|| List of recent Beacon-related patents
| Securing databases against piracy attacks|
A database for location or geographic based services is secured by requiring location based requests to include a unique identifier that identifies the location as well as an authorization identifier associated with the location. The authorization identifier is information that is obtained by being physically present at the location, such as information from access points that are at the location or a position fix when present at the location.
| Marine threat monitoring and defense system|
A marine threat monitoring and defense system and method protects a target vessel in icy or other marine regions. The system uses communications, user interfaces, and data sources to identify marine obstacles (e.g., icebergs, ice floes, pack ice, etc.) near a target vessel performing set operations (e.g., a stationed structure performing drilling or production operations or a seismic survey vessel performing exploration operations with a planned route).
| Optimization on network assisted proximity services discovery management|
Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for network assisted prose discovery management are provided. One method includes establishing, by a network element, a discovery context of a user equipment, and transmitting a discovery context establishment request comprising beacon information on at least one other user that a user of the user equipment is interested in discovering..
| Method, apparatus, and computer program product for the exchanging of information between wireless devices for joining|
Method, apparatus, and computer program product example embodiments exchange information between wireless devices for joining. In example embodiments, a method comprises receiving wireless messages, each of the wireless messages including a first timing synchronization function value of a respective one of candidate beacon groups from which the wireless messages are sent; calculating a first difference between a selected target timing synchronization function value and a timing synchronization function value of the apparatus; receiving subsequent wireless messages, each of the subsequent wireless messages including a second timing synchronization function value of a respective one of the candidate beacon groups from which the subsequent wireless messages are sent; calculating second differences between the subsequently received second timing synchronization function values and the timing synchronization function value of the apparatus; and selecting a target beacon group for joining having a second difference within a predefined threshold from the first difference..
| Method, system and article for wireless devices to discover and connect to other devices|
Methods and systems are disclosed for a first wireless device to select a wireless network connection to a second wireless device. The wireless network may be a wireless local area network (wlan), such as a wi-fi network.
| Method of establishing a first and a second association which are decoupled|
A method for establishing a first and second association between a main node and respectively a first and second wireless node is disclosed. The first association associates a first virtual access point vap1 of the main node and the first node.
| Systems and methods for dynamic association ordering based on service differentiation in wireless local area networks|
Embodiments relate to systems and methods for dynamic association ordering based on service differentiation in wireless local area networks. A wifi™ or other access point can broadcast beacon information to surrounding stations, and receive probe requests from those stations seeking to associate with the access point.
| Standby time improvements for stations in a wireless network|
A method includes receiving, at a station, a first delivery traffic indication message (dtim) assigned to a first delivery interval. The first dtim is configured to indicate whether group-addressed traffic is scheduled for delivery during a beacon interval.
| Dynamic selection of early-rx duration during network sleep operation|
Systems, methods, and devices for saving power in wireless communications devices are described herein. In some aspects, an apparatus includes a memory unit configured to store wake-up information associated with a wake-up time duration for receiving a beacon signal, and includes a processor operationally coupled to the memory unit.
| Transmitting beacon frames over a wireless data link|
A method and apparatus are described for transmitting beacon frames to an electronic device over a wireless data. In the described embodiments, a processing subsystem is coupled to a transceiver and is configured to determine a beacon frame interval based on a highest common factor of a listen interval for the electronic device and a delivery traffic indication message interval, and to control the transceiver to transmit a beacon frame each beacon frame interval..
| Method of near-field electromagnetic ranging and location|
A method of near-field electromagnetic ranging and location exploits the long-wavelength, near-field characteristics of low-frequency rf signals like those in the vicinity of the am broadcast band. These signals are robust against scattering from small objects and only mildly perturbed by the urban landscape including building structures.
| Light beacon assembly|
The present application relates to a light beacon, light beacon assembly, and methods of its construction. In one aspect, a light beacon assembly includes a housing including a base and a lens cooperating to enclose an interior volume, the lens having a generally cylindrical shape.
| Method and apparatus for improving tracker battery life while outside a base safe-zone|
Methods, devices, and systems for saving battery service life by preventing false alarms when a tracked asset is intentionally removed from a base safe-zone. A portable safe-zone beacon may create a portable safe-zone by broadcasting signals similar to a transmitter within a base safe-zone.
