With Meter Reading Patents (Class 340/870.02)
  • Patent number: 10314147
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and techniques for managing streetlights. The subject matter included in this document is embodied in a method that includes receiving, at a computing device, information representative of a location and status of a streetlight included in a network of streetlights. The method also includes presenting a representation of the streetlight in a graphical user-interface in accordance with the received location and status information, and receiving information representing a selection of the streetlight for inclusion in a group of streetlights from the network. The method further includes initiating delivery of one or more control signals to the group of streetlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CIMCON Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Anil Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10306428
    Abstract: A method for identifying a type of a sensor includes obtaining a first input data stream from the unidentified sensor in a vehicle, wherein the input data stream includes an identifier representing the unidentified sensor and a first data pattern associated with the identifier, detecting a change in a vehicle parameter of the vehicle, obtaining a second input data stream from the unidentified sensor in the vehicle, wherein the second input data stream includes the identifier and a second data pattern associated with the identifier, the second data pattern being different from the first data pattern, associating the change in the vehicle parameter of the vehicle with a change from the first data pattern to the second data pattern, and identifying the type associated with the unidentified sensor based on detecting the change in the vehicle parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Rahul Khanna
  • Patent number: 10302454
    Abstract: A retrofit device and method of installing such a device for supplementing a legacy flow meter in a fluid pipe system. The retrofit device enhances the function of the legacy flow meter by providing a digital interface and means for error diagnostics and tamper detection. The retrofit device adapts to the mechanical and casing form factor design of the legacy flow meter, particularly a flow meter already installed, such as buried in the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Olea Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mackie, Stefan Grefen, Corey James Boelter, Astrid Jaehde
  • Patent number: 10283967
    Abstract: A power system management device manages the operational states of a plurality of power systems each including a power generator and a power conditioner connected to each other, and can promptly inform a user of erroneous setting of configuration information. The management device stores configuration information in correspondence with each power system including a power generator (photovoltaic array) and a power conditioner connected to each other. The configuration information indicates the configuration of each power system and includes one or more configuration information elements set by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichi Kawano, Yoshihito Hama
  • Patent number: 10267652
    Abstract: A method includes sending, by a node, a beacon at a regular time interval, the beacon comprising at least an associated utility device identification (ID) and communication channel information; receiving, at the node, a message from a network device on the communication channel beginning within a time window after a defined delay after the beacon was sent; determining, by the node, if the message comprises the associated utility device ID; and initiating, by the node, temporary two-way communication by sending a response to the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Dale McLeod Magley, Edward J. Meaney, Jr., David Edwin Splitz
  • Patent number: 10263317
    Abstract: The present technology discloses a utility meter with an externally-mounted antenna that is electrically insulated to prevent conduction outside of the meter. The antenna is coupled to a communication device that is positioned adjacent to an inside surface of a meter cover and that is configured to connect to a metrology board. The utility meter also comprises an antenna, having one or more leads for coupling with the communication device, the leads extending through openings in the meter cover. The communication device is advantageously positioned to minimize or eliminate radio frequency interference with the metrology board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Steven Bietz
  • Patent number: 10241140
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for monitoring power consumption of individual devices on an electric power system. A monitoring system may identify unique power characteristics of each device. The monitoring system may use the identified unique power characteristics to disaggregate electric data representative of the power consumption of all of the devices on the electric power system into portions associated with each device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Syed Imran Mahmood Moinuddin
  • Patent number: 10240973
    Abstract: A safety control system includes: a first control unit arranged to control a controlled system, a second control unit arranged to detect a fault with the controlled system and arranged to transmit messages wirelessly to the first control unit, wherein the second control unit includes: a first controller and a second controller, each of the first and second controllers being arranged to detect a condition of the controlled system and output messages indicative of whether or not the condition has been detected; a transmitter arranged to transmit wirelessly to the first control unit; and a multiplexer arranged to connect each of the first and second controllers in turn to the transmitter so that messages from each of the first and second controllers can be transmitted to the first control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lasermet Limited
    Inventor: Graham Ormiston
  • Patent number: 10238868
    Abstract: A system for controlling urination in a patient includes an implantable controller and an external device. The implantable controller includes circuitry and electrodes for stimulating the pudenal nerves in order to control urination. In addition, the implantable controller includes sensors for determining information on bladder fullness and for transmitting such information to an external device which is used for controlling the implanted controller. The external device will display when bladder filling exceeds a safe threshold level, allowing the patient and a caregiver to take appropriate steps to allow the patient to urinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: InCube Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Mir Imran
  • Patent number: 10234921
    Abstract: A computer system for hosting a virtual power system environment includes a plurality of virtual devices, wherein at least one of the plurality of virtual devices is configured to simulate the function of at least one physical device in a power system, a virtual device manager configured to perform at least one operation on the plurality of virtual devices, a virtual power monitor configured to control a function of the plurality of virtual devices, a simulation engine configured to simulate a performance of the plurality of virtual devices according to conditions detected on the power system, and a configuration generator configured to generate a configuration for a physical power monitor according to a configuration of the virtual power monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, INC.
