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A communications module that permits remote meter reading of a utility meter via a wireless modem that communicates using data packet networks along a communications system, such as ARDIS. The communications module is a microprocessor-based transmitter/receiver which receives data collection requests from a system server, initiates data collection from a utility meter, and reports the data back to a host computer system residing, for example, at a central office. Preferably, session-based communication using the meter protocol is implemented between the communications module and the meter, and packet switching is used between the communications server and the communications module through the network.

Title
Wireless area network communications module for utility meters
Application Number
9/905145
Publication Number
6650249 (B2)
Application Date
July 13, 2001
Publication Date
November 18, 2003
Inventor
Charles Cunningham Jr
Raleigh
NC, US
Rodney C Hemminger
Raleigh
NC, US
David F Dunn
Raleigh
NC, US
Garry M Loy
Raleigh
NC, US
Peter R Meyer
Apex
NC, US
Agent
Woodcock Washburn
US
Assignee
Elster Electricity
PA, US
IPC
G08C 19/12
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