Patents by Inventor Nobutaka Nishimura

Nobutaka Nishimura 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: 8836505
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an illumination control system includes a motion sensor and a central management server. The motion sensor acquires position information and action information of a person. The central management server holds holding position information of an illumination unit and necessary light amount information for action information of the person, acquires a necessary amount of light corresponding to the action information of the person based on the necessary light amount information, calculates a brightness control amount based on the position information of the illumination unit, and controls the illumination unit using the brightness control amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shuhei Noda, Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Kazumi Nagata, Nobutaka Nishimura, Yasuo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20140217823
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a power control apparatus includes a receiving unit, an environment-data acquiring unit, and a calculation unit. The receiving unit receives, from a power supplying side, a power-consumption reduction request for reducing power consumption at a power demanding side. The environmental data acquiring unit acquires, from the power demanding side, environmental data representing environmental state of the power demanding side. The calculating unit calculates a power-reduction value based on the environmental data, in response to the power-consumption reduction request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Nobutaka Nishimura, Kazumi Nagata, Shuhei Noda
  • Patent number: 8744639
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a power control apparatus includes a receiving unit, an environment-data acquiring unit, and a calculation unit. The receiving unit receives, from a power supplying side, a power-consumption reduction request for reducing power consumption at a power demanding side. The environmental data acquiring unit acquires, from the power demanding side, environmental data representing environmental state of the power demanding side. The calculating unit calculates a power-reduction value based on the environmental data, in response to the power-consumption reduction request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Nobutaka Nishimura, Kazumi Nagata, Shuhei Noda
  • Patent number: 8630745
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an energy consumption management system includes: a movement information creating device; a power consumption amount measuring device; an accumulating device; and a display device. The movement information creating device creates movement information regarding a person in a management target area. The power consumption amount measuring device measures a power consumption amount of an instrument in the management target area. The accumulating device creates management information in which the movement information and a power consumption amount measurement value measured are associated with each other. The display device displays the management information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shuhei Noda, Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Kazumi Nagata, Nobutaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8589118
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a conveyor diagnostic device diagnoses an abnormal state of a cyclically moving conveyor. The conveyor diagnostic device includes a first tilt sensor, a second tilt sensor, a table, and a processing unit. The first and second tilt sensors are attached to a predetermined position of the conveyor and detect tilt angles of the conveyor in a vertical direction and horizontal direction, respectively. The table indicates a relationship between a tilt angle which changes in the vertical direction and sections included in one revolution of the conveyor. The processing unit specifies an abnormality occurrence position of the conveyor based on a tilt angle in the vertical direction, the table, and an elapsed time after ingression for a section corresponding to the tilt angle in the vertical direction, when a tilt angle in the horizontal direction exceeds a predetermined management limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kimito Idemori, Takahiro Shirota, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Katsuhiro Sumi, Tomohiko Tanimoto, Nobutaka Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20130289775
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, provided is an air conditioning control system having a remote controller which collectively controls air conditioning facilities respectively provided in multiple buildings through a network. A building monitoring and controlling device is provided in each of the buildings. The building monitoring and controlling device monitors an air conditioning facility in a building where the building monitoring and controlling device itself is installed, and transmits operation data on the air conditioning facility to the remote controller. The remote controller calculates each operation setting value based on each set of operation data, and transmits the calculated operation setting value to the building monitoring and controlling device corresponding to the calculated operation setting value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masahiko Murai, Nobutaka Nishimura, Koichi Ikeda, Tomonori Maegawa, Kenichi Yamazaki, Yoshikazu Coba
  • Patent number: 8571720
    Abstract: A first predicting unit predicts a power demand required by each customer. A first reliability value calculator calculates the reliability value of the predictive power demand for each customer. Predicted power supply from a power system is calculated with respect to each power generating unit. A second reliability value calculator calculates the reliability value of the predictive power supply for each power generating unit. A balancing unit obtains a supply-demand margin level based on the difference between: a first weighted sum obtained by performing weighted sum on the predictive power demand and a weight depending on the reliability value; and a second weighted sum obtained by performing weighted sum on the predictive power supply and a weight depending on the reliability value. A plan creator creates a plan for controlling power used by the controllable appliance of the customer based on the supply-demand margin level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Minoru Yonezawa, Tomoshi Otsuki, Yoshiyuki Sakamaki, Nobutaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8498748
