Supervisory Control Patents (Class 700/9)
  • Patent number: 11983973
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of lighting and more specifically, to a Bluetooth low energy mesh enabled adaptive light emitting diode (LED) driver with wireless battery powered switches for lighting control. In an aspect, the LED driver can include a rectifier (104); a switch mode power supply (106), a wireless Bluetooth and microcontroller board (110) and a portable wireless switch (506). The rectifier (104) can convert AC mains (102) to a DC level. The switch mode power supply circuit (106) can supply a constant voltage output followed by a constant current supply (108) for the LED load. The wireless Bluetooth module (110) can be connected in a mesh topology to other LED drivers, wireless switches and the smartphone. The microcontroller circuit (110) can enable the user to adjust the current level supplied to the LED Load using both analogue and PWM dimming techniques (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Rohin Parkar, Malcolm Dsouza, Aniket Shet, Xavier Gonsalves
  • Patent number: 11940812
    Abstract: A method for a zone passage control system for an underground worksite having a plurality of operation zones for autonomously operating mobile vehicle operations includes the steps of associating a first passage control unit with a first zone and a second zone, detecting state parameter information of the first zone and the second zone, merging the first zone and the second zone into a fusion zone on the basis of the state parameter information of the first zone and the second zone, and adapting the zone passage control system to allow a first autonomously operating mobile vehicle to pass the first passage control unit in the fusion zone without interrupting operation of a second autonomously operating mobile vehicle in the first zone and/or the second zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventors: Janne Kallio, Antti Lehtinen, Jarkko Ruokojarvi
  • Patent number: 11914489
    Abstract: A method for redundant control in a distributed automation system, preferably a real-time automation system, for operating a client device of the distributed automation system is discussed. The method includes using the client device to monitor for the occurrence of a fault in communication between the client device and a first computing infrastructure that is part of the distributed automation system and operates the client device. The method may also include using the client device, once the fault occurs, to instruct a second computing infrastructure of the distributed automation system to operate the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Gestalt Robotics GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Lambrecht, Thomas Staufenbiel, Eugen Funk, The Duy Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11821176
    Abstract: A mobile machine includes a propulsion subsystem that propels the mobile machine across an operational environment. The mobile machine also includes machine monitoring logic that receives a sensor signal indicative of a value of a sensed machine variable and operator monitoring logic that receives an operator sensor signal indicative of a value of a sensed operator variable. The mobile machine also includes performance index generator logic that receives the sensed machine variable and the sensed operator value and generates a performance index based on the sensed machine variable and the sensed operator value. The mobile machine also includes optimization system that accesses historic circumstantial data and receives the performance index and generates an optimization signal based on the performance index, and the historic circumstantial data and control signal generator logic that generates a control signal based on the optimization signal to perform a machine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Bradley Lan, Wentao Yu, Bhanu Kiran Reddy Palla, Volker Fuchs
  • Patent number: 11761656
    Abstract: A system faults to a return air sensor integrated within a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit. The system transmits a signal to a remote sensor. The system determines that a return signal is not received from the remote sensor. The system obtains a temperature reading from the return air sensor. The system determines whether the temperature reading satisfies a temperature setting stored in the memory. In response to determining that the temperature reading does not satisfy the temperature setting, the system enables heating or cooling of the HVAC unit until the temperature setting is satisfied. In response to determining that the temperature reading satisfies the temperature setting, the system disables heating or cooling of the HVAC unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Madhuka Manuranga Jayarathne, Thomas D. Chase, Theresa N. Gillette, Andrew Michael Boyd
  • Patent number: 11698610
    Abstract: A building management system (BMS) interface system. The BMS interface system includes a user interface and a BMS controller in communication with the user interface. The BMS controller includes a processor. The processor is configured to display a graphical scheduling interface on the user interface and receive a scheduling input from the user interface. The processor is further configured to extract one or more scheduling elements from the received scheduling input and convert the scheduling elements into one or more BMS data objects. The processor is further configured to update the graphical scheduling interface displayed on the user interface. The processor is also configured to execute one or more scheduling instructions based on the received scheduling input, wherein the scheduling instructions are associated with the operation of one or more BMS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Ryan A. Piaskowski, Nicole Ann Madison, Beth Ray, Adam R. Grabowski, Alan S. Schwegler, Garrett Wiens-Kind, Joseph M. Mueller, Jonathan M. Schwabe
  • Patent number: 11639807
    Abstract: An air conditioning management system is configured to manage a plurality of air conditioners as management targets. The air conditioning management system includes a controller connected to the air conditioners, and a server apparatus connected to the controller. The controller is configured to execute a management program to manage the air conditioners. The server apparatus is configured to provide the controller with an air conditioner data model as a collection of data on the air conditioners to be referred to in the management program. The air conditioner data model is information on the air conditioners to be referred to in the management program. The air conditioner data model is provided for each type of the air conditioners. The air conditioner data model stores information on the air conditioners for each of data items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohei Okada, Takuya Fumimoto, Yoshihide Nomura
  • Patent number: 11604454
