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1.

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

2.

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

      
Application Number 17850024
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-06-27
First Publication Date 2022-11-03
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

3.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED AUTOMATIC CHOCKING OF A CARGO DOLLY

      
Application Number 17849964
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-06-27
First Publication Date 2022-10-13
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

4.

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

5.

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

6.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH BOXES USED IN THE DELIVERY OF PACKAGES

      
Application Number 17680447
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-02-25
First Publication Date 2022-06-09
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
  • 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 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • H04W 4/33 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for indoor environments, e.g. buildings
  • H04W 4/40 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P]
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services

7.

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
  • 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

8.

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

9.

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
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-10-21
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
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  ?

  • 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
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres

10.

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
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-10-21
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
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  ?

  • 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
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres

11.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECURELY MONITORING A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL ANOMALY

      
Application Number 17496863
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-10-08
First Publication Date 2022-03-17
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  ?

  • 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
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres

12.

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

      
Application Number 17477766
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-17
First Publication Date 2022-03-10
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 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
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres

13.

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

      
Application Number 17477789
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-17
First Publication Date 2022-03-10
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 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
  • B60C 9/00 - Reinforcements or ply arrangement of pneumatic tyres

14.

DETACHABLE MODULAR MOBILE AUTONOMY CONTROL MODULE FOR A MODULAR AUTONOMOUS BOT APPARATUS THAT TRANSPORTS AN ITEM BEING SHIPPED

      
Application Number 17402727
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-08-16
First Publication Date 2022-01-13
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 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • 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
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • 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
  • 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
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • B65G 67/24 - Unloading land vehicles
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • 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
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • H02J 9/00 - Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
  • 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 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages

15.

APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS OF A MODULAR AUTONOMOUS CART APPARATUS ASSEMBLY FOR TRANSPORTING AN ITEM BEING SHIPPED

      
Application Number 17381505
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-07-21
First Publication Date 2022-01-13
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  ?

  • 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

16.

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

      
Application Number 17485693
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-27
First Publication Date 2022-01-13
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  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • G01C 21/00 - Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in groups
  • 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 30/02 - Marketing; Price estimation or determination; Fundraising
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • 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
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • 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 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 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04L 12/707 - Route fault prevention or recovery, e.g. rerouting, route redundancy, virtual router redundancy protocol [VRRP] or hot standby router protocol [HSRP] using path redundancy
  • H04W 8/24 - Transfer of terminal data
  • H04W 52/02 - Power saving arrangements
  • 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

17.

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

      
Application Number 17466033
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-03
First Publication Date 2021-12-23
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

18.

MODULAR MULTIPLE MOBILITY BASE ASSEMBLY APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING AN ITEM BEING SHIPPED

      
Application Number 17332397
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-05-27
First Publication Date 2021-11-18
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 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

19.

Modular Mobility Base for a Modular Autonomous Logistics Vehicle Transport Apparatus

      
Application Number 17356887
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-06-24
First Publication Date 2021-11-18
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 9/08 - 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

20.

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

      
Application Number 17367465
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

21.

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

      
Application Number 17367469
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

22.

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

23.

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

      
Application Number 17362073
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-06-29
First Publication Date 2021-10-21
Owner FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, Amber Moriah
  • Swearingen, Chris
  • Chirokova, 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

24.

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
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-19
First Publication Date 2021-10-07
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 10/08 - 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

25.

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

26.

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

27.

POWER MANAGEMENT IN WIRELESS TRACKING DEVICE OPERATING WITH RESTRICTED POWER SOURCE

      
Application Number 17313439
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-05-06
First Publication Date 2021-08-19
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  ?

28.

OBJECT TRACKING METHOD AND SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17229067
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-13
First Publication Date 2021-07-29
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 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G01S 13/74 - Systems using reradiation of radio waves, e.g. secondary radar systems; Analogous systems
  • G01S 19/13 - Receivers

29.

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

      
Application Number 17224336
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-07
First Publication Date 2021-07-22
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 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04L 12/725 - Selecting a path with suitable quality of service [QoS]
  • 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

30.

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

31.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING SHIPPED OBJECTS

      
Application Number 17206418
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-19
First Publication Date 2021-07-08
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

32.

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

33.

SENSOR ZONE MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number 17124554
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-04-08
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 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation

34.

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

35.

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

36.

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

37.

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

38.

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

39.

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  ?

40.

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

41.

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

42.

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

      
Application Number 16881438
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-05-22
First Publication Date 2020-09-10
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  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

43.

