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1.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING SHIPPED OBJECTS

      
Application Number 18488658
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-17
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, Amber Moriah
  • Mays, Amy
  • Shirokova, Cheri Bailey
  • Veitenheimer, John Marshall
  • Shoup, Jessica Jordan
  • Ajmera, Surendra

Abstract

Methods and systems are disclosed for managing shipped physical objects. The methods and systems comprise receiving data associated with a journey of the shipped object and determining, using a processor, alert conditions based on the received data. Alert conditions are representative of risk of damage, loss, or delay associated with the shipped object. In addition, the methods and systems comprise transmitting one or more alternative options for mitigating the alert condition to a user, receiving a selection of one of the alternative options, and modifying the journey based on the received selection.

IPC Classes  ?

2.

Enhanced Shipping Container Apparatus having Integrated Fire Suppression and Systems Using the Same for Detecting and Responding to an Environmental Anomaly within the Container

      
Application Number 18233862
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-14
First Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An enhanced shipping container apparatus that maintains packages is described having integrated fire suppression. The apparatus has a container base supporting the packages, multiple container walls coupled to the container base, and a container top coupled to each of the container walls. A fire suppression panel is integrated as part of one or more of the walls and top portion, and has a support sheet of fire resistant material; an interior exposed sheet of temperature sensitive material; a sealed boundary connecting the support sheet and interior exposed sheet on peripheral edges (where the sealed boundary, support sheet and interior exposed sheet define a holding cavity), and integrated fire suppression material in the holding cavity. The temperature sensitive material of the interior exposed sheet releases the integrated fire suppressant material from within the holding cavity when the temperature sensitive material of the interior exposed sheet is exposed to a threshold temperature.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres

3.

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR DETECTING AND RESOLVING RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SHIPPED OBJECTS

      
Application Number 18379917
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-13
First Publication Date 2024-02-08
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, Amber Moriah
  • Swearingen, Chris
  • Shirokova, Cheri Bailey

Abstract

Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for resolving a risk associated with a shipped physical object. The methods and servers comprise associating a time with a geographical region. The methods and servers also comprise receiving a set of locations associated with transport of a physical object. In addition, the methods and servers comprise determining that the set of locations fails to satisfy a condition associated with the time and the geographical region. The sensor devices report location data to a server at a first time interval, wherein the location data fails to satisfy a condition associated with a time and a geographical region. The sensor devices also receive an indication of a panic mode. In addition, the sensor devices also report location data to the server at a second time interval, wherein the second time interval is different than the first time interval.

IPC Classes  ?

4.

OBJECT TRACKING METHOD AND SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18358087
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-25
First Publication Date 2023-11-16
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hyatt, Anthony
  • Witty, Stephen
  • Henry, Kevin

Abstract

A system for tracking at least one object configured to be transported by at least one vehicle may include at least one computer system. The at least one computer system may be configured to determine at least one location of the at least one vehicle and determine at least one location of the at least one object. The at least one computer system may be further configured to determine at least one location of at least one geofence adjacent the at least one vehicle based on the at least one location of the at least one vehicle. Also, the at least one computer system may be configured to determine whether the at least one object is located within the at least one geofence to determine whether a load of the at least one vehicle includes the at least one object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 5/02 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations using radio waves
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G01S 13/74 - Systems using reradiation of radio waves, e.g. secondary radar systems; Analogous systems
  • G01S 19/13 - Receivers

5.

SENSOR ZONE MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number 18352358
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-14
First Publication Date 2023-11-09
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hamm, Mark D.
  • Ainsworth, Miley E.

Abstract

Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for tracking one or more items. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method for tracking an item. The method may include periodically detecting sensor information of an item by a sensor device. The method may also include periodically transmitting the sensor information by the sensor device. The method may also include receiving the sensor information at a tracking center, storing the sensor information in a database, and reviewing the stored sensor information. The method may further include using the stored sensor information to update shipment information for a package.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation

6.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GEO-STAGING OF SENSOR DATA THROUGH DISTRIBUTED GLOBAL (CLOUD) ARCHITECTURE

      
Application Number 18221020
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-12
First Publication Date 2023-11-02
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Ainsworth, Miley

Abstract

There is disclosed a method of staging real-time data in proximity to a mobile device. The method includes determining a geographic location associated with the mobile, device and identifying a storage device located in proximity to the determined geographic location. The method also includes enabling real-time data published by the mobile device or provided to the mobile device to be stored on the identified storage device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 40/18 - Communication route or path selection, e.g. power-based or shortest path routing based on predicted events
  • H04L 67/1021 - Server selection for load balancing based on client or server locations
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04L 67/52 - Network services specially adapted for the location of the user terminal
  • H04L 67/568 - Storing data temporarily at an intermediate stage, e.g. caching
  • H04L 67/101 - Server selection for load balancing based on network conditions
  • H04L 45/302 - Route determination based on requested QoS
  • H04L 67/1023 - Server selection for load balancing based on a hash applied to IP addresses or costs
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 40/12 - Communication route or path selection, e.g. power-based or shortest path routing based on transmission quality or channel quality
  • H04W 40/20 - Communication route or path selection, e.g. power-based or shortest path routing based on geographic position or location

7.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RULE-DRIVEN MANAGEMENT OF SENSOR DATA ACROSS GEOGRAPHIC AREAS AND DERIVED ACTIONS

      
Application Number 18346484
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-03
First Publication Date 2023-10-26
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Ainsworth, Miley

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to an information gathering method. The information gathering method includes identifying a location of a package, the location associated with one or more location-based restrictions on collecting data. The information gathering method also includes restricting access to sensor-collectable data associated with the package in accordance with the or more location-based restrictions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0835 - Relationships between shipper or supplier and carriers
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 9/40 - Network security protocols
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

8.

Systems and methods for improved cargo dolly for remote cargo holding pins for a cargo dolly

      
Application Number 18123857
Grant Number 11827264
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-20
First Publication Date 2023-07-20
Grant Date 2023-11-28
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Frommelt, Kevin
  • Khan, Shaq

Abstract

An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62B 5/04 - Braking mechanisms; Locking devices against movement
  • B62B 3/04 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor involving means for grappling or securing in place objects to be carried; Load handling equipment

9.

Systems and methods for trip management

      
Application Number 18119961
Grant Number 11915189
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-10
First Publication Date 2023-06-29
Grant Date 2024-02-27
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Murphy, William S.
  • Milman, Kenneth L.
  • Perry, Zachary S.
  • Gately, Jesse

Abstract

There is disclosed a method of providing information about a package in transit. The method involves receiving environmental data collected by a sensor associated with the package during transit and identifying contextual data about the package that is associated with the environmental data. The method also involves selectively providing access to the environmental and contextual data together as elements in an information feed to a plurality of parties, wherein the contextual data comprises at least one comment made by a party on an element in the information feed, and wherein one or more elements in the information feed are listed in chronological order beginning at a start time of the transit of the package.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management

10.

Systems and methods for securely monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly

      
Application Number 18117713
Grant Number 11924278
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-06
First Publication Date 2023-06-29
Grant Date 2024-03-05
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for securely monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly using elements of a wireless node network of sensor-based ID nodes disposed within the container and a command node associated with the container. The method has the command node identifying which of the ID nodes are confirmed as trusted sensors based upon a security credential specific to each of the ID nodes; monitoring only the confirmed ID nodes for sensor data broadcast those ID nodes; detecting the anomaly based upon the sensor data from at least one of the confirmed ID nodes; automatically generating an alert notification related to the detected environmental anomaly for the shipping container; and transmitting the alert notification to the external transceiver to initiate a mediation response related to the detected environmental anomaly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64D 47/06 - Arrangements or adaptations of signal or lighting devices for indicating aircraft presence
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

11.

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHODS FOR MONITORING PACKAGES IN TRANSIT THROUGH A LOGISTICS NETWORK

      
Document Number 03223305
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-29
Open to Public Date 2023-06-08
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Vaidyanathan, Bala
  • Methapatara, Chinnatat
  • Bochman, Christopher
  • Narasimhan, Gopal
  • Richardson, George

Abstract

Methods, apparatus, and systems are described for monitoring packages in transit within a network to determine which packages are at risk of being delivered after a stated commit time. In general, package fingerprints that define events expected to occur for the package while in transit and define thresholds for those events are generated from historical data of events occurring in the logistics network for packages in transit. Those thresholds may be applied to packages in real time as the events for the packages are occurring while the packages are in transit to then determine a level of risk for any package that has an event that occurs after the threshold for the event. Attention can be given to those packages that are at a sufficient level of risk.

IPC Classes  ?

12.

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHODS FOR MONITORING PACKAGES IN TRANSIT THROUGH A LOGISTICS NETWORK

      
Application Number US2022051234
Publication Number 2023/101953
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-29
Publication Date 2023-06-08
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Vaidyanathan, Bala
  • Methapatara, Chinnatat
  • Bochman, Christopher
  • Narasimhan, Gopal
  • Richardson, George

Abstract

Methods, apparatus, and systems are described for monitoring packages in transit within a network to determine which packages are at risk of being delivered after a stated commit time. In general, package fingerprints that define events expected to occur for the package while in transit and define thresholds for those events are generated from historical data of events occurring in the logistics network for packages in transit. Those thresholds may be applied to packages in real time as the events for the packages are occurring while the packages are in transit to then determine a level of risk for any package that has an event that occurs after the threshold for the event. Attention can be given to those packages that are at a sufficient level of risk.

IPC Classes  ?

13.

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHODS FOR MONITORING PACKAGES IN TRANSIT THROUGH A LOGISTICS NETWORK

      
Application Number 17586763
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-01-27
First Publication Date 2023-06-01
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Vaidyanathan, Bala
  • Richardson, George
  • Methapatara, Chinnatat
  • Bochman, Christopher
  • Narasimhan, Gopal

Abstract

Methods, apparatus, and systems are described for monitoring packages in transit within a network to determine which packages are at risk of being delivered after a stated commit time. In general, package fingerprints that define events expected to occur for the package while in transit and define thresholds for those events are generated from historical data of events occurring in the logistics network for packages in transit. Those thresholds may be applied to packages in real time as the events for the packages are occurring while the packages are in transit to then determine a level of risk for any package that has an event that occurs after the threshold for the event. Attention can be given to those packages that are at a sufficient level of risk.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G06Q 10/06 - Resources, workflows, human or project management; Enterprise or organisation planning; Enterprise or organisation modelling

14.

MULTI-ENTITY MANAGEMENT OF A NODE IN A WIRELESS NODE NETWORK

      
Application Number 18093944
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-01-06
First Publication Date 2023-05-18
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Methods and systems are described for monitoring a piece of equipment using a node network having multiple nodes and a server. A second node is associated with the equipment, can monitor equipment operations, and communicate directly with a first node but is unable to directly communicate with the server. The first node can directly communicate with the server and separately communicate with the second node. The first node associates with the second node when the first node detects a signal broadcast from the second node. The second node detects an actionable event related to the operation of the equipment, and transmits a message reporting the actionable event to the first node. The first node notifies the server about the actionable event. Thereafter, the server initiates a responsive action based upon the notification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0836 - Recipient pick-ups
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H04L 67/01 - Protocols
  • H04L 67/52 - Network services specially adapted for the location of the user terminal
  • H04W 52/04 - Transmission power control [TPC]
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • G06Q 30/0251 - Targeted advertisements
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G06Q 20/14 - Payment architectures specially adapted for billing systems
  • G06Q 20/22 - Payment schemes or models
  • H04W 12/08 - Access security
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • H04H 20/61 - Arrangements specially adapted for specific applications, e.g. for traffic information or for mobile receivers for local area broadcast, e.g. instore broadcast
  • H04H 20/71 - Wireless systems
  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • H04W 24/10 - Scheduling measurement reports
  • G06Q 10/0835 - Relationships between shipper or supplier and carriers
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices
  • G06Q 20/40 - Authorisation, e.g. identification of payer or payee, verification of customer or shop credentials; Review and approval of payers, e.g. check of credit lines or negative lists
  • G08B 21/02 - Alarms for ensuring the safety of persons
  • H04L 41/0813 - Configuration setting characterised by the conditions triggering a change of settings
  • H04L 67/303 - Terminal profiles
  • H04L 41/0823 - Configuration setting characterised by the purposes of a change of settings, e.g. optimising configuration for enhancing reliability
  • H04L 43/10 - Active monitoring, e.g. heartbeat, ping or trace-route
  • H04L 45/00 - Routing or path finding of packets in data switching networks
  • H04L 65/403 - Arrangements for multi-party communication, e.g. for conferences
  • H04L 67/10 - Protocols in which an application is distributed across nodes in the network
  • H04W 8/24 - Transfer of terminal data
  • H04W 52/02 - Power saving arrangements
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • H04W 76/10 - Connection setup

15.