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus executes a process on each piece of data repetitively transmitted from a device and transmits processing information on the process to a receiving apparatus, and includes an outputter and a GW communicator. The outputter acquires conditional information, indicating whether a transmission condition required for transmission of generation data generated in execution of the process to the receiving apparatus is satisfied, after every generation of generation data. When the conditional information indicates satisfaction of the transmission condition for the piece of generation data, the outputter outputs additional information on satisfaction or dissatisfaction of the transmission condition for at least one of another piece of generation data generated immediately before or after the piece of generation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Ryo Kashiwagi, Motoyuki Ozaki
  • Patent number: 11599513
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for data quality monitoring. Data quality monitors may be created and configured to identify objects with specified data quality issues and/or property values. Objects identified by a data quality monitor can be presented to users for confirmation and resolution. Properties used by the data quality monitor to match objects may also be displayed to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Malina Kirn
  • Patent number: 11593088
    Abstract: A procedure for changing, in particular for updating, a firmware of a head station of a modular node, having a transfer of a compatibility verification routine stored on the head station from the head station on which a first firmware is stored in a nonvolatile manner to a computer connected to the head station, a verification using the verification routine executed on the computer as to whether a second firmware is compatible with the head station, and a replacement of the first firmware on the head station by the second firmware if the verification has the result that the second firmware is compatible with the head station, and also a suitably equipped head station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Marcus Duerksen, Jonathan Jansen, Juergen Gorka, Mariusz Czarnecki
  • Patent number: 11566802
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that analyzes data from HVAC systems, determines a thermal model of a space environmentally controlled by an HVAC system, and provides an energy audit of the space that is environmentally controlled by the HVAC system. The controller may output a result of the energy audit to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steven R. Peterson, Brad Paine, Pedro Davalos, Soumitri Kolavennu, Wendy Foslien
  • Patent number: 11500345
    Abstract: An electrical control system, in particular for home automation systems, includes at least one electronic switching device including a switching module (10) which includes a switching circuit, including at least one controlled switch which allows a selective implementation of a switch configuration, a diverter configuration or an inverter configuration and a plurality of terminals which allow the connection of the switching module to an external electrical system. The switching module allows selective application of the switch configuration of the switching circuit or diverter configuration of the switching circuit or inverter configuration of the switching circuit to terminals in a partial way, or total way, or to implement a total separation to said terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HIKE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Riccardo Alberto Mattioli
  • Patent number: 11494195
    Abstract: A method for configuring an interface device connected to a control device and a field device, wherein the method includes receiving a first machine learning application having a plurality of logical components connected in a pipeline, where the first machine learning application serves to analyze a signal from the field device utilizing a first machine learning model, generating a plurality of code blocks utilizing a translator based on the plurality of logical components of the first machine learning application, connecting the plurality of code blocks in accordance with the pipeline of the first machine learning application to generate a first output from the signal from the field device, and deploying the connected code blocks on firmware of the interface device including creating a virtual port connectable to the control device, and where the virtual port serves to transmits the first output to the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Ingo Thon
  • Patent number: 11473803
    Abstract: A plurality of triggers may be presented and a selection of a predefined trigger may be accepted. Corresponding actions for the selected trigger may then be presented and an assignment of building control components may be accepted for the corresponding actions. During subsequent operation of a building automation system, the selected trigger may be detected and the corresponding actions may then be performed on the assigned building control components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Franklin Joseph, Nilesh Akode, Sanjay Nair, Venugopala Kilingar Nadumane, Manish K. Sharma, Sheeladitya Karmakar, Rajendra S. Kumar
  • Patent number: 11451437
    Abstract: A system may provision a smart device to allow the smart device to communicate using a network and use at least one service of a management platform. A device identifier of the smart device may be stored in a data store accessible to the management platform. The smart device may send a message to the management platform that includes the device identifier, and in some implementations other information such as location information. The management platform may determine that the smart device has been provisioned, for example based on the device identifier or other information, and provide a service to the smart device from the management platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Viswanathan, Sambit Mishra, Nick G. Suizo, Maryam Seraj, Shin-li Cecily Liu, Kent Ryhorchuk, Scott Tillman, David L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 11436005
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for facilitating offering generic integrated development environments (IDE) extension in an on-demand services environment according to one embodiment. In one embodiment and by way of example, a method includes identifying a plurality of design systems and a plurality of components associated with the plurality of design systems, where at least one component of the plurality of components is identified for each of the plurality of design systems; integrating the plurality of components into a single structure of components. The method further includes generating a set of protocols based on the single structure of components, and associating the set of protocols to one or more IDEs such that set of protocols serves as a generic IDE extension to the one or more IDEs and is compatible with the plurality of design systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee:, Inc.
