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Advanced Connectivity for Devices and Appliances (ADB): International Patent Portfolio

A critical element in the Smart Home, Smart Office, Smart City, Smart Car, Smart Retail business segment is the ability to connect devices and appliances that cannot natively communicate via the Internet because they do not have IP connection capability. This includes such devices as sensors and actuators as well as appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and HVAC systems and components. Also included in this need-to-be connected network are consumer electronics products such as televisions, radios and sound systems.

This international portfolio takes Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity to the next level by enabling multiple devices and appliances to be linked together in a comprehensive and manageable network. A user can both gather data from these devices and appliances as well as remotely control them – turn them on, turn them off, and regulate their operation. The latest European Patent Application includes voice control of devices and appliances.

Patent Portfolio

This portfolio would be a strategic acquisition for any appliance or device manufacturer that is serious about making its products IoT-compatible or for any current supplier of IoT systems looking to advance its technology to the next level. And since most of the properties in this portfolio are still in the application stage, the acquirer of this portfolio can modify these applications – or file continuation applications – and fine tune the granted patents to the precise technology and product development plans of the acquirer.

Internet of ThingsMore Energy-Efficient Sensor Network (ADB): U.S. Patent No. 10,042,331

Security cameras, motion detectors and other surveillance devices are everywhere. Businesses, banks, schools, government agencies and other organizations have networks of sensors of one kind or another that detect and record activities – from people coming and going to temperature and smoke. These devices act to improve safety, prevent crime, and identify criminals and intruders. But having all of these sensors running 24/7 can get expensive. Isn’t there a way to shut them off when not needed to save energy costs and prolong the lives of the devices?

This patent covers a solution to that need. It creates a network in which one sensor notifies a second sensor of activity. For example, rather than keep all security cameras up and running and using power 24/7, some can be shut down, leaving just a few at critical locations running. When one critical camera records activity, it informs the camera covering the adjacent field. That camera – if it also sees activity – informs the camera cover the next adjacent field of view. And so on and so on, until all areas in which there is activity are being videotaped and monitored. Besides cameras, any type of sensors – heat sensors, smoke/CO/gas detectors, light sensors, motion detectors, pressure gauges and proximity sensors – can be linked up similarly so just a few are required to run 24/7 and the rest click on only when needed.

U.S. Patent No. 10,042,331 for “A sensor network and method for detecting an event in a sensor network” would enable any manufacturer of any kind of security cameras and sensors to create a smarter, more energy-efficient sensor network.

Smarter Autonomous Cleaning Devices (ADB): International Patent Portfolio

Autonomous devices that clean and treat surfaces – vacuum cleaners, mopping devices, polishers and lawn mowers are just a few – are becoming more and more popular. As these devices move across the surface they are cleaning or treating, determining the most energy-efficient path for the device is a key element in reducing operating costs. The devices also need to completely cover the surface they are treating if they are to complete the tasks they were employed to perform. Finally, these devices need to access hard-to-reach areas in corners and behind doors. This comprehensive, international patent portfolio addresses all of these needs.

Using a cellular network – similar to what cellular telephones use, but on a much larger basis – the first patent family guides the autonomous device from cell to cell, tracking what cells were covered and which were not – to ensure complete and efficient coverage of the surface area. The second patent family uses a sensor to scan the area to be treated, identifying areas that are blocked, for example, by an open door, and making sure they are covered. The third patent family creates an autonomous device with a movable assembly that is attached to the chassis to access corners and other out-of-the-way areas.

This portfolio consists of two U.S. Patents and one U.S. Patent Application, one European Patent and one European Patent Application, and a Chinese Patent Application.

This portfolio would be a strategic acquisition for any manufacturer of autonomous cleaning or surface-processing equipment, or a manufacturer looking to enter that growing business segment with a distinct technological advantage over the competition.

Tap, Tap, Tap to Control Smart Devices while Driving (Karuza): U.S. Patent No, 9,966,951

All of the sophisticated electronics and sensors that an automobile driver has to deal with can be overwhelming. And distracting. For example, 20 states have banned the use of cell phones while driving. A key objective in driver safety is reducing driver distraction, and this invention addresses that need head on!

This patent creates a device that communicates with all of an automobile’s sensors and services, as well as any items brought into the car by the driver, such as a smartphone. Rather than search to find the On/Off for a sensor or application, or have to find the phone, the driver simply taps on the touch sensor. One tap for the smartphone. Two taps for the navigation system. Three taps for the back-up camera. The user/driver sets up the system with a set number of taps for each device or application. With less distraction than turning on the AC, the driver can quickly and easily access any device or sensor!

