US 9,811,949 B2
Method for providing status information pertaining to an asset
Paul Ballew, Westminster, CO (US); Paul Walton, Christchurch (NZ); Jeanie Walter, Christchurch (NZ); Emmelin Yun Tai Lee, Christchurch (NZ); Doug Eggert, Louisville, CO (US); Craig Howard, Hermon, ME (US); and Nicki Cooper, Gilbert, AZ (US)
Assigned to Trimble Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Filed by Paul Ballew, Westminster, CO (US); Paul Walton, Christchurch (NZ); Jeanie Walter, Christchurch (NZ); Emmelin Yun Tai Lee, Christchurch (NZ); Doug Eggert, Louisville, CO (US); Craig Howard, Hermon, ME (US); and Nicki Cooper, Gilbert, AZ (US)
Filed on May 7, 2007, as Appl. No. 11/801,041.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/850,106, filed on Oct. 5, 2006.
Prior Publication US 2008/0084334 A1, Apr. 10, 2008
Int. Cl. G07C 5/08 (2006.01); G06Q 10/06 (2012.01); G06Q 40/08 (2012.01); G06Q 50/08 (2012.01); G07C 3/00 (2006.01); G08G 1/00 (2006.01)
CPC G07C 5/08 (2013.01) [G06Q 10/06 (2013.01); G06Q 40/08 (2013.01); G06Q 50/08 (2013.01); G07C 3/00 (2013.01); G08G 1/20 (2013.01)] 22 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for providing status information pertaining to an asset, the method comprising:
determining real-time location information about the asset using a mountable reporting source coupled to the asset, the asset comprising an earth-moving equipment, wherein the mountable reporting source comprises:
a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver for determining the location information about the asset;
a transmitter configured to communicate the location information about the asset to a transceiver of an asset management system;
a motion detector for detecting motion of the asset; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the GNSS receiver, the transmitter, and the motion detector, wherein the controller controls receiving and executing commands for determining a location of the asset, and controls communicating the location of the asset to the transceiver;
wherein the mountable reporting source is configured to be in an idle mode when the asset is stationary and in an operating mode when the asset is in motion as determined by the motion detector;
determining, using an electronic sensor coupled to the asset, real-time operation information about the asset;
receiving at the transceiver the location information about the asset from the mountable reporting source and the operation information about the asset from the electronic sensor;
receiving at the transceiver status information about the asset from at least one of the mountable reporting source and the electronic sensor, wherein the status information includes information pertaining to distances over which the asset is moving materials;
storing in a database the location information, the operation information, and the status information about the asset;
providing the status information as well as the operating information about the asset to a client; and
displaying, by changing at least a part of a visual representation of the asset, a warning that the asset is being used in a manner that violates a process norm assigned to the asset upon determining that the asset is moving the materials over a distance that is longer than a specified distance for the asset.