Mobile computing device for fleet telematics

  • US 10,185,455 B2
  • Filed: 10/04/2013
  • Issued: 01/22/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A tablet mobile computing device for fleet telematics, comprising:

  • (a) a processor;

    (b) a non-transitory, physical memory medium logically coupled to the processor, the memory medium having a first set of machine instructions stored thereon that when executed by the processor implement a verified vehicle inspection application for a virtual inspection of a vehicle having a plurality of RFID tags place on the vehicle exterior and a second set of machine instructions stored thereon that when executed by the processor implement a map display and navigation program;

    (c) a touch screen display logically coupled to the processor, upon which a graphical user interface (GUI) is displayed to a user, the GUI having a first button to enable a user to activate verified inspection application and having a second button to enable a user to activate the map display and navigation program;

    (d) a ruggedized impact resistant housing suitable for industrial environments, the housing having a generally cuboid form factor;

    (e) an RFID reader disposed within the housing and logically coupled to the processor, the RFID reader including an RF coil that extends substantially along a first perimeter edge of the housing, and does not extend around all the perimeter of the housing, thereby creating a preferred orientation for a user to position the tablet mobile computing device, for communicating to an RFID tag; and

    (f) wherein said verified inspection application responds to communication with each RFID tag on the vehicle exterior by displaying a message on the GUI for the user to enter information regarding the visual inspection.

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