Including Communication Means Patents (Class 702/62)
  • Patent number: 11561564
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for smart electric power grid communication are disclosed in the present invention. At least one grid element is constructed and configured in network-based communication with a server via at least one coordinator. The at least one grid element is transformed into at least one active grid element automatically and/or autonomously after initial connection with the server. The at least one active grid element sends and receives messages to and from the server via at least one coordinator. The at least one coordinator matches and prioritizes the at least one active grid element. The at least one coordinator provides a priority flag on the messages. The at least one coordinator tracks an actual amount of power introduced to and available for an electric power grid or a curtailment power available from the at least one active grid element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Joseph W. Forbes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11482855
    Abstract: An electrical protection system arranged to detect and isolate faults either in a electrical power distribution. The system comprises at least a first busbar and a second busbar in electrical communication with each other through s powerline having a first end electrically coupled to the first busbar by a first circuit breaker and a second end connected to the second busbar by a second circuit breaker. It is connected to the at least two busbars, and configured to simultaneously collect/determine a first electrical quantity at each of the at least two busbars and compare the collected/determined electrical quantity to a second. When the first electrical quantity value less than the second quantity value, the system causes the first and second circuit breakers to open so as to decouple the electrical connection between first and second busbars. The system 100 detects and isolates fault efficiently while using voltage measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick Tendayi Manditereza, Ramesh Chand Bansal
  • Patent number: 11482093
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for automatically determining compliant operation of a power supply panel integrated in a fire alarm system, the method including the steps of receiving a first input in a first selectable field relating to a manufacturer type of the fire alarm system; receiving a second input in a second selectable field relating to a circuit class associated with circuits of the fire alarm system; receiving a third input in a third selectable field relating to an end-of-line resistor size; receiving one or more additional inputs relating to at least one of the power supply panel or the fire alarm system; and performing one or more calculations based on the first, second, and third inputs and the one or more additional inputs to generate outputs for determining compliant operation of the power supply panel integrated in the fire alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Eugene R. Reichert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11461857
    Abstract: A management device is connected to an AC power line provided with a plurality of connection ports, each of which can be connected to an electric device including a power storage unit. The management device includes a measurement unit configured to measure an electric signal on the AC power line, a determination unit configured to determine a type of the electric device connected to the AC power line via a connection port in the plurality of connection ports based on a measurement result of the measurement unit, and a first prediction unit configured to predict an amount of power supply on the AC power line due to discharge of the power storage unit based on a determination result of the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Oshima, Nobuyuki Sasaki, Mitsuhiro Ito, Mio Oshima, Yoshihiro Matsunaga, Sho Takada
  • Patent number: 11460490
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a photovoltaic (PV) system includes receiving PV system information for a predetermined timeframe; displaying a power flow based on the received PV system information corresponding to the predetermined timeframe; displaying energy storage system information based on the received PV system information corresponding to the predetermined timeframe; and displaying an energy mix analysis based on the received PV system information corresponding to the predetermined timeframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Yiping Lu, Daniel Daniil, Luca Del Bianco, Juan Heber, Patrick Franz, Miltiadis Vratimos, Christos Voutsaras, Jonathan Tucker Thompson, Richard E. Mellor
  • Patent number: 11463447
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an application platform with flexible permissioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Asim Razzaq, Musaab At-Taras, Damon Hougland, Yuliya Gorbunova, Saleem Shafi
  • Patent number: 11458913
    Abstract: A wiring module includes: a common power supply line whose one end is electrically connected to a power source; and a power supply branch part provided halfway through the common power supply line, wherein the power supply branch part includes at least one group of a power supply branch line branched halfway through the common power supply line and an overcurrent blocking part provided in the power supply branch line to enter a non-continuity state when current exceeding allowable current flows in the power supply branch line. A wiring module is a wiring module disposed along a fixing target member, and includes: a power supply flat wiring body disposed along a surface of a fixing target member; and a ground flat wiring body disposed along a surface of the power supply flat wiring body on an opposite side from the fixing target member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Haruka Nakano, Shigeki Ikeda, Daisuke Fukai, Tetsuya Nishimura, Motohiro Yokoi, Housei Mizuno, Yuichi Nakamura, Kenta Itou, Masaki Mizushita, Susumu Hiei, Kohei Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11456619
