US Patent No. 10,368,330

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM


Patent No. 10,368,330
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Communication Apparatus And Communication Method, Communication System, And Computer Program
Inventorship Kazuyuki Sakoda, Chiba (JP)
Assignee Sony Corporation, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,330

1. A communication apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
receive first beacons from at least one peripheral communication station;
generate a second beacon on which beacon timing information related to a reception time of a first beacon having an indication among the first beacons received from the at least one peripheral communication station is placed, based on a change in reception state of at least one of the first beacons, wherein the circuitry places information on the second beacon indicating whether or not a reception state of a first beacon has changed and wherein the change in the reception state of the first beacon comprises at least one of the following: disappearance of a first beacon which has been periodically received thus far, starting of reception of a first beacon which has not been observed thus far, change in the transmission interval of a first beacon which has been received thus far, and change in proximity in reception intervals of first beacon signals received from different peripheral communication stations;
transmit the second beacon generated by the circuitry; and
control transmission timing of the second beacon so as to avoid a collision with the first beacons transmitted from the at least one peripheral communication station.