Apparatus for automating routine communication in a facility

  • US 5,465,082 A
  • Filed: 08/03/1992
  • Issued: 11/07/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/27/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Apparatus for automating routine communication and location determination, comprising:

  • a plurality of badges, each having;

    a database memory, removably coupled to said badge, for storing information including information specific to one of a plurality of users;

    a transmitter for wirelessly transmitting a portion of said information including said specific information;

    a badge switch for activating said badge; and

    a processor for controlling said transmitter and coordinating retrieval and transmission of said portion of said information;

    a plurality of transceivers each being connected to a network server and each being disposed at preassigned locations to cover a predetermined range for receiving wireless transmissions from said badges within said range and for transmitting to said network server messages about said received wireless transmissions; and

    a central processor being connected to said network server having;

    means for receiving information about badges which have been activated and their respective users and said messages from said transceivers through said network server;

    means for processing said messages for updating said information about said badges and their associated users; and

    a display for displaying said updated information.

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