Trimble Navigation Patent Grants

Providing a real-time shared viewing experience in a three-dimensional modeling environment

Granted: February 20, 2018
Patent Number: 9898852
When multiple users simultaneously view and/or collaboratively develop a three-dimensional (3D) model using respective independent computing devices, one of the participating users may locally modify a viewpoint of the 3D model, and the viewpoint changes are automatically propagated in real-time to the other users. A viewpoint may correspond to a positioning, an orientation, a zoom degree, an angle, etc. of the 3D model as would be provided by a virtual camera trained on the 3D model.…

Point layout system with third transmitter

Granted: January 30, 2018
Patent Number: 9880022
A point layout system is described that identifies points and their coordinates, using laser transmitters that are attached to at least three base units. The laser transmitters rotate about the azimuth and emit vertical laser planes. After being setup using control points, the projection lines of the laser planes will intersect on the floor of a jobsite at any point of interest, under command of the user with a remote unit. Once the first two base units are registered with the virtual…

Changing wireless carriers during a mobile gateway session

Granted: January 23, 2018
Patent Number: 9877357
A first performance measure is determined of an existing data session between a mobile gateway and a cloud gateway via a first wireless carrier. Second performance measures of others of the wireless carriers are determined during the existing data session. Based on the first performance measure and the second performance measures, the existing data session is continued with the cloud gateway via a second of the wireless carriers.

Two way omnidirectional lens

Granted: October 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9797572
An omnidirectional lens is disclosed of the type which captures light from virtually all angles of incidence, and also emits light in all directions. Embodiments are specifically disclosed as a two-way lens that receives light beams from all directions of the compass and directs those light beams to a photosensor. The same two-way lens acts in a “beacon mode” to produce light beams from one or more LEDs, and to emit such light beams (again) in all directions of the compass. The…

Detection of driver behaviors using in-vehicle systems and methods

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9714037
A system includes a motion sensor system configured for deployment in a cab of a vehicle and to generate substantially in real-time a digital mapping of driver movement during operation of the vehicle. A computer is configured for deployment in the cab and coupled to the motion sensor system. A driver behavior detector is coupled to the computer and configured to detect a driver distraction event using the driver movement mapping. A communication device at the vehicle is configured to…

Multi-mode vehicle computing device supporting in-cab and stand-alone operation

Granted: July 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9704310
Techniques involving connecting an in-cab computing device to an onboard computing device mounted in a vehicle. Vehicle-related information may be communicated between the in-cab computing device and onboard computing device while the in-cab computing device is connected to the onboard computing device. Techniques involve facilitating disconnection of the in-cab computing device from the onboard computing device and operating the in-cab computing device in a stand-alone mode, and…

Dynamic application system priming

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: 9661809
In embodiments, an application vehicle includes an application system for applying a product during an agricultural application. The application system (used in conjunction with the application vehicle) includes a priming module that determines a priming location. When the application vehicle is in proximity to the priming location, the priming module primes aspects of the application system so that it is ready to apply the product when the application vehicle reaches a region in which…

Apparatus for direction finding of wireless signals

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9645222
Provided herein is a compact and economical direction finding antenna using a mono-pulse antenna system, where a plurality of antenna elements are disposed in a circular array. The directional antennas may be formed by any type of antenna element, including a patch or reflector. The antenna beams of the directional antenna elements overlap, so that from any azimuthal direction, the point is covered by more than one antenna beam. Signals from each pair of adjacent antenna elements of the…

System for tailoring wireless coverage to a geographic area

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9648502
Provided herein are systems and methods (i.e., utilities) that allow for synthesizing antenna patterns for wireless access points that provide coverage in a wireless network. The utilities utilize various mathematical models to identify antenna settings that enhance coverage of a coverage area.

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

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…