Patents by Inventor Damian Bonicatto

Damian Bonicatto has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10270491
    Abstract: Power-line communication (PLC) systems collect information over power lines from end-point devices respectively associated with customer sites, for assessment by a central processing circuit operated on behalf of a power utility company. In the PLC system, each of a number of PLC data-collector circuits includes a plurality of data interface units and PLC end-point device data computation circuit. Typically, one data interface circuit is located proximate, and another is distal, the location of the computation circuit. Each data interface unit includes a transformer circuit for selectively receiving data from a subset of the end-point devices via the power lines, a transformer-coupling circuit for selectively sending data to the subset of the end-point devices via the power lines, and a high-throughput data driver circuit for outputting data in accordance with a data-transfer protocol which is common to the other high throughput driver circuits which operate in accordance with the data-transfer protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Haug, Damian Bonicatto, Rolf Flen, Robert Zeppetelle
  • Patent number: 10250294
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a plurality of PLC endpoints and a data processing circuit are configured to share information, in the form of data blocks over power lines in a power line communication (PLC) network. A first signal representing a transmitted one of the data blocks is received over a first one of the plurality of different communication channels. A second signal representing the transmitted one of the data blocks is received over a second one of the plurality of different communication channels. Information carried by said one of the data blocks is discerned, as a function of a signal versus noise measure associated with the first signal and the second signal, by combining energy from the first and second signals, and converting the combined energy for generating output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Haug, Damian Bonicatto
  • Publication number: 20190068243
    Abstract: Power-line communication (PLC) systems collect information over power lines from end-point devices respectively associated with customer sites, for assessment by a central processing circuit operated on behalf of a power utility company. In the PLC system, each of a number of PLC data-collector circuits includes a plurality of data interface units and PLC end-point device data computation circuit. Typically, one data interface circuit is located proximate, and another is distal, the location of the computation circuit. Each data interface unit includes a transformer circuit for selectively receiving data from a subset of the end-point devices via the power lines, a transformer-coupling circuit for selectively sending data to the subset of the end-point devices via the power lines, and a high-throughput data driver circuit for outputting data in accordance with a data-transfer protocol which is common to the other high throughput driver circuits which operate in accordance with the data-transfer protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Stuart Haug, Damian Bonicatto, Rolf Flen, Robert Zeppetelle
  • Publication number: 20180352310
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward power outage assessment using customer-site communication devices which are powered by utility power lines and which communicate with a remotely-situated computer server over a broadband network according to certain schedules. The server can receive from the devices, communications indicative of an operating status of each respective communication device as expected according to the schedules. In response to receiving and/or not receiving the respective communications from the devices and taking into account other parameters, the server can assess a possible power outage within one or more regions by comparing the received communications and threshold criteria associated with the schedules. Based on such criteria, the server can detect and report on conditions suggestive of a power outage in regions associated with the communication devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventor: Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9774370
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for data communication over power lines in a PLC system. The apparatus includes a data-coupling circuit configured to provide data to the power lines for transmission. The data-coupling circuit includes a DC-isolation circuit configured to isolate circuitry of the data-coupling circuit from the power lines. The apparatus also includes a feedback circuit connected to the DC-isolation circuit. The feedback circuit has a power-tap circuit on an endpoint side of the feedback circuit. The power-tap circuit is configured to indicate/estimate of an amount of power, current, and/or voltage provided from the data-coupling circuit through the DC-isolation circuit and to the power lines. Based on the feedback the signal, the strength of a transmitted may be adjusted (e.g., to maintain constant signal strength).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9729200
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a power-line communication apparatus provides data over a power-line communication network by transmitting data symbols to endpoint circuits over a power line. The power-line communication apparatus includes a signal-processing circuit configured to combine a plurality of different data streams, each of the plurality of different data streams respectively formatted according to different communication schemes, to form a signal that represents a combination of the different data streams and corresponding communication schemes. Further, the power-line communication apparatus includes a pulse-modulation circuit configured to convert the signals, as combined, as a pulse-width modulated or a pulse-density modulated signal, the pulse-modulation circuit configured to switch at a frequency higher than frequencies of the different communication schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Virden, Verne Olson, Damian Bonicatto
  • Publication number: 20170163310