U.S. Patent No. 9,966,951 for a “System for allowing a user to wirelessly manage software applications of a computing device and plurality of vehicles sensors” would be a strategic acquisition for automobile company or supplier of aftermarket automotive electronics.

Reducing Electric Power Usage (Tan): U.S. Patent No. 9,190,844

A building – residential, industrial or commercial – has numerous appliances that use electrical power at any time. There are systems that track and report electrical power usage, but the only way to effectively reduce electrical power usage is to first determine how much power each individual appliance is drawing – specifically how much power the heating and cooling equipment in the building is using since that is often the largest share.

This patent discloses the latest Nonintrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) technology. It disaggregates climate control (heating and cooling) energy usage from non-climate control energy (all the other appliances in the building) usage. It records building energy usage and corresponding outdoor temperatures for a time period, and it then computes changes in the outdoor temperature against a baseline. It uses regression analysis to determine a climate control coefficient and a non-climate control coefficient from the building’s energy usage and outside temperature changes. The climate control coefficient and the non-climate control coefficient can be used to determine energy use based on outside climate changes and energy use by non-climate control appliances and equipment in the building.

An electric meter captures the building’s composite load profile, while a detector coupled to the meter creates a load profile for each appliance. A clusterizer detects patterns in the load profile, and an analyzer that is coupled to the detector receives data from each appliance and disaggregates the building’s total energy usage into individual appliance or groups-of-appliances usage.

The intelligence generated by this patented system can be used to automatically control and, thereby, reduce heating and cooling costs. In commercial and industrial buildings, the data can be used to coach employees how to reduce use of certain appliances to save energy costs. Employee staffing and scheduling, and use of machinery and appliances, can be rescheduled to reduce electrical power consumption and take advantage of off-hours reduced electric rates.

U.S. Patent No. 9,190,844 for “Systems and methods for reducing energy usage” would be a key acquisition for any manufacturer or installer of HVAC equipment and systems, as well as providers of Smart Home and Smart Office configurations.

Active and Passive Hardware Security Firewall (ISDNA): International Patent Portfolio

As more and more devices are linked together in the growing Internet-of-Things, communication links between and among devices increases geometrically. A particular challenge facing companies that supply critical components for IoT configurations is the security of the Java Virtual Machine, especially its multi IO switch.

The technology covered by this portfolio can be used to develop eSIM (embedded Subscriber Identity Module card), eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card), iSIM (IoT SIM card) patch or NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) solutions. It's an improved structure of security for virtual operating systems that converts traditional security elements from a passive model into an active-and-passive dual model.

This patented technology has the ability to integrate all NFC (near field communication), SIMs and banking cards - even bank and security tokens - into a single security chip module for more secure mobile payments. The actual products that can be developed from this portfolio include:

US Patent No.Title
8,924,599Electronic device and method of signal transmission therein
9,384,162Mobile device, transaction system including the mobile device, and method of signal transmission in a mobile device
8,978,050Program calling method, and mobile device
9,094,099Baseband module, mobile device including the baseband module, and method of signal transmission in a mobile device
European Patent No.Title
2645264Electronic device and method of signal transmission therein
2645266Mobile device, transaction system including the mobile device, and method of signal transmission in a mobile device
2682861Program calling method, and mobile device
2680156Baseband module, mobile device including the baseband module, and method of signal transmission in a mobile device
Taiwan Patent No.Title
498741Signal transmission method, transaction information display method and mobile device
498826Mobile device, transaction system and signal transmission method
494856Program calling method and mobile device
499262Baseband module, mobile device and data transmission method

This portfolio also includes U.S. Patent Application 20180183832 for a "Security routing system for use in IoT apparatus" and accompanying PCT, Taiwan and European Patent Applications. It would be a critical and strategic acquisition for companies providing network security products as well as designers of ICs for use in mobile, IoT, Smart City, Smart Grid, satellite, drone and military applications.

Wireless Optical Smart Building Controls (Tran): Four U.S. Patents

Updating an older building to become a “Smart Building” can be challenging and expensive. Connecting together all the devices that create an Internet-of-Things environment can be a daunting task, and the older the building, the more of a challenge it is to bring the building up to current Smart Building standards. This portfolio addresses exactly that challenge: It creates a new generation of LED lighting fixtures that screw into conventional light bulb connector, but also provide broadband optical data communication!

The patent covers the use of a standardized electrical connector of a conventional light bulb or tube with one or more LEDs that are electrically, and in which the LEDs include a multiband-type ultra-wideband (UWB) transceiver with optical channels covering one or more OFDM bands. There is also a controller coupled to the LEDs that adjust LED light output and communicate with the optical network. The LEDs can include at least one optical transmitter and receiver optically coupled to an optical network with one mode to generate light and a second mode to receive optical transmissions using ambient light.