METHODS AND NODE APPARATUS FOR ADAPTIVE NODE COMMUNICATION WITHIN A WIRELESS NODE NETWORK

      
Application Number 18085280
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-12-20
First Publication Date 2023-05-04
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Methods, systems and apparatus are described for enhanced node communication within a wireless node network having nodes and a server. The method begins with a first node associating with a second according to a server tracked logical connection authorized by the server. The first node captures relevant node information including shared data from another of the nodes. The first node transmits, when operating in a first connectivity mode, at least the shared data to the server using the second node operating as an intermediary for indirect communication with the server. The first node transmits, when operating in a second connectivity mode, at least the shared data to the server without using the second intermediary node by having the first node transmitting a message with at least the shared data to the server while avoiding the need to first send the message to the second node during transit to the server.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04W 8/24 - Transfer of terminal data
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04W 52/40 - TPC being performed in particular situations during macro-diversity or soft handoff
  • H04B 17/391 - Modelling the propagation channel
  • H04W 52/22 - TPC being performed according to specific parameters taking into account previous information or commands
  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • H04H 20/71 - Wireless systems
  • H04L 1/00 - Arrangements for detecting or preventing errors in the information received
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control

16.

Door

      
Application Number 29725395
Grant Number D0984357
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-25
First Publication Date 2023-04-25
Grant Date 2023-04-25
Owner FedEx Corporation (USA)
Inventor
  • Choi, Sooshin
  • Trafton, Spencer Winfield

17.

Cargo container with illuminated indicator

      
Application Number 29725486
Grant Number D0984505
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-25
First Publication Date 2023-04-25
Grant Date 2023-04-25
Owner FedEx Corporation (USA)
Inventor
  • Choi, Sooshin
  • Trafton, Spencer Winfield

18.

METHODS AND NODE APPARATUS FOR ADAPTIVE NODE COMMUNICATION WITHIN A WIRELESS NODE NETWORK

      
Application Number 18085230
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-12-20
First Publication Date 2023-04-20
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Methods and apparatus are described for enhanced node communication within a wireless node network having nodes and a server. The method begins with a first node associating with a second node, and the first node capturing relevant node information. When the first node is in a first connectivity mode, the relevant node information is transmitted to the server via the second node operating as an intermediary for indirect communication with the server. When the first node is in a second connectivity mode, the first node transmits the relevant node information to the server without using the second node as the intermediary or bridge to the server. Each of the first node and second node may be wireless transceiver-based nodes and respectively implemented as integrated circuits.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04W 8/24 - Transfer of terminal data
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04W 52/40 - TPC being performed in particular situations during macro-diversity or soft handoff
  • H04B 17/391 - Modelling the propagation channel
  • H04W 52/22 - TPC being performed according to specific parameters taking into account previous information or commands
  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • H04H 20/71 - Wireless systems
  • H04L 1/00 - Arrangements for detecting or preventing errors in the information received
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control

19.

METHODS AND NODE APPARATUS FOR ADAPTIVE NODE COMMUNICATION WITHIN A WIRELESS NODE NETWORK

      
Application Number 18085319
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-12-20
First Publication Date 2023-04-20
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and apparatus are described for enhanced communication within a wireless node network. A system includes a server and multiple nodes, where each node can generate sensed data about or around the node and receive external data from another node according to a server tracked logical connection between those nodes. At least a subset of the nodes can connect to the server using a first connectivity mode or an intermediary connectivity mode. In the first connectivity mode, a first node of the subset can transmit a message directly to the server without using intermediary ones of the nodes (where the message includes sensed data about or around the first node). In the intermediary connectivity mode, the first node can receive the external data from the another node and transmit the external data to the server (where the external data is sensed data about or around the another node).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04W 8/24 - Transfer of terminal data
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04W 52/40 - TPC being performed in particular situations during macro-diversity or soft handoff
  • H04B 17/391 - Modelling the propagation channel
  • H04W 52/22 - TPC being performed according to specific parameters taking into account previous information or commands
  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • H04H 20/71 - Wireless systems
  • H04L 1/00 - Arrangements for detecting or preventing errors in the information received
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control

20.

METHODS OF PERFORMING A DISPATCHED CONSUMER-TO-STORE LOGISTICS OPERATION FOR AN ITEM BEING REPLACED USING A MODULAR AUTONOMOUS BOT APPARATUS ASSEMBLY AND A DISPATCH SERVER

      
Application Number 17950313
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-22
First Publication Date 2023-03-23
Owner FEDEX Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

Methods are described that perform a dispatched consumer-to-store return or swap logistics operation for an item being replaced using a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly and a dispatch server. The method begins with receiving a return operation dispatch command that includes identifier information, transport parameters, and designated pickup information for the item being replaced/returned, along with authentication information related to an authorized supplier of the item being replaced. Modular components of the bot apparatus are verified to be compatible with the dispatched logistics operation. The MAM then autonomously causes the bot apparatus to move to the designated pickup location, notifies the authorized supplier of an approaching pickup, receives supplier authorization input to permissively allow access to a payload area within the bot apparatus, monitors loading as the item being replaced is received along with return documentation, and then autonomously causes movement of the bot apparatus back to the origin location.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration

21.

METHODS OF PERFORMING A DISPATCHED STORE-TO-CONSUMER LOGISTICS OPERATION FOR AN ORDERED ITEM AND USING A MODULAR AUTONOMOUS BOT APPARATUS ASSEMBLY AND A DISPATCH SERVER

      
Application Number 17948303
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-20
First Publication Date 2023-01-19
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

Methods are described that perform dispatched store-to-consumer logistics operations for an ordered item using a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly and a dispatch server. A dispatch command is received from the dispatch server. The different modular components of the bot assembly are verified to be compatible with the dispatched operation and the ordered item is received in a payload area of a modular cargo storage system. The bot assembly autonomously moves from an origin location to a destination location and notifies the delivery recipient of the approach delivery. When delivery recipient authentication input is received that correlates to the authentication information, selective access is provided to the ordered item within the cargo storage system at the destination location. The bot apparatus monitors unloading, and autonomously moves back to the origin location after the ordered item is detected as removed from the cargo storage system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration

22.

Systems and methods for improved cargo dolly for remote cargo holding pins for a cargo dolly

      
Application Number 17850024
Grant Number 11608101
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-06-27
First Publication Date 2022-11-03
Grant Date 2023-03-21
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Frommelt, Kevin
  • Khan, Shaq

Abstract

An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62B 3/04 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor involving means for grappling or securing in place objects to be carried; Load handling equipment
  • B62B 5/04 - Braking mechanisms; Locking devices against movement

23.

Systems and methods for improved automatic chocking of a cargo dolly

      
Application Number 17849964
Grant Number 11912325
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-06-27
First Publication Date 2022-10-13
Grant Date 2024-02-27
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Frommelt, Kevin
  • Khan, Shaq

Abstract

An improved auto-chocking enabled cargo dolly that is towable by ground support equipment. The dolly has a frame, wheels attached to the frame that support the frame and rotate to allow movement of the frame, a tow bar, a linkage in communication with the tow bar and that actuates when the tow bar is raised, and a wheel engagement chocking system fixed to the dolly frame and disposed to selectively engage at least one of the wheels attached to the dolly frame. The wheel engagement system is responsive to a position of the linkage, where the wheel engagement chocking system applies pressure directly to at least one of the wheels to hold the wheel(s) in place when the linkage is actuated by the tow bar.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62B 5/04 - Braking mechanisms; Locking devices against movement
  • B62B 3/00 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor
  • B62B 5/00 - Accessories or details specially adapted for hand carts

24.

METHODS OF PERFORMING A DISPATCHED MEDICAL LOGISTICS OPERATION RELATED TO A DIAGNOSIS KIT FOR TREATING A PATIENT AND USING A MODULAR AUTONOMOUS BOT APPARATUS ASSEMBLY AND A DISPATCH SERVER

      
Application Number 17713319
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-04-05
First Publication Date 2022-09-22
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

Methods perform one or more dispatched medical logistics operations using a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly and a dispatch server where the operations are related to a diagnosis kit for treating a patient. The MAM of the bot receives a dispatch command, verifies compatibility of the bot assembly with the dispatched operation(s), receives a diagnosis kit in the CSS, has the MAM autonomously causing the MB to move to a destination location while notifying the authorized delivery recipient for the diagnosis kit of the approaching delivery. With appropriate authentication input received, the MAM coordinates with the CSS to provide access to the kit, monitor unloading of the kit, provide instructional information on use of the kit, and autonomously cause the MB to return to the original location with a return item related to the diagnosis kit with notification to personnel at the medical entity about the return item.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration

25.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED AUTOMATED ACCESS TO A DISPATCHED PERSONAL DELIVERY DEVICE OPERATIVE TO TRANSPORT A SHIPMENT ITEM

      
Application Number US2022015552
Publication Number 2022/182509
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-08
Publication Date 2022-09-01
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lau, Christine, Joanpui
  • Hamilton, Ryan, William

Abstract

Systems, apparatus, and methods are described for providing enhanced automated access to a dispatched personal delivery device that can transport a shipment item within the device according to a dispatched logistics transaction. External sensors (e.g., cameras, proximity sensors, microphones) on the delivery device detect a person outside the dispatched personal delivery device. A controller on the delivery device authenticates that the detected person is an authorized participant to the dispatched logistics transaction based upon sensor data generated by the external sensors. An actuator on the dispatched personal delivery device provides access to within the dispatched personal delivery device to permit the dispatched logistics transaction by the detected person when the detected person has been authenticated to be the authorized participant to the dispatched logistics transaction. The delivery device may then auto-confirm the transaction using internal sensors, and interact with a server, which may instruct the delivery device with corrective actions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management

26.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED AUTOMATED ACCESS TO A DISPATCHED PERSONAL DELIVERY DEVICE OPERATIVE TO TRANSPORT A SHIPMENT ITEM

      
Application Number 17185252
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-02-25
First Publication Date 2022-08-25
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lau, Christine Joanpui
  • Hamilton, Ryan William

Abstract

Systems, apparatus, and methods are described for providing enhanced automated access to a dispatched personal delivery device that can transport a shipment item within the device according to a dispatched logistics transaction. External sensors (e.g., cameras, proximity sensors, microphones) on the delivery device detect a person outside the dispatched personal delivery device. A controller on the delivery device authenticates that the detected person is an authorized participant to the dispatched logistics transaction based upon sensor data generated by the external sensors. An actuator on the dispatched personal delivery device provides access to within the dispatched personal delivery device to permit the dispatched logistics transaction by the detected person when the detected person has been authenticated to be the authorized participant to the dispatched logistics transaction. The delivery device may then auto-confirm the transaction using internal sensors, and interact with a server, which may instruct the delivery device with corrective actions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • B60K 35/00 - Arrangement or adaptations of instruments
  • B60R 25/20 - Means to switch the anti-theft system on or off
  • B60R 25/30 - Detection related to theft or to other events relevant to anti-theft systems
  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints

27.

Systems and methods for managing information associated with boxes used in the delivery of packages

      
Application Number 17680447
Grant Number 11755985
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-25
First Publication Date 2022-06-09
Grant Date 2023-09-12
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Caldwell, Mark E.
  • Raeth, Erika J.
  • Staggs, James S.
  • Reasons, Kevin B.

Abstract

There is disclosed methods and systems for managing drop boxes. Events reflecting outputs from one or more sensors are detected. Information that is a function of the detected event is forwarded to a drop box management system. This information, along with additional information received by the drop box management system, is utilized to generate instructions including display instructions for each drop box. Displays of drop boxes are then updated based on the instructions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • H04W 4/40 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P]
  • H04W 4/33 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for indoor environments, e.g. buildings

28.

