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Sensor for barrier

Methods and systems are described for determining operation of an openable barrier into a building. A method for determining a state of a barrier includes identifying, based at least in part on a barrier sensor, a first position of the barrier. ... Vivint Inc

Pushing video to panels and sending metadata tag to cloud

Methods and systems are described for storing and accessing video content collected by a home automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for accessing video content collected by a home automation system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to receive metadata about a recorded event from a cloud storage, request video content of the recorded event based on the metadata, and receive at least some of the video content from a controller of the home automation system.. ... Vivint Inc

Thermostat with downcast light

A device having indirect visual indicators to communicate information about states of operation is disclosed herein. The visual indicators may output a visual indication based on operational states of the device or other systems associated with the device. ... Vivint Inc

Techniques for identifying and indexing distinguishing features in a video feed

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving a plurality of video footage at a home automation system from at least one video monitor. ... Vivint Inc

Hvac ventilation air flow powered smart vent

Techniques are described for generating power from airflow powered smart vents associated with security and automation systems. One method includes monitoring a rate of airflow through an air vent in a centralized heating and cooling system, generating, at a sensor at the air vent, power based at least in part on the rate of airflow through the air vent, storing the generated power in the sensor at the air vent, providing the stored power to one or more motors associated with the sensor at the air vent, and utilizing the stored power to perform communication between the sensor at the air vent and a control panel of the home automation system, wherein the control panel is located at a location different from a location of the sensor.. ... Vivint Inc

Link-server caching

A computer system for optimizing bandwidth usage within a cloud storage system identifies distinct requests to access a particular digital file. When the number of requests exceeds a threshold, the computer system queries a remote directory server for the particular digital file. ... Vivint Inc

Simultaneous channel switching within a mesh network

A computer-implemented method for channel switching in a mesh network is described. In one embodiment, a beacon is sent. ... Vivint Inc

Data-connection aggregation

A method for security and/or automation systems is disclosed. The method may include identifying data being transmitted over a wired data-connection and parsing the identified data into two or more parts. ... Vivint Inc

One-time access to an automation system

Methods and systems are described for managing one-time access to an automation system. According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to grant a user access to an automation is described. ... Vivint Inc

Home automation via voice control

Methods and systems are described for setting operation rules for use in controlling aspects of a home automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for establishing operation rules in a home automation system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by the processor to receive a spoken command having a plurality of rule setting terms, establish at least one operation rule for the home automation system based on the spoken command, and store the at least one operation rule for later use by the home automation system.. ... Vivint Inc

Using hard drive on panels for data storage

Methods and systems are described for controlling an automation and security system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for data storage in an automation and security system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. ... Vivint Inc

Techniques to extend a doorbell chime

Methods, systems, and devices for security and/or automation systems are described. In some embodiments, the methods may include detecting an input at a doorbell, and communicating the detected input to a doorbell signal generating component associated with the doorbell based at least in part on the detecting. ... Vivint Inc

Techniques for securing a dropspot

Methods and systems are described for enabling secure access using a security and/or automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for enabling secure access using a security and/or automation system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to determine information regarding a service associated with a premises, detect a service personnel associated with the service arriving at the premises; unarm a designated area within the premises and verify that a remaining area within the premises is armed, and provide instructions to the service personnel regarding how to access the designated area within the premises.. ... Vivint Inc

Methods for providing notifications for follow-up actions in response to events detected by an automation system, and systems and devices related thereto

An automation system may include a control panel monitoring one more automation system components. When an event is detected at an automation system component, the control panel may automatically access a local or remote data source and identify procedures to be implemented in response to the event. ... Vivint Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146036

System and methods for secure data storage

A computer-implemented method for secure data storage is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving data at a receiver. ... Vivint Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139822

Identity-based environment adjusting techniques

A method, apparatus, and system for security and/or automation systems, for adjusting a home environment. Some method embodiments involving a lighting system may include receiving data relating to an occupant of a home from a sensor, analyzing the data, identifying the occupant based at least in part on the analyzing, and initiating an adjustment of the lighting system based at least in part on the identifying. ... Vivint Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139069

Rule-based graphical conversational user interface for security and automation system

A method including determining an occupancy state of a building relating to a user, detecting a condition of a component of the security and/or automation system associated with the home, displaying, based at least in part on the determined occupancy state of the user and the detected condition of the component, a message related to the user on a graphical conversational user interface (“g-cui”). The message include a request for permission from the user to initiate a change associated with the component of the system. ... Vivint Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129885

