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Method and System for In-Transit Updating of Electronic Goods

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000213626D
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system for the in-transit updating of electronic goods. The idea is to equip the shipping form factor(s) with an enabling device or series of enabling devices that allow for in-transit programming at the various levels of unit packaging, multi-unit packaging, pallet, container, etc. This reduces the delay in bringing the computer devices to a functional level once they reach the customer.

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Method and System for In-Transit Updating of Electronic Goods

Servers and other computer-based devices and systems are routinely shipped as finished goods from the manufacturing location to the customer, and the major sub-assemblies are shipped from the supplier to the integration point. The units that are shipped will have been programmed to a level that allows them to exit manufacturing, but it is likely they will still need a final set of updates and customization once they reach the integrator or customer's IT department. The total delay in bringing the computer devices to a functional level is the sum of the shipping delay and the reprogramming delay.

The idea is to equip the shipping form factor(s) with an enabling device or series of enabling devices that allow for in-transit programming at the various levels of unit packaging, multi-unit packaging, pallet, container, etc. With this invention, the total delay is reduced, because the shipping and the reprogramming delays are in parallel. This capability could be sold as an optional upgrade to the normal shipping method. The owner of the target system(s) would be given a key to access the shipping systems over the Internet. The ingredients of this invention include both the enabling devices and a target system management architecture that supports the attached enabling device(s).

The primary enabling device is attached directly to the target system, and consists of a small power source, a micro-controller, an input/output (I/O) bus to communicate with the target system, and a secure wireless subsystem to communicate with a more powerful parent enabling device at the pallet (or other) level. The small power source has enough power to 1) maintain device communication with the parent device for the durat...