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System and method for merging clusters of wireless nodes in a wireless network

United States Patent

8,189,494
May 29, 2012
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A system includes a first cluster having multiple first wireless nodes. One first node is configured to act as a first cluster master, and other first nodes are configured to receive time synchronization information provided by the first cluster master. The system also includes a second cluster having one or more second wireless nodes. One second node is configured to act as a second cluster master, and any other second nodes configured to receive time synchronization information provided by the second cluster master. The system further includes a manager configured to merge the clusters into a combined cluster. One of the nodes is configured to act as a single cluster master for the combined cluster, and the other nodes are configured to receive time synchronization information provided by the single cluster master.
Budampati; Ramakrishna S. (Maple Grove, MN), Gonia; Patrick S. (Maplewood, MN), Kolavennu; Soumitri N. (Blaine, MN), Mahasenan; Arun V. (Kerala, IN)
Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, NJ)
12/ 464,002
May 11, 2009
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