Enhanced doorbell camera interactions

Techniques are described for enhanced interactions for a security automation system using a doorbell camera. One method includes detecting, by the doorbell camera, an object located within a pre-determined distance from the doorbell camera; identifying, by the doorbell camera, a suggested security action for the security and automation system to perform based at least in part on the detecting; transmitting the suggested action to the security and automation system based at least in part on the identifying; and transmitting, in response to identifying the suggested security action, a message to a user associated with the security automation system regarding the suggested security action.. ... Vivint Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124450

Set top box automation

A computer-implemented method for integration of a set top box and an automation system is described. In one configuration, subscriber program content is provided. ... Vivint Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124188

Dynamically addressable network services

A computer system for optimizing bandwidth usage by directly linking two remote devices requests, from a local network gateway, a network port assignment for a services management component within a local network. The system also receives, at the services management component, a network connection directed towards the assigned network port. ... Vivint Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121285

Segmented cloud storage

A computer system for optimizing bandwidth usage within a cloud storage system receives a request, through an application program interface (api), to store a digital file. The computer system then encodes the digital file into a set of multiple distinct blocks of data. ... Vivint Inc

04/12/18 / #20180102045

False alarm reduction

Techniques are described for reducing false alarms related to security and automation systems. One method includes receiving a request to activate a security function associated with a automation system, initiating a first security duration after a predetermined time associated with the received request, detecting an occurrence of an event associated with the automation system during the first security duration, initiating a second security duration based on the detecting, and broadcasting a message requesting authentication credentials at a location of the automation system during the second security duration.. ... Vivint Inc

04/12/18 / #20180102037

Security system tracking of remote items using reduced power

A mobile tracking unit includes a controller having a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. The instructions are executable by the processor to communicate with a control unit of an automation and security system, determine a position of the mobile tracking unit relative to a base station using a low power location module, and communicate the position of the mobile tracking unit to at least one of the base station and a control unit of the automation and security system. ... Vivint Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098236

Bandwidth estimation based on location in a wireless network

Methods, systems, and devices are described that are directed to estimating the bandwidth at a particular location in a wireless mesh network. In some embodiments, a performance determination apparatus includes a signal receiver module, a location module, a signal analysis module, a report module, and a placement module. ... Vivint Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096571

Security system providing a localized humanly-perceivable alert for identifying a facility to emergency personnel

The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for guiding emergency personnel to a location in a facility proximate to an alarm that has been generated. In one aspect, a method may include detecting an alarm condition at a facility protected by a security system and determining a location at the facility of the alarm condition. ... Vivint Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096548

Smart doorman

An automation system may include a smart doorman. The system may observe one or more guests to a residence, predict a user profile associated with the guest, and invite an administrator of the automation system to create the suggested profile of the guest. ... Vivint Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068114

Automated script

A device may require one or more updates to its software. However, the device may be inaccessible due to a variety of circumstances. ... Vivint Inc

03/08/18 / #20180066863

Identification-based automation

A method for an automation system is described. In one embodiment, the method includes identifying a unique beacon identifier from at least one beacon located relative to one or more areas of a premises, determining a location of a first user relative to the one or more areas, querying first user automation preferences relative to the determined location, and initiating a modification of the automation system based at least in part on the first user automation preferences. ... Vivint Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047230

Automatic system access using facial recognition

Methods and systems are described for automatic system access using facial recognition. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for automatic system access using facial recognition includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to identify faces of a plurality of persons relative to a premises, and determine, based at least in part on the identifying, a first person from the plurality of persons satisfies a frequent occupant threshold. ... Vivint Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047227

Authentication for keyless building entry

Systems and methods for controlling access to a building associated with a security and/or automation system may include detecting a presence of at least one person positioned proximate an entry to the building, collecting one or more biometric identifiers from the at least one person, identifying one or more devices within a predetermined proximity of the entry to the building, and granting the person access to the building based at least in part on the collecting and the identifying.. . ... Vivint Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046864

Sonic sensing

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving image data associated with an area via an image sensor, receiving sound data associated with an object via an audio sensor, analyzing the image data in relation to the sound data, detecting an object's presence based at least in part on the analyzing, and identifying at least one characteristic relating to the object based at least in part on the detecting.. ... Vivint Inc

02/15/18 / #20180044988

Lift systems and devices

The present disclosure is directed to a ladder guide device. A guide device may include at least one hook configured to couple to a ladder. ... Vivint Inc

02/01/18 / #20180028126

Systems and methods for measuring calorie intake

Systems and methods for measuring calorie input are described. A calorie measure may be maintained. ... Vivint Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027126

