Hierarchical sensor network for a grouped set of packages being shipped using elements of a wireless node network

  • US 9,182,231 B2
  • Filed: 07/30/2014
  • Issued: 11/10/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/29/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for creating a hierarchical sensor network for enhanced monitoring of a grouped set of packages being shipped, the hierarchical sensor network using a wireless node network having a mobile master node, an ID node and a server, comprising:

  • associating, by the server, the mobile master node with one of the packages in the grouped set of packages, wherein the mobile master node is operative to communicate directly with the server in the wireless node network over a first communication path;

    associating, by the server, the ID node with another of the packages in the grouped set of packages, wherein the ID node is operative to communicate directly with the mobile master node over a second communication path but not operative to communicate directly with the server over the first communication path; and

    creating the hierarchical sensor network for the grouped set of packages with the mobile master node and the ID node when the server associates the mobile master node with the ID node.

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