sensing apparatus, sensor information gathering apparatus, sensing method, and remote sensing method - A sensing apparatus which controls the detection timing of a sensor by a prescribed guidance signal includes a guidance signal analyzing unit for analyzing the prescribed guidance signal, and a sensing control unit for determining, based on the result of the detection, an effective detection period during which an output of the sensor is effective.10-15-2009
20090243847EXTENSION CORD WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION SENSING ABILITY - An extension cord with environmental condition sensing ability has a plug for connecting to a power source, and includes a main body, a sensor unit, and a current control unit. On the main body, there are provided a first socket group and a second socket group, which are electrically connected to the power source via the plug. The sensor unit is electrically connected to the second socket group for sensing an environmental condition and thereby generating a signal. The current control unit and the sensor unit together form an electric circuit, and the current control unit receives the signal generated by the sensor unit and turns on or cuts off electric current being supplied to the second socket group according to the received signal.10-01-2009
20090243849SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INDICATING A QUALITY OF GROUPED ITEMS - Systems and methods for determining a relative quantity of recyclable items with respect to a total number of items are disclosed. In one embodiment of the present invention, a computer-implemented method includes reading an identifier respectively associated with at least some of a total number of items. The computer determines a number of identifiers associated with the recyclable items. The computer also receives the total number of items, and computes the relative quantity of recyclable items by dividing the number of identifiers associated with the recyclable items by the total number of items.10-01-2009
20090243845WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A wireless communication apparatus and technology operable to display disaster information is disclosed. The system receives information on a disaster such as earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, rain, or snow, and content can be displayed based on the type and severity of the disaster.10-01-2009
20090243843APPARATUS AND METHOD OF BLOCKAGE DETECTION - An apparatus includes a mounting base and a compatible electrical unit removably carried on the base. The base carries a transducer and a sensor external to the unit. The transducer emits radiant energy toward the unit. The sensor receives radiant energy modulated by the unit. A local control unit can store the received, modulated radiant energy as a base-line profile. Subsequently, additional profiles can be generated and compared to the stored base-line to determine is a spatial characteristic of the electrical unit has changed.10-01-2009
20110227729SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SECURE SHIPPING LABEL - According to various embodiments, a shipping label validation system is provided for determining whether a shipping label is valid or counterfeit. The system may be used, for example, by a shipping entity (e.g., a common carrier) to prevent counterfeiting by generating and embedding onto the shipping label a shipping label hash index based upon at least a portion of the data located on the shipping label. The shipping label data may include, for example, a sender's address, recipient's address, package weight, tracking number, routing code, service code, and/or MaxiCode. The system may also be used to detect existing counterfeit shipping labels by independently generating a confirmation hash index based upon the same portion of the data used to calculate the shipping label hash index. In various embodiments, the system identifies counterfeit shipping labels based upon any discrepancies revealed when comparing the shipping label hash index to the confirmation hash index.09-22-2011
20100156628Automated Adaption Based Upon Prevailing Threat Levels in a Security System - Four threat levels reflect a prevailing risk and can be adjusted, for example, when local authorities advise of an increased likelihood of terrorist activity. Thus, a higher threat level in such system indicates a higher level of risk to a particular facility. In an embodiment of the invention, the behavior of the system changes with a simple adjustment to the threat level.06-24-2010
20100156631METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING A PLURALITY OF NOTIFICATIONS IN A NOTIFICATION POOL - A method for transmitting a plurality of notifications in a notification pool includes determining a first notification batch having the plurality of notifications, and assigning a priority weight to each of the plurality of notifications, at least two of the priority weights being different. The method further includes inserting the first notification batch into the notification pool, and transmitting the plurality of notifications in the notification pool sequentially, based on the priority weights of the plurality of notifications. A system for transmitting a plurality of notifications is also provided.06-24-2010
20090315711DIGITAL FRAME AND POWER SAVING METHOD THEREOF - A power saving method for a digital frame is provided, wherein the digital frame includes a sensor for object detection within a specific area near the digital frame. When no entity is detected by the sensor within the specific area for a predetermined time period, the digital frame automatically switches to a power down mode for saving power consumption.12-24-2009
20090315710SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM AND COMPONENTS THEREOF - The invention relates to a signal processing system and to individual components of said system. The aim of the invention is to provide solutions which make it possible to solve a number of sensor problems in a cost-effective manner within a limited space with relatively little circuitry. To this end, a sensor system for generating control signals is disclosed, said control signals being used for setting switching states, a user located in the region of the sensor system acting as a—signal transmission structure. Said sensor system comprises: a first sensor component having a sensor, a local-key switch and a signal extraction switch for generating a partial signal whose information content is indicative of a sensor event detected by the sensor, a second sensor component also having a sensor, a local-key switch and a signal extraction switch for generating a partial signal whose information content is indicative of a sensor event detected by the sensor of a signal requester component that comprises an interface device via which an extraction of seek signals searched in the mentioned user and an introduction of partial signals from the user in the interface device is carried out, wherein the local-key switch associated to each sensor component is configured in such a way that the partial signal carries an information content that allows the partial signal to be allocated to the respective sensor component. It is thus advantageously possible to detect the signals of several sensors without the need of specific direct wirings between the sensor components and the signal requester component.12-24-2009
20100156635Signal Level Detection Method - An electronic signal level detection system and method are provided. The method receives an analog input signal having a variable voltage and compares the input signal voltage to a threshold. A detection signal is generated for input signal voltages exceeding the threshold in a periodic first time frame. In a second periodic time frame (following the first time frame), a count is updated in response to the generated detection signals. The count is used to create a metric representative of the difference between the input signal voltage and the threshold. The count is incremented in response to the generating a detection signal (“1”) in the first time frame, and decremented in response to not generating a detection signal (“0”) in the first time frame.06-24-2010
20100156633Liquid infusion pump - A method is provided for controlling change access to a display menu of an ambulatory liquid infusion pump. A programmed menu of the infusion pump may be displayed and a menu lock flag may be monitored. Changes to at least one active item of the programmed menu may be disabled if the menu lock flag is activated.06-24-2010
20100156629MEMS DEVICES AND REMOTE SENSING SYSTEMS UTILIZING THE SAME - A remote sensing system comprises a micro-electromechanical sensor (MEMS) device comprising a sensing element, an exciting element to resonate the sensing element at resonant frequency from a remote location by transmitting signals comprising any of acoustic signals, optical signals, radio frequency signals, or magnetic induction signals, and a reader circuitry to read an original frequency of the sensing element from a remote location for determining a condition to which the MEMS device is exposed using signals comprising any of acoustic signals, optical signals, radio frequency signals, or magnetic induction signals.06-24-2010
20100156630Contextual Risk Indicators in Connection with Threat Level Management - A system is provided that that allows users to define factors that uniquely affect the security risk of certain events at a certain locale. The system can then change its behavior based on these custom risks and invoke various counter measures when threats are more likely. Accordingly, one embodiment of the invention provides for the use of contextual risk indicators in connection with threat level management.06-24-2010
20090289789EVENT RECORDER FOR PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICE - Operational parametric sensing and event recording capabilities are provided for portable electronic devices such as media players, cell phones, laptop computers, and the like that takes the can take the form of a standalone sensing unit or as an integrated component of the portable electronic device.11-26-2009
20090079562SMART MEDIATION AND REACTION SYSTEM FOR PROTECTING INTERDEPENDENT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURES - To monitor the functioning of the services of a first infrastructure (CI1) upon which the functioning of the critical services of a second infrastructure (CI2) depend, a server (SS) capable of communicating with both infrastructures receives, upon the detection of a failure of a service of the first infrastructure by a first terminal (CT1) included within the first infrastructure, an identifier (SI) for the faulty service sent from the first terminal. The server transmits a request to the first terminal in order to retrieve the characteristics settings values of the faulty service, and apply correlation rules to the retrieved values in order to produce information relevant to the functioning of the faulty service. The server transmits a message (SPM) containing the produced information to a second terminal (CT2) included within the second infrastructure, so that the second infrastructure can react to the failure of a service of the first infrastructure.03-26-2009
20090079561NIGHT LIGHT WAKE UP INDICATOR - A night light that transitions between at least two states to provide a visual indication to a child as to whether it is time for the child to get out of bed or that the child should stay in bed. The night light shows an illuminated sun to indicate that the child can get out of bed. The night light shows an illuminated moon with a border of Z's to indicate that the child should stay in bed. The transitions between modes are based on information entered into a user interface, the current time, and/or the actuation of buttons on the device.03-26-2009
20100188214DISPLAY INTEGRATED VIBRATING ALARM - An alarm system and method for use with a breathing apparatus that provides a source of breathable air to a user/diver. A tactile signal is generated in response to a signal representing at least one parameter corresponding to the breathing apparatus status, and the tactile signal can be both felt and heard by the user. The tactile signal may be generated in combination with a visual and/or an additional audible alarm. The tactile signal may be a vibration. The alarm may be worn on the face, either on the mask or on the mouthpiece. The vibrator serves two functions, one as a tactile alarm that the diver can feel during operation, and a second as an auditory alarm through bone-conduction of sound. The tactile alarm indicates to the user/diver that his particular unit is the one transmitting an alarm signal, and cannot be mistaken for any other device. The tactile signal may be generated to have one or more signal characteristics that are modulated to convey additional information about the parameter or parameters being monitored.07-29-2010
20100182146DEVICE FOR DETECTING EXPLOSIVES BY RADIOFREQUENCY - Device for detecting explosives by radio frequency the invention relates to an arrangement specially conceived and designed to allow detecting both the presence in a specific place and tracking the trajectory followed by an explosive, for the purposes of generating, if appropriate, alarm and warning signals warning of the presence of explosives in a place where it should not be. The arrangement is based on the integration of RFID tags into each one of the explosive cartridges or into the corresponding detonators, together with detectors formed as emitter-receiver devices with a certain radius of action, through whose antennae signals are sent generating responses on the part of the RFID tags which allow carrying out a control of the explosives, and/or generating alarms, as appropriate. The RFID tags can alternatively be connected to the sides of the container box, or even be incorporated into the mass for preparing the explosive product.07-22-2010
20100188213USB FINGERPRINT SCANNER WITH TOUCH SENSOR - A fingerprint scanner is provided. The fingerprint scanner includes a control module for detecting and controlling the transmission of signals, an electrical connector coupled to the control module for connecting the fingerprint scanner to a periphery device, a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) indicators coupled to the control module to indicate operation status of the fingerprint scanner, and a fingerprint scanning module. The fingerprint scanning module is coupled to the control module to detect fingerprints and sense touches, and send fingerprint signals and touch signals to the control module. The fingerprint scanning module includes a touch sensor for sensing different touches that represent different command signals.07-29-2010
20100259380EVENT DETECTION CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM - The event message is transmitted from an operative event detection device to the application, the transmission history is held by a device different from the operative event detection device, an event identifier of an event message and a time stamp in the generation history held by a standby event detection device is compared with an event identifier of an event message and a time stamp in the transmission history when the standby event detection device detects an abnormal condition of the operative event detection device, thereby transmitting an event message that has not been transmitted by the operative event detection device through the standby event detection device, and allowing the standby event detection device to transfer from the standby event detection device to an operative system.10-14-2010
20100259379WARNING DEVICE - The invention relates to a warning device, provided with an electronic warning unit, capable of generating warning signals at pre-programmed constant time intervals, embedded inside a body formed by a single piece of mouldable synthetic material, such as a plastic or silicone, which is provided with starting means for staring the warning device, which means can be actuated by means of the application of a pressure on a part of the outer surface of the mentioned body.10-14-2010
20100013631ALARM RECOGNITION - A method and apparatus of recognizing an alarm scenario in a chip card. The method includes detecting a deviation of a property, and determining whether the deviation is a result of an alarm scenario.01-21-2010
20090045947Emergent Information Pattern Driven Sensor Networks - Emergent information is created and utilized by an array of sensors. Each sensor is programmed with a trigger rule, which describes a local condition that must be met for the sensor to trigger an event signal, and a relationship rule, which describes a hierarchy of communication control among sensors in the array of sensors. When a predetermined percentage or weighting of the sensors trigger event signals, emergent information that describes conditions at the array location is generated.02-19-2009
20100001858EMERGENCY ALERT INFORMATION BASED UPON SUBSCRIBER LOCATION - A subscriber of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) receiving an EAS alert message can obtain additional information based upon the location of the subscriber. The additional information can include information pertaining to available shelter, medical facilities, the location of emergency supplies, a plume map, evacuation routes, or the like. In an example embodiment, the Global Positioning System is utilized to determine the location of the subscriber. The location information along with EAS alert information is used to query a database to obtain the additional information.01-07-2010
20090045948Emergent Information Database Management System - A method for recreating known emergent information comprises initially storing data in a database. Multiple data patterns, which are based on known emergent information, are developed. These multiple data patterns are ranked according to each data pattern's historic accuracy in creating the known emergent information. The data is applied to a highest-ranked data pattern to recreate the known emergent information.02-19-2009
20100225475Metered Electrical Charging Station With Integrated Expense Tracking And Invoice Capabilities - A system for safely recharging and charging electrically powered vehicles, including hybrid powered vehicles, includes an electrical charging station for connecting the vehicles to a source of Ground Fault Protected electrical power, an authorization device for permitting an operator of the vehicle to utilize a secure electronic content distributor (SCED) such as a credit card, a debit card, a hotel/motel electronic key card, employee or student identification card, electronic membership card, retail credit card, a smart card, etc. to authorize payment for the amount of electrical power utilized to recharge or charge the vehicle. The system also includes a metering system for recording the amount of electrical power or electricity utilized to charge or recharge the vehicle. The metering system includes tracking and recording of the cost of the electrical power which is used to recharge or charge the vehicle. This system further is capable of producing a receipt which can be presented to an individual associated with the vehicle. This system is further capable of tracking these business transactions, recording them, accounting for them and transmitting the information to a Host Billing Center. This system is preferably located at parking facilities located at transportation centers, public and private municipal parking facilities, parking facilities located at hotels, motels, casinos, entertainment complexes, parking facilities at hospital, educational, and corporate campuses, and parking facilities located at shopping. The business transaction/costs for recharging or charging the vehicle may be completed as the service is completed or they may be transmitted to a centralized accounting system for incorporation in a master bill.09-09-2010
20100277317METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING NOTIFICATIONS IN A MEDIA SYSTEM - A system to convey user alert messages is disclosed. The system may have a alert service coupled between alert providers and a number of households. After receiving in the alert service an alert message from an alert provider, the alert service may alter the alert message to identify the household designated to receive the alert message. The alert service sends a notification to a home media system within the household designated to receive the alert message.11-04-2010
20100225473Postural information system and method - For two or more devices, each device having one or more portions, a method includes, but is not limited to: one or more obtaining information modules obtaining physical status information including information regarding one or more spatial aspects of one or more portions of one or more first devices with respect to one or more portions of a second device, and one or more determining advisory modules configured to direct determining user advisory information regarding one or more users of the second device based at least in part upon the obtaining physical status information including information regarding one or more spatial aspects of one or more portions of the one or more first devices with respect to one or more portions of the second device. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.09-09-2010
20100225479HEARING AID - This hearing aid comprises a microphone (09-09-2010
20100225476PATCH FOR DETECTING MOVEMENTS OF A BODY - A patch for detecting movements of a body and its use.09-09-2010
20100225474Postural information system and method - For two or more devices, each device having one or more portions, a method includes, but is not limited to: obtaining user advisory information including information regarding one or more users each of two or more devices based at least in part upon physical status information including information regarding one or more spatial aspects of one or more portions of each of the two or more devices, and outputting output information based at least in part upon one or more portions of the user advisory information. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.09-09-2010
20100253515METHOD OF OPERATING A DRIP SENSOR SYSTEM IN AN ENTERAL PUMP SYSTEM - The present invention provides a method of operating an infrared drip sensor in an enteral pump system to reduce false alarm conditions. The method consists of the following steps: optically coupling a infrared beam emitter with an infrared beam detector along an infrared beam path that extends through a drip chamber and intersects the drip path; monitoring the output signal of the infrared beam detector to detect pulses; monitoring the pulses for an interruption thereof; and running an infrared beam power update routine when an interruption is detected in the pulses, the infrared beam power update routine consisting of incrementally increasing a power level of the infrared beam until the power level of the infrared beam is sufficient to re-establish an output signal at the infrared beam detector.10-07-2010
20100225478Fatigue testing system for prosthetic devices - A fatigue testing system provides simultaneous cycle testing for a plurality of prosthetic devices under simulated physiological loading conditions. A plurality of sample holders containing test samples of prosthetic devices is positioned between a distribution chamber and a return fluid chamber to form an integrated test chamber. A reciprocating linear drive motor operates a rolling bellows diaphragm to cyclically pressurize fluid within the test chamber and drive the pressurized fluid through the prosthetic devices being tested. The test chamber defines a return flow conduit in fluid communication with each of the sample holders, the return fluid chamber, and the distribution chamber. Compliance chambers and throttle valves associated with each of the sample holders regulate the pressure gradient and back pressure across the prosthetic devices being tested.09-09-2010
20100225477DUCT GREASE DEPOSIT DETECTION DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - Automatic devices that determine when pollutant deposits have accumulated in ductwork may be employed to notify maintenance personnel or automated cleaning equipment of the need for ducts to cleaned or replaced. Various detection devices may be employed to detect a property of accumulated grease and generate an indication of an accumulation. The detection device may present a surface to the fume stream inside a duct. The surface may be cooled to a temperature that represents a worst case temperature so that the accumulation due to condensation on the detector surface is at least as high as the coolest surface in the ductwork which is being monitored. Alternatively, the detection device may be located external to the duct. The detection device may interrogate the surface of the duct through contact or noncontact measurements to determine the thickness of an accumulated grease layer on the interior of the duct.09-09-2010
20100238027DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE HEALTH STATUS OF STRUCTURES - Structural health monitoring device with improved reliability and performances that is applied in selected locations on a structure. The structural health monitoring device includes a data acquisition, process and storage media, a direct and independent wireless connection system to a standard and globally interconnected telecom network, is uninterruptedly powered by a power management system featuring at least two battery power sources. The structural health monitoring device further includes sensors specifically intended to remain permanently active and “asynchronously” trigger data acquisition sessions in occurrence of timely unpredictable phenomena having structural relevance and is moreover comprising data processing media for data compression and for automatic detection of possible structural anomalies using a self-training neural data processing algorithm.09-23-2010
20100238026Mobile Electronic Detection Device With User Selectable Alerts - A detection device for detecting the presence of a speed detection system, red light camera, or other electronic surveillance means. The device includes a display means whereby the graphical and audible presentation changes from the non alert condition to the alert condition in accordance to a user selectable choice of options, thereby increasing awareness to the surveillance threat.09-23-2010
20110057794ALARM - An alarm comprising: a transmission reception circuit unit transmitting and receiving an event signal with an other alarm; a sensor unit detecting an abnormality; an alerting unit outputting an abnormality warning; an abnormality monitoring unit receiving an abnormality detection signal from the sensor unit, while outputting the abnormality warning of a coordination source, and transmitting to the other alarm the event signal indicating an abnormality, meanwhile, outputting the abnormality warning of a coordination end when the event signal indicating an abnormality is received from the other alarm; and an inspection processing unit transmitting to the other alarm an event signal indicating a self inspection result, and, when an event signal indicating an inspection result is received from the other alarm, reporting an inspection result of a plurality of alarms in coordinated relation.03-10-2011
20110057793Mote servicing - One aspect can include determining that at least one mote device is operating outside normal operational parameters and should be serviced, and determining at least partially using the at least one mote device that is operationally located within a mote network is not meeting a goal of the at least one mote device with respect to the mote network and should be serviced. Another aspect can include determining that at least one mote device should undergo routine servicing and configuring the at least one mote device to indicate the at least one mote device should undergo the routine servicing.03-10-2011
20110057792Automated, Prescription Use Recording Device - An automated container-use recording device is described. The device includes an interconnection device for connecting with a container and an active time keeping component for connecting with the interconnection device. The active time keeping component includes a trigger switch configured to generate a signal when the active time keeping component is removed from the container. A microchip is included that receives the signal from the trigger switch and records that a change of state of the container has occurred. A display is also included for displaying the change of state to a user.03-10-2011
20100164716SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING DISPENSING OF MEDICATION - A system is capable of monitoring dispensing of medication from a medication container having a volume. The system comprises a measuring portion and a processor portion. The measuring portion is operable to measure a parameter at a first time and to measure the parameter at a second time. The processor portion is in communication with the measuring portion. The processor portion is operable to determine a change in volume of medication within the medication container based on the measured parameter at the first time and the measured parameter at the second time.07-01-2010
20120139725AUTOMATIC VALVE SEATING INTEGRITY TEST - The present invention comprises methods for testing the valve seating integrity of a valve. The valve components that determine valve seating integrity are typically a valve seat and a valve closing element that engages the valve seat to close the valve. Examples of the test method described herein respectively test valve seating integrity during opening of the valve and during closing of the valve, and do so in all instances without interrupting the operation of a process control system that includes the valve, without isolating the valve, and without relying on user analysis.06-07-2012
20100123578Power Saving Devices and Systems, and Methods of Use and Fabrication Thereof - The present invention relates to systems and methods for controlling indicators on a device to achieve power and energy conservation. The systems and methods include enabling one or more indicators on the device and further include triggering the disablement of one or more of the indicators on the device based upon a disabling event. Upon detecting an enabling event, the systems and methods include re-enabling one or more of the disabled indicators.05-20-2010
20100123577MULTIFUNCTIONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME - An electronic device includes a detecting module, a processor module, a reminding module and a parameter module. The detecting module includes at least one detecting sensor installed on the electronic device, such that a user contacts the detecting sensor when operating the electronic device. The parameter module stores predetermined acceptable ranges of physiological parameters of users. The detecting module detects physiological parameters of the user operating the electronic device via the detecting sensor, the processor module compares the detected physiological parameters with the acceptable ranges and controls the reminding module to remind the user to relax when at least one physiological parameter is outside of the acceptable range.05-20-2010
20130127618METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MACHINE TO MACHINE NETWORK SECURITY MONITORING IN A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for providing network security monitoring in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method receives communications traffic associated with a sensor network from a sensor that is a member of the sensor network, analyzes the communications traffic to determine if an attack is occurring on the sensor network, and generates an alarm if the attack is occurring on the sensor network.05-23-2013
20130127619PRESENCE DECISION APPARATUS, PRESENCE DECISION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A detection data acquisition unit acquires detection data indicating the detection results from a human sensor. An operation data acquisition unit acquires operation data indicating the presence or absence of operation input to a prescribed machine. A detection data validity determining unit determines from the detection data and the operation data, the validity of the detection data. A presence determination unit determines from the detection data, the operation data, and the validity determination results with respect to the detection data, whether or not an operator is within the area of a prescribed machine.05-23-2013
20090322525SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING WASTEWATER TREATMENT INSTALLATION - Apparatus for managing a residential wastewater treatment system includes an in situ control unit that monitors an individual system. The control unit provides local control and alarms, and also sends status reports and/or alarms to a remote monitoring center via a telemetry device. The remote monitoring center makes information concerning the individual system available through a website.12-31-2009
20090040045System and Method for Monitoring Manufactured Pre-Prepared Meals - Described are a system and a method for monitoring pre-prepared meals which can be assembled as a plurality of portions. Assembled pre-prepared meals can be monitored starting from their assembly up to the ultimate consumption. Pre-prepared meals are arranged on tray-like containers and a data carrier is fastened which contains meal-specific data. These meal-specific data can be read out at least two reading stations to be able to keep a record of the conditions of manufacture, storage and/or cooling.02-12-2009