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND VERIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL ANOMALY USING MULTIPLE COMMAND NODES

      
Application Number 17477743
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-17
First Publication Date 2022-06-09
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A system for detecting and verifying an environmental anomaly within a shipping container (transported on a transit vehicle having an external transceiver) has wireless sensor-based ID nodes at different locations within the container and multiple command nodes mounted to the container. A first command node is programmatically configured to be operative to detect the sensor data broadcasted from the ID nodes; responsively identify the anomaly based upon the sensor data detected by that command node; and transmit a validation request to another command node. The other command node is configured to be operative to also detect the sensor data broadcasted from the ID nodes; receive the validation request from the first command node; verify the anomaly in response to the validation request and based upon the sensor data detected by the second command node; and broadcast a verification message based upon whether the anomaly for the shipping container is verified.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
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  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
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  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
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  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
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  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
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  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
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  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres

29.

SENSOR BASED LOGISTICS SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17674975
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-02-18
First Publication Date 2022-06-02
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hamm, Mark D.
  • Greer, James B.
  • Ost, Daniel A.
  • Ainsworth, Miley E.
  • Murphy, William S.
  • Perry, Zachary S.
  • Skaaksrud, Ole Petter
  • Milman, Kenneth L.
  • West, Michael R.
  • Jacobs, James Randy

Abstract

Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for tracking one or more items. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method for tracking one or more hems. The method may include periodically detecting, by a sensor device, sensor information of the one or more items, and periodically transmitting, by the sensor device, the sensor information. The method may also include determining if the one or more parties is authorized to receive the sensor information. The method may also include transmitting the sensor information to the one or more authorized parties. The method may further include determining if the one or more parties is authorized to receive the sensor information and the periodically transmitting the sensor information to the one or more authorized parties based on a set of one or more permissions that grants or restricts access of the one or more parties to the sensor information based on the set of one or more permissions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management

30.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network and using sensor data from ID nodes associated with packages and environmental threshold conditions per package

      
Application Number 17506901
Grant Number 11778029
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-21
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
Grant Date 2023-10-03
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system detects an environmental anomaly in a shipping container and initiates a mediation response through a generated layered alert notification. The system includes sensor-based ID nodes associated with packages within the container, and a command node mounted to the container communicating with the ID nodes and an external transceiver on a vehicle transporting the container. The command node is programmed to detect sensor data from the ID nodes; compare the sensor data to package environmental thresholds in context data related to each ID node; detect the environmental anomaly when the comparison indicates an environmental condition for at least one package exceeds its environmental threshold; responsively generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the comparison; and transmit the layered alert notification to the transceiver unit to initiate a mediation response related to the mediation action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means

31.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network and using sensor data from ID nodes associated with packages and environmental threshold conditions per package

      
Application Number 17506918
Grant Number 11824936
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-21
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
Grant Date 2023-11-21
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system detects an environmental anomaly in a shipping container and initiates a mediation response through a generated layered alert notification. The system includes sensor-based ID nodes associated with packages within the container, and a command node mounted to the container communicating with the ID nodes and an external transceiver on a vehicle transporting the container. The command node is programmed to detect sensor data from the ID nodes; compare the sensor data to package environmental thresholds in context data related to each ID node; detect the environmental anomaly when the comparison indicates an environmental condition for at least one package exceeds its environmental threshold; responsively generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the comparison; and transmit the layered alert notification to the transceiver unit to initiate a mediation response related to the mediation action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means

32.

Systems and methods for securely monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly

      
Application Number 17496863
Grant Number 11601502
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-08
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
Grant Date 2023-03-07
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for securely monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly using elements of a wireless node network of sensor-based ID nodes disposed within the container and a command node associated with the container. The method has the command node identifying which of the ID nodes are confirmed as trusted sensors based upon a security credential specific to each of the ID nodes; monitoring only the confirmed ID nodes for sensor data broadcast those ID nodes; detecting the anomaly based upon the sensor data from at least one of the confirmed ID nodes; automatically generating an alert notification related to the detected environmental anomaly for the shipping container; and transmitting the alert notification to the external transceiver to initiate a mediation response related to the detected environmental anomaly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64D 47/06 - Arrangements or adaptations of signal or lighting devices for indicating aircraft presence
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means

33.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting and verifying an environmental anomaly using multiple command nodes

      
Application Number 17477789
Grant Number 11838366
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-17
First Publication Date 2022-03-10
Grant Date 2023-12-05
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A system for detecting and verifying an environmental anomaly within a shipping container (transported on a transit vehicle having an external transceiver) has wireless sensor-based ID nodes at different locations within the container and multiple command nodes mounted to the container. A first command node is programmatically configured to be operative to detect the sensor data broadcasted from the ID nodes; responsively identify the anomaly based upon the sensor data detected by that command node; and transmit a validation request to another command node. The other command node is configured to be operative to also detect the sensor data broadcasted from the ID nodes; receive the validation request from the first command node; verify the anomaly in response to the validation request and based upon the sensor data detected by the second command node; and broadcast a verification message based upon whether the anomaly for the shipping container is verified.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means

34.

Detachable modular mobile autonomy control module for a modular autonomous bot apparatus that transports an item being shipped

      
Application Number 17402727
Grant Number 11842590
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-08-16
First Publication Date 2022-01-13
Grant Date 2023-12-12
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A detachable modular mobile autonomy module (MAM) for a modular autonomous bot apparatus includes a housing with latching points, an autonomous controller, location circuitry, external sensors monitoring an environment external to the MAM and providing sensor data to the controller, multi-element light panels on the housing driven by the controller; and a modular component power and data bus. The bus has a bottom side modular component electronics interface disposed on the housing that mates to a corresponding interface on another proximately-attached modular component of the bot. The MAM receives sensor data from the external sensors, receives outside sensor data from additional sensors disposed on a mobility unit of the bot, generates steering and propulsion control output signals based on location data from the location circuitry, external sensor data, mobility unit sensor data, and destination information data maintained by the controller, and generates transport and delivery information for the light panels.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • G06Q 10/0836 - Recipient pick-ups
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 10/0875 - Itemisation or classification of parts, supplies or services, e.g. bill of materials
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • G06Q 10/0837 - Return transactions
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

35.

Apparatus and systems of a modular autonomous cart apparatus assembly for transporting an item being shipped

      
Application Number 17381505
Grant Number 11783657
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-21
First Publication Date 2022-01-13
Grant Date 2023-10-10
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A modular autonomous cart assembly for transporting an item being shipped is described with a sensor-equipped mobility base that carries the item(s), a modular cart handle, a sensor-equipped modular mobile cart autonomy control module detachably attached to the modular handle, all sharing a modular common power and data transport bus. The autonomous controller of the modular control module is programmatically adapted operative to establish a secure connection to a wireless mobile courier node, locate the courier node and the cart assembly, receive sensor data from the base and control module sensors, generate steering and propulsion control commands using the locations and sensor data and send them to a controller on the mobility base so that the assembly can autonomously track and follow the current location of the courier node as the courier node moves and while maintaining a predetermined follow distance from the current location of the courier node.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • G08G 5/00 - Traffic control systems for aircraft
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • G06Q 10/0836 - Recipient pick-ups
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06Q 10/0875 - Itemisation or classification of parts, supplies or services, e.g. bill of materials
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • G06Q 10/0837 - Return transactions
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

36.

Multi-entity management of a node in a wireless node network

      
Application Number 17485693
Grant Number 11847607
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-27
First Publication Date 2022-01-13
Grant Date 2023-12-19
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for multi-entity management of an ID node in a wireless node network. The ID node associates with a first entity user access device, which operates as a master node and communicates directly with a server over a first communication path. The first device separately communicates with the ID node over a second communication path, but the ID node is unable to directly communicate with the server. The ID node provides the first device with access to data collected by the ID node if an initial privilege authorizes it. After associating with a shipping entity master node, the ID node provides the shipping entity master node with the data collected based on a transferred privilege from the server. And then after associating with a second entity user access device, the ID node provides access to this second device if authorized by a destination privilege from the server.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04W 12/08 - Access security
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • H04W 24/10 - Scheduling measurement reports
  • G06Q 10/0835 - Relationships between shipper or supplier and carriers
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices
  • G06Q 20/40 - Authorisation, e.g. identification of payer or payee, verification of customer or shop credentials; Review and approval of payers, e.g. check of credit lines or negative lists
  • G08B 21/02 - Alarms for ensuring the safety of persons
  • H04L 41/0813 - Configuration setting characterised by the conditions triggering a change of settings
  • H04L 67/303 - Terminal profiles
  • H04L 41/0823 - Configuration setting characterised by the purposes of a change of settings, e.g. optimising configuration for enhancing reliability
  • H04L 43/10 - Active monitoring, e.g. heartbeat, ping or trace-route
  • H04L 45/00 - Routing or path finding of packets in data switching networks
  • H04L 65/403 - Arrangements for multi-party communication, e.g. for conferences
  • H04L 67/10 - Protocols in which an application is distributed across nodes in the network
  • H04W 8/24 - Transfer of terminal data
  • H04W 52/02 - Power saving arrangements
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • G06Q 10/0836 - Recipient pick-ups
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H04L 67/01 - Protocols
  • H04L 67/52 - Network services specially adapted for the location of the user terminal
  • H04W 52/04 - Transmission power control [TPC]
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • G06Q 30/0251 - Targeted advertisements
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G06Q 20/14 - Payment architectures specially adapted for billing systems
  • G06Q 20/22 - Payment schemes or models
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • H04H 20/61 - Arrangements specially adapted for specific applications, e.g. for traffic information or for mobile receivers for local area broadcast, e.g. instore broadcast
  • H04H 20/71 - Wireless systems
  • H04W 76/10 - Connection setup
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • B65D 25/10 - Devices to locate articles in containers
  • H04L 41/026 - Exchanging or transporting network management information using the Internet; Embedding network management web servers in network elements; Web-services-based protocols using e-messaging for transporting management information, e.g. email, instant messaging or chat
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • G16H 10/60 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of patient-related medical or healthcare data for patient-specific data, e.g. for electronic patient records
  • G16H 10/65 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of patient-related medical or healthcare data for patient-specific data, e.g. for electronic patient records stored on portable record carriers, e.g. on smartcards, RFID tags or CD
  • G01C 21/36 - Input/output arrangements for on-board computers
  • G16H 80/00 - ICT specially adapted for facilitating communication between medical practitioners or patients, e.g. for collaborative diagnosis, therapy or health monitoring
  • H04W 4/60 - Subscription-based services using application servers or record carriers, e.g. SIM application toolkits
  • B65B 25/02 - Packaging agricultural or horticultural products
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation

37.

Enhanced systems, apparatus, and method for improved automated and autonomous operation of logistics ground support equipment

      
Application Number 17466033
Grant Number 11747820
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-03
First Publication Date 2021-12-23
Grant Date 2023-09-05
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Abelwahed, Sherif
  • Ball, John E.
  • Doude, Matt
  • Gafford, James R.
  • Hannis, Tyler J.
  • Liu, Yucheng
  • Mazzola, Michael S.
  • Mckinney, Howard

Abstract

An improved retrofit assembly for ground support equipment providing autonomous operation of the logistics ground support equipment (GSE). The assembly has a refit control system attached to the GSE (with a vehicle dynamics control processor and a data preprocessing control processor), retrofitted proprioceptive sensors coupled to the vehicle dynamics control processor monitoring operating parameters and characteristics of the GSE, retrofitted exteroceptive sensors coupled to the data preprocessing control processor that monitor an exterior environment of the GSE, and refit actuators for different control elements on the GSE and to autonomously alter motion of the GSE. The refit control system programmatically receives sensor data from the proprioceptive sensors and exteroceptive sensors; optimizes a path for the GSE based upon the different sensor data; and activates at least one of the actuators according to the optimized path for the GSE.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • G06V 20/58 - Recognition of moving objects or obstacles, e.g. vehicles or pedestrians; Recognition of traffic objects, e.g. traffic signs, traffic lights or roads

38.