    Inventors: Billy Ma, James Matt Holland
  • Patent number: 11429720
    Abstract: For simplifying and/or improving the updating of firmware of a control device, in particular of a safety controller, the invention provides a method and a system for updating firmware, in which a device-specific authorization check for performing a firmware update is performed by the manufacturer, and in case of a successful authorization check a device-specific activation code for performing the firmware update is provided, and for this purpose an enabling device is provided on the manufacturer's side and an updating device connectable to a control device on the user's side. The improvement is that the safe and secure firmware update proceeds under the control and long-term archiving of the manufacturer. The invention furthermore relates to a digital storage medium having instructions stored thereon for use when performing the method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Poppe
  • Patent number: 11392149
    Abstract: A water management method for controlling at least one operational parameter of at least one water control device, wherein the operational parameter is associated with water used by the water control device, the method comprising: sending, from an electronic controller of the water control device, operational data associated with the operational parameter to an embedded electronic device; receiving, at the embedded electronic device, the operational data, and developing control data based on the received operational data and sending the control data to the electronic controller; and receiving, at the electronic controller, the control data and controlling the operational parameter of the water control device based on the received control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: Caroma Industries Limited, micas AG
    Inventors: Steve Cummings, Michael Fritzsche, Mark Ebert
  • Patent number: 11306940
    Abstract: In a commercial building, individual occupant thermal comfort is achieved with optimal cost and energy efficiency through the integration of a variety of local thermal comfort components into a communication network that employs emerging optimization principles to meet individual preferences for the thermal environment on a workstation basis while reducing building energy use and operating in accordance with any constraints on the energy grids that serve the buildings. These multiple objectives are met in part through a robust communication network that employs distributing processing to achieve preferred thermal conditions with optimal control of all components at subzone, zone, system, central plant, and energy grid levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Hartman
  • Patent number: 11262743
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for predicting leading indicators for predicting occurrence of an event at a target asset. Rather than rely on traditional manufacturer-defined leading indicators for an asset, the examples herein predict leading indicators for a target asset based on actual operating conditions at the target asset. Accordingly, unanticipated operating conditions can be considered. In one example, the method may include receiving operating data of a target resource, the operating data being associated with previous occurrences of an event at the target resource, predicting one or more leading indicators of the event at the target resource based on the received operating data, each leading indicator comprising a variable and a threshold value for the variable, and outputting information about the one or more predicted leading indicators of the target resource for display via a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Rashmi Shetty B, Leonard Brzezinski, Lauren McMullen, Harpreet Singh, Karthik Mohan Mokashi, Simon Lee, Lukas Carullo, Martin Weiss, Patrick Brose, Anubhav Bhatia
  • Patent number: 11240652
    Abstract: A programmable controller for operating a system is provided as well as a method and devices of configuring such controller. The controller includes firmware storing instructions for controlling operations of the system, the firmware including a passive memory component and a processing unit programmed for operating the system at least in part based on the instructions of the firmware. The firmware is responsive to a signal carrying firmware update information received from an external device for drawing energy from the signal to activate the passive memory component and causing a firmware update process to be performed. Advantageously, the proposed controller can be configured in the absence of electrical power being supplied by an external source and in, some embodiments, using the signal carrying the firmware update information as the sole source of electrical energy in order to perform at least part of the firmware update process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Christian Brochu, Benoit Laflamme
  • Patent number: 11136773
    Abstract: A managed water system can include a first body of water contained in a vessel. The managed water system can also include at least one sensor device that measures at least one parameter associated with the first body of water. The managed water system can further include a circulation system that circulates the body of water relative to the vessel. The managed water system can also include a controller communicably coupled to the at least one sensor device and the circulation system. The controller can control the circulation system, and receive measurements of the at least one parameter made by the at least one sensor device. The controller can also evaluate the measurements using multiple algorithms, and communicate a result of evaluating the measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jorge Miguel Gamboa, Terence Sean Doyle, Juan Carlos Montanez
  • Patent number: 11126692