Panel control over broadband

Systems and methods for communicating between components of a security and/or automation system include establishing a two-way call between a control panel and a central station of the security and/or automation system using a voice over internet protocol (voip) channel connection, and after establishing the two-way call, communicating data between the central station and the control panel via a central station of the security and/or automation system via a second connection different from the voip channel connection, the data being related to control of the control panel.. . ... Vivint Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027095

Communications protocol

The disclosure may relate to a communications protocol between a mobile device and a control panel, or a mobile device and a server associated with the automation system. The communication protocol may reduce a size of data transferred between the mobile device and control panel ensuring the user does not experience latency on their mobile device, a large bill from their wireless broadband provider, and also does not miss important update or the like from the automation system. ... Vivint Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026977

Integrated system component and electronic device

A computer-implemented method for implementing an integrated device includes operating a component of a security and/or automation system, wherein the component is housed with an electronic device that is connected to electrical wiring of a building, communicating between the component and a control panel of the security and/or automation system, and providing power to the component and the electronic device through the electrical wiring.. . ... Vivint Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025616

Methods and system for providing an alarm trigger bypass

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving, at a home automation system, data from a detachable broadcasting device indicating an authenticated biosignature, the biosignature being authenticated at the detachable broadcasting device, and the biosignature being associated with an animate object or a mobile inanimate object. ... Vivint Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025300

Methods for prompting a user to use enhanced automation system features, and systems and devices related thereto

A control panel is used to control and/or monitor an automation system. The automation system may also be used in connection with one or more enhanced services, such as a remote access service. ... Vivint Inc

01/25/18 / #20180023834

Efficient management of indoor conditions

The present disclosure relates to efficiently managing indoor conditions. Efficient management comprises opening barriers to openings to a building to reduce the use of a heating, ventilation and cooling (hvac) system. ... Vivint Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013573

Node directed multicast traffic management systems and methods for mesh networks

Systems and related methods include node directed management of multicast traffic within a wireless mesh network. A wireless mesh network may include a plurality of mesh nodes and a central server in communication with at least one of the mesh nodes of the plurality of mesh nodes. ... Vivint Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005514

Smart stay day

In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation systems, may offer a user the peace of mind of having an automation system active while the user is present in a residence. False alarms may become costly to both the user of the automation system and to emergency responders using resources to respond to the false alarms. ... Vivint Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366420

Systems and methods for monitoring globally distributed remote storage devices

Methods and systems are described for remotely monitoring a plurality of distributed remote storage devices. An example computer implemented method includes locally collecting monitoring data for one of the plurality of distributed remote storage devices, and periodically sending at least one of an aggregate of the locally recorded monitoring data and a summary of the locally recorded monitoring data to a remote location. ... Vivint Inc

12/14/17 / #20170355076

Package delivery techniques

Methods and systems are described for communicating action instructions between a home automation system and a mobile robotic device. In some embodiments, methods may comprise receiving, from a first device, information regarding a delivery of a package to a first location, determining that a mobile robotic device and the first device are part of a predetermined group of devices operating in a neighborhood network, transporting, by the mobile robotic device, the package to a drop-off location, and initiating a notification for the first device based at least in part on transporting the package.. ... Vivint Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353322

Remote talk down to panel, camera and speaker

Methods and systems are described for storing video content collected by a home automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for accessing video content collected by a home automation system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to receive at a remote device live video content from a camera of the home automation system, and initiate real-time, two-way audio communication between the remote device and a user of the home automation system via the camera.. ... Vivint Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345267

System and methods for correlating sound events to security and/or automation system operations

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include detecting a first sound event at a home entry point using one or more sensors. ... Vivint Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339500

Managing audio output through an intermediary

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for managing audio output through an intermediary. In some embodiments, an audio controller emulates a direct connection between an audio source device and an audio output device. ... Vivint Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337805

Networked security cameras and automation

Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, methods may include obtaining data from a first sensor at a first location, receiving identification data related to a person or an event at the first location; comparing the obtained data with the identification data, adjusting a first security action at the first location based at least in part on comparing the received data with the obtained data, and transmitting information to a second sensor at a second location different from the first location based at least in part on the determining, the second sensor being part of a predetermined group of devices.. ... Vivint Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337791

Drone enabled street watch

Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, methods may include receiving, from a first device, a request to capture data during an identified time period at a first location, determining that a mobile camera device and the first device are part of a predetermined group of devices operating in a neighborhood network, capturing the data using the mobile camera device at the first location, and transmitting the data to the first device. ... Vivint Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337790

