System and method for remote asset management

  • US 9,961,477 B2
  • Filed: 10/03/2017
  • Issued: 05/01/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/21/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of operating a remote computer server platform to provide a range of consumer services by autonomously monitoring and managing a plurality of consumer device assets wirelessly connected to one or more communications networks, each asset having operating system and application software, nonvolatile memory for storing files of data content for display to a consumer user of the device, and a display apparatus for displaying the stored data content, said method comprising:

  • providing a remote computer server platform connected to the one or more communications networks, the remote computer server platform configured to execute software applications for monitoring and managing the plurality of consumer device assets, each of said assets being registered with the remote computer server platform;

    receiving at the remote computer server platform communications sent from each of the plurality of consumer device assets containing operational status information indicative of an operational status of the particular sending consumer device asset, said communications having automatically resulted from at least one selected from the group consisting of preprogrammed conditions and programming instructions generated by the remote computer server platform;

    receiving at the remote computer server platform communications sent from each of the plurality of consumer device assets containing consumer usage information identifying a manner in which a consumer user has used the particular sending consumer device asset, said communications having automatically resulted from at least one selected from the group consisting of preprogrammed conditions and programming instructions generated by the remote computer server platform;

    monitoring the plurality of consumer device assets by the remote computer server platform by automatically processing, according to preprogrammed conditions, the received operational status information and the received consumer usage information;

    managing the plurality of consumer device assets by the remote computer server platform, based upon the results of having processed at least some of the received consumer usage information, by sending communications containing one or more management instructions that cause the stored display data content files of one or more assets to be automatically modified so as to provide a consumer service; and

    wherein the aforesaid communications received by and sent from the remote computer server platform are transmitted over the one or more communications networks and comprise at least one selected from the group consisting of General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) data messages, Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) data messages, and other wireless packet switched data messages.

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