    Abstract: An analytics engine is provided for industrial automation applications. The engine may be modular, and may be instantiated upon receipt of a data structure, such as containing annotated data from or relating to a monitored and/or controlled machine or process. The module may be data-driven so that it is instantiated only as needed, upon receipt of the input data structure. The module then carries out analysis on the data, and outputs a data structure that can be used for further analysis, or directly by other modules for modeling, classification, optimization and/or control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bijan SayyarRodsari, Alexander B. Smith, Kadir Liano
  • Patent number: 11116692
    Abstract: A method, device and system to facilitate centralized control and monitoring of remote network-enabled bathing unit systems owned and operated by different customers are described. A Graphical User Interface (GUI) is provided for presenting on a computing device a listing of bathing unit systems owned and operated by different customers. The GUI is also configured for displaying operational status indicators associated with at least some of the bathing unit systems presented in the listing of bathing unit systems. Data conveying updated operational status information pertaining to one or more of the bathing unit systems in the listing of bathing unit systems is received over a communication network and, in response, the GUI is dynamically adapted to display updated operational status indicators. User operable inputs may also be provided by the GUI to allow a user to add a new entry to the listing of bathing unit systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Benoit Laflamme
  • Patent number: 11112973
    Abstract: A computer system includes a host unit that issues a request of an I/O processing to a volume VOL, a local pool control unit that is in charge of management of a local pool based on a storage area of a drive of one node, and a global pool control unit that is in charge of management of a global pool based on a plurality of local pools, wherein the global pool control unit controls transmission of target data of the I/O processing performed by the host unit based on a commonality relationship among a first node that is formed with the host unit performing the I/O processing, a second node that is formed with the global pool control unit, and a third node that is formed with the local pool control unit managing the local pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroto Ebara, Yoshinori Ohira, Hideo Saito, Masakuni Agetsuma, Takeru Chiba, Takahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11086282
    Abstract: Automation agents are utilized to modify operating characteristics of a client, such as a piece of equipment. An operating characteristic of equipment can be selectively adjusted by modification of a set point value, which is associated with the operating characteristic of the equipment. The equipment can adjust the operating characteristic based upon the set point value. A remote control indication can be provided to indicate when a set point value is available for modification. The remote control indication is adjustable by an execution module associated with the equipment. A set point latch can be provided for indicating when the set point value is modifiable by an automation agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Clinton D. Chapman, Han Yu, Mbaga Louis Ahorukomeye
  • Patent number: 11068495
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and system for integrating a dynamic Business Logic (BL) Database (DB) with a Human Machine Interface (HMI) application. The method comprises receiving a Business Logic (BL) specification. The BL specification comprises BL data and one or more parameters associated with the BL data. Further, one or more state charts of the BL data are generated from the BL specification. Thereafter, a dynamic BL DB is developed based on the one or more parameters and the one or more state charts. Furthermore, the BL data in the dynamic BL DB is updated when the BL data in the BL specification is updated. Lastly, the dynamic BL DB is integrated with a HMI application utilizing the BL data to implement the BL. The HMI application retrieves the updated BL data from the dynamic BL DB for implementing updated BL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Swarup Mandal, Debasish Chanda, Souvik Dutta
  • Patent number: 11067717
    Abstract: An optoelectronic sensor for detecting objects in a monitored zone is provided having at least one light receiver for generating measurement data from received light from the monitored zone and having a safe evaluation unit that has at least two processing channels for a redundant processing of the measurement data and having a comparison unit for comparing processing results of the processing channels to uncover errors in a processing channel 30a-b. The processing channels are here each configured for a determination of a signature with respect to their processing results; and the comparator unit is configured for a comparison of the signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Ingolf Braune, Lars Müller, Matthias Neubauer
  • Patent number: 11069100
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an intelligent interactive interface, comprising: an interface underlayer drawn from trajectory formed by measurement; a plurality of identifications disposed on the interface underlayer, each of the identifications corresponds to an external device, information of the external device is uploaded in real time, displayed on the interface underlayer and can be stored on a server, and a mapping relationship is established between the information of the external device and the corresponding identification of respective external device; a terminal apparatus is connected to the external device and displays the interface underlayer, identifications and control and/or exchange information with the external device; wherein the information of the external device is displayed in real time on the terminal apparatus through the identifications, the identifications can be added or deleted in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Yufei Wei, Xin Shi, David Xing
  • Patent number: 11057238
