Including Communication Means Patents (Class 702/62)
  • Patent number: 10734809
    Abstract: An energy monitoring system is provided including an inductive clamp associated with an electric circuit and configured to measure current load of the electric circuit and an energy monitoring device. The energy monitoring device comprises a processor and a memory including computer program code, the memory and the computer programming code configured to, with the processor, cause the monitoring device to receive circuit data including the measured current from the inductive clamp, determine a Power Set for one or more intermittent loads associated with the electric circuit based at least in part on the circuit data, determine a solution for the circuit data based on determined Solution Sets of the Power Set, and determine an energy usage for an appliance based on the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lime Energy Co.
    Inventors: Arjun Saroya, Stuart James Woolley, Liam Relihan
  • Patent number: 10727564
    Abstract: A meter assembly includes an meter, a meter collar, and a modular antenna assembly. The meter includes a meter antenna housed within the meter. The meter collar is coupled to the meter and includes a collar connector electrically coupled to the meter antenna through a coaxial cable. The modular antenna assembly includes a modular antenna and a modular antenna connector. In some cases, the modular antenna assembly is detachably mounted to the meter collar, and the modular antenna connector is configured to detachably connect with the collar connector such that the modular antenna is electrically coupled with the meter antenna. In various examples, a gain of the modular antenna is higher than a gain of the meter antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Veronica V. Bell
  • Patent number: 10713257
    Abstract: A data-centric reduction method, system, and computer program product include configuring a similarity threshold and a correlation threshold for an entire data set from at least two back-end nodes, reducing the entire data set to a reduced data set from the at least two back-end nodes sent to a front-end node by removing data based on the similarity threshold and the correlation threshold, and after the front-end receives the reduced data set, reconstructing the entire data set from the reduced data set using the similarity threshold and correlation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eun Kyung Lee, I-Hsin Chung, Yoonho Park
  • Patent number: 10677824
    Abstract: A distributed-generator power-generation-amount estimation apparatus and method capable of more accurately and easily estimating output by reflecting a power factor are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Takahashi, Masahiro Adachi, Katsuhiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10663498
    Abstract: A power monitoring device (PMD) can perform real-time remote managing, status reporting and analysis on the health/condition of equipment connected to the PMD. For example, a PMD provides data such as whether the equipment connected is idling, fully operating, malfunctioning, etc. The PMD can turn the power on/off, trigger system alert, and perform time-delayed or special profile programming to manage and monitor equipment usage. A power signature identification capability can identify what equipment such as monitor, laptop, lighting equipment, etc., are being connected. A configuration can be used by the power management device based at least in part on the waveform information (e.g., device model, activity status, etc.). Real-time diagnosis and collection of energy consumption and usage pattern can be aggregated for planning and management. Asset management can be enabled by discovering which models of devices are active and connected to a predetermined power management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Targus International LLC, Targus Group (UK) LTD
    Inventors: Ronald Decamp, Dan Tsang, David Kai Bong Mak, Paul Dale, Jay Turner
  • Patent number: 10666279
    Abstract: A circuit includes a phase control logic, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and digital logic. The phase control logic is configured to couple to a plurality of power phases of a multi-phase power supply. The digital logic is configured to couple to the phase control logic and the ADC, to receive an instruction to operate in a self-calibration mode of operation, receive a first message including a value associated with a calibrated load configured to couple to the plurality of power phases, perform a self-calibration sub-routine for each power phase of the plurality of power phases based at least partially on the received instruction, the received first message, and a signal received from the ADC, and receive a second message instructing the digital logic to store a result of the self-calibration in a memory of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew John Ascher Schurmann, Mayank Jain, Wenkai Wu, Preetam Charan Anand Tadeparthy, Kuang-Yao Cheng
  • Patent number: 10657803
    Abstract: A central monitoring and measurement system is described. A central user interface system for generation of a plurality of user-desired information based upon a plurality of measured data, the central user interface system may include a receiver system configured to receive wirelessly the plurality of measured data from a plurality of external sensor systems. An input/output system may be configured to provide output data to a display screen, receive input data from the display device, and provide output data to a processing system. The processing system may be configured to process the plurality of measured data from the plurality of external sensor systems into the plurality of user-desired information. Each external sensor system may include a transmission system configured to transmit wirelessly measured data to the central user interface system, and a measurement system configured to determine the measured data associated with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: La Crosse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Rolf Haupt, Allan McCormick
