07004395 is referenced by 77 patents and cites 11 patents.

Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.

Title
Multi-level hierarchical radio-frequency communication system
Application Number
10/809108
Publication Number
7004395 (B2)
Application Date
March 25, 2004
Publication Date
February 28, 2006
Inventor
Guy J West
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Arvin D Danielson
Solon
IA, US
Steven H Salvay
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Phillip Miller
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Ronald L Mahany
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
George E Hanson
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Keith K Cargin Jr
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Alan G Bunte
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Steven E Koenck
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Agent
McAndrews Held & Malloy
Assignee
Broadcom Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G06K 7/10
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