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, provided is an air conditioning control system having a remote controller which collectively controls air conditioning facilities respectively provided in multiple buildings through a network. A building monitoring and controlling device is provided in each of the buildings. The building monitoring and controlling device monitors an air conditioning facility in a building where the building monitoring and controlling device itself is installed, and transmits operation data on the air conditioning facility to the remote controller. The remote controller calculates each operation setting value based on each set of operation data, and transmits the calculated operation setting value to the building monitoring and controlling device corresponding to the calculated operation setting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masahiko Murai, Nobutaka Nishimura, Koichi Ikeda, Tomonori Maegawa, Kenichi Yamazaki, Yoshikazu Ooba
  • Publication number: 20130173075
    Abstract: A power management system includes: customer terminals; and a power management apparatus connected to the customer terminals, wherein each of the customer terminals includes a weather forecast acquisition unit that acquires a local weather forecast for a corresponding customer terminal, and a power prediction unit that predicts a power consumption and an amount of power that can be reduced for a predetermined period based on the weather forecast, and the power management apparatus includes an integration processing unit that integrates the power consumptions and the amounts of power that can be reduced that are predicted for the respective customer terminals to calculate a total power consumption and a total amount of power that can be reduced for all of the customer terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenji Mitsumoto, Dai Murayama, Masaaki Saito, Yoshikazu Ooba, Shingo Tamaru, Yasuo Takagi, Nobutaka Nishimura, Yutaka Iino, Shuichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8452892
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a scheduling apparatus sends queries to communication modules in buildings and receives facility information measured at monitor-control points from the communication modules. As for each communication module, a network address, a waiting time to receive the facility information after sending a query, and a connection with the monitor-control points, are stored. When a service request indicating at least one monitor-control point is received, queries each including the network address of a communication module connected with a monitor-control point indicated by the service request, are generated. A priority of each query is decided based on the waiting time corresponding to the communication module. Each query is added to a first send queue or a second send queue based on the priority. When queries are sent, a timing to send from the first send queue is same as or earlier than a timing to send from the second send queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tomonori Maegawa, Keisuke Mera, Shigeo Matsuzawa, Koichi Ikeda, Nobutaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8432445
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus connected to a camera device that images a processing target includes: an image information acquisition unit; an accumulation subtraction image information creation unit; a feature amount information creation unit; and an action content identification unit. The image information acquisition unit sequentially acquires, from the camera device, image information formed by imaging the processing target thereby. Based on a temporal change of the image information acquired by the image information acquisition unit, the accumulation subtraction image information creation unit accumulates subtraction information for a predetermined period, which is made by motions of a person present in a room, and creates multivalued accumulation subtraction image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kazumi Nagata, Takaaki Enohara, Kenji Baba, Shuhei Noda, Nobutaka Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20130066585
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a PMV estimating device calculates a PMV value from an average room radiation temperature, room temperature, room humidity, room air velocity, an amount of cloth worn by a person in the room, and an amount of activity of the person in the room. The PMV estimating device includes: indoor solar radiation calculator; solar radiated article temperature estimator; and average radiation temperature estimator. The indoor solar radiation calculator calculates an amount of solar radiation entered into the room. The solar radiated article temperature estimator estimates a temperature of a solar radiated article receiving the solar radiation entered into the room, by using the amount of solar radiation entered into the room calculated by the indoor solar radiation calculator. The average radiation temperature estimator estimates the average room radiation temperature by using the temperature of the solar radiated article estimated by the solar radiated article temperature estimator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Masaaki SAITO, Yasuo TAKAGI, Koichi IKEDA, Yukio HIRAOKA, Kenji MITSUMOTO, Dai MURAYAMA, Nobutaka NISHIMURA, Yoshikazu OOBA, Yutaka IINO
  • Patent number: 8339455
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a monitoring system is provided, which has a personal authentication unit and a camera. The personal authentication unit is provided near a security gate and authenticates a person allowed to pass through the security gate. The camera photographs an area near the security gate, in which the personal authentication unit is provided. The monitoring system further has a data generation unit configured to generate personal attribute data about the person authenticated by the personal authentication unit, a person identification unit configured to identify the person authenticated, on the basis of video data generated by the camera, and a monitoring data generation unit configured to generate monitoring data composed of video data and metadata. The video data represents an image including the person identified by the person identification unit. The metadata is associated with the video data and containing the personal attribute data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Yusuke Takahashi, Yoshihiko Suzuki, Akira Sawada, Nobutaka Nishimura, Ryoichi Kurata
