Patents by Inventor Geoffrey Ho

Geoffrey Ho 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: 9134715
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance having a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may also be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may be adapted to provide an overview or summary web-page via the first port that displays information regarding the one or more thermostats, where the information that is displayed may be customized for a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Levi H. Geadelmann, Kevin B. Moore, Daniel J. Sullivan, Geoffrey Ho
  • Patent number: 8966384
    Abstract: A method includes receiving energy-related information associated with multiple elements in a hierarchically-arranged domain. The method also includes determining a value of an energy-related metric for each of the elements using the energy-related information. The method further includes generating a graphical user interface using the metric values and presenting the graphical user interface to a user. The graphical user interface includes a treemap having multiple sections, each associated with one of the elements. The graphical user interface also includes a graph displaying energy-related information associated with a selected element. A size of each section in the treemap could be based on a size, importance, energy usage, and/or carbon emission of the associated element. A color and a color intensity of each section in the treemap could be based on the metric value of the associated element and/or a comparison of the absolute energy usage to a baseline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Rye, Wendy K. Foslien, Steven D. Gabel, Geoffrey Ho, Karel Marik, Josef Rieger
  • Patent number: 8407611
    Abstract: A method includes defining a placeholder widget having a property and defining a prototype graphical user interface (GUI) having an instance of the placeholder widget. The method also includes presenting the prototype GUI to a user, where an appearance of the instance of the placeholder widget is based on the property of the placeholder widget. The method further includes replacing the instance of the placeholder widget in the prototype GUI with an instance of another widget. In addition, the method includes updating the presentation of the prototype GUI using the instance of the other widget. Replacing the instance of the placeholder widget with the instance of the other widget could include transforming an instance of a lower fidelity placeholder widget into an instance of a higher fidelity widget. The property of the placeholder widget could include a textual property, an image property, and/or a graphics property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Zhang, John R. Hajdukiewicz, Shi Qiang Wang, Daoping Zhang, Geoffrey Ho
  • Publication number: 20120221956
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance having a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may also be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may be adapted to provide an overview or summary web-page via the first port that displays information regarding the one or more thermostats, where the information that is displayed may be customized for a particular user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Levi H. Geadelmann, Kevin B. Moore, Daniel J. Sullivan, Geoffrey Ho
  • Patent number: 8239922
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance with a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may provide one or more web-pages via the first port that solicit and receive user rights privileges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sullivan, Geoffrey Ho
  • Patent number: 8196185
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance having a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may also be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may be adapted to provide an overview or summary web-page via the first port that displays information regarding the one or more thermostats, where the information that is displayed may be customized for a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Levi H. Geadelmann, Kevin B. Moore, Daniel J. Sullivan, Geoffrey Ho
  • Patent number: 7702421
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance having a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may provide one or more web-pages via the first port that display a graphical floor plan of the building, and permit a user to drag and drop individual building control device images that correspond to the one or more building control devices onto the floor plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sullivan, Kevin B. Moore, Geoffrey Ho
  • Publication number: 20100031171
    Abstract: A method includes defining a placeholder widget having a property and defining a prototype graphical user interface (GUI) having an instance of the placeholder widget. The method also includes presenting the prototype GUI to a user, where an appearance of the instance of the placeholder widget is based on the property of the placeholder widget. The method further includes replacing the instance of the placeholder widget in the prototype GUI with an instance of another widget. In addition, the method includes updating the presentation of the prototype GUI using the instance of the other widget. Replacing the instance of the placeholder widget with the instance of the other widget could include transforming an instance of a lower fidelity placeholder widget into an instance of a higher fidelity widget. The property of the placeholder widget could include a textual property, an image property, and/or a graphics property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Zhang, John R. Hajdukiewicz, Shi Qiang Wang, Daoping Zhang, Geoffrey Ho
  • Patent number: 7646294
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for facilitating the root cause analysis of an event through spatial and pattern recognition. Alarms can be graphically represented in an alarm summary screen by individual colored rectangles with different luminance and patterns and are organized into categories, which are used to form logical alarm clusters that provide spatial advantage, wherein the size and color of the rectangle defines its priority and precedence. The summary screen also provides operators with strong visual cues, a play forward feature to project how alarms might evolve if particular actions are taken and a play backward feature that can replay the sequence of alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Ming Kow, Jakub Ja Andrzejewski, Geoffrey Ho, Sinem C. Goknur, Janet Jzx Jin
  • Publication number: 20090125825
    Abstract: A method includes receiving energy-related information associated with multiple elements in a hierarchically-arranged domain. The method also includes determining a value of an energy-related metric for each of the elements using the energy-related information. The method further includes generating a graphical user interface using the metric values and presenting the graphical user interface to a user. The graphical user interface includes a treemap having multiple sections, each associated with one of the elements. The graphical user interface also includes a graph displaying energy-related information associated with a selected element. A size of each section in the treemap could be based on a size, importance, energy usage, and/or carbon emission of the associated element. A color and a color intensity of each section in the treemap could be based on the metric value of the associated element and/or a comparison of the absolute energy usage to a baseline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Rye, Wendy K. Foslien, Steven D. Gabel, Geoffrey Ho, Karel Marik, Josef Rieger
  • Publication number: 20090057424
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance with a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may provide one or more web-pages via the first port that solicit and receive user rights privileges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sullivan, Geoffrey Ho
  • Publication number: 20090057427
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance having a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may also be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may be adapted to provide an overview or summary web-page via the first port that displays information regarding the one or more thermostats, where the information that is displayed may be customized for a particular user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Levi H. Geadelmann, Kevin B. Moore, Daniel J. Sullivan, Geoffrey Ho
  • Publication number: 20090057425
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance having a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may provide one or more web-pages via the first port that display a graphical floor plan of the building, and permit a user to drag and drop individual building control device images that correspond to the one or more building control devices onto the floor plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sullivan, Kevin B. Moore, Geoffrey Ho
  • Publication number: 20090057428
    Abstract: An HVAC control system that accommodates and/or facilitates control from a remote location. The HVAC control system may include a web-enabled building control appliance with a controller, a first port and a second port. The controller may implement a web server that is coupled to the first port for serving up one or more web pages on a first network and for receiving a number of responses. The controller may also be coupled to the second port so as to communicate with one or more communicating thermostats via a second network. The web server may be adapted to provide one or more web-pages via the first port that solicit and accept an alarm condition for the one or more communicating thermostats. The controller may provide and/or monitor the alarm condition of the one or more communicating thermostats over the second network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Levi H. Geadelmann, Kevin B. Moore, Daniel J. Sullvan, Geoffrey Ho
  • Publication number: 20070268122
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for facilitating the root cause analysis of an event through spatial and pattern recognition. Alarms can be graphically represented in an alarm summary screen by individual colored rectangles with different luminance and patterns and are organized into categories, which are used to form logical alarm clusters that provide spatial advantage, wherein the size and color of the rectangle defines its priority and precedence. The summary screen also provides operators with strong visual cues, a play forward feature to project how alarms might evolve if particular actions are taken and a play backward feature that can replay the sequence of alarms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Yong Ming Kow, Jakub Ja Andrzejewski, Geoffrey Ho, Sinem C. Goknur, Janet Jzx Jin