Street watch

Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, methods may include receiving, from a first device at a first location, a request to access data associated with a time period from a second device at a second location, the data comprising at least one of audio data, visual data, or a combination thereof, receiving, from the first device, a category associated with the request, identifying a first set of data associated with the time period, the identified first set of data based at least in part on the request and the category, and automatically transmitting the first set of data to the first device based at least in part on the category.. ... Vivint Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331428

Solar module covers

The present disclosure is directed to solar module covers. A device may include a first surface and a second, opposite surface configured to be positioned proximate at least one solar module and contact at least one of a frame of the at least one solar module and a roof. ... Vivint Inc

11/09/17 / #20170324577

Smart vacation

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In some embodiments, the method may include detecting departure data relating to at least one of an occupant and a premises, identifying a likelihood of an absence in relation to the premises based at least in part on the departure data, and sending a confirmation request based at least in part on the identifying for the occupant associated with the premises to confirm the absence. ... Vivint Inc

11/09/17 / #20170323596

White or off-white hidden display apparatus, system, and method

A hidden display apparatus, system, and method. A display apparatus embodiment may include a face layer and a projection layer, with the projection layer positioned behind the face layer. ... Vivint Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308758

Entity detection

A computer-implemented method for entity detection is described. In one embodiment, an entity passing through a perimeter of a predefined area is detected via a camera. ... Vivint Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295476

Family member tracking

A method for security/automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving, at an automation system, an instruction from a first user, the instruction including a request for a location of one or more second users; analyzing, at the automation system, one or more location parameters associated with the automation system based at least in part on the request; determining, at the automation system, the location of the one or more second users based at least in part on the analyzed one or more location parameters; and communicating, from the automation system, the location of the one or more second users to the first user based at least in part on the determining.. ... Vivint Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294097

Automated nap mode

A method for a nap mode in a security/automation system is described. In one embodiment, the method may include detecting a trigger for a nap mode of a home automation system and upon detecting the nap mode trigger, activating the nap mode of the home automation system.. ... Vivint Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294096

Event based monitoring of a person

In some instances, a person may need monitoring. The monitoring may be based on age, or on other factors such as abilities and functionality. ... Vivint Inc

10/12/17 / #20170292893

Water leak detection

Systems and methods for detecting water leaks using a security and/or automation system includes receiving total water usage data for a home, receiving water usage data for known sources in the home, receiving occupancy data for at least one occupant in the home, and determining a water leak based at least in part on the total water usage data, water usage data for known sources, and occupancy data.. . ... Vivint Inc

10/05/17 / #20170288893

Identification graph theory

Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, these may include detecting a presence of a person at a location; determine a first identification datum associated with the person; calculating a first probability of identification based at least in part on the first identification datum; determining an identity of the person based at least in part on the first probability; and initiating an action based at least in part on the determined identity.. ... Vivint Inc

10/05/17 / #20170287471

Systems and methods for personifying communications

Systems and methods are described for personifying communications. According to at least one embodiment, the computer-implemented method for personifying a natural-language communication includes observing a linguistic pattern of a user. ... Vivint Inc

10/05/17 / #20170287296

Home automation communication system

A method for security and/or automation systems, comprising determining a presence of a first occupant in a first room at a predefined location, the first room communicatively coupled to a first electronic device capable of receiving input; receiving a request for communication with the first occupant by a remote computer system; sending a response to the request for communication with the first occupant; and establishing a communications link between the first electronic device and the remote computer system.. . ... Vivint Inc

10/05/17 / #20170287241

Smart door lock

In some embodiments, systems, methods, and techniques relating to security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation systems, may include determining a presence of a first device proximate at least one entry to a location, obtaining information related to an identification of an entity associated with the at least one device, authenticating the first device, the authenticating based at least in part on obtaining information related to the identification, and taking an action based at least in part on determining the authenticity.. . ... Vivint Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279721

Wired data-connection aggregation

According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to transmit data is described. The data being transmitted over a wired data-connection may be identified. ... Vivint Inc

09/28/17 / #20170278369

Home automation communication system

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving occupancy data associated with a home. ... Vivint Inc

09/28/17 / #20170278363

Emergency doorbell communicator

Systems, apparatuses, and methods relating to security and/or automation systems are described. In one embodiment, a method may include determining an emergency condition at a structure, detecting a user such as an emergency responder at a boundary of the structure, determining a characteristic of the user at the boundary, and communicating information to the user at the boundary based at least in part on the determined emergency condition and the determined user characteristic. ... Vivint Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264544

