Trimble Navigation Patent Grants

Detecting an underground object

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9581687
In a method of detecting an underground object which is at least partially under a surface of ground, a first view of the object determined by transmitting a first radar signal from a first known geolocation. A second view of the object is determined by transmitting a second radar signal from a second known geolocation. The respective first and second trajectories of the first and second radar signals are oblique with respect to the surface of the ground and the respective first and…

Blended position solutions

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574320
Novel tools and techniques for determining a blended position solution for a vehicle, using data from multiple positioning devices, some of which can be external to the vehicle. Some techniques allow a control system of a vehicle to transition from receiving position data from one positioning device to receiving data from another device without ceasing operation and/or while limiting any resulting discontinuity the position solution (and any resulting work performed by the vehicle) to…

Surveying and target tracking by a network of survey devices

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9518822
A survey device includes a dual-axis position encoder, a video camera coupled, a laser rangefinder, a wireless transceiver, and a processor. The processor is configured to autonomously orient the video camera via the dual-axis position encoder, autonomously identify other survey devices and a target that are within a line-of-sight field-of-view of the video camera, operate the laser rangefinder to determine range to the autonomously identified target and the autonomously identified other…

Method for providing maintenance to an asset

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519876
A method for providing maintenance to an asset is disclosed. In one embodiment, a database having asset information from a plurality of disparate sources is accessed. Asset information in the database is utilized to generate an asset report. The asset report is utilized to track an asset including its location and operation. Scheduling information regarding the asset is utilized such that the manufacturer can provide a scheduled/unscheduled maintenance program for the asset.

Utilizing information about mobile communication devices with respect to an area of interest

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9521517
A method for establishing an approximate number of persons in an area of interest comprises providing a request to one or more communications providers that cover an area of interest. The request is for a listing of any mobile communication devices located within the area of interest. The listing of any mobile communication devices located within the area of interest is utilized to establish an approximate number of persons in the area of interest. In response to receipt of information…

Workflow improvements for stakeout

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9513120
A navigational apparatus includes a visual display, first and second imaging devices, and one or more processors. The first imaging device has an optical axis extending in a first direction and is configured to obtain first image data. The second imaging device has an optical axis extending in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and is configured to obtain second image data. When the visual display is displaying first image data, the one or more…

Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver housing

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: D772737

Tablet computer

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: D772864

Apparatus for verified antispoofing navigation

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9507026
A verified antispoofing navigation apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises: a primary navigation receiver configured to provide a set of primary measurements related to positioning of a mobile platform; a supplemental navigation device configured to provide a set of supplemental measurements related to positioning of the mobile platform; an identity monitoring device configured to verify an identity of a driver of the mobile platform; and a verification and authentication…

Intelligent container

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9507980
An intelligent container apparatus is provided. The intelligent container apparatus comprises a container further comprising a plurality of 3-D cells and an external electronic lock. Each 3-D cell is assigned to store at least one asset including an Asset/ID tag, and at least one asset position sensor. The external electronic lock further comprises: a reader gate; a timing device; a tech/ID authentication system; and a processor. The reader gate is configured to read an Asset/ID tag,…

Integrating position information into a handheld tool

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9510150
In a method of integrating position information including: position data of an object that will be embedded in a material at a worksite is determined. The position data of the object is recorded, in an information management system. The position data is used to update a record at the information management system, where the record indicates that the object is an embedded object and the position data of the object includes a position of the embedded object. The position of the embedded…

Moisture sensing watering system

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9491914
A moisture sensing watering system comprising a central pivot, a water conveyance system, a plurality of wheels, a first at least one moisture sensor coupled with a first wheel, a second at least one moisture sensor coupled with a second wheel, a moisture information converter, and a moisture content provider. The first moisture sensor pierces the ground during each rotation of the first wheel and performs a first moisture sensing as a part of the piercing of the ground. The second…

Laser light reflective target

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9494424
A laser light reflective target that effectively brightens a laser light line being produced by a laser fan beam emitter. The target is placed on a jobsite floor and when two laser fan beams strike the reflective surface of the target, the laser beams appear much brighter than otherwise. The laser fan beams, when properly aimed at a point of interest, will intersect and produce an “X” shaped pattern of light on the target. The target can be used with a laser plumb beam pointer, which…

Incident reporting

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9497581
A system for reporting incidents. A receiver for receiving cellular based communication corresponding to an incident, wherein the cellular based communication comprises an image. An incident location determiner for automatically determining a location of the incident based on the image of the cellular based communication. An incident report generator for generating a report of the incident, the report including the location of the incident.

System and method for tracking objects

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9488466
A system, device and methods are provided for tracking objects, such as shipping containers and other movable items. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting an object based on detection of an object identification tag and detecting a marker during transport of the object, wherein detection of the marker includes determining location data of the marker. The method may further include storing position data for the object based on the location data of the marker, and outputting the…

Locally measured movement smoothing of GNSS position fixes

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9488736
A method of improving position determination of a device using locally measured movement. A first position fix of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver system of a device is accessed. A second position fix of the GNSS receiver system is accessed at a time subsequent to the first position fix. Locally measured device movement information is obtained from at least one sensor, that is in a known physical relationship to the device, for a time period after the first position…

Method and apparatus for detecting interference in design environment

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9489472
The disclosure provides a solution for clash detection in three-dimensional design by allowing multiple members to work on a centrally-located version of the model. The disclosure also provides massively-parallel processing of the design file which enables rapid processing and version control. The model can be maintained at one or more remote servers with significantly higher processing capability. Implementing clash detection on the remote server allows the system to take advantage of…

Methods of extracting 4-band data from a single CCD; methods of generating 4×4 or 3×3 color correction matrices using a single CCD

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9491377
Cameras for capturing an image of an object include a CCD, an optical filter for removing energy of a portion of the spectrum wavelengths, and a ND filter for variable light attenuation. Methods for generating 4-band image data involve obtaining four spectral channels of data using a single CCD and generating 4-band image data. Methods for generating a 4×4 (or a 3×3) color correction matrix involve obtaining four (or three) spectral channels of data with a single CCD and generating the…

Point-to-point measurements using a handheld device

Granted: October 18, 2016
Patent Number: 9470511
A method for performing point-to-point measurements includes (i) determining a distance to a first point and obtaining an image at a first pose, and (ii) determining a distance to a second point and obtaining an image at a second pose. The images have an overlapping portion. A change in pose between the first pose and the second pose is determined using observed changes between common features in the overlapping portion of the images and a scale associated with the images. A distance…

GNSS rover having subscribed precision

Granted: October 18, 2016
Patent Number: 9470798
This application discloses a GNSS rover having a data receiver, a position processor and a vector error reverser. The data receiver receives GNSS position-determination reference data based on a reference erroneous position having one or more keyed intentional errors made confidential with confidential error keys. The position processor uses the GNSS position-determination reference data to determine a rover erroneous position corresponding to the reference erroneous position. The vector…