Modular multiple mobility base assembly apparatus for transporting an item being shipped

      
Application Number 17332397
Grant Number 11679494
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-05-27
First Publication Date 2021-11-18
Grant Date 2023-06-20
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A modular multiple mobility base assembly apparatus is described for transporting an item being shipped having a base adapter plate and two cooperating and coordinating modular mobility bases that are each coupled to the bottom of the base adapter plate and collectively support the base adapter plate. One of the modular mobility bases operations a master autonomous mobile vehicle, while the other operates as a slave autonomous mobile vehicle that receives propulsion and steering control signals from the master while providing feedback sensor data to the master for use in coordinated and cooperative movement of the assembly apparatus. Each of the modular mobility bases also including respective wireless transceivers through which at least the control signals and sensor data are provided between mobility base units.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • G06Q 10/0836 - Recipient pick-ups
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 10/0875 - Itemisation or classification of parts, supplies or services, e.g. bill of materials
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • G06Q 10/0837 - Return transactions
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

39.

Modular mobility base for a modular autonomous logistics vehicle transport apparatus

      
Application Number 17356887
Grant Number 11699316
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-06-24
First Publication Date 2021-11-18
Grant Date 2023-07-11
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A modular mobility base for a modular autonomous bot apparatus transporting an item being shipped including a mobile base platform, a component alignment interface, a mobility controller, a propulsion and steering system, and sensors. The component alignment interface provides an alignment channel into which another modular component can be placed and secured on the platform. The mobility controller generates propulsion control signals for controlling speed of the modular mobility base and steering control signals for navigation of the modular mobility base. The propulsion system is connected to the platform and responsive to the propulsion control signal. The steering system is connected to the mobile base platform and is responsive to the steering control signal to cause changes to directional movement of the modular mobility base. The sensors are disposed on the platform provide feedback sensor data to the mobility controller about a condition of the modular mobility base.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/02 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by movement of the arms, e.g. cartesian co-ordinate type
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • G06Q 10/0836 - Recipient pick-ups
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 10/0875 - Itemisation or classification of parts, supplies or services, e.g. bill of materials
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • G06Q 10/0837 - Return transactions
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

40.

Methods and systems for motion-based management of an enhanced logistics container

      
Application Number 17367465
Grant Number 11843990
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-05
First Publication Date 2021-10-28
Grant Date 2023-12-12
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Motion-based management of a logistics container uses elements of a wireless node network including a container node associated with the logistics container and equipped with a motion sensor. The motion sensor detects a motion status (e.g., moving, stationary, accelerating, decelerating) for the logistics container. The container node compares the motion status to a prior motion status, and then identifies a changed motion condition for the logistics container based upon the comparison. In response to the changed motion condition, the container node alters a broadcast profile used by the container node in communicating with other nodes in the wireless node network. The container node may be deployed as an apparatus within a logistics container, be considered together with the logistics container as a motion sensing container node apparatus, and be considered with multiple package ID nodes as a motion-based management system for the logistics container.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • G08B 25/08 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using communication transmission lines
  • H04L 67/303 - Terminal profiles
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • H04W 76/15 - Setup of multiple wireless link connections
  • H04L 67/01 - Protocols
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • H04W 76/11 - Allocation or use of connection identifiers
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • H04L 43/16 - Threshold monitoring
  • H04W 36/08 - Reselecting an access point
  • H04W 36/30 - Reselection being triggered by specific parameters by measured or perceived connection quality data
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping

41.

Methods and systems for motion-based management of an enhanced logistics container

      
Application Number 17367469
Grant Number 11843991
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-05
First Publication Date 2021-10-28
Grant Date 2023-12-12
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Motion-based management of a logistics container uses elements of a wireless node network including a container node associated with the logistics container and equipped with a motion sensor. The motion sensor detects a motion status (e.g., moving, stationary, accelerating, decelerating) for the logistics container. The container node compares the motion status to a prior motion status, and then identifies a changed motion condition for the logistics container based upon the comparison. In response to the changed motion condition, the container node alters a broadcast profile used by the container node in communicating with other nodes in the wireless node network. The container node may be deployed as an apparatus within a logistics container, be considered together with the logistics container as a motion sensing container node apparatus, and be considered with multiple package ID nodes as a motion-based management system for the logistics container.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04L 67/303 - Terminal profiles
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04W 76/11 - Allocation or use of connection identifiers
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • H04W 76/15 - Setup of multiple wireless link connections
  • H04W 36/08 - Reselecting an access point
  • H04W 36/30 - Reselection being triggered by specific parameters by measured or perceived connection quality data
  • H04L 67/01 - Protocols
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G08B 25/08 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using communication transmission lines
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control
  • H04L 43/16 - Threshold monitoring
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping

42.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MOTION-BASED MANAGEMENT OF AN ENHANCED LOGISTICS CONTAINER

      
Application Number 17367461
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-07-05
First Publication Date 2021-10-28
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Motion-based management of a logistics container uses elements of a wireless node network including a container node associated with the logistics container and equipped with a motion sensor. The motion sensor detects a motion status (e.g., moving, stationary, accelerating, decelerating) for the logistics container. The container node compares the motion status to a prior motion status, and then identifies a changed motion condition for the logistics container based upon the comparison. In response to the changed motion condition, the container node alters a broadcast profile used by the container node in communicating with other nodes in the wireless node network. The container node may be deployed as an apparatus within a logistics container, be considered together with the logistics container as a motion sensing container node apparatus, and be considered with multiple package ID nodes as a motion-based management system for the logistics container.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • G08B 25/08 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using communication transmission lines
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04W 76/11 - Allocation or use of connection identifiers
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • H04W 76/15 - Setup of multiple wireless link connections
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04W 36/08 - Reselecting an access point
  • H04W 36/30 - Reselection being triggered by specific parameters by measured or perceived connection quality data

43.

Methods, systems, and devices for detecting and resolving risks associated with shipped objects

      
Application Number 17362073
Grant Number 11829932
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-06-29
First Publication Date 2021-10-21
Grant Date 2023-11-28
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, Amber Moriah
  • Swearingen, Chris
  • Shirokova, Cheri Bailey

Abstract

Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for resolving a risk associated with a shipped physical object. The methods and servers comprise associating a time with a geographical region. The methods and servers also comprise receiving a set of locations associated with transport of a physical object. In addition, the methods and servers comprise determining that the set of locations fails to satisfy a condition associated with the time and the geographical region. The sensor devices report location data to a server at a first time interval, wherein the location data fails to satisfy a condition associated with a time and a geographical region. The sensor devices also receive an indication of a panic mode. In addition, the sensor devices also report location data to the server at a second time interval, wherein the second time interval is different than the first time interval.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking

44.

Modular cargo storage apparatus for use on a base platform of a modular autonomous bot apparatus that transports an item being shipped

      
Application Number 17233973
Grant Number 11682253
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-19
First Publication Date 2021-10-07
Grant Date 2023-06-20
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A modular cargo storage system (CSS) is described for use on a base platform of a modular autonomous bot apparatus that transports an item being shipped. The modular CSS includes a set of folding structural walls, an interlocking alignment interface on at least one of the walls, and a modular component power and data transport bus. The walls at least partially enclose a payload area above the base platform. The interlocking alignment interface has a set of latches and a locking handle coupled to the set of latches that actuates the latches to interlock with the base platform. The power and data transport bus have top and bottom side modular component electronics interfaces where each interface has a power conduit outlet and a command and data communication interface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • G06Q 10/0836 - Recipient pick-ups
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 10/0875 - Itemisation or classification of parts, supplies or services, e.g. bill of materials
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • G06Q 10/0837 - Return transactions
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

45.

Modular auxiliary power module for a modular autonomous bot apparatus that transports an item being shipped

      
Application Number 17232273
Grant Number 11478924
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-16
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-10-25
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A modular auxiliary power module is described for a modular autonomous bot apparatus that transports an item being shipped. The modular auxiliary power module includes a base adapter platform, a cargo door, an auxiliary power source, and an output power outlet disposed on the base adapter platform as part of a modular component electronics interface. A top side of the base adapter platform has a cargo support area configured to support the item being shipped. Interlocking alignment interfaces (such as channels or latches) are on the top and bottom of the platform. The cargo door is movably attached to and extending from an edge of the base adapter platform, and the output power outlet is coupled to the auxiliary power source and provides access to power for other components of the modular autonomous bot apparatus from the auxiliary power source.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G07C 9/37 - Individual registration on entry or exit not involving the use of a pass in combination with an identity check using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition
  • G07C 9/00 - Individual registration on entry or exit
  • G07C 9/27 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass with central registration
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

46.

TNT

      
Serial Number 79323940
Status Registered
Filing Date 2021-09-24
Registration Date 2023-04-25
Owner TNT Holdings B.V. (Netherlands)
NICE Classes  ? 39 - Transport, packaging, storage and travel services

Goods & Services

Express delivery of documents, packages and freight by land and air carriers; storage, packaging and transport of freight, goods, parcels, letters, documents, securities, magazines and periodicals; transport of goods; courier services for freight, goods, parcels, letters, documents, securities, magazines and periodicals

47.

Sensor based logistics system

      
Application Number 17323374
Grant Number 11288621
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-05-18
First Publication Date 2021-09-02
Grant Date 2022-03-29
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hamm, Mark D.
  • Greer, James B.
  • Ost, Daniel A.
  • Ainsworth, Miley E.
  • Murphy, William S.
  • Perry, Zachary S.
  • Skaaksrud, Ole Petter
  • Milman, Kenneth L.
  • West, Michael R.
  • Jacobs, James Randy

Abstract

Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for tracking one or more items. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method for tracking one or more hems. The method may include periodically detecting, by a sensor device, sensor information of the one or more items, and periodically transmitting, by the sensor device, the sensor information. The method may also include determining if the one or more parties is authorized to receive the sensor information. The method may also include transmitting the sensor information to the one or more authorized parties. The method may further include determining if the one or more parties is authorized to receive the sensor information and the periodically transmitting the sensor information to the one or more authorized parties based on a set of one or more permissions that grants or restricts access of the one or more parties to the sensor information based on the set of one or more permissions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management

48.

Power management in wireless tracking device operating with restricted power source

      
Application Number 17313439
Grant Number 11796684
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-05-06
First Publication Date 2021-08-19
Grant Date 2023-10-24
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Turon, Martin
  • Yang, Xin
  • Dierks, Michael P.

Abstract

A wireless tracking device operating in at least two modes to reduce power consumption and extend the operable period of the wireless tracking device. In an active mode, the wireless tracking device samples sensor signals at a higher resolution and may also actively communicate with a remote device via wireless connection. In a hibernation mode, most of the components or modules in the wireless tracking device are shut down to reduce power consumption. The wireless tracking device may switch to the active mode when a predetermine event is detected.

IPC Classes  ?

49.

Object tracking method and system

      
Application Number 17229067
Grant Number 11747432
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-13
First Publication Date 2021-07-29
Grant Date 2023-09-05
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hyatt, Anthony
  • Witty, Stephen
  • Henry, Kevin

Abstract

A system for tracking at least one object configured to be transported by at least one vehicle may include at least one computer system. The at least one computer system may be configured to determine at least one location of the at least one vehicle and determine at least one location of the at least one object. The at least one computer system may be further configured to determine at least one location of at least one geofence adjacent the at least one vehicle based on the at least one location of the at least one vehicle. Also, the at least one computer system may be configured to determine whether the at least one object is located within the at least one geofence to determine whether a load of the at least one vehicle includes the at least one object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 5/02 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations using radio waves
  • G01S 13/74 - Systems using reradiation of radio waves, e.g. secondary radar systems; Analogous systems
  • G01S 19/13 - Receivers
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G01S 5/00 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations

50.

Modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly for transporting an item being shipped

      
Application Number 17100037
Grant Number 11224969
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-11-20
First Publication Date 2021-07-08
Grant Date 2022-01-18
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly is described for transporting an item being shipped. The assembly includes a modular mobility base having propulsion, steering, sensors for collision avoidance, and suspension actuators; a modular auxiliary power module with a power source and cargo door; a modular cargo storage system with folding structural walls and a latching system; and a modular mobile autonomy module that covers the cargo storage system and provides human interaction interfaces, externals sensors, a wireless interface, and an autonomous controller with interfacing circuitry coupled to the human interaction interfaces and sensors on the mobile autonomy module. The assembly has a power and data transport bus that provides a communication and power conduit across the different modular components. A method for on-demand assembly of such a bot apparatus is further described with steps for authenticating the different modular components during assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

51.