Systems and methods for centrally-assisted distributed hash table

Methods and systems are described managing module for locating a target storage device among a plurality of storage devices connected via a network. A computer implemented method includes sending registration information to a central directory, wherein the registration information includes at least an address of one of the plurality of storage devices, and the central directory stores the registration information in a registry. ... Vivint Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263086

Techniques to extend a doorbell chime

Methods, systems, and devices for security and/or automation systems are described. In some embodiments, the methods may include detecting an input at a doorbell, and communicating the detected input to a doorbell signal generating component associated with the doorbell based at least in part on the detecting. ... Vivint Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258686

Smart pill box and medical compliance monitoring

Methods and systems are described for monitoring medication use with a home automation system. An example medication monitoring system includes a medication storage device, a proximity device, and a dispenser module. ... Vivint Inc

08/31/17 / #20170246739

Smart home robot assistant

Methods and systems are described for robot transportation of objects into or out of a home automation system. One example may include determining, by a mobile robotic device, that an object is available to cross a boundary of the home automation system. ... Vivint Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245344

Identity-based environment adjusting techniques

A method, apparatus, and system for security and/or automation systems, for adjusting a home environment. Some method embodiments involving a lighting system may include receiving data relating to an occupant of a home from a sensor, analyzing the data, identifying the occupant based at least in part on the analyzing, and initiating an adjustment of the lighting system based at least in part on the identifying. ... Vivint Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245125

Event triggered messaging

Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, these may include a first user recording a message and the message being broadcast or conveyed to a second user based on the second user's identity and/or location and/or a relevant time of recording or broadcasting, among other things. ... Vivint Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245124

Event triggered messaging

Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, these may include a first user recording a message and the message being broadcast or conveyed to a second user based on the second user's identity and/or location and/or a relevant time of recording or broadcasting, among other things. ... Vivint Inc

08/24/17 / #20170243454

Dynamic linking of security systems

The present disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for dynamically linking a first security system and a second security system. A method may include selectively linking a first security system and a second security system based on one or more link conditions. ... Vivint Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238285

Simultaneous channel switching within a mesh network

A computer-implemented method for channel switching in a mesh network is described. In one embodiment, a beacon is sent. ... Vivint Inc

08/17/17 / #20170237577

Using a control panel as a wireless access point

A method for providing wireless access to one or more wireless devices using an automation system control panel is described. In one embodiment, a communication link is established between an automation system control panel and one or more automation components. ... Vivint Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236193

Integrated secure delivery

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method includes integrating, via a processor of a first computing device, a secure delivery option in relation to a checkout interface of a point of sale (pos) system. ... Vivint Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236009

Automated camera stitching

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include detecting, via a first camera at a premises, an object, identifying a first set of images of the object among multiple images captured by the first camera, identifying a second set of images of the object among multiple images captured by a second camera, and generating at least one of a single image file and a single video file from a sequence of images comprising one or more of the first set of images and one or more of the second set of images.. ... Vivint Inc

08/10/17 / #20170227977

Projecting terminal power supply

An assembly, method, apparatus, and system for supplying power to security, life safety, information technology, and/or automation system components is disclosed. Some embodiments may include a power supply with a projecting terminal and a cable having a first end with an electrical contact surface for contacting a power transmitting surface of the projecting terminal to establish an electrical connection, so that a first end housing portion surrounds the electrical contact surface and at least partially covers the projecting terminal. ... Vivint Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220872

Enhanced doorbell camera interactions

Techniques are described for enhanced interactions for a security automation system using a doorbell camera. One method includes detecting, by the doorbell camera, that a person is located within a distance threshold to an entry of a structure based on received sensor data; identifying, by the doorbell camera, a suggested security action for the security and automation system to perform based on the detecting; transmitting the suggested action to the security and automation system based on the identifying; and broadcasting, via the doorbell camera, in response to the transmitting a message to the person located within the distance threshold.. ... Vivint Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220242

Home security system with touch-sensitive control panel

A security system includes a control panel and sensors for monitoring conditions related to the security of a residential or commercial location. The control panel communicates with the sensors and displays information related to the operation of the security system. ... Vivint Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214692

Relayed network access control systems and methods

A computer system for authenticating and managing network traffic may comprise a network link providing a connection to a network, an authentication, authorization, and accounting (aaa) server configured to provide aaa management for the network link, an access controller configured to communicate with the aaa server and to control access to the network link, and a subnetwork of client devices connected to an intermediate relay node. The client devices may be configured to communicate with the access controller and the network link through the intermediate relay node. ... Vivint Inc

