Shipping container monitoring based on door status

  • US 8,354,927 B2
  • Filed: 10/25/2007
  • Issued: 01/15/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/11/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A remotely monitorable shipping container assembly, comprising:

  • a shipping container including at least one door;

    a wake-up sensor that detects an event relating to said container, said wake-up sensor sensing light in an interior of said container;

    an interior sensor system that obtains information about the presence of contents in the interior of said container or identification information about contents in the interior of said container in response to sensing of light by said wake-up sensor, anda communications device mounted on said container and coupled to said interior sensor system and being operative to wirelessly transmit information to a remote facility including the information about the contents of said container to the remote facility obtained by said interior sensor system,wherein the information transmitted by said communications device on said container is available to personnel monitoring said container using the Internet,wherein said interior sensor system is coupled to said wake-up sensor such that sensing of light by said wake-up sensor initiates said interior sensor system to wake-up from a sleep mode and to obtain the information about the presence of contents in the interior of said container or the identification information about contents in the interior of said container.

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