Communication and monitoring system

  • US 9,432,638 B2
  • Filed: 07/08/2015
  • Issued: 08/30/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/15/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for receiving a person at an entrance, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) detecting the presence of a person at the entrance;

    (b) transmitting, to a computerized controller running a software application, video of the person at the entrance recorded using a camera located proximate the entrance; and

    (c) providing, with the software application running at the computerized controller, a graphical user interface to a remote peripheral device by which a user of the remote peripheral device, which comprises a cell phone, may view the video of the person at the entrance;

    wherein said detecting of step (a) comprises using a wireless video camera comprising a microphone, a speaker, an RF receiver, an RF transmitter, a proximity sensor and uses a keypad comprising one or more buttons to determine that the person is present at the entrance wherein said transmitting of step (b) comprises transmitting digital streaming video wirelessly using the video camera;

    (d) sending an alert to the cell phone that the person is present at the entrance after the keypad is pressed by the person at the entrance;

    (e) speaking with the person at the entrance through the graphical user interface on the cell phone after the keypad is pressed by the person at the entrance; and

    (f) listening to the person at the entrance via the cell phone through use of the graphical user interface after the keypad is pressed by the person at the entrance.

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