07/27/17 / #20170213088

Input at indoor camera to determine privacy

The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing automatic, adaptive privacy for security and/or automation systems. In some embodiments, the method may include operating a plurality of video monitoring components of the security and/or automation system, and detecting a first occupant in a location associated with the security and/or automation system. ... Vivint Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212688

Using hard drive on panels for data storage

Methods and systems are described for controlling an automation and security system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for data storage in an automation and security system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. ... Vivint Inc

07/27/17 / #20170211838

Image based hvac

Methods and systems for image based hvac control are described. In one embodiments, the systems and methods include detecting a presence of a person that satisfies a predetermined age criteria in a first room of a premises, determining a current temperature of the first room, determining a temperature setting associated with the first room, and adjusting one or more aspects of a heating ventilation and air conditioning (hvac) system based on the presence of the person in the first room of the premises.. ... Vivint Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206928

Adaptive video playback

Methods and systems for routing messages are described. In one embodiment, the method includes monitoring a security system of a premises, identifying a video file captured by the security system of the premises, determining one or more aspects of the video file, selecting a first playback speed based on the determined one or more aspects of the video file, and playing the video file at the first playback speed. ... Vivint Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206769

Security system with earthquake detection

The present disclosure relates to approaches for detecting and monitoring for earthquakes using a control unit of a security system. A security system may include a plurality of sensors that detect alarm conditions and send alarm condition messages to a control unit for the security system. ... Vivint Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206767

Sleep state monitoring

A method for operating a security and/or automation system is described. A sensor may identify when a first person is in a sleep state. ... Vivint Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206766

Occupancy-targeted baby monitoring

The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for security and/or automation systems. The methods may include detecting an event in a home associated with a first occupant of the home, and identifying a presence of a second occupant in the home. ... Vivint Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195636

Home automation system-initiated calls

Methods, apparatuses, and techniques for security and/or automation systems are described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving a call initiation instruction at a video monitoring component of a home automation system. ... Vivint Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195625

Home automation system-initiated calls

Methods, apparatuses, and techniques for security and/or automation systems are described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving a call initiation instruction at a video monitoring component of a home automation system. ... Vivint Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193798

Refuse removal reminders

According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to communicate refuse reminders to a user of an automation system is disclosed. A proximity of at least one refuse bin to a base station may be detected at a predetermined time period prior to the refuse removal day using one or more sensors. ... Vivint Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193720

Guest mode access

The present disclosure relates to a method for security and/or automation systems. In some embodiments, the method may include receiving a reservation request for a reservation at a building from a guest. ... Vivint Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181151

Narrow beam mesh network

Methods, apparatuses, and systems relating to narrow beam communications and wireless networking are disclosed. Exemplary methods for wireless networking and communications may include identifying a geographic area, receiving topography data related to the geographic area, analyzing the topography data, identifying a first line of sight path related to a first access point location and one or more customer premises device locations based at least in part on the analyzing, and identifying a second line of sight path based at least in part on a predetermined amount.. ... Vivint Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178489

Keypad projection

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include detecting a proximity of a user at a home automation device. ... Vivint Inc

06/08/17 / #20170159952

Alarm-clock triggered systems

In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation systems, may offer a user the comforts of automatically controlling hvac settings based at least in part on an alarm. The automation system may provide automatically meet desired hvac conditions at select times and provide a more comfortable living situation. ... Vivint Inc

06/08/17 / #20170156608

Monitoring baby physical characteristics

The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for monitoring baby physical characteristics. In some embodiments, the method may include projecting light from a video monitoring system toward a monitored user, and detecting a heart rate of the monitored user at the video monitoring system based at least in part on detecting the projected light. ... Vivint Inc

06/08/17 / #20170156274

System and methods for providing remote irrigation system operation

The present disclosure relates systems and methods for providing remote irrigation system operation. In any embodiment, the method for a home automation system may include coupling an irrigation control bypass module with a legacy irrigation control panel associated with a legacy irrigation automation system. ... Vivint Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142114

Anti-takeover systems and methods for network attached peripherals

Methods, systems, and devices are described for the prevention of network peripheral takeover activity. Peripheral devices may implement an anti-takeover mechanism limiting the number of available device command classes when certain handshake and verification requirements are not met. ... Vivint Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134965

Mesh network adjustment

Methods, apparatuses, and systems relating to narrow beam communications and wireless networking are disclosed. Exemplary methods for wireless networking and communications may include identifying a geographic area, receiving location data relating to the geographic area, receiving network performance data, analyzing the location data and the network performance data, identifying a first access point in the geographic area based at least in part on the analyzing, and adjusting a narrow beam communication device a predetermined amount relating to the first access point based at least in part on the analyzing.. ... Vivint Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134698