    Inventor: Stuart Neilson
  • Patent number: 10224719
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system for managing energy of a residential community sharing energy, the system including a plurality of home EMS (Energy Management System) provided in individual households; a unit for supplying common use energy having a production unit configured to produce common use energy, and a storage unit for charging the produced common use energy; and a residential community EMS configured to manage production and charging of the common use energy, and to control the unit for supplying the common use energy, in response to receiving a signal requesting to use the common use energy transmitted from a home EMS supply, supply the common use energy to the home EMS that transmitted the signal requesting to use the common use energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Wan Ki Park, Il Woo Lee, Chang Sic Choi
  • Patent number: 10211851
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a system for compressing data from a smart meter. The method comprises: LZ-encoding electricity load data collected by the smart meter whenever the smart meter collects the electricity load data; storing the LZ-encoded electricity load data in a temporary database through a smart grid communication channel; reading the electricity load data from the temporary database every preset second duration, wherein the read electricity load data is electricity load data stored in the temporary database within the second duration before a corresponding reading time point; and LZ-decoding the read electricity load data, SAX-compressing the LZ-decoded electricity load data, and storing the SAX-compressed electricity load data in a data center. The present invention has high compression rate, reduces the transmission burden for communication lines and storage burden for the data center, and improves the efficiency of smart electricity data analysis and mining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hefei University of Technology
    Inventors: Kaile Zhou, Lulu Wen, Shanlin Yang, Xinhui Lu, Zhen Shao, Li Sun
  • Patent number: 10209092
    Abstract: Mobile units moving in a local network environment and at times in the vicinity of meters of the network, at least temporarily bypass relay functions of a concentrator operated in a stationary manner, if the relay function is not yet available, for instance during construction, for radio communication of data packets of the meter linked into the smart-metering network to a center. The mobile units are persons and/or vehicles with communication devices such as smartphones for long-distance links over the Internet or in the mobile radio standard. The communication devices, as modified mobile radio telephones, receive data packets from meters by using hardware or a software app over a short-distance link to the mobile unit being accidentally temporarily located in the vicinity of the meter. Long-distance communication of packets from mobile unit to center then takes place over the Internet or the mobile radio standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Lautenbacher, Thomas Kauppert, Klaus Gottschalk
  • Patent number: 10203738
    Abstract: An energy virtualization system may include a physical interface gateway that may include a plurality of common interfaces. The plurality of common interfaces may be coupled to a plurality of energy-producing devices, a plurality of energy-control devices, and a plurality of energy-consuming devices. The system may also include a building network, where the plurality of energy-producing devices, the plurality of energy-control devices, and the plurality of energy-consuming devices can communicate through building network. The system may additionally include a computing device running an energy virtualization layer. The virtualization layer may include a plurality of virtual devices representing the plurality of energy-producing devices, the plurality of energy-control devices; and the plurality of energy-consuming devices. The virtualization layer may also direct energy from the energy-producing devices to the energy-consuming devices according to information received from the energy-control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SYNCELLS, INC.
