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In general, certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods and systems for object detection by a neural network comprising a convolution-nonlinearity step and a recurrent step. In a training mode, a dataset is passed into the neural network, and the neural network is trained to accurately output a box size and a center location of an object of interest. The box size corresponds to the smallest possible bounding box around the object of interest and the center location corresponds to the location of the center of the bounding box. In an inference mode, an image that is not part of the dataset is passed into the neural network. The neural network automatically identifies an object of interest and draws a box around the identified object of interest. The box drawn around the identified object of interest corresponds to the smallest possible bounding box around the object of interest.


A method and system of treatment of agricultural and industrial wastewaters that contain high concentrations of suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus compounds is disclosed. The method and system includes pre-treating the wastewater, controlling the amount of coagulants used, and controlling the mean velocity used for mixing, surface loading rate, and solids loading rate. The method and system functions as a sedimentation unit and gas flotation unit (solid/liquid separator). The pH of the effluent wastewater is stabilized within the separator by ensuring that there is sufficient alkalinity to buffer the wastewater. Sufficient gas is produced in the coagulation reactions to float and concentrate the solids, which results in as high as 99 percent reduction in suspended solids, a 96 percent reduction of the phosphorus concentration, and a 50 percent reduction of the nitrogen concentration in the effluent from the separator.


News Article | June 16, 2017
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Pilot, Inc., a leading supplier of aftermarket automotive accessories and mobile electronics, today announced that it has named Scott Webb as CEO and President. Calvin Wang, previous CEO and President of Pilot, established the company in 1984. He grew the company with an insatiable drive for innovation and by leading his team as family. Wang will remain on board as an integral part of the company leading its sourcing efforts overseas as well as serving as Pilot’s Chairman of the Board. “Scott has demonstrated leadership, loyalty, and passion both in how he manages our business and in how he cares for our people since he joined Pilot two and a half years ago. “Scott and I share the same vision with respect to Pilot’s traditions and core values. Scott’s efforts have enabled Pilot to become more structurally and operationally sound. I am looking forward to seeing Pilot reach that next level and reside among the best in this industry,” said Wang. Scott Webb has over 30 years of automotive aftermarket experience. At AutoZone, he started as a store manager and worked his way up to VP of Merchandising in his 21-year career at the automotive retail giant. He then spent six years as Executive VP over Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain and Commercial at Pep Boys. Scott has served on the Board of Directors for the Auto Care Association since 2007 and the Memphis Food Bank for eight years. “I’m so honored to lead a passionate, motivated team in delivering flawless customer satisfaction, innovation, and excellence in category management. I’m happy about where we are today, but I’m even more excited about our growth and acquisition strategy.” For over 30 years, Pilot has been delivering high-quality, innovative products to the automotive aftermarket across a variety of categories. The company is continuing in this tradition with the recent launch of Officially Licensed Marvel® and Transformers® automotive accessories as well as best-selling soft goods products embellished with genuine crystals from Swarovski®. Pilot is also excited to drive growth in its recently acquired brands, Voodoo Ride® and Rolling Big Power®. About Pilot: Founded in 1984, Pilot is an award-winning leader in aftermarket accessories for cars and trucks, electronics accessories, and more. They are best known for bringing to market unique and innovative products. Their headquarters in the City of Industry, California, is home to their in-house design and marketing, R&D and engineering, category management, and merchandising teams.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2012-05-09

A portable belay anchor system is disclosed that provides a coupling location for safety rope attached to a climber, such as a roof inspector. The portable belay anchor system includes a base having a mast coupled thereto. The mast has a shaft portion and a flange portion. A plurality of removable weights are positioned on the shaft, coupled to the flange portion. The flange portion supports the weights so that the weight is carried by the shaft itself. A retaining member is coupled to the mast to hold the weights on the mast. A shackle is also coupled to the mast. A rope is coupled to the shackle to act a the belay rope which the user positions through a belay brake device.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2015-07-09

