US Patent No. 10,368,313

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BATTERY ALLOCATION


Patent No. 10,368,313
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title System, Method And Apparatus For Battery Allocation
Inventorship Devan J. Lippman, Cumberland, RI (US)
Assignee Zebra Technologies Corporation, Lincolnshire, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,313

1. A method in a server for allocating a rechargeable battery among a plurality of roles performed by a group of devices removably connectable with the rechargeable battery, the method comprising:for each of the roles, receiving, from a subgroup of the devices, a plurality of data sets corresponding to respective operational periods, each of the data sets including:
an identifier of the rechargeable battery,
a measured capacity of the rechargeable battery, and
a measured energy consumption during the operational period;
determining, based on the measured capacity of the rechargeable battery during the operational periods, a predicted capacity of the rechargeable battery and storing the predicted capacity in association with the identifier of the rechargeable battery;
determining, for each role, a predicted energy consumption based on the measured energy consumptions and storing the predicted energy consumption in association with an identifier of the role;
obtaining an allocation defined by the identifier of the rechargeable battery and an identifier of one of the roles;
comparing the predicted capacity with the predicted energy consumption corresponding to the one of the roles; and
when the predicted energy consumption corresponding to the one of the roles exceeds the predicted capacity, generating an alert,
wherein each of the devices is a label printer, and the label printers are configured to print a different one of a plurality of label types in each of the roles.