20090201151LOCKED OR UNLOCKED STATUS KEY INDICATOR SYSTEM - An electronic device that can be mounted onto almost any type of key, for indicating the lock/unlocked status of the lock operable by the key. The electronic device includes a processing unit that when rotational torque force being applied on the key, the processing unit identifies depressed contact sensors, and determines whether the lock was last rotated clockwise (typically locking direction) or counterclockwise (typically unlocking direction). Data representing the rotation direction is stored in the memory. When a designated switch is operated, the electronic device activates an indication that indicates whether the lock is in a lock state or in an unlocked state, according to the data stored in the memory.08-13-2009
20090072970SAFETY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONVENTIONAL LIGHTING FIXTURES - A safety device is incorporated within conventional lighting fixtures, such as table lamps, floor lamps, wall lighting fixtures, ceiling lighting fixtures, chandeliers, recessed lighting fixtures, and decorative lighting fixture structural members such as ceiling medallions. The safety device incorporates several safety function response mechanisms within conventional lighting fixtures to conceal or obfuscate their presence. The safety device provides power failure lighting, alert signals in response to gas, smoke, fire, intrusion, and any other externally generated alarm signal. It may also provide night lighting. The safety device may include a safety module having a light and/or audio source, a power sensing circuit, a control circuit, and a light sensing circuit.03-19-2009
20090072969Baggage management gate - A baggage management gate including an exciting coil, a detecting coil and signal processing unit. The exciting coil forms an alternating magnetic field in a passage to an area from which manages objects to be carried in or carried out. The detecting coil detects a variation in the alternating magnetic field when magnetization of a magnetic material showing a large Barkhausen effect is reversed in the alternating magnetic field. The signal processing unit determines as to whether the magnetization reversal occurs in the alternating magnetic field due to the large Barkhausen effect or not, based on a signal detected by the detecting coil. The signal processing unit includes amplifier that amplifies the signal detected by the detecting coil with plural different amplification factors and output the amplified signals with each of the plural different amplification factors.03-19-2009
20090115604SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR USING A WIRELESS SENSOR IN CONJUNCTION WITH A HOST CONTROLLER - Systems and methods for using a wireless sensor in conjunction with a host controller are described. An illustrative system can include a host controller, a wireless sensor device, and a decoder in communication with the wireless sensor device and the host controller. The host controller may include a remote sensor input that normally would be connected to a wired remote sensor having an expected sensor characteristic. The decoder may receive a wireless signal from the wireless sensor device, and may provide an output signal to the remote sensor input of the host controller that replicate or mimic signals that would be provided by a wired remote sensor having the expected sensor characteristic.05-07-2009
20090167528ELECTRIC SYSTEM AND ALARM DEVICE THEREOF - An alarm device includes a first detecting unit and a controlling unit. The first detecting unit has an isolating circuit, a first enabling circuit, a second enabling circuit and an output circuit. The isolating circuit generates an adjusting signal according to an input signal. The first enabling circuit generates a first enabling signal according to the adjusting signal. The second enabling circuit generates a second enabling signal according to the first enabling signal. The output circuit outputs a first detecting signal according to the second enabling signal. The controlling unit outputs a control signal according to the first detecting signal. The control signal controls an electronic device to operate under a standby mode when the first detecting signal refers to an abnormal status.07-02-2009
20090115605Smart card detectors - A smartcard or other media detects the presence of chemical, biological, radiation, and/or explosive (CBRE) compounds or other items of interest on individuals handling the smartcard or other media. The exposure is stored such that, when the card is presented to a reader, the detection data is transmitted to the reader for appropriate processing by the system. In one embodiment, this invention provides a detection methodology which captures the fact that the holder of the detection device has been in contact with an item of interest without external power. The detector card is then able to alert appropriate authorities of that exposure when the device is presented to a reader in the normal course of the holder's business.05-07-2009
20090115603Homeland intelligence systems technology "H-List" - Homeland Intelligence Systems Technology “H-LIST” comprises nano-sensors embedded in a silicon substrate and etched/fused in a micro-fibered material alloyed with miniaturized steel responsive to preventing bullet penetration and to enable effective detection platform on an outfit for monitoring suspicious terrorist activities and for tracking biological and chemical gases, and explosives, including weapons of mass destruction and physiological conditions of personnel. H-LIST comprises plurality sensors on an outfit worn by an officer, a security officer, a bus driver, hostesses, Doctors, civil establishment hospital patients and the like, for sensing deadly gases, explosives, and physiological conditions in a defined area A receptor is operatively configured and worn proximate to the outfit responsive for empowering the sensors and for receiving/analyzing detection signal communications wirelessly indicative of the presence of a sensed agent, whereby detected signals are transported wirelessly to a central security monitoring station, enabling communication with first responders and backup security personnel or agents to the vicinity of the detection. The sensors are multifunctional and coded to recognize wavelike pattern of gases and explosives traveling through the wave, enabling the outfit and the receptor to be operable and process the portion of the detection signal to determine the detection type and/or whether there is a concealed object by conducting a test in which a first characteristic of a first dielectric constant associated with a person is determined, and a second characteristic of a second dielectric constant associated with the concealed object and or weapons of mass destruction is determined to expedite data transmission and communication to first responders.05-07-2009
20080309484Detecting Explosive Mixture Based On Identifying Components of Explosive Mixture Using Molecular Computational Identification - A method, system and computer program product for detecting an explosive mixture. A potentially hazardous material is embedded with molecules where these molecules are used for identifying individual cells. Upon scanning the potentially hazardous material, the embedded molecules give off light or sonar signatures as output. The output of these molecules is read by a reader which is used to identify the type of material as well as the amount of the material. This information is stored and correlated with the passenger carrying the identified material and the passenger's flight information. A security alert is generated if there is a combination of amounts of potentially hazardous materials previously identified with the amount of potentially hazardous material currently identified that together would be classified as an explosive device where these potentially hazardous materials are to be carried by individual(s) on the same flight(s).12-18-2008
20110032098Portable electronic apparatus with a user physical status sensing and warning circuit - An portable electronic apparatus is disclosed having a sensor module adapted for sensing the user's physical status, a memory unit having stored therein predetermined configuration status data, an alarm, and a microcontroller for driving the sensor module to detect the user's physical status, comparing the detected physical status data to the configuration status data stored in the memory unit, determining the detected physical status data to be an abnormal physical status when the comparison result matches, and driving the alarm to produce a warning signal when an abnormal physical status is determined.02-10-2011
20100219950REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method comprising selecting a piece of equipment to be monitored; selecting a plurality of operating parameters to monitor; calculating a deviation for each of the operating parameters; and calculating a composite index for the piece of equipment based on the deviations.09-02-2010
20090109024Hardware Protection System For Deep-Drawn Printed Circuit Boards, As Half-Shells - A circuit which is to be protected contains a substrate which includes a recoiling area is surrounded by protruding areas. A hardware protection system is provided as half-shells and includes conductor structures arranged on and/or in the substrate to detect access to the circuit which is protected.04-30-2009
20090109021SYSTEM FOR MONITORING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND PROVIDING PREDICTIVE DIAGNOSTICS THEREFOR - A system monitors electrical equipment and provides predictive diagnostics therefor. The system includes sensors located at or about the electrical equipment. The sensors sense information pertaining to operation of the electrical equipment. A first processor is located at or about the electrical equipment and receives the sensed information from the sensors as first information. A first transceiver cooperates with the first processor to transmit the first information as transmitted information. A second processor is located remote from the electrical equipment. A second transceiver cooperates with the first transceiver to receive the transmitted information as second information and communicate the same to the second processor. The second processor provides a notification pertaining to an immediate inspection and/or maintenance of the electrical equipment, and set points operatively associated with the sensed information. The set points pertain to a number of potential alarms regarding operation of the electrical equipment.04-30-2009
20080231442Monitoring Method and Stationary Unit for a Motor-Driven Door - A monitoring method and a monitoring device for a motor-driven door, wherein a stationary unit and a monitoring device mounted on the movable door communicate bidirectionally with one another, wherein data and/or signals of at least one door safety sensor are relayed to the stationary unit, and wherein a waking device is automatically wakened cyclically or is wakened by a vibration sensor and wakes the control device, which in turn wakes the transmitter/receiver and actively queries the stationary unit assigned individually to it as to whether the monitoring device must remain active or be switched back to a power-saving idle state.09-25-2008
20080231441Monitoring Device for a Motor-Driven Door - A monitoring device for a motor-driven door with a door controller for detecting a crash of a moving object with the door and for communicating information as to whether a crash has occurred to the door controller, wherein the monitoring device is equipped with at least one sensor for monitoring movement, shaking and/or vibration of the door in a Z axis, which sensor is disposed in and/or on the door leaf of the door, and wherein there is provided an analyzer unit, which is designed as an analyzer unit that analyzes the signals of the sensor and transmits an information stream to the door controller.09-25-2008
20090109023Apparatus and method for locating a motor vehicle by visible indication - An apparatus and method of use are disclosed that facilitate locating a motor vehicle by providing a visible indication on the vehicle that enables nearby individuals to realize that the vehicle is being sought. In one aspect, the visible indication is activated by a signal transmitted by the police or another government authority, or by an automated toll booth, automatic radar speed checkpoint, or other automated device. In another aspect, the visible indication device is activated automatically when the apparatus detects that the registration, insurance, etc. has expired, or that the license plate does not match the vehicle. Preferred embodiments include date and/or time tracking, and/or GPS, and transmit response signals to the government authority when activated. In preferred embodiments, the visible indication device is attached to the license plate frame, emits light, and includes a plurality colored lights or other distinguishable indications corresponding to different reasons for activation.04-30-2009
20090109022Method and apparatus for providing in-vehicle fuel related information - A method for providing in-vehicle fuel-related information is disclosed. A geographic location of a vehicle is determined. A driving distance remaining for the vehicle is estimated based on a current fuel level and a fuel consumption rate of the vehicle. Fuel providers are located within a search area of the driving distance remaining for the vehicle, and one or more of the fuel providers are output. A travel cost for the vehicle may also be calculated.04-30-2009
20090109025HOSPITAL BED OBSTACLE DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD - A hospital bed obstacle detection device and related method for detecting an obstacle between first and second components of a hospital bed is provided.04-30-2009
20100295678MOBILE APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM - Provided is a notice apparatus including: a plurality of notice signal generation units which generate notice signals; a reference signal output unit which outputs a reference signal used to determine an environmental situation; a reference signal detection unit which detects the reference signal output from the reference signal output unit and generates the detected reference signal as a detection signal; and a notice controller which controls one of the notice signal generation units to generate the notice signal based on the detection signal generated by the reference signal detection unit.11-25-2010
20100308995ODOR GENERATION ALARM AND METHOD FOR INFORMING UNUSUAL SITUATION - An odor generation alarm and a method for informing an unusual situation having a high attention attracting effect and a high degree of safety are provided. An odor generation alarm includes an odorant receptacle, a drive section, a detector and a circuit section which is a controller. The odorant receptacle contains an odorant. A concentration of the odorant in air at which a person can no longer tolerate a strength of smell is lower than a no observed effect concentration of the odorant. The drive section causes the odorant to be emitted from the odorant receptacle. The detector detects occurrence of an unusual situation, and outputs a detection signal. When the detection signal from the detector is inputted, the controller causes the drive section to emit the odorant in accordance with the detection signal.12-09-2010
20100134283Method and apparatus for delivering visual information - An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters. The illumination system further includes landscape lights that are in communication with the control module and the information display device, such that the landscape lights may phase with the information display device, thereby providing a unified phasing effect.06-03-2010
20100134281Project Management Notification and Updates Using Family Tree - A method and apparatus for automated project management notification using an update family tree. The system utilizes a set of subscription service managers and a set of message processing managers to automatically manage the inter-relationship between a set of systems belonging to different entities within the overall family tree of entities working on a project. Each subscription service manager tracks the other entities interested in the updates and events from the host of the subscription service manager. The message processing managers receive the update events from the subscription service manager and apply a set of host defined rules that govern the automated processing of the received messages. In turn, the entity hosting each message processing manager may have its own set of subscribers that are managed by their respective subscription service manager.06-03-2010
20110241876INDICIA READER WITH DIRTY WINDOW INDICATOR - A method of operating an indicia reader comprising the steps of: transmitting light partly through a window toward a target; receiving reflected light from a target and the window onto a photodetector; converting the received light into photodetector output signals representative thereof with the photodetector; storing a baseline photodetector photodetector output signal derived solely from light reflected from the window; decoding indicia information within the target containing information bearing indicia derived from the photodetector output signals; comparing photodetector output signals with the baseline photodetector output signal; and, notifying an operator with an audible or visual signal when the comparison indicates the window is contaminated.10-06-2011
20110109453Apparatus for Warning of an Expiration Date - An apparatus for warning of an expiration date includes a casing, a processing unit located in the casing, and an attachment unit connected to the casing. The processing unit includes a power supply unit, a switch and a warning unit electrically connected to one another. The warning unit warns a user of the expiration date of an object when the expiration date is reached. The attachment unit is connected to the casing. The attachment unit can be detachably attached to the object.05-12-2011
20130147624Transport Refrigeration Security System - A security monitor system for a transport unit is provided. The security monitor system may include at least one security sensor configured to detect a fault condition, and a controller having a plurality of inputs, a plurality of outputs, and a low power control circuit. The low power control circuit may provide electrical communication between a battery of the transport unit, the security sensor, and at least one of the inputs of the controller. The control circuit may be configured to maintain the controller in low power mode when there are no detected fault conditions, and to enable power to the controller when there is a detected fault condition.06-13-2013
20120133508PROVIDING ACCESS TO QUALITY INDICATORS FOR NATURAL RESOURCES - One or more natural resources (e.g., bodies of water, volumes of air or earth, mineral deposits, or wildlife populations) may be tracked by one or more natural resource quality sensors, each of which may detect and report various natural resource quality indicators (e.g., indicators of purity, biological or chemical contaminants, physical properties, and indicators of various components of a processing facility managing the natural resource, such as a water supply system). These indicators may be reported to one or more natural resource servers, which may store the indicators and, upon request of one or more users, generate a natural resource quality report indicating the quality of various natural resources. Reports may also be generated spontaneously and delivered as an alert based upon alert criteria (e.g., upon detecting a water height in a river correlated with flooding, a natural resource server may notify users residing near the river).05-31-2012
20110025501WIRELESS TRANSCEIVER - A low cost, robust, wireless sensor that provides an extended period of operability without maintenance is described. The wireless sensors are configured to communicate with a base unit or repeater. When the sensor unit detects an anomalous ambient condition (e.g., smoke, fire, water, etc.) the sensor communicates with the base unit and provides data regarding the anomalous condition. The sensor unit receives instructions to change operating parameters and/or control external devices.02-03-2011
20120133507Material, system, and method that provide indication of a breach - A multilayer material is described herein that includes at least one signaling layer configured to propagate at least one electromagnetic signal; and a flexible layer configured to enclose the at least one signaling layer, wherein the flexible layer is substantially impermeable to an environment and to the at least one electromagnetic signal. The multilayer material including the at least one signaling layer is configured to transmit a change in the at least one electromagnetic signal upon exposure of the signaling layer to the environment. A system, an article of clothing, or a method is described herein.05-31-2012
20110001619AUTONOMOUS OPERATION OF A NON-LETHAL PROJECTILE - A method for incapacitating an object using a non-lethal projectile equipped with a motion sensing device. The non-lethal projectile is fired at and preferably attaches to the object. Motion of the object is monitored by the motion sensing device. Upon sensing motion of the object, the non-lethal projectile provides a first or another incapacitating stimulus to the object if the motion is sensed as meeting at least one criterion. The criterion may be based on a previously determined algorithm or the threshold is previously determined.01-06-2011
20090066507Portable detection system and method - A method and apparatus for providing assay information to a portable detection unit, by way of a remote server in communication with the portable detection unit or a consumable with stored information for use with the portable detection unit. Global Positioning System (GPS) information is provided to a portable detection unit having a GPS receiver, so that the unit can determine its current position, including altitude. Based on the determined position, assays and parameters, such as PCR melt temperatures, can be selected. Assays to be performed by the portable detection unit can be selected based on the results of a prior assay.03-12-2009
20090066506Electronic device with circuitry operative to change an orientation of an indicator and method for use therewith - An electronic device with circuitry operative to change an orientation of an indicator and method for use therewith are disclosed. In one embodiment, an electronic device is provided comprising a display device, a user interface element, an indicator displayed outside of the display device, and circuitry operative to change an orientation of the indicator when the electronic device changes between a first mode of operation and a second mode of operation. Methods for use with such electronic devices and other electronic devices are also provided. Other embodiments are disclosed, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.03-12-2009
20110241878MEDICATION SAFETY SYSTEM - A medication safety system includes a panel mounted to an IV pole above a multi-channel infusion pump also mounted to the IV pole. The panel includes multiple RFID readers for reading the RFID tags placed on each of the medication containers mounted to the panel. The pump includes a controller that communicates with the RFID readers at the panel to receive the information read by the RFID readers and automatically program the respective pump channel. A verification program verifies that the medication delivery information from the containers matches the patient identified for the pump and the programming parameters of the pump fall within acceptable ranges. In another aspect, the panel contains multiple vibration devices to impart vibrations to the medication of each of the containers mounted to the panel. Those vibrations are sensed by the particular pumping channel to confirm that the correct channel has been programmed for that medication. When the clinician opens the door of the pumping channel, the pump may request information from the RFID reader at the panel for that medication and may wait for receipt of the vibrations in the medication of the tubing mounted into the channel.10-06-2011
20110241875TWISTED FIBER OPTIC SECURITY MESH - A fiber optic mesh intrusion detection system includes a mesh structure made from twisted fiber optic cable to form a plurality of rhombic openings. For each of the crossings, a fastener is wrapped around the crossed fiber optic cable, serving both to provide the mesh structure and to protect the crossing points from tampering. Embodiments include fasteners having rotationally symmetric, interlocking portions such that when wrapped around the crossed cable the portions engage each other to hold the fastener in place.10-06-2011
20110025498INTERFERENCE DETECTOR RESULTING IN THRESHOLD ADJUSTMENT - A method and system are provided for adjusting a threshold value of an alarm for a metal detecting system, based on a detected interference with other systems that operate at adjacent frequencies. The method and system include receiving a plurality of sample values and calculating a discrepancy value based on a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of the plurality of sample values, wherein the discrepancy value corresponds to detected interference. The discrepancy value is compared to a predefined interference threshold value and an activation signal is generated. A fast threshold adjustor receives the activation signal when the discrepancy value is greater than or equal to the predefined interference threshold value and a slow threshold adjustor receives the activation signal when the discrepancy value is less than the predefined interference threshold value. The activation signal triggers an output from the fast threshold adjustor or the slow threshold adjustor that is applied to adjust the threshold value.02-03-2011
20110025500Method and System for Situation Tracking and Notification02-03-2011
20110025497OCCUPANCY SENSORS PROGRAMMED TO DETERMINE LOSS OF LAMP LIFE AS LAMP IS USED - Programmable occupancy sensors that control the on/off operation of a fluorescent lamp automatically determine loss of lamp life as the lamp is used. The programmable occupancy sensors can provide lamp life status and can automatically alert a user when a lamp is nearing its end of life and should be replaced. The occupancy sensors are also programmable to automatically maximize lamp life and energy savings by selecting an optimal time delay from among a number of selectable time delays at which to operate the sensor. The selection is based on an occupancy pattern sensed by the sensor over a given period of time. The optimal time delay, which prevents the lamp from turning off immediately after last sensing occupancy, extends lamp life by limiting the number of lamp off/on transitions, which shortens lamp life, in view of overall energy usage and lamp usage.02-03-2011
20100156634Table top contraband sensing apparatus and method - A table top mounted apparatus and method for detecting contraband, such as paper currency, within a container, where the contraband has a ferromagnetic component. The apparatus includes a DC magnetic field source for inducing a de-magnetization field in any ferromagnetic contraband that may be present within a container, and magnetic sensors for detecting certain characteristic patterns in the “de-mag” field induced by the DC magnetic field source. These certain characteristic field patterns are indicative of contraband arranged in commonly found arrangements of such types of contraband.06-24-2010
20110043360PORTABLE COLLAPSIBLE IR DETECTION SYSTEM - A portable infrared (IR) detection system can be used to scan an adjacent terrain and detect an IR source, such as a person or animal, by detecting heat emitted therefrom. Humans, animals and other sources emit IR radiation which can be detected by an IR detector. The emitted radiation is captured by a tube and reflected onto a sensor using a parabolic or other reflector. The sensor is connected to a display component for producing an audible, visual, or vibrational alert. Activities such as hunting, boating, and camping, often accompany situations where detection of a human, animal, or other heat source can be a valuable tool. This invention provides a portable IR detection system for use in these and other activities, the portable detection system being collapsible, portable and cost-efficient.02-24-2011
20110043361HAZARD ALARM WITH A VARIABLE HOLDING REGION FOR A SUPPLY ELEMENT - A danger sensor (02-24-2011
20110115626METHOD OF AUDITORY DISPLAY OF SENSOR DATA - At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a method of auditory communication comprising: measuring a data set; identifying the type of data set; obtaining the auditory cue associated with the type of data set; and generating an auditory notification; and emitting the auditory notification.05-19-2011
20110115625Aquatic Product Transportation Monitoring System and Method Thereof - The present invention illustrates an aquatic product transport monitoring system and method thereof. The aquatic product transport monitoring system includes a test terminal and a control terminal. Also, the test terminal tests a liquid having at least one aquatic product held therein to obtain a test value. When the test value does not fall within a preset value range built in the control terminal, a warning signal is transmitted.05-19-2011
20100148958EXPIRATION WARNING DEVICE OF REFRIGERATOR - An expiration warning device installed on a refrigerator includes a processor unit, a power source unit electrically connected to the processor unit, an operating unit electrically connected to the processor unit for setting a countdown of number of days, at least one display unit electrically connected to the processor unit for displaying the countdown of number of days, at least one switch unit electrically connected to processor unit for controlling the power source unit and the display unit, and at least one warning unit electrically connected to the processor unit and corresponding to the display unit for alerting the countdown of number of days. The processor unit, power source unit, operating unit, display unit, switch unit and warning unit are coupled to a casing and installed on the refrigerator for setting a countdown of expiration of related foods to remind users about the expiration in advance.06-17-2010
20090322523SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING AN ALARM INDICATION TO A DYNAMICALLY CONFIGURED SET OF ALARM SYSTEMS - The present Reverse 911 Alarm System implements a central alarm distribution site that is capable of generating an alarm indication to warn individuals of a hazard and propagating the alarm indication to selected ones of a plurality of alarm systems that are located in the service area of the central alarm distribution site to warn individuals of a hazard. The central alarm distribution site creates an integrated Reverse 911 system which dynamically selects the alarm systems to encompass the present extent of the hazard and can provide advanced warning to individuals located in an area that extends beyond the present hazard extent area.12-31-2009
20110121969REMOTE MAINTENANCE OF MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICES - A medical imaging device that uses electromagnetic or acoustic information to generate a patient image is remotely maintained. A set of operational characteristics for the device is maintained by a maintenance system disposed remotely from the device. Data from sensors disposed local to the device are received over a network at the maintenance system. A set of parameter measures is derived from the received data and analyzed in comparison with the set of operational characteristics to identify a predicted malfunction of a component of the device. The maintenance system is thus able to initiate a repair of the medical imaging device by generating an alert in response to identification of the predicted malfunction.05-26-2011
20110128149METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING COMMAND WIRE UTILIZED TO DETONATE AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE (IED) - A method and apparatus is devised for detecting command wires utilized to detonate an improvised explosive device or other objects of interest in which frequency-scanned RF in the HF region of the electromagnetic spectrum is projected out across a given area and returns are detected and converted into image data in which phase, amplitude, range and frequency associated with the incoming data is correlated with frequency-dependent range templates to determine the existence of, the range of and the direction of command wires or other objects of interest.06-02-2011
20110241880Electronic Device and Computer-Readable Medium10-06-2011