    Abstract: Included are an energy management apparatus that manages at least one or more management target that consumes energy; and a user terminal that transmits and receives information to and from the energy management apparatus via a network. The energy management apparatus includes an energy management controller that prepares a question regarding a behavior of a user who uses the at least one or more management target, and transmits it to the user terminal. The user terminal includes a user terminal controller that transmits a question answer regarding the received question to the energy management controller when receiving the question transmitted from the energy management controller. The energy management controller predicts an energy consumption amount of the at least one or more management target based on the received question answer when receiving the question answer transmitted from the user terminal controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Kawamura, Masatoshi Kumagai, Hirotaka Takahashi, Ryousuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11456855
    Abstract: A method for obfuscating data at-transit can include receiving a request for communicating data, determining a sequence of data at-transit for a window of time; and providing the sequence of the data at transit for performing communications across interconnect to another component. The described method can be carried out by an obfuscation engine implemented in an electronic system such as within a secure element. A secure element can include a processor and a memory. The obfuscation engine can be part of the processor, part of the memory, or a stand-alone component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: ARM LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Weiner, Oded Golombek, Harel Adani
  • Patent number: 11451055
    Abstract: An electricity meter includes a power line interface circuit configured to generate measurements of parameters for at least two electricity transmission paths. The meter also includes a balance determination circuit configured to generate at least one balance metric that indicates a balance between the electricity transmission paths from the generated measurements. The meter further includes a communications circuit configured to transmit balance information to an external recipient responsive to the at least one balance metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Sensus Spectrum, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Dudding
  • Patent number: 11438452
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to propagating context information from a first electronic device to a second electronic device. In one example, in response to detecting the second electronic device satisfies a distance criterion with respect to the first electronic device, the first electronic device determines whether propagation of the context to the second electronic device is permitted. If propagation of the context to the second electronic device is permitted and while the second electronic device satisfies the distance criterion with respect to the first electronic device, the context is transmitted to the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Golnaz Abdollahian, Nathaniel B. Chapman, Aaron R. Zinman
  • Patent number: 11418032
    Abstract: An energy monitoring system is provided including a device such as 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: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Willdan Energy Co.
    Inventors: Arjun Saroya, Stuart James Woolley, Liam Relihan
  • Patent number: 11394238
    Abstract: The present invention includes a hunting determination unit configured to determine whether hunting has occurred or not for each of control devices in a power transmission and distribution system based on a control history of the control devices, a time constant calculation unit configured to calculate an adjustment time constant in which a time constant of the control device having state information indicating a state of the control device, with a high significance level, is increased, when the hunting determination unit determines that the hunting has occurred in one or more of the control devices, and a time constant transmission unit configured to transmit the adjustment time constant to the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Kenji Ueda, Tomihiro Takano
  • Patent number: 11390181
    Abstract: In an aspect a system for charging from an electric vehicle charger to an electric grid, the system comprising an electric grid, wherein the electric grid is configured to trickle charge the electric vehicle recharging component, an electric vehicle recharging component connected to at least the electric grid, the electric vehicle recharging component comprising, at least a battery storage system, a power delivery station configured to deliver power to an energy source of an electric vehicle, and a computer device, the computer device configured to detect a failure of the electric grid, and power the electric grid in an event of the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle B. Clark, Vincent Moeykens, Alexander Hoekje List, Herman Wiegman
  • Patent number: 11387672
    Abstract: Smart electricity monitors with unique identities placed at individual power outlets within a building communicate frequent power measurements to a service which determines, from this power usage data, which outlets are associated with occupied seats within the building. This occupancy information can be used to update an occupancy model for the building that is used to forecast the building's occupancy. Based on present occupancy, projected occupancy, and other data, in some instances, the building's thermostats can be controlled and unoccupied seats can be assigned dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Nana Wilberforce
  • Patent number: 11330692