Methods and systems for managing shipped objects

      
Application Number 17206418
Grant Number 11823113
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-19
First Publication Date 2021-07-08
Grant Date 2023-11-21
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, Amber Moriah
  • Mays, Amy
  • Shirokova, Cheri Bailey
  • Veitenheimer, John Marshall
  • Shoup, Jessica Jordan
  • Ajmera, Surendra

Abstract

Methods and systems are disclosed for managing shipped physical objects. The methods and systems comprise receiving data associated with a journey of the shipped object and determining, using a processor, alert conditions based on the received data. Alert conditions are representative of risk of damage, loss, or delay associated with the shipped object. In addition, the methods and systems comprise transmitting one or more alternative options for mitigating the alert condition to a user, receiving a selection of one of the alternative options, and modifying the journey based on the received selection.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G06Q 10/083 - Shipping

52.

Modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly for transporting an item being shipped

      
Application Number 17100071
Grant Number 11235457
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-11-20
First Publication Date 2021-04-29
Grant Date 2022-02-01
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

A modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly is described for transporting an item being shipped. The assembly includes a modular mobility base having propulsion, steering, sensors for collision avoidance, and suspension actuators; a modular auxiliary power module with a power source and cargo door; a modular cargo storage system with folding structural walls and a latching system; and a modular mobile autonomy module that covers the cargo storage system and provides human interaction interfaces, externals sensors, a wireless interface, and an autonomous controller with interfacing circuitry coupled to the human interaction interfaces and sensors on the mobile autonomy module. The assembly has a power and data transport bus that provides a communication and power conduit across the different modular components. A method for on-demand assembly of such a bot apparatus is further described with steps for authenticating the different modular components during assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B60W 10/04 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of propulsion units
  • B60W 10/20 - Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function including control of steering systems
  • B60W 30/09 - Taking automatic action to avoid collision, e.g. braking and steering
  • H04B 1/3822 - Transceivers, i.e. devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for functions of transmitting and receiving specially adapted for use in vehicles
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • B65D 88/52 - Large containers collapsible, i.e. with walls hinged together or detachably connected
  • B65D 90/02 - Wall construction
  • B65D 90/08 - Interconnections of wall parts; Sealing means therefor
  • B65D 90/18 - Castors, rolls, or the like, e.g. detachable
  • B60G 17/015 - Resilient suspensions having means for adjusting the spring or vibration-damper characteristics, for regulating the distance between a supporting surface and a sprung part of vehicle or for locking suspension during use to meet varying vehicular or s the regulating means comprising electric or electronic elements
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • H04W 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

53.

Sensor zone management

      
Application Number 17124554
Grant Number 11748692
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-04-08
Grant Date 2023-09-05
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hamm, Mark D.
  • Ainsworth, Miley E.

Abstract

Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for tracking one or more items. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method for tracking an item. The method may include periodically detecting sensor information of an item by a sensor device. The method may also include periodically transmitting the sensor information by the sensor device. The method may also include receiving the sensor information at a tracking center, storing the sensor information in a database, and reviewing the stored sensor information. The method may further include using the stored sensor information to update shipment information for a package.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation

54.

Enhanced delivery management methods, apparatus, and systems for a shipped item using a mobile node-enabled logistics receptacle

      
Application Number 16239050
Grant Number 11049062
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-01-03
First Publication Date 2021-03-04
Grant Date 2021-06-29
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A node-enabled logistics vehicular system is described having a logistics vehicle with a storage area (having a lockable opening) and a master node. The master node has location circuitry for self-determining its location and an actuator controlling access to the storage area via the lockable opening. The master node, when executing delivery release control code maintained on the master node's memory, is operative to identify an intended delivery location associated with a node-enabled item being shipped in the storage area from the shipping information stored in the memory, cause the location circuitry to detect a current location of the logistics vehicle, and selectively cause the first actuator to change the state of the first lockable opening to an open state to provide delivery access to the item within the first storage area based upon the detected current location of the logistics vehicle and the identified intended delivery location.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04W 76/10 - Connection setup
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

55.

Systems and methods for adaptive monitoring of a shipping container for an environmental anomaly

      
Application Number 17079738
Grant Number 11431803
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-26
First Publication Date 2021-02-25
Grant Date 2022-08-30
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An adaptive method and system for monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly uses sensor-based ID nodes within the container and a command node. Sensors on each ID node generate sensor data about an environmental condition proximate the ID node as disposed within the container. Each ID node periodically broadcasts the sensor data. The command node monitors a first group of sensor data from the ID nodes over a first time period to detect an initial environmental threshold condition related to the container, then monitors a subsequent group of sensor data over a second time period under a modified monitoring parameter to detect a secondary environmental threshold condition related to the container as the anomaly. In response to detecting the secondary condition, the command node generates an alert notification and transmits the alert notification to an external transceiver to initiate a mediation response related to the anomaly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means

56.

ENHANCED DELIVERY MANAGEMENT METHODS, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEMS FOR A SHIPPED ITEM USING A MOBILE NODE-ENABLED LOGISTICS RECEPTACLE

      
Application Number 17080976
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-10-27
First Publication Date 2021-02-11
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Methods, apparatus, and systems that enhance delivery management of an item being shipped using a mobile node-enabled logistics receptacle are described that involve improved release control of the item and corrective delivery notifications related to the item. For example, a method for enhanced delivery management may a mobile node-enabled logistics receptacle identifying an intended delivery location associated with the item, detecting a current location of the mobile node-enabled logistics receptacle, and selectively releasing the item from the mobile node-enabled logistics receptacle based upon the detected current location of the mobile node-enabled logistics receptacle and the identified intended delivery location. Further detected conditions may be used when selectively releasing the item, such as successfully establishing a validation connection to a particular node in order to confirm or authorize release of the item or detecting signals from nodes associated with the intended delivery location.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 76/10 - Connection setup
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services

57.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network using ID nodes and environmental threshold conditions per ID node

      
Application Number 16988795
Grant Number 11122126
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-08-10
First Publication Date 2021-01-14
Grant Date 2021-09-14
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for monitoring, detecting, and initiating a response to an environmental anomaly within a shipping container of packages involves sensor-based ID nodes, a command node and an external transceiver on a transit vehicle. Each ID node generates and broadcasts sensor data on environmental conditions proximate the respective ID node within the shipping container. The command node detects the sensor data from each ID node and compares it with locally maintained context data (an environmental threshold condition) for that ID node to detect the environmental anomaly when sensor data exceeds a respective threshold condition. The command node then generates a layered alert notification related to the environmental anomaly identifying a targeted mediation recipient and targeted mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority. The command node initiates a mediation response related to the targeted mediation action by transmitting the layered alert notification transmitted to the external transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

58.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network and using sensor data from ID nodes associated with packages and environmental threshold conditions per package

      
Application Number 16939139
Grant Number 11184443
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-07-27
First Publication Date 2020-12-31
Grant Date 2021-11-23
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system detects an environmental anomaly in a shipping container and initiates a mediation response through a generated layered alert notification. The system includes sensor-based ID nodes associated with packages within the container, and a command node mounted to the container communicating with the ID nodes and an external transceiver on a vehicle transporting the container. The command node is programmed to detect sensor data from the ID nodes; compare the sensor data to package environmental thresholds in context data related to each ID node; detect the environmental anomaly when the comparison indicates an environmental condition for at least one package exceeds its environmental threshold; responsively generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the comparison; and transmit the layered alert notification to the transceiver unit to initiate a mediation response related to the mediation action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

59.

Power management in wireless tracking device operating with restricted power source

      
Application Number 16996815
Grant Number 11487019
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-08-18
First Publication Date 2020-12-03
Grant Date 2022-11-01
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Turon, Martin
  • Yang, Xin
  • Dierks, Michael P.

Abstract

A wireless tracking device operating in at least two modes to reduce power consumption and extend the operable period of the wireless tracking device. In an active mode, the wireless tracking device samples sensor signals at a higher resolution and may also actively communicate with a remote device via wireless connection. In a hibernation mode, most of the components or modules in the wireless tracking device are shut down to reduce power consumption. The wireless tracking device may switch to the active mode when a predetermine event is detected.

IPC Classes  ?

60.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network and using sensor data from ID nodes associated with packages and environmental threshold conditions per package

      
Application Number 16939118
Grant Number 11178228
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-07-27
First Publication Date 2020-11-26
Grant Date 2021-11-16
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system detects an environmental anomaly in a shipping container and initiates a mediation response through a generated layered alert notification. The system includes sensor-based ID nodes associated with packages within the container, and a command node mounted to the container communicating with the ID nodes and an external transceiver on a vehicle transporting the container. The command node is programmed to detect sensor data from the ID nodes; compare the sensor data to package environmental thresholds in context data related to each ID node; detect the environmental anomaly when the comparison indicates an environmental condition for at least one package exceeds its environmental threshold; responsively generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the comparison; and transmit the layered alert notification to the transceiver unit to initiate a mediation response related to the mediation action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

61.

Multi-drive conveyor systems and methods of using same

      
Application Number 16925912
Grant Number 11325787
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-07-10
First Publication Date 2020-10-29
Grant Date 2022-05-10
Owner FEDEX CORPORATION (USA)
Inventor
  • Dixon, Randy
  • Mcdaniel, C. Todd

Abstract

Disclosed is a conveyor system and method for advancing an item relative to a transport axis. The conveyor system includes a conveyor belt and a modular drive assembly having at least one drive module and at least one take-up module. Each drive module and each take-up module has a housing and a pulley assembly positioned within the housing. The respective positions of the housings of the at least one drive module and the at least one take-up module relative to the transport axis are selectively adjustable to modify the conveyor movement pathway. Moreover, the drive module can also include a drive pulley removal apparatus that is detachably secured within the housing for selective removal and replacement of a drive pulley.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65G 23/44 - Belt- or chain-tensioning arrangements
  • B65G 15/28 - Conveyors with a load-conveying surface formed by a single flat belt, not otherwise provided for
  • B65G 21/10 - Supporting or protective framework or housings for endless load-carriers or traction elements of belt or chain conveyors movable, or having interchangeable or relatively- movable parts; Devices for moving framework or parts thereof
  • B65G 23/10 - Drums, rollers, or wheels arranged intermediate the ends of the conveyors

62.

Systems and methods for managing information associated with boxes used in the delivery of packages

      
Application Number 16892486
Grant Number 11263578
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-06-04
First Publication Date 2020-09-17
Grant Date 2022-03-01
Owner Fedex Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Caldwell, Mark E.
  • Raeth, Erika J.
  • Staggs, James S.
  • Reasons, Kevin B.

Abstract

There is disclosed methods and systems for managing drop boxes. Events reflecting outputs from one or more sensors are detected. Information that is a function of the detected event is forwarded to a drop box management system. This information, along with additional information received by the drop box management system, is utilized to generate instructions including display instructions for each drop box. Displays of drop boxes are then updated based on the instructions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • H04W 4/40 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P]
  • H04W 4/33 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for indoor environments, e.g. buildings

63.

Systems and methods for rule-driven management of sensor data across geographic areas and derived actions

      
Application Number 16881438
Grant Number 11734643
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-22
First Publication Date 2020-09-10
Grant Date 2023-08-22
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Ainsworth, Miley

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to an information gathering method. The information gathering method includes identifying a location of a package, the location associated with one or more location-based restrictions on collecting data. The information gathering method also includes restricting access to sensor-collectable data associated with the package in accordance with the one or more location-based restrictions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/00 - Programme-control systems
  • G05B 23/00 - Testing or monitoring of control systems or parts thereof
  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled
  • G06F 7/04 - Identity comparison, i.e. for like or unlike values
  • G08B 29/00 - Checking or monitoring of signalling or alarm systems; Prevention or correction of operating errors, e.g. preventing unauthorised operation
  • G08C 19/00 - Electric signal transmission systems
  • H04B 1/00 - TRANSMISSION - Details of transmission systems not characterised by the medium used for transmission
  • H04B 3/00 - Line transmission systems
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communications; Network security protocols including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • H04Q 1/00 - SELECTING - Details of selecting apparatus or arrangements
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • G06Q 10/0835 - Relationships between shipper or supplier and carriers
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 9/40 - Network security protocols
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

64.

