US Patent No. 10,925,114

REMOTE MONITORING OF GEOGRAPHICALLY DISTRIBUTED ASSETS USING MOBILE PLATFORMS


Patent No. 10,925,114
Issue Date February 16, 2021
Title Remote Monitoring Of Geographically Distributed Assets Using Mobile Platforms
Inventorship James Smith, Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Assignee Loon LLC, Mountain View, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,925,114

1. A method of providing opportunistic communication between one or more remote facilities and a back end system, the method comprising:determining, by one or more processors, an expected arrive time on station of a high altitude platform (HAP) for a given one of the one or more remote facilities, the HAP being part of a fleet of HAPs;
communicating to a device of the given remote facility, by the one or more processors, the expected arrival time on station and a communication window for the HAP at the given remote facility;
upon arriving on station at the given remote facility, enabling communication between the HAP and the given remote facility;
storing data received from the given remote facility in local memory of the HAP, the data received from the given remote facility including information about at least one of component, system or facility operation associated with the given remote facility;
transmitting the received data from the HAP to either another HAP in the fleet of HAPs or to a ground station; and
communicating to the device of the given remote facility a next expected arrival time on station and a next communication window for another HAP of the fleet of HAPs, the next expected arrive time on station being based on analysis of at least one of current flight information, projected flight information, bandwidth and data storage capabilities;
wherein enabling the communication between the HAP and the given remote facility includes the HAP transmitting an identifier to the given remote facility, the identifier indicating arrival of the HAP on station at the given remote facility.