Patents by Inventor Donn R. Dresselhuys

Donn R. Dresselhuys 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: 8537028
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20110285543
    Abstract: A commodity meter. The meter includes a power/meter circuit board, a communication circuit board, and an antenna. The power/meter circuit board is configured to electrically sense a plurality of parameters of electricity flowing through terminals of the meter. The communication circuit board is configured to transmit one or more commodity parameters received from the power/meter circuit board. The antenna is coupled to the communications circuit board and positioned within the meter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Patent number: 7868782
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Patent number: 7772989
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20100141474
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20090115626
    Abstract: An automatic meter reading (AMR) data communication network for relaying meter commodity information includes a commodity provider node, a gateway node configured to communicate with the commodity provider node, and meter nodes configured to measure commodity characteristic data and communicate with the gateway node and with other meter nodes. A source node of the meter nodes generates a data packet that includes meter commodity information to be relayed to the commodity provider node, and when a first meter node of the meter nodes receives the source data packet, the first meter node relays the source data packet to a second node. The second node can include another meter node, a repeater node, the gateway node, or the commodity provider node. In an embodiment, the first meter node determines whether the data packet specifies a relay path for relaying the source data packet to the commodity provider node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Raj Vaswani, George Flammer, III, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20080238714
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20080238716
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20080224891
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20080204272
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20080136667
    Abstract: A networked automatic meter reading system includes a plurality of meters that measure commodity usage and monitor quality parameters for transmission to a utility over a two-way local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter can also provide direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node. The meter also provides an interface to an in-premises network that communicates with consumer devices in a household or other facility. The gateway performs routing analysis of packets to determine preferred routing paths, and disseminates this information to the meters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Raj Vaswani, George Flammer, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20080129538
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Raj Vaswani, George Flammer, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Patent number: 7277027
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Patent number: 7064679
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20040070517
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20040066310
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20040061625
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Publication number: 20030122686
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter including a transducer for measuring commodity utilization; a microcontroller coupled to the transducer for interpreting the commodity utilization data; and a two-way wireless transceiver coupled to the microcontroller for transmitting commodity utilization data from the meter to a remote gateway node, and for receiving data requests from the remove gateway mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Applicant: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Patent number: 6538577
    Abstract: An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Silver Springs Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Ehrke, Kimbel A. Nap, Donn R. Dresselhuys
  • Patent number: 6246677
    Abstract: An automatic meter reading data communication system having an integrated digital encoder and two-way wireless transceiver that is attachable to a wide variety of utility meters for meter data collection and information management. The integrated encoder and transceiver communicates commodity usage information over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located communication node. The communication node transmits this data to a utility service provider over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The utility service provider may also request data from the communication node over the same fixed wide area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Innovatec Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Kimbel A. Nap, Lance A. Ehrke, Donn R. Dresselhuys