| Encoded information reading terminal with wireless path selecton capability|
A portable encoded information reading (eir) terminal for incorporation in a data collection system can comprise a terminal module communicatively coupled to a wireless interface module via a wired interface. The terminal module can include a central processing unit (cpu), a memory, and an encoded information reading (eir) device.
|Filtering and clustering crowd-sourced data for determining beacon positions|
Embodiments analyze crowd-sourced data to identify a moved or moving beacon. The crowd-sourced data involving a particular beacon is filtered based on a cluster start time associated with the beacon.
|Binary dna probe for fluorescent analysis of nucleic acids|
The invention is directed to binary oligonucleotide probes for nucleic analysis, which probes can be made of dna or rna that recognize nucleic acid analytes (both dna and rna) with unprecedented high selectivity under mild conditions and are highly sensitive to single nucleotide mismatches (snp single nucleotide polymorphisms) without pcr amplification. In one group, the binary probes indicate that they have hybridized to a particular nucleic analyte by binding to a molecular beacon that gives off a fluorescent signal.
|Methods and arrangements for traffic indication mapping in wireless networks|
Logic may implement a hierarchical data structure for traffic indication mapping to facilitate transmissions for wireless communications devices. Mac sublayer logic may generate and transmit or receive and interpret management frames such as beacon frames with a partial virtual bitmap in a traffic indication map element based upon the hierarchical data structure for traffic indication mapping.
|Power saving mode for access point|
An access point including a beacon module that determines a beacon interval and that defines a first portion and a second portion of the beacon interval during which the access point operates in a normal mode and a power save mode, respectively. On receiving a communication from a client station during the first portion, a control module does not transition the access point from the normal mode to the power save mode at an end of the first portion.
|Wireless local area network discovery using non-wlan timing reference|
Methods, systems, and devices are described for assisting discovery of a wireless local area network (wlan). A timing reference originating from a first radio technology is identified by a user equipment (ue).
|Radio communication system, radio terminal, control method of radio terminal and control program of radio terminal|
In a radio communication system of the present invention, a radio master terminal and a radio relay terminal are configured to transmit beacon signals each containing relay stage number information which is information indicating the number of radio relay terminals via which communication with the radio master terminal is performed, and the radio terminal which newly participates in the radio communication system includes: a reception level measuring section for measuring reception levels of received beacon signals; a relay stage number analyzing section for obtaining relay stage number information from each of the received beacon signals; and an upper radio terminal deciding section for deciding as a connection target a radio terminal which is a transmission source of the beacon signal in which the measured reception level is determined as equal to or higher than a specified value, and the relay stage number is smallest based on the obtained relay stage number information.. .
|Coexistence support for multi-channel wireless communications|
Systems and techniques relating to wireless communications are described. A described technique includes monitoring a group of wireless channels that are useable by at least a first wireless communication device for wireless communications, receiving one or more beacon signals from one or more second wireless communication devices, identifying, within the group of wireless channels, one or more primary channels on which the one or more beacon signals are received, estimating a traffic load for the one or more identified primary channels, determining, based on the estimated traffic load, whether to use as a primary channel for the first wireless communication device, a channel of the one or more identified primary channels or a channel of the group of wireless channels that is separate from the one or more identified primary channels; and selecting the primary channel for the first wireless communication device based on a result of the determining..
|Extendable loop antenna for portable communication device|
The present invention discloses a wireless communication device with an extendable planar antenna. The antenna is made of a radiating loop, and a ground plane, wherein the loop is parallel to the ground plane and the distance between the loop and the ground plane is configurable, attaining at least two positions: a stowed position where the loop is close to the ground plane, and an operational position where the loop moves apart from the ground plane, to improve the antenna radiation properties.
|Methods of and systems for measuring beacon stability of wireless access points|
Methods of and systems for measuring beacon stability of wireless access points are provided. A method of determining a measure of likelihood that a designated wireless device exhibits at least one pathological characteristic includes determining a set of reference points associated with a designated wireless device, and retrieving attributes of the reference points, attributes associated with other wireless devices related to the designated wireless device, and/or statistical information.
