EFFICIENT BATTERY POWERED ELECTRONIC PARKING METER

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United States of America Patent

APP PUB NO 20070119682A1
SERIAL NO

11669091

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The electronic parking meter includes a microcontroller, an input interface, an output interface, communications devices and a power supply. The microcontroller receives instructions through the input interface from a user wishing to purchase parking time, controls the output interface to provide parking related messages or indications, and controls the electronic parking meter's communications with other devices through the communications devices for transmitting and receiving information and data. The power supply, which converts a battery pack voltage up to the operating voltage, may include an isolation transformer and a flyback switcher. The parking meter is maintained in a sleep mode as a default state, is placed in a schedule wake-up mode at a predetermined frequency for a predetermined short period of time to carry-out maintenance functions, and is only placed in an event wake-up mode for the time required to process major events, such as coin chute, card reader or communications port interrupts. The maintenance-free life of the parking meter is extended by using more of the energy that is available in standard battery packs and by decreasing energy consumed in the parking meter to carry out its functions through the three operating modes including the periodic schedule wake-up mode.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Banks, Ken Dartmouth, CA 2 51
MacDonald, Allan Dartmouth, CA 5 84
Mackay, George New Glasgow, CA 5 102
Rob, Edsall Halifax, CA 1 29

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
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Park-A-Tron Limited Liability Company (1)
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CODONICS, INC. (1)
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VLT, INC. (1)
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POM Incorporated (1)
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J.J. Mackay Canada Limited (1)
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Yost; Vincent (1)
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Millenium Enterprises Ltd. (1)
* 6227343 Dual coil coin identifier 32 1999
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
IPS GROUP INC. (24)
8595054 Parking meter and a device therefor 24 2006
* 2009/0159,674 PARKING METER AND A DEVICE THEREFOR 46 2006
* 8513832 Power supply unit 22 2008
8479909 Coin validation unit with clip feature 19 2008
* 2009/0026,842 POWER SUPPLY UNIT 43 2008
9002723 Method and apparatus for automatic location-specific configuration management of a removable meter unit 8 2009
* 2009/0192,950 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A REMOVABLE METER UNIT 57 2009
* 2009/0183,966 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC LOCATION-SPECIFIC CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT OF A REMOVABLE METER UNIT 43 2009
8749403 Parking meter communications for remote payment with updated display 28 2010
* 2011/0057,815 PARKING METER COMMUNICATIONS FOR REMOTE PAYMENT WITH UPDATED DISPLAY 74 2010
* 8590687 Parking meter 27 2010
* 2011/0203,901 PARKING METER 28 2010
9127964 Low power vehicle detection 9 2012
8862494 Parking meter and a device therefor 19 2013
9391474 Power supply unit 5 2013
9424691 Parking meter communications for remote payment with updated display 2 2014
9047712 Method and apparatus for automatic location-specific configuration management of a removable meter unit 9 2014
9685027 Parking meter 0 2015
9640016 Parking meter 0 2015
9728085 Low-power vehicle detection 0 2015
9508198 Meters and upgraded meter cover with sensor 1 2015
9692256 Power supply unit 0 2016
9661403 Meters and upgraded meter cover with sensor 0 2016
9805518 Meters and upgraded meter cover with sensor 0 2017
 
PARX LTD. (1)
8624756 Fully automated parking system 5 2010
 
J.J. Mackay Canada Limited (10)
8727207 Electronic parking meter 9 1997
9494922 Single space wireless parking with improved antenna placements 0 2009
8770371 Single space parking meter and removable single space parking meter mechanism 11 2012
8636133 Single space parking meter and removable single space parking meter mechanism 0 2012
8807317 Single space parking meter and removable single space parking meter mechanism 4 2012
9406056 Parking meter with contactless payment 0 2012
D705090 Single space parking meter 10 2012
D716157 Single space parking meter 2 2014
9443236 Single space parking meter and removable single space parking meter mechanism 0 2014
9652921 Coin chute with anti-fishing assembly 0 2015
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