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A Feature to Search Wirelessly for Additional Battery Capacity.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245872D
Original Publication Date: 2016-Apr-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Apr-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 106K

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Motorola

Related People

Foo, Swee Yoong: INVENTOR [+5]

Abstract

In a mission critical operation, sustaining an uninterrupted communication link is crucial. While there are many advances in hardware and software algorithm made to the network system to ensure a strong and secure link, there is another area that is equally as important yet least explored, the battery capacity.

While the quick answer to this is, to carry additional battery packs, the additional mass and bulkiness can impair the operator’s agility, hence compromising the mission.

An alternative to this is to manage the shift of the operation so that the operator only needs to carry an optimum amount of capacity for the anticipated duration of his operation. The drawback to this is that shift change becomes inevitable. Imagine a supervisor of the mission, who is actively in communication, having to end his shift duty at the climax of the operation, due to battery depletion. A new supervisor who comes to take over his shift will need to be briefed again for comprehension of the situation, thus wasting crucial time during operation. It is desirable that this operation be uninterrupted.

This paper describes a simple concept to help sustain the operation of the user in question, hence sustenance of the overall operation. An approach that does not involve complex hardware or system network changes, hence only little cost incurred.

The concept in question is a feature to search and recommend for available batteries with higher capacity or charger in vicinity, prior to initiating a battery swap, or capacity replenishment.

The information collected by this auto trigger feature, enables the user to utilize the remaining capacity to communicate with another user in vicinity for battery swap, instead of returning to the base office or searching in various directions for additional battery or charger.

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A Feature to Search Wirelessly for Additional Battery Capacity

By Foo Swee Yoong, Lim Soon Heng, Ooi Hock Hang, Macwien Krishnamurthi, Brandon Yeoh

Motorola Solutions

                                                              

 

ABSTRACT

In a mission critical operation, sustaining an uninterrupted communication link is crucial. While there are many advances in hardware and software algorithm made to the network system to ensure a strong and secure link, there is another area that is equally as important yet least explored, the battery capacity.

While the quick answer to this is, to carry additional battery packs, the additional mass and bulkiness can impair the operator’s agility, hence compromising the mission.

An alternative to this is to manage the shift of the operation so that the operator only needs to carry an optimum amount of capacity for the anticipated duration of his operation.

 

The drawback to this is that shift change becomes inevitable. Imagine a supervisor of the mission, who is actively in communication, having to end his shift duty at the climax of the operation, due to battery depletion. A new supervisor who comes to take over his shift will need to be briefed again for comprehension of the situation, thus wasting crucial time during operation. It is desirable that this operation be uninterrupted.

This paper describes a simple concept to help sustain the operation of the user in question, hence sustenance of the overall operation. An approach that does not involve complex hardware or system network changes, hence only little cost incurred.

The concept in question is a feature to search and recommend for available batteries with higher capacity or charger in vicinity, prior to initiating a battery swap, or capacity replenishment.

The information collected by this auto trigger feature, enables the user to utilize the remaining capacity to communicate with another user in vicinity for battery swap, instead of returning to the base office or searching in various directions for additional battery or charger.

BACKGROUND PROBLEM

The operating duration of a battery dependent communication device in the field is limited to the available capacity of the battery attached to it.

One way of ensuring long operating hours is to carry additional battery packs, which will add mass and bulk to the list of accessories needed for the mission.

Whilst battery capacity can be well managed for routine or shift operation, the case is not so during unpredicted events, which call for extended duration of service hours.

A user experiencing low battery condition with no more available spares, or means to replenish his/her battery capacity, will be compelled to retreat from scene or vacate his/her post, to return to base for a fresh set of fully charged battery pack, hence compromising the mission.

To overcome these concerns, an alternative approach becomes necessary to help sustain cont...