US 11,653,628 B1
Bluetooth low energy tracking tags for cattle tracking
Patrick Herron, Austin, TX (US); and Michael Fregeau, San Antonio, TX (US)
Assigned to MICROTRAKS, INC., San Antonio, TX (US)
Filed by MICROTRAKS, INC., San Antonio, TX (US)
Filed on Nov. 23, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/533,494.
Int. Cl. G06K 19/07 (2006.01); H04W 4/80 (2018.01); G06K 19/077 (2006.01); A01K 11/00 (2006.01); A01K 29/00 (2006.01)
CPC A01K 11/006 (2013.01) [A01K 29/005 (2013.01); G06K 19/071 (2013.01); G06K 19/0723 (2013.01); G06K 19/07762 (2013.01); G06K 19/07786 (2013.01); H04W 4/80 (2018.02)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A tracking tag for cattle tracking, comprising:
a near-field communication (NFC) module programmed with a unique identifier;
a battery module coupled to the NFC module and configured to:
supply battery energy when active, and
activate when the NFC module is first read after being programmed with the unique identifier;
a Bluetooth module coupled to the battery module, wherein the Bluetooth module configured to:
receive the battery energy from the battery module, and
transmit the unique identifier using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmission protocol; and
a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip programmed with the unique identifier, wherein the RFID chip is configured to communicate the unique identifier to an external reader using an ultra-high frequency;
wherein the NFC module is further configured to:
harvest radio-frequency energy from an external reader when the NFC module is first read, and
supply the radio-frequency energy to the Bluetooth module; and
wherein the Bluetooth module is further configured to activate the battery module when the Bluetooth module receives the radio-frequency energy from the NFC module.