Patent Number: 7,826,398

Title: Broadcast acknowledgement in a network

Abstract: The present technology relates to protocols relative to utility meters associated with an open operational framework. More particularly, the present subject matter relates to protocol subject matter for advanced metering infrastructure, adaptable to various international standards, while economically supporting a 2-way mesh network solution in a wireless environment, such as for operating in a residential electricity meter field. The present subject matter supports meters within an ANSI standard C12.22/C12.19 system while economically supporting a 2-way mesh network solution in a wireless environment, such as for operating in a residential electricity meter field, all to permit cell-based adaptive insertion of C12.22 meters within an open framework. Cell isolation is provided through quasi-orthogonal sequences in a frequency hopping network. Additional features relate to apparatus and methodology subject matters relating to broadcast acknowledgement features.

Inventors: Monier; Fabrice (Boissy saint Leger, FR)

Assignee: Itron, Inc.

International Classification: H04L 12/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00