20100253514LOCATE TRANSMITTER CONFIGURED TO DETECT OUT-OF-TOLERANCE CONDITIONS IN CONNECTION WITH UNDERGROUND FACILITY LOCATE OPERATIONS, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A locate transmitter and method for performing a locate operation to detect a presence or absence of an underground facility. An applied signal is generated to be applied along the underground facility. One or more environmental conditions of an environment in which the transmitted is located are detected and compared to a target value or range of values to determine if an out-of-tolerance condition exists.10-07-2010
20110140886EMERGENCY WARNING DEVICE - An emergency warning device (06-16-2011
20090219154Fingerprint acquisition system and method using force measurements - An apparatus and method of optimizing performance of a fingerprint sensor includes determining whether a force applied to a sensing portion of the sensor is within an optimal force range for the fingerprint sensor and capturing at least one fingerprint image with the fingerprint sensor after the applied force is in the optimal force range.09-03-2009
20090219153CHECKOUT SYSTEM, CHECKOUT SYSTEM CONTROL PROGRAM, AND CHECKOUT SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD - A checkout system performs checkout of articles. The checkout system includes an LCD touch screen 09-03-2009
20090219152PERSONAL ANNUNCIATION DEVICE - A personal annunciation device (PAD) providing, in an area of interest, compensatory annunciation of the presence of an abnormal condition in a hazardous area and accountability of the user of the PAD. Compensatory annunciation supplements primary annunciation provided by an emergency notification system (ENS). A detection system detects an abnormal condition, and a wireless transmission system transmits a wireless transmission to the PAD. The PAD has a housing enclosing the components of the PAD including a communication module for receiving the wireless transmission, a power supply, processor, memory, annunciation system, and RFID module. The RFID module has an RFID receiver that listens for an RFID transmission from an RFID reader disposed in a portal of an area of interest. The PAD identifies the transmission and changes its operating state based on the transmission. The RFID readers recognize, record, and transmit the state of the PAD to a base station providing accountability of the wearer.09-03-2009
20100026486DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME CAPABLE OF ATTRACTING ATTENTION - A digital photo frame (DPF) capable of attracting attention is provided. The DPF includes a light-emitting diode (LED) unit, a display control unit, a motion detector, and a processing unit. The processing unit is connected to the motion detector and the display control unit, and the display control unit is connected to the LED unit. If the motion detector detects there is someone around the DPF, the processing unit transmits a control signal to the display control unit, and the display control unit control the LED unit to flash in response to the control signal.02-04-2010
20100188212Applications for a Two-Way Wireless Speaker System - The two-way wireless speaker system of this invention increases sound fidelity by enabling speakers to acknowledge receipt of audio data packets. This provides increased functionality because the audio hub can receive data not only from wired inputs, but also wireless transmission from computer, cell phone, and other sources. Audio hub can use information from speaker to customize/adjust audio signal for each speaker independently, giving better audio quality and synchronization among speakers.07-29-2010
20110084834Method and System for Contact Lens Care and Compliance - A method for tracking ophthalmic lens care compliance, said method comprising the steps of: including at least one sensor with said ophthalmic product for monitoring at least one ambient condition and for logging and recording at least one reading associated said at least one ambient condition, following a predetermined event; determining whether said at least one reading exceeds at least one predetermined threshold, and issuing an alert when said at least one reading exceeds at least one predetermined threshold.04-14-2011
20110084835MEDICAL INSTRUMENT CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for monitoring a status of a medical instrument is provided. Using an input peripheral associated with a computer terminal, a code associated with the medical instrument to be subjected to a cleaning operation after a previous use of the medical instrument is received. A timer for monitoring a duration of the cleaning operation is initiated. In response to completion of the cleaning operation determined based on the timer, a status of the medical instrument in an electronic record associated with the medial instrument stored in a non-transitory computer-readable medium is updated to indicate that the medical instrument has been cleaned. An indication that the cleaning operation being performed on the medical instrument is complete is then issued.04-14-2011
20090212942STREET LAMP SYSTEM - A street lamp system includes an illumination device, a display unit and a control module. The display unit is configured for displaying oncoming traffic information. The control module is communicatively coupled to the illumination device and the display unit, for sending a first signal to the display unit for displaying the traffic information, and sending a second signal to the illumination device to increase illumination brightness of the illumination device.08-27-2009
20090315709USB FINGERPRINT SCANNER WITH LED INDICATORS - A universal serial bus (USB) fingerprint scanner includes a control module for detecting and controlling the transmission of signals, a fingerprint scanning module coupled to the control module for detecting fingerprints and transmitting fingerprint signals to the control module, a USB connector coupled to the control module for connecting the fingerprint scanner to a periphery device, and a light emitting diode (LED) indicator coupled to the control module to indicate operation status of the fingerprint scanner.12-24-2009
20090315708METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LIMITING AUDIO OUTPUT IN AUDIO HEADSETS - Aspects of a method and system for limiting an audio signal output in an audio device are provided. An exposure meter may provide measurements of SPL values of the audio signal. When a volume or exposure level of the audio signal may approach or exceed a specified limit, the audio signal may be enforced to a predetermined limit. The audio signal may be an input or an output signal of a speaker of an audio device such as a stereo headset. A trend of the measured SPL values may be predicted based on the measured SPL values and device specific reference SPL values. When the volume or exposure level of the audio signal may not be within the specified limit, the audio signal may be limited and an alarm may be sent out to listener. A set of audio volume level parameters may be determined and applied, accordingly.12-24-2009
20110241879CABLE WRAP SECURITY DEVICE - A security device for protecting a merchandise item that includes a housing, a first cable, a second cable, a spool, a locking mechanism and a crossover device that is in the housing and is rotatable about a vertical axis. The locking mechanism locks the spool so that it is not rotatable about the vertical axis. The cable crossover device is placed on a side of a merchandise item opposite the housing. The crossover device in is formed with a crossover body and a latch. The crossover body has the first cable slidably attached to it. The latch is configured to be locked to the crossover body. The second cable slidably is attached to the latch. The latch is configured to be partially released from the crossover body when it unlocked.10-06-2011
20090322526ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING WITH NOTIFICATION APPLIANCES - An emergency notification arrangement includes a control unit, feed and return conductors, and a plurality of notification units. The control unit includes a controller, a modulator, and a bias power source. The controller is configured to generate modulation signals having a data frame format. The modulator is configured to modulate the modulation signals onto a bias power voltage generated by the bias power source. The feed conductor is operably coupled to receive the bias power voltage modulated by the modulation signals. A first notification unit includes a demodulator, a controller, a driver circuit and a signaling unit configured to provide an audible and/or visible notification under the control of a drive signal, wherein the demodulator is configured to provide a received signal representative of the modulation signals to the controller, wherein the controller is configured to cooperate with the driver circuit to cause the signaling unit to operate in a predetermined manner based on the received modulation signals.12-31-2009
20090322522SERENDIPITOUS REPAIR OF SHARED DEVICE - A system and method for soliciting repairs to an electromechanical device are disclosed. The system includes a signaling device for signaling a need for a repair of an associated electromechanical device. A repair mediator receives information related to an addressable fault with the electromechanical device and causes the signaling device to provide a signal indicating, to a candidate repairer passing by the device, a need for a repair to the device for which a reward is available for performing the repair. The repair mediator provides the reward for a completed repair.12-31-2009
20090322524STATUS DETERMINATION METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A plurality of weak discriminators output determinations results about a status of an apparatus. Weight values are individually assigned to the determination results. By performing majority vote of the weighted determination results, the status of the apparatus is determined. The determination results are displayed on a single status indicating screen such that portions corresponding to a normal status are indicated in white while portions corresponding to an anomalous status are indicated in one or more colors other than white. The areas of the portions differ from one another depending on magnitudes of weight assigned to the determination results corresponding to the portions.12-31-2009
20110175730Alarm-Triggered Gun Safe - An electronically-operated gun safe or other lockable container is communicatively connected to an alarm system or one or more alarm system elements. When the alarm or the alarm system elements is/are triggered, a signal is received by the gun safe, which then unlocks the door to the gun safe to allow access to the contents of the gun safe, or takes other action to facilitate easier access to the contents of the gun safe.07-21-2011
20120068845MEASURING AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF A USER EXPERIENCE - A disposable nozzle for use on the discharge end of the barrel of a needleless injector is threaded onto the front end of a holder mounted in the barrel. A resilient detent extending outwardly at an acute angle from the inner wall of a recess in the rear end of the nozzle repeatedly enters and exits notches in a sleeve on the holder when the nozzle is mounted on the holder providing an audible signal that the nozzle has not been used. Reverse rotation of the nozzle during removal from the holder results in breaking of the detent. Thus, mounting of a used nozzle on the holder would not be accompanied by a signal that the nozzle is unused.03-22-2012
20100039257Ambient condition detector with variable pitch alarm - An ambient condition detector outputs an alarm comprising a tonal pattern comprising at least two distinctly different pitch tones in one embodiment of the invention. Another embodiment comprises a detector whereby a user can select a pitch tone to be output within a tonal pattern alarm when the detector senses an ambient condition. Options include verbal output to indicate the type of ambient condition sensed and/or the location of the detector sensing the ambient condition.02-18-2010
20090033488INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND NON-CONTACT IC CARD DEVICE - An information processing method includes the steps of: detecting a magnetic field variation that occurs in the vicinity of a receiving section that receives a magnetic field signal; determining whether or not a detection result satisfies a predetermined condition that is set in advance; connecting a storage section, which stores information included in the magnetic field signal received by the receiving section, to the receiving section if it is determined that the detection result does not satisfy the condition; and connecting the storage section to a reading section that reads information stored on the storage section, if it is determined that the detection result satisfies the condition.02-05-2009
20090033487MOBILE RADIATION SURVEILLANCE NETWORK - A detection system and method having at least one detection unit, and a control centre unit.02-05-2009
20110175732POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC SHELF LABELS AND THE LIKE - A power management system is disclosed in which ESL labels communicate with a server through a base station. The frequency and times at which each ESL label communicates with the server is optimized for the minimum communication necessary to provide up to date pricing and related information, and to simultaneously minimize consumed battery power for the ESL labels. The base stations and servers for the system are preferably operated from hard wired power.07-21-2011
20110175731VENDING MACHINE WITH AN INTERACTIVE LIGHT DEVICE - A product vending machine having a casing housing products for dispensing; a pay unit having a pay interface; a product dispenser unit having a product pickup compartment formed in the casing; and an interactive light device having a first and a second light emitter located on the casing, adjacent to the pay interface and the product pickup compartment respectively, and an electronic control unit for selectively controlling the first and second light emitter in at least three different light signaling modes, each indicating a specific operation to be performed by the user regarding the pay interface and/or product pickup compartment.07-21-2011
20110175728Nuisance Alarm Reduction Method For Therapeutic Parameters - This disclosure describes systems and methods for reducing nuisance alarms associated with monitoring non-physiological parameters in a ventilatory system. Non-physiological parameters may include, but are not limited to, parameters that are internally monitored by the ventilator based on pre-configured ranges dictated by the manufacturer, by an applicable protocol, or by the clinician. Embodiments described herein seek to mitigate nuisance alarms by basing alarm conditions, at least in part, on an integral threshold such that an alarm is not generated when a monitored parameter briefly falls outside an acceptable range by a slight degree, but such that an alarm is generated when a monitored parameter falls outside an acceptable range by a more significant magnitude and/or duration.07-21-2011
20110148631Manhole Security Cover - A manhole security cover includes a manhole cover body comprising a non-metallic RF signal transmissive material. The manhole cover body is seatable on a manhole frame to cover a manhole opening. In the seated position, the first side is accessible from outside the manhole, the second side is disposed within the manhole, and the peripheral edge portion engages a manhole cover support surface on the manhole frame. A manhole cover tamper sensor is responsive to a predetermined movement of the manhole security cover body. A transmitter is operatively connected to the manhole cover tamper sensor and configured to generate a radio frequency manhole cover tamper signal when the manhole cover tamper sensor detects the predetermined movement of the manhole security cover body. An antenna is operatively coupled to the transmitter to radiate radio frequency energy through the manhole cover body to a receiver located outside of said manhole.06-23-2011
20110074574AUTO-TRANSLATION OF SOURCE STRINGS IN GLOBAL VERIFICATION TESTING IN A FUNCTIONAL TESTING TOOL - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for translation verification of source strings for controls in a target application graphical user interface (GUI). In an embodiment of the invention, a method for translation verification of source strings for controls in a target application GUI can include loading a target GUI for an application under test in a functional testing tool executing in memory by a processor of a computing system, retrieving different translated source strings in a target spoken language for respectively different control elements of the target GUI and, determining a score for each one of the translated source strings. Thereafter, an alert can be provided in the functional testing tool for each translated source string corresponding to a determined score failing to meet a threshold value, such as a score that falls below a threshold value, or a score that exceeds a threshold value.03-31-2011
20110074575REMOTE VEHICLE STARTING SYSTEM PROVIDING A TACTILE INDICATION RELATING TO REMOTE STARTING AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A remote starting system for an engine of a vehicle includes a remote start handheld unit. A remote start controller may be positioned at the vehicle for starting the engine based upon the remote start handheld unit and causing the engine to run for a run time period before shutting off the vehicle engine. The remote start controller is resettable based upon the remote start handheld unit to cause the engine to run for an additional run time period while the engine is still running and before shutting off the engine. The remote start handheld unit includes a tactile indicator for providing a tactile indication to a user prior to expiration of the run time period to permit a user to use the remote start handheld unit to reset the run time period while the engine is still running and before shutting off the engine.03-31-2011
20100123575SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING CAPACITY MONITORING AND RECOMMENDING ACTION FOR WIRELESS NETWORKS - A method and apparatus for facilitating capacity monitoring and recommending action for a wireless network is provided. The method may comprise: obtaining data associated with one or more capacity attributes and one or more key performance indicators (KPIs) associated with a network, calculating network level values for the one or more KPIs from the obtained data, generating performance data graphs by plotting a first of the one or more KPIs against a second of the one or more KPIs, analyzing the one or more performance data graphs to determine at least one alarm threshold, and monitoring the one or more capacity attributes to determine if any of the at least one alarm thresholds has been triggered.05-20-2010
20090153324DESIGN STRUCTURE FOR MEASUREMENT OF POWER CONSUMPTION WITHIN AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - An design structure for measuring power consumed during operation of an integrated circuit. The design structure including: a data processing circuit having an input and an output, the data processing circuit configured to generate an output data signal on based on an input data signal; a power measurement circuit configured to measure an amount of electrical power consumed by the processing circuit in generating the output signal from the input signal, the power measurement circuit connected between the processing circuit and a power supply for the processing circuit; and a memory element configured to store a tag containing a value representing the amount of electrical power consumed by the processing circuit in generating the output data signal from the input data signal and either (a) the input data of the input data signal or (b) a pointer to the input data of the input data signal.06-18-2009
20110074576VERIFICATION OF DISPENSED ITEMS - An automated medication dispensing system is disclosed. The system includes a memory configured to store identifying information for at least one item. The identifying information includes an indicator associated with at least one specific feature of the at least one item. The system also includes a processor configured to dispense the at least one item to a user, an output module configured to display the identifying information for the at least one item, and an input device configured to receive, from the user, input indicating that the user has verified that the dispensed item has the same identifying information as the identifying information displayed by the output module. Handheld devices, bedside administration systems, methods, and machine-readable mediums are also disclosed.03-31-2011
20110074577Interactive clothing system - An interactive clothing system includes a control unit having a processor and an antenna, and an item of clothing having a controller and a antenna. The antenna at the item of clothing communicates signals to the antenna at the control unit, the signals containing information about the item of clothing.03-31-2011
20120119906System and method for performing chemical analysis of fingerprints for providing at least one response - A fingerprint recognition system is presented including a fingerprint collecting module positioned about an electronic device for collecting fingerprint information related to one or more fingerprints; a chemical analysis module for performing a chemical analysis of the fingerprint information collected; and an evaluating module for evaluating the chemical analysis of the fingerprint information collected to provide at least one response. Additionally, a chemical analysis system for performing substantially instantaneous chemical analysis of received fingerprints and providing substantially instantaneous recommendations or feedback or responses based on the chemical analysis of the fingerprints received is presented. The chemical analysis indicates at least one or more of the following: age, gender, race, dietary information, and lifestyle information or a combination thereof.05-17-2012
20110068917Emergency Notification Apparatus - An emergency notification system includes a single-motion user input device and a processor in data communication therewith. The system includes an input jack for connecting the processor to a communication network for allowing communication between the processor and an emergency response entity. A microphone and a speaker are in data communication with the processor. The processor includes programming for causing the processor to actuate the microphone and the speaker to allow audio communication between a user and the emergency response entity through the communication network upon activation of the single-motion user input device.03-24-2011
20110050416CHARGING METHOD FOR A MOBILE TERMINAL - A charging method of a mobile terminal is provided. The method comprises detecting brightness of ambient light around the mobile terminal by an illumination sensor of the mobile terminal; activating a charging circuit for charging a battery of the mobile terminal when the detected brightness is more than a first value; measuring a generated current of a solar cell; and deactivating the charging circuit when the generated current of the solar cell is below a second value.03-03-2011
20110248848Autoaccreting Database for EAS-RF Applications - A method for entering information regarding monitored items into a database in a security tag system includes reading barcode item information from a barcode associated with a monitored item, determining whether a tag is present with the monitored item to provide tag presence information, and storing the barcode item information and the tag presence information into the database. The barcode item information and the tag presence information are associated with each other in the database to provide item association information. A rule regarding whether a tag should be present when the barcode associated with the monitored item is read is determined in accordance with the item association information and the tag is deactivated in accordance with the rule. An alarm condition is raised in accordance with the rule. The alarm condition is raised if the tag is present and the rule indicates that the tag should not be present.10-13-2011
20100302035GLOBAL ELECTRONIC SYSTEM OF ENERGY SAVINGS AND INDIVIDUAL SECURITIES - This electronic device offers a complete and total system, for the consumer, since the acquisition of the data to control to visualization by direct display or/and by transmission via Internet and/or the telephone line of various information related with the consumption of water, gas, electricity and telephone as well as data concerning safety of the people such as the smoke detection, of escape of gas, excessive heat and pollution. Other elements, such as the hour, the date, and interior or external temperatures are present. According to the chosen version, an intercom or a videophone exists. Information concerning consumption of the various fluids is taken using sensors or by the addition of additional meters placed at the beginning of the installation right after the “official” meters. Once the data transmitted by telegraphic way or without wire, they are delivered in a microcontroller allowing the treatment and digital display, on a case. Certain data can be regulated by the consumer. At the time of the presence of an anomaly concerning information of the various detectors relating to the safety of the people (pollution and heat, gas, smoke detector), a visual signal is present compared to the fault detector. A siren is also present: it is with several tones following detection (not desired intrusion, detection . . . ) The case is intended to be placed in any room that it is a housing, an office, a factory, a trade, etc (the list not being exhaustive). By the present invention, various consumptions are better controlled and thus decreased, thus contributing to a better environment. In addition, thanks to this invention, the physical safety is ensured in the buildings.12-02-2010
20100302034ARTICLE INSPECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An inspection system and method for determining the elemental makeup of contents of an article includes a localizer for identifying at least one region of interest of the article from data representative of contents of the article, the at least one region of interest having a cross-sectional area or a volume that is less than the entire cross-sectional area or the entire volume of the article, an associated particle imaging device that produces an output that is indicative of the elemental makeup of contents of the article, a data selector for selecting a portion of the output of the associated particle imaging device that corresponds to respective identified regions of interest, and an analyzer for analyzing the portions of the output of the associated particle imaging device selected by the data selector to determine the elemental makeup of contents of the article in each identified region of interest.12-02-2010
20100295677ALARM DEVICE AND ALARM SYSTEM - An alarm device includes: a detection device which detects an occurrence of an abnormal condition within a monitoring area; a transmission device which transmits an alarm signal when the detection device detects the abnormal condition; and an output device which, after the transmission device has transmitted the alarm signal, outputs an alarm after a lapse of a predetermined time after the transmission.11-25-2010
20100295676GEOGRAPHIC REMINDERS - Described is a technology by which a mobile device outputs an alert for a reminder based upon a current location of the mobile device with respect to an entity (person, place or thing) associated with the reminder. The reminders may be maintained and provided by a service. Each reminder includes a reference to target-related information. When the device moves to within a threshold proximity of the target, and other criteria (e.g., time of day) is satisfied, an alert is output by the device. A user may gesture with a device towards an entity to set a reminder associated with that entity, or to get any reminder associated with that entity. A device may also get reminders by scanning or image processing, e.g., by reading a barcode associated with a product to get any reminders associated with that product.11-25-2010
20100277316LIGHTING DEVICE - The invention provides a lighting device (11-04-2010
20100277313Light Emitting Device History Log - A system and method are provided for presenting an apparatus history using a light emitting device (LED) log. The method provides an apparatus user interface (UI) including a plurality of LEDs and presents an LED log. The LED log emits light as a chronological sequence of a first LED pattern followed by a second LED pattern. Each pattern includes the illumination of at least one LED, and the first pattern is different from the second pattern. In response to the LED log, an apparatus condition is communicated. In one aspect the first pattern includes a first number of illuminated LEDs and a second pattern including a second number of illuminated LEDs, different from the first number. The patterns can also be distinguished by color, on-times, and off-times.11-04-2010
20100271203FOREIGN OBJECT DETECTING APPARATUS IN A BILL PASSAGEWAY - A foreign object detecting apparatus in bill passageway includes a laser light source, a first light detector and a second light detector. The laser light source is arranged in a first lateral side to emit a coherent laser beam toward a second lateral side. The first light detector is arranged in the second lateral side to receive the coherent laser beam and to measure the intensity of the coherent laser beam. The second light detector is arranged in one of a top side and a bottom side, wherein when a foreign object is presence in the bill passageway, the intensity of the coherent laser beam received by the first light detector is decreased by the blocking of the foreign object, and at least a portion of the coherent laser beam which is reflected, refracted, diffracted or scattered by the foreign object is received by the second light detector.10-28-2010
20100052901AGGREGATED USER PRESENCE MANAGEMENT METHOD WITHIN A HOME NETWORK AND DEVICE FOR USER PRESENCE MANAGEMENT WITHIN A HOME NETWORK - The present invention relates to a presence management method within home network. The presence of one or more users at one or more devices within a home network is determined and the determined presence information for the one or more users is stored. If data from a remote server having a specific recipient are received, then it is determined which of the one or more users corresponds to said recipient and the received data are sent in accordance with the stored presence information to at least one device within the home network for which the presence of the one or more users corresponding to said recipient has been stored.03-04-2010
20090015403METHOD AND MECHANISM FOR ASSISTED DIAGNOSIS AND MAINTENANCE OF HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM - The invention relates to a system and method of a health monitoring network which automates detection of faulty or failed sensors using real-time fault checking on a dynamically registered sensor data stream. The monitoring system and sensor network can provide a one-touch system to notify users when a sensor requires attention, without prior knowledge of the operational characteristics, installation method or configuration of sensors in the network. The network uses a decision engine to assist in maintenance according to a profile based on individual preferences and capabilities.01-15-2009
20110187529METHOD FOR MONITORING THE QUALITY OF A FUEL COMPRISING ALCOHOL IN A STORAGE TANK - The disclosure relates to a method for monitoring the quality of a fuel containing alcohol in a storage tank (08-04-2011
20090309719WINE CELLAR ALARM SYSTEM - A notification device includes wine cellar temperature and humidity sensors, a processing device, an alarm and an automatic telephone dialer that notifies designated recipients when wine cellar temperature and humidity values are outside of preset limits.12-17-2009
20080238664SCHEDULE WARNING SYSTEM, SCHEDULE WARNING METHOD AND MEDIUM STORING SCHEDULE WARNING PROGRAM - A schedule warning system includes a schedule managing unit that manages schedule information for at least one task item, a relating person data managing unit that manages relating person data that relates to the schedule information, a defining unit that defines a delay monitoring condition to monitor a schedule delay and a warning recipient calculation condition to determine a warning recipient, based on the task item of the schedule information, a delay monitoring unit that monitors whether a schedule delay occurs in corresponding task item, based on the delay monitoring condition, a warning recipient calculating unit that identifies a relating person who corresponds to the task item from the relating person data based on the warning recipient calculation condition and calculates a warning recipient, when a schedule delay occurs, and a warning execution unit that transmits a warning based on the warning recipient calculated by the warning recipient calculating unit.10-02-2008
