Keyhole communication device for tracking and monitoring shipping container and contents thereof

  • US 7,394,361 B1
  • Filed: 01/10/2006
  • Issued: 07/01/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/10/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of facilitating wireless communications between one or more wireless communication devices within a shipping container and a network that is external to the shipping container, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) disposing a wireless keyhole communication device on a shipping container such that,(i) a first housing component of the wireless keyhole communication device is located on the exterior of the shipping container, the first housing component defining a first hollow interior, and(ii) a second housing component of the wireless keyhole communication device is located within the interior of the shipping container, the second housing component defining a second hollow interior,(iii) wherein the first and second housing components are secured together and form an integrated housing structure of the wireless keyhole communication device, with the first hollow interior being contiguous with the second hollow interior to define an interior space of the integrated housing structure,(iv) wherein the integrated housing structure extends through an opening in a wall structure of the shipping container, and(v) wherein at least one antenna and electronics both are contained within the interior space of the integrated housing structure and are configured to enable the wireless keyhole communication device to wirelessly communicate both with one or more wireless communication devices disposed within the interior of the shipping container, and with a network that is external to the shipping container;

    (b) wirelessly communicating between the wireless keyhole communication device and the one or more wireless communication devices disposed within the interior of the shipping container; and

    (c) wirelessly communicating between the wireless keyhole communication device and the network that is external to the shipping container.

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