06281790 is referenced by 228 patents and cites 11 patents.

The present invention is directed to providing systems and methods for remotely monitoring sites to provide real time information which can readily permit false alarms to be distinguished, and which can identify and track the precise location of an alarm. In exemplary embodiments, monitoring capabilities such as intrusion/fire detection and tracking capabilities, can be implemented through the use of multistate indicators in a novel interface which permits information to be transmitted using standard network protocols from a remote site to a monitoring station in real-time over preexisting communication networks, such as the Internet. A wireless network can also be established using browser encapsulated communication programs (for example, active X control, Java applets, and so forth) to transmit data packets which comply with any standard wireless local area network protocol. Communications can thereby be established between a web server embedded in a centrally located host monitoring station and a separate security panel deployed in each of the buildings to be remotely monitored. In exemplary embodiments, communications can be handed off from the centrally located host monitoring station to a mobile monitoring station (for example, to a laptop computer in a responding vehicle, such as a police or fire vehicle). The handoff can be such that direct communications are established between a security panel site being monitored and the laptop, or over, for example, a cellular network or indirect communications can be established via the host monitoring station.

Title
Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring a site
Application Number
9/387496
Publication Number
6281790 (B1)
Application Date
September 1, 1999
Publication Date
August 28, 2001
Inventor
Ronald Dobois
Dumfries
VA, US
Donald R Jones Jr
New Canton
VA, US
James T Byrne Jr
Manassas
VA, US
David E Kimmel
Fredericksburg
VA, US
Agent
Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis
US
Assignee
Net Talon Security Systems
VA, US
IPC
G08B 29/00
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