Systems and methods for communicating through a rail are provided. In one embodiment, a method for communicating through a rail is provided. The method includes sending an acoustic signal through the rail of a designated section of track. The acoustic signal includes control commands to remotely control operation of a rail vehicle on the designated …

Legal parties

Inventors (applicants): Jared Klineman Cooper, Wolfgang Daum
Assignees (initial): General Electric Company (Schenectady, US)
Agents: John A. Kramer (attorney), GE Global Patent Operation (attorney)

The application was examined by R. J. McCarry, Jr. (USPTO dept. 3617)


  • 1. A method for communicating through a rail comprising: …
  • 2. A method for communicating through a rail comprising: …
  • 3. A method for communicating through a rail comprising: …

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Brief Description of the Drawings

The present invention will be better understood from reading the following description of non-limiting embodiments, with reference to the attached drawings, wherein below: FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of an example …



The present disclosure is related to methods and systems for communicating data …

Detailed Description

The present disclosure is directed to methods and systems for communicating data through a rail, such as a rail of a rail road track. More particularly, the present disclosure is directed …

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Miscellaneous patent data

The applicant's location - Erie, PA, the applicant's name is Wolfgang Daum, the grant publication number is 08651434, categorized under Electric or magnetic control as a primary classification, the claim number 1 is selected as exemplary, 5 figures depict the invention details, numbered 12/911,816 (application), the patent particularly claims a method for communicating through a rail comprising…, the inventor's location - Palm Bay, FL, the inventor's name is Jared Klineman Cooper, the protection scope is defined by 14 claims, includes the following drawings: Schematic diagram of an example, Methods and Systems for Rail, Flow diagram of an example, Flow diagram of an example, the invention is named Methods and Systems for Rail Communication, the patent extension term is 299 days, the application was examined by R. J. McCarry, Jr. (3617 USPTO department), the patent was granted on Feb. 18, 2014, assigned to a United States company, developed by Jared Klineman Cooper et al., the published agent's name is Kramer John A., the application publication date is Oct. 26, 2010, located in Schenectady (US), the assignee organization is General Electric Company, the invention description is illustrated by 4 drawings, similar classification categories are Means for warning road traffic that a gate is closed or closing, or that rail traffic is approaching, e.g. for visible or audible warning, Cab signal or train control, Double acting, mechanically, Order transmission and reception arrangements for giving or withholding permission, Vehicle-on-line indication, Monitoring locking and release of the route, Visual and audible, Ratchet wheel, Dwarf or pot, yielding to vehicles in one direction but operated in a different direction.

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under Electric or magnetic control, Devices along the route for controlling devices on the vehicle or vehicle train, e.g. to release brake, to operate a warning signal. The designated search classifications include Automatic, Single track, Block-Signal Systems, Block entrance initiated, Electric or magnetic control.

Patent details
Publication number 08651434
Publication date Feb. 18, 2014
Kind code B2
Application number 12/911,816
Application date Oct. 26, 2010
Application type U
Application series code 12
Extension term 299
National classification 246/178
Total number of claims 14
Exemplary claims 1
Number of drawings 4
Number of figures 5
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