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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
340286020 Network signaling 37
340309160 Timer control 34
340286060 Call station 27
340332000 Signal light systems 10
340323000 Game reporting 8
340326000 Plural (e.g., concurrent auxiliary) single indications (e.g., light flashes when bell rings) 8
340333000 With specific power supply (e.g., power substitution) 4
20110169621TIME UPDATING AND LOAD MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS - An electrical distribution system for distributing electrical power throughout a residence. The electrical distribution system includes a plurality of electrical distribution lines configured to distribute electrical power to one or more appliances; and an electrical panel in communication with (i) a utility company and (ii) the plurality of electrical distribution lines. The electrical panel is configured to receive the electrical power from the utility company, and distribute the electrical power onto the plurality of electrical distribution lines for consumption by the one or more appliances. The electrical panel is further configured to receive, from the utility company, time data indicating a current time of day, and provide, through the plurality of electrical distribution lines, the time data to each of the one or more appliances so that the one or more appliances can keep track of the current time of day.07-14-2011
20090002139APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY PROVIDING POWER OVER ETHERNET IN AN UPGRADEABLE PATCH PANEL AND RELATED METHODS - An upgradeable communications patch panel is provided. Embodiments of such a panel include multiple jacks that are configured to receive multiple communications cables and a power interface that is configured to connect to a power device and provide power to a remote communication device via one of the multiple jacks and a corresponding one of the multiple communications cables.01-01-2009
20100171602Intelligent Power Management of an Intermediate Network Device Switching Circuitry and PoE Delivery - Embodiments of the invention include a management agent which has access to power output control circuitry of a digital electronic communication switch, a power meter, a load sharing means, and the ability to manage the power of switching circuits in the switch. The power meter enables the management agent to identify the power consumed by the switching circuits that are enabled and operational. This information, coupled with (1) knowledge of the power allocated to each port via PoE, and (2) policy information (which specifies power allocation preferences) is used in a two-pass power management method.07-08-2010
20110090068APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR DRIVING A DOORBELL SYSTEM PERIPHERAL LOAD AT A HIGHER CURRENT - A peripheral load driver that utilizes the power, wiring, and primary load of a conventional doorbell system to drive a doorbell system peripheral load at a higher current without risk of inadvertently energizing the primary load of the conventional doorbell system. The peripheral load driver comprising a power converting means for converting power extracted from the conventional doorbell system from a higher-voltage-at-a-lower-current to a lower-voltage-at-a-higher current wherein the higher-voltage-at-a-lower-current is insufficient to energize the primary load of the conventional doorbell system and the lower-voltage-at-a-higher-current is compatible with the doorbell system peripheral load.04-21-2011
340287000 Signal box type (e.g., to call messenger, plural fire alarm boxes) 3
20080266064APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING VISUAL/AUDIBLE ALARM UNITS IN AN ALARM SYSTEM - An apparatus and concomitant method of reducing the number of synchronization pulses transmitted to the alarm units for increasing the reliability of the overall alarm system is disclosed. The synchronization signal is implemented as a reference or reset signal from which the alarm units derive a reference time to begin activation of the alarm units. Thus, when an alarm unit receives a reference synchronization pulse, the alarm unit applies the reference synchronization pulse as a reference point in time to trigger a series of flashes or audio tones. A second signal sent in close proximity to the synchronization signal is implemented to trigger a second function of the alarm units, such as a silence function.10-30-2008
20120306630Wireless decorative doorbell device - A decorative doorbell device is provided that includes a base unit attachable to a door and an ornamental housing unit rotatably lockable to the base unit. A doorbell ringer may be attached to the ornamental housing unit with a wireless activator so that a sound-producing unit is remotely activated by the wireless activator. The ornamental housing unit may be formed in the shape of a football helmet and decorated with a particular team's logo and colors on in any other desired ornamentation and shape.12-06-2012
20120249311PULL STATION - A pull station for an alarm includes a housing having an actuator mounted for movement with respect thereto. The actuator has a standby (i.e., normal) position and an alarm position. The actuator has a contoured actuation surface configured such that downward pressure on the actuation surface moves the actuator from the standby position to the alarm position. The actuator may be rotatably or slidably coupled to the housing. The actuation surface may extend beyond the front face of the housing when in the standby position. In some embodiments, the actuation surface is cup-shaped. In other embodiments, the actuation surface is v-shaped, with first and second angled portions forming oblique angles with respect to a lateral axis of the housing. Thus arranged, the actuator can be operated by a disabled who may not have complete hand or finger dexterity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.10-04-2012