    Inventor: Gerard O'Hora
  • Patent number: 10204334
    Abstract: A virtual payment system including a customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier generator operative to generate a customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier, a customer-specific limited time duration payment identifier communicator operative to communicate the customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier to a customer and a limited time duration payment identifier validator, operative to verify genuineness and timeliness of the customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier presented by the customer at a point of sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad McGuinness, David Ezell, Paul Jannarone, Erik Vlugt, Mike Thomas Roach
  • Patent number: 10200476
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for remotely configuring gateway devices in a gateway-based Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) network. Remotely configurable gateway devices are provided for Internet Protocol (IP) communications between consumption measuring devices and a utility central facility. Communications between the gateway device and central facility may be by way of wired or wireless communications and may include configuration information multicast from the central facility to selected gateway devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ITRON, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10157531
    Abstract: Tangible interfaces for partitioned energy consumption are generally described herein. An example tangible resource device to represent a limited resource may include sensor and communication modules to receive a consumption limit of the limited resource allocated to an associated user. The sensor and communication modules may further monitor consumption of the limited resource by the associated user. The example tangible resource device may further include a display to present information indicative of the consumption limit and consumption of the limited resource by the user, and an interface module to receive input from the user to control the limited resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Glen J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10129612
    Abstract: A signal sending device, a signal receiving device, and a signal sending and receiving system and method are presented. The devices and system combine a plurality of sense data into a data packet to transmit the data packet. Through the method, the data packet is processed, received, and sent under a transmission mechanism based on independent data packets. Therefore, the plurality of sense data and overhead data are combined into a data packet, and thus the redundant overhead data is reduced, so as to reduce the time spent on sending actual data to a transmission channel, thus improving the efficiency of data exchange and saving electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: Jia-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 10123097
    Abstract: A computerized platform for monitoring the operation of an electric power distribution grid which includes in one form an accessory device operatively coupled with or comprised in an electronic protection relay of said electric power distribution grid, wherein said accessory device is configured to gather grid data and to transmit said grid data through the Internet; a publishing computerized unit capable of communicating with said accessory device through the Internet, said publishing computerized unit being configured to interact with said accessory device to acquire and store said grid data; an interface computerized unit capable of communicating with said accessory device and said publishing computerized unit through the Internet, said interface computerized unit being configured to provide interface services to manage the interaction of said accessory device with said publishing computerized unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ABB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Gritti, Emilio Battista Locatelli
  • Patent number: 10104496
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are provided of telematics devices and exemplary corresponding methods. In an exemplary embodiment, a telematics device generally includes at least one hub device having a wireless network interface and a BLUETOOTH interface, and one or more peripheral devices. Each peripheral device includes a BLUETOOTH device in wireless communication with the hub device and/or at least one other peripheral device. Each of the one or more peripheral devices includes a peripheral device identifier and is configured to periodically broadcast peripheral device information including the peripheral device identifier to be received by the hub device. The hub device is configured to analyze received peripheral device information and transmit a report based on the analyzed peripheral device information to a remote station. Other exemplary embodiments include a camera interface for a telematics device, a smart lock assembly for a trailer, and a trailer tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LAIRD TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Pranav Kumar
  • Patent number: 10097240
    Abstract: A system and method for inferring schematic and topological properties of an electrical distribution grid is provided. The system may include Remote Hubs, Subordinate Remotes, a Substation Receiver, and an associated Computing Platform and Concentrator. At least one intelligent edge transmitter, called a Remote Hub Edge Transmitter, may transmit messages on the electrical distribution grid by injecting a modulated current into a power main that supplies an electric meter. The Subordinate Remotes, Remote Hubs, the Substation Receiver, and the associated Computing Platform and Concentrator may contain processing units which execute stored instructions allowing each node in the network to implement methods for organizing the on-grid network and transmitting and receiving messages on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Astrolink International, LLC, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerritt Hansell, Henrik F. Bernheim, Yu Liao, Marcia Reid Martin, Andrew Louis Abendschein
  • Patent number: 10095659