20080266085CABLELESS OPERATION OF A MEDICAL DEVICE - A method for cableless transmission of operating signals from a mobile remote control unit to a medical device is provided. The method includes recording a transmission quality measurement, and blocking the transmission of the operating signals if the transmission quality measurement or a distance measurement between the remote control unit and a receiver unit of the device fulfils a predetermined trigger criteria. A step detection process is carried out by the remote control unit, and a change in the transmission quality measurement is taken into account if a step movement is determined in the step detection process.10-30-2008
20080246606Display Monitoring Systems - A consumer electronic device (CED) having a display and including at least one light sensor for recalibrating said display at intervals, wherein said display and said at least one light sensor are mounted within different parts of a unitary housing such that when said CED is not in use said light sensor is able to monitor light from said display. Preferably the different parts of the unitary housing comprise two hinged parts, one mounting the display, the other at least a light sensing portion of the sensor.10-09-2008
20110254688USER STATE RECOGNITION IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method for user state recognition, of a user equipment having a microphone, in a wireless communication system, is provided where the microphone receives audio signals, the received audio signals are divided into segments, an audio signal level indicator for each audio signal segment is calculated and a user state is set to a first state, dependent on a value of at least one said audio signal level indicator being less than a predefined threshold.10-20-2011
20110254687METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACTIVATING A DEVICE - An approach is presented for activating a device. The activation platform receives a request to make a device operable, wherein the device is in an inoperable state because one or more components for operating the device are absent from the device. Further, the activation platform, in response to the request, validates an authenticity of the device based, at least in part, on one or more identifiers associated with the device. Then, the activation platform retrieves the components. Then, the activation platform causes, at least in part, transfer of the components to the device to make the device operable.10-20-2011
20110254686RESERVOIR MONITORING FOR IMPLANTABLE FLUID DELIVERY DEVICES - A number of parameters related to the operation of a fluid delivery device are determined based on a pressure within the device sensed using a pressure sensor. In one example, the volume of therapeutic fluid added to or removed from a reservoir of a fluid delivery device is determined based on a sensed pressure of the reservoir. In another example, the volume of therapeutic fluid added to or removed from the reservoir is determined based on a sensed pressure of a refill port assembly of the device. In another example, an initial temperature of the reservoir as a therapeutic fluid is removed from the reservoir is estimated based on a sensed pressure within the device. In another example, a temperature of a therapeutic fluid added to the reservoir is estimated based on a sensed pressure within the device.10-20-2011
20120200412SERVICE DEPENDENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM - Systems for monitoring consumer dependency on services are disclosed. In one embodiment, a service dependency notification system includes: at least one computing device adapted to identify a dependency aware device by performing actions comprising: determining whether a service dependency exists; and providing a service dependency status indicator configured to be communicated via a utility network, the service dependency status indicator indicating whether the service dependency exists.08-09-2012
20080252448SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVENT DETECTION UTILIZING SENSOR BASED SURVEILLANCE - The present invention includes a method, system, and program product for detecting an event that includes receiving at least one data input stream from one or more sensors, selecting a data input stream from one of the one or more sensors, recording the data input stream on a recordable medium, specifying a rule comprising an event in the data input stream, and detecting at least one event in the data input stream based upon the rule.10-16-2008
20100321183A HIERARCHICAL STORAGE MANAGER (HSM) FOR INTELLIGENT STORAGE OF LARGE VOLUMES OF DATA - The present invention is a video surveillance, storage, and alerting system having the following components. One or more surveillance cameras capture video data having attribute data, the attribute data representing importance of the surveillance cameras. One or more video analytics devices process the video data from one or more of the surveillance cameras and detect primitive video events in the video data. A network management module monitors network status of the surveillance cameras, and the video analytics devices, and generates network events reflective of the network status of all subsystems. A correlation engine correlates two or more primitive video events from the video analytics devices weighted by the attribute data of the surveillance cameras used to capture the video data, and network events from the network management module weighted by attribute data of device corresponding to the network event. An alerting engine generates one or more alerts and performs one or more actions based on the correlation performed by the correlation engine.12-23-2010
20080204227SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS MOBILE SEATING PLATFORM - A system (and method) includes a seating platform, at least one sensor for detecting a state of the seating platform connected to a first wireless communications device, the first wireless communications device for conveying information on the state of the seating platform, and a second wireless communications device for receiving information from the first wireless communications device, and a computing system. The second wireless communications device is for receiving the information carrying signal and is connected to the computing system. The computing system is for initiating an action based upon the information.08-28-2008
20080204226IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - The image processing apparatus is provided with: a geographic information holding unit that holds geographic information on an installation place where the image processing apparatus is installed; a form generation unit that generates an information registration form describing items for registering information on a disaster to be collected based on the geographic information held in the geographic information holding unit; and an output unit that outputs the information registration form generated by the form generation unit.08-28-2008
20100283606BUILDING ENERGY CONSUMPTION ANALYSIS SYSTEM - An energy analysis system provides valuable input into building energy expenditures. The system assists with obtaining a detailed view of how energy consumption occurs in a building, what steps may be taken to lower the energy footprint, and executing detailed energy consumption analyses. The analyses may include, as examples, a balance point pair analysis to determine either or both of a heating balance point and a cooling balance point, an exception rank analysis to identify specific data (e.g., energy consumption data) in specific time intervals for further review, or other analysis. The system may display the analysis results on a user interface.11-11-2010
20110163877METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING THE SAFETY OF A REGION - A method of enhancing the safety of a region includes defining a set of rules for the region. Collecting field data from a plurality of mobile stations movable throughout the region. The field data includes information relating to the relative movement of the mobile stations. Comparing the collected field data to the set of rules to identify one or more areas of potential risk within the region.07-07-2011
20110025499SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR RELIABLY DETECTING AUDIBLE ALARMS - A signal processing system and associated methods are disclosed for reliably detecting audible alert signals, such as Temporal-3 (or Code-3) and Temporal-4 (or Code-4) alert signals generated by commercially available smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors. The system and methods are capable of detecting audible alert signals of different intensities in the presence of dynamic background environment (e.g., television programming, music, noise, and the like). The system and methods are capable of detecting audible alert signals generated by far away smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors. The signal processing system and methods may, in some embodiments, be incorporated into a bedside or other unit that generates a supplemental alert signal capable of alerting individuals who might not otherwise respond to the alarm condition, such as individuals who are asleep, children, hearing impaired, or intoxicated.02-03-2011
20100283603PASTURE MANAGEMENT - A plant matter sensor, the sensor includes a pair of parallel spaced apart sensor arms and a control console, a first of the arms having a plurality of emitter means spaced along its length, each emitter configured and arranged to, in use, emit a signal substantially perpendicularly to the arm to be received by a corresponding receiver on the second arm. The console contains controller means to, in use, control the rate, strength and regularity of the signal emitted by each of the said emitters, collectors to, in use, collect data from each receiver as to the existence or absence of receipt of a signal, a processor to process data received from the controllers and the collectors and determine the height of any plant matter traversed by the plant matter sensor and predetermined intervals, and storage to store the plant matter height data generated by the processor for subsequent download or analysis.11-11-2010
20100283604Device And Tamper Detection System - Disclosed is a device including: a control section; a tamper detection section to detect changes of predetermined states of a plurality of pre-defined parts of the device, and to output detection information; a storage section to store the detection information, and request information for requesting the tamper detection section to detect a change of a predetermined state of a specific part of the plurality of parts, wherein when a main power supply section of the device is in an off-state, the electric power is supplied to the control section, the tamper detection section and the storage section from a standby power supply section, and the control section controls the tamper detection section and the storage section so that the tamper detection section detects the change of the predetermined state of the specific part in accordance with the request information, and the storage section stores the detection information.11-11-2010
20110133929Safety device for a motor vehicle service workplace - A device for ensuring the safety of a motor vehicle service workplace has at least one receiver for receiving a signal emitted by at least one associated transmitter, and an evaluation device which is configured to determine on the basis of the received signal whether the at least one transmitter is located in a danger zone of the motor vehicle service workplace. The device for ensuring the safety is configured to bring devices at the motor vehicle service workplace into a safe condition when the at least one transmitter is located in a danger zone.06-09-2011
20110018711INDICATOR PROCESSOR - A network device includes a processor configured to i) assign status information indicative of the network device to a plurality of classes, wherein each of the plurality of classes is associated with a different characteristic of the network device, and ii) combine the status information in the plurality of classes into at least one group of status information in response to user inputs. A display includes a plurality of individually controllable light emitters. The light emitters are configured to display at least one group of status information based on the user inputs. The processor is configured to provide at least one group of status information to the display.01-27-2011
20110163875MANUFACTURING CONTROL DEVICE - Errors in work in a bolt or nut tightening process are reduced to an extremely low level. Further, the process of the work is accurately recorded and quality of production processes is improved. A production management device receives information on a production instruction from a superordinate device, optically displays, according to the information, a socket to be selected for work to tighten a bolt or a nut, automatically recognizes a nut taken out from a socket holder, and alarms when the recognized socket and the displayed socket do not agree.07-07-2011
20110080284Illuminated Furniture Utilizing Solar or Wind Energy - The present invention is a furniture apparatus that uses an indicator, such as a light, to provide a signal to a user. Power can be provided to the indicator by energy acquisition elements and energy storage elements. The energy acquisition elements and energy storage elements can be combined along with the necessary sensors and switches to allow the user to control the acquisition of energy and whether or not the indicator is activated. For convenience purposes, a carriage housing the energy acquisition elements and energy storage element can be removed from the furniture for acquiring energy in a remote location from the furniture.04-07-2011
20110080285DISTRESS BEACON AND DISTRESS ALARM SYSTEM - A distress beacon and associated detection system for water borne activities are disclosed. The beacon includes a signal transmitter, an antenna and an actuator arranged to activate the signal transmitter upon actuation, the signal transmitter being arranged, upon being activated, to periodically output a signal pulse via the antenna, the signal pulse including an identifier associated with the distress beacon04-07-2011
20110260864INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM STATUS ALERT SYSTEM - An information handling system status alert system includes an information handling system (IHS). The IHS includes a frame, a processor supported by the frame and a memory module communicatively coupled to the processor. The IHS additionally includes an operational display device coupled with the frame such that the operational display device is viewable from a first side of the frame. Furthermore, the IHS includes a status alert display device coupled with the frame such that the status alert display device is viewable from a second side of the frame, wherein the second side of the frame is substantially opposite the first side of the frame.10-27-2011
20110175727APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SELF-CONTAINED INSPECTION OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS - Provided herein are new apparatuses and related methods for an automated global shipping container inspection system for inspecting a shipping container during transportation at a shipping container handling facility including at least one detection device located within the shipping container and in communication with a computer communications network comprising electronic communication means for receiving from the detection device at least one comparison data set selected from the group consisting of an initial data set, a destination data set, and one or more interim data sets. The apparatus provides means responsive to the at least one comparison data set for determining an inspection fail status for the shipping container, such as when at least one comparison data set substantially mismatches another comparison data set for the same shipping container. The apparatus further provides means responsive to the receipt of the inspection fail status to indicate the need for further inspection of the shipping container.07-21-2011
20100214098ELECTRONIC TIME DATA SYSTEM - Data in the form of discrete learnable objects, is automatically retrieved at time intervals and fed to a user by an electronic time data device based on options such as subject, alert and time interval of 60 minutes or less. Preceding or with the feeding of a data object, an alert is outputted, which is ceased by an input. Inputs such as answers to questions to test comprehension, can also be required. The system can evaluate the responses, and adaptively introduce a new subject when comprehension is demonstrated, and repeat data objects for which comprehension is not demonstrated. The interval, subject matter fed and other parameters can be controlled by the device, or remotely by a second device or administrator, and information representative of comprehension, marketing, and the like can be recorded and collected.08-26-2010
20100066533System and Apparatus for Alerting a User in Response to Environmental Conditions - An apparatus and system 03-18-2010
20100066535Analyte Meter Protectors and Methods - Analyte meter protectors, meters that include the same, and methods.03-18-2010
20100066534OBJECT DETECTING APPARATUS - An object detecting apparatus includes a sensor, a noise determining portion, a detected result determining portion and a warning portion. The sensor transmits an ultrasonic wave and receives a reflected wave reflected by an object. The noise determining portion determines existence or nonexistence of a noise signal received by the sensor for a plurality of detecting areas by using a different threshold value for each of the plurality of detecting areas. The detected result determining portion validates or invalidates an object detected result of the sensor for each of the detecting areas based on existence or nonexistence of the noise signal determined by the noise determining portion for each of the detecting areas. The warning portion warns about the object detected result for a detecting area that is validated by the detected result determining portion.03-18-2010
20100194561ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND GAIN CONTROL METHOD - By automatically adjusting a gain according to the presence or absence of head set connection and a head set microphone, an electronic circuit has improved sound collecting performance and prevents the microphone from casually collecting sound. In the circuit, a voltage detecting unit (08-05-2010
20100194560SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCED BUSINESS PROCESS MONITORING - Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for enhanced business process monitoring. The system may receive input identifying a transaction segment, receive past operational data associated with the transaction segment, generate a unique electronic signature associated with the transaction segment, associate a threshold with the transaction segment, and monitor the current operational data associated with the transaction segment to determine if the threshold has been exceeded.08-05-2010
20110148630APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAM AND FALL - Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for sensing photoplethysmogram and fall. According to the present invention, the apparatus and for sensing photoplethysmogram and fall may include: a sensor unit that senses acceleration and photoplethysmogram; a photoplethysmogram/fall determining module that synthetically tests sensed acceleration signals and photoplethysmogram signals sensed by the sensor unit to determine whether emergency occurs due to fall or emergency occurs due to photoplethysmogram; and a communication module that transmits the test results.06-23-2011
20100019901EMERGENCY EXIT INDICATOR AND EMERGENCY EXIT INDICATING SYSTEM - An emergency exit indicator includes a light source, a visual indicator and a power line communication unit, wherein the visual indicator is disposed within the illumination scope of the light source, and the power line communication unit is electrically connected to the light source. The emergency exit indicator is capable of altering the displayed escape information. The present invention further provides an emergency exit indicating system using the above-mentioned emergency exit indicator and can more precisely display the escape information.01-28-2010
20100019899METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECEIVING EMERGENCY EVENT ALERT - A method, a device, and a system for receiving an emergency event alert are provided, which relate to a field of communication applications. As long as communication between a user terminal and a bearer network is normal, no matter whether the user terminal is watching live television programs, the user terminal can receive the emergency event alert in time. The method is as follows. A receiving unit discovers an emergency event alert service. The receiving unit is attached to the emergency event alert service. The receiving unit receives an emergency event alert message sent by a distributing unit. An emergency event alert receiving unit device includes a discovering and processing module, a service attachment processing module, and a message reception processing module. Through attachment to the emergency event alert service, the user terminal can receive the emergency event alert in time.01-28-2010
20100019898PRE-VALIDATED WIRELESS SENSORS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL OR OTHER APPLICATIONS AND RELATED SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method includes installing a wireless sensor in a specified operational environment, wherein the wireless sensor is pre-validated for use in the specified operational environment. The method also includes operating the wireless sensor to obtain information. The method further includes wirelessly transmitting data, where the data includes the obtained information and/or information based on the obtained information. The specified operational environment could represent a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment. The method could also include receiving one or more network settings at the wireless sensor, where the data is wirelessly transmitted using the one or more network settings. The receipt of the one or more network settings may not alter the pre-validation of the wireless sensor to operate in the specified operational environment.01-28-2010
20100019900PORTABLE RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CONVERSION DEVICE, WARNING DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A determination unit of a portable radiographic image conversion device determines, when image information has been generated by an electronic circuit, whether or not a state of connection between a connection terminal and a communication cable is abnormal. Then, when it has been determined by the determination unit that the state of connection is not abnormal, a control unit causes the image information that has been generated to be transmitted by a communication unit, and, when it has been determined by the determination unit that the state of connection is abnormal, the control unit causes the image information that has been generated to be stored in a memory.01-28-2010
20090174551Internet activity evaluation system - Methods and apparatus for evaluating Internet activity are disclosed. One embodiment of the invention pertains to a child using the Internet and a parent inspecting said child's activity on the Internet, which enables said parent to intervene if said child's Internet activity is inappropriate.07-09-2009
20100013632Transceiver Interface for Power System Monitoring - A system and method for filtering electric power system data communicated from faulted circuit indicators (FCIs) and at least one other source before the electric power system data is further communicated to a monitoring system such as SCADA. The power system data from the FCIs may include an event such as a fault on the electric power system. To avoid sending incorrect or excess information along to the monitoring system, the present disclosure describes a system and method for comparing data from the FCIs against electric power system data gathered either directly from the electric power system or from an intelligent electronic device (IED). If the two sets of data agree, then the information is passed on to the monitoring system. The FCIs may communicate to a transceiver interface periodically, upon detection of an event, and/or upon interrogation by the transceiver interface.01-21-2010
20090289788Peer to peer surveillance architecture - A peer to peer surveillance architecture comprising a plurality of independent nodes for capturing, analyzing, storing, and viewing surveillance information is disclosed. The surveillance architecture has no central controller or single point of failure because of the peer to peer or independent relationship between its nodes. Generally, surveillance information of various types is captured by one or more capture nodes and transmitted to or one or more viewing, content storage, or server nodes for display, analysis, storage, or a combination thereof. Server nodes may provide authentication services to validate user or device credentials prior to granting access to surveillance information. In one or more embodiments, specialized video compression hardware is provided to allow high quality video surveillance information to be transmitted across low bandwidth connections. Compression may also be performed on other types of surveillance information.11-26-2009
20110115624MESH NETWORK PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE APPLIANCE - A monitoring system includes one or more wireless nodes forming a wireless mesh network; a user activity sensor including a wireless mesh transceiver adapted to communicate with the one or more wireless nodes using the wireless mesh network; and a digital monitoring agent coupled to the wireless transceiver through the wireless mesh network to request assistance from a third party based on the user activity sensor.05-19-2011
20120098660METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF MEDIA ON AN ELEVATOR THAT SUPPORTS A MEDIA STACK IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for determining the amount of media on an elevator that supports a media stack in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include sensing one or more identification mark on a segmented positional reference scale, determining the elevator's position based on the sensed one or more identification mark, and determining an amount of media on the elevator based on the determined elevator position.04-26-2012
20110148628CONTENT PROCESSING SYSTEM CAPABLE OF EVENT DETECTION AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT - In accordance with at least some embodiments of the present disclosure, a process for transmitting a signal is presented. The process may be implemented to detect an occurrence of a predetermined event associated with an object and in response to detecting the occurrence of the predetermined event, transmit a signal relating to a content associated with the object.06-23-2011
20120306648SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO CONFIGURE ALERTS FOR FIELDBUS FOUNDATION DEVICES - In one embodiment, an industrial process control system includes a field device comprising a first plurality of parameters. The process control system also includes a user interface configured to provide for selection of the field device and selection of an alert representation of the field device to enable an alert of the field device. The process control system also includes a controller configured to set the first plurality of parameters of the field device to a respective first plurality of values to enable the alert based on the selection of the alert representation in the user interface.12-06-2012
20120306649AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER ALERTING SYSTEM - A monitoring and alerting system for installation in an air traffic control facility. The alerting system monitors the outgoing transmissions from the control facility to secondary locations, the responsiveness of the control facility personnel to aircraft communications or both. The monitoring and alerting system utilizes multiple stages of alerts for the air traffic controllers. In a first stage, a light source is displayed within the control facility. In a second stage, an audible noise is sounded within the control facility. In a third stage, an audible noise of increased volume is sounded in or near the control facility, a notice is sent to command and control and/or an indication is sent to a Central Control Facility. The three stages of alerts are progressively activated if the personnel in the control facility fail to adequately utilize connected equipment monitored by the alerting system within predetermined time periods.12-06-2012
20120306650INCOME SYSTEM AND EVENT OCCURRENCE NOTIFICATION METHOD FOR INCOME SYSTEM - The present invention provides an inter-communication system with security functionality capable of reporting incidents such as abnormalities occurring in a security system. In an inter-communication system (12-06-2012
20080278319Method and apparatus for detection of structure failure - A detection and alarm system comprises a piezoelectric film sensor and associated circuitry. The sensor detects acoustic emission signals from metallic objects under stress upon which it is affixed. The associated circuitry receives electronic signals from the sensor, creates and evaluates a sensor output value including rate ratio and frequency content of such signals within preset time limits. This data allows the detection of impending failure, an alarm condition, of the metallic object by identifying significant changes in the rate of emission of such sensor signals. An alarm condition may then trigger an alarm signal to warn of such impending failure.11-13-2008
20100277315CONTROLLER AND INTERFACE FOR HOME SECURITY, MONITORING AND AUTOMATION HAVING CUSTOMIZABLE AUDIO ALERTS FOR SMA EVENTS - A single platform for controller functionality for each of security, monitoring and automation, as well as providing a capacity to function as a bidirectional Internet gateway, is provided. Embodiments of the present invention provide such functionality by virtue of a configurable architecture that enables a user to adapt the system for the user's specific needs. Such configurability includes associating selected audio event tones with selected events associated with sensors and zones coupled to the system.11-04-2010
20090315707REAL-TIME RECTANGULAR-WAVE TRANSMITTING METAL DETECTOR PLATFORM WITH USER SELECTABLE TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION PROPERTIES - A highly flexible real-time metal detector platform which has a detection capability for different targets and applications, where the operator is able to alter synchronous demodulation multiplication functions to select different types or mixtures of different types to be applied to different synchronous demodulators, and also different waveforms of the said synchronous demodulation multiplication functions; examples of the different types being time-domain, square-wave, sine-wave or receive signal weighted synchronous demodulation multiplication functions. The operator can alter the fundamental frequency of the repeating switched rectangular-wave voltage sequence, and an operator may alter the waveform of the repeating switched rectangular-wave voltage sequence and corresponding synchronous demodulation multiplication functions.12-24-2009
20120169495Method And Apparatus For Signaling To An Operator Of A Farm Implement That The Farm Implement Is Traversing A Previously Seeded Area - A sectional control apparatus and method prompts the operator of an implement when the implement, or portion thereof, is traversing over land that has already been seeded and/or disturbed. The apparatus includes a GPS or GNSS receiver that communicates with a GPS or GNSS system and a controller that maps movement of the implement so that real-time positional data for the implement can be compared to the movement map. When the position of the implement, or portion thereof, is detected as moving over previously seeded and/or disturbed land, the controller activates an alert mechanism in the operator cab of the implement to notify the operator that sectional control, i.e., shutting down metering of product or raising the tool bar, needs to be implemented.07-05-2012
20120169493MOBILE STORAGE DEVICE WITH ALARM FUNCTION - A mobile storage device includes a connector to be electrically connected to a computer, a storage unit, a microcontroller, and an alarm unit. The microcontroller controls the storage unit to store data from the computer or controls the storage unit to output data to the computer. The alarm unit is electrically connected to the microcontroller. The storage unit stops working after all data is transmitted or received. The microcontroller detects that the storage unit stops working and outputs a control signal to control the alarm unit to output an alarm signal.07-05-2012
20120038479ILLUMINATION SYSTEM COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF ILLUMINATION DEVICES - An illumination device includes a light source. The illumination device is arranged to be mounted to a wall at a mounting height with respect to a floor. The illumination device being arranged to, in use, illuminate a predetermined area of the floor, wherein: the mounting height is between 0.4 and 0.8 meters from the floor; and the predetermined area of the floor has a substantial rectangular shape.02-16-2012
