06161760 is referenced by 224 patents and cites 13 patents.

The invention is a multiterminal data collection network including a plurality of terminals and a base station configured so that each data collection terminal can be programmed in accordance with one of a predetermined number of available application. When a data collection terminal such as a bar code reader is programmed to operate in accordance with a particular application, the reader operates according to a data collection protocol that is the same as the data collection protocol of each other reader in the network programmed to operate in accordance with that same application. In another aspect of the invention, a base station normally transmits messages received from different readers according to different transmission protocols if the readers are programmed to operate in accordance with different applications, and transmits messages received from different readers according to the same protocol if the readers are programmed in accordance with the same application. A reader of the network can be associated with a new application group by reading of a specially designed application selector symbol.

Title
Multiple application multiterminal data collection network
Application Number
9/152583
Publication Number
6161760
Application Date
September 14, 1998
Publication Date
December 19, 2000
Inventor
Thomas Ruhlman
Skaneateles
NY, US
Andrew Reynolds
Bothell
WA, US
Bradley Randolph
Syracuse
NY, US
John Pettinelli
Rome
NY, US
James A Parker
Liverpool
NY, US
Matthew Pankow
Marcellus
NY, US
Timothy Meier
Marcellus
NY, US
Joseph Guszcza
Jordan
NY, US
Louis Bruno
Auburn
NY, US
David Marrs
Syracuse
NY, US
Agent
Wall Marjama & Bilinski
Assignee
Welch Allyn Data Collection
NY, US
IPC
G06K 7/10
G06F 19/00
G06F 17/00
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