    Abstract: A multiple light controlling system where a primary control pod receives a lighting schedule wirelessly and re-communicates the lighting schedule to a plurality of slaved secondary control pods via power line communication. Each of the control pods may in turn control several lights in a growing zone. Each zone may have its own lighting schedule to promote optimal plant development. Each of the control pods may also gather environmental or operational information and return that information to the primary control pod and ultimately to a remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Alejandro Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11301022
    Abstract: An electronic device includes one or more low-power context sensors, one or more high-power context sensors, and one or more processors operable with the one or more low-power context sensors and the one or more high-power context sensors. The one or more processors, working with context engines associated with the sensors, minimize usage of the high-power context sensors when determining a context of the electronic device, where that determined context has a confidence score above a predefined confidence level threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, Zhengping Ji, Jarrett Simerson
  • Patent number: 11281279
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processing circuit, a power processing module, and a power management circuit. The power management circuit is configured to estimate, over time, energy consumption of the processing circuit, and to sample the estimated energy consumption using a plurality of different sampling frequencies. Each of the different sampling frequencies is used to generate a respective set of power values. The power management circuit is further configured to track a particular characteristic for each set of power values, and then to provide, for each set of power values, a particular power value that corresponds to the particular characteristic to the power processing module. Based on at least one of the particular power values, the power processing module is configured to adjust an operating parameter of the processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Inder M. Sodhi, Daniel U. Becker, Achmed R. Zahir
  • Patent number: 11262386
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for non-intrusive monitoring by sensing physical parameters such as electric and/or magnetic fields. Such apparatus and techniques may find application in a variety of fields, such as monitoring consumption of electricity, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: John Sebastian Donnal, James Paris, Steven B. Leeb, David Lawrence
  • Patent number: 11258298
    Abstract: Reliability of devices such as lighting fixtures, is improved by replacing an inductor based voltage inverter to power the device with a switching constant current PWM controller. Avoiding use of an inductor and matching capacitor is made possible by a high voltage power input that exceeds the voltage requirements of the device. The power is pulse width modulated with a current feedback to control duty cycle, and thus average device current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Marvin Motsenbocker
  • Patent number: 11250523
    Abstract: An expandable combination electric meter comprises a first electric meter and a second electric meter. The first electric meter includes a processing unit, a first electricity measuring unit, a power supply unit and an expansion connecting unit. The processing unit is coupled with the first electricity measuring unit, the power supply unit and the expansion connecting unit. The power supply unit outputs a working power to the processing unit, the first electricity measuring unit, and the expansion connecting unit. The second electric meter is connected with the first electric meter through the expansion connecting unit. The working power is transmitted to the second electric meter through the expansion connecting unit for enabling the second electric meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Wen-Ning Tseng
  • Patent number: 11240310
    Abstract: A smart sensor group management service may be used to establish groups of smart sensors that are associated with one or more common characteristics, such as a common application associated with the smart sensors. The group management service may establish multiple physical groups per application so that multiple entities may have access to managing the groups. The physical groups may be associated with a virtual group that facilitates management of the physical groups and may be accessible by the entities. The entities may perform different types of management operations using the group management service, such as creating groups, adding smart sensors to groups, removing smart sensors from groups, and adjusting settings of features of the applications that are associated with the groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Estes
  • Patent number: 11221639
    Abstract: A method of predicting energy usage having the steps of providing a computer, providing a temperature database, providing a building asset rating database, receiving inputs from a user having a floor area measure of a building, an energy usage measurement, an energy usage start date, an energy usage end date, and a geographic location identifier, determining an estimated energy rating as a function of the inputs, the temperature database, and the building asset rating database, and providing the estimated energy rating to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: AREVS, LLC
    Inventor: Dean H. Durst
  • Patent number: 11217039
    Abstract: An illustrative example method of monitoring value added activity includes positioning a detector near a selected portion of a machine using a clip for situating the detector in a position where the detector can detect at least one electrical characteristic associated with operation of a machine; communicating an indication of the detected electrical characteristic between the detector and a user interface; and displaying a visual representation of value added activity information based the indication. The value added activity corresponds to human operator performance that is distinct from machine performance during a manufacturing or assembly process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Paul Hogendoorn, Sophear Net, William Favaro, Michael J. Foster, Daniel Kaptur, Gregory Jacobs