20120038478LOCKING MECHAMISM WITH SABBATH CONTROL UNIT - A lock mechanism for locking a door or the like with a Sabbath control unit comprises a Sabbath control unit comprising an optical device including a light beam emitter and detector spaced apart with a line of sight path between them, the optical device operative to provide output indicating if a light beam emitted by the emitter is received by the detector, and a locking mechanism comprising a moving member operative to be displaced between a locked state position wherein the door is locked and an unlocked state position wherein the door is unlocked, wherein the moving member is operative to block the line of sight path while in the locked state position and to clear the line of site path while in the unlocked state position, and wherein the Sabbath control unit is operative to activate an electronic device in response to output indicating that the light beam emitted by the emitter has not been received by the detector.02-16-2012
20120146790METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A SUBLIMINAL ALERT - A method and apparatus for generating a subliminal alert at a computing device is provided. A first audio file comprising a subliminal alert is selected, the first audio file enabled for processing by a processing unit to control a speaker at the computing device. The first audio file is at least one of: a subliminally audible length; a subliminally audible volume; and chosen based on previous conditioning of a user to the first audio file. The first audio file is associated with at least one alert condition, such that when the alert condition is met, the processing unit controls the speaker to play the first audio file thereby providing the subliminal alert.06-14-2012
20110050417Method and System for Situation Tracking and Notification03-03-2011
20110050415FOOD STORAGE CONTAINER - A food storage container comprises a body for containing food, a cap, and an alarm module provided on one side of the body. The alarm module comprises a switch, a control unit to set an expiration date, a timing unit to show a present date and a present hour and to time, a buzzer, and a processing unit to obtain a time period difference between the present date and the expiration date. The body and the cap provide air-tight effect of food. When a time duration between the present date and the expiration date is smaller than a predetermined value, the buzzer will sound and issue notification that the food inside the container will be expired.03-03-2011
20110050414System and Method for Detecting States - Systems and methods for detecting states are disclosed. An information handling system may include a processor and a plurality of information handling resources communicatively coupled to the processor via the common control line. The processor may be configured to produce a first signal on a common control line. Each of the plurality of information handling resources may include a tag having a signal threshold, the tag configured to communicate a second signal via the common control line indicating the presence of the particular information handling resource in response to the first signal exceeding the signal threshold of the tag.03-03-2011
20110050413DUAL-WARNING PROTECTOR HAVING MULTIPLE PROTECTIONS - A dual-warning protector having multiple protections includes a protection circuit, a first alarm circuit and a second alarm circuit. The protection circuit includes two protection modules each having a thermistor, a semiconductor discharge tube, and a voltage dependent resistor. The protector provides multiple protections for the equipment, the circuit and the maintenance personnel, keeping the operating voltage steadily and not interrupting communication.03-03-2011
20100039255Alarm System Configuration Validation - An alarm system validates values of configuration variables, such as a programmed account code. If the variable(s) is/are not programmed upon exiting system programming, an audible and/or visual indication of such is provided. This may result in a decrease of the number of events signaled to a central station by alarm systems that are not programmed with the correct account code.02-18-2010
20100097213SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE - An automated security infrastructure is disclosed that includes security agents that are designed to analyze security issues. The security agents process events received from event-messages, and records data associated with a security issue in a ticket. Security and management personnel are kept informed based on notification subscription lists. Assigned security personnel's progress in resolving outstanding security issues is monitored until those issues are resolved.04-22-2010
20100102959MODULAR ATTRIBUTE SENSING DEVICE - A modular device for determining attributes of a substance stored in a container having a sensing module, a transmitter module and a power source module. The sensing module is capable of sensing attributes of a substance and providing an output. The transmitter module is configured to transmit an output of the at least one sensing module when operably coupled to the sensing module. The power source module is capable of being operably connected to the sensor module and the transmitter module to power the sensor module and the transmitter module.04-29-2010
20110163876Millimeter Wave Imaging Apparatus - A millimeter wave imaging apparatus includes: an imaging device having a plurality of millimeter wave sensors that are arranged in a planar manner and receive millimeter waves radiated from a subject to detect signal levels thereof; an image data generation device that generates image data of the subject based on an output from each of the millimeter wave sensors constituting the imaging device; and a case that has a placement surface on which the subject can be placed and which permits transmission of the millimeter waves. The imaging device is arranged below the placement surface of the case, so that the millimeter waves, which are radiated from a bottom part of the subject placed on the placement surface of the case, are received by the plurality of millimeter wave sensors.07-07-2011
20120105227DISTRIBUTED SENSOR NETWORK USING EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE - A distributed sensor network is provided that comprises an existing electrical system infrastructure having a plurality of nodes and providing a source of power; and a plurality of sensors. Each sensor is associated with one of the nodes in the infrastructure. In addition, each sensor obtains power from the source of power and generates sensor information regarding one or more sensed conditions that are independent of the existing electrical system infrastructure. Among other alternatives, existing electrical system infrastructure can also be used to provide a communication connection between each of the plurality of nodes and at least one central node.05-03-2012
20130009774REMINDER METHOD & SYSTEM FOR MERCHANDISE RETURNS - A reminder method and system for merchandise returns or exchange within a predetermined time post-purchase.01-10-2013
20080291015Ambient Light Sensor to Adjust Display Brightness - A system for automatically adjusting the display intensity and/or illumination of surgical console controls and indicators. The invention includes a light sensor to detect the level of ambient light as well as a microprocessor with settings for ambient light threshold level and dimming amount.11-27-2008
20110316698SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES FOR PROVIDING ADAPTIVE USER NOTIFICATIONS - Methods and apparatuses are provided for providing adaptive user notifications. A method may include detecting an event. The method may further include determining usage of one or more connected apparatuses. The method may also include determining, based on the determined usage, a notification method for notifying of the event. The method may additionally include generating an event notification message based on the determined notification method. The method may further include causing the event notification message to be sent to a connected apparatus to trigger the connected apparatus to provide an alert indicative of the event in accordance with the determined notification method. Corresponding apparatuses are also provided.12-29-2011
20110316699MULTI-SENSE ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD - An environmental monitoring device for detecting and warning users of unhealthy levels of a given substance is disclosed having more than one sensor for each substance to be detected. Each sensor for each substance detected may be positioned in more than one plane or surface on the device. The device may be capable of auto or self calibration. Methods for reading substance levels and auto calibrating are also disclosed.12-29-2011
20110316697SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AN ENTITY WITHIN AN AREA - A system and method for monitoring an entity within an area is disclosed. The method includes specifying at least one criterion associated with an event of interest. The at least one criterion is specified visually on a display screen. At least one entity to be monitored is identified, and a movement of the at least one entity is captured visually on the display screen. The captured movement of the entity comprises at least one attribute associated with the at least one entity.12-29-2011
20110316696Multi-Stage Color Activated System to Detect Unauthorized Processing of Medical Devices - A medical device (12-29-2011
20100245080Device for food-shelf-life management - A device for food-shelf-life management comprises an electronic recorder that has a display screen and a plurality of operational keys. The operational keys are to be operated for setting a present date, a present time, and expiry dates of shelf life of foods. The display screen serves to present the present date and time, codes, the expiry date, a number of days left before the expiry date, checks and warning symbols.09-30-2010
20120001754SECURITY SYSTEM FOR A BUILDING - A method of operating a security system (01-05-2012
20110095886Coding and Behavior When Receiving an IMS Emergency Session Indicator From Authorized Source - A method is provided for a user equipment (UE) 04-28-2011
20110095885METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING ELECTRONIC RECORDS OF LOCATE OPERATIONS - Exemplary apparatus include locate devices that generate, store and/or transmit electronic records of locate information relating to detection of underground facilities. An exemplary method for analyzing and processing locate information includes a computer-implemented method for visually rendering (e.g., in a display field of a display device) various aspects of locate operations. In one implementation, an output stream of data packets may be provided, wherein each data packet includes one or more flag fields that are set or reset upon at least one actuation of an actuation system of a locate device, and wherein at least some of the data packets include locate information relating to a locate operation.04-28-2011
20120007737PROVIDING A USER ALERT - A method, apparatus and computer program are provided. The method comprises: determining that an event has occurred; obtaining, from at least one detector, a detection of one or more bio-signals from a user; and processing the detection of the one or more bio-signals to decide whether to control at least one user output device to initiate a user alert, contemporaneously with the occurrence of the event, indicating that the event has occurred.01-12-2012
20120206261ACOUSTIC REPRESENTATION OF STATES OF AN INDUSTRIAL PLANT - A machine classifier classifies signals of an industrial plant and determines a current state as a result. On the basis of the current state, an audio profile is selected from a number of audio profiles and issued in the form of a synthetically generated acoustic signal to a plant operator. For that purpose, the state of the industrial plant is continuously evaluated and, for example, with the aid of a MIDI sequencer, is used to manipulate different tracks of a piece of music or of synthetically generated artificial background noise. In this way, the plant operator is able to discern intuitively, and optionally even subliminally, divergences from a normal operation of the industrial plant, which can only be communicated to the operator via the overloaded visual channel with great difficulty, or not at all. The plant operator can therefore learn of the state of the industrial plant via the auditory sense or learn that in certain situations the industrial plant does not sound right. Since for that purpose use is made of a comparatively underused sensory channel with the acoustic perception, even small changes in the acoustic signal produce a high level of alertness in the plant operator.08-16-2012
20120206260MONITORING OCCURRENCE OF TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION GRID CODE EVENT BY POWER CONSUMPTION DEVICE - Disclosed herein is a power consumer approach that monitors the occurrence of grid code events within electric power transmission operations. In one aspect, a grid code event meter is used to detect the occurrence of a grid code event. The grid code meter includes a metering component configured to obtain data for power-related parameters associated with consumption needs. A grid code criteria tracking component tracks the data related to the power-related parameters obtained by the metering component for compliance with grid code criteria required by a transmission company of a consumer for power quality and reliability. A grid code event detection component detects an occurrence of a grid code event in accordance with the tracked data for the power-related parameters. A wireless transmitter is configured to communicate detection of an occurrence of a grid code event with at least one remote computing device.08-16-2012
20120013463DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - The display control device is a display control device which receives a signal from the operating device having a touchpad and generates screen data to be displayed on a screen, the display control device including: a touch information detecting unit (01-19-2012
20120056743HVAC AIR FILTER CHECK REMINDER REFRIGERATOR MAGNET - An HVAC air filter check reminder refrigerator magnet easily attaches to top of mind locations within the home which visually and/or audibly alerts the user to check or change the HVAC air filter at the United States Department of Energy recommended lapse of time with a push of a single button.03-08-2012
20120056742System for Image Analysis in a Network that is Structured with Multiple Layers and Differentially Weighted Neurons - Disclosed herein are systems and methods for facilitating the usage of an online workforce to remotely monitor security-sensitive sites and report potential security breaches. In some embodiments, cameras are configured to monitor critical civilian infrastructure, such as water supplies and nuclear reactors. The cameras are operatively connected to a central computer or series of computers, and images captured by the cameras are transmitted to the central computer. After initially registering with the central computer, Guardians “log on” to a central website hosted by the central computer and monitor the images, thereby earning compensation. Site owners compensate the operator of the computer system for this monitoring service, and the operator in turn compensates Guardians based on, for example, (i) the amount of time spent monitoring, and/or (ii) the degree of a given Guardian's responsiveness to real or fabricated security breaches.03-08-2012
20120112908Method and Apparatus for Managing Notifications - An approach is provided for managing and rendering notifications (i.e., notifications from one or more sources). A notification manager receives one or more requests for rendering one or more notifications at a device. In response to the one or more requests, the notification manager determines one or more notification policies at a device. Further, the notification manager determines one or more schedules for rendering the one or more notifications and causes, at least in part, rendering of the one or more notifications.05-10-2012
20120206262DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONDITIONALLY TRANSMITTING DATA - The device (08-16-2012
20120206259SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE ALARM MANAGEMENT OF ONE OR MORE OBJECTS - A remote device for monitoring property protected by a security system. The security system has at least one physical sensor and comprises a module for wirelessly sending and receiving signals. The remote device comprises a receiver module and transmitter module whereby signals may be received and sent using various wireless technologies. A data port on the device allows a user to customize parameters according to user needs via a data connection between the device and computer, personal digital assistant or smart phone. A panic button on the remote device allows a user to alert a pre-selected designee. The remote device may also comprise a custom application running on a smart phone comprising that allows a user to monitor property. The remote device may be part of a security monitoring system or used in a method for monitoring the status of property protected by a security system.08-16-2012
20120154149AUTOMATED FAULT ANALYSIS AND RESPONSE SYSTEM - A process for determining a root cause problem for an out-of-tolerance component manufactured by a plurality of operations performed on the component. The process can include providing manufacturing data from at least a subset of plurality of operations performed on a plurality of components and discovering an out-of-tolerance measurement on at least a subset of the plurality of manufactured components downstream from the plurality of operations. An auto-regression analysis between the out-of-tolerance measurement and the plurality of upstream operations can also be performed using the manufacturing data. A correlation between at least one of the upstream operations and the out-of-tolerance measurement can be found and the correlation can result in the identification of at least one upstream operation that is the root cause of the out-of-tolerance measurement.06-21-2012
20090135006INFRASTRUCTURE DEVICE WITH MODULAR REMOTE SENSORS - The present invention is directed to a system and method which allows a user to mount a utility function monitoring element in a location where the monitoring element can detect a desired stimulus, even when the mounting location is remote from an access point to the premises infrastructure wiring. In one embodiment, the monitoring element is registered with a control device mounted within a particular utility box. In such a situation, the monitoring element communicates with the utility box control device either wirelessly or via the premises electrical wiring.05-28-2009
20090135009LIFT MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods are discussed for providing a sensor enhanced employee safety evaluation system. Systems that monitor and assess employee lifting behavior are employed at the workplace of an insured entity. Data from the lift monitoring systems are processed to obtain a safety evaluation. Based on the safety evaluation, the insurance provider can adjust the terms of the insurance policy to accurately reflect the risks associated with the insured entity. Feedback based on the safety evaluation is also provided to the insured entity and the employees of the insured entity to promote improvements in safe behavior.05-28-2009
20090135008Providing Notifications Using Voice-to-Text Conversion - Methods and systems for providing electronic notifications are described. A server is configured to serve an interface, such as a Web page, to a terminal that requests from a user a first set of user contacts to be used to provide notifications to the user by a telephonic notification system in response to a notification process initiated by an organization associated with the user. The interface further requests a first set of priorities corresponding to the first set of user contacts, wherein the notification system will attempt to provide notifications to the first set user contracts in an order based at least in part on the first set of priorities. A database is configured to store the first set of user contacts and the first set of priorities. A voice interface circuit is configured to transmit a voice notification to at least one of the first set of user contacts.05-28-2009
20090135007ALERTING SYSTEM FOR SAFETY, SECURITY, AND BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY HAVING ALERTS WEIGHTED BY ATTRIBUTE DATA - The present invention is an alerting system having one or more sensors for capturing sensory data, one or more processors and one or more memories having program code to (1) capture sensory data from the one or more sensors; (2) capture attribute data representing information about the sensors used to capture the sensory data; (3) process the sensory data from the one or more sensors to detect primitive events in the sensory data; (4) correlate two or more primitive events, the primitive events weighted by the attribute data of the sensors used to capture the sensory data; and (5) perform one or more actions based on the correlation performed in the correlating step. The system may also be connected to one or more legacy systems, such as FBI, Interpol, or other criminal database systems.05-28-2009
20120025981ITEM DISPENSER AND TRACKER - An item tracking apparatus includes a tag interrogator that transmits an interrogation signal and receives a signal emitted by a tag affixed to an item in response to the tag receiving the interrogation signal, wherein the tag and item are part of a bio-compatible consumable dosage delivery unit and a controller that determines a state of the item based on the received signal. A consumable dosage delivery unit includes a dosage form and a bio-compatible wireless communications tag.02-02-2012
20120025982Microelectronic Device with Integrated Energy Source - An apparatus including an electronic device having a plurality of substantially collocated components, the plurality of components including an antenna, an energy supply and an integrated circuit chip. The integrated circuit chip is electrically coupled to the antenna and the energy supply. A material substantially encloses the electronic device.02-02-2012
20090027194DOOR LOCKING/UNLOCKING UNIT - A door locking/unlocking apparatus includes a housing, a locking mechanism, at least one control device for controlling the locking mechanism and at least one sensory device, so that the door locking/unlocking apparatus enables a door controlled by the apparatus to be automatically unlocked upon the detection or presence of smoke or fire.01-29-2009
20120112909BINAURAL AUDIO SIGNAL-BASED APPLICATIONS - Applications for detecting binaural sounds and customizing binaural sounds for users. A system is disclosed having: an interface for obtaining a plurality of desired responses; a system for generating a binaural recipe, wherein the binaural recipe includes left side audio signals and right side audio signals for inducing the plurality of responses; and an output system for playing the left side audio signals and right side audio signals. A further system is disclosed for detecting binaural sounds, including: an input system for obtaining a left side audio signal and a right side audio signal within an environment; a binaural sound detector for evaluating the left side audio signal and the right side audio signal to determine whether a binaural sound is present; and an alarm system for generating an alert when the binaural sound is detected.05-10-2012
20100214097INSTRUMENT CLUSTER MASK WITH TELL TAILS - An instrument cluster includes a cluster mask having a tell tail formed therein, wherein the tell tail includes an indicia window representing an alert to a user of the instrument cluster; and a light source for emitting light through the indicia window of the tell tail.08-26-2010
20100302033PERSONAL ALERTING DEVICE AND METHOD - A personal alerting device and method for detecting an approaching sound source includes a sound detector for detecting environmental sounds and for providing an electrical signal to a sound analyzer. The sound signal is analyzed to determine a baseline sound pattern comprising a plurality of distinct sounds corresponding to sounds emitted from a reference sound source. The distinct sounds in the baseline sound pattern may have substantially the same amplitude and time interval. The sound signal is monitored and compared against the baseline sound pattern to determine whether a target sound pattern is present in the sound signal, the target sound pattern corresponding to sounds emitted by the approaching sound source. When it is determined that the target sound is present in the sound signal, one or more of an audible, visual and tactile alert may be emitted to provide warning of the approaching sound source.12-02-2010
20110068918Recognition award, personnel identification holder and/or personnel unit for attachment to hardhats, protective helmets or the like - A signal device is provided for identifying and communicating a location or hazard, concealed within a housing on a hard hat having a pocket. Further provided is a detachable housing to be placed in the pocket. Embodiments incorporate a speaker for audible identification, a light emitting diode (LED) for visual identification and a global positioning sensor (GPS) for identifying the wearer's location and various circuits and systems that utilize the invention.03-24-2011
20110102177Diver Monitoring and Communication System - The present invention relates to a system, method and software for monitoring a diver comprising: a topside monitoring system 05-05-2011
20110102176RETEACHABLE NON-CONTACT SWITCHING CIRCUIT - A method for reteaching a switching circuit is provided. The method includes presenting a target within a sensing range of a sensor of the switching circuit for a pre-determined duration and acquiring an identification code of the target via the sensor. The method also includes comparing the acquired identification code with all stored identification codes of other targets previously used by the switching circuit as a basis for switching and reteaching the switching circuit for switching based on the acquired identification code if the acquired identification code is different from all stored identification codes previously used by the switching circuit as a basis for switching.05-05-2011
20110102175Communication Devices and Methods for Devices Including Generic Indicators Configurable for Real-Time Announcement of Received Communication Signals - Disclosed are communication devices and methods of communication devices including generic indicators and a user interface to configure the generic indicators so that a user can privately determine, in real-time, from whom a communication signal has been received and the type of communication signal received. A user may select contacts having communication addresses stored in a memory, particular types of communication signals and correlate them to generic indicators. When communication signals are received by the device that correspond to a selected communication address and a particular type of communication signal an announcement can be made by configured generic indicators. Once configured, when the device is in an indicator state, a device's ringer and/or vibrator may be disabled, particularly where such disturbances are unacceptable and a user nevertheless may be able to determine, according to the configured generic indicators from which contact a particular type of communication has been received.05-05-2011
20100253513LOCATE TRANSMITTER HAVING ENHANCED FEATURES FOR UNDERGROUND FACILITY LOCATE OPERATIONS, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A locate transmitter and method for a locate operation to detect the presence or absence of an underground facility. An applied signal is generated, to be applied along the underground facility, and one or more environmental conditions of an environment are detected. Output signals representing the detected signals may be logged into local memory and/or provided to one or more processors for analysis and/or transmission.10-07-2010
20100245085INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus includes: a shelf-label control unit connected to plural shelf label terminals, which are arranged in predetermined positions in a store, and configured to transmit instruction information for instructing predetermined operation to each of the shelf label terminals; an information collecting unit connected to the plural sensor terminals, which are arranged in the predetermined positions in the store, and configured to collect environment information around the arrangement positions acquired by the sensor terminals; and a collection control unit configured to cause the information collecting unit to start the collection of the environment information with response information from the shelf label terminals, which responds to an instruction signal transmitted from the shelf-label control unit, as a trigger.09-30-2010
20100245082Backlighting for Computer Fingerprint Reader - A fingerprint reader (FPR) on a computer is illuminated when an operational context of the computer renders the FPR useful for receiving tactile input from a user.09-30-2010
20100245086MARKING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT OUT-OF-TOLERANCE CONDITIONS IN CONNECTION WITH UNDERGROUND FACILITY MARKING OPERATIONS, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Methods, apparatus, and systems for facilitating a marking operation to indicate a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility. Marking information, including one or both of environmental information representative of at least one environmental condition of an environment in which the marking operation is located, and operating information representative of at least one operating condition of a marking device used to perform the marking operation, is received and compared to a target value or a range of values to determine if an out-of-tolerance condition exists.09-30-2010
20100245081Explosive Detection Portal - This device will allow individuals to pass through explosive detection portals efficiently without undue delay. The airflow from a series of jets will dislodge embedded molecules and direct them to a sensor that will detect the presence of commonly found explosive materials. The molecules that are dislodged will be accomplished by air flow through an air tunnel or portal structure that is not invasive to the person yet allows real time detection of explosive material while not infringing on the privacy of the individual.09-30-2010
20100245084Detecting plasma chamber malfunction - Malfunction of a component within an RF-powered plasma chamber is detected by observing an operating condition of the plasma chamber and detecting when the operating condition deviates from a previously observed range bounded by lower and upper limits. The lower and upper limits are determined by observing the minimum and maximum values of that operating condition during the processing of workpieces throughout one or more plasma chamber cleaning cycles immediately preceding the most recent cleaning of the plasma chamber.09-30-2010
20100245083Electronic Guides, Incident Response Methods, Incident Response Systems, and Incident Monitoring Methods - Incident response methods include receiving notification that an incident has occurred, determining a source of the notification, the source being near the incident, and establishing at least one guided path configured to direct a first person, a first animal, or a first movable device positioned near the source away from the incident and/or to direct a second person, a second animal, or a second movable device toward the incident. Electronic guides include an indicator, and processing circuitry configured to receive a request to configure the indicator from an inactive state to an active state in which the indicator encourages a first person positioned near a first side of the electronic guide to move toward the electronic guide and encourages a second person positioned near a second side of the electronic guide to move away from the electronic guide and configure the indicator according to the request.09-30-2010
20120313781SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A surveillance method and system is provided for receiving image data from a plurality of said cameras; storing the received image data identifying each camera from which the image data originated; enabling each of a plurality of camera users who own or operate respective cameras to assign a said camera owned or operated by the camera user to at least one said set of cameras and to authorise selected users of the system to access image data from said at least one set of cameras, wherein said users of the system can include camera users and/or users not owning or operating any cameras; storing camera set data identifying the assigned camera as belonging to said set of cameras; storing user data identifying the users authorised to access image data from said set of cameras; and outputting image data to users dependent upon said camera set data and said user data.12-13-2012
