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Inventor:
Fitzgibbon; James J.
Address:
Batavia, IL
No. of patents:
72
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
RE37784 Barrier operator having system for detecting attempted forced entry July 9, 2002
A movable barrier or garage door operator has a barrier drive for moving the movable barrier or garage door between open and closed positions. Motion of the barrier is detected by a tachometer connected to the barrier drive or by upper and lower barrier travel limit switches. A test is m
8284021 Rolling code security system October 9, 2012
A rolling code transmitter is useful in a security system for providing secure encrypted RF transmission comprising an interleaved trinary bit fixed code and rolling code. A receiver demodulates the encrypted RF transmission and recovers the fixed code and rolling code. Upon comparis
8233625 Rolling code security system July 31, 2012
A rolling code transmitter is useful in a security system for providing secure encrypted RF transmission comprising an interleaved trinary bit fixed code and rolling code. A receiver demodulates the encrypted RF transmission and recovers the fixed code and rolling code. Upon comparis
8194856 Rolling code security system June 5, 2012
A rolling code transmitter is useful in a security system for providing secure encrypted RF transmission comprising an interleaved trinary bit fixed code and rolling code. A receiver demodulates the encrypted RF transmission and recovers the fixed code and rolling code. Upon comparis
8175591 Barrier operator system and method using wireless transmission devices May 8, 2012
A system includes a wireless speech transmission device that communicates a wireless transmission of speech representing data in a first protocol via a wireless network. The speech representing data conveys substantially noise-free human speech. A wireless speech communication device
8144011 Alarm system interaction with a movable barrier operator method and apparatus March 27, 2012
A secure communication link (24) is provided between a movable bather operator (23) and a peripheral system (20). Information conveyed via this link is used by one, the other, or both such elements to further inform or direct their respective actions.
8040217 Barrier movement operator communications October 18, 2011
A moveable barrier operator actuates an actuator thereby causing a message to be formed. The message indicates that the user at the moveable barrier operator requires assistance. A communication channel is established between the moveable barrier operator and an assistance center. Th
8030796 System and method for controlling current in a movable barrier operator October 4, 2011
A barrier operator comprises a current limit portion and a barrier operator portion. The current limit portion is coupled to a mains supply and the barrier operator position is coupled to the mains supply and the current limit portion. The barrier operator portion actuates a movable
7994896 System and method for operating a moveable barrier using a loop detector August 9, 2011
A moveable barrier system includes a loop detector for providing an electrical field. The electrical field has an associated base frequency. The base frequency changes when a vehicle enters the loop detector and the loop detector detects this change. A transmitter device is positioned
7876218 Alarm system interaction with a movable barrier operator method and apparatus January 25, 2011
A secure communication link (24) is provided between a movable barrier operator (23) and a peripheral alarm system (20). Information conveyed via this link is used by one, the other, or both such elements to further inform or direct their respective actions.
7872565 Programmer protection method and apparatus for use with a movable barrier operator January 18, 2011
When a movable barrier operator detects (101) a predetermined state with respect to a remote transmitter learning mode, the movable barrier operator can respond by temporarily requiring (103) at least a first programmer protection duration of time to pass before permitting the movabl
7862209 Permanently installed light emitting elements for a barrier operator January 4, 2011
A barrier movement operator controls movement of a movable barrier. The barrier movement operator includes a head unit, including a chassis, for commanding the movable barrier to perform movable barrier functions. A plurality of closely mounted light emitting elements are fixedly mounted
7855634 Barrier movement system including a combined keypad and voice responsive transmitter December 21, 2010
A keypad transmitter for mounting outside a controlled area which may respond to the voice or other biometric indicia of users by transmitting validatable codes to a controller of a barrier movement system. The keypad may be used to send a validatable code or it may be used in a lear
7855475 Movable barrier operator with energy management control and corresponding method December 21, 2010
A movable barrier operator system wherein one or more of the various components of the system is configured to operate selectively in at least either of two operational modes. Each operating mode is characterized by a corresponding energy usage profile. The operational status of the
7786619 DC power backup August 31, 2010
A barrier movement operator with a backup source of DC power is disclosed. The power supply of the barrier movement operator sends current limited DC to the backup which uses the DC to charge a battery. The battery is in circuit at all times with the barrier movement operator power suppl
7755223 Movable barrier operator with energy management control and corresponding method July 13, 2010
A movable barrier operator system wherein one or more of the various components of the system is configured to operate selectively in at least either of two operational modes. Each operating mode is characterized by a corresponding energy usage profile. The operational status of the
7750890 Movable barrier operator system display method and apparatus July 6, 2010