  • Patent number: 11204376
    Abstract: A DSP-based electrical energy metering device is provided. After determining a current application mode, a DSP controller compares an execution rate of each computing task with a corresponding preset comparison value, and outputs a first condition value to a condition general register based on a comparison result, so as to control an execution rate of each computing task in the DSP controller. A jump condition controller outputs a second condition value corresponding to the current application mode to the condition general register based on a change in the execution rate of each computing task compared with an execution rate of the computing task in a previous application mode, so that all computing tasks are executed. An adaptive word length controller adjusts an effective bit width of the electrical signal read by a data general register from a data memory at execution rates of different computing tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Boqiang Wu, Nick Nianxiong Tan
  • Patent number: 11193792
    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: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    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: 11181407
    Abstract: Techniques for the design and operation of an efficient battery-powered meter are described herein. A metrology unit of the meter may be at least partially located in the gas flow of a pipe, and measures gas flow rate data according to a static flow sensor. The metrology unit calculates raw gas-volume data using at least the flow rate data as input. The metrology unit measures gas temperature to produce gas temperature data, and adjusts the raw gas-volume data, based at least in part on the gas temperature data, to produce corrected gas-volume data. The metrology unit accumulates the corrected gas-volume data over multiple minutes, hours or even days, and then sends the accumulated corrected gas-volume data to an index unit of the meter. By accumulating the data over time, fewer data transmissions are required. The index unit may send the accumulated the accumulated corrected gas-volume data to a utility server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: George Iliev
  • Patent number: 11159332
    Abstract: A constrained device includes an exterior surface affixed with a public key associated with the constrained device. Alternatively, or in addition, the public key may be included in a container that stores the constrained device. The constrained device also includes memory, which stores a private key, wherein the private key corresponds to the public key that is affixed on the exterior surface of the constrained device. By displaying the public key on the constrained device, a system administrator may document the public key and related information about the device and its intended role in the network without requiring any human interface or any establishment of power or network at the installation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Entrust, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Edward Moses
  • Patent number: 11151666
    Abstract: A distribution grid management apparatus that is a power generation amount estimation apparatus includes a communication unit to acquire a solar radiation amount that is a measurement value measured by a solar radiation meter at an interval shorter than a data collection interval that is an interval at which a measurement value from a smart meter that measures the amount of electric power is collected; and a power generation amount calculation unit to estimate, on the basis of the solar radiation amount, the power generation amount of each of a plurality of photovoltaic facilities connected to a distribution line of a high-voltage grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Itaya
  • Patent number: 11137421
    Abstract: An energy metering system includes a plurality of current sensors suitable to sense current levels in a respective power conductor and each of said plurality of current sensors providing a respective first signal indicating respective the current levels. The energy metering system includes a plurality of non-contact voltage sensors suitable to sense voltage levels in a respective power conductor and each of the plurality of non-contact voltage sensors providing a respective second signal indicating respective the voltage levels. The energy metering system includes a monitoring device that receives each of the respective first signals and receives each of the respective second signals, and the monitoring device provides an indication of whether a circuit breaker has tripped based upon a respective first signal corresponding with one of the power conductors and whether the second signal indicates an insubstantial voltage level for the corresponding one of the power conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Parker, Melissa Amoree, Girish Thorat, Linda Schwartz
  • Patent number: 11118938
    Abstract: A method for collecting data, preferably in connection with a consumption, a physical or physico-chemical parameter and/or an operating state in a supply network for consumables. A measuring element of a local sensor provides elementary measuring units, which correspond to at least one physical or physico-chemical variable or parameter, as raw measurement data. In order to determine the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are determined in advance using a correlation model, time stamps of successive raw measurement data are generated in the sensor on the basis of the correlation model, the time stamps are transmitted and the raw measurement data acquired by the measuring element are reconstructed and evaluated on the basis of the time stamps using the correlation model. The temporal offset between a sensor and a receiver is corrected by transmitting telegrams to compensate for the temporal offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH, Diehl Metering S.A.S.
