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Programming of Radio Parameters by Optical Means

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022464D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-16
Document File: 4 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Roy O’Boyle: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

There are situations in which portable or mobile communications equipment is brought into a geographic region (e.g. to address an emergency). Once in the region, they have to be programmed to a new configuration for use with equipment such as repeaters that exist in the area. The configuration has to be done in as quick and efficient a manner as possible.

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Programming of Radio Parameters by Optical Means

By Roy O’Boyle and Allen Ly

 
 

There are situations in which portable or mobile communications equipment is brought into a geographic region (e.g. to address an emergency). Once in the region, they have to be programmed to a new configuration for use with equipment such as repeaters that exist in the area. The configuration has to be done in as quick and efficient a manner as possible.

The programming may have to be done by personnel who may not have a detailed familiarity with programming methods for some of the equipment.

The programming of communications equipment is currently supported by several methods:

·         Via standard programming software for the equipment. This is the standard method for updating the configuration of the equipment.

·         Via cloning from a piece of equipment that has been configured with the necessary information.

·         Via a programming capability built into the equipment (e.g. by use of a built in display and keypad).

·         Via an over the air programming method.

Each of these methods has limitations which may be significant in an emergency situation.

  • The use of standard programming software requires a separate computer plus equipment interconnection hardware. It can also take significant time to actually do the programming.

·         Cloning requires that one piece of equipment be initially configured by personnel completely familiar with the Cloning process. It may also require specialized interfaces between the source and the destination equipment.

  • Programming via a keypad and display built into the equipment requires detailed knowledge and is error prone,

particularly in an emergency environment.

  • Over the air methods require establishment of communications with the information source. This in turn requires detailed information about the source.

For any of the above procedures to be effective, the personnel implementing them must be skilled in the equipment and feature programming details. They also require detailed knowledge of the data to be programmed into the equipment.

A proposal for addressing the above issues is to use an optical input device to enter equipment configuration data. Refer to Figure 1. The optical device (#2) would be connected via a cable (#3) to the equipment to be configured (#4), and simply enabled (e.g. via a specific key press). The optical reader would then be used to scan a previously prepared sheet (#1) on the equipment with which it has to interface. At completion of the scan, a ‘proceed with programming’ input is given by the operator. The equipment of interest has then been reconfigured (#5) to operate correctly with the equipment whose configuration sheet (#1) was scanned.

The manner in which the configuration data is displayed for use by the optical reader has to be machine readable. It does not have to be human-readable (but making it human-readable offers obvious advantages). Operation of the optical scanner can be arranged to require a mini...