Method and apparatus for a satellite positioning-based metering system for use in transport-related applications

  • US 20040181495A1
  • Filed: 01/21/2004
  • Published: 09/16/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/21/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for monitoring, measuring, and/or usage metering of a vehicle involving tracking continuous movement and position of said vehicle comprising:

  • an apparatus mounted on or in the vehicle, comprising;

    a receiver for receiving positioning signals;

    a motion detector;

    an RFID and/or DSRC element;

    a processor for forming a continuous, time-marked position-log from the positioning signals, comprising a memory;

    a storage element; and

    a two-way wireless telecommunication element, such as GPRS, to transmit position-logs;

    a central processing system comprising;

    a central telecommunication element to demand, receive and acknowledge receipt of position-logs and system information from the apparatus;

    digital maps and databases for containing usage fees, premium rules, parking fees and schedules;

    a central processor to further process position-logs, calculate user fees and generate invoices, maps and data feeds; and

    a central storage element.

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