    Inventors: Achim Schmidt, Thomas Kauppert, Petra Joppich-Dohlus, Stefan Schmitz, Christoph Sosna, Klaus Gottschalk, Guy Bach, Aster Breton
  • Patent number: 11099604
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods of a wearable computing device communicating with a controller device and a host computing device are disclosed. The wearable computing device includes a memory; a processor configured to execute at least one application program; a data routing service executed by the processor that receives the one or more data messages from the at least one application program, encapsulates the one or more data messages, and routes the one or more data messages; and a personal area network service executed by the processor that data communicatively couples the data routing service with the controller device and the host computing device via at least one personal area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Oliver Slevinsky, Roland Edwin Vane
  • Patent number: 11073541
    Abstract: An intelligent home appliance control method includes obtaining power usage data of a device provided with power, generates information related to an optimal usage setting for the device, and controlling power provided to the device, thereby minimizing power usage required for using multiple home appliances at home. At least one of the home appliance control apparatus, an intelligent computing device, a terminal, a server, and an IoT device may be associated with an artificial intelligence (AI) module, a drone (an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)), a robot, an augmented reality (AR) device, a virtual reality (VR) device, a device related to a 5G service, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myoseop Sim, Huijeong Seong, Dongki Cheon, Jahee Hur
  • Patent number: 11068857
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a method includes receiving, at a processor, historical pole data records representing utility poles and having one or more pole attributes. Likewise, a method includes generating one or more pole subpopulations of historical pole data records having at least one common pole attribute. Further, the method includes performing a predictive algorithm on each pole subpopulation. Finally, the method includes determining, based on a predictive algorithm, the number of poles in the particular subpopulation that are likely to meet a rejection condition within a specified time frame. In another example implementation, a method includes receiving a sample pole data record representing a particular sample data pole and determining the likelihood of the particular sample utility pole meeting a rejection condition within a specified time frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ben Butera
  • Patent number: 11043337
    Abstract: A meter for measuring a flow of a product is disclosed. The meter includes a sensor configured to sense the flow of the product and a microcomputer communicatively coupled with the sensor and configured to measure the flow of the product based on signals received from the sensor. The meter also includes at least one supercapacitor electrically coupled with the microcomputer and configured to supply power to the microcomputer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: AVX Corporation
    Inventor: Shawn Hansen
  • Patent number: 11025061
    Abstract: A power usage prediction system implements a long short term memory (LSTM) neural network to receive power usage inputs and generate predicted values of power consumption for a plurality of devices. A user provides configuration input regarding the time steps at which the predicted values are to be generated and the various devices for which the predicted values of power consumption are desired. Whenever a power usage input is received, the LSTM neural network outputs the corresponding hidden state values for a plurality of time steps as the predicted values. The hidden state values are each compared to a final cell state value corresponding to a power consumption threshold of the time interval which includes the time steps. Based on the comparison, a power usage condition is recorded. Various actions to mitigate the high power consumption can be implemented in response to recording the power usage condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Paresh Khanna, Senthil Nathan Shanmuga Pathar, Anupriya Munjal, Lukish Rajesh Yadav, Nishi Sharma, Ketan Nandlal Shah
  • Patent number: 11018492
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques and configurations for a communications network with data and power provision over communication channels. In some embodiments, the network may comprise a network control apparatus having a plurality of communication channels, to connect one or more devices with the network, wherein the network control apparatus is to provide data communications between a device of one or more devices and the network via a communication channel, and to provide power to the device via the communication channel. The network may further comprise a power management block coupled with the network control apparatus, to control the provision of power to the device of the one or more devices, which may include determining whether the communication channel carries a power level in excess of a threshold associated with the communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Dean Lipke, Jennifer Yanni, William Lauby, Jeffrey Alan Poulsen, Frank Chin-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11019194
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium includes instructions for commissioning a power meter that has a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication capability, the instructions, when executed by one or more processors of a mobile device, cause the mobile device to discover the presence of the power meter by recognizing a signal produced by the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication capability of the power meter and receive a unique identifier for the power meter. When the received unique identifier matches a unique identifier stored by the power meter, the mobile device will establish a communication link between the mobile device and the power meter using the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication capability of the power meter and will transmit one or more commissioning parameters to the power meter via the established communication link between the mobile device and the power meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Sinan Qi, Foong Yeen Chan, Chen Xu, Wenbin Zhou, Peilin Li, Sven Suetterlin
  • Patent number: 11017970
    Abstract: A circuit testing system for identifying a circuit breaker associated with an electrical circuit is disclosed. The circuit testing system includes a circuit testing module and a connector mechanism provided on the circuit testing module. The connector mechanism is adapted to operably engage the circuit testing module with an electrical connection point of the electrical circuit. The circuit testing system further includes a remote electronic device wirelessly connected to circuit testing module. The connector mechanism is one of one or more prongs, a socket, and a probe; and the one of the one or more prongs, the socket, and the probe operably engages the circuit testing module to the electrical connection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Stephen E. Stonebraker
  • Patent number: 10997324
    Abstract: Multiple modules are installed, with each module installed in one of multiple outlets to be mapped. A probe is triggered to propagate a signal that provides circuit information at one of multiple circuit interrupts, where the signal is detectable by any of the modules connected by a single circuit to the one circuit interrupt from which the signal is propagated. The circuit information is retrieved from any of the modules that detected the signal as an indication that the modules from which the circuit information is retrieved are connected to the single circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Calcaterra, Humberto Gutierrez-Rivas, Steven M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10989464
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and reporting internal refrigeration unit temperatures includes a temperature measuring device for placement within the refrigeration unit. The temperature measuring device has a first temperature sensors situated in a liquid or solid mass (e.g. glycol or glass beads) for measuring an average temperature within the refrigeration unit and/or has a second temperature sensors exposed to ambient air within the refrigeration unit for measuring an instantaneous temperature within the refrigeration unit. A circuit periodically transmits the average temperature and/or the instantaneous temperature from the temperature measuring device to a server where the average temperature and the instantaneous temperature are analyzed to determine and/or predict a fault with the refrigeration unit. Upon determination and/or prediction of the fault, an alert is sent to at least one staff member indicating the refrigeration unit and fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Guido Dalmolin
  • Patent number: 10949435
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for defining custom junction objects in an on-demand database service. These mechanisms and methods for defining custom junction objects in an on-demand database service can enable embodiments to provide for enhanced security and more efficient querying, etc. The ability of embodiments to provide such features may lead to these and other benefits in an on-line environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee:, inc.