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are generally directed to handheld systems, individual components, and methods of using such systems and components for measuring parameters, such as electrical, mechanical, and physical measurement parameters. In one embodiment of the present disclosure, a gateway device for a measurement system generally includes a first communication system for receiving at least one signal containing data according to a first protocol, wherein the at least one signal includes at least one measurement value from at least one handheld measurement device, a signal translator for translating the signal containing the data to another signal containing the data according to a second protocol different from the first protocol, and a data memory system for storing data on the gateway device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Katz, Henricus Koppelmans, Paul Herman Heydron, David Lawrence Epperson
  • Patent number: 10088335
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for detecting anomalies in a metering system. In one embodiment, data representing usage of a defined commodity are collected from meters, and the data collected over a given time period are analyzed to identify any of the meters showing at least one defined type of anomalous usage pattern. For each of the meters showing an anomalous usage patterns, an anomaly score is determined for the usage pattern shown, and the anomaly scores are used to rank the meters. In one embodiment, the collected data are analyzed to identify any of the meters showing one or more of a group of types of anomalous patterns including meter-no-reading, meter-by-pass, and meter-silting patterns. Embodiments of the invention utilize time series techniques and data analysis on meter reading data. Further, embodiments of the invention require no additional installation of equipment or sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Arun Hampapur, Zhong Bo Jiang, Hongfei Li, Shilpa N. Mahatma
  • Patent number: 10079942
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods and apparatuses for implementing telemetry applications with the SIM card of a mobile equipment. For one embodiment of the invention the telemetry application allows the encoding of TAD within a supplementary services message and transmission of the TAD over a control channel of a GMS telecommunications system. For one embodiment of the invention the telemetry application allows the decoding of caller identification message received from a CMS to obtain the TAD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AERIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dae Seong Kim, Syed Zaeem Hosain, Hein Dinh Ho, Scott D. Pedersen, David V. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10069944
    Abstract: Methods of operating a communication node are provided. A method of operating a communication node may include receiving data from an electric grid device via a network interface. The method may include processing the data from the electric grid device at the communication node. Moreover, the method may include transmitting a filtered portion of the data to an electric utility head end system, after processing the data at the communication node. In some embodiments, a method of operating a communication node may include using a message broker controlled by a virtual machine in the communication node to provide a protocol to interface with a field message bus that includes a standards-based or open-source Application Programming Interface (API). Related communication nodes and computer program products are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stuart Laval, Raiford Smith
  • Patent number: 10061287
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an apparatus for monitoring a usage of an item. The usage characterises a physical handling of the item. The apparatus comprises a sensor configured to measure the usage of the item and to generate usage data based on the measured usage; a processing unit configured to determine based on the generated usage data a characteristic indicative of the usage of the item; and a wireless communication unit configured to transmit the determined characteristic indicative of the usage of the item and/or the generated usage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Vincent Laulagnet
  • Patent number: 10064123
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies described herein relate to WI-FI and cellular interworking for Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a radio access technology selection system can generate a policy for network selection. The policy can include network selection criteria for network selection to be performed by a dual-mode IoT device. The radio access technology selection system also can provision the policy for the dual-mode IoT device. The dual-mode IoT device can utilize the policy to select one or more networks over which to communicate IoT data. The radio access technology selection system can be or can include an access network discovery and selection function (“ANDSF”). The ANDSF can utilize an ANDSF management object (“MO”) tree to implement an MO defined specifically for the network selection criteria for the IoT device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Farooq Bari
  • Patent number: 10055800
    Abstract: In an aspect, a system is provided for determining an energy usage cost over a time period for a selected unit of a multi-tenanted building. The system includes a fluid mover for the selected unit, configured to operate at at least one pre-selected volumetric flow rate to deliver fluid flow to the selected unit; and a monitoring system configured to: a) detect uses of the fluid movers and detect the associated flow rate; b) determine the duration of use of each fluid mover; c) determine an energy usage cost for the selected unit based on the durations of use, on the flow rate associated with each detected use, on the durations of use for the other fluid movers, and based on a total energy usage cost for all the units of the multi-tenanted building; and d) indicate the energy usage cost for the unit for the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: 2481679 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Williams
  • Patent number: 10056862
    Abstract: A method includes measuring one or more performance metrics of a set of solar cells coupled to an inverter. Based at least on the performance metrics meeting a first criterion, a first subset of the set of solar cells are disabled, reducing a voltage, power, or current provided to the inverter. Based at least on the performance metrics meeting a second criterion, a second subset of the set of solar cells are disabled, further reducing a voltage, power, or current provided to the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J Ponec, Darren Hau, Benjamin A. Johnson, Daniel J. M. Maren, William J. Dally
  • Patent number: 10047493