|Unsynchronized time-of-flight-based wireless positioning system using network broadcasts|
In a positioning system, each network access device in a first subset of n1 network access devices transmits a wireless location beacon signal, producing n1 wireless location beacon signals that are transmitted by the first subset. Each network access device in a second subset of n2 network access devices receives the n1 wireless location beacon signals from the first subset and calculates n1 toas from each of the n1 received wireless location beacon signals, producing n1×n2 calculated toas by the second subset.
|Method and device for transmitting a synchronization signal in a wireless communication system|
The present invention relates to a method and device for an access point to transmit a signal in a wireless communication system. A method for an access point to transmit a synchronization signal includes: generating a frame for synchronizing a timer of a station connected to an access point; and transmitting the frame for synchronization.
|Channel-occupancy efficient, low power wireless networking|
An apparatus and method are provided for efficiently sharing a single wireless channel and for providing improved power saving. Automatic beacon “sliding” establishes a round-robin contention-free channel schedule among multiple ibsss.
|Interactive system and remote device|
An interactive system includes a display, a processor and a remote controller. The display includes at least one reference beacon for providing light with a predetermined feature.
|Method and apparatus pertaining to the timing of stylus location transmissions|
A stylus includes a stylus housing that contains a location-beacon transmitter, a wireless receiver, and a control circuit that operably couples to the preceding. By one approach the control circuit is configured to use the location-beacon transmitter to transmit signals as a function of at least one signal received via the wireless receiver.
|Hierarchical navigation and remediation in datacenters|
Methods, devices, and machine-readable and executable instructions are provided for hierarchical navigation and remediation in datacenters. An example method to provide hierarchical navigation and remediation confirmation in datacenters includes providing navigation toward a reported component with a mobile electronic device via a hierarchy of navigational functionality that includes a differential wireless signal positioning system and a short range beacon detection system, verifying an identity of the reported component with the mobile electronic device, providing a testing protocol with the mobile electronic device to diagnose a fault associated with the reported component, providing a number of remedial instructions regarding the reported component with the mobile electronic device, and providing a remediation verification protocol with the mobile device to confirm whether the remediation was successful..
|Wireless communication system, wireless communication apparatus and wireless communication method and computer program|
In order to solve problems arising when a communication system such as a wireless lan is constructed as a decentralized distributed type network without a relationship of control station and controlled stations such as a master station and slave stations, in a wireless communication system composed of a plurality of communication stations without a relationship of control station and controlled stations, respective communication stations transmit beacons with information concerning a network written thereon with each other to construct the network, and it becomes possible to make sophisticated judgment such as communication states of other communication stations by those beacons.. .
|Beacon scheduling for wireless networks|
A system and method for reducing energy consumption in a wireless network. In one embodiment, a system includes a network coordinator configured to manage access to a wireless network.
|Listen interval (li) selection for wlan client|
The listen interval of a wlan client is selected to have one of a plurality of values, including a start listen interval (sli) and one or more longer listen intervals (e.g., transient listen interval (tli), maximum listen interval (mli)). The listen interval is set to sli in response to (1) detecting that an applications processor of the wlan client is in an awake state, (2) detecting transmit/receive activity on the wireless link, and (3) failing to detect an expected beacon signal on the wireless link.
|Beacon light with reflector and light emitting diodes|
The present invention is directed to a beacon light with a light emitting diode (led) reflector optic. In one embodiment, the led reflector optic includes a reflector having a plurality of reflecting surfaces and being associated with at least one optical axis, each reflecting surface including a curved cross-section and at least one led positioned at a focal distance of a respective one of the plurality of reflecting surfaces..
|Animated globe showing real-time web user performance measurements|
A method includes providing a graphical user interface (gui) that displays a view of the globe as from outer space. The view including a geographic distribution of beacons having one or more visual attributes.
|Systems and methods for extending slam to multiple regions|
Vector field slam is a method for localizing a mobile robot in an unknown environment from continuous signals such as wifi or active beacons. Disclosed is a technique for localizing a robot in relatively large and/or disparate areas.