    Abstract: A distributed system of home device controllers can control a set of home devices within one or more local networks of the distributed system, analyze interactions of a user with respect to the set of home devices to determine a scene pattern configured by the user, and generate an automatic scene corresponding to the scene pattern to enable execution of the automatic scene without user interaction with the set of home devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Brilliant Home Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Jeremy Hiatt, Ashley Chou
  • Patent number: 11044320
    Abstract: A distribution system that provides for multicast transmission of the most important data that is of highest interest and value to client applications including HMI stations, historians, trend views, alarm management functions, advanced process controls, peer-peer communications and supervisory control. A blast list containing the types of data that are to be collected is formulated and stored in a system server and sent to embedded controllers which then multicasts that data to the system server and all console stations in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul McLaughlin, Joseph Pradeep Felix, Christopher Michael Gilbert, David Barry Granatelli, James A. Strilich
  • Patent number: 11036213
    Abstract: A module for a technical facility including a technical hardware for the execution of a technical sub-process, a control for a local control of the technical hardware, in which the control is adapted to control the technical hardware autarkical, and an external interface of the control, wherein the external interface comprises an administration shell, wherein the administration shell publishes at least one service relating to an output product of the module via a network, and wherein the external interface is adapted to request at least one service relating to an input product of the module via the network. Furthermore, a corresponding system for the execution of a process by means of a technical facility as well as a corresponding method for the execution of a technical process by means of a technical facility is claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Thomas Albers, Thomas Holm
  • Patent number: 11004637
    Abstract: An industrial process field device includes an active component, a latching relay, a controller, a relay drive, and a reset circuit. The active component may be a sensor configured to sense a process parameter, or a control device configured to control a process of the industrial process. The controller is configured to generate a switch signal, and the relay drive is configured to set the latching relay in one of a set state and a reset state based on the switch signal. The reset circuit is configured to set the latching relay to the reset state in response to an interruption of electrical power to the relay drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Aaron Wienhold, Justin Tai Zingsheim
  • Patent number: 10973183
    Abstract: A system (10) with sensor equipment (30) including one or more sensors (140,142) and watering equipment (20) disposed on a parcel of land and configured to selectively apply water to the parcel, and a gateway (40) configured to provide for communication with the sensor equipment (30) and the watering equipment (20). The watering equipment (20) comprises a watering pump (120), wherein the watering pump (120) is operably coupled to a water source (100) and a water line (110) to alternately couple the water source (100) to and isolate the water source (100) from the water line (110). The watering pump (120) further includes a pump sensor assembly (155) configured to detect environmental and operational parameters and processing circuitry (160) configured to direct the watering pump (120) based on detected environmental and operational parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Johannes Gungl, Florian Soor, Thomas Schabel, Juergen Link, Wolfgang Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10980098
    Abstract: A networked light control system includes a wireless detection circuit configured to receive wireless signals emitted by marker devices associated with different lighting devices. The control system includes the lighting devices connected with each other in a wired lighting control network. The control system includes a controller configured to determine network addresses of the lighting devices in the wired lighting control network based on the wireless signals received from the marker devices. The control system includes the controller is configured to control operation of one or more of the lighting devices in the wired lighting control network using one or more of the network addresses that are determined based on the wireless signals received from the marker devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Gergely Katz, Tamas Varjasi, Tamas Vegh, Balazs Bencze, Sandor Polyak
  • Patent number: 10929324
    Abstract: Methods and Systems are described for control at/of a network node. The network node can include a control module and first and second modules coupled to the control module. The first module can be configured to select first input/output (I/O) types of a field device coupled at an I/O interface of the network node. The second module can be configured to select a second I/O types of the field device. The first and second modules can be coupled to the I/O interface through a field device coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Park Johnson, Michael Fox, Michael Ian Baines, Mark William Green, Richard Linwood Linscott
  • Patent number: 10867077
    Abstract: A method for accessing functions of an embedded device, for example a controller programmable from memory, wherein function blocks of the embedded device are assigned to at least two hierarchically superimposed levels, an access to a function block of the embedded device occurs from outside of the embedded device by a data interface, and for access an authentication must occur for the level to which the respective function block is assigned, and again for each individual level above the level to which the function block is assigned, to permit execution of a function of the function block, wherein the functions of the function blocks permit access to a firmware of the embedded device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Berner, Thomas Gleixner