  • Patent number: 10611336
    Abstract: A device for providing information about a smart key for use in vehicles includes a communicator which receives information about at least one function, performed by the smart key, of controlling a vehicle; and a controller which sets a usage restriction for the at least one function. The communicator may provide information about the at least one function including the usage restriction to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-jae Kim, Myung-jin Eom
  • Patent number: 10612789
    Abstract: The oven of the present disclosure includes a monitoring unit for monitoring the cooking room and monitoring the data generated by the monitoring and transmitting the data generated by the monitoring the cooking room to the external device through the network so that the user may not directly check the visible portion of the oven, so that the convenience of the user may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Jun Park, Woo Joo Kim, Min Ho Yun, Yeo Wool Jung
  • Patent number: 10601213
    Abstract: An arc fault detection system samples a high frequency signal on a power line sequentially at different frequency regions according to a frequency hopping sequence, which is repeated a number of times over a predefined period. The different frequency regions include at least one region with a carrier for power line communication on the power line and at least one region without a carrier for power line communication on the power line. The system obtains energy measurements for each frequency region based on the sampled signals, computes an energy level for each frequency region based on the measurements for each region, and assigns a binary value to each region according to the corresponding energy level. The binary value represents a presence or absence of signal content in the frequency region. The system determines a presence or absence of an arc fault based on the binary values for the frequency regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Andi Jakupi, Michel Layour, Hynek Raisigel, Costin Vasile, Paul A. Reid, Gary Scott, Joseph Beierschmitt
  • Patent number: 10564616
    Abstract: A building management system includes at least one of a meter or equipment configured to provide data samples for a point and a point mapping system configured to store a point object corresponding to the point and including a unit attribute, store a template object corresponding to a building equipment metric and including an allowed units attribute, access the point object to read the unit attribute, access the template object to read the allowed units attribute, in response to a request to map the point object to the template object, determine whether the unit attribute matches the allowed units attribute, and, in response to a determination that the unit attribute matches the allowed units attribute, automatically map the point object to the template object. The building management system also includes a system manager configured to calculate the building equipment metric using the samples for the point and operate building equipment using the building equipment metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Rajesh C. Nayak, Abhigyan Chatterjee, Barkha Shah
  • Patent number: 10547324
    Abstract: A compression coding method, apparatus, and program suitable for continuously coding pieces of fixed length data are provided. The compression coding method includes: dividing, into columns each with a predetermined bit width, records consisting of a fixed-length bit string that includes one or more fields, pieces of data of the same type being contained in the same field among fields determined in advance; and determining, for each column, a probability of occurrence of a bit value in the column at the same position among a plurality of records, and coding the plurality of records on the basis of the probability of occurrence using an entropy coding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: KOUSOKUYA, INC., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Suzuki, Kaoru Shibata
  • Patent number: 10530666
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and a system for dynamically managing performance indicators for an enterprise to address goals for facility operations management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Prabhu Raja Subbarayalu Venkitapathi, Jasmine Singh
  • Patent number: 10515109
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a method for real-time auditing of industrial equipment conditions is presented. The method includes causing presentation of a user interface comprising a table view of condition factor scores associated with industrial equipment. Each of the condition factor scores provides a measure of a factor that impacts an overall functional state of the industrial equipment. The method further includes providing a selectable element operable to toggle the user interface between the table view and a detailed view of condition factor scores. In response to user selection of the selectable element, the user interface is updated to present the detailed view that includes derivation information related to the at least one condition factor score. The derivation information includes at least one formula and at least one variable value used in calculating the at least one condition factor score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Taneja, Andrzej Skrodzki
  • Patent number: 10514273
