Equipment service vehicle with remote monitoring

  • US 20040024502A1
  • Filed: 12/20/2002
  • Published: 02/05/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system comprising:

  • (A) an equipment service vehicle including (1) a power source, (2) a power transmission link, (3) a plurality of input devices, (4) a plurality of output devices, (5) an on-board computer system including a plurality of microprocessor-based interface modules and a communication network, the plurality of interface modules being coupled to the power source by way of the power transmission link, the plurality of interface modules being interconnected to each other by way of the communication network, each of the plurality of interface modules being coupled to respective ones of the plurality of input devices and the plurality of output devices by way of respective dedicated communication links, and the on-board computer system storing I/O status information for the plurality of input devices and the plurality of output devices;

    (B) an off-board computer system, wherein the on-board computer system transmits at least some of the I/O status information by way of a wireless radio-frequency communication link to the off-board computer system.

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