Vehicle proximity sensor for positioning a vehicle at a loading dock

      
Application Number 16289894
Grant Number 11535466
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-01
First Publication Date 2020-09-03
Grant Date 2022-12-27
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Parsons, Brandon B. L.

Abstract

A loading dock having a sensing device to determine proximity of a vehicle to the loading dock is disclosed. The loading dock includes a loading bay. The loading dock also includes a driving platform that receives a vehicle approaching the loading dock. The driving platform is positioned beneath the loading bay. The loading dock include a loading platform extending from the loading bay. The loading dock is equipped with a sensing device attached to the loading platform. The sensing device determines and monitors a distance between the vehicle and the loading platform. The loading dock also includes an indicating device that generates a signal when the distance between the vehicle and the loading platform is less than a threshold distance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65G 69/00 - Auxiliary measures taken, or devices used, in connection with loading or unloading
  • G08G 1/16 - Anti-collision systems
  • B60R 1/00 - Optical viewing arrangements; Real-time viewing arrangements for drivers or passengers using optical image capturing systems, e.g. cameras or video systems specially adapted for use in or on vehicles

65.

Systems and methods for trip management

      
Application Number 16877946
Grant Number 11625668
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-19
First Publication Date 2020-09-03
Grant Date 2023-04-11
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Murphy, William S.
  • Milman, Kenneth L.
  • Perry, Zachary S.
  • Gately, Jesse

Abstract

There is disclosed a method of providing information about a package in transit. The method involves receiving environmental data collected by a sensor associated with the package during transit and identifying contextual data about the package that is associated with the environmental data. The method also involves selectively providing access to the environmental and contextual data together as elements in an information feed to a plurality of parties, wherein the contextual data comprises at least one comment made by a party on an element in the information feed, and wherein one or more elements in the information feed are listed in chronological order beginning at a start time of the transit of the package.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking

66.

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for timer-based management of communication devices

      
Application Number 16865483
Grant Number 11316972
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-04
First Publication Date 2020-08-20
Grant Date 2022-04-26
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Putman, John David

Abstract

A method of management of a communication device in an aircraft may include transitioning the communication device from a normal mode to a disabled mode based on a calculated device sleep time based on data associated with transportation information of the device. One of these modes may be a state of the device in which a transceiver of the device is deactivated and the other mode may be a state of the device in which the transceiver is activated. Therefore, the device sleep time determines when the wireless device's transceiver may not be activated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04M 1/72463 - User interfaces specially adapted for cordless or mobile telephones with means for adapting the functionality of the device according to specific conditions to restrict the functionality of the device
  • H04W 4/42 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P] for mass transport vehicles, e.g. buses, trains or aircraft
  • H04W 52/02 - Power saving arrangements
  • H04W 4/40 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P]
  • H04M 1/72451 - User interfaces specially adapted for cordless or mobile telephones with means for adapting the functionality of the device according to specific conditions according to schedules, e.g. using calendar applications

67.

Systems for coordinated mediation action in response to an identified environmental anomaly on a shipping container

      
Application Number 16866777
Grant Number 11095719
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-05
First Publication Date 2020-08-20
Grant Date 2021-08-17
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system on a transit vehicle is described for coordinated mediation action in response to an identified environmental anomaly on a shipping container transported by the vehicle. The system has wirelessly broadcasting ID nodes at different locations within the container, and a fire suppression system on the vehicle having a wireless transceiver-based controller operating as a master node that can cause the suppression system to deliver fire suppressant material to the container using a delivery nozzle and pump. The controller, as master node, is configured to operate as a primary monitor for the anomaly by being operative to monitor ID node signals; identify the anomaly based on the signals; generate a layered alert notification related to the anomaly (identifying a targeted mediation action and establishes a mediation response priority); and initiate a mediation response by the suppression system related to the targeted mediation action and the mediation response priority.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

68.

Systems for coordinated mediation action in response to an identified environmental anomaly on a shipping container

      
Application Number 16546427
Grant Number 10755552
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-05-07
Grant Date 2020-08-25
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system on a transit vehicle is described for coordinated mediation action in response to an identified environmental anomaly on a shipping container transported by the vehicle. The system has wirelessly broadcasting ID nodes at different locations within the container, and a fire suppression system on the vehicle having a wireless transceiver-based controller operating as a master node that can cause the suppression system to deliver fire suppressant material to the container using a delivery nozzle and pump. The controller, as master node, is configured to operate as a primary monitor for the anomaly by being operative to monitor ID node signals; identify the anomaly based on the signals; generate a layered alert notification related to the anomaly (identifying a targeted mediation action and establishes a mediation response priority); and initiate a mediation response by the suppression system related to the targeted mediation action and the mediation response priority.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone

69.

METHODS FOR DETECTING AN ENVIRONMENTAL ANOMALY AND INITIATING AN ENHANCED AUTOMATIC RESPONSE

      
Document Number 03106044
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-11
Open to Public Date 2020-03-26
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system detects an environmental anomaly in a shipping container and initiates a mediation response through a generated layered alert notification. The system includes sensor-based ID nodes associated with packages within the container, and a command node mounted to the container communicating with the ID nodes and an external transceiver on a vehicle transporting the container. The command node is programmed to detect sensor data from the ID nodes; compare the sensor data to package environmental thresholds in context data related to each ID node; detect the environmental anomaly when the com- parison indicates an environmental condition for at least one package exceeds its environmental threshold; responsively generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the comparison; and transmit the layered alert notification to the transceiver unit to initiate a mediation response related to the mediation action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • H04W 88/16 - Gateway arrangements
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • G01T 7/12 - Provision for actuation of an alarm
  • G08B 17/00 - Fire alarms; Alarms responsive to explosion
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions

70.

Node-enabled battery apparatus and packaging systems with integrated environmental detection and reporting, and improved systems for coordinated mediation action in response to an environmental anomaly using the same

      
Application Number 16546451
Grant Number 11095718
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-08-17
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A node-enabled battery system having integrated environmental detection and reporting. The system may have a battery and sensor-based node attached to the battery. The system's sensor-based node has a processor, memory (maintaining a battery monitoring program code and a battery threshold metric value), a wireless communication interface and a sensor operative to sense a battery status condition for the battery. When executing the battery monitoring program code, the processor is programmatically configured and adapted to be operative to receive status data from the sensor reflecting the battery status condition as sensed by the sensor, automatically trigger generation of a layered alert notification related to the battery when the received status data is inconsistent with the battery threshold metric value, and cause the wireless communication interface to broadcast the layered alert notification to initiate a mediation response related to the battery status condition for the battery.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

71.

Systems and apparatus for enhanced detection of an environmental anomaly related to a shipping container using a node-enhanced detection blanket

      
Application Number 16566999
Grant Number 11025720
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-06-01
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A blanket apparatus is described for enhanced detecting of an environmental anomaly relative to a shipping container temporarily maintaining packages. Generally, the apparatus includes a detection blanket disposed proximate the packages and multiple sensor-based ID nodes integrated as part of the detection blanket in a geographically disperse configuration relative to the detection blanket. Each of the sensor-based ID nodes has a processor, memory (with ID node monitoring program code), an environmental sensor, and a wireless radio transceiver. The sensor generates sensor data related to an environmental condition adjacent the sensor and indicative of the environmental anomaly when the sensor data generated is above a threshold condition for that sensor. The transceiver is configured to access and broadcast the sensor data generated in response to a report command from the ID node's processor when the ID node processor executes the ID node monitoring program code.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/00 - Fire alarms; Alarms responsive to explosion
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

72.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network including a command node environmental sensor

      
Application Number 16456725
Grant Number 10878681
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-28
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2020-12-29
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems/methods are described for initiating a mediation response to a detected environmental anomaly in a shipping container. Multiple wireless sensor-based ID nodes in the container generate sensor data on environmental conditions proximate each ID node. A command node mounted to the container has a command node sensor generating sensor data on an environmental condition proximate the command node. The command node detects ID node sensor data and detects the anomaly when ID node sensor data exceeds an ID node's threshold condition. The command node then generates a layered alert notification identifying a targeted mediation recipient and targeted mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon comparing the ID node sensor data and the threshold, and a difference between the command node sensor data and a container environmental profile maintained by the command node). The command node initiates a mediation response by transmitting the notification to an external transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01T 3/00 - Measuring neutron radiation
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

73.

Systems and methods for adaptively monitoring for an environmental anomaly using a designated bridging ID node for a remote monitor beacon

      
Application Number 16508763
Grant Number 10891842
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-01-12
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A command node designates a group of monitor beacons from wireless ID nodes in different locations in a shipping container where the group further includes a remote monitor beacon located outside a reception range of the command node. The command node programmatically configures another ID node to be a dedicated bridging node providing a dedicated intermediary communication link between the command node and the remote monitor beacon. The command node receives a respective broadcast signal from the monitor beacons (directly or indirectly through the bridging node), monitors those signals for any unanticipated ceased broadcasting, identifies an unresponsive subset of monitor beacons from such monitoring, and detecting an environmental anomaly when the size of the unresponsive subset exceed a threshold setting. The command node then generates an alert notification related to the anomaly and initiates a mediation response for the anomaly by transmitting the alert notification to an external transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

74.

METHODS FOR DETECTING AN ENVIRONMENTAL ANOMALY AND INITIATING AN ENHANCED AUTOMATIC RESPONSE

      
Application Number US2019050528
Publication Number 2020/060810
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-11
Publication Date 2020-03-26
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaasrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system detects an environmental anomaly in a shipping container and initiates a mediation response through a generated layered alert notification. The system includes sensor-based ID nodes associated with packages within the container, and a command node mounted to the container communicating with the ID nodes and an external transceiver on a vehicle transporting the container. The command node is programmed to detect sensor data from the ID nodes; compare the sensor data to package environmental thresholds in context data related to each ID node; detect the environmental anomaly when the comparison indicates an environmental condition for at least one package exceeds its environmental threshold; responsively generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the comparison; and transmit the layered alert notification to the transceiver unit to initiate a mediation response related to the mediation action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06N 5/04 - Inference or reasoning models
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

75.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network and using sensor data from ID nodes associated with packages and environmental threshold conditions per package

      
Application Number 16456596
Grant Number 10769920
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-28
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2020-09-08
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An improved system detects an environmental anomaly in a shipping container and initiates a mediation response through a generated layered alert notification. The system includes sensor-based ID nodes associated with packages within the container, and a command node mounted to the container communicating with the ID nodes and an external transceiver on a vehicle transporting the container. The command node is programmed to detect sensor data from the ID nodes; compare the sensor data to package environmental thresholds in context data related to each ID node; detect the environmental anomaly when the comparison indicates an environmental condition for at least one package exceeds its environmental threshold; responsively generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the comparison; and transmit the layered alert notification to the transceiver unit to initiate a mediation response related to the mediation action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

76.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting an environmental anomaly and initiating an enhanced automatic response using elements of a wireless node network using ID nodes and environmental threshold conditions per ID node

      
Application Number 16456671
Grant Number 10777058
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-28
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2020-09-15
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for monitoring, detecting, and initiating a response to an environmental anomaly within a shipping container of packages involves sensor-based ID nodes, a command node and an external transceiver on a transit vehicle. Each ID node generates and broadcasts sensor data on environmental conditions proximate the respective ID node within the shipping container. The command node detects the sensor data from each ID node and compares it with locally maintained context data (an environmental threshold condition) for that ID node to detect the environmental anomaly when sensor data exceeds a respective threshold condition. The command node then generates a layered alert notification related to the environmental anomaly identifying a targeted mediation recipient and targeted mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority. The command node initiates a mediation response related to the targeted mediation action by transmitting the layered alert notification transmitted to the external transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

77.