  • Patent number: 10860347
    Abstract: Techniques for concurrent execution of multiple content item processes, such as video game processes, on a single virtual machine instance are described herein. In some examples, developers may provide an indication of a desired content item process quantity count, which is a quantity of content item processes for concurrent execution of content item sessions on each of one or more virtual machine instances. Also, in some examples, the content item process quantity count may be adjustable such that it may be changed, for example in response to various conditions or events. Also, in some cases, collected performance metric information may be used to make intelligent decisions regarding scaling of content item processes. In some examples, when a content item session stops executing on a healthy content item process, the content item process may remain active and may be reused by executing one or more subsequent content item sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Franklin Porter, Aleksey A. Polesskiy, Hok Peng Leung, Geoffrey Scott Pare, Christopher David Byskal, Alexis Levasseur
  • Patent number: 10838413
    Abstract: A performance monitoring system enables users of computing devices to easily view performance indicators for any of a number of different process control sites. A computing device displays a graphical user interface (GUI) that enables a user to identity one or more process control sites he or she is interested in monitoring. The computing device communicates with one or more servers associated with the process control site(s) to receive and display a set of performance indicators tailored to the selected process control sites and to the user's interests. In some instances, the user selects multiple sites and the system acts as an aggregator that selects, prioritizes, and/or categorizes (based on any of a number of different factors) performance indicators to be provided to the user for the multiple sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Trevor Duncan Schleiss, David R. Denison, Manikandan Janardhanan, Shaobo Qiu, William L. Sells
  • Patent number: 10809688
    Abstract: A control architecture includes at least one programmable logic controller and at least one cloud computing system. An automation program of the controller includes at least one predefined control module. The cloud computing system is designed to store first data in accordance with a model of input data and second data in accordance with a model of output data. At least one first hardware and/or software entity is designed to publish the first data in the cloud computing system with a view to being read by the programmable logic controller when it executes the predefined control module. At least one second hardware and/or software entity is designed to read the second data published in the cloud computing system by the programmable logic controller when it executes the predefined control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Yves Drouot, Francois Gorisse
  • Patent number: 10754710
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a transactional watch mechanism are disclosed. A distributed system includes a state manager coordinating access to a registry. In response to a watch establishment request specifying target elements of the registry for which update notifications are to be provided and an indication of a notification destination, the state manager determines a watch establishment timestamp, and initiates a sequence of asynchronous update notifications to the destination, corresponding to each update to a target element completed after the watch is established. The notifications are provided in the order in which the corresponding updates are applied. The sequence includes exactly one update notification for a given update and excludes update notifications for elements of the registry other than the specified target elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Long X. Nguyen, Allan H. Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 10699037
    Abstract: A device information acquirer acquires device information collected by a controller. A floor plan editor edits a simplified floor plan of a home by individually adding a configuration of a room where an electric device is installed, in accordance with a user operation. A device icon positioner positions an icon of the electric device in each room in the floor plan edited by the floor plan editor, in accordance with the user operation. A layout generator generates layout information for the electric device in the home, based on the edited floor plan and the positioned icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Yabe, Ichiro Maruyama, Satoshi Minezawa, Toshiaki Yoshikawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Daisuke Iizawa, Kenichiro Tanaka, Takashi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10579815
    Abstract: The variable domain data access control system and method described herein use the same variable domain to describe a data security model and a variable domain data model, such as a product configuration model. A variable domain is a set of resource data that can be described using a logical relationship data structure. The variable domain utilizes logical relationship expressions, such as a Boolean logic language, to define resource data in terms of parts, rules and/or attributes, and any other property that can be accessed for viewing, manipulation, or other purposes. The data security model represents an access control list (ACL) that includes security attributes as resource data and uses the same data structure and logical relationship expressions as an associated variable domain data model. An application, such as a configuration engine, can be used to create controlled access to the variable domain data model using the data security model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Jacy M. Legault, Jon Loyens
  • Patent number: 10580570