Video composite techniques

A method for a security and/or automation system is described. The method may include receiving, from a first camera in a first location, a first video; receiving, from a second camera in a second location, a second video; analyzing at least one of the first video and the second video; and combining the first video and the second video into a composite video based at least in part on the analyzing; an transmitting the composite video.. ... Vivint Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134595

Automated image album

In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems may offer users automated generation of shared albums among individuals relating to one or more events. The individuals may be known individuals or unknown individuals. ... Vivint Inc

04/27/17 / #20170116835

Anti-theft doorbell camera

In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation system, may provide deterrents to the illicit acquisition of a device unique to the automation system. The system may enable a device to self-detect when the device is either stolen and/or the potential victim of hacking. ... Vivint Inc

04/27/17 / #20170116833

Active infrared sensor

Methods and systems are described for monitoring a monitored space. An example computer-implemented method for monitoring a monitored space includes periodically emitting with an active infrared sensor a modulated infrared signal into a monitored space being monitored by a home automation system, receiving with the active infrared sensor the modulated infrared signals reflected from objects in the monitored space, and determining at least one of whether a number of objects in the monitored space have changed and whether any of the objects are moving.. ... Vivint Inc

04/27/17 / #20170116460

Solar photovoltaic measurement

A solar power measurement method is provided. A method may include determining an azimuth of a reference roof edge relative to an orientation of an aerial image of a structure. ... Vivint Inc

04/27/17 / #20170112079

Method and system for managing an irrigation schedule

A method for managing an irrigation schedule is described. Data related to soil at a location may be received from a first sensor by way of a first wireless communication. ... Vivint Inc

04/20/17 / #20170111787

Secure key fob

Systems, apparatuses, and methods relating to operating a security system are described. In one embodiment a method may include receiving at a receiving unit a protected signal sent from a portable transmitter, the receiving unit in communication with a security system panel, assessing at least one characteristic of the protected signal, modifying at least one characteristic of the protected signal based at least in part on the assessing, and comparing the protected signal to a stored signal after the modifying.. ... Vivint Inc

04/20/17 / #20170111301

Client side queue sharding

Methods and systems for routing messages are described. In one embodiment, the method includes generating a plurality of message exchanges of a message broker, generating a plurality of message queues of the message broker, and generating a first queue shard of a plurality of queue shards. ... Vivint Inc

04/20/17 / #20170109998

Mobile supported disarming

In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, hereinafter referred to as automation systems, may enable a user to deactivate a security portion of an automation system using a mobile device. An automation system may detect the presence of an authorized mobile device which may modify a status of at least one component of the automation system. ... Vivint Inc

04/20/17 / #20170109985

Proximity based security monitoring

In one embodiment, a method to monitor a proximity of an item within the confines of an automation system is described. The method may comprise setting one or more monitoring thresholds for an item. ... Vivint Inc

04/20/17 / #20170109984

Adjustable movement detection doorbell

Systems, apparatuses, and methods relating to security system and automation monitoring are described. In one embodiment a method may include receiving motion detection data via an electrical signal, analyzing the motion detection data based at least in part on a first parameter, identifying a movement of an object based at least in part on the analyzing, and adjusting one or more light emitting diodes based at least in part on the identifying.. ... Vivint Inc

04/20/17 / #20170109983

System and methods for correlating sound events to security and/or automation system operations

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include detecting a first sound event at a home entry point using one or more sensors. ... Vivint Inc

04/20/17 / #20170109518

Secure unlock of a device

A control panel may prevent access to one or more aspects of the control panel based at least in part on one or more security parameters. The security parameters may include a default locked status and a takeover locked status. ... Vivint Inc

03/30/17 / #20170094530

Uav network design

Methods, apparatuses, and systems relating to drone-assisted mesh network design are disclosed. Exemplary methods for wireless networking and communications may include identifying a geographic area, receiving topographic data obtained by an unmanned air vehicle at a first predetermined height, the topographic data relating to the geographic area, analyzing the topographic data to identify one or more characteristics, determining a location relating to a first wireless network device based at least in part on the analyzing, and determining one or more locations each relating to one or more other wireless network devices within the geographic area based at least in part on the location relating to the first wireless network device.. ... Vivint Inc

