PATENT OF THE WEEK – SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING VEHICLE PARKING
Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed towards systems and methods for monitoring vehicle parking. An exemplary embodiment provides a vehicle parking monitoring system that includes a parking space sensor capable of detecting the presence of at least one vehicle in a first parking space of a first parking area, and a parking area transceiver in communication with the parking space sensor. The parking area transceiver is configured to receive information from the parking space sensor and transmit it to a gateway.
Additionally, the parking area transceiver is configured to receive information from the gateway. The gateway is connected to a wide area network and configured to receive information from the parking area transceiver and transmit the information to the wide area network. Furthermore, the gateway is configured to receive information from the wide area network and transmit the information to the parking area.
Invented by Thomas David Petite and Richard M Huff, this system was granted a patent by the USPTO on 17th July 2012 bearing the serial number US8223010B2. The present invention is directed towards a computerized system for monitoring, reporting, and controlling remote systems and system information transfer by transmitting information signals to a WAN gateway interface and using applications on a connected server to process the information. The integrated application server on the WAN allows anyone with Internet access (and appropriate access permissions) to view and download the recorded data.