A portable battery-powered communications device is configured to operate in a bidirectional communications mode in which voice and/or data is communicated in a bidirectional manner using a bi-directional communications protocol; and to operate in an emergency beacon mode. When the device is in the emergency beacon mode the device is configured periodically to transmit an emergency positioning message at maximum power using the bi-directional communications protocol, transmission of the emergency positioning message defining a beacon transmit period; optionally, to listen for transmissions using the bi-directional communications protocol in a beacon response period immediately following the beacon transmit period; and to refrain from powering transmit and receive circuitry of the device other than during the beacon transmit period and the beacon response period..
|Slot-based power save improvement|
An access point (ap) associated with a several mobile stations (stas) implements a slot-based power save poll (ps-poll) method. The ap divides a slot-based access period into multiple time slots and allocates each time slot to either a sta determined to have slot-based ps-poll capabilities or a sta determined to have buffered data present at the ap.
|Platform playback device identification system|
Systems and methods are disclosed herein to a computer program product, comprising a tangible computer-readable medium having computer-readable program code embodied therein, the computer-readable program code adapted to be executed to implement a method for identifying a platform type of a device, the method including providing a system, wherein the system comprises distinct software modules, and wherein the distinct software modules comprise a secure beacon generator; receiving, by the secure beacon generator, an audio portion of media content from a content playback module; determining, by the secure beacon generator, a platform type of the device; and generating, by the secure beacon generator, a beacon for integrating with a sound wave of the audio portion of the media content, wherein the beacon includes the determined platform type of the device.. .
|Systems and methods of using beacon messages to discover devices across subnets|
A method of discovering a device to be discovered in a communication network having multiple interconnected nodes includes transmitting, by a discoverer, at least one beacon signal including an ip address to the network. The device to be discovered receives the at least one beacon signal.
|Ultrasound device for needle procedures|
A novel ultrasound device for needle procedures is disclosed that comprises a needle with an integrated ultrasound transducer. The transducer may be part of a drop-in, self contained beacon unit that fits within the needle shaft.
|Communication network for an athletic activity monitoring system|
The present invention provides a communication network for facilitating monitoring of an athletic activity. In one exemplary embodiment, such a communication network includes a base station and a first monitor configured to be coupled to an individual, wherein the base station is configured to transmit a first beacon message, wherein, in response to receipt of the first beacon message, the first monitor is configured to transmit an endpoint message including a characteristic of the individual, and wherein the base station is configured to receive the endpoint message, and, if the base station does not receive the endpoint message by a determined time, the base station is configured to transmit a second beacon signal, the second beacon signal including instructions to a second monitor to transmit the endpoint message (i.e., the same endpoint message transmitted by the first monitor)..
|Power save mode for access points|
A first network device including a control module to operate the first network device, prior to beginning discovery of a second network device, initially in a power save mode and subsequently in a normal mode after receiving an input from a user of the first network device while operating in the power save mode; and prior to beginning the discovery and subsequent to the first network device switching from operating in the power save mode to the normal mode, to alternately operate the first network device as a client station and an access point. A device detection module begins, subsequent to the first network device switching from operating in the power save mode to the normal mode, the discovery by scanning a network or by transmitting a beacon over the network when the first network device operates as a client station or an the access point, respectively..
|Dual mode operation in a wireless network|
Provided is dual mode operation by a communicating device in wireless network. The communicating device selects a radio frequency (rf) channel and a physical layer type.
|Remote device and power saving method of interactive system|
A remote device includes an image sensor, a readout circuit and a processing unit. The image sensor successively captures a first image and a second image containing at least one reference beacon image.
|Ground assisted satellite antenna pointing system|
Methods, systems, and devices are described for orienting a satellite antenna. In the methods, systems, and devices of the present disclosure, a satellite may provide multiple spot beams, each of the spot beams associated with a specific coverage area.
|Method and apparatus for asset tracking in constrained environments|
Wireless tracking systems and devices to detect the status of cargo containers, such as aircraft cargo. The system has a transmitter device, a router, and intelligent software.
|Sensitive intracavity biosensing platform and methods for detection therewith|
The present disclosure provides a method of detecting a target analyte, by binding the target analyte and a probe with at least one fluorophore to form a fluid composition. The fluid composition is excited within a laser cavity.