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a plurality of PLC endpoints and a data processing circuit are configured to share information, in the form of data blocks over power lines in a power line communication (PLC) network. A first signal representing a transmitted one of the data blocks is received over a first one of the plurality of different communication channels. A second signal representing the transmitted one of the data blocks is received over a second one of the plurality of different communication channels. Information carried by said one of the data blocks is discerned, as a function of a signal versus noise measure associated with the first signal and the second signal, by combining energy from the first and second signals, and converting the combined energy for generating output data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart Haug, Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9667315
    Abstract: A system for communicating data over power utility lines includes a plurality of endpoint devices. The endpoint devices can have modulation circuits configured and arranged to modulate data using multiple-orthogonal frequency sub-channels. The endpoint devices can also have a power line interface circuit configured and arranged to transmit the modulated data over a power utility line. A detection module can be configured and arranged to detect undesirable post modulation of a communication from one of the plurality of endpoint devices and to generate a signal responsive to the detected post modulation. The endpoint devices can then set a spacing between the multiple orthogonal frequency sub-channels in response to the signal responsive to the detected post modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Damian Bonicatto, Stuart L. Haug
  • Patent number: 9647495
    Abstract: A load control device is directly connected to a power utility line carrying electrical power using alternating current (AC) and to a load provided by a device located at premises. At the load control device, values are monitored for one or more load-responsive parameters of the electrical power over a period of time. A nominal value is determined for each of the one or more load-responsive parameters based upon the monitored values over the period of time. Threshold values are determined for the one or more load-responsive parameters based upon an acceptable deviation from the corresponding nominal value. A load-responsive parameter is detected as being outside of the threshold values. The load control device is then used to interrupt the providing of power to the load in response to the one or more load-responsive parameters being detected as being outside of the threshold values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Damian Bonicatto
  • Publication number: 20170005701
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a power-line communication apparatus provides data over a power-line communication network by transmitting data symbols to endpoint circuits over a power line. The power-line communication apparatus includes a signal-processing circuit configured to combine a plurality of different data streams, each of the plurality of different data streams respectively formatted according to different communication schemes, to form a signal that represents a combination of the different data streams and corresponding communication schemes. Further, the power-line communication apparatus includes a pulse-modulation circuit configured to convert the signals, as combined, as a pulse-width modulated or a pulse-density modulated signal, the pulse-modulation circuit configured to switch at a frequency higher than frequencies of the different communication schemes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Virden, Verne Olson, Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9525462
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a plurality of PLC endpoints and a data processing circuit are configured to share information, in the form of data blocks over power lines in a power line communication (PLC) network. A first signal representing a transmitted one of the data blocks is received over a first one of the plurality of different communication channels. A second signal representing the transmitted one of the data blocks is received over a second one of the plurality of different communication channels. Information carried by said one of the data blocks is discerned, as a function of a signal versus noise measure associated with the first signal and the second signal, by aligning phases of the first and second signals, combining energy from the first and second signals as aligned, and converting the combined energy and therefrom providing output data representing the transmitted one of the data blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Haug, Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9461707
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a power-line communication apparatus provides data over a power-line communication network by transmitting data symbols to endpoint circuits over a power line. The power-line communication apparatus includes a signal-processing circuit configured to combine a plurality of different data streams, each of the plurality of different data streams respectively formatted according to different communication schemes, to form a signal that represents a combination of the different data streams and corresponding communication schemes. Further, the power-line communication apparatus includes a pulse-modulation circuit configured to convert the signals, as combined, as a pulse-width modulated or a pulse-density modulated signal, the pulse-modulation circuit configured to switch at a frequency higher than frequencies of the different communication schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Virden, Verne Olson, Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9369180
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for data communication over power lines in a PLC system. The apparatus includes a data-coupling circuit configured to provide data to the power lines for transmission. The data-coupling circuit includes a DC-isolation circuit configured to isolate circuitry of the data-coupling circuit from the power lines. The apparatus also includes a feedback circuit connected to the DC-isolation circuit. The feedback circuit has a power-tap circuit on an endpoint side of the feedback circuit. The power-tap circuit is configured to provide a feedback signal indicative of an estimate of an amount of power, current, and/or voltage provided from the data-coupling circuit through the DC-isolation circuit and to the power lines. Based on the feedback the signal, the strength of a transmitted may be adjusted (e.g., to maintain constant signal strength).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9306736