340313000 Answer back 2
20120032790Audience Response System Bulk Data Communication - A method for a response device in an audience response system having a plurality of response devices to wirelessly communicate bulk data includes transmitting a signal and receiving data indicating to the response device to transmit data requests. The method further includes transmitting data request signals, and receiving at least data describing the bulk data in response to a first data request signal and at least a portion of the bulk data in response to a second data request signal.02-09-2012
20090134981DIRECT AIRCRAFT-TO-AIRCRAFT DATA LINK COMMUNICATION - The present disclosure provides systems and methods for direct communication between aircraft, which may involve receiving tactical and strategic information related to proximate aircraft for improved flight planning. The systems and methods presented herein may be implemented, for example, in a first aircraft having a data link component adapted to process information, a storage component adapted to store information related to the first aircraft, access to a plurality of onboard data sources, and a communication interface component adapted to directly communicate with a second aircraft via a communication link. The first aircraft may include a user interface component adapted to interact with the data link component to retrieve the information related to the second aircraft from the storage component, generate a request message with the information related to the second aircraft, and communicate with the communication interface component to directly transmit the generated request message to the second aircraft via the communication link.05-28-2009
340328000 Audible signals (e.g., bell rings softly first and then loudly) 2
20090243816MONITOR WITH REMINDER SOUND - A monitor with reminder sounds is disclosed. The device includes at least a monitor, at least a touch button and an audio player. The touch button is disposed on the monitor for adjusting status of the monitor. The audio player is also arranged on the monitor and is connected with the touch button. When pressing the touch button, the audio player receives a signal and makes a sound. The monitor further includes a detection module that is used to check output image signals of the monitor. When detecting errors of output image signals of the monitor, the detection module sends a detection signal to the audio player so as to make the audio player generate a sound. Thus the user is reminded that whether the touch button is pressed precisely. Furthermore, the device also informs the user that the monitor is in abnormal status. Therefore, the present invention provides users more convenience of use.10-01-2009
20120293310Method and Apparatus Pertaining to Using a Door Chime to Audibilize Non-Door-Chime Messages - A door-chime apparatus comprises a door-chime chassis that will permit the apparatus to be installed in a building (such as residence). This door-chime chassis supports other elements including a door-chime user-input interface and a wireless interface, both of which operably couple to a control circuit. The control circuit, in turn, audibilizes a door chime within the building when a user asserts a user input (such as a typical door-bell button) that couples to the door-chime user-input interface. In addition, this control circuit, upon reception of a recognized non-door-chime message via the wireless interface, will cause the audibilization of a message other than a door chime within the building. These teachings will accommodate sourcing the aforementioned non-door-chime message from any of a variety of apparatuses. Examples in these regards include residential utilities, residential appliances, and residential sensors. By one approach the audibilized message can comprise audibilized words.11-22-2012
340286040 Manual alarm telegraph; e.g., other than signal box type 2
20130169422PULL STATION - A pull station for an alarm includes a housing having an actuator mounted for movement with respect thereto. The actuator has a standby (i.e., normal) position and an alarm position. The actuator has a contoured actuation surface configured such that downward pressure on the actuation surface moves the actuator from the standby position to the alarm position. The actuator may be rotatably or slidably coupled to the housing. The actuation surface may extend beyond the front face of the housing when in the standby position. In some embodiments, the actuation surface is cup-shaped. In other embodiments, the actuation surface is v-shaped, with first and second angled portions forming oblique angles with respect to a lateral axis of the housing. Thus arranged, the actuator can be operated by a disabled who may not have complete hand or finger dexterity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.07-04-2013
20090212924INTEGRATED FIRE EXIT ALERT SYSTEM - A fire exit alert system, preferably integrated into an exit device or automatic fire exit door closer, uses sound and light to signal the location of a fire exit in darkness and smoke-obscured rooms. The alert system includes a voice signal, such as “EXIT LOCATED HERE,” to signal that the location of the voice is also the location of the exit. A white noise signal generator is used to supplement the voice signal and produces a sound that is particularly localizable by the human ear. A strobe light and a laser are used to produce a visual guide to the location of the exit. The strobe light is flashed when the word “HERE” is used in the voice signal. The laser is used to produce a cone of light that points towards the fire exit alert system.08-27-2009
340321000 Portable self-contained (e.g., movie usher's signalling flashlight) 1