According to principles of the embodiments as disclosed herein, a transportable roof safety training system with a trailer including a movable roof platform is provided which allows for mobile training of professionals who work on roofs. The transportable roof safety training system includes a roof platform mounted to a trailer. The roof platform may have an anti-slip coating on its upper surface and may be movable from a stowed position that has a low resistance to wind to one or more inclined positions that mimic the slope of a roof. A lift moves the roof between the various positions.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2013-08-16

An insurance claim report generating system includes an interactive voice response (IVR) system, a voice recognition server, and a voice activated database (VAD) device. The IVR system receives telephone calls from remote devices, delivers audio scripts having prompts directed by both templates and data received from the remote devices. The IVR system receives dual-tone, multi-frequency (DTMF) information and human voice information in response to the prompts. The voice recognition server generates text from the human voice information using a dictionary of insurance relevant terms. The VAD device receives first digital information from the IVR system and second digital information from the voice recognition server. The first digital information is derived from the DTMF information, and the second digital information is derived from the human voice information. The VAD device generates an insurance claim report from at least some of the first or second digital information.


A method and system of treatment of agricultural and industrial wastewaters that contain high concentrations of suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus compounds is disclosed. The method and system includes pre-treating the wastewater, controlling the amount of coagulants used, and controlling the mean velocity used for mixing, surface loading rate, and solids loading rate. The method and system functions as a sedimentation unit and gas flotation unit (solid/liquid separator). The pH of the effluent wastewater is stabilized within the separator by ensuring that there is sufficient alkalinity to buffer the wastewater. Sufficient gas is produced in the coagulation reactions to float and concentrate the solids, which results in as high as 99 percent reduction in suspended solids, a 96 percent reduction of the phosphorus concentration, and a 50 percent reduction of the nitrogen concentration in the effluent from the separator.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2012-04-18

A method and system of processing animal waste is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes transferring animal waste to a gasifier to burn the animal waste, circulating water through a heat exchanger in a flue stack of the gasifier to generate heated water, and pumping the heated water to either an organic Rankine cycle system to generate electricity, a radiant heater, or any combination thereof. In addition, the method includes circulating the heated water through an evaporator of the organic Rankine cycle system to vaporize a refrigerant, and circulating the vaporized refrigerant from the evaporator, through a turbine to generate the electricity. Also, the method includes using a manure spreader to feed the animal waste to the gasifier at a varying feed rate that is based on contemporaneously calculating a British thermal units (BTU) of the animal waste being fed to the gasifier.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2016-06-10

A method and system of processing animal waste is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes transferring animal waste to a gasifier to burn the animal waste, circulating water through a heat exchanger in a flue stack of the gasifier to generate heated water, and pumping the heated water to either an organic Rankine cycle system to generate electricity, a radiant heater, or any combination thereof. In addition, the method includes circulating the heated water through an evaporator of the organic Rankine cycle system to vaporize a refrigerant, and circulating the vaporized refrigerant from the evaporator, through a turbine to generate the electricity. Also, the method includes using a manure spreader to feed the animal waste to the gasifier at a varying feed rate that is based on contemporaneously calculating a British thermal units (BTU) of the animal waste being fed to the gasifier.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2015-02-27

An electronic insurance claim scoping method and system are configured to instantiate a scoping software application on a portable computing device used by an insurance claims adjuster. The portable computing device retrieves a record identifying an insurance claim assigned to the claims adjuster wherein the insurance claim is directed to damage to an improvement located on a subject real property. A scope record is presented on a display associated with the portable computing device, and first a plurality of entries of the scope record associated with the insurance claim is populated. From the claims adjuster, the portable computing device accepts user input associated with the subject real property that is associated with the insurance claim. A second plurality of entries of the scope record is populated with information based on user input from the claims adjuster, and the scope record is communicated to a remote computing server.

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