US Patent No. 11,030,567

IDENTIFICATION AND ASSOCIATION OF REFRIGERATED CONTAINERS WITH DISPATCH ORDERS


Patent No. 11,030,567
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Identification And Association Of Refrigerated Containers With Dispatch Orders
Inventorship Thomas A. Robinson, Mendham, NJ (US)
Venkateswaran Karuppanan, Morris Plains, NJ (US)
Timothy P. Slifkin, Morristown, NJ (US)
Assignee STARTRAK INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, Rochelle Park, NJ (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,030,567

1. A method for controlling refrigerated shipping containers based on container shipping orders comprising:providing a first, second, and third refrigerated container, each having contents and identifiable by a container ID;
providing a first, second, and third genset, each comprising a wireless device;
attaching the first refrigerated container to the first genset, the second refrigerated container to the second genset, and the third refrigerated container to the third genset in each case by a genset-container power cord connection;
receiving, by the first, second, and third genset, the container ID of the first, second, and third refrigerated container through the genset-container power cord;
receiving, by an operations center from one or more customers, a first, second, and third work order, each respectively associated with the first, second, and third refrigerated container, and entering the first, second, and third work orders into a database;
receiving, by the operations center from the wireless device on the gensets attached to the first, second, and third refrigerated container, a first, second, and third message associated respectively with the first, second, and third refrigerated container, and each having, respectively, the first, second, and third container ID, and applying the first, second, and third message to the database;
performing continuously, in real-time, a first operation, a second operation, and a third operation;wherein:in the first operation:
looking, in the database, for containers that are unlocked and do not have a trip segment locked to the container and finding the first container;
matching the found first container to the first work order via the container ID; and
locking the first container to a first trip segment and transitioning the first container to a trip initiation state in the database;
in the second operation:
looking, in the database, for containers that are in a trip initiation state and finding the second container;
confirming details that the second container is locked to a second trip segment;
confirming a location of the second container provided in the second message is a same location as an origin location contained within the second work order; and
if both the details and the location are confirmed, then transitioning the second container to a trip initiation confirmed state in the database;
in the third operation:
looking, in the database, for containers that are in a trip initiation confirmed state and finding the third container;
confirming details that the third container is locked to and initiated with a third trip segment;
confirming a location of the third container provided in the third message is a same location as a destination location contained within the third work order; and
if both the details and the location are confirmed, then unlocking the third container from the third trip segment and transitioning the third container to an unlocked and available state in the database.