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an electric meter assembly including a meter support platform or base able to reversibly electrically couple to a transformer providing inputs including an AC power supply, phase voltage, and/or a phase current. Output of the meter support platform or base can be DC power, AC phase voltage signals and/or AC phase current. Further, a removable or portable meter can couple to the meter support platform or base and to an electric meter system including a meter core coupled to a wireless transmitter, an antenna, an integrated power sensor, and data meter front end. The system includes a data manager configured for electric service analysis including energy usage, and/or interval temperature, phase voltage, current and phase angle in real time, electric energy kWh and kVARh values in a user-specified period, wrong meter base installation detection, physical location of the removable or portable meter, and tamper detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    Inventors: Ed Padrones, Earle Davis, Young D Nguyen, Shelley Williams, Alex Yan, Quoc Hoang, Lomi Negash, Albert Pham, Jimmy Chong, Tri Q. Nguyen, Kulwinder Sharma, Alan Jones
  • Patent number: 10495672
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting faults in a power distribution network are described. In an aspect, the systems and methods determine a probability that each node of the network is powered and a probability that each distribution line in the network is faulted. In another aspect, the systems and methods determine the probabilities by transmitting a signal over a power distribution network with an active sounding system. In an additional aspect, the systems and methods determine the probabilities by utilizing collected data coupled to the power distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Aclara Technologies LLC
    Inventor: David W. Rieken
  • Patent number: 10484478
    Abstract: A controller in a building management system (BMS) includes an integrated wireless network processor chip. The integrated wireless network processor chip includes a wireless radio, a processor, and memory. The wireless radio is configured to exchange data communications with one or more BMS devices controlled by the controller. Both the processor and memory are in communication with the wireless radio and located on the same chip as the wireless radio. The memory includes communication stacks configured to facilitate communications using a building automation and control network communications protocol and a WiFi communications protocol. The integrated wireless network processor chip receives data from the BMS devices via the wireless radio, formats the data using the processor, stores the data in the memory, and sends the data via the wireless radio without requiring any additional processing or communications components outside the integrated wireless network processor chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Christopher Brophy, Kim K. Weller, Daniel R. Gottschalk, Ryan J. Bykowski, Tom Z. Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10452127
    Abstract: Systems include one or more critical datacenter connected to behind-the-meter flexible datacenters. The critical datacenter is powered by grid power and not necessarily collocated with the flexible datacenters, which are powered “behind the meter.” When a computational operation to be performed at the critical datacenter is identified and determined that it can be performed more efficiently or advantageously at a flexible datacenter, the computational operation is instead obtained by the flexible datacenters for performance. The critical datacenter and flexible datacenters preferably share a dedicated communication pathway to enable high-bandwidth, low-latency, secure data transmissions. In some situations, a computational operation is supported by multiple datacenters in a redundant arrangement, such as multiple flexible datacenters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Lancium LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. McNamara, David J. Henson, Raymond E. Cline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10416210
    Abstract: A method for measuring a measurable flow of energy includes measuring, by ways of a measuring device belonging to a distribution network, a first “time-driven” or TDM measurement component obtained at predetermined time intervals, the first TDM measurement component including data related to physical parameters of said measurable flow of energy; measuring, by way of the measuring device, a second “event-driven” or EDM measurement component consolidated upon the occurrence of a significant change in at least one physical parameter of the flow of energy, the second EDM measurement component including data related to the physical parameters of the measurable flow of energy; combining the first TDM measurement component and the second EDM measurement component into a time sequence in order to control and manage an energy trend of the flow of energy in the distribution network in accordance with business logics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Fondazione Links—Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society
    Inventor: Mikhail Simonov
  • Patent number: 10411495
    Abstract: A system of monitoring and/or maintaining remotely located autonomously powered lights, security systems, parking meters, and the like is operable to receive data signals from a number of the devices, and provide a comparison with other similar devices in the same geographic region to detect a default condition of a particular device, and/or assess whether the defect is environmental or particular to the specific device itself. The system includes memory for storing operating parameters and data, and outputs modified control commands to the devices in response to sensed performance, past performance and/or self-learning algorithms. The system operates to provide for the monitoring and/or control of individual device operating parameters on an individual or regional basis, over preset periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CLEAR BLUE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: John Tuerk, Miriam Tuerk, Mark Windrim, Ahmad Yafaoui
  • Patent number: 10393777