|Arrangement for synchronizing access points in wlan using direct-sequence spread spectrum signaling|
An arrangement for providing synchronization between a number of overlapping area access points within a wireless lan utilizes an ethernet cable connection to transmit synchronization signals from a centralized hub/switch to each of the access points connected to the cable. The synchronization signal takes the form of a direct sequence spread spectrum (ds-ss) signal.
|Method of generating networks by utilizing multi-channel|
A method of generating networks by utilizing a multi-channel so that channels may be efficiently used, inter-channel interference may be avoided, and a network may be energy efficiently managed is provided. Through a super personal area network (pan) coordinator that manages all networks based on a multi-channel, a pan capable of avoiding inter-channel interference may be formed.
|System and method for online sign up provider selection|
A mobile station selects a provider such as an online sign up (osu) provider by receiving a pre-association message including osu selection information from a wi-fi network component, such as an access point in communication with the osu provider, and sending a selection of an osu provider in accordance with the osu selection information to the network component. The osu selection information excludes identification of the osu network provider or resource, but provides other attributes to the user, such as price or service configuration.
|Beacon light having a lens|
A lens system includes multiple light emitting diode sources. The lens system further includes optics configured to capture and direct light from the multiple light emitting diode sources.
|Interactive imaging system and remote controller applied thereto|
An interactive imaging system includes an image system and a remote controller. The image system includes at least one reference beacon, a receiving unit and a host.
|Wifi usb protocol|
A wireless universal serial bus (usb) system that includes a wireless usb host, a first wireless usb device, and a second wireless usb device. The wireless usb host is configured to wirelessly transmit a beacon over a wireless usb network based on a wireless usb protocol.
|Method and apparatus for activating an emergency beacon signal|
A portable communication device comprises a radio frequency signal transceiver configured to receive an instruction signal; and control electronics configured to detect that the instruction signal has been received; and cause the portable communication device to transmit a beacon signal responsive to the instruction signal being detected by the control electronics.. .
|Device, system and method of wireless communication over a beamformed communication link|
Some demonstrative embodiments include devices, systems and/or methods of wireless communication over a beamformed communication link. For example, a time for communicating may be requested, granted, and the communication take place between two consecutive beacons.
|Fast initial link setup discovery frames|
A method for use in a wireless station includes receiving a fast initial link setup discovery (fd) frame from an access point (ap) between instances of a full beacon frame and determining whether to associate with the ap based on the received fd frame. The fd frame includes fd frame contents and a fd frame control field.
|System and method for subscription and policy provisioning|
Wireless fidelity (wi-fi) access points (aps) can advertise their support of both oma-dm and soap-xml protocols by including protocol capability information in a broadcast or probe response message. The protocol capability information can include an osu method list subfield that indicates that the wi-fi ap supports both oma-dm and soap-xml protocols.
|Methods of and systems for extracting patterns of human extent and density from geographically anchored radio signal sources|
A method of and system for estimating at least one of a human development level and a human activity level. A method of estimating at least one of a human development level and a human activity level includes estimating positions of radio broadcast beacons.
|Csma time slot providing and obtaining method and device, networking method and device, and system|
The present disclosure provides a csma time slot providing and obtaining method and device, a networking method and device, and a system. The csma time slot providing method includes: generating a beacon frame, where the beacon frame carries a csma time slot and attribute information used to identify an applicable device of the csma time slot; and sending the beacon frame and providing the csma time slot for the applicable device, so that the applicable device sends a packet by using the csma time slot.
|Apparatus and method for establishing contention window in wimedia wireless network|
There are provided an apparatus and a method for establishing a contention window in a wimedia wireless network. The contention window establishing apparatus includes: a parsing unit extracting the number of devices that intend to transmit data from a beacon received during a beacon period and an access category (ac) of each device; a calculation unit calculating a transmission probability of each access category (ac) on the basis of the extracted number of devices; and a contention window establishing unit establishing a contention window for each access category (ac) on the basis of the calculated transmission probability, to reduce contentions among the devices and decrease data transmission latency time, thereby maximizing efficiency in data transmission latency time..
