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1. WO2010077397 - METHOD OF SENSOR CLUSTER PROCESSING FOR A COMMUNICATION DEVICE

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method of managing a battery powered portable communication device having a cluster of sensors and transducers, comprising: providing a wake mode, a standby mode and a sleep mode;

in wake mode: receiving sensor variables from a server; providing full operation of the communication device in which sensor and transducer sensitivity is set for current environmental conditions without having to re-acquire sensor metric information; transferring contents from procedural memory to declarative memory.

in standby mode: sending acquired sensor data to external server; moving contents from declarative memory to procedural memory; and enabling sleep mode;

in sleep mode: increasing sensor and transducer sensitivity to acquire sensor data; reducing sensor and transducer sampling rates; transferring bi-directional data between declarative and procedural memory; and updating sensor variables with sensor metric information based on the acquired sensor data.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein the step of enabling sleep mode as part of standby mode comprises one of: receiving an Application Programming Interface (API) code; and determining that declarative and procedural memory has exceeded a predetermined threshold.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein in the sleep mode the step of updating sensor variables with sensor metric information based on the acquired sensor data. provides incremental learning to the sensors during sleep mode.

4. A portable two-way radio, comprising: a cluster of sensors and transducers; and a microcontroller providing a wake mode and a standby mode, the standby mode providing a periodic sleep mode to the cluster, the microcontroller placing the cluster into a temporary state of arousal during the sleep mode.

5. The sensor enhanced portable two-way radio of claim 4, wherein the microcontroller induces the sleep mode by increasing sensor and transducer gains and reducing sensor and transducer sampling rates.

6. The sensor enhanced portable two-way radio of claim 5, wherein the microcontroller transfers data to and from memory and provides updated sensor variables to the sensors and transducers for incremental learning during sleep mode.

7. The sensor enhanced portable two-way radio claim 6, wherein during the standby mode the microcontroller reduces the gain of the sensors and transducers and increases the sampling rate of the sensors and transducers.

8. The sensor enhanced portable two-way radio claim 7, wherein the sensors and transducers acquire sensor metric information during sleep mode and need not re-acquire the sensor metric information during wake mode.

9. A sensor enhanced communication device, comprising: a radio host microcontroller; memory coupled to the radio host microcontroller; a cluster of sensors; a sensor controller responsive to the radio host processor for controlling the cluster of sensors, the sensor controller putting the cluster of sensors into a sleep mode upon standby command from the radio host processor wherein the cluster of sensors enter a state arousal in which sensor sensitivity is enhanced and sampling rate is reduced, the sensor controller providing low power processing and transfer of memory between RAM and FLASH memory residing in the sensor controller during sleep mode; and the cluster of sensors remaining in sleep mode until the sensor controller indicates a wake mode of operation wherein processing and transfer of data between the cluster of sensors and memory occurs; and

10. The sensor enhanced communication device of claim 9, wherein the sensitivity is enhanced by maximizing sensor gain.

11. The sensor enhanced communication device of claim 9, wherein the sampling rate is reduced by restricting data transfer from memory to and from the sensors during sleep mode.

12. The sensor enhanced communication device of claim 9, wherein the restriction of data transfer comprises limiting data transfer to procedural memory changes from controller RAM to FLASH memory during sleep mode.

13. The sensor enhanced communication device of claim 9, wherein the sensor controller performs sensor variable changes in the form of incremental learning to the cluster of sensors during sleep mode.

14. The sensor enhanced communication device of claim 9, wherein the memory comprises RAM and Flash memory.

15. The sensor enhanced communication device of claim 9, wherein the communication device comprises a portable two-way radio.

16. A sensor enhanced communication device, comprising: a radio controller; memory coupled within the radio controller; a cluster of sensors coupled to the radio controller; the radio controller controlling the cluster of sensors by putting the cluster of sensors into a sleep mode in response to a standby command, wherein the sleep mode places the cluster of sensors into a state arousal in which sensor sensitivity is enhanced and sampling rate is reduced, the radio controller providing low power processing and transfer of sensor data to and from memory, the cluster of sensors remaining in sleep mode until the radio controller indicates a wake mode of operation wherein processing and transfer of data between the cluster of sensors and memory occurs.

17. A method of operating a sensor enhanced radio, comprising: receiving a standby command in response to a lack of environmental input to a cluster of sensors; placing the cluster of sensors into a sleep mode in response to the standby command, the sleep mode inducing the cluster of sensors into a state arousal in which sensor sensitivity is enhanced and sensor sampling rate is reduced; receiving a wake mode of operation in response to at least one sensor receiving an environmental input; and processing and transferring data between the cluster of sensors and memory in response to receiving the wake mode.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein the step of receiving a standby command further comprises comparing the contents of procedural and declarative memory to a predetermined threshold and generating the standby command when the memory exceeds the predetermined threshold.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the step of placing the cluster of sensors into a sleep mode further comprises processing and transferring data between RAM and Flash memories in a low power mode.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein the sleep mode further comprises: placing sensors into a state of arousal by maximizing sensor gain; performing sensor memory transfers between controller and memory; and performing sensor variable changes thereby providing incremental learning to the sensors.