Securing, monitoring and tracking shipping containers

  • US 8,279,067 B2
  • Filed: 05/18/2009
  • Issued: 10/02/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/16/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of alerting a user of unauthorized tampering with a shipping container, comprising:

  • securing a seal device to a shipping container, the seal device including a bolt receiving area;

    inserting, by a user at the container, an electronic bolt into the bolt receiving area of the seal device;

    reading, by the seal device, a serial number stored in the electronic bolt;

    communicating, from the seal device, to a user application, insertion of the bolt;

    scanning, by the user via a handheld device, an electronically readable element on the seal device representative of an identification of the seal device;

    communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the identification of the seal device;

    associating, in a database by the user application, the bolt serial number and the identification of the seal device;

    communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the seal device;

    communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the handheld device;

    receiving, at the seal device, sensor data indicative of tampering;

    communicating, by the seal device to the user application, an alert;

    wherein the seal device is one of a plurality of wireless communications devices, and wherein the method further includes connecting, by the seal device, to a network via a gateway of a plurality of gateways, each gateway of the plurality of gateways being associated with a location;

    wherein the method further includes communicating an indication of the seal device'"'"'s connection to the user application;

    wherein the method further includes comparing, by the user application, the location associated with the gateway to a stored database;

    wherein the method further includes selecting, based on this comparison, a profile corresponding to the location associated with the gateway; and

    wherein the method further includes communicating, from the user application to the seal device, an identification of the selected profile together with an instruction to engage the selected profile.

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