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

44.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRIP MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number 16877946
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-05-19
First Publication Date 2020-09-03
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

45.

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

46.

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

47.

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

48.

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

49.

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

50.

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

51.

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

52.

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

53.

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

54.

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

55.

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

56.

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

57.

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

58.

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

59.

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

60.

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
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
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  ?

  • B65D 90/06 - Coverings, e.g. for insulating purposes
  • B65D 90/22 - Safety features
  • B65D 90/48 - Arrangements of indicating or measuring devices
  • A62C 3/00 - Fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for particular objects or places

61.

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

62.

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

63.

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

64.

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

65.

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

66.

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  ?

67.

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

68.

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

69.

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

70.

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

71.

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

72.

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

73.

Object tracking method and system

      
Application Number 16515563
Grant Number 11002823
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-18
First Publication Date 2019-11-07
Grant Date 2021-05-11
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
  • G01S 19/13 - Receivers
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G01S 13/74 - Systems using reradiation of radio waves, e.g. secondary radar systems; Analogous systems
  • G06Q 10/00 - Administration; Management

74.

Modular mobility base for a modular autonomous logistics vehicle transport apparatus

      
Application Number 16351566
Grant Number 11077551
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2021-08-03
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 9/08 - 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
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • 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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

75.

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

      
Application Number 16351584
Grant Number 11027419
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2021-06-08
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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

76.

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

      
Application Number 16351590
Grant Number 11027420
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2021-06-08
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 10/08 - 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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

77.

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

      
Application Number 16351634
Grant Number 11135717
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2021-10-05
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 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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

78.

Modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly for transporting an item being shipped

      
Application Number 16351642
Grant Number 10875174
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2020-12-29
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  ?

  • 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
  • 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
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • 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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

79.

Methods of performing an inventory management related dispatched logistics operation for an inventory item and using a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly and a dispatch server

      
Application Number 16351573
Grant Number 11491641
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2022-11-08
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

Methods are described that perform a dispatched inventory operation related to an inventory item within a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly and a dispatch server. modular mobile autonomy control module (MAM) receives an inventory dispatch command from the dispatch server and a modular cargo storage system (CSS) receives the inventory item at an inventory hub location. The MAM autonomously causes the assembly to then move to a remote business facility as a destination location, receive authentication input from an authorized delivery recipient, coordinates with the CSS to provide selective access to the inventory item, detects when the inventory item has been removed from within the CSS, and autonomously causes the assembly to move on a return route back to the inventory hub location after removal of the inventory 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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

80.

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

      
Application Number 16351576
Grant Number 11090802
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2021-08-17
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 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
  • B60C 5/00 - Inflatable pneumatic tyres or inner tubes
  • 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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

81.

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 16351579
Grant Number 11491642
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2022-11-08
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  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • 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

82.

Methods of performing a dispatched consumer-to-store logistics operation related to an item being replaced using a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly and a dispatch server

      
Application Number 16351587
Grant Number 11491643
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2022-11-08
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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

83.

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 16351598
Grant Number 11331790
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2022-05-17
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
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • 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

84.

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

      
Application Number 16351604
Grant Number 11117255
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Grant Date 2021-09-14
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  ?

  • 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 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • 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
  • B60Q 5/00 - Arrangement or adaptation of acoustic signal devices
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • 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
  • G06Q 50/28 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
  • H04W 84/20 - Master-slave arrangements

85.

Apparatus, Systems, and Methods for Performing a Dispatched Logistics Operation for a Deliverable Item from a Hold-at-Location Logistics Facility Using a Modular Autonomous Bot Apparatus Assembly, a Dispatch Server and an Enhanced Remotely Actuated Logistics Receptacle Apparatus

      
Application Number 16351619
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

Methods and enhanced apparatus used in such methods are described that a dispatched logistics operation for a deliverable item from a hold-at-location (HAL) logistics facility having a secured storage and using a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly and a dispatch server. The bot apparatus assembly picks up and delivers the item from the HAL facility in response to a delivery dispatch command from the dispatch server. In response, the MAM of the bot verifies compatibility of modular components for the operation, controls receiving of the deliverable item from the secured storage at the HAL facility, then autonomously causes movement to the delivery destination. The MAM notifies the customer before delivery of the approaching delivery, authenticates delivery is to the authorized customer, provides access to the item within the bot apparatus assembly, monitors unloading of the item, then autonomously moves back to the HAL facility.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot

86.

