Metering system and method of operation

  • US 8,170,699 B2
  • Filed: 12/22/2009
  • Issued: 05/01/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/05/2007
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A mobile metering device for vehicles, comprising:

  • a current transformer;

    a meter electrically coupled to said current transformer;

    a controller electrically coupled to said meter, said controller having a memory device and a processor;

    a plurality of communications devices electrically coupled to said controller and adapted to transmit data using a first or second wireless carrier; and

    a housing configured to fit in a trunk of a vehicle, wherein the current transformer, the meter, the controller, and the plurality of communications devices are mounted within the housing;

    wherein the processor is responsive to executable computer instructions that determine if the first and second wireless carriers are available and that select one of the first or second communications device in response to receiving a signal from the meter;

    wherein the mobile metering device is configured to be moved from one vehicle to another.

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