    Abstract: The distributor module serves for distributing electrical power to at least two connected measuring devices (S1, S2) and for forwarding to at least one superordinated electronic data processing unit (NLU) information concerning at least one physical, measured variable transmitted from the connected at least two measuring devices. For this, the distributor module comprises a module housing (100) as well as an electronics module placed within the module housing (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Torsten Pechstein, Sven-Matthias Scheibe
  • Patent number: 10545467
    Abstract: A system for controlling a plurality of facilities includes a plurality of facility modules for controlling operation of a facility, each facility module corresponding to a respective facility of the plurality of facilities, and a control module communicatively coupled to the plurality of facility modules. The control module has access to a plurality of configuration parameter groups, each configuration parameter group of the plurality of configuration parameter groups including at least one configuration parameter, and association logic defining an association between at least some of the plurality of facility modules and at least one configuration parameter group. Upon a configuration parameter group being modified, the control module is configured to identify the modified configuration parameter group and identify from the association logic facilities associated with the modified configuration parameter group, and communicate the modified configuration parameter group to each associated facility modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Brassard
  • Patent number: 10541556
    Abstract: A demand response system incorporating an enterprise demand manager (EDM), and a universal demand response gateway (UDG). The EDM may provide a single unified web interface. It may provide a cloud application that allows an operator of an enterprise to create and send load/energy reduction requests to buildings of one or more groups of buildings in the enterprise. The cloud application may provide controls to the buildings based on market conditions, dispatch demand response (DR) events to the buildings, and provide feedback to confirm that requested reductions are occurring in the buildings. The DR events may include the buildings in an energy market, a load/energy reduction intensity level, and a target load/energy reduction amount for each building. The UDG may perform as a gateway between various DR automation servers (DRAS's) and multiple supervisor controllers at the buildings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ripunjeet Dutta, Prabhat Ranjan, Rob Warner, Barnali Chetia
  • Patent number: 10534351
    Abstract: An automation system network can have a host connected to a first device via a network with the first device having a processor that assigns a first address to the first device, imports factory information from a second device connected to the first device via the network, and assigns a second address for the second device. At least one automation activity may be executed with the first device and the first and second addresses are employed to conduct device-to-device communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Quest Automated Services, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Martell, Hanz Da Silva, Adam Cooper
  • Patent number: 10534983
    Abstract: A piping and instrumentation planning and maintenance system includes an input/output (I/O) interface for receiving a target piping and instrumentation diagram (PID) from a document source system; a processor in communication with the I/O interface; and non-transitory computer readable media in communication with the processor. The non-transitory computer readable media store instruction code, which when executed by the processor, causes the processor to classify entities and properties thereof within the target PID. The entities include one or more assets and interconnections therebetween specified in the PID. The processor compares the classified entities to a knowledge base that represents relationships between a plurality of assets and interconnections between the assets. The processor then determines, based on the comparison, whether the assets in the target PID are interconnected correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Teresa Sheausan Tung, Jean-Luc Chatelain, Jurgen Albert Weichenberger, Ishmeet Singh Grewal
  • Patent number: 10522006
    Abstract: A computer implemented interactive gaming tournament system includes generating match content in response to a request inquiry from a user device that is associated with a user, the match content includes payment attribute information and tournament attribute information, content is generated for the user device that includes the payment attribute information and tournament attribute information. The system includes sending a request for validation to a payment service in response to an entrance request from the user device, the entrance request includes selected tournament attribute information. The system includes sending population content based on the selected tournament attribute information in response to receiving validation content from the payment service, the validation content includes confirmation that a user account associated with the user contains funds that are equal to or greater than a fee associated with the selected payment attribute information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Erik Alexander
  • Patent number: 10509382
    Abstract: A decentralized peripheral having process input and process output modules which, in a process control mode of operation, interact with field devices connected to these modules, and having an interface module in which a process image is stored, wherein in the process control mode of operation the process input modules write process input values for processing via an automation device connected to the decentralized peripheral into the process image, and the automation device writes process output values for processing via the process output modules into the process image such that as real a behavior as possible of this decentralized peripheral can be simulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Benjamin Lutz, Gerrit Wolf