    Abstract: A system and method for measurement of one or more parameters of a power grid (10) is disclosed. This comprises determining a plurality of events in at least one power waveform on the power grid using at least two sensors (30, 50) and recording timings of the plurality of events in at least two different locations in the power grid. The data gathered is used to determine differences between the timings recorded in the at least two locations. A processing unit (40) is used to analyze the differences of the timings to determine the one or more parameters. These parameters include power flow, short circuits, and breaks in the power grid (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LIVE POWER INTELLIGENCE COMPANY NA, LLC
    Inventor: Paal Even Gaarder
  • Patent number: 10393778
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disaggregation apparatus (1) for identifying an electrical consumer in an electrical network (2). An electrical signature providing unit (7) provides electrical signatures of the electrical consumers (4, 5, 6), and an electrical parameter determining unit (8) determines an overall electrical parameter of the electrical network (2). An identification unit (9) identifies an electrical consumer depending on the determined overall electrical parameter and a correlation of the electrical signatures. Since the identification unit identifies an electrical consumer depending on the determined overall electrical parameter and a correlation of the electrical signatures, the identification of an electrical consumer does not depend on the detection of an event only. This makes the identification more robust, especially less prone to errors caused by missed events, thereby improving the reliability of identifying an electrical consumer in the electrical network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Alessio Filippi, Tim Cornell Wilhelmus Schenk, Armand Michel Marie Lelkens
  • Patent number: 10379586
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: executing, using at least one processor, computer readable program code to: identify a plurality of possibilities at the disposal of a data center for changing its energy demand in its role as a consumer of energy, wherein each of the possibilities is associated with: a time interval during which change in energy consumption of the data center is to take place; and an amount of energy to be drawn, during the time interval, by the data center from an electric provider through a connection to a power grid; wherein the plurality of possibilities are different from each other; proactively determine, based on the identified plurality of possibilities, the ability of the data center to change its energy consumption, thereby changing the amount of energy drawn by the data center from the energy provider; and communicate, to a remote device that is in direct communication with an energy supplier, data indicating the ability of the data center to change its energy consumpti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ranjini Bangalore Guruprasad, Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Dilip Krishnaswamy, Prakash Murali
  • Patent number: 10373275
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus embodiments for electric power grid and network registration and management of physical and financial settlement for participation of active grid elements in supply and/or curtailment of power, wherein Internet Protocol (IP)-based messages including IP packets are generated by transforming raw data content into settlement grade content. Settlement is provided for grid elements that participate in the electric power grid following initial registration of each grid element with the system, preferably through network-based communication between the grid elements and a coordinator, either in coordination with or outside of an IP-based communications network router. Messaging related to settlement is managed through a network by a Coordinator using IP messaging for communication with the grid elements, with the energy management system (EMS), and with the utilities, market participants, and/or grid operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CAUSAM ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Forbes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10371730
    Abstract: A branch current monitor that includes client level access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Veris Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Bitsch, Eric Moon
  • Patent number: 10304145
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, data about a plurality of remote energy efficient light fixture networks may be received, and each energy efficient light fixture network is associated with a customer of an enterprise and includes a plurality of energy efficient light fixtures equipped with wireless communication devices. Based on data indicative of energy consumption by a first customer, a first energy savings amount may be determined for the first customer in connection with a pre-determined period of time. An allocation of the first energy savings amount between the first customer and the enterprise may be dynamically calculated and an indication of the allocation between the first customer and the enterprise may be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LINKBEE, LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Loeb, Jason Slosberg, Andrew Bein, Alvin Kopel, Edward J. McCabe, John F. Rovegno
  • Patent number: 10295368
    Abstract: A data collection method performed by a collector for communicating with a master station by using DLMS protocol, includes: obtaining a collected-data item identifier from the master station, where the collected-data item identifier indicates a collected data item that needs to be reported to the master station in an event reporting manner; obtaining from a smart meter, to-be-reported data corresponding to the collected-data item identifier; generating a DLMS extension event packet, where the DLMS extension event packet includes a data attribute item and the to-be-reported data, and the data attribute item is used to identify a type of the to-be-reported data; and sending the DLMS extension event packet to the master station. Therefore, message exchange between the master station and the collector and occupied resources can be reduced, and data collection performance can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dachao Yang, Haiyuan Zhan