  • Publication number: 20120310417
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, system controls electrical apparatus installed in target area. This system includes image sensor and server. Image sensor senses target area, acquires, from sensed image of area, human information representing state of person in area and environmental information concerning environment of area for each of divided areas obtained by dividing area, and outputs human information and environmental information. Server is connected to image sensor via communication network and executes task-ambient control for electrical apparatus based on human information and environmental information for each of areas output from image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Takaaki ENOHARA, Kazumi Nagata, Shuhei Noda, Kenji Baba, Nobutaka Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20120239213
    Abstract: An energy demand prediction apparatus according to an embodiment includes an image analysis unit and a prediction unit. The image analysis unit generates analysis data including at least one of human information and environment information of a prediction target area based on image data acquired by an image sensor. The prediction unit generates prediction data by executing an energy demand prediction based on the analysis data and an energy demand prediction model generated using previous data corresponding to the analysis data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Kazumi Nagata, Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Yasuo Takagi, Nobutaka Nishimura, Shuhei Noda
  • Publication number: 20120221165
    Abstract: According to embodiments, a regional energy integrated management device for managing energy in a region containing multiple buildings includes an information acquisition unit, an information generator, and an instruction transmitter. The information acquisition unit acquires energy management information containing energy shortage and surplus information of a building from the multiple buildings. The information generator generates regional energy management information for mutually adjusting energy supply between different buildings in the management target region based on the energy management information on the multiple buildings thus acquired. The instruction transmitter transmits the generated regional energy management information to the corresponding buildings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Ooba, Nobutaka Nishimura, Hideki Oono
  • Publication number: 20120179596
    Abstract: A power reserve margin trading system according to one embodiment includes a reserve margin trading unit, a determination unit, and a trading consideration distribution unit. The reserve margin trading unit acquires a power reducible amount of a customer, trades the reducible amount as a reserve margin for demand adjustment, and acquires a consideration. The determination unit determines a rank of each customer by giving a higher rank to a customer having a smaller difference between a predicted power demand amount and a power consumption amount. The trading consideration distribution unit distributes a consideration to customers so that a portion of the consideration to be distributed varies depending on whether or not the power reduction request is transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Kenji MITSUMOTO, Yasuo TAKAGI, Nobutaka NISHIMURA, Dai MURAYAMA, Yutaka IINO, Yoshikazu OOBA, Masaaki SAITO
  • Publication number: 20120065792
    Abstract: A first predicting unit predicts a power demand required by each customer. A first reliability value calculator calculates the reliability value of the predictive power demand for each customer. Predicted power supply from a power system is calculated with respect to each power generating unit. A second reliability value calculator calculates the reliability value of the predictive power supply for each power generating unit. A balancing unit obtains a supply-demand margin level based on the difference between: a first weighted sum obtained by performing weighted sum on the predictive power demand and a weight depending on the reliability value; and a second weighted sum obtained by performing weighted sum on the predictive power supply and a weight depending on the reliability value. A plan creator creates a plan for controlling power used by the controllable appliance of the customer based on the supply-demand margin level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Minoru YONEZAWA, Tomoshi Otsuki, Yoshiyuki Sakamaki, Nobutaka Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20120065800
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a power control apparatus includes a receiving unit, an environment-data acquiring unit, and a calculation unit. The receiving unit receives, from a power supplying side, a power-consumption reduction request for reducing power consumption at a power demanding side. The environmental data acquiring unit acquires, from the power demanding side, environmental data representing environmental state of the power demanding side. The calculating unit calculates a power-reduction value based on the environmental data, in response to the power-consumption reduction request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Kenji BABA, Takaaki Enohara, Nobutaka Nishimura, Kazumi Nagata, Shuhei Noda
  • Publication number: 20120019168
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an illumination control system includes a motion sensor and a central management server. The motion sensor acquires position information and action information of a person. The central management server holds holding position information of an illumination unit and necessary light amount information for action information of the person, acquires a necessary amount of light corresponding to the action information of the person based on the necessary light amount information, calculates a brightness control amount based on the position information of the illumination unit, and controls the illumination unit using the brightness control amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Shuhei NODA, Kenji Baba, Takaaki Enohara, Kazumi Nagata, Nobutaka Nishimura, Yasuo Takagi