An LED-based light tube can be linked to a building environment regulator that provides high-speed data communication and regulates the environment in one or more rooms in the building. The LED-based light can include a tube that incorporates a light transmitting portion and a pair of electrical connectors attached to opposing ends of the tube that is compatible with a standard fluorescent light fixture. The LEDs can produce light that passes through the light-transmitting portion of the tube, and some of the LEDs can serve as light sensors to generate a signal when people enter a room so the system will know which rooms in the building are occupied and, therefore, need to be illuminated and be heated or cooled.

Patent No.Title
8,547,036Solid state light system with broadband optical communication capability
9,826,597Solid state light system with broadband optical communication capability
9,192,030Solid state light system with broadband optical communication capability
9,826,597Solid state light system with broadband optical communication capability

By using existing light fixtures, this portfolio enables virtually any building – no matter how old its wiring system is – to be upgraded to a Smart Building. Just one benefit is all the disposed cabling that will NOT makes its way into landfills! The benefits of the technology covered by this portfolio are numerous:

This portfolio would be a critical acquisition or licensing opportunity for any business in the Smart Building business segment and any lighting manufacturer seeking to enter this growing sector with a next-generation product line.

Improved Pairing and Data Transfer between Electronic Devices (Chen): U.S. Patent No. 9,949,124

One of the most demanding technical challenges in the IP sector is data transfer between to electronic devices - PCs, tablets, watches, computer processors and wireless units. No PC or telecommunications devices or systems can operate reliably or efficiently without data transfer because it is the base and prerequisite for all of the functions that must occur between devices. All designers and manufacturers of computing technology invest considerable time and resources developing faster and easier pairing methods with the goal of providing a better user experience.

U.S. Patent No. 9,949,124 for a "Method and device for authenticating wireless pairing and/or data transfer between two or more electronic devices" discloses an easier and faster-than-ever method for user-initiated OR non-user-initiated pairing of electronic devices based on motion input such as visual cues or motion captured by a camera. This patented invention provides a solution that can be broadly applied across different technologies. Applications for this technology include computer hardware and software, Internet-of-Things and Smart Homes, consumer electronics, mobile and wireless technologies, data transfer and networking, mobile payments, mobile gaming, and augmented reality and virtual reality. This patent would be an ideal acquisition for a large-scale technology company to improve the user experience for its customers, or for a smaller or start-up technology enterprise that is prepared to acquire new and better pairing technology that will give the company a distinct competitive edge!

Smart Grid Home/Office Energy Management and Automation (Advanergy): Portfolio of Ten U.S. Patents

Key elements in the emerging Smart Home sector are the CEMA® (Certified Energy Management) systems that integrate the electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure in a home or office by determining the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner. This comprehensive portfolio covers an Internet Protocol-based solution that is secure, yet non-intrusive and inexpensive. It uses a global standard, is Plug-and-Play installable, and is compatible with all third-party technology including the latest electric utility "smart meters" and Zigbee systems.

Patent No.Title
8,443,071Data server system and method
8,478,450Power control system and method
8,583,955Battery management system and method
8,649,883Power distribution system and method
8,666,560Power control system and method
8,761,050Network integration system and method
8,769,327Battery charger management system and method
8,826,046Light fixture monitoring/control system and method
9,335,750Light fixture adapter (LFA) security monitoring
9,430,021Battery management system and method

This portfolio covers:

This portfolio covers a single, seamless and comprehensive platform for energy monitoring, sensor network security, and device-control battery-charging. It can broadcast messages, images or video across an internal network or via an encrypted Wi-Fi intranet. For any company in the Smart Home business, or a company seeking to enter this growing segment, this portfolio would be a critical and strategic acquisition!

CEM is a registered trademark of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Security for the Internet of Things (Svigals): Three U.S. Patents

U.S. Patent Nos. 9,319,404, 9,344,437 and 9,432,378 for "Internet of things security" discloses a security system that enables Internet of Things (IoT) devices to securely communicate with each other over a network without human intervention, providing an interface security device between each IoT device and the network. This interface security device may be implemented as a solid state device, a logic device or an application, and it scans each incoming message to determine its source and time. Each incoming message is only accepted when source and time of the incoming message is validated. Additionally, all interface security devices are synchronized periodically to maintain integrity of the time checks.

This portfolio would be a critical acquisition for IoT device manufacturers, security device developers, and data security software developers, as well as smart phone, PDA, laptop, tablet, PC, server and consumer electronics manufacturers.

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