    Abstract: A utility cover for covering an opening includes an outer frame formed of a first material and an insert within the outer frame formed of a second material, wherein at least a portion of the insert is substantially transparent to wireless communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Samuel Theophilis Johnson, Michael Edward Fisher, John Thomas Polk, III
  • Patent number: 10050669
    Abstract: A system and method for inferring schematic and topological properties of an electrical distribution grid is provided. The system may include Remote Hubs, Subordinate Remotes, a Substation Receiver, and an associated Computing Platform and Concentrator. At least one intelligent edge transmitter, called a Remote Hub Edge Transmitter, may transmit messages on the electrical distribution grid by injecting a modulated current into a power main that supplies an electric meter. The Subordinate Remotes, Remote Hubs, the Substation Receiver, and the associated Computing Platform and Concentrator may contain processing units which execute stored instructions allowing each node in the network to implement methods for organizing the on-grid network and transmitting and receiving messages on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: Astrolink International, LLC, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerritt Hansell, Henrik F. Bernheim, Yu Liao, Marcia Reid Martin, Andrew Louis Abendschein
  • Patent number: 10039084
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a battery-operated stationary sensor arrangement with a unidirectional data transmission. The battery-operated stationary sensor arrangement has a sensor, a means for generating data packets and a means for transmitting data packets. The transmitter is implemented to determine sensor data and provide a sensor data packet based on the sensor data, wherein the sensor data has an amount of data of less than 1 kbit. The means for generating data packets is implemented to divide the sensor data packet into at least two data packets, wherein each of the at least two data packets is shorter than the sensor data packet. The means for transmitting data packets is implemented to transmit the data packets with a data rate of less than 50 kbit/s and a time interval via a communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Josef Bernhard, Gerd Kilian
  • Patent number: 10024885
    Abstract: A method is provided for handling the heating resulting from the operation of a self-powered power sensor (SPPS). The SPPS periodically switches between a sense mode and a harvest mode, each contributing to power dissipation that translates into heat, which may become a safety hazard. A duty cycle that is the ratio between the period in which sensing take place and the total time elapsed between sensing periods defines the duty cycle of the SPPS. In order to prevent overheating of the SPPS it is configured to provide a dynamic duty cycle that is higher for lower currents in the primary power wire and lower, for higher primary currents. This allows for better power dissipation of the SPPS and removing it from operation in unfavorable or dangerous conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panoramic Power Ltd.
    Inventors: Adi Shamir, Dan Wijsboom, Yael Alali, Lior Baz
  • Patent number: 10011500
    Abstract: A control valve (10) includes a valve body with a plurality of ports (A, B, C, D, E, F) and a plurality of annular flow passages (53, 55, 57). A piston (34) which includes a plurality of annular flow passages and a longitudinal flow passage is selectively movable within a bore (32) within the valve body through operation of a valve controller (70). The valve controller is selectively operative to control the position of the piston so as to enable liquid flow through a plurality of flow paths. The valve controller further includes a installable and removable valve controller housing (74) which is releasibly engageable with a valve base (72). The valve may include a changeable piston and changeable injector and plug components to adapt the valve to different flow and fluid mixing requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CHANDLER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: William D. Chandler, Jr., Aaron R. Wolfe, Cody A. Harbaugh
  • Patent number: 10007259
    Abstract: A controller is configured to use an energy cost function to predict a total cost of energy purchased from an energy provider as a function of one or more setpoints provided by the controller. The energy cost function includes a demand charge term defining a cost per unit of power corresponding to a maximum power usage of the building system. The controller is configured to linearize the demand charge term by imposing demand charge constraints and to mask each of the demand charge constraints that applies to an inactive pricing period. The controller is configured to determine optimal values of the one or more setpoints by performing an optimization procedure that minimizes the total cost of energy subject to the demand charge constraints and to provide the optimal values of the one or more setpoints to equipment of the building system that operate to affect the maximum power usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Turney, Michael J. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 10004071
    Abstract: A wireless radio communication system for consumption meters is disclosed. The communication system includes one or more consumption meters arranged to be able to communicate using a first set of radio frequency bands, one or more mobile communication devices arranged to be able to communicate using a second set of radio frequency bands, and one or more meter reading systems arranged to be able to communicate using a third set of radio frequency bands, wherein the first set of radio frequency bands includes a HF band and a first VHF/UHF band, the second set of radio frequency bands includes at least the HF band and a second VHF/UHF band, and the third set of radio frequency bands includes at least the first VHF/UHF band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apator Miitors APS
    Inventor: Jens Drachmann
  • Patent number: 9998175
    Abstract: In accordance with disclosed embodiments, a first power line communication (PLC) device connected to a PLC network includes channel control logic that assigns a first channel of the PLC network for transmission on a power line of PLC data packets between the first PLC device and a second PLC device connected to the PLC network and assigns a second channel of the PLC network for transmission on the power line of PLC data packets between the first PLC device and the third PLC device connected to the PLC network. The PLC device includes a transceiver that receives and transmits PLC data packets on the PLC network and which operates as a bridge device that communicates on both the first and second channels to pass PLC data packets between the second PLC device and the third PLC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Yanjun Sun, Minghua Fu, Xiaolin Lu