A movable barrier operator system operational component includes an integral display comprising at least one of a numeric display, an alphanumeric display, and a graphics display. The display can comprise an active display or an active interactive display and can further operate in c
7741951 Method and apparatus for a rolling code learning transmitter June 22, 2010
A barrier movement operator system having a receiver for receiving, learning and responding to transmitted rolling code type access codes; at least one trained transmitter for operating the system by transmitting a rolling code type access code to the receiver; at least one learning
7679301 Movable barrier operator auto-force setting method and apparatus March 16, 2010
A movable barrier operator having a motor controller (10) and motor (11) that control selective movement of a movable barrier (12) also has an obstacle detector (14) that utilizes an automatically determined excess force threshold value to permit reliable detection of an obstacle under a
7642895 Garage door operator having thumbprint identification system January 5, 2010
A movable barrier operator having thumbprint identification in either a remote radio frequency transmitter, or a receiver/barrier operator system or both is provided. A control circuit with a non-volatile memory receives thumbprint information from a fingerprint detector device and s
7623663 Rolling code security system November 24, 2009
A rolling code transmitter is useful in a security system for providing secure encrypted RF transmission comprising an interleaved trinary bit fixed code and rolling code. A receiver demodulates the encrypted RF transmission and recovers the fixed code and rolling code. Upon comparis
7610030 Wireless transmit-only apparatus and method October 27, 2009
A wireless transmit-only apparatus (20) has a controller (21) that responds to a user interface 25 by correlating specific user input with a corresponding characterizing transmission parameter(s) as is stored in a memory (35) and by selecting a corresponding resonant device (31 and 32).
7561075 Method and apparatus to facilitate transmission of ternary movable barrier operator information July 14, 2009
Ternary data as corresponds to a movable barrier operator is provided (21) and converted (22) into corresponding binary information. In a preferred approach this comprises converting each ternary trit into a corresponding binary pair. Pursuant to a preferred approach binary bits as corre
7561020 System and method for using operator as a repeater July 14, 2009
A moveable barrier operator that is used as a repeater includes a receiver device having an input, a transmitter device having an output, an apparatus responsive to predetermined signals received by the receiver for controlling the position of a barrier; and a controller. The control
7493726 Barrier movement operator having service reminders February 24, 2009
An electronic service reminder to automatically notify a user as to when and what type of maintenance should be performed on the garage door operator, based on a variety of factors, including time, materials and operating environment. The garage door operator is configured to automat
7492905 Rolling code security system February 17, 2009
A rolling code transmitter is useful in a security system for providing secure encrypted RF transmission comprising an interleaved trinary bit fixed code and rolling code. To provide even greater security, the transmitter is limited in the number of times it may perform a resynchroni
7482923 Alarm system interaction with a movable barrier operator method and apparatus January 27, 2009
A secure communication link (24) is provided between a movable barrier operator (23) and a peripheral alarm system (20). Information conveyed via this link is used by one, the other, or both such elements to further inform or direct their respective actions.
7477147 System and method for actuating a remote control access system January 13, 2009
A system and method of actuating a remote control access system in a motor vehicle non-invasively detects the occurrence of an event involving an actuation of at least one component of a motor vehicle. A control signal is transmitted to a remote control access system as a result of detec
7453351 Delay-based access control apparatus and method November 18, 2008
An access control mechanism such as a movable barrier operator (70) has a first time window unit (72) that is responsive to one or more triggers (71) (such as a delayed-closure button). An event detector (73) then monitors for one or more events of interest during a corresponding first
7429910 Security code learning method and apparatus September 30, 2008
A barrier movement operator is disclosed which learns wirelessly transmitted access codes during a learn mode and subsequently in an operate mode receives wireless transmissions and determines whether action should be taken by consulting the learned access codes. Methods and apparatu
7420347 System and method for using a capacitive door edge sensor September 2, 2008
A system and method for sensing capacitance at the edge of a movable barrier and for detecting an obstruction includes positioning a conductive member within or about a holder. A sensed capacitance between the conductive member and ground. A controller is coupled to the sensor. The c
7345574 Image recognition facilitated movable barrier operations method and apparatus March 18, 2008
A movable barrier operator system (10) having a movable barrier operator (11) and a wireless remote control (13) also has an automatic image recognizer (14) operably coupled to at least one of the preceding elements. In a preferred embodiment this automatic image recognizer comprises
7332999 System and method for operating multiple moveable barrier operators February 19, 2008
A first moveable barrier is actuated by using a first moveable barrier operator. Responsive to the receipt of a signal initiating actuation of the first moveable barrier, a wireless signal is transmitted from the first moveable barrier to a second moveable barrier operator. The signal
7301480 System and method for prioritizing sensors in a barrier operator system November 27, 2007
