System and method for monitoring individuals using a beacon and intelligent remote tracking device

  • US 8,232,876 B2
  • Filed: 03/06/2009
  • Issued: 07/31/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/07/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A beacon for use in a monitoring system, the beacon comprising:

  • a transmitter for transmitting a short range signal;

    a movement detector operable to indicate when the beacon has been moved;

    an internal power supply for the beacon; and

    a processor connected to the transmitter and movement detector, the processor operable to maintain a log of the movement of the beacon and to cause the transmitter to periodically transmit the signal, wherein the signal includes an identification number for the beacon, a status for the internal power supply; and

    information related to the movement log, and whereinthe signal that is transmitted from the beacon is transmitted to a remote tracking device that includes a short range transceiver, a long range transceiver, and a rule set establishing operating parameters for the remote tracking device, wherein the short range transceiver is operable to receive the signal from the beacon and to use the signal from the beacon to determine compliance of the remote tracking device with one or more rules in the rule set stored by the remote tracking device.

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