Tracking control and logistics system and method

  • US 6,611,686 B1
  • Filed: 05/24/1999
  • Issued: 08/26/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/09/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A monitoring device for monitoring a target, comprising:

  • a microcontroller programmed for operating said monitoring device, said microcontroller having no port that allows access for reading programing of said microcontroller;

    a wireless transceiver operable for communicating with a wireless network;

    a modem for interfacing with said wireless transceiver for communicating over said wireless network;

    a global positioning sensor;

    an interface between said monitoring device and said target for communicating signals relating to said target;

    one or more inputs to said monitoring device from said target; and

    one or more outputs from said monitoring device to said target, said one or more inputs and said one or more outputs being individually selectable from a plurality of inputs to said target and a plurality of outputs from said monitoring device during installation of said monitoring device to said target such that each of said one or more inputs and each of said one or more outputs are identified as to their nature and stored in a database for each of a plurality of monitoring devices.

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