Methods and Systems for Navigating to a Designated Shipping Location as Part of a Multi-Leg Logistics Operations using a Wireless Node Network and Multiple Node-Enabled Autonomous Transport Vehicles in the Network

      
Application Number 16351681
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

Methods and systems are described that use multiple node-enabled autonomous transport vehicles on a single logistics operation having multiple legs performed by different transport vehicles with enhanced transfer of the item being shipped between such vehicles. A first or primary master node on a first node-enabled autonomous transport vehicle detects a signal from the second master node on a second transport vehicle, navigates to the second transport vehicle based on the detected signal and its direction, and may dock in a transfer configuration. At least one item (or a container with an item) is transferred as payload from the first to the second vehicle using one or more object manipulation systems on respective ones of the first and second transport vehicles. The second vehicle then detects a signal from another node, and navigates to that node as another leg in the multi-leg operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • 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 52/32 - TPC of broadcast or control channels
  • G01C 21/34 - Route searching; Route guidance
  • B60P 3/00 - Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot

87.

Methods of Performing a Dispatched Logistics Operation Related to an Item Being Shipped and Using a Modular Autonomous Bot Apparatus Assembly and a Dispatch Server

      
Application Number 16351683
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-03-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-19
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter
  • Mayfield, Frank
  • Gates, Daniel

Abstract

Methods of performing a dispatched logistics operation for delivery/pickup of items using a modular autonomous bot apparatus assembly (with a modular autonomy module, cargo storage system, auxiliary power module, and mobility base) and a dispatch server. The modular autonomy control module receives a dispatch command from the dispatch server and authenticates that each of the modular components in the assembly are compatible with the particular dispatched logistics operation. The bot assembly receives the transported item, autonomously moves from an origin location to a destination per the dispatch command using the mobility base autonomously controlled by the modular autonomy control module, receives authentication input that at least correlates to authentication information in the dispatch comment to allow selective access to the modular cargo storage system of the bot assembly, and then autonomously returns to the origin after the item is detected removed from the cargo storage system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G08G 1/00 - Traffic control systems for road vehicles
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 9/08 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by modular constructions

88.

Systems and methods for geo-staging of sensor data through distributed global (cloud) architecture

      
Application Number 16410702
Grant Number 10993167
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-05-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-12
Grant Date 2021-04-27
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  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 40/18 - Communication route or path selection, e.g. power-based or shortest path routing based on predicted events
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04L 12/725 - Selecting a path with suitable quality of service [QoS]
  • 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
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/70 - Services for machine-to-machine communication [M2M] or machine type communication [MTC]

89.

Systems and methods for enhanced collision avoidance on logistics ground support equipment using multi-sensor detection fusion

      
Application Number 16285542
Grant Number 10761538
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-26
First Publication Date 2019-08-29
Grant Date 2020-09-01
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ball, John E.
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Cagle, Lucas D.
  • Davenport, Collin S.
  • Gafford, James R.
  • Hannis, Tyler J.
  • Hegman, Andrew R.
  • Leclair, Andrew M.
  • Liu, Yucheng
  • Mazzola, Michael S.
  • Mckinney, Howard G.
  • Reza, Tasmia
  • Shi, Jian
  • Wei, Pan
  • Iacomini, Dennison W.

Abstract

Enhanced systems and methods for collision avoidance of a high value asset with reflective beacons around it using multi-sensor data fusion on a mobile industrial vehicle. The system has a sensing processing system with a LiDAR and camera sensors, and a multi-processor module responsive to the different sensors. The sensing processing system fuses the different sensor data to locate the reflective beacons. A model predictive controller on the vehicle determines possible control solutions where each defines a threshold allowable speed for the vehicle at discrete moments based upon an estimated path to a breaching point projected from the reflective beacons, and then identifies an optimal one of the control solutions based upon a performance cost function and associated with an optimal threshold allowable speed. The system has a vehicle actuator configured to respond and alter vehicle movement to avoid a collision when the vehicle exceeds the optimal threshold allowable speed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 7/70 - Methods or arrangements for performing computations using a digital non-denominational number representation, i.e. number representation without radix; Computing devices using combinations of denominational and non-denominational quantity representations using stochastic pulse trains, i.e. randomly occurring pulses the average pulse rates of which represent numbers
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods
  • G06N 5/04 - Inference or reasoning models
  • G01S 17/931 - Lidar systems, specially adapted for specific applications for anti-collision purposes of land vehicles

90.

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

      
Application Number 16394085
Grant Number 10726384
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-25
First Publication Date 2019-08-15
Grant Date 2020-07-28
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 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

91.

