Automated meter reader direct mount endpoint module

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7973673
APP PUB NO 20080238711A1
SERIAL NO

11695503

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An automated meter reader module can be operably connected to an existing utility meter to provide an endpoint for use in an automated meter reader system. The automated meter reader module can utilize an index attachment drive mechanism to electronically and mechanically monitor consumption of a utility such as water, gas, or electricity. The index attachment of the existing utility meter is attached so that it does not physically impede reception or transmission of radio frequency communications by a patch antenna integrated into a printed circuit board located inside the automated meter reader module. A gasket around the edge of the housing sealingly interfaces with the existing utility meter and a multi-faced cover that allows the registered dials located on the index attached to be viewed from a plurality of vantage points.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ITRON, INC.SPOKANE, WA251

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Lien, Wayne Andrew Waseca, US 2 8
Payne, Robert Kent Waseca, US 2 8

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Hancock, Gregory C. (1)
8842712 Methods and apparatuses for reception of frequency-hopping spread spectrum radio transmissions 1 2012
 
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (2)
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ITRON, INC. (3)
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THE RESEARCH FOUNDATION FOR THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (1)
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