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1. (WO2019032666) COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A BARRIER OPERATOR
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method of communicating with a barrier operator system, the barrier operator system configured to direct operation of a barrier from a first position to a second position, the method comprising:

storing in a communication system an elapsed time threshold pertaining to an expected duration of time for the barrier to move to the second position from the first position, after an event relating to communication of a command to move to the second position;

transmitting the command to the barrier operator system to move the barrier to the second position; and

storing in the communication system a start time pertaining to initial operation of the barrier operator system to move the barrier to the second position.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

based on a determination that an amount of time elapsed since the start time is greater than or equal to the elapsed time threshold and a status message has not been received from the barrier operator system, transmitting a status request message to the barrier operator system to request communication of a status of the barrier.

3. The method of one of claims 1 and 2, further comprising: receiving a status message from the barrier operator system indicative of the barrier arriving at second position;

storing a stop time associated with a time of receipt of the status message indicative of the barrier arriving at the second position;

comparing the start time to the stop time to yield an elapsed time for the barrier to move to the second position after the event relating to communication of the command; and

adjusting the elapsed time threshold based on the elapsed time determined in the comparison of the start time and the stop time.

4. The method of claim 3, further comprising determining the elapsed time threshold as an average of the elapsed time for multiple operations of the barrier operator system.

5. The method of one of the previous claims, further comprising:

receiving a status message from the barrier operator system indicative of the barrier initiating movement from the first position; and

storing a time of arrival of the status message as the start time.

6. The method of one of the previous claims, further comprising storing a time of transmission of the command as the start time.

7. The method of one of the previous claims, wherein the barrier is a garage door with the first position being a door open position and the second position being a door closed position.

8. The method of one of the previous claims, wherein the expected duration of time corresponds to an estimated time of travel from the first position to the second position for a class of barriers inclusive of the barrier.

9. A vehicle system for communicating with a barrier operator system, the barrier operator system being operably coupled to a barrier to move the barrier from a first position to a second position, the vehicle system comprising:

power supply circuitry operably coupled to a power supply of the vehicle to receive power from the power supply of the vehicle;

a vehicle communication interface configured to communicate wirelessly with the barrier operator;

a vehicle controller operably coupled to the power supply circuity and the vehicle communication interface, the vehicle controller configured to direct the vehicle communication interface to transmit a command to the barrier operator system to move the barrier to the second position;

a human control interface operably coupled to the vehicle controller and capable of accepting input from a vehicle operator, the human control interface including a display capable of providing information to the vehicle operator that relates to the status of the barrier, wherein, in response to input from the vehicle operator, the vehicle controller determines to transmit the command via the vehicle communication system.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

the vehicle controller being configured to store a start time pertaining to initial movement of the barrier from the first position, wherein based on a determination that an amount of time elapsed since the start time is greater than or equal to an elapsed time threshold, the vehicle controller directs the vehicle communication interface to transmit a status request message to the barrier operator system to request communication of a status of the barrier.

11. The vehicle system of one of claims 9 or 10, wherein the elapsed time threshold corresponds to an expected duration of time for the barrier to move to the second position after an event relating to transmission of the command.

12. The vehicle system of one of claims 9-11, wherein:

the vehicle communication interface is configured to receive a status message from the barrier operator system indicative of the barrier arriving at the second position;

the vehicle controller stores a stop time associated with a time of receipt of the status message;

the vehicle controller adjusts the elapsed time threshold based on a comparison of the start time and the stop time.

13. The vehicle system of claim 12, wherein the elapsed time threshold is an average of the difference between the stop time and the start time for multiple operations of the barrier.

14. The vehicle system of one of claims 9-13, wherein the elapsed time threshold corresponds to an estimated time of travel from the first position to the second position for a class of barriers inclusive of the barrier.

15. The vehicle system of one of claims 9-14 wherein the barrier is a garage door with the first position corresponding to a door open position and the second position corresponding to a door closed position.

16. A remote transmitter system comprising:

a wireless communication interface for communicating with a barrier operator system;

memory configured to store information pertaining to operation of the barrier operator system, the memory stores an expected time lapse pertaining to a duration of time between occurrence of an event and receipt of a status message from the barrier operator system;

a processor configured to direct the wireless communication interface to communicate with the barrier operator system to provide a command instruction relating to movement of the barrier from a first position to a second position, said processor configured to receive the status message from the barrier operator system.

17. The remote transmitter of claim 16, wherein based on the processor determining a time lapse after occurrence of the event equals or exceeds the expected time lapse and the status message has not been received, the processor directs the wireless communication interface to transmit a status request message to the barrier operator system to request communication of a status of the barrier operator system.

18. The remote transmitter of one of claims 16 and 17, wherein the event is receipt of a message from the barrier operator system indicating the command instruction is being carried out to move the barrier from the first position to the second position, and the status message indicates the barrier has reached the second position.

19. The remote transmitter of claim 18, wherein the expected time lapse is updated based on a determined time lapse for the barrier operator system to move from the first position to the second position.

20. The remote transmitter of one of claims 16-19, wherein the processor is configured to store in memory a start time associated with initial movement of the barrier from the first position, and wherein the processor monitors an amount of time elapsed since the start time to determine if the amount of time equals or exceeds the expected time lapse.