  • Patent number: 10296718
    Abstract: In order to improve variety of medicines producible, a central control device that controls a plant control device for controlling a cell culture environment of a cell strain for producing a medicine is installed in a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant for manufacturing a medicine. The central control device controls the plant control device on the basis of analysis data relevant to an inspection result of a patient. The central control device transmits traffic information to a navigation device, and the navigation device searches for a delivery route of a delivery vehicle for delivering a medicine on the basis of the transmitted traffic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Shibuya, Toshiaki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10284140
    Abstract: A device comprises a platform constructed and arranged to be mounted to one or more solar array modules and one or more solar irradiance sensors on the platform configured to receive incident solar energy, the one or more solar irradiance sensors oriented on the platform so that the received incident solar energy is comparable to that received by the solar array modules, the one or more solar irradiance sensors providing solar irradiance signals in response to the incident solar energy. A processor is on the platform, the processor configured to receive the solar irradiance signals and, in response, generating a performance reference metric based on the solar irradiance signals, the performance reference metric related to the expected performance of the one or more solar array modules to which the platform is mounted. A transmitter is on the platform, the transmitter configured to periodically transmit the performance reference metric to a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: PowerOwners, LLC.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Leary, Roy S. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 10209753
    Abstract: The application relates to an intelligent power server applied to a protection and control system for an intelligent substation. According to the application, merging unit and intelligent terminal integrated devices for all bays in the intelligent substation are directly accessed to the intelligent power server. Each merging unit and intelligent terminal integrated device is accessed to one of transport ports on the intelligent power server through an embedded high-bandwidth switched communication network. The intelligent power server realizes measurement and control and protection functions of primary devices throughout the substation and exchange of total station information and a telecontrol function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kyland Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ping Li
  • Patent number: 10203373
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an apparatus, system, and method for monitoring multiple portable generators. A monitoring device may include at least one electrical plug to connect to a respective electrical socket of multiple generators. The monitoring device may include a plurality of sensors, a wireless modem, and a processor communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors, the wireless modem, and to a memory storing executable instructions. The monitoring device may generate a unique identifier for a connected generator of the multiple generators when plugged into the electrical socket of the connected generator. The monitoring device may monitor operational parameters of the connected generator based on the plurality of sensors. The monitoring device may store a respective profile for each of the multiple generators, each profile associated with a respective unique identifier and including the operational parameters. The monitoring device may transmit the profile to a mobile device via the wireless modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: David Andrew Horst, Narendran Ravi
  • Patent number: 10205482
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system that facilitates receiving a plurality of ultra-wideband electromagnetic waves that propagates along a surface of a transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, wherein the plurality of ultra-wideband electromagnetic waves conveys a plurality of communication signals, obtaining, from the plurality of ultra-wideband electromagnetic waves, at least one communication signal from the plurality of communication signals, and distributing the at least one communication signal to at least one communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Giovanni Vannucci, Peter Wolniansky, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 10191096
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods of disaggregating and detecting energy usage associated with electric vehicle charging from a whole-house consumption signal. In general, methods of the present invention may include: identifying by an electronic processor potential interval candidates of electric vehicle charging, based at least in part upon long and decreasing patterns; determining by the electronic processor intervals associated with the charging of an electric vehicle, based at least in part on evaluating each potential interval candidate; determining by the electronic processor an initial point of charging for each interval associated with the charging of an electric vehicle; and accounting by the electronic processor for feedback of any incorrectly detected signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bidgely Inc.