03/30/17 / #20170089713

Security system with traffic monitoring

The present disclosure relates to approaches for providing real time traffic information to a user using a control panel of a building automation system. The control panel includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory that are executable by the processor to couple the control panel to at least one of a sensor and a controller of the building automation system, receive traffic data for a geographic area associated with the control panel, and generate at least one audible notification to communicate the traffic data to a user through the control panel.. ... Vivint Inc

03/23/17 / #20170084145

Verifying occupancy of a building

A method for detecting occupancy of a building is described. In one embodiment, the method includes using a microphone to monitor for sounds at a building, detecting a sound via the microphone, and determining whether the sound is made by a human or made by an animal. ... Vivint Inc

03/23/17 / #20170084144

Magnetic hinge sensor for barrier

Methods and systems are described for determining operation of an openable barrier into a building. A method for determining an open state of a barrier may include identifying a first position for the barrier, the barrier having at least one hinge and a hinge sensor magnetically mounted to the at least one hinge. ... Vivint Inc

03/16/17 / #20170077866

Solar module mounting

Embodiments of the present disclosure are related to solar module mounting systems. A system may include an adhesion sheet configured to be secured to a roof of a structure via an adhesive. ... Vivint Inc

03/09/17 / #20170068807

Interface of an automation system

According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to interface with an automation system is disclosed. One or more activation parameters and deactivation parameters may be identified associated with a mobile control panel. ... Vivint Inc

03/02/17 / #20170061750

Home automation communication system

A method for security and/or automation systems, comprising determining a presence of a first occupant in a first room at a predefined location, the first room communicatively coupled to a first electronic device capable of receiving input; receiving a request for communication with the first occupant by a remote computer system; sending a response to the request for communication with the first occupant; and establishing a communications link between the first electronic device and the remote computer system.. . ... Vivint Inc

02/23/17 / #20170054944

Managing telephonic communications

According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to manage incoming communications is described. An incoming call may be received on a landline. ... Vivint Inc

02/09/17 / #20170041745

Communications based on geo location information

Methods and systems are described for communicating messages using a home automation system. An example computer-implemented method for communicating based on geo location information using an automation and security system includes determining a geo location of a person relative to a property being monitored by the automation and security system, and automatically delivering a message to the person based on the geo location.. ... Vivint Inc

02/09/17 / #20170039476

System and methods for home automation system calendar coordination

A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one example, the method may include receiving scheduling data associated with a schedule for each of two or more users at a home automation system. ... Vivint Inc

02/09/17 / #20170039111

Systems and methods for smart home data storage

System and methods for storing data include detecting presence of one or more computing devices within a defined geographic area, automatically copying media stored on the one or more computing devices, storing the copied media on a backup storage device, and grouping the stored copied media by at least one of time period, location, event and a source of the copied media.. . ... Vivint Inc

02/02/17 / #20170033943

System component installation

A computer-implemented method for installing a component within a system is described. In one embodiment, component information is identified via a component code on a component. ... Vivint Inc

02/02/17 / #20170032647

Security system tracking of remote items using reduced power

A mobile tracking unit includes a controller having a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. The instructions are executable by the processor to communicate with a control unit of an automation and security system, determine a position of the mobile tracking unit relative to a base station using a low power location module, and communicate the position of the mobile tracking unit to at least one of the base station and a control unit of the automation and security system. ... Vivint Inc

01/19/17 / #20170018164

Geo-location services

A method for geo-location services is described. In one embodiment, the method includes monitoring a status of an entrance associated with a dwelling, monitoring an occupancy in relation to the dwelling, and upon detecting an occupant of the dwelling departing from the dwelling and the status of the entrance of the dwelling is in an open state, generating a notification. ... Vivint Inc

01/19/17 / #20170018155

Hinge sensor for barrier

Methods and systems are described for determining operation of an openable barrier into a building. A method for determining an open state of a barrier includes confirming a first position for the barrier, the barrier having at least one hinge and a hinge sensor mounted to the at least one hinge, determining with the hinge sensor when the barrier changes position from the first position to a second position, and wirelessly transmitting data concerning the change in barrier position.. ... Vivint Inc

01/19/17 / #20170018152

Security system providing a localized humanly-perceivable alert for identifying a facility to emergency personnel

The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for guiding emergency personnel to a location in a facility proximate to an alarm that has been generated. In one aspect, a method may include detecting an alarm condition at a facility protected by a security system and determining a location at the facility of the alarm condition. ... Vivint Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013376

Managing audio output through an intermediary

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for managing audio output through an intermediary. In some embodiments, an audio controller emulates a direct connection between an audio source device and an audio output device. ... Vivint Inc








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