20020094799-A1 is referenced by 2 patents.

A meter enabled for wireless communication and a wireless communication network are disclosed. A meter enabled for wireless communication comprises a metering device, a wireless communication system and an interface between the two. Meter data can be read, and the meter can be controlled via communication with a wireless network using, e.g., the Bluetoothâ„¢ protocol A self-configuring wireless network is also disclosed. The wireless network includes a number of vnodes, and one or more VGATES. The vnodes are devices that are enabled for wireless communication using, e.g., the Bluetoothâ„¢ protocol. Vnodes are operative to form ad hoc piconet connections. The one or more VGATES comprise computer network gateways that are enabled for wireless communication using, e.g., the Bluetoothâ„¢ protocol. Thus, the VGATES enable the wireless array of vnodes to communicate with a private or public computer network to transmit data or receive commands. The network may also communicate with a VNOC system. VNOC is a universal communications adapter that enables the wireless array of vnodes to communicate (either directly or through a VGATE) with a central control facility via various wireless or wired communication media.

Title
Wireless communication enabled meter and network
Application Number
10/040150
Publication Number
20020094799
Application Date
January 2, 2002
Publication Date
July 18, 2002
Inventor
Kenneth W Garrard
Atlanta
GA, US
Karl E Elliott
Atlanta
GA, US
Agent
Knoble & Yoshida
PA, US
IPC
H04M 11/00
H04B 05/00
H04L 09/00
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