20120126975Dynamic Alarm Sensitivity Adjustment and Auto-Calibrating Smoke Detection for Reduced Resource Microprocessors - A hazardous condition detection system with a sensor package employing a reduced resource microprocessor capable of dynamic alarm sensitivity adjustment having volatile and non-volatile memory which receives periodic raw sensor readings from the sensor package and preprocesses each received periodic raw sensor reading by employing at least three distinctive filtering constants which are compared to alarm thresholds stored in memory to generate an alarm condition signal when ionization levels in the ambient environment exceed stored thresholds.05-24-2012
20120126976Emergency Alert Signaling - Novel tools and techniques to allow enhanced distribution of emergency messages and other public information. In one aspect, these tools can provide a secure channel for an emergency message source to prevent compromise of the distribution system, to ensure the integrity of alerts distributed by the system. In another aspect, these can employ a universal signaling point that can receive an emergency message intended for a particular consumer and ensure that the message is distributed appropriately among the consumer's devices. The customer signaling point might register customer devices and/or maintain a state machine that devices can access once registered with the customer signaling point.05-24-2012
20120161966NETWORK STATUS INDICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A network status indication system utilizes indicators on a keyboard to indicate the network status of a computer. When a simultaneous activation of two predetermined keys is detected and when the number of simultaneous activations is odd, the network status is determined, thereby indicating the network status of the computer.06-28-2012
20120161965METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPRESSOR HEALTH MONITORING - A method for monitoring the health of a compressor of a gas turbine is disclosed. The method includes receiving a plurality of turbine data points, wherein the plurality of turbine data points may include one or more operating parameters, at least one of a computer discharge temperature (CTD), and one or more performance parameters. The plurality of turbine data points may be categorized based on the one or more operating parameters. A statistical variability measure of at least one of the CTD and the one or more performance parameters may be computed for each of the plurality of bands. An alarm indicator may be computed based on the at least one statistical variability measure. The method may also include combining two or more of the operating parameters, the CTD and the performance parameters using sensor fusion techniques. The alarm indicator may be computed based on the combined parameters.06-28-2012
20100207760MOBILE VEHICLE SCREENING (MVS) - A mobile vehicle screening portal is provided having a trailer vehicle screening portal in combination a tractor toter. The trailer vehicle screening portal is configured in a transport mode to be transported to a location to screen vehicles, people or both, and is also configured in an operational mode with at least one screening station and modules configured to screen the vehicles, people or both when the trailer vehicle screening portal is deployed at the location. The tractor toter is configured to transport the trailer vehicle screening portal to the location, and is also configured with a command module to provide signaling containing information for remotely controlling the modules configured to screen the vehicles, people or both when the trailer vehicle screening portal is deployed at the location.08-19-2010
20100207759Method and Apparatus for Configuring a Wireless Sensor - A wireless sensor for a load control system is adapted to be releasably mounted to a surface, such as a drop ceiling panel, to allow the optimum location of the sensor to be determined. A releasable mounting means of the sensor comprises two posts extending perpendicularly from a rear surface of the sensor. Each post has a small diameter and is rigid enough to pierce the panel without creating a large aesthetically-displeasing hole. The sensor may be permanently affixed to the panel by bending the posts at a rear surface of the panel without the use of a tool, such that the panel is captured between the mounting plate and the deformed posts. The sensor further comprises multiple test buttons provided on an outwardly-facing surface of the sensor for separately testing the communications of the load control system and the operation of the sensor. Alternatively, the releasable mounting means may comprise one or more magnets for magnetically coupling the sensor to a grid structure of the ceiling.08-19-2010
20110181411APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PRESENCE SERVICE IN COMMUNICATION DEVICE - An apparatus and a method for determining a state of a counterpart without executing a separate program executed in order to determine a current state of the counterpart in a communication apparatus are provided. The apparatus includes a state information server and a communication apparatus. When receiving state information, the state information server provides the received state information to a user who has registered the communication apparatus that has provided the state information. When receiving state information from the state information server, the communication apparatus outputs the user's state information corresponding to the state information.07-28-2011
20110181410MONITORING OR FEEDBACK SYSTEMS AND METHODS - The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for monitoring and/or providing feedback for drugs or other pharmaceuticals taken by a subject. In one aspect, the present invention is directed to devices and methods for determining a species within the skin of a subject; and producing feedback to a subject based on the determination of the species. The feedback may be, for example, visual, audible, tactile, a change in temperature, etc. In some cases, information regarding the determination of the species may be transmitted to another entity, e.g., a health care provider, a computer, a relative, etc., which may then provide feedback to the subject in some fashion. In some cases, the feedback may be directly indicative of the species, e.g., whether the species is present, the concentration of the species, whether a by-product of a reaction involving the species is present, whether a compound affected by the species is present, etc. However, the feedback may also be indirect in some embodiments. For example, the subject may be presented with an external reward, e.g., based on the determination of the species within the skin. For instance, a reward such as cash, coupons, songs, discounts, personal items, etc., may be offered based on the level of compliance of the subject. Still other aspects of the invention are generally directed to kits involving such devices (with or without the drug to be monitored), methods of promoting such systems, or the like.07-28-2011
20120212342Devices and Methods for Detecting Environmental Circumstances and Responding With Designated Communication Actions - Provided are a wireless communication device and a communication device control method that include a set of templates corresponding to a plurality of potential environmental circumstances. The templates may be stored in a database in the computer readable memory of the communication device. At predetermined intervals, a suite of environmental sensors integral to the communication device may periodically sample the user's environment. The user's environmental circumstances may be derived or inferred by an analysis module based on the output of the suite of environmental sensors and then may be compared to the templates to determine a matching template. An action script is then executed based at least partially on the matching template which may include the contacting of a responding party.08-23-2012
20120133510PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HAVING AN INTEGRATED CABINET - A data center physical infrastructure management system has a cabinet having rack spaces and a sensor. A data communication system transmits signals to a management database. Personal or automated intervention is determined algorithmically by a data processor. A human interface for the data center management system is provided. Removable electronic assets contained in the rack spaces each have an identifier tag. An identifier tag reader is installed on the cabinet body. A door sensor provides a signal responsive to whether a cabinet door is closed, open, locked, or unlocked. Also, a secure contact arrangement has a base terminal formed of electrically conductive material, and first and second electrically conductive elements. A resilient non-conductive element is interposed between the first and second electrically conductive elements, and a compression element compresses the resilient non-conductive element to cause the first and second electrically conductive elements to communicate with one another.05-31-2012
20120133509SENSOR AND TRANSMISSION CONTROL CIRCUIT IN ADAPTIVE INTERFACE PACKAGE - A programmable interface module includes a linear power regulator to control and provide power to interfaced components on an as needed basis. The interface module is implemented in, for example, a sensor pack and multiplexed to a plurality of sensor modules. In a first mode, the linear voltage regulator provides a relatively small amount of power which allows a sensor module to output a signal responsive to detecting an environmental condition (e.g., gamma or x-ray radiation, extreme temperatures, etc.). The interface module can switch the linear voltage regulator to a second mode in which the linear voltage regulator ramps up the amount of power provided to a detecting sensor module. The sensor module can then provide a level indicative of a concentration or intensity of the environmental condition. If the level surpasses a predetermined threshold, the senor pack can output an alert signal to security server.05-31-2012
20100188215METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING ALERTS ON A MARKING DEVICE, BASED ON COMPARING ELECTRONIC MARKING INFORMATION TO FACILITIES MAP INFORMATION AND/OR OTHER IMAGE INFORMATION - A marking device for a marking operation to mark a presence or an absence of one or more underground facilities is configured to access and display facilities map information, and/or other image information, as a visual aid to facilitate the marking operation. In various aspects, methods and apparatus relate to: selection of an appropriate “base” facilities map, or information from a database of facilities map data, relating to a given work site/dig area; selection of an appropriate pan and/or zoom (resolution) for displaying facilities map information; appropriately updating displayed facilities map information while a marking device is used during a marking operation (e.g. changing pan, zoom and/or orientation); overlaying on the displayed facilities map information marking information and/or landmark information relating to the marking operation; and storing locally on the marking device, and/or transmitting from the marking device, facilities map information and/or overlaid marking/landmark information (e.g., for further processing, analysis and/or subsequent display). In one aspect, a location at which marking material is dispensed is compared to a location of a facility line as indicated by the facilities map or other image information, and an alert may be generated based on the comparison.07-29-2010
20100188216METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING ALERTS ON A LOCATE DEVICE, BASED ON COMPARING ELECTRONIC LOCATE INFORMATION TO FACILITIES MAP INFORMATION AND/OR OTHER IMAGE INFORMATION - A locate device for a locate operation to detect a presence or an absence of one or more underground facilities is configured to access and display facilities map information, and/or other image information, as a visual aid to facilitate the locate operation. In various aspects, methods and apparatus relate to: selection of an appropriate “base” facilities map, or information from a database of facilities map data, relating to a given work site/dig area; selection of an appropriate pan and/or zoom (resolution) for displaying facilities map information; appropriately updating displayed facilities map information while a locate device is used during a locate operation (e.g. changing pan, zoom and/or orientation); overlaying on the displayed facilities map information locate information and/or landmark information relating to the locate operation; and storing locally on the locate device, and/or transmitting from the locate device, facilities map information and/or overlaid locate/landmark information (e.g., for further processing, analysis and/or subsequent display). In one aspect, a location at which an indication of detection of a facility is generated is compared to a location of a facility line as indicated by the facilities map information/image information, and an alert is generated based on the comparison.07-29-2010
20090058641Detecting Component Removal - Component removal detection may be accomplished by a variety of systems and techniques. In one embodiment, a system for component movement detection may include a payment module, a fuel dispenser, and a movement detection device. The fuel dispenser may receive the payment module and enclose the payment module at a first position defined by a fixed position of the payment module relative to the fuel dispenser. The movement detection device may be communicably coupled to the payment module and may detect a first value at the first position and a second value at a second position of the payment module, where the second position may be different from the first position. Further, the movement detection device may transmit the second value to the payment module, where the payment module may activate a security measure based upon a difference in the first and second values greater than an adjustable absolute limit.03-05-2009
20120169497DEBRIS MONITORING - A debris monitoring system includes a receptacle, a first and a second emitter, and a first receiver. The receptacle defines an opening to receive debris into the receptacle. The first and second emitter are each arranged to emit a signal across at least a portion of the opening. The first receiver is proximate to the first emitter to receive reflections of the signal emitted by the first emitter, and the first receiver is disposed toward the opening to receive an unreflected portion of the signal emitted by the second emitter across at least a portion of the opening.07-05-2012
20120169498METHOD FOR LOCATING VEGETATION HAVING A POTENTIAL TO IMPACT A STRUCTURE - A method for designating vegetation as potential impact vegetation includes identifying data relating to target vegetation from a dataset and determining a reach distance of the target vegetation. The reach distance includes a distance from a point on a ground to a point of the target vegetation that is farthest from the point on the ground. The method also includes comparing the reach distance of the target vegetation with a closest distance between the point on the ground and a structure to produce a compared reach distance value and determining a health indicator value for the target vegetation. The method further includes comparing the health indicator value of the target vegetation to a health indicator threshold value and designating the target vegetation as having a potential to impact the structure based on the compared reach distance value and the comparison of the health indicator to the health indicator threshold.07-05-2012
20120169496PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH ANTI-THEFT FUNCTION AND ANTI-THEFT METHOD - A portable electronic device includes a plurality of touch sensing units for covering a surface of the portable electronic device. Each touch sensing unit is capable of generating touch sensing signals when the touch sensing units are touched. The portable electronic device stores at least one predetermined figure. The portable electronic device determines positions of the touched touch sensing units on the surface of the portable electronic device when the touch sensing unit is touched, and generates a touch figure according to the determined position of each touched touch sensing unit on the surface of the portable electronic device. The portable electronic device computes a similarity degree between the generated touch figure and the predetermined figure, and generates an alarm instruction to control an alarm unit to output an alarm signal if the computed similarity degree is greater than the predetermined value.07-05-2012
20120299727SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING, CONTROLLING, AND IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY AND SAFETY CONDITIONS OF AUTOMATED MACHINERY - Systems and methods are disclosed for monitoring the productivity, operability, and safety conditions of factory machinery and particularly unitizers. The system monitors factory machines such as a unitizer in a corrugated box factory, using one or more sensors to determine whether and how efficiently the machinery is operating, to determine if any conditions of the machinery require immediate attention, and to determine if a safety violation has occurred with respect to the machinery. The system appropriately notifies a factory manager of issues that arise. In addition, the system aggregates data about past performance and safety violations and generates reports about the aggregated data to help factory managers maximize productivity of the monitored machinery. The disclosed system is particularly advantageous in that it enables improvement of the productivity of the factory as a whole.11-29-2012
20120176242SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING SECURITY AT A VEHICLE YARD - Systems and methods for providing security at a vehicle yard are provided. A communicator may collect data associated with a plurality of vehicles or trailers during completion of a guard tour, and a processing station may receive the collected data from the communicator. The processing station may compare the collected data to expected data in order to generate one or more instructions that are returned to the communicator. The one or more instructions may include an instruction to collect additional data associated with a vehicle or trailer.07-12-2012
20120176241Door Handle Sterilizer - A method for sterilizing a door handle is provided. A shield and a door handle are positioned into a first relative position whereby the shield protects a user from a germicide process. A germicide process is activated. The shield and the door handle are positioned into a second relative position at the conclusion of the germicide process whereby the door handle is accessible to the user to open the door.07-12-2012
20120075099Systems and Methods for Managing Lost Devices - A method for a device to determine that it has been lost is provided. The method comprises the device determining its current location, the device comparing its current location to a plurality of stored locations, and the device determining that it has been lost when its current location is a stored location that has been designated as a location where the device is unlikely to be located or is not a stored location that has been designated as a location where the device is likely to be located.03-29-2012
20100271204Optical amplifier module and dispersion compensation fiber loss detection method - An optical amplifier module includes a first optical amplifier to amplify main signal light to be supplied to a dispersion compensation fiber (DCF), a second optical amplifier to amplify the main signal light supplied from the DCF, a generating part to generate monitoring light having a wavelength longer than a wavelength of the main signal light, a multiplexing part to multiplex the monitoring light generated by the generating part and the main signal light to be supplied to the DCF, a demultiplexing part to demultiplex the monitoring light from the main signal light supplied from the DCF, and a detection part to detect a light intensity of the monitoring light demultiplexed by the demultiplexing part.10-28-2010
20100271202Reminder messages delivery from reminder device when triggered by reminder-required events - The present invention discloses a method to deliver a reminder message. The method includes a step of triggering a delivery of the reminder message upon detecting or sensing a reminder message required event-or-activity to prevent a person from forgetting or losing a person item. In an exemplary embodiment, the step of sensing the reminder message required event-or-activity includes a step of detecting or sensing an activity when the person preparing to leave a place for a next destination.10-28-2010
20120313778CONTROLLING PRINTING OF A DOCUMENT THAT MAY CONTAIN MICR CHARACTERS - A technique includes in a machine, processing data indicative of a document to be printed by a printer and which may contain magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) characters to determine whether the data indicates any MICR characters. The technique includes comparing a result of the determination to an intent indicated by a job ticket associated with the document; and controlling the printing of the document by the printer, including selectively performing corrective action in response to the comparison.12-13-2012
20100013634DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS MONITORING SYSTEM - Disclosed is a distributed systems monitoring system comprising information monitoring units for acquiring monitoring information from monitoring targets, and a monitoring information collecting and integrating unit for integrating the monitoring information acquired from the information monitoring units and for presenting the integrated monitoring information to a user. Upon receipt of monitoring information from the monitoring target, the information monitoring unit determines whether or not the monitoring information has a high degree of urgency. If the information has a high degree of urgency, then the monitoring information is notified to the monitoring information collecting and integrating unit. Otherwise, the monitoring information is stored in a monitoring information holding section, and is transmitted each time a monitoring information request is received from the monitoring information collecting and integrating unit. Upon receipt of urgent monitoring information, the monitoring information collecting and integrating unit integrates the urgent monitoring information with general monitoring information that became available by the time when the urgent monitoring information became available and notifies the user of the information. The monitoring information collecting and integrating unit transmits on a regular basis a general monitoring information transmit request to the information monitoring unit. Upon receipt of general monitoring information, the monitoring information collecting and integrating unit integrates the general monitoring information in the information monitoring unit, stores the general monitoring information in an integrated monitoring holding section and presents the general monitoring information held in the integrated monitoring information holding section to the user by request.01-21-2010
20100007493CONTAINER UNIT FOR THE STORAGE AND PROTECTION OF LABORATORY SUBSTANCES - A container unit for the storage and protection of laboratory substances includes a protective housing and at least one dosage-dispensing unit. The at least one dosage-dispensing unit includes a reservoir container and a dispensing head. To prepare the at least one dosage-dispensing unit for operation, the protective housing can be removed from the dosage-dispensing unit. The protective housing has a bottom part with at least one suitably shaped recess to provide a stable seat for the at least one dosage-dispensing unit, as well as a bell-shaped top. The top can be connected to the bottom part, so as to form a tightly sealed interior space. For transportation and storage purposes, the at least one dosage-dispensing unit is arranged in the interior space of the closed protective housing.01-14-2010
20100007492Methods, Systems and Apparatus For Monochromatic UV Light Sterilization - The present disclosure provides for methods, systems and apparatus for monochromatic UV light sterilization of container systems and/or container-packaged products. More particularly, the present disclosure provides for improved methods, systems and apparatus for monochromatic UV light sterilization of liquid and/or solid products/solutions and/or packaging/container systems for liquid and/or solid products/solutions (e.g., parenteral pharmaceutical products/solutions and/or packaging/container systems for parenteral pharmaceutical products/solutions). In exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides for improved systems and methods for the sterilization of container systems and/or container-packaged products using monochromatic, continuous wave, high-intensity, incoherent light in multiple light source configurations, wherein such sterilization regimen achieves a desired sterilization level without negatively affecting the physical properties of the package/container systems and/or the efficacy of the underlying products/systems.01-14-2010
20100007491 INTEGRATED IMAGE RECOGNITION AND SPECTRAL DETECTION DEVICE AND A DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING THE SETTINGS OF A LIGHT BY IMAGE RECOGNITION AND SPECTRAL DETECTION OF THE LIGHT - The invention relates to an integrated image recognition and spectral detection device particularly suitable for monitoring settings of a light. The invention also relates to automatically controlling the settings of a light by image recognition and spectral detection of the light, particularly to automatically controlling the color point of the light in response to the image recognition. The invention provides an integrated image recognition and spectral detection device (01-14-2010
20100007489ADAPTIVE LEARNING FOR ENTERPRISE THREAT MANAGMENT - A reactive approach to enterprise threat management provides a solution to the problem of prioritizing security violations. In an embodiment, a linear adaptive learning approach is aimed towards a system which could effectively assist security administrators to prioritize reported violations. The approach is adaptive in the sense that the system can change its logic over a course of time controlled only by some specified structural constraints. A learning aspect specifies that any mismatch between a system's response and the response of a security expert is propagated back to the system for adapting the difference such that the responses of the system should increasingly match against the security expert's responses over time. The presented algorithm learns and predicts simultaneously, continually improving its performance as it makes each new prediction and finds out how accurate it is.01-14-2010
20090066508Electric Device and Method of Normality Determination for Communication Function in Such an Electric Device - A normality determination unit determines that a communication function for an outdoor unit of its own is normal when receiving a signal from one of indoor units, and writes a normality flag into an EEPROM. Further, the normality determination unit determines that it is not asserted that the communication function for the outdoor unit of its own is normal when not receiving a signal from any of the indoor units for a predetermined time period, and deletes the normality flag in the EEPROM.03-12-2009
20100283605INDUCTION LAMP LIGHT FIXTURE - A light fixture for an induction-based light source is described. The light fixture comprises a top cover; a lower cover coupled with the top cover; a lens coupled with the lower cover; a reflector positioned behind the lens; and an induction-based light source positioned between the lens and the reflector, wherein the reflector is configured in relation to the induction-based light source.11-11-2010
20120313780CREATING AND MONITORING ALERTS FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL AREA - A geographical alert system creates an alert for a user-defined geographical area, detects a change to a feature stored in a map-related database, identifies whether the changed feature falls within the user-defined geographical area, and sends a notification to a user when the changed feature of the map-related database falls within the user-defined geographical area12-13-2012
20120313779NOMADIC SECURITY DEVICE WITH PATROL ALERTS - There is provided a device such as a robot that includes a processor and a number of sensors. Each of the sensors provides respective sensor data to the processor. The sensor data from each sensor is indicative of corresponding characteristics of an environment of the device. A memory includes a security mode component that is executable by the processor and is configured to cause the device to autonomously navigate at least a portion of the environment. A detection component executable by the processor is configured to detect an unusual condition in the environment.12-13-2012
20120256744DISPLAY WITH FUNCTION OF DARK SHINING AND CURRENCY IDENTIFIER - A display with function of dark shining and currency identifier is provided. The display comprises a micro controller, a button unit and an ultraviolet emitter. The button unit contains an ultraviolet button, and the button unit might output an ultraviolet signal (S10-11-2012
20120188080Remote Location Monitoring - A remote location monitoring system, for example, a home monitoring or weather monitoring system may include one or more sensors and/or receivers at a remote location such as a residence or business to be monitored. The sensors and receivers may communicate with a central server via a gateway device, and may be controlled by users locally or remotely via the server. Users may register to receive remote notifications of weather events and other home monitoring events. Users may also access remotely sensors and receivers to configure alerts, notifications, and automatic responses for the devices and integrated appliances at the remote location.07-26-2012
20120188079NIGHT LIGHT WAKE UP INDICATOR - A night light that transitions between at least two states to provide a visual indication to a child as to whether it is time for the child to get out of bed or that the child should stay in bed. The night light shows an illuminated sun to indicate that the child can get out of bed. The night light shows an illuminated moon with a border of Z's to indicate that the child should stay in bed. The transitions between modes are based on information entered into a user interface, the current time, and/or the actuation of buttons on the device.07-26-2012
20120188078DAMAGE DETECTION AND REMEDIATION SYSTEM AND METHODS THEREOF - A damage detection and remediation system includes a sensing device for detecting damage events related to a structure of interest. Such damage events may include impact from a ballistic object, a tamper event, a physical impact, or other events that may affect structural integrity or cause failure. Illustratively, the sensing device is in communication with a measurement system to determine damage criteria, and a processing system which is configured to use the damage criteria to determine, for example, a direction of the initiation point of a ballistic causing the damage event.07-26-2012
20120188077System for controlling a garage door based on a pre-defined schedule - A system for controlling the operation of a garage door is provided. The system controls the closing of the garage door. The system includes a garage door including a motor and a control arm trolley moving along a track. The motor and the control arm trolley control movement of the garage door. The system further includes a switch, which indicates the open or closed status of the garage door. In one embodiment the switch is a magnetic switch connected to the track for performing a mechanical check. Finally, the system includes a control unit including a timer connected in parallel with a push button, IR or RF control. The timer stores a pre-defined schedule for controlling garage door operation. The control unit controls garage door operation based on the mechanical check and the pre-defined schedule.07-26-2012
20100259381METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR NOTIFYING EXCAVATORS AND OTHER ENTITIES OF THE STATUS OF IN-PROGRESS UNDERGROUND FACILITY LOCATE AND MARKING OPERATIONS - Methods, apparatus, and systems for providing information regarding a locate and/or marking operation to identify a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area. At least one notification indicating a status of the locate and/or marking operation is electronically transmitted and/or stored so as to inform at least one party associated with requesting the operation (a “requesting party,” e.g., an excavator, a property owner, a facility owner, a regulatory authority, a damage investigator, etc.) of the status of the operation. In one aspect, a requesting party may designate a preferred format, content, and/or method of receiving notifications regarding the locate and/or marking operation. In another aspect, a computer-generated GUI is provided to facilitate submission of requests, generation of “virtual white line” images to indicate one or more dig areas on a digital image of a work site, and/or selection of notifications and preferences for same. In yet another aspect, a requesting party may provide an acknowledgement of receipt (e.g., a “return receipt”) for one or more received notifications.10-14-2010