20120299711PERSONAL SAFETY AND ALARM SYSTEM - A personal safety and alarm system including a siren/strobe light, and a pepper spray container which are selectively removably positioned in a holder with the holder being selectively detachably secured to a stand for use on a bedside table or the like or which may be placed in the person's purse or pocket. The system also includes a flashlight which is selectively removably secured to the stand.11-29-2012
340286130 Mimic 1
20080258881Method and system for provisioning a java equipped celluar telephone - Embodiments of the present invention recite a method and system for provisioning a Java equipped cellular telephone. In one embodiment, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data collector application is uploaded onto a Java equipped cellular telephone for enabling the Java equipped cellular telephone to perform GIS data collection functions. The method further comprises uploading a data dictionary onto the Java equipped cellular telephone comprising at least one GIS feature type.10-23-2008
340286110 Annunciator 1
20080224835Tamper resistant switch combination device - The disclosure relates to an electrical device comprising a housing, a tamper resistant switch disposed in the housing, and an electrical component disposed in the housing. In this case, the tamper resistant switch can be in electrical communication with the electrical component to selectively electrically connect the electrical component with at least one electrical contact such as a power input. The electrical component can be in the form of a receptacle outlet, a motion sensor, an indicator light or additional tamper resistant switches. In one embodiment, the electrical component can be coupled in series with the tamper resistant switch to be selectively turned on. For example there can be a tamper resistant switch disposed in a housing along with a motion sensor or light sensor. In the case of a motion sensor, the tamper resistant switch can be turned to an on position to activate the motion sensor. If the motion sensor detects motion, then this motion sensor can be used to activate a load such as a light electrically coupled to the device.09-18-2008
340311200 Nonselective paging (e.g., public address system) 1
20100026472PAGING AND NOTIFICATION MECHANISM FOR EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM OVER CELLULAR NETWORKS - Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide a method for transmitting emergency warning messages over cellular networks. In the proposed method, the access point transmits scheduling information of the emergency information in addition to the non-emergency information in a first system information block (SIB1) to a plurality of user equipments. In case of an emergency, the access point notifies the user equipments of the emergency situation and transmits emergency information to the user equipments to provide more information about the emergency situation. Since the user equipments already have scheduling information of the emergency information, they can start receiving the emergency information immediately after the emergency notification.02-04-2010
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20130076495Systems and Methods Providing Signal Power Detection Using Low Performance Circuitry - Systems and methods which utilize low performance circuitry to provide received signal power detection without unacceptably impacting operation of a receiver circuit are shown. Circuitry utilized to provide received signal power detection according to embodiments comprises circuitry dedicated for use with respect to received signal power detection. Performance of the circuitry of the detection path may be lower than that required of circuitry of the signal processing path. However, performance parameters are selected to provide power detection of desired accuracy (e.g., flat gain) and to meet other performance metrics. Embodiments provide a low performance power detection circuit comprising a low performance tuner configuration. Further embodiments provide a low performance power detection circuit comprising a low performance data converter configuration.03-28-2013
20130082828MOBILE ASSET TRACKING UNIT, SYSTEM AND METHOD - An asset tracking unit, system, and method may include at least one transceiver having communicative connections with at least one SATCOM network and at least one GPS network via at least one antenna, wherein tracking information for at least one asset associated with the at least one transceiver is received from the GPS network and is communicated to the SATCOM network, a first link that provides a multi-code one of the communicative connections between the at least one transceiver and the at least one SATCOM network, and a second link that provides a multi-channel one of the communicative connections between the at least one transceiver and the at least one GPS network. The unit, system and method may additionally include at least one remote operations center remote from an asset to be tracked, wherein the asset to be tracked is geographically associated with the central processing unit.04-04-2013
20090309708COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND RECEIVER USED IN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A communication system is provided comprising a living body-side electrode which primarily capacitively couples with a living body, an environment-side electrode which primarily capacitively couples with an external environment, and a circuit board on which a circuit which processes a signal which is output from at least one of the living body-side electrode and the environment-side electrode is mounted, wherein the circuit board is not placed between the living body-side electrode and the environment-side electrode.12-17-2009
20110291819RECEPTION CIRCUIT AND SIGNAL RECEPTION METHOD - A reception circuit according to the present invention is a reception circuit (12-01-2011
