07379981 is referenced by 72 patents and cites 38 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
10/40150
Publication Number
7379981 (B2)
Application Date
January 2, 2002
Publication Date
May 27, 2008
Inventor
Kenneth W Garrard
Atlanta, 30319
GA, US
Karl E Elliott
Atlanta
GA, US
Agent
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Assignee
Kenneth W Garrard
GA, US
IPC
G06F 17/00
G06F 15/177
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