Wireless vehicle-monitoring system operating on both terrestrial and satellite networks

  • US 8,452,486 B2
  • Filed: 09/25/2006
  • Issued: 05/28/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/24/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A wireless appliance for monitoring a vehicle, comprising:

  • (a) a microprocessor configured to select a vehicle-communication protocol of a host vehicle and communicate with the host vehicle through the vehicle-communication protocol;

    (b) a vehicle-communication circuit, in electrical communication with the microprocessor, configured to collect diagnostic data from the host vehicle using the vehicle-communication protocol, wherein the vehicle-communication circuit is configured to support multiple different vehicle-communication protocols;

    (c) a satellite modem operating on a satellite network and configured to receive and transmit data collected by the vehicle-communication circuit;

    (d) a single chipset that comprises the microprocessor and the satellite modem.

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