20080303642Apparatus and Method for Remotely Obtaining and Evaluating Vehicular and Other Information - An apparatus and method for remotely obtaining and evaluating vehicular and other information is disclosed, where a field device can be used to wirelessly transmit information to a processor. The processor can compare the information against other information in a database. Based upon the results of the comparison, the results are evaluating by the processor using predetermined criteria and one or more of a plurality of different predetermined instructions are wirelessly transmitted to the field device.12-11-2008
20110109445LAMP COLOR MATCHING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Lamp color matching and control systems and methods are described. One embodiment includes a lighting node and a controller. The lighting node can include a plurality of light emitting diodes configured for illumination and further configured for optical communication with the controller, a communicator configured for radio communication with the controller, a memory configured to store a node identifier, a control logic, and a temperature sensor. The controller can include an optical sensor configured to sense the correlated color temperature and brightness of the lighting node and further configured for optical communication with the lighting node, and a communicator configured for radio communication with the lighting node. The controller can calibrate the lighting node as well as perform light copy and paste, light following, and light harvesting operations with the lighting node.05-12-2011
20090128303SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EMPLOYING GEOGRAPHICALLY OVERLAPPING AUTONOMOUS STATIC AND MOBILE WIRELESS NETWORKS FOR ASSET TRACKING - A supply and distribution chain and various systems, methods and elements associated with autonomous static and mobile wireless networks for asset tracking. In one embodiment, the chain includes: (1) masters associated with static sites and configured to establish autonomous static networks for the static sites, (2) mobile units associated with carriers and configured to join the autonomous static networks when in range thereof and create autonomous mobile networks when out of range of the autonomous static networks and (3) sensors associated with assets and configured to join the autonomous static networks when in range thereof and join the autonomous mobile networks when out of range of the autonomous static networks.05-21-2009
20090189745Semiconductor device, method of manufacturing thereof, signal transmission/reception method using such semiconductor device, and tester apparatus - A semiconductor device (07-30-2009
20080218317BALLAST CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HID LAMP USING ZIGBEE - A control system for an HID lamp, which in one implementation includes a magnetic ballast control system for an HID lamp using Zigbee. A plurality of condensers or choke coils of different capacities is mounted on a magnetic ballast for the lamp, and an electronic switch unit controls illumination according to change of such capacities. RF transmitting/receiving means using a Zigbee-based frequency are employed to turn the HID on and off, and to control illumination through wireless remote communications, thereby achieving considerable energy savings. Operational states of the HID lamp and ballast can be bi-directionally controlled through the communication module, with failures of the HID lamp and ballast automatically detected and notified to users, thereby eliminating inconvenient confirmation processes. The magnetic ballast control system is useful in street lamps, tunnel lamps, factory lamps, warehouse lamps, landscape illuminations, and the like.09-11-2008
20110316677Method and System for Intra-Chip Waveguide Communication - Methods and systems for configuring one or more electrical waveguides in an integrated circuit by adjusting a geometry of the one or more electrical waveguides, and communicating one or more electrical signals between components within the integrated circuit via the one or more electrical waveguides. The geometry of the one or more electrical waveguides may be configured by adjusting a length of the one or more electrical waveguides utilizing switches in the integrated circuit. The switches may include CMOS transistors. The one or more signals may include a microwave signal and a low frequency digital control signal that configures the microwave signal. The electrical waveguides may include metal and/or semiconductor layers deposited on and/or embedded within the integrated circuit.12-29-2011
20090134980SYSTEM, TOOLS, AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AND DISPLAYING ELECTRONIC MEMORIAL AND DEDICATION MEDIA, AND ADMINISTRATING COMMUNICATION AND LINKING OF USERS - According to the present invention, there is provided a system and method for generating and displaying electronic notification and memorial media, including display tools for displaying notifications, memorials, and related information, administrative tools for managing the system's operation and the linking of users, communication tools for disseminating related memorial notifications and announcements, broadcast tools for enabling users to participate remotely in memorial and other activities and events, and tribute tools for further memorial activities. While preferably the system and method of the present invention are directed towards applications in the memorial/dedication field, the system and method of the present invention can also be adapted and applied to a broad range of settings and industries, wherever the communication and display of information and notifications is necessary.05-28-2009
20100315206ELECTRODE DIVERSITY FOR BODY-COUPLED COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - The present invention relates to coupler device, processing apparatus and method of processing a plurality of body-coupled communication signals which have been detected by using an electrode arrangement with a plurality of electrodes or electrode segments (12-16-2010

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