    Inventors: Hsien-Ting Cheng, Ye He, Abhay Gupta, Vivek Garud, Alex Shyr
  • Patent number: 10181802
    Abstract: A converter configuration has at least one series circuit with at least two series-connected sub-modules which in each case have at least one switch and are installed in each case at a predefined electrical installation position the converter configuration. The converter configuration further has a central unit connected to the sub-modules to control the sub-modules. The sub-modules in each case have a memory in which an identifier, in particular a serial number, uniquely identifying the respective sub-module is stored. The sub-modules in each case have a control device which can forward the stored identifier to the central unit via a communication connection connecting the respective sub-module and the central unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mike Dommaschk, Wolfgang Goblirsch, Alfred Habermeier, Joerg Lang, Christian Siegl, Tobias Wieners-Rehrmann
  • Patent number: 10152038
    Abstract: A control system is provided for controlling an electrically operated device. The control system includes a first control box and a second control box. The first control box is equipped with a single button. In case that an input power is normally received and the button is pressed, a pairing process is performed. In case that the input power is interrupted, the second control box is in an emergency mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Kuo-Yao Chiang, Shih-Chung Wang, Yung-Wei Peng
  • Patent number: 10146295
    Abstract: A server rack includes a management controller, a power mapping module coupled to the management controller, and a plurality of power receptacles. Each power receptacle is coupled to the power mapping module to provide an indication to the power mapping module of the power consumed by equipment that is plugged in to each power receptacle. The management controller is operable to determine that the power consumed by the equipment installed in the server rack is greater than a high power threshold and throttle a first piece of equipment installed in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Del Products, LP
    Inventors: John R. Palmer, Sajjad Ahmed, Jinsaku Masuyama
  • Patent number: 10126336
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a configuration of a device using energy, and an energy usage device according to the present invention includes: an energy information generating unit configured to generate energy information containing energy use information measured for an energy usage device or generated in consideration of operations of particular configurations of the device; a communication unit configured to transmit the generated energy information or an identification code for identifying the device to an energy information collecting device; and a control unit configured to control an operation of the energy information generating unit, the communication unit, or the device. According to the present invention, it is possible to expand an active energy saving solution infrastructure due to ease in extracting and controlling energy use information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Jong-Woong Choe, Hyunsu Bae, Junhan Ahn
  • Patent number: 10101408
    Abstract: A positioning system for determining the location of a receiver relative to a transmitter. The system includes a transmitting coil having a known orientation with respect to the earth's coordinate system and configured to transmit a periodic signal during a positioning event, at least one receiver including a sensing unit for measuring the magnetic field vector produced by the transmitting coil and the orientation of the receiver with respect to the earth's coordinate system, and at least one computing unit configured to estimate a position and orientation of the receiver with respect to the transmitter's coordinate system using the measured magnetic field vector, the measured orientation with respect to the earth's coordinate system, and the known orientation of the transmitting coil with respect to the earth's coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Byunghoo Jung, Mohit Singh
  • Patent number: 10054620
    Abstract: A method for determining a frequency, an amplitude and an attenuation of at least one output oscillation in an electrical energy supply network. A time window of predefined duration is used and momentary values for the output determined within the time window are used to determine the frequency, the amplitude and the attenuation of the at least one output oscillation. At least one further time window is used, wherein all the time windows are each of different duration. That time window, within the duration of which a predefined number of oscillation processes of the output oscillation under consideration falls, is used for determining frequency, amplitude and attenuation. The invention also describes a data processing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Litzinger, Stefan Piel
  • Patent number: 10038989
    Abstract: A remote asset management system comprising a network of programmable wireless modules, each having an antenna and an identification module and configured to communicate via a radio communication protocol. The system further includes a plurality of assets each linked to one of the wireless modules and configured to be managed by the linked wireless module. A remote system server service platform is configured to receive remote asset data from the wireless modules, pass the remote asset data to and from the wireless modules, send messages to at least one of the wireless modules, monitor the wireless modules by requesting and receiving current mode information, and remotely program the wireless modules. A data processing module located within the wireless module(s) and configured to process messages received by the wireless module, authenticate said message, analyze authenticated messages, and carry out asset management instructions included in the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: M2M Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Philip Bernard Wesby
  • Patent number: 10034123
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for measuring ambient and sensory conditions in venues using a number of real-time signals, including sound, temperature, light, motion, water usage, vibration, infrared signal and others. Ambient signal data is transmitted to a cloud-based application that stores the signal levels in a database, analyzes the data, and presents the information in a visual format for use by venues and by consumers. The system can, among other things, provide an overall measure of ambient conditions in a venue and allow those with environmental or sensory sensitivities or preferences to identify safe or suitable public venues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Ernest W. Grumbles, III
  • Patent number: 10024733
