Integrated tag reader and environment sensor

  • US 8,436,619 B2
  • Filed: 04/01/2009
  • Issued: 05/07/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/20/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A combined sensing and reading apparatus comprising:

  • a tag reader configured to read a tag affixed to a battery; and

    an environment sensor integrated with the tag reader to form a physically independent integrated unit,wherein the integrated unit is freely positionable relative to the battery with the affixed tag, andwherein the tag reader of the integrated unit is configured to read the tag affixed to the battery independently of any predetermined fixed positional relationship between the battery with the affixed tag and the tag reader, andwherein the environment sensor of the integrated unit is configured to measure a condition of an environment of the battery independently of any predetermined fixed positional relationship between the battery and the environment sensor, andwherein the tag reader of the integrated unit is configured to read the tag affixed to the battery, and the environment sensor of the integrated unit is configured to measure a condition of an environment of the battery, when the integrated unit and any housing including the integrated unit are physically unattached to the battery.

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