20090021372System and methodology for validating anti-piracy security compliance and reporting thereupon, for one to a plurality of movie theaters - A movie anti-piracy system with sensing and reporting is provided. An anti-piracy subsystem is utilized to preclude, interfere with and/or prevent copying of the movie. Anti-piracy compliance sensing selectively provides compliance violation signals respectively to a sensor response controller. The controller is responsive to the compliance violation signals to provide a violation status (and other data) signal output to a control center. The control center responds to the violation status and other data signals, from one or a plurality of theaters, and provides for reporting of information (such as security compliance, attendance, etc.) to one or multiple reporting sites (such as movie distribution studios, etc.). In a preferred embodiment, the control center determines whether there are violations of providing of anti-piracy protection within a theater (or theaters) and provides reporting on the anti-piracy compliance status and data. If a violation is indicated, then the control center sends a violation signal such as to the sensor response controller which can trigger an alarm and/or activate a violation inhibit output to shut down the movie projector and/or communicate to the control center for reporting purposes.01-22-2009
20120229277MONITORING AND ALERT SYSTEM FOR VENTILATED RACK SYSTEMS - The present invention is directed to monitoring/alert systems, devices, and methods useable with animal housing units. Embodiments include a primary component, such as a system controller device, for monitoring maintenance and operational events in a housing unit and a secondary component, such as a environmental monitoring device for analyzing environmental conditions. For example, the system controller device monitors unit functions (e.g., relating to power, pre-filter(s), filter(s), fan(s), air pressure, air temperature, electrical connections, etc.) and causes alert(s) to be sent (e.g., via email or text message) if there is a malfunction or abnormal operational data. The environmental monitoring device collects environmental data (e.g., time, temperature, humidity, light, sound, carbon dioxide levels, or ammonia levels) and causes alert(s) to be sent if an abnormal environmental condition is detected. The primary and secondary components may function in connection with one another, other devices, a network, or as stand-alone devices.09-13-2012
20120262293Systems And Methods For Electronic Control Device With Deactivation Alert - An electronic control device for interfering with locomotion by a human or animal target includes a processor and stimulus signal generator. Upon engagement of a trigger by an operator, a stimulus signal is provided to electrodes for a time period to interfere with the skeletal muscles of the target. An indication is provided to the operator corresponding to the time period to alert the operator before deactivation of the stimulus signal. In response to the alert, the operator may reengage the trigger to continue or resume the stimulus signal.10-18-2012
20120262291BIODEGRADABLE SMART SENSOR FOR MESH NETWORK APPLICATIONS - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for a biodegradable sensor device for mesh networking applications. In an embodiment of the invention, a biodegradable sensor device for mesh networking applications is provided. The device includes a frame formed of biodegradable material such as a mixture of polylactic acid and a resin, a biodegradable battery such as a flexible biodegradable lithium ion battery, an antenna, an environmental event detector formed from biodegradable material responsive to a change in environmental conditions, and signal generating circuitry configured to be responsive to detecting an environmental event by broadcasting a signal to other sensor devices in a mesh network and also to re-broadcast signals received from other sensor devices in the mesh network.10-18-2012
20120256745PUBLIC SAFETY ANALYSIS SYSTEM - A computer-implemented method includes evaluating, using an analysis module of a public safety analysis system, user-generated content associated with at least one content source; identifying, using the analysis module of the public safety analysis system, a putative public safety incident based at least in part on the evaluation of the user-generated content; and providing, using an output module of the public safety analysis system, a representation of the putative public safety incident to a client of the public safety analysis system.10-11-2012
20120229276METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A method and apparatus and computer program configured to perform the method, the method comprising: enabling an apparatus to provide an alert in response to the occurrence of an event wherein; when the apparatus is determined to be in a particular context a first alert is provided and when the apparatus is determined not to be in the particular context a second, user defined, alert is provided.09-13-2012
20120229275System and Method for Providing Warning and Directives Based upon Gunfire Detection - A system and method for providing warnings and directives based upon gunfire detection is described herein. Specifically, gunfire detection system can comprise a memory that stores an application, and a one or more zone plans, wherein said zone plan comprises directives relating to a one or more output devices spanning across a monitored area comprising a one or more zones. The gunfire detection system can further comprise a processor that, at the direction of said application, determines whether gunfire has occurred and a location associated with said gunfire, and implements one of said zone plans based on said location.09-13-2012
20100321184SYSTEM FOR DETECTING PERSONS IN A DEFINED SPACE12-23-2010
20110121970COMMUNICATION TERMINAL DEVICE, LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD, AND LIGHTING CONTROL PROGRAM - In order to make it possible for the user to recognize a charging system corresponding to a communication function that is being used, a communication terminal device includes illumination means and lighting control means for displaying a charge state corresponding to a type of the communication function that is being used in the communication terminal device by an illumination color of the illumination means.05-26-2011
20110121968ALARM SYSTEM - The present invention is an alarm system comprising an alarm handset (05-26-2011
20110121967Tamper-proof security system component - A tamper-proof security system component allowing a security device with a tamper detection switch to be mounted on an irregular surface. The component includes a rear housing portion, which is mounted on a surface and its actuating surface adjusted, and a front housing portion affixed to the rear housing portion, which contains a security device such as a key pad. When the front housing portion is mated to the rear housing portion by an installer, a tamper detection switch which protrudes from the front housing portion is aligned with the actuating surface in the rear housing portion. In order to adjust the actuating surface, the actuating surface is located on a pivotal arm with a threaded aperture and a set screw disposed within the threaded aperture is turned causing the pivotal arm to move and the location of the actuating surface to be optimized.05-26-2011
20100328066METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING TESTING OF THE SOBRIETY OF ONLINE GAMBLERS - Methods, systems and articles of manufacture are provided for administering sobriety tests to online gamblers, as well as to determining whether, when and to whom to administer a sobriety tests. Various mediation events to be initiated upon certain results of such sobriety tests are also disclosed.12-30-2010
20100328065WARNING CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A warning circuit includes a sampling unit, a reference voltage unit, a switch unit, and a warning unit. The warning circuit is coupled to a power supply. The sampling unit is used for sampling an input voltage from the power supply to generate a sample voltage. The reference voltage unit is used for providing a reference voltage. The switch unit is used for receiving the sample voltage and the reference voltage. The switch unit is turned on when the sample voltage is lower than reference voltage, and is turned off when the sample voltage is higher than the reference voltage. The warning unit is used for receiving the reference voltage when the switch unit is turned on, and generating a warning indication. A related electronic device using the warning circuit is also provided.12-30-2010
20100328067METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A LEAK IN A SYSTEM COMPONENT AND/OR FOR DETERMINING A STATE OF A SYSTEM COMPONENT - In a method and a device for determining a leak in at least one system component (12-30-2010
20100328064PREVENTING MALWARE ATTACKS IN VIRTUALIZED MOBILE DEVICES - One embodiment is a method of preventing malware attacks in a virtualized mobile device including virtualization software that supports one or more virtual machines, the method including: (a) collecting information related to the status of physical device drivers; and (b) sending the information to virus protection software; wherein the virus protection software includes a set of rules that trigger one or more actions based on the information it receives concerning the physical device drivers.12-30-2010
20080297343Pressure Sensitive Work Indicator - Systems and methods for indicating applied manipulation pressure are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for indicating applied manipulation pressure includes affixing a pressure sensitive material to a coupling component. The pressure sensitive material is capable of displaying visual indications that correspond to different levels of applied manipulation force. A manipulation force is applied to the component. Subsequently, the pressure sensitive material displays the visual indications. In a specific implementation, the method also includes stopping the application of manipulation force when one of the visual indications is displayed.12-04-2008
20120262292PORTABLE DEVICE INVENTORY TRACKING - Various embodiments of systems and methods for portable device inventory tracking are described herein. In various embodiments, a mother device scans a vicinity to register and track one or more satellite devices. During registration process, the mother device assigns an owner identifier value and an item identifier value to the satellite device and a user can save which satellite device to register. One or more rules can be configured to determine when a reachability request is to be sent to the one or more satellite devices. A method of an embodiment ensures that if a satellite device does not respond to the reachability request, an alert message can be generated on the mother device. The alert message can be prioritized and can consist of a log entry with detailed information about the alert or a time stamp and location of the last reachability request acknowledgement sent from the satellite device.10-18-2012
20120319841SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO ACTIVATE A SECURITY PROTOCOL USING AN OBJECT WITH EMBEDDED SAFETY TECHNOLOGY - The present invention provides means for initiating a distress signal by knocking over an object, such as a table, decorative piece, furniture, etc., that includes a built-in or embedded safety device. When the safety device senses substantial movement (i.e., toppling) of the object, the safety device transmits a distress signal to third-party responders, and also can initiate various events in the environment surrounding the object to deter, delay, or disrupt a perpetrator.12-20-2012
20120319840SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO ACTIVATE A SECURITY PROTOCOL USING AN OBJECT WITH EMBEDDED SAFETY TECHNOLOGY - The present invention provides means for initiating a distress signal by knocking over an object, such as a table, decorative piece, furniture, etc., that includes a built-in or embedded safety device. When the safety device senses substantial movement (i.e., toppling) of the object, the safety device transmits a distress signal to third-party responders, and also can initiate various events in the environment surrounding the object to deter, delay, or disrupt a perpetrator.12-20-2012
20120319839Apparatus for Earthquake Evacuation and Rescue - An apparatus for earthquake evacuation and rescue comprises a sensor module that senses occurrence of earthquake, a lighting module that provides visibility, a communication module that supplies information, a power supply module that provides electric power to the apparatus, a display module, a location transmitter module that transmits signal for location of the apparatus, a GPS module that obtains location data for the apparatus, an actuator module that is adapted to be linked to a gas line and an electric power line of a housing, and a control module that controls the operation of the other modules. The control module turns on the lighting module when the control module determines that an earthquake of predetermined level occurred.12-20-2012
20120319842SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO ACTIVATE A SECURITY PROTOCOL USING AN OBJECT WITH EMBEDDED SAFETY TECHNOLOGY - The present invention provides means for initiating a distress signal by knocking over an object, such as a table, decorative piece, furniture, etc., that includes a built-in or embedded safety device. When the safety device senses substantial movement (i.e., toppling) of the object, the safety device transmits a distress signal to third-party responders, and also can initiate various events in the environment surrounding the object to deter, delay, or disrupt a perpetrator.12-20-2012
20120319838RECONFIGURABLE NETWORK ENABLED PLUG AND PLAY MULTIFUNCTIONAL PROCESSING AND SENSING NODE - In one embodiment, a data acquisition device comprises a plurality of sensors to detect an environmental condition, a configurable processor coupled to the plurality of sensors, wherein the configurable processor is configured to receive one or more signals from the plurality of sensors, process the one or more signals to generate environmental data representative of the environmental condition, wherein the environmental data is, and a first input/output module to transmit the data to a remote device. Other embodiments may be disclosed.12-20-2012
20110037594PERSONAL ALARM SYSTEM - A personal alarm system can help a user to wake up in a preset time. A sensor can sense operations of the personal alarm system and output sense signals. A control unit can calculate a sum of the sense signals to obtain a number of operations of the personal alarm system, and stop an alarm from sounding in response to the sum of the sense signals meeting the condition to stop the alarm from sounding.02-17-2011
20110037593SECURITY SYSTEM ANNUNCIATION COMMUNICATION DELAY - A security system including a roam control unit, a plurality of sensors and a user interface device. The main control unit communicates with a remote central monitoring station, when a sensor detects an alarm event. Once the communication signal from the main control unit is successfully transmitted to the central station, a siren is sounded. Thus, the delay time to trigger the siren is dynamic based on the time it takes for successful transmission of an alarm notification to the central station. This dynamic delay accounts for transmission interruptions between the security system, and the central station and allows the location of the main unit and/or the siren from being detected prior to successful, alarm transmission, to the central station.02-17-2011
20110210851Generation of a disparity result with low latency - A powerful, scaleable, and reconfigurable image processing system and method of processing data therein is described. This general purpose, reconfigurable engine with toroidal topology, distributed memory, and wide bandwidth I/O are capable of solving real applications at real-time speeds. The reconfigurable image processing system can be optimized to efficiently perform specialized computations, such as real-time video and audio processing. This reconfigurable image processing system provides high performance via high computational density, high memory bandwidth, and high I/O bandwidth. Generally, the reconfigurable image processing system and its control structure include a homogeneous array of 09-01-2011
20120081225MEDICATION DELIVERY AND VALIDATION SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS - A system, method and apparatus for validation of medication for consumption by a patient. A patient unit, which is one node on a communication network, is operated to present medication elements stored at the patient unit in an order corresponding to the order of a prescribed course of treatment for the patient. Indicia on the medication elements are inspected to derive characterizing data such as nature of drug and scheduled time of consumption. The derived data is compared to stored data corresponding to a next scheduled medication element. If there is a match, the patient is informed that validated medication is ready to be consumed. The patient then arranges for the medication to be delivered from the patient unit and for a notification to be sent to a compliance agent at a remote network node.04-05-2012
20100231384BACKLIGHTING REMOTE CONTROLS - A remote control includes sensing circuitry operable to detect a user touching the remote control. The remote control further includes a light source operable to backlight user input circuitry of the remote control. Control logic of the remote control activates the light source responsive to the sensing circuitry detecting the user touching the remote control.09-16-2010
20100231383Condition-based activation, shut-down and management of applications of mobile devices - Device, system, and method of condition-based activation, shut-down and management of applications of mobile devices. For example, a method includes: based on one or more collected information items, determining whether or not a condition related to a mobile device is true; and based on the determination, controlling a monitored application of the mobile device by performing at least one of: activating the monitored application; shutting down the monitored application; activating a feature of the monitored application; deactivating a feature of the monitored application; and switching the monitored application from a first mode of operation to a second, different, mode of operation.09-16-2010
20110241877EVACUATION SYSTEM - A method includes receiving, at a server, an indication of an evacuation condition from a sensory node located in a structure. The method also includes determining a severity of the evacuation condition. The method further includes adjusting a sensitivity of at least one sensory node in the structure based at least part on the severity of the evacuation condition.10-06-2011
20120326866METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING GATHERING EXPERIENCE - The present disclosure relates to the use of gestures and feedback to facilitate gathering experiences and/or applause events with natural, social ambiance. For example, audio feedback responsive to participant action may swell and diminish in response to intensity and social aspects of participant participation. Each participant can have unique sounds or other feedback assigned to represent their actions to create a social ambiance.12-27-2012
20120326865INTERFACE TESTING SYSTEM - A testing system includes a computer system and an enhanced small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) transceiver. The computer system send a testing data to the SFP+ transceiver via an SFP+ interface to be tested. The SFP+ transceiver includes a loopback address and receives the testing data and returns the testing data to the computer system via the loopback address. The computer system compares the returned testing data and the testing data it sends to determine whether or not there is data loss occurring.12-27-2012
20120286954MOTION ALERT DEVICE, A MOTION ALERT ASSEMBLY AND A METHOD OF DETECTING MOTION - A motion alert device comprising 11-15-2012
20120286953DYNAMIC DATA COLLECTION - Embodiments of methods of performing a structured collection protocol on a collection device comprise providing a plurality of prior biomarker sample, wherein the prior biomarker samples comprise at least one measured value and plurality of contextualized data components linked to the prior biomarker samples, setting a first criterion, wherein the first criterion classifies prior biomarker samples as similar if prior biomarker samples share at least one identical contextualized data component, grouping biomarker samples that are determined to be similar based on the first criterion, calculating expected values for future biomarker samples which satisfy the first criterion, wherein the calculation is based on at least a subset of the group of similar prior biomarker samples, setting a second criterion, wherein the second criterion is an acceptable variance from the calculated expected values, a threshold, or both, collecting one or more biomarker samples which satisfy the first criterion, and evaluating via the processor the compliance of the collected biomarker samples with the second criterion.11-15-2012
20130009775COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND ALARM DEVICE - An alarm device including: a reception circuit section; a transmission circuit section; a sensor section which detects abnormal conditions; an alert section; an alarm registration section which, when a registration send mode is in effect to form a linked group, sends a registration event signal containing the transmission source code, and when set to a registration receive mode, registers the transmission source codes contained in event signals received from the other alarm devices in a memory; an abnormal condition monitoring section; and a transmission power switch control section which, when the registration send mode is initiated by the alarm registration section, reduces the transmission power of the transmission circuit section beyond that of normal operation.01-10-2013
20100164718ILLUMINATION AND DETECTION ARCHITECTURE - An illumination and detection architecture that illuminates a target for detecting a material of interest. The architecture includes an illumination component that illuminates the target using a predetermined light wavelength known to energize and thereby cause a detectable change in the desired chemical and/or compounds associated with the target in a particular way. The change is then captured by an image capture system and processed to determine the presence or absence detected of the desired material of interest at the target.07-01-2010
20100164717FEILD DEVICE - A field device, wherein only those faults are displayed, which are relevant for the particular application of the user. The field device includes: a means for detecting a plurality of field-device-specific faults and for generating associated field-device-specific fault reports; a memory for storing an application-specific fault report profile, which contains exclusively those field-device-specific faults, which are relevant for a particular application; an interface, via which a user provides the fault report profile and stores such in memory; and a means for output of fault reports, which exclusively outputs fault reports of faults contained in the fault report profile.07-01-2010
20130015972ANTI-TAMPERING PROTECTION ASSEMBLYAANM SASSON; EfiAACI Kfar TavorAACO ILAAGP SASSON; Efi Kfar Tavor ILAANM BEN-ZION; YuvalAACI ShoamAACO ILAAGP BEN-ZION; Yuval Shoam ILAANM ITSHAKEY; OferAACI Tel AvivAACO ILAAGP ITSHAKEY; Ofer Tel Aviv IL - An anti-tampering protection assembly for sensing tampering with at least one conductor, the anti-tampering protection assembly including unpredictably varying signal generating circuitry, connected to the at least one conductor, for providing unpredictably varying signals on the at least conductor and tampering sensing circuitry for sensing tampering with the at least one conductor.01-17-2013
20130015973SYSTEM FOR PROTECTING UNDERGROUND UTILITIES AND PREVENTING DAMAGESAANM Lee; Myeong SikAACI DaejeonAACO KRAAGP Lee; Myeong Sik Daejeon KR - The present invention relates to a system for protecting underground utilities and preventing damages which can be easily manufactured, carried, installed, and removed, and can minimize breakage of underground utilities and danger of an accident due to the breakage, by transmitting direct warning through light or sound in response to pressure applied over a predetermined level, or by transmitting a dangerous situation to an underground utilities management server.01-17-2013
20120146789Automated monitoring and control of safety in a production area - A machine vision process monitors and controls safe working practice in a production area by capturing and processing image data relative to personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by individuals, movement of various articles, and movement-related conformations of individuals and other objects in the production area. The data is analyzed to determine whether there is a violation of a predetermined minimum threshold image, movement, or conformation value for a predetermined threshold period of time. The determination of a safety violation triggers computer activation of a safety control device. The process is carried out using a system including an image data capturing device, a computer and computer-readable program code, and a safety control device.06-14-2012
20110156903WASTE COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING SOLID MEDICAL WASTE INCLUDING METAL DETECTION, PRE-DETECTION APPARATUS, AND/OR BAG- TENSIONING MECHANISM - A solid medical waste collection system for collecting solid medical waste. The system includes a mobile cart with a bag for storing the waste. A pre-detection apparatus detects metal-containing objects prior to placing them inside the bag to reduce costs to the facility in which the cart is employed. The system may also include a bag-tensioning mechanism for securing the bag to the cart.06-30-2011
20110156902SURFACE MOUNTED TECHNOLOGY MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A Surface Mounted Technology (SMT) monitoring system and method includes setting an alarm threshold of an accident probability, and obtaining the output data from a monitor unit. The SMT monitoring method further includes calculating the accident probability according to the obtained output data, and sending an alarm command to trigger an alarm unit located at the SMT production lines to output an alarm signal if the calculated accident probability is greater than or equal to the set alarm threshold of the accident probability.06-30-2011
20130021155DETECTION CIRCUIT, DETECTION SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A DETECTION SYSTEM - A detection circuit for use in detecting hazardous conditions includes a first conductor (01-24-2013
20080252449DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE LOCATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF AS-BUILT PLANTS OF PIPES, CONDUITS, CABLES OR HIDDEN OBJECTS10-16-2008
20080246605METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING MULTIPLE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES WITH UNIFIED PARENTAL NOTIFICATION AND/OR CONTROL FEATURES - Methods and apparatus for supporting real time parental screening of a variety of different types of communications which may be directed to or sent from children are described. The methods and apparatus may be used with voice, text messaging and/or E-mail communications individually or as part of a unified parental control system. Parents can set restrictions preventing text messages, E-mails and/or voice calls being sent to or received from particular individuals, sources or destinations. In addition, parents can configure the system to support real time parental screening of individual communications, e.g., messages or calls, with the parent being provided a real time notification of an incoming or outgoing communication and the parent being provided an opportunity to control in real time the disposition of the individual communication. Disposition options may include blocking an outgoing or incoming call, video communication such as point to point video, text message, or E-mail, or sending the communication to a storage device, e.g., voice mail system.10-09-2008
20090002157AUDIO ANALYSIS, STORAGE, AND ALERTING SYSTEM FOR SAFETY, SECURITY, AND BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY - An audio surveillance, storage, and alerting system, including the following components: One or more audio sensory devices capture audio data having attribute data representing importance of the audio sensory devices. One or more audio analytics devices process the audio data to detect audio events. A network management module monitors network status of the audio sensory devices and generates network events reflective of the network status of all subsystems. A correlation engine correlates two or more events weighted by the attribute data of the device used to capture the data. Finally, an alerting engine generates one or more alerts and performs one or more actions based on the correlation performed by the correlation engine. This invention may be used to help fight crime and help ensure safety procedures are followed.01-01-2009
20080231440ELECTRONIC SEAL DEVICE AND METHOD OF SENSING OPENING USING THE SAME - Methods and apparatus are disclosed for sensing opening of an electronic seal device. According to one embodiment, the electronic seal device includes a T-shaped bolt unit including a protrusion formed to protrude from a first side thereof at a predetermined thickness to provide directionality, the bolt unit transmitting unique data as a Radio Frequency (RF) signal; and an electronic circuit unit including a groove formed in the wall of a hole to provide directionality so that part of the shank of the bolt unit is inserted into and engaged with the hole to a predetermined depth, and a drainage hole is formed in a lower portion of the electronic circuit unit, the electronic circuit unit transmitting/receiving RF signals to/from the bolt unit.09-25-2008
20080231439Activity Detection Circuit for a Storage Device - An activity detection circuit for a storage device including a sampling module, a logic module, and an indication module. The sampling module is for detecting a state interface of the storage device by a reference signal. The logic module is for determining a state of the storage device according to a detection result generated by the sampling module. The indication module includes a light emitting device, wherein when the storage device is in a connected state, the light emitting device emits constant light, and when the storage device is in a read/write state, the light emitting device emits flickering light. The present invention also provides a storage module including a storage device, a connection port and the activity detection circuit described above.09-25-2008
20130169434METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INVOKING A SECURITY FUNCTION OF A DEVICE BASED ON PROXIMITY TO ANOTHER DEVICE - An approach for enabling a security function of a mobile device to be activated based on a change in proximity of another device is described. A notification service determines whether a proximity threshold between a first device and a second device is satisfied based on pairing information corresponding to a wireless link between the first device and the second device. The notification service also generates a control signal to activate a security function to restrict access on either the first device or the second device based on the determination.07-04-2013
20130169435PANEL COMMUNICATION VIA ILLUMINATED BEZEL - A system for communicating status information associated with a device has an interface panel. The interface panel has a bezel extending substantially around a perimeter thereof. The interface panel is configured to interface with the device. The interface panel has a light device disposed substantially around a perimeter of the bezel. The light device is configured to illuminate the bezel. The system has a light controller coupled to the light device. The light controller is configured to control light output of the light device to indicate a status of the device.07-04-2013
20130169437AUDIO FEEDBACK FOR COMMAND LINE INTERFACE COMMANDS - For providing audio feedback for command line interface (CLI) commands in a computing environment, auditory notifications are generated for indicating a completion of CLI commands. The auditory notifications are configurable by user preferences.07-04-2013