Methods and systems for unresponsive ID node monitoring for an environmental anomaly

      
Application Number 16456800
Grant Number 10639509
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-28
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2020-05-05
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems for enhanced detection and response to an environmental anomaly in a shipping container may include wireless ID nodes within a shipping container, and a command node mounted to the container that communicates with the ID nodes and a transit vehicle transceiver. The command node's memory has program code, a communication profile and context data for each the ID nodes. The command node is adapted to monitor the ID nodes for an unanticipated ceased broadcasting from any of the ID nodes per the communication profiles; detect the anomaly when the number of ID nodes in the unanticipated ceased broadcasting state exceeds a threshold setting on the command node; generate a layered alert notification identifying a mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority based upon the ceased broadcasting ID nodes; and initiate the mediation response by transmitting the notification to the external transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 21/00 - Alarms responsive to a single specified undesired or abnormal condition and not otherwise provided for
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places

78.

Enhanced shipping container apparatus for sensor-based self-monitoring, detecting, and reporting on an environmental anomaly

      
Application Number 16546359
Grant Number 10896587
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-01-19
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An enhanced shipping container apparatus generally includes a shipping container housing, sensor-based ID nodes in different locations on the housing, and a command node mounted to the housing. The ID nodes have environmental sensors that generate sensor data on an environmental condition proximate each respective ID node. The command node is programmatically configured to detect sensor data broadcasted from the ID nodes; identify an environmental anomaly for the shipping container when the detected sensor data does not include sensor data from a threshold number of ID nodes and when sensor data detected indicates an environmental condition exceeding an environmental threshold; and initiate a mediation response related to a targeted mediation action (identified by the command node) by transmitting a layered alert notification to an external transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

79.

Systems and methods for adaptive monitoring for an environmental anomaly in a shipping container using elements of a wireless node network

      
Application Number 16546376
Grant Number 10909829
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-02-02
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Adaptive wireless node-implemented systems and methods are described for detecting an environmental anomaly related to a shipping container and reporting a layered alert notification to an external transceiver on a transit vehicle transporting the shipping container. The system has ID nodes within the container (a portion of which being associated with objects transported in the container), a primary command node within the container, and a designated survivor command node mounted to the container. The primary command node monitors signal activity from the ID nodes, identifies the environmental anomaly based upon the signal activity, generates the alert notification (identifying a targeted mediation recipient and mediation action, and establishing a mediation response priority), and transmits the alert notification to the external transceiver to initiate a mediation response. The designated survivor command node takes over as the primary command node when unable to communicate with the primary command node.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

80.

Enhanced shipping container apparatus having integrated fire suppression and systems using the same for detecting and responding to an environmental anomaly within the container

      
Application Number 16546438
Grant Number 11729271
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2023-08-15
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An enhanced shipping container apparatus that maintains packages is described having integrated fire suppression. The apparatus has a container base supporting the packages, multiple container walls coupled to the container base, and a container top coupled to each of the container walls. A fire suppression panel is integrated as part of one or more of the walls and top portion, and has a support sheet of fire resistant material; an interior exposed sheet of temperature sensitive material; a sealed boundary connecting the support sheet and interior exposed sheet on peripheral edges (where the sealed boundary, support sheet and interior exposed sheet define a holding cavity), and integrated fire suppression material in the holding cavity. The temperature sensitive material of the interior exposed sheet releases the integrated fire suppressant material from within the holding cavity when the temperature sensitive material of the interior exposed sheet is exposed to a threshold temperature.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • G06Q 10/0833 - Tracking
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices
  • G06Q 10/087 - Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means

81.

Systems for layered initiation of a mediation response to a battery-related environmental anomaly within a shipping container

      
Application Number 16546483
Grant Number 10896588
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-01-19
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems for layered initiation of a mediation response to a battery-related environmental anomaly may have a node-enabled battery, a secondary sensor-based node disposed next to the node-enabled battery, and a command node. The command node is programmatically configured to be operative to conduct an initial level of anomaly monitoring by monitoring signals from the node-enabled battery over time for unanticipated ceased broadcasting per a profile and monitoring environmental sensor data from the secondary node; identify an initial level of the environmental anomaly when both the unanticipated state of ceased broadcasting is detected and the monitored broadcasted environmental sensor data reflects at least a first threshold difference change in the environmental sensor data; conduct a secondary level of anomaly monitoring of sensor data broadcasts from the secondary node; and broadcasting a layered alert notification to initiate a mediation response to the anomaly based upon the secondary level of anomaly monitoring.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

82.

Systems, apparatus, and methods for detecting and verifying an environmental anomaly using multiple command nodes

      
Application Number 16546497
Grant Number 11159622
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-10-26
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A system for detecting and verifying an environmental anomaly within a shipping container (transported on a transit vehicle having an external transceiver) has wireless sensor-based ID nodes at different locations within the container and multiple command nodes mounted to the container. A first command node is programmatically configured to be operative to detect the sensor data broadcasted from the ID nodes; responsively identify the anomaly based upon the sensor data detected by that command node; and transmit a validation request to another command node. The other command node is configured to be operative to also detect the sensor data broadcasted from the ID nodes; receive the validation request from the first command node; verify the anomaly in response to the validation request and based upon the sensor data detected by the second command node; and broadcast a verification message based upon whether the anomaly for the shipping container is verified.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

83.

Systems and methods for securely monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly

      
Application Number 16566971
Grant Number 11184442
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-11-23
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for securely monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly using elements of a wireless node network of sensor-based ID nodes disposed within the container and a command node associated with the container. The method has the command node identifying which of the ID nodes are confirmed as trusted sensors based upon a security credential specific to each of the ID nodes; monitoring only the confirmed ID nodes for sensor data broadcast those ID nodes; detecting the anomaly based upon the sensor data from at least one of the confirmed ID nodes; automatically generating an alert notification related to the detected environmental anomaly for the shipping container; and transmitting the alert notification to the external transceiver to initiate a mediation response related to the detected environmental anomaly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64D 47/06 - Arrangements or adaptations of signal or lighting devices for indicating aircraft presence
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

84.

Systems and methods for adaptive monitoring of a shipping container for an environmental anomaly

      
Application Number 16567046
Grant Number 10854061
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2020-12-01
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

An adaptive method and system for monitoring a shipping container for an environmental anomaly uses sensor-based ID nodes within the container and a command node. Sensors on each ID node generate sensor data about an environmental condition proximate the ID node as disposed within the container. Each ID node periodically broadcasts the sensor data. The command node monitors a first group of sensor data from the ID nodes over a first time period to detect an initial environmental threshold condition related to the container, then monitors a subsequent group of sensor data over a second time period under a modified monitoring parameter to detect a secondary environmental threshold condition related to the container as the anomaly. In response to detecting the secondary condition, the command node generates an alert notification and transmits the alert notification to an external transceiver to initiate a mediation response related to the anomaly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/10 - Integrity
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

85.

Apparatus and systems for detecting an environmental anomaly related to a shipping container using a package command node

      
Application Number 16567096
Grant Number 11019148
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-05-25
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

A package command node detects an environmental anomaly related to a shipment package for transport within a shipping container on a transit vehicle having an external transceiver. The package command node has a command node housing disposed with the package, a processor within the housing, a memory maintaining package command node environmental detection program code, and a wireless transceiver communication interface that communicates with sensor-based ID nodes generating sensor data from different parts of the container. The package command node's processor is programmatically configured to detect the ID node sensor data; identify the anomaly when the detected sensor data indicates an environmental condition that exceeds an environmental threshold; generate an alert notification related to the anomaly; and transmit the alert notification to the external transceiver to initiate a mediation response related to the environmental anomaly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/00 - Fire alarms; Alarms responsive to explosion
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

86.

Systems and methods for internal and external monitoring for an environmental anomaly within a shipping container and reporting to an external transceiver to initiate a mediation response

      
Application Number 16508591
Grant Number 11223682
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2022-01-11
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for detecting and initiating a response to an environmental anomaly in a shipping container. Generally, a system includes two sets of ID nodes within and outside the container and a command node mounted to the container. The command node is specially adapted to monitor the different sets of ID nodes for unanticipated non-broadcasting according to communication profiles for respective ID nodes in each set and detect an unresponsive group of ID nodes and what set of ID nodes the unresponsive ones are in. The command node identifies the anomaly when the number of unresponsive ID nodes exceeds a threshold setting, automatically generates an alert notification on the anomaly with an alert level setting based upon whether the unresponsive ID nodes are in the first and/or second set of ID nodes, and initiates a mediation response by transmitting the notification to the transit vehicle transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

87.

Systems and methods for internal and external monitoring for an environmental anomaly within a shipping container with responsive reporting to an external transceiver and initiating a mediation response directly with an onboard fire

      
Application Number 16508647
Grant Number 11283875
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2022-03-22
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems and method are described for detecting and responding to an environmental anomaly in a shipping container transported by a transit vehicle having an onboard fire suppression system. Systems generally have a set of ID nodes within the container and another set outside the container, and a command node mounted to the container. The command node's processor is programmed to monitor both sets of ID nodes per their respective ID node communication profiles for unanticipated cessation of ID node broadcasting, detect an unresponsive group of ID nodes based on the monitoring, determining if the group includes ID nodes from which set of ID nodes, identifying the anomaly when the unresponsive group's size exceeds a threshold setting, generate an alert notification, and transmit the alert notification to the external transceiver or the fire suppression system directly based on an alert level setting so as to initiate different levels of mediation response.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • B60Q 9/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of signal devices not provided for in one of main groups
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 41/04 - Network management architectures or arrangements
  • H04L 41/06 - Management of faults, events, alarms or notifications
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices
  • G01J 5/48 - Thermography; Techniques using wholly visual means

88.

Methods, systems, and enhanced shipping container apparatus assembly for monitoring for an environmental anomaly using a selectively assigned group of ID nodes in a wireless node network

      
Application Number 16508709
Grant Number 11075994
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Grant Date 2021-07-27
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Systems, apparatus, and methods detect and respond to environmental anomalies in a shipping container on a transit vehicle having an external transceiver. Systems generally have wireless ID nodes at different locations within the container and a command node mounted to the container. The command node is programmatically adapted to selectively assign a subset of the ID nodes as dedicated monitor beacons deployed within the container, identify an unresponsive group from the assigned subset of the ID nodes monitored to be in an unanticipated state of ceased broadcasting based upon the monitoring step. The command node detects the environmental anomaly when a size of the unresponsive group in the assigned subset of ID nodes exceeds a threshold setting maintained by the command node, automatically generates an alert notification related to the detected environmental anomaly, and initiates a mediation response for the anomaly by transmitting the alert notification to the vehicle's transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/50 - Circuit switching systems, i.e. systems in which the path is physically permanent during the communication
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G08B 17/10 - Actuation by presence of smoke or gases
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • A62C 37/36 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/08 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in aircraft
  • A62C 3/10 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles in ships
  • A62C 31/22 - Nozzles specially adapted for fire-extinguishing specially adapted for piercing walls, heaped materials, or the like
  • A62C 37/44 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device only the sensor being in the danger zone
  • G01J 5/00 - Radiation pyrometry, e.g. infrared or optical thermometry
  • G01J 5/02 - Constructional details
  • B64D 9/00 - Equipment for handling freight; Equipment for facilitating passenger embarkation or the like
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/35 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for the management of goods or merchandise
  • G06K 19/07 - Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards with integrated circuit chips
  • G06K 19/077 - Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
  • G01C 5/06 - Measuring height; Measuring distances transverse to line of sight; Levelling between separated points; Surveyors' levels by using barometric means
  • G01K 3/00 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature
  • G01K 3/10 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving differentiated values in respect of time, e.g. reacting only to a quick change of temperature
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01T 1/17 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular type of detector
  • H04Q 9/02 - Automatically-operated arrangements
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • B64D 25/00 - Emergency apparatus or devices, not otherwise provided for
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 25/00 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
  • A62C 3/07 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places in vehicles, e.g. in road vehicles
  • A62C 37/40 - Control of fire-fighting equipment an actuating signal being generated by a sensor separate from an outlet device by both sensor and actuator, e.g. valve, being in the danger zone with electric connection between sensor and actuator
  • G08B 25/10 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using wireless transmission systems
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G08B 17/06 - Electric actuation of the alarm, e.g. using a thermally-operated switch
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • B65D 25/02 - Internal fittings
  • H04W 12/108 - Source integrity
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G08B 19/00 - Alarms responsive to two or more different undesired or abnormal conditions, e.g. burglary and fire, abnormal temperature and abnormal rate of flow
  • H04W 88/18 - Service support devices; Network management devices

89.