In a barrier movement operator comprising a controller hard-wire connected to a first safety sensor, it is determined whether a second safety sensor has been wirelessly connected to the controller. When it is determined that the second safety sensor has been wirelessly connected to the
7268681 System and method for actuating a remote control access system September 11, 2007
A system and method of actuating a remote control access system in a motor vehicle non-invasively detects the occurrence of an event involving an actuation of at least one component of a motor vehicle. A control signal is transmitted to a remote control access system as a result of detec
7263802 Barrier movement operator having service reminders September 4, 2007
An electronic service reminder to automatically notify a user as to when and what type of maintenance should be performed on the garage door operator, based on a variety of factors, including time, materials and operating environment. The garage door operator is configured to automat
7262572 System and method for providing a macro for a barrier operator August 28, 2007
A recording of a macro is initiated. A first of a plurality of actions performable by the moveable barrier operator is selected and the first action is associated with the macro. At least a second of the plurality of actions available is selected at the moveable barrier operator and the
7260917 Balance control system for a movable barrier operator August 28, 2007
A balance control system comprises a motor, a transmission system providing connection between the motor and the door and adapted to move the door between a closed position and an open position located above the closed position, a counterbalance system to reduce power required to lift
7230518 Multi-frequency security code transmission and reception June 12, 2007
A system is disclosed including a transmitter and receiver for the communication of security codes which may be validated at the receiver to operate equipment. In one embodiment, the transmitter transmits a security code at two frequencies contemporaneously to the receiver which may
7224275 Movable barrier operators status condition transception apparatus and method May 29, 2007
A movable barrier operator (10) has a wireless status condition data transmitter (15) that wirelessly transmits status condition messages to one or more remote peripherals (20). The latter can in turn use this status information to effect their own functionality and supported feature
7221288 Method and apparatus for using optical signal time-of-flight information to facilitate obstacle May 22, 2007
One or more optical signals (wherein at least some of a plurality of optical signals are at different angles of travel with respect to one another and are directed towards an area comprising a movable barrier-controlled point of passage) create reflections when striking passageway bo
7181174 Wireless transmit-only apparatus and method February 20, 2007
A wireless transmit-only apparatus (20) has a controller (21) that responds to a user interface 25 by correlating specific user input with a corresponding characterizing transmission parameter(s) as is stored in a memory (35) and by selecting a corresponding resonant device (31 and 32).
7174137 Wireless transmit-only apparatus and method February 6, 2007
A wireless transmit-only apparatus (20) can be comprised of a controller (21) that selectively controls which of a plurality of resonant devices (24 and 25) are utilized to influence the transmission carrier frequency of a transmitter (26). In a preferred embodiment at least one of the
7164246 Movable barrier operator January 16, 2007
A movable barrier operator having an electrical motor responsive to control signals for moving the barrier, a controller to control the barrier movements, and two command apparatuses for generating command inputs, which command apparatuses are located remotely from each other. The fi
7161319 Movable barrier operator having serial data communication January 9, 2007
A wall control unit for a movable barrier operator sends baseband signals over a wire connection to a head unit of a movable barrier operator to command the movable barrier to perform barrier operator functions. The wall control unit has a wall control unit port for connection to the wir
7138912 Movable barrier operations method and apparatus November 21, 2006
Movement of a movable barrier (10) such as, for example, a vertically-dropping fire door, can be controlled in an informed manner and with greater flexibility regarding the manner of movement via, in one embodiment, use of a motor (20) as a generator to resist the downward movement o
7127847 Barrier movement control safety method and apparatus October 31, 2006
A barrier mount system is disclosed which opens and closes a barrier such as a gate or garage door in response to user generated commands. Obstruction detection apparatus is provided for safety of operator. When an obstruction is sensed, the barrier movement system is inhibited from
7071850 Method and apparatus to facilitate transmission of ternary movable barrier operator information July 4, 2006
Ternary data as corresponds to a movable barrier operator is provided (21) and converted (22) into corresponding binary information. In a preferred approach this comprises converting each ternary trit into a corresponding binary pair. Pursuant to a preferred approach binary bits as corre
7071813 Status signal method and apparatus for movable barrier operator and corresponding wireless remot July 4, 2006
A movable barrier operator (11) transmits status signals from time to time to reflect its own operational states. A corresponding wireless remote control apparatus (14) receives such status signals and used the informational content of such status signals to effect a variety of autom
7057547 Mounted remote control unit with plug-in module interface June 6, 2006
A fixed position remote control unit 20 as used with a movable barrier operator 11 has an externally accessible plug-in module interface 25. This interface 25 operably couples to the link 23 and 24 between the remote control unit 20 and the operator 11. So configured, a plug-in modul
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