Apparatus and method for continuous electronic monitoring and tracking of individuals

  • US 6,072,396 A
  • Filed: 04/24/1997
  • Issued: 06/06/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. Apparatus for tracking and monitoring a remote unit from a central control station, comprising:

  • a remote unit having means for determining the geographic position of the remote unit at predetermined time intervals;

    a programmable central processing unit (CPU) having memory storage, carried on the remote unit, and connected to the position determining means, for receiving position signals from the position determining means, for processing each position signal with a time stamp, and for storing the time stamped signals in memory;

    communication means carried on the remote unit and connected to the CPU, for transmitting data from the remote unit CPU to a central control station (CCS) and for receiving data from the CCS and transmitting the received data to the CPU;

    said CPU programmed to accumulate said time stamped position signals for a predetermined time interval and to transmit accumulated signals as a download through the communication means to the CCS;

    said CCS located remote from the remote unit and including communication means for receiving downloads from the remote unit and for transmitting uploads to the remote unit; and

    said CCS including a programmable computer with memory storage, connected to the CCS communication means, for receiving, processing and storing downloads from the remote unit;

    said CPU being programmable from said CCS with regard to the reception, processing and storage of information.

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