Power management in wireless tracking device operating with restricted power source

      
Application Number 16664536
Grant Number 10782416
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-10-25
First Publication Date 2020-02-20
Grant Date 2020-09-22
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Turon, Martin
  • Yang, Xin
  • Dierks, Michael P.

Abstract

A wireless tracking device operating in at least two modes to reduce power consumption and extend the operable period of the wireless tracking device. In an active mode, the wireless tracking device samples sensor signals at a higher resolution and may also actively communicate with a remote device via wireless connection. In a hibernation mode, most of the components or modules in the wireless tracking device are shut down to reduce power consumption. The wireless tracking device may switch to the active mode when a predetermine event is detected.

IPC Classes  ?

90.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED AUTOMATIC CHOCKING OF A CARGO DOLLY

      
Application Number US2019045087
Publication Number 2020/033300
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-05
Publication Date 2020-02-13
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, Reuben, F., V
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Frommelt, Kevin
  • Khan, Shaq

Abstract

An improved auto-chocking enabled cargo dolly that is towable by ground support equipment. The dolly has a frame, wheels attached to the frame that support the frame and rotate to allow movement of the frame, a tow bar, a linkage in communication with the tow bar and that actuates when the tow bar is raised, and a wheel engagement chocking system fixed to the dolly frame and disposed to selectively engage at least one of the wheels attached to the dolly frame. The wheel engagement system is responsive to a position of the linkage, where the wheel engagement chocking system applies pressure directly to at least one of the wheels to hold the wheel(s) in place when the linkage is actuated by the tow bar.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60D 1/36 - Traction couplings; Hitches; Draw-gear; Towing devices characterised by arrangements for particular functions for facilitating connection, e.g. hitch catchers
  • B60D 1/26 - Traction couplings; Hitches; Draw-gear; Towing devices characterised by arrangements for particular functions for remote control, e.g. for releasing
  • B60D 1/58 - Auxiliary devices
  • B60T 1/02 - Arrangements of braking elements, i.e. of those parts where braking effect occurs acting by retarding wheels
  • B60T 7/12 - Brake-action initiating means for initiation not subject to will of driver or passenger
  • B60T 7/20 - Brake-action initiating means for initiation not subject to will of driver or passenger specially adapted for trailers, e.g. in case of uncoupling of trailer
  • B60T 8/17 - Using electrical or electronic regulation means to control braking

91.

Systems and methods for improved cargo dolly for remote cargo holding pins for a cargo dolly

      
Application Number 16515082
Grant Number 11433935
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-18
First Publication Date 2020-02-06
Grant Date 2022-09-06
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Frommelt, Kevin
  • Khan, Shaq

Abstract

An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62B 5/04 - Braking mechanisms; Locking devices against movement
  • B62B 3/04 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor involving means for grappling or securing in place objects to be carried; Load handling equipment

92.

Systems and methods for improved automatic chocking of a cargo dolly

      
Application Number 16531574
Grant Number 11414120
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-05
First Publication Date 2020-02-06
Grant Date 2022-08-16
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Frommelt, Kevin
  • Khan, Shaq

Abstract

An improved auto-chocking enabled cargo dolly that is towable by ground support equipment. The dolly has a frame, wheels attached to the frame that support the frame and rotate to allow movement of the frame, a tow bar, a linkage in communication with the tow bar and that actuates when the tow bar is raised, and a wheel engagement chocking system fixed to the dolly frame and disposed to selectively engage at least one of the wheels attached to the dolly frame. The wheel engagement system is responsive to a position of the linkage, where the wheel engagement chocking system applies pressure directly to at least one of the wheels to hold the wheel(s) in place when the linkage is actuated by the tow bar.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62D 63/06 - Trailers
  • B62B 5/04 - Braking mechanisms; Locking devices against movement
  • B62B 3/00 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor
  • B62B 5/00 - Accessories or details specially adapted for hand carts

93.

IMPROVED UNIT LOAD DEVICE AND PANEL ENHANCEMENTS FOR A UNIT LOAD DEVICE

      
Application Number US2019041276
Publication Number 2020/027999
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-11
Publication Date 2020-02-06
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch V., Reuben F.
  • Hawk, Charles
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Thomas, Ronald, W.

Abstract

A replaceable charging panel is provided for a unit load device having a plurality of walls. The replaceable charging panel may have a base member that is configured to removably attach to a first wall of the plurality of walls of the unit load device; and an electrical charging device mounted to the base member. A unit load device is also provided that has a plurality of walls and a replaceable charging panel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02J 7/35 - Parallel operation in networks using both storage and other dc sources, e.g. providing buffering with light sensitive cells
  • H02J 7/34 - Parallel operation in networks using both storage and other dc sources, e.g. providing buffering
  • H04W 52/02 - Power saving arrangements

94.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED CARGO DOLLY FOR REMOTE CARGO HOLDING PINS FOR A CARGO DOLLY

      
Application Number US2019042310
Publication Number 2020/028049
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-18
Publication Date 2020-02-06
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, Reuben, F., V
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Frommelt, Kevin
  • Khan, Shaq

Abstract

An improved cargo dolly for transporting cargo is described having a mobile dolly frame, a main shaft on the frame, a lever proximate to a first part of the frame (where the lever is movable relative to the frame and in responsive communication with the main shaft), a first set of transfer sprockets mounted to the main shaft, a secondary shaft rotatably disposed at a second part of the frame (where the first part is remote from the second part), a second set of transfer sprockets mounted to the secondary shaft, a chain disposed about the first set of transfer sprockets and the second set of transfer sprockets, and a locking pin having a first end fixed to the secondary shaft and a second end configured as an angled latch. Rotation of the lever responsively causes the locking pin to remotely rotate at the second part of the frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60P 1/00 - Vehicles predominantly for transporting loads and modified to facilitate loading, consolidating the load, or unloading
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • B60P 7/00 - Securing or covering of load on vehicles
  • B62B 3/00 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor
  • B62B 3/02 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor involving parts being adjustable, collapsible, attachable, detachable, or convertible
  • B62B 5/00 - Accessories or details specially adapted for hand carts
  • B62B 5/04 - Braking mechanisms; Locking devices against movement
  • B62D 21/00 - Understructures, i.e. chassis frame on which a vehicle body may be mounted

95.

ENHANCED SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED AUTOMATED AND AUTONOMOUS OPERATION OF LOGISTICS GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT

      
Application Number US2019043903
Publication Number 2020/028244
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-29
Publication Date 2020-02-06
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, Reuben, F., V
  • Abelwahed, Sherif
  • Ball, John, E.
  • Doude, Matt
  • Gafford, James, R.
  • Hannis, Tyler, J.
  • Liu, Yucheng
  • Mazzola, Michael, S.
  • Mckinney, Howard

Abstract

An improved retrofit assembly for ground support equipment providing autonomous operation of the logistics ground support equipment (GSE). The assembly has a refit control system attached to the GSE (with a vehicle dynamics control processor and a data preprocessing control processor), retrofitted proprioceptive sensors coupled to the vehicle dynamics control processor monitoring operating parameters and characteristics of the GSE, retrofitted exteroceptive sensors coupled to the data preprocessing control processor that monitor an exterior environment of the GSE, and refit actuators for different control elements on the GSE and to autonomously alter motion of the GSE. The refit control system programmatically receives sensor data from the proprioceptive sensors and exteroceptive sensors; optimizes a path for the GSE based upon the different sensor data; and activates at least one of the actuators according to the optimized path for the GSE.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01C 21/36 - Input/output arrangements for on-board computers
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G06Q 10/04 - Forecasting or optimisation specially adapted for administrative or management purposes, e.g. linear programming or "cutting stock problem"
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping

96.

Unit load device and panel enhancements for a unit load device

      
Application Number 16458862
Grant Number 11404891
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-01
First Publication Date 2020-01-30
Grant Date 2022-08-02
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Hawk, Charles
  • King, Katherine
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Prather, Aaron
  • Thomas, Ronald W.

Abstract

A replaceable charging panel is provided for a unit load device having a plurality of walls. The replaceable charging panel may have a base member that is configured to removably attach to a first wall of the plurality of walls of the unit load device; and an electrical charging device mounted to the base member. A unit load device is also provided that has a plurality of walls and a replaceable charging panel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B65D 88/02 - Large containers rigid
  • H02J 7/02 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries for charging batteries from ac mains by converters
  • H02J 7/35 - Parallel operation in networks using both storage and other dc sources, e.g. providing buffering with light sensitive cells

97.

Enhanced systems, apparatus, and methods for improved automated and autonomous operation of logistics ground support equipment

      
Application Number 16524723
Grant Number 11157011
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-29
First Publication Date 2020-01-30
Grant Date 2021-10-26
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Abelwahed, Sherif
  • Ball, John E.
  • Doude, Matt
  • Gafford, James R.
  • Hannis, Tyler J.
  • Liu, Yucheng
  • Mazzola, Michael S.
  • Mckinney, Howard

Abstract

An improved retrofit assembly for ground support equipment providing autonomous operation of the logistics ground support equipment (GSE). The assembly has a refit control system attached to the GSE (with a vehicle dynamics control processor and a data preprocessing control processor), retrofitted proprioceptive sensors coupled to the vehicle dynamics control processor monitoring operating parameters and characteristics of the GSE, retrofitted exteroceptive sensors coupled to the data preprocessing control processor that monitor an exterior environment of the GSE, and refit actuators for different control elements on the GSE and to autonomously alter motion of the GSE. The refit control system programmatically receives sensor data from the proprioceptive sensors and exteroceptive sensors; optimizes a path for the GSE based upon the different sensor data; and activates at least one of the actuators according to the optimized path for the GSE.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot

98.

METHODS AND NODE APPARATUS FOR ADAPTIVE NODE COMMUNICATION WITHIN A WIRELESS NODE NETWORK

      
Application Number 16578826
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-23
First Publication Date 2020-01-16
Owner Fedex Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Methods and node devices for adaptively communicate within a wireless node network. In one method, a first node generates an advertising message in a first format, and then broadcasts the advertising message in the first format when in a first state. The first node detects a state change associated with a changed relative environment of the first node. The first node then adapts to the detected state change by altering the first format of the advertising message to a shortened format comprising an identifier for the first node derived from the changed relative environment of the first node. Such a shortened format may be a variable broadcast format, such as a shortened global format, a shortened nested format, and a shortened local format. In another embodiment, one node may instruct another node change broadcasting from the first format to the shortened format based upon a detected state change.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 8/24 - Transfer of terminal data
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • H04H 20/71 - Wireless systems
  • H04L 1/00 - Arrangements for detecting or preventing errors in the information received
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control

99.

MyTNT

      
Application Number 1508613
Status Registered
Filing Date 2019-08-20
Registration Date 2019-08-20
Owner TNT Holdings B.V. (Netherlands)
NICE Classes  ?
  • 35 - Advertising and business services
  • 38 - Telecommunications services
  • 39 - Transport, packaging, storage and travel services

Goods & Services

Business consultations services in connection with the deliverance of mail, parcels, documents and other goods; business information services related to the deliverance of mail, parcels, documents and other goods; negotiation and conclusion of commercial transactions for third parties via telecommunication systems; business consulting services related to packaging and parceling of goods. Transmission of messages by electronic means and by means of telecommunication; telephone services. Express delivery services for mail, parcels, documents and other goods by boat, train, airplane and land vehicles; storage of goods; delivery of goods by mail order; collecting, loading, transporting, sending, discharging and delivery of freight, parcels, packages, mail, documents, securities, magazines, periodicals and other goods; courier services; transportation of goods; providing computerized tracing of packages in transit; logistics management in the field of transportation and delivery services.

100.

Mounting plate

      
Application Number 29580435
Grant Number D0870524
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-10-10
First Publication Date 2019-12-24
Grant Date 2019-12-24
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Doude, Matthew
  • Leclair, Andrew
  • Meadows, William
  • Bilson, Matthew
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