  • Patent number: 9985860
    Abstract: Combining and analyzing streamed and polled electric power delivery system information is disclosed herein. A system therefore includes a plurality of IEDs in communication with the electric power distribution system and configured to provide streaming and/or polled data via a communications network. An analysis engine in communication with the communications network receives selected streaming information and requested polled information, analyzes such streamed and polled information, and provides a display of such streaming and polled information to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregary C. Zweigle, Eric J. Hewitt, Ellery A. Blood, Stanley P. Gotshall, Riley Grant Huddleston, William D. Morrison, Jared Kyle Bestebreur
  • Patent number: 9986484
    Abstract: In a wireless network that includes a plurality of nodes, a method of maintaining, by a first node, information regarding communications links between nodes in the wireless network includes: for each communications link that is established with another node, recording an identification of the other node; and for each message received by the first node from the other node through the communications link with the other node, recording a network pathway by which the message has been sent in the wireless network, the network pathway identifying the nodes and the communications links therebetween by which the message has been sent. Another method includes recording, by a server, for each message that is received by the server from the wireless network, a network pathway by which the message has been sent, the network pathway identifying the nodes and the communications links therebetween by which the message has been sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Twitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9977060
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method can include determining an amplitude for each of a plurality of input channels, corresponding to respective nodes. A measure of similarity can be computed between the input channel of each node and the input channel of its neighboring nodes. The method can also include comparing an amplitude for each node relative to other nodes to determine temporary bad channels. For each of the temporary bad channels, a measure of similarity can be computed between the input channel of each node and the input channel of its neighboring nodes. Channel integrity can then be identified based on the computed measures of similarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Cardioinsight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. George, Charulatha Ramanathan, Ping Jia, Qingguo Zeng, Venkatesh Vasudevan, Maria Strom, Ryan Bokan, Rémi Dubois
  • Patent number: 9963965
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data in a frequency selective communication channel in provided. The method comprises: parsing data to be transmitted into a plurality of data fields; assigning the data from each data field into a corresponding one of a plurality of sub-channels; modulating the data from each of the plurality of sub-channels into a corresponding one of a plurality of sub-bands, the plurality of sub-bands having spaced apart center frequencies; and concurrently transmitting the data from the plurality of sub-bands onto the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Cold Bore Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Aryan Saed
  • Patent number: 9945889
    Abstract: A method detects power theft in a branch of a distribution system by distinguishing between technical losses that are inevitable during the course of normal operation of the system, and non-technical losses that can be attributed to power theft. The method assumes a specific circuit corresponding to that branch, collects data for energy consumed and currents at regular intervals by means of a smart or traditional power meter, estimates the likely resistances of the lines connecting the consumption points to the distribution transformed by means of least squares regression, and uses the estimated resistances to predict technical losses in future time intervals. By comparing the total power losses measured during future intervals with the estimates of the technical losses, the amount of non-technical losses can be estimated, and theft can be signaled when this amount is unusually high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC RESEARCH LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Nikolaev Nikovski, Zhenhua Wang
  • Patent number: 9935796
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a superposed signal sampling apparatus, including: a signal receiving module, a signal extracting module, and a signal output module. The signal receiving module is used to receive a superposed signal. The signal extracting module is used to determine whether the received superposed signal is within a preset threshold range of a direct current signal; if the received superposed signal is within the threshold range, extract a previously received signal as a direct current signal to be output; and if the received superposed signal is beyond the threshold range, extract a currently received signal as a direct current signal to be output. The signal output module is used to integrate the direct current signal extracted by the signal extracting module, and then output the direct current signal. The present disclosure further relates to a superposed signal sampling method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lifeng Wang, Xiaojie Wu, Xianhong Yang
  • Patent number: 9930615
    Abstract: A relay device includes a communication signal relay unit for relaying a communication signal and a wake-up signal relay unit for relaying, by bypassing the communication signal relay unit, a wake-up signal that is transmitted using a frequency band which is lower than a communication frequency band used in transmitting the communication signal. The communication signal relay unit includes a low frequency wave attenuation unit for attenuating a signal with a frequency band lower than the communication frequency band. The wake-up signal relay unit includes a wake-up signal filter unit for passing through a signal with a frequency band lower than the communication frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, NIPPON SOKEN, INC.