Methods and systems for providing sensor data using a sensor web

      
Application Number 16253879
Grant Number 10382885
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-01-22
First Publication Date 2019-05-23
Grant Date 2019-08-13
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ainsworth, Miley
  • Skaaksrud, Ole Petter

Abstract

A system and method for providing sensor data may comprise receiving a request for sensor data, the request including a triggering parameter. Furthermore, the system and method for providing sensor data may comprise searching for information identifying devices that meet the triggering parameter. Devices are selected from a plurality of item tracking devices, where the plurality of item tracking devices correspond to a plurality of items. Moreover, the system and method for providing sensor data may retrieve the requested sensor data that corresponds to the devices that meet the triggering parameter, and return the requested sensor data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • G01D 21/00 - Measuring or testing not otherwise provided for
  • G01D 9/00 - Recording measured values

92.

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

      
Application Number 16220103
Grant Number 10713611
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-12-14
First Publication Date 2019-04-25
Grant Date 2020-07-14
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 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • 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

93.

Power management in wireless tracking device operating with restricted power source

      
Application Number 16051865
Grant Number 10488526
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-08-01
First Publication Date 2019-02-28
Grant Date 2019-11-26
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  ?

94.

Camera mount housing

      
Application Number 29577401
Grant Number D0836701
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-09-13
First Publication Date 2018-12-25
Grant Date 2018-12-25
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Doude, Matthew
  • Leclair, Andrew
  • Bilson, Matthew
  • Morris, Greggory Alan
  • Hesler, Davis Donald

95.

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

      
Application Number 16037132
Grant Number 10686933
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-07-17
First Publication Date 2018-12-20
Grant Date 2020-06-16
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 1/725 - Cordless telephones
  • 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]

96.

Cover plate for a data logger

      
Application Number 29577418
Grant Number D0831031
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-09-13
First Publication Date 2018-10-16
Grant Date 2018-10-16
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Doude, Matthew
  • Leclair, Andrew
  • Bilson, Matthew
  • Morris, Greggory Alan
  • Hesler, Davis Donald

97.

Camera mount housing

      
Application Number 29577406
Grant Number D0831097
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-09-13
First Publication Date 2018-10-16
Grant Date 2018-10-16
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burch, V, Reuben F.
  • Mckinney, Howard
  • Doude, Matthew
  • Leclair, Andrew
  • Bilson, Matthew
  • Morris, Greggory Alan
  • Hesler, Davis Donald

98.

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

      
Application Number 15983383
Grant Number 10304029
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-05-18
First Publication Date 2018-10-11
Grant Date 2019-05-28
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 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading or distribution; Inventory or stock management
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

99.

Expandable corner cushion for protecting articles during transportation and related systems and methods

      
Application Number 15442169
Grant Number 10822152
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-02-24
First Publication Date 2018-08-30
Grant Date 2020-11-03
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kenney, Tyler
  • Edwards, Evan Drake

Abstract

A corner protector for protecting a corner of an article includes a first side panel lying in a first plane, and a second side panel lying in a second plane. The corner protector also includes an accordion-like connection structure interconnecting the first side panel and the second side panel such that inner surfaces of the first and second side panels define an adjustable article receiving cavity therebetween.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65D 81/05 - Containers, packaging elements, or packages, for contents presenting particular transport or storage problems, or adapted to be used for non-packaging purposes after removal of contents specially adapted to protect contents from mechanical damage maintaining contents at spaced relation from package walls, or from other contents
  • B65B 5/04 - Packaging single articles
  • B65B 61/20 - Auxiliary devices, not otherwise provided for, for operating on sheets, blanks, webs, binding material, containers or packages for adding cards, coupons or other inserts to package contents

100.

Methods, apparatus, and systems for enhanced multi-radio container node elements used in a wireless node network

      
Application Number 15962052
Grant Number 10149104
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-04-25
First Publication Date 2018-08-30
Grant Date 2018-12-04
Owner FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Skaaksrud, Ole-Petter

Abstract

Multi-antenna container node implemented methods, apparatus and systems are described that can locate a package ID node within a logistics container and communicate with a master node outside the container. The container node's controller may generate a location control message related to the package ID node and send it to one of the node's transceivers. That transceiver may select different subsets of its antenna elements to receive an inbound wireless signal from the package ID node in response to the location control message, and detect reception information about what was received for each of the subsets before providing that detected reception information to the container node controller. The controller then determines a location of the package ID node relative to the logistics container based upon the detected reception information, and then another separate transceiver of the container node transmits a location determination message to the master node.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04M 11/00 - Telephonic communication systems specially adapted for combination with other electrical systems
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
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