System and method for monitoring and controlling remote devices

  • US 6,437,692 B1
  • Filed: 11/12/1999
  • Issued: 08/20/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/22/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for remote data collection, assembly, and storage comprising:

  • a computer configured to execute at least one computer program that formats and stores select information for retrieval upon demand from a remotely located device, said computer integrated with a wide area network (WAN);

    at least one wireless transmitter configured to transmit select information and transmitter identification information;

    a plurality of relatively low-power radio-frequency (RF) transceivers dispersed geographically at defined locations configured to receive select information transmitted from at least one nearby wireless transmitter and further configured to transmit the select information, the transmitter identification information and transceiver identification information; and

    at least one gateway connected to the wide area network configured to receive and translate the select information, the transmitter identification information, and transceiver identification information, said gateway further configured to farther transmit the translated information to the computer over the WAN.

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