    Abstract: The overall thermal performance of a building UATotal can be empirically estimated through a short-duration controlled test. Preferably, the controlled test is performed at night during the winter. A heating source, such as a furnace, is turned off after the indoor temperature has stabilized. After an extended period, such as 12 hours, the heating source is briefly turned back on, such as for an hour, then turned off. The indoor temperature is allowed to stabilize. The energy consumed within the building during the test period is assumed to equal internal heat gains. Overall thermal performance is estimated by balancing the heat gained with the heat lost during the test period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CLEAN POWER RESEARCH, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10024894
    Abstract: To provide a power system analysis support system in which the amount of data to be sent from a measuring device to an analysis support apparatus can be reduced. A measuring device includes a measuring unit which performs measurement related to a power system, a storage unit which stores measurement values measured by the measuring unit, a parameter generator which generates a predetermined parameter indicating a probability density function of the measurement value from the plurality of measurement values stored in the storage unit, and a communication unit which sends the predetermined parameter generated by the parameter generator to an analysis support apparatus. The analysis support apparatus includes a communication unit which receives the predetermined parameter from the measuring device, and a probability density function generator which generates a probability density function of the measurement value from the received predetermined parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Tsunedomi, Masahiro Watanabe, Tsukasa Oonishi
  • Patent number: 10025714
    Abstract: A computer system includes a dual in-line memory module (DIMM), such as a registered DIMM (RDIMM), and a non-volatile DIMM (NVDIMM). A central processing unit (CPU) of the computer system has internal cache memory locations for caching data for the DIMM and NVDIMM. A memory type range register (MTTR) of the CPU is set for write-back cache strategy for a range of memory locations in the DIMM and NVDIMM. The computer system includes a power supply that, in the event of a power failure, triggers a hardware non-maskable interrupt (NMI) and sustains power to the CPU to allow cached data to be saved to non-volatile memory locations in the NVDIMM before the computer system completely powers down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Super Micro Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Han, John Chen, Jason Chang
  • Patent number: 10006725
    Abstract: To swiftly start, at the time of power recovery after a power failure, heat source machines, the number of which is equal to the number of machines before the power failure, without including an uninterruptible power supply in an apparatus for controlling the number of machines that is adapted to control the number of heat source machines. There is provided a heat source system, in which a host control device (20) includes a nonvolatile first storage unit (22) that stores the number of heat source machines in operation immediately before the power failure. When power is recovered, control on the number of heat source machines at the time of power recovery is performed in accordance with the number of heat source machines stored in the first storage unit (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES THERMAL SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Nikaido, Takaaki Miura, Minoru Matsuo, Koki Tateishi, Toshiaki Ouchi
  • Patent number: 9998172
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system that facilitates receiving a plurality of ultra-wideband electromagnetic waves that propagates along a surface of a transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, wherein the plurality of ultra-wideband electromagnetic waves conveys a plurality of communication signals, obtaining, from the plurality of ultra-wideband electromagnetic waves, at least one communication signal from the plurality of communication signals, and distributing the at least one communication signal to at least one communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Giovanni Vannucci, Peter Wolniansky, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 9946244
    Abstract: A method of operating an intelligent programmable logic controller over a plurality of scan cycles includes creating, by the intelligent programmable logic controller, a process image area in a volatile computer-readable storage medium operably coupled to the intelligent programmable logic controller. The intelligent programmable logic controller then updates the process image area during each scan cycle with contents comprising data associated with a production unit. The contents of the process image area are stored by the intelligent programmable logic controller during each scan cycle on a non-volatile computer-readable storage medium operably coupled to the intelligent programmable logic controller. The intelligent programmable logic controller annotates the contents of the process image area with automation system context information to generate contextualized data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: George Lo, Steffen Lamparter, Lingyun Wang, Hartmut Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9923344
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a system for remotely operating and monitoring the integrity of HV/MV/LV (High Voltage/Medium Voltage/Low Voltage), mono phasic or three-phase, power cables, regardless of the cable being under tension, wherein the protection against theft of power cables is one of several advantageous uses. The present invention is based on the principle of two-way communication between two modules, installed one on each end of the cable being operated and/or monitored, using the cable itself to communicate and is characterized by a communication Master module installed upstream to the infrastructure, Slave modules, installed at each end located downstream, and bypass modules to pass through circuit breakers. The system is based on determining the cable cutout (alarm condition sent via GSM/GPRS) when the communication between Master and Slave modules is interrupted. The present invention is applicable in the power cable industry and every other industry depending on power cable's integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Miguel Batista Oliveira Costa Leal
  • Patent number: 9893766
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that facilitates transmitting electromagnetic waves along a surface of a wire that facilitates delivery of electric energy to devices, and sensing a condition that is adverse to the electromagnetic waves propagating along the surface of the wire. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9876532
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that facilitates transmitting electromagnetic waves along a surface of a wire that facilitates delivery of electric energy to devices, and sensing a condition that is adverse to the electromagnetic waves propagating along the surface of the wire. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, Irwin Gerszberg