    Abstract: In a power-line communication system, a data processing electronic circuitry can receive a plurality of symbols from a plurality of endpoint circuits and over a plurality of communications channels on power lines in a power-line communication system. A first symbol of the plurality of symbols can be decrypted using a first decryption key that is assigned to a first endpoint circuit. From the first decryption, a first measure of error is computed that includes a first bit error rate. The first symbol is decrypted using a second decryption key that is assigned to a second endpoint circuit. From the second decryption, a second measure of error is computed that includes a second bit error rate. The first and second bit error rates are compared to a threshold error measure to determine validity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9214985
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are also directed towards a method that includes maintaining a transmission period which has a start time and an end time synchronized to metrological time. Further, this method, in response to the start time, begins transmission of a frame, which includes a plurality of symbols. This transmission occurs over power distribution lines that carry power using alternating current (AC). This method also includes synchronizing a transmission time for each symbol of the plurality of symbols according to a time-based parameter of the AC. In response to reaching an end of the frame, a synchronization symbol period is determined for a synchronization symbol, as a function of the transmission times, for the plurality of symbols and time from the end of the frame to the end time. The synchronization symbol is then transmitted on the power distribution lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Wolter, Rolf Flen, Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9106365
    Abstract: Particular embodiments are directed towards a method for communicating time-based data in a power line communication system. The communication system utilized in the method includes: a command center; a collector device; and a plurality of endpoint devices. The method includes communicating, from the collector device, downstream data to the plurality of endpoint devices. This downstream communication utilizes a communication protocol that is relative to a collector network time, and is over a set of power distribution lines carrying alternating current (AC). The collector network time uses the local oscillator. The AC zero-crossing event can be used as a time base for other versions of the network time. Conceptually, the AC can be thought of as acting as a reference clock for maintaining these other network times, although the clocking function can be carried out in the digital realm, e.g., using a digital-signal processor (DSP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Damian Bonicatto, Rolf Flen, Stuart L. Haug, Chad Wolter, Verne Olson
  • Patent number: 9106317
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward a system that includes a plurality of endpoint devices. Each endpoint device can be configured and arranged to monitor a plurality of communication channels carried over power distribution lines for data communications. The endpoint can detect setup communications that contain an endpoint identifier (ID) matching the endpoint. The endpoint then stores or assigns the organization ID (obtained from the detected communications) to itself. The endpoint configures itself to respond to subsequent operational communications based upon the organization ID. A command center is configured and arranged to transmit setup communications to endpoint devices. The setup communications can include one or more endpoint identifiers and the organization ID. The command center can also transmit operational communications to the plurality endpoint devices, the operational communications including the organization ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roland Johnson, Damian Bonicatto, Robert Zeppetelle
  • Patent number: 9094153
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for transmitting data. In one aspect, a method obtains a baseline data rate for transmissions from a node that are received over a channel of a power line communications system and a set of available modulation techniques for the node. The set of available modulation techniques can include at least two modulation techniques with which the node is configured to encode data that are transmitted over the channel. Using the set of available modulation techniques, a modulation technique that is capable of providing at least the baseline data rate with at least a threshold confidence for the node is selected. In turn, data is provided to the node specifying the selected modulation technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Damian Bonicatto, Stuart L. Haug
  • Patent number: 9081684
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a data processing apparatus is configured to receive data symbols transmitted from one or more endpoint devices. Each of the data symbols is transmitted in a respective temporal position assigned for communication by one of the plurality of endpoints. The data processing apparatus is configured to recover data from two or more transmission(s)/retransmission(s) (of the same data) that are received in error and have different temporal positions. The corresponding data symbols in error are phase-aligned per a common reference point and energy is accumulated therefrom. The data processing apparatus discerns correct data values from the accumulated energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart L. Haug, Damian Bonicatto
  • Patent number: 9009467
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for authenticating a communications source. In one aspect, a method includes decrypting a symbol that was received over a particular communications channel. The symbol is decrypted using a decryption key that is assigned to a particular endpoint that is assigned the particular communications channel. A measure of error is computed for the decrypted symbol. In turn, a determination is made whether the measure of error exceeds a threshold error measure. If the measure of error does not exceed the threshold error measure the decrypted symbol is identified as a valid symbol transmitted by the particular endpoint, and logged as such. If the measure of error exceeds the threshold error measure, the decrypted symbol is identified as a symbol from a different endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Damian Bonicatto