    Inventors: Youhei Sekiya, Hiroyuki Mori, Yoshifumi Kaku, Shogo Akasaki
  • Patent number: 9903737
    Abstract: An advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) portal system and method for coordinating access to meter data within an AMI data repository. The advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) portal system includes a data repository, a first portal, and a second portal. The data repository is configured to store data related to a plurality of devices within an AMI. The first portal includes a device list. The device list includes a list of at least one of the plurality of devices associated with an organization. The performance portal is configured to retrieve the device list from the first portal, and further configured to request meter kpi data for the at least one of the plurality of devices in the device list from the data repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Carpenter, Kurt Kikendall
  • Patent number: 9906942
    Abstract: An inverter for renewable energy applications, comprising: a meter; and a cellular card which is operatively connected to said meter and which is adapted to provide a communication with a network of a mobile network operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Davide Tazzari, Filippo Vernia, Gabriele Fiacchini
  • Patent number: 9900177
    Abstract: Embodiments detailed herein may involve a first status update of a home automation device installed as part of a home automation system in a home being received. An entry of a plurality of entries in a master home automation model may be updated based on the first status update of the home automation device. The master home automation model may be maintained by the home automation host system. The plurality of entries may correspond to home automation device characteristics of the plurality of home automation devices. A numerical identifier used to track status updates related to the home automation system in the home may be incremented. Within the master home automation model, the incremented numerical identifier may be assigned to the updated entry in the master home automation model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric Holley
  • Patent number: 9900667
    Abstract: Systems and methods for authorizing the connection of a utility service are disclosed. The system can comprise a utility meter, or other utility connection, a utility server, and a means of communication. The utility meter can comprise a disconnect switch capable of connecting and disconnecting a location from the utility. The disconnect switch can connect the utility to the location upon a command from the server and confirmation from a customer. The system can enable utilities to offer pay-as-you-go and pre-paid utility services, which can minimize the financial exposure of the utility. The system can also enable customers to connect utility services without having to be present and/or come into physical contact with utility equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ENERGYCOMNETWORK, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald R. Sewell, Jody Weigle, Steven Stewart
  • Patent number: 9893412
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an antenna attachment. In one example implementation, an antenna attachment includes an attachment body and at least one wire mounted on the attachment body and electric-field coupleable with an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Edward C. Parish, David Edwin Splitz
  • Patent number: 9891253
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic device (IED), e.g., an electrical power meter, having wireless communication capabilities, e.g., Bluetooth connectivity, for transmitting and receiving data without a hardwire connection is provided. A system and method for retrieving revenue metering data from at least one IED, e.g., a revenue meter, are also provided. The system includes at least one intelligent electronic device including a transceiver configured for receiving calculated energy consumption data from a processor and transmitting the calculated energy consumption data via a spread-spectrum frequency hopping technique; and a data collection device configured for receiving the calculated energy consumption data from the at least one intelligent electronic device in response to supplying a pairing passkey to the intelligent electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventor: Erran Kagan