20080224861HOSPITAL BED HAVING WIRELESS DATA CAPABILITY - A system is provided for use with a pre-existing hospital bed and a nurse call system. The system includes a first apparatus that is coupleable to a data port of the hospital bed and a second apparatus that is spaced from the hospital bed, that is spaced from the first apparatus, and that is coupleable to the nurse call system. A transmitter of the first apparatus is operable to transmit data received at the data port to a receiver that is operable to wirelessly receive data transmitted by the wireless transmitter of the first apparatus. The first apparatus and second apparatus are used in lieu of a cable that is otherwise usable to connect the hospital bed to the nurse call system via a hard-wired connection.09-18-2008
20080224860SEATBELT FAULT ALERT SYSTEM - A seatbelt fault indicator is activated whenever a seat within a vehicle is occupied but the seatbelt associated with the occupied seat is either not latched or not tensioned.09-18-2008
20080224859Door lock control system integrated with sensing and audio/image identification functions - A door lock control system integrated with sensing and audio/image identification functions includes three identification means. First, an RFID card reader obtains the identification code of a user's RFID card to perform a first identification check. After the first check is passed, the user is asked to make a voice to be compared with a pre-stored voice for a second identification check. After the second check is passed, an image of the user is taken to be compared with a pre-stored image for a third check. After all the three checks are passed, an electronic door lock is opened.09-18-2008
20080224858Occupancy Indication Device & Method - An occupancy indicator for a door, and a method of use, one embodiment comprising a magnet a switching apparatus activatable by a person, a signaling device adapted to indicate one of at least two states, and a biasing mechanism. One embodiment may not be comprised of a magnet but may be comprised of a bolt assembly having a plurality of biasing mechanisms. The magnet or bolt assembly, switching apparatus, signaling device, and biasing mechanism are operatively coupled to automatically provide a signaling device state upon the door opening.09-18-2008
20110273289KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a fingerprint input unit, a storage unit, a switch unit, and a control unit. The fingerprint input unit receives fingerprint information of a user. The storage unit stores a fingerprint model. The control unit is connected to the fingerprint input unit, the storage unit, and the switch unit. The control unit receives the fingerprint information of the user from the fingerprint input unit and compares the received fingerprint information with the fingerprint model stored in the storage unit. If the received fingerprint information is consistent with the fingerprint model, the control unit controls the switch unit to be turned on, to output a control signal to power on a computer connected to the keyboard.11-10-2011
20110273288Pump Control Unit - A pump control system includes a controller coupled to first and second pressure sensors. The sensors couple serial pressure related information to the controller. The controller can evaluate respective liquid levels, in response to received pressure related information from the sensors. A current sensor coupled to the controller can provide signals indicative of operation of one or more pumps coupled to the controller. The controller includes circuits to detect the presence of predetermined faults and to emit an audible fault indicator in response thereto.11-10-2011
20080218337Device and Method for Triggering a Vehicle Occupant Protection Device of a Motor Vehicle - A device and a method trigger a vehicle occupant protection device of a motor vehicle. The device has a plurality of sensors that are disposed at a first location within the motor vehicle, and an evaluation device that is disposed at a second location within the passenger car. The plurality of signals that are assigned to the plurality of sensors are transmitted from the first location to the evaluation device via a first and a second transmission link of the device.09-11-2008
20130169436REMINDER MANAGEMENT FOR MANUAL ENTRY DIABETES APPLICATION - A method is provided for managing manual entries of blood glucose measures in relation to a structured collection procedure administered by a portable computing device. The method includes: receiving an expected time for an event associated with a structured collection procedure, defining an acceptance window for a given collection action associated with the structured collection procedure and creating a reminder for the given collection action in a persistent data store, where the reminder specifies a time at which to initiate a reminder. Upon receiving a data entry of a blood glucose measure, the reminder event is purged from the data store when the data entry is received prior to the time at which to initiate the reminder. Conversely, a reminder notification is presented to the user when the data entry has not been received in advance of the time at which to initiate the reminder.07-04-2013
20130135099RETEACHABLE NON-CONTACT SWITCHING CIRCUIT - A method for reteaching a switching circuit is provided. The method includes presenting a target within a sensing range of a sensor of the switching circuit for a pre-determined duration and acquiring an identification code of the target via the sensor. The method also includes comparing the acquired identification code with all stored identification codes of other targets previously used by the switching circuit as a basis for switching and reteaching the switching circuit for switching based on the acquired identification code if the acquired identification code is different from all stored identification codes previously used by the switching circuit as a basis for switching.05-30-2013
20130135098Method and System for Detecting an Airborne Trigger - An apparatus includes a cantilevered element including a coating material having an affinity for at least one compound. The apparatus further includes a first capacitive plate and a second capacitive plate that are each spaced from and capacitively coupled to the cantilevered element. The first capacitive plate is configured to induce a vibration in the cantilevered element at a frequency related to a mass of the cantilevered element. A frequency detector is coupled to the second capacitive plate to detect a change in vibrational frequency of the cantilevered element as a result of at least one particle of the at least one compound coupling to the coating material.05-30-2013
20130099924DISPENSER AND ROLL OF FLEXIBLE SHEET MATERIAL - A dispenser for dispensing flexible sheet material includes a roll of material, the roll of material having a core. One end portion of the flexible sheet material is adhered to the core by a pickup glue. The dispenser includes a sensor for sensing the pickup glue of the roll of material and a control unit for triggering at least one action of the dispenser in response to the detection of the pickup glue.04-25-2013
20130135100METHOD OF DETECTING AN ABNORMAL ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATING CONDITION OF AN ELEMENT EMBEDDED IN AN APPARATUS AND CORRESPONDING ELEMENT - A method of detecting an abnormal environmental operating condition of an element embedded in an apparatus. The element is able to communicate with a telecommunications network. The method includes cyclically measuring at least one environmental operating parameter of the element, detecting that the element is operating for an excessive duration in at least one reference operating span, and transmitting an alert message to the telecommunications network if the element has operated for an excessive duration in the reference operating span.05-30-2013
20110210850TOUCH-SCREEN KEYBOARD WITH COMBINATION KEYS AND DIRECTIONAL SWIPES - A touch-screen keyboard for small mobile devices that improves typing accuracy and speed by using directional swipes to select letters or symbols in combination keys containing multiple letters or symbols per key.09-01-2011
20080198008SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS MOBILE SEATING PLATFORM - A system (and method) includes a seating platform, at least one sensor for detecting a state of the seating platform connected to a first wireless communications device, the first wireless communications device for conveying information on the state of the seating platform, and a second wireless communications device for receiving information from the first wireless communications device, and a computing system. The second wireless communications device is for receiving the information carrying signal and is connected to the computing system. The computing system is for initiating an action based upon the information.08-21-2008
20080198007Wirelessly-controlled detecting device - A wireless-controlled detecting device includes a one-way waterproof-ventilating outer layer installed therein with a signal detector provided with a programmable IC and a sensor module. The programmable IC and the sensor module are connected and fixed in position by a soft PCB that is connected with a thin power supply unit. The wirelessly controlled detecting device is further installed with a wireless transmitter and a wireless receiver for receiving the result of detection, and the wireless signal receiver is connected with a signal-indicating device for indicating the result of detection by means of lamplight, sounds, characters and vibration. The detection data can be stored in a storage device for a user to be controlled and managed.08-21-2008
20080198006Security system having intelligent voice responses and voice response method thereof - A security system having corresponding intelligent voice response and a voice response method thereof aims to output a corresponding intelligent voice response message according to the identification (ID) of visitors. The security system includes a trigger unit to detect action conditions of a visitor and generates a trigger signal, an ID system which has a safe person list, a database containing at least one voice message and an ID unit linking to the database to get the ID information of the visitors and compare with the safe person list to generate an ID signal, and a control unit to get the trigger signal and ID signal, and the voice message from the database to make voice response to the visitor through an output unit.08-21-2008
20080198005CONTEXT-SENSITIVE ALERTS - Real-time, geo-targeted and context-sensitive alerts are provided based on a stated objective. Factual information is collected over time. When a user needs the information, the user registers an objective and a geographic location. The factual information is scored for relevance, based on how closely the information fits the user's geographic location, and how relevant the information is to the user's stated objective. The most relevant information, as determined based on score, is pushed to the user in real-time.08-21-2008
20110221593APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC LANE OPERATION IN MULTI-LANE BASED ETHERNET - Provided is a method and apparatus for a dynamic lane operation that may determine a number of necessary lanes in a current network state according to an amount of input traffic based on queue information and monitored traffic information for a lane operation in a multi-lane based Ethernet apparatus, and may control the determined number of lanes.09-15-2011
20110221592Computer Monitoring and Reporting Infrastructure - A computer health monitoring server may distribute several alerts to client devices within a network. The client devices may filter the alerts to identify alerts that apply to the client device, based on the hardware and software configuration of the device. The alerts may monitor various items and collect data defined in the alerts. A local user interface may display the alerts and any results from the alerts, and the results may be transmitted to the server. Some users having network privileges may be able to view local alerts as well as alerts from other devices in the network. Other users may be only able to view a subset of alerts. The alerts may be defined with repair processes so that a user may launch a repair activity or, in some cases, the repairs may be performed automatically as defined in the alerts.09-15-2011
20110248849METHOD FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATION RECORD AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE PERFORMING THE SAME - A communication device and method for managing communication records by using priorities of the communication records so that a user can easily find a desired communication record are provided. In the method, the device receives a priority input for a selected one of the communication records, saves the received priority input as a priority of the selected communication record, and displays a list of the communication records arranged according to the priorities thereof.10-13-2011
20130147623HOME MONITORING ENHANCEMENTS - A system may include a set-top box configured to receive a television signal and provide the television signal to a media playing device, and a home monitoring device configured to obtain a video recording using a security camera, provide the video recording to a media manager device across a network, and provide information about the video recording to the set-top box. The set-top box may be further configured to provide the information about the video recording upon activation of the set-top box by a customer, receive a request to view the video recording from the customer, retrieve the video recording from the media manager device, and provide the video recording to a media playing device.06-13-2013
20100308994ENERGY SAVING MEDICAL DEVICE - The invention is directed to a medical device comprised of at least one device part that is electrically operated and can be switched between an idle state and an operating state and a method of controlling such device. A control unit is provided which switches an electrically operated device part from the operating state to the idle state. Alternatively or in addition, a person detector and a control unit are provided, wherein a control unit switches the device part to the operating state in case the person detector detects the presence of a person at a distance from the device. Alternatively or in addition, an operating control is provided for manually switching the device from the operating state to the idle state.12-09-2010
20110234403HEADGEAR AND METHOD OF USING SAME - Headgear techniques are provided. The headgear has a crown configured to fit on a wearer's head, a bill extending from the crown with at least a portion of the bill being transparent, and a filtration material positioned about the transparent portion of the bill. The filtration material is reactive to radiant energy whereby radiant energy is selectively permitted to pass therethrough. The filtration material may also be capable of passing electrical signals therethrough. The headgear may be providing with sensors, and be part of a monitoring system.09-29-2011
20110234402You've got mail mailbox signaling device - The present invention provides a transmitting and receiving system that provides an audible alert, inside the home, that mail has been left in an outside box. The transmitter is an electronic unit featuring a frequency generator, amplifier, internal antenna, and the required electrical and electronic components and circuitry encased within a durable plastic housing. Also enclosed within the plastic housing, a battery source is used to power the unit. This transmitter is wired into the flag of the mailbox, and activated as soon as the flag is raised. Rectangular in shape and containing intricate components, the receiver, which is kept inside the home, consists of a tuned frequency, receiver circuit, replaceable silver oxide battery, such as the type common to wristwatches, and a speaker, all enclosed within a sturdy, plastic housing.09-29-2011
20110234401CIRCUIT MONITORING DEVICE - The circuit monitoring device is disclosed. The device is for monitoring circuit resistance. At configurable thresholds digital flags are triggered, the device can be used as a Security/Building management system. The device uses open technology is fully scaleable and allows programmable logic controllers to be used as security management systems. Using a soft logic option a PC could take the place of the PLC.09-29-2011
20110234400Alarm unit for monitoring or detection of an analyte - An alarm unit for monitoring or detecting presence of an analyte on a separate sensor portion. The present invention comprises only the alarm unit and its means for attachment to a user's clothing. A square plastic casing protects the alarm electronics portion including a signal processing means. A large clip attachment means is included that is easily separated and attached from the casing and is used to attach the unit to clothing and which has enough clearance to be used with thick articles of clothing including diapers and which has a set of teeth frictionally held against a rubber strip portion located on the casing back so as to also enable secure attachment to very thin articles of clothing. A three-way switch is located externally for easy alarm chime and alarm volume selection. Interdependent modes of operation enable the signal processing means to control the alarm unit operation and features including low power indication, improper cable plug installment, three-way switch deactivation during Monitor mode, and a snooze/reset feature by which the alarm is easily disabled temporarily so that, as an example, a user can focus on running to the bathroom where the device is used to treat enuresis.09-29-2011
20100315231DEVICE FOR THE TREATMENT AND EXTRACORPOREAL CIRCULATION OF BLOOD OR BLOOD COMPONENTS - The invention relates to a medical device for providing a plurality of extracorporeal blood or plasma treatments, apt to receive at least one disposable article that can be connected to extracorporeal circuit, each disposable article being equipped with storage means containing information about the disposable article, the device comprising a first receiving station (12-16-2010
20100315230DISASTER INFORMATION HANDLING METHOD BASED ON BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND MOBILE TERMINAL SUPPORTING THE SAME - A disaster information handling method based on a broadcasting system and a mobile terminal supporting the same is provided. The method includes receiving a broadcast signal, determining whether disaster information is present in the received broadcast signal, when disaster information is determined to be present in the received broadcast signal, extracting geographic data of a disaster area from the disaster information and extracting location data of a transmitting base station from the received broadcast signal, and performing an alert output operation according to the distance between a site indicated by the geographic data and a site indicated by the location data.12-16-2010
20100315229MULTI DOORLOCK USING BRAKING RESISTANCE OF DC MOTOR - A multi doorlock includes a doorlock unit (12-16-2010
20100315228WEARABLE DATA HUB FOR FIRST RESPONDERS - A wearable monitoring unit can provide physiological information indicative of a condition of an individual wearing the unit, or, can provide ambient condition alarm related information, from a displaced ambient condition sensor, to the individual to warn the individual as to the existence of the ambient condition. A plurality of physiological conditions associated with the individual can be monitored along with a plurality of different outputs from displaced ambient condition sensors which are in wireless communication with the monitoring unit. All such information can be automatically presented to the wearer, or, forwarded to a supervisory unit.12-16-2010
20100315227SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION OF A LOCATION THROUGH A SET-TOP BOX - A system and method for determining a location of a set-top box. An indicator of an emergency is received through the set-top box. The location of the set-top box is determined utilizing global positioning information. A message indicating the emergency and the location is sent through a satellite in communication with the set-top box.12-16-2010
20110254685Method and Apparatus Pertaining to Barrier Movement Controllers and Employing a Camera and a Wireless Transmitter - A control circuit, upon detecting a condition of interest, automatically forwards information regarding a recently-captured image to a predetermined recipient. Upon then later receiving an instruction (which instruction was prompted at least on behalf of the predetermined recipient), the control circuit then wirelessly transmits a movable barrier remote control signal to a corresponding barrier movement controller.10-20-2011
20130154830SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR GLOSS CORRECTION IN COLOR MEASUREMENTS - An apparatus and system for providing a solution that enables technicians or other technical professionals obtain both an accurate color value for a sample as well as an accurate gloss value while using a spectrophotometer and an integrated gloss meter device. The present invention allows for accurate color and gloss value analysis of samples using improved compensation values by using a reference sensor to correct the variations in intensity of a light source.06-20-2013
20130154831PROVIDING REMOTE ACCESS TO A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A DEVICE IN A HOUSING - Methods, systems, and apparatus for engaging a wireless communication device assembly to a housing. In one aspect including a wireless communication device assembly adapted to engage a knockout hole in a housing after removal of a knockout blank from the knockout hole, the wireless communication device assembly adapted to connect to the base unit and comprising: a housing engagement portion being of dimensions to at least substantially cover any uncovered portions of the knockout; a remote unit portion positioned outside of the housing when the wireless communication device assembly is engaged with the knockout hole, the remote unit portion having a remote unit surface distal from the housing engagement portion; and at least one of: an antenna device to receive wireless communications and a stimulating device that upon actuation of the stimulating device causes the base unit to perform one or more predefined operations.06-20-2013
20130154832EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM AND METHOD - An emergency response system is provided. The emergency response system includes an administrator information database capable of storing an administrator information, an emergency device information database capable of storing an emergency device information, a control unit, and a communication unit. The control unit searches the administrator information database to find the administrator information corresponding to a report signal, thereby generating a notification signal according to the administrator information, and searches the emergency device information database to find the emergency device information corresponding to the report signal, thereby generating a reply signal including a nearby emergency device information according to the emergency device information. In response to receiving the report signal from the user terminal, the communication unit transmits the notification signal to an administrator terminal, and transmits the reply signal to the user terminal. The disclosure further provides an emergency response method.06-20-2013
20120280814SENSING AND DERIVED INFORMATION CONVEYANCE - Devices, systems, and methods for sensing and derived information conveyance as disclosed. One electrical device includes an electronic circuit and executable instructions provided by at least one of: software stored in memory associated with the circuit or provided in firmware within the circuit, wherein the circuit receives raw sensor data from one or more sensors associated with the circuit, analyzes the data, and creates a report document that includes one or more features of the analysis of the data.11-08-2012
20120280813SERVICE PROVISIONING IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - An apparatus includes a memory containing a subscriber entitlement profile for a subscriber to a wireless communications network. The apparatus includes a controller configured to provide an indication of whether the subscriber is entitled to a service based on the subscriber entitlement profile. The memory and controller may be included in an integrated circuit card. The service may be unassociated with a rate plan associated with the subscriber. The apparatus may include a service entitlement facility configured to access a service of the communications network based on a user request for the service and the indication. The service entitlement facility may be further configured to determine whether or not a subscriber is entitled to the service of the wireless communications network based on the subscriber entitlement profile stored in the memory and further configured to access the service if the subscriber is entitled to the service.11-08-2012
20130181836IMAGE-BASED DETERMINATION OF CO AND CO2 CONCENTRATIONS IN VEHICLE EXHAUST GAS EMISSIONS - What is disclosed is a system and method for image-based determination of concentration of CO and CO07-18-2013
20110291829ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AN ALARM FUNCTION - An electronic device includes a main body. The main body includes a hook and a sliding button. The hook is connected to the sliding button. A first groove and a second groove are defined in the main body and communicate with each other to form a slot. The hook protrudes from the first groove and the sliding button protrudes from the second groove. The main body further includes a sensor, a processing unit and an alarm unit. The sensor is located on an inner wall of the slot. When the sliding button is slid, the hook moves along with the sliding button and comes in contact with the sensor. The sensor generates a sensing signal due to the contact with the hook. When the processing unit receives the sensing signal from the sensor, the processing unit controls the alarm unit to sound an alarm.12-01-2011
20110304456Collective objects management system with object identification using addressable decoder units - A collective objects management system for objects such as documents contained in file folders in drawers of file cabinets. Each file folder has an electrical circuit with a visible indicator mounted on the file folder. Each folder circuit has an address decoder with a unique system address which enables generation of a VALID signal whenever an incoming address from a source is a match, and a circuit for deriving operating power for the address decoder from an incoming address signal. A local microcomputer and optional encoder receive incoming object identification signals from the source and supplies the desired object address to all the file folders in the cabinet. To aid the user, each file drawer has a visible indicator mounted on the front panel, the panel indicator being illuminated when the sought folder is contained in that drawer. The invention can be applied to a wide variety of collective objects management systems, such as supermarkets, automobile parts distributors, and various manufacturing operations.12-15-2011
20090153323ALARM ACTIVATION AND DEACTIVATION - A method including detecting a coupling of a device with an external unit and automatically enabling an alert in the device to activate at a preset time when the coupling is detected.06-18-2009
20130187773GAZE TRACKING PASSWORD INPUT METHOD AND DEVICE UTILIZING THE SAME - A gaze tracking password input method and a device utilizing the same wherein the method includes the following steps: picking up photo images of a person's eyes by a photographing unit which continually takes photo shots at a particular area as the person approaches to the photographing unit and his eye enters the particular area; transmitting the photo images taken at the particular area to an operation unit; setting a script associated with a particular point as a password; and then determining the person's gaze tracking direction which indicates the script to be input by the operation unit. The operation unit comparing the multiple input scripts with predetermined passwords, if the input scripts are matched with the predetermined passwords, then the person is officially authorized.07-25-2013
20130187774PORTABLE MEDICATION DISPENSING CONTAINERS - A portable container is disclosed that includes a body and a lid that cooperatively form a securable storage compartment and a latch that is coupled to the body and configured to releasably secure the lid. The portable container also includes a location-sensing element configured to determine the location of the portable container in a facility and provide location information to a processor coupled to the latch and the location sensing element. The processor is configured to receive the location information from the location-sensing element and allow the latch to release the lid upon a determination that the portable container is located in an area of the facility where access to the contents of the portable container is permitted.07-25-2013
20130187775SYSTEM FOR MONITORING INFECTION CONTROL AND PREVENTION PROCESSES - The present invention is a centralized system for the automated monitoring and reporting of compliance to infection prevention policies. It is focused on the proactive reduction (elimination) of pathogenic organisms causing infection within the facility by enforcing best practices for infection prevention.07-25-2013
20120001755Virtual Presence after Security Event Detection - A virtual presence of an resident or owner of a monitored premise (home, office, etc.) is provided by automatic detection of the presence of a visitor, automatic establishment of a video feed to a remote device of the resident or owner, and automatic establishment of two-way audio communications between the remote device and a door intercom at the monitored presence. Using the video feed and the two-way communications, the resident or owner can communicate to the visitor as if the resident or owner were actually in the monitored presence viewing the visitor through a peep-hole or security camera, thereby providing the illusion to the visitor that the premise is actually occupied. Additionally, the resident or owner is provided a remote capability to activate an alarm or disarm and alarm, according to the conditions of the visit and the user's wishes.01-05-2012
20120007738POINT-OF-TRANSACTION CHECKOUT SYSTEM WITH ZERO-FOOTPRINT CORDLESS ELECTRO-OPTICAL READER - A checkout system employs a bi-optical workstation having dual windows and a main reader for electro-optically reading indicia on products to be processed at the workstation through at least one of the windows. The workstation is supported by a countertop and has a raised housing extending upwardly away from the countertop. An auxiliary cordless reader is used for electro-optically reading the indicia in a handheld mode when the main reader is not operated. A cradle bounds a compartment in which the auxiliary cordless reader is removably received when not in the handheld mode. The cradle is supported by the raised housing above and remote from, and out of direct contact with, the countertop to form a zero-footprint therewith.01-12-2012
20120019382SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE REMOTE MONITORING OF POTTED PLANTS - The invention relates to a system and method for determining the state, state changes, and/or condition changes of a potted plant and for indicating the determined state of said object to the owner or user thereof, wherein the system and method locally determine at least one physical and/or chemical parameter on top of on the side of or in the immediate vicinity of the plant (01-26-2012
20130194094OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFORE, AND RECORDING PROGRAM EXECUTING THE METHOD - When an anterior segment photographing mode is selected, ease of operation by an inspector is improved. An ophthalmologic apparatus includes an area changing unit for changing a movement area of an optical unit including an optical path of measuring light, when an anterior segment photographing mode for photographing an anterior segment of an eye to be inspected is selected, to be different from a movement area when a mode other than the anterior segment photographing mode is selected.08-01-2013
20130201019LABORATORY AUTOMATION APPARATUS, AUTOMATED ANALYTICAL APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - A laboratory automation system capable of reducing a wasting time of an operator work by giving a notification that enables a device state and a summary of an operator call to be recognized. The laboratory automation system having notifying means such as a display unit or a speaker which can be recognized by the operator distant from the device, includes a notifying unit for calling the operator, and a notifying unit for notifying a status of the device, in which a state device and a summary of the work conducted by the operator can be easily recognized by the combination of notifications of those notifying units.08-08-2013