|Method and apparatus for extending an awake state of a station|
A wireless network is disclosed that allows an access point (ap) to keep a station (sta) in an awake state for an extended duration by periodically sending “keep-awake” frames to the sta. The keep-awake frames may be null frames having an asserted “more data” bit.
|Using duration field in beacon to reserve channel time subsequent to beacon|
A length of a time period corresponding to reserving a communication channel is determined, where the length of the time period exceeds the length of a beacon frame. A beacon frame is generated, the beacon frame having a duration field.
|Method and apparatus for identifying channel information in a wireless network|
Receiving a beacon frame including the channel information, wherein the channel information includes information for a channel change, the information for the channel change includes a field for a operating class of a new channel, a field for a channel number of the new channel and a field for a maximum transmit power of the new channel; parsing the beacon frame; and changing to a new channel with the maximum transmit power.. .
An access point allocates a plurality of stations among multiple groups, the multiple groups including a first group and a second group. The access point generates a first beacon frame including network information for the first group, and generates a second beacon frame including network information for the second group.
|Unified beacon format|
A beacon frame corresponding to a unified beacon format is generated. Generating the beacon frame comprises generating a first portion of the beacon frame, wherein the first portion has the same format whether (i) it is determined to transmit a short beacon frame or, (ii) it is determined to transmit a full beacon frame.
|Method for ranging to a station in power saving mode|
A network based positioning (nbp) system is disclosed that allows any of its access points (aps) to initiate ranging operations with a station device (sta), regardless of whether the sta is in power save mode and regardless of whether a particular ap is currently associated with the sta. For example, to initiate ranging operations with the sta from a non-associated ap, the non-associated ap obtains the tsf timer of the associated ap, and then uses the obtained tsf timer to derive the associated ap's beacon transmission schedule and thereby determine when the sta's corresponding wake-up periods occur.
|Adaptive standby access in a local area communication network|
An adaptive standby access point in a local area communication network includes an interface operable to communicate with other access points, at least one radio operable to communicate with user devices utilizing at least one antenna, and a processor operable to receive a message over the interface from one of the other access points that is experiencing traffic overload. The message indicating to the standby access point that the one other access point requires traffic demand assistance, whereupon the processor will activate and direct the radio to send out beacons to solicit user devices within the coverage area of the overloaded access point to instead association with the standby access point..
|Wireless communication device and methods for synched distributed advertisement for device-to-device discovery|
Examples of a communication device and methods for synched distributed advertisement for device-to-device are generally described herein. In some embodiments, a method can include transmitting, from a first device of a publishing group, at a group publishing beacon interval (t), a first publishing beacon (pb) including social information of the first device and social information of (n−1) other devices, wherein the group publishing beacon interval (t) represents a preset interval of time between each successive publishing beacon transmission of the publishing group, and wherein the first publishing beacon and the each successive publishing beacon includes a first value representative of the group publishing beacon interval..
|System and method to avoid saturation of an associating wigig station|
A system and method are provided to facilitate establishing wigig communications links between wigig-enabled wireless devices and wigig pbss control points and access points (pcp/ap). The pcp/ap transmits beacons that are intended to assist the wireless devices in locating the pcp/ap.
|Synchronization in a communication system|
One embodiment of the present invention includes a communication system. The communication system includes a plurality of multi-role wireless communication devices communicatively coupled to transmit and receive data between at least one network access point and between each other in a plurality of communication roles in a time-division multiplexed manner.
|Wireless communication methods and apparatus supporting different types of wireless communciation approaches|
A wireless terminal supports both peer to peer communications and access node based communications. The wireless terminal considers and evaluates communications link alternatives and selects between (i) communication using a peer to peer link and (ii) communications using a link, with a base station serving as an access node, received signals corresponding to each of the link alternatives are used in performing link quality determinations.
|Beacon frame monitoring|
Techniques are disclosed relating to reception of beacon frames. In one embodiment, an apparatus is disclosed that includes a radio circuit.
|Monitoring wireless nodes using portable device|
Technologies are generally described for a portable device capable of monitoring wireless nodes and reporting to a wireless node management system is described. The portable device may be used to receive a transmission from the wireless node, which may send the transmission periodically or upon receiving a beacon signal from the portable device.