System and method for unified telephone and utility consumption metering, reading, and processing
Patent 6163602 Issued on December 19, 2000. Estimated Expiration Date: April 15, 2019. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
379/114.01, Call charge metering or monitoring379/106.01, Remote indication over telephone line (e.g., telemetry)379/106.03, Meter reading379/111, WITH USAGE MEASUREMENT (E.G., CALL OR TRAFFIC REGISTER)379/112.01Call traffic recording by computer or control processor
The system and method provides a conversion and interface between automated meter reading systems and telephone billing systems to enable a telephone billing system to collect, process, and combine usage data of telephone and non-telephone services and products, such as water usage, natural gas consumption, electric power consumption, and long distance and toll call usage.
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