    Inventors: Simon Wong, Ryan Choi, Craig Weissman, Michael P. Polcari, David M. Brady
  • Patent number: 10921353
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for a wide dynamic range current measurement with consumption event analysis are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method includes analyzing a plurality of a set of input data characteristics from a device under test. The method also includes totalizing the set of input data characteristics. The method also includes determining whether at least one of the plurality of the set of input data characteristics occurs above a quiescent level. Further, the method includes establishing an event in response to determining that at least one of the plurality of the set of input data characteristics occurs above the quiescent level. The method also includes creating a summary statistic based on the plurality of the set of input data characteristics. Further, the method includes storing the summary statistic and the event as a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew J. Borleske
  • Patent number: 10914770
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to detecting theft of electrical energy. A method of detecting theft of electrical energy may include measuring, for each time sample of a number of time samples, a neutral current of an electrical energy metering system. The method may further include summing, for each time sample of the number of time samples, a number of measured phase current values of the electrical energy metering system to determine an imputed neutral current. Further, the method may include determining, for each time sample of the number of time samples, a squared difference between the measured neutral current and the imputed neutral current. Moreover, the method may include integrating, for each time sample of the number of time samples, the squared difference to determine an accumulator value. In addition, the method may include detecting, based on the accumulator value, theft of electrical energy from the electrical energy metering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel A. Staver
  • Patent number: 10885687
    Abstract: Examples of techniques to display graphical representations of analyzed augmented reality (AR) consumption data are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, consumption data generated from an AR experience is analyzed. A graphical representation of the analyzed consumption data is then displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Paul Severn, David Stone, Matthew Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10870358
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling automatic management of arbitrary power loads and power generation based on user-specified set of rules. The aforesaid rules may be applied based on the grid conditions, parameters of specific grid equipment, as well as any other (external) factors. In various embodiments, the aforesaid user-specified rules may be automatically executed by one or more servers in response to sensed grid conditions and arbitrary external factors. In various embodiments, the aforesaid rules may cause execution of local site functions, such as powering down specific load that may help stabilize the wider power grid. In one or more embodiments, the rules may be executed on a central server or on EVSE nodes in a decentralized manner using, for example, blockchain technology well-known to persons of ordinary skill in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Valery Miftakhov, Alexander Gurzhi, Alan White
  • Patent number: 10817936
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing and managing one-to-many fractionalized interest rate swaps between a borrower and one or more investors via a distributed ledger-based platform are described herein. The distributed ledger-based platform may be configured to generate and provide user interfaces through which a user may provide a set of input variables for a fractionalized interest rate swap. Based on the set of input variables, the platform may automatically configure a customizable smart contract configured to initialize the fractionalized interest rate swap between at least one borrower and one investor. At the maturity date of the fractionalized interest rate swap, the smart contract may be configured to calculate amounts to be allocated to the borrower and investor, automatically release the amounts from the escrow account associated with the smart contract, and settle the contract by transferring the corresponding amounts to accounts of the borrower and investor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Melanie Susan Hummer
  • Patent number: 10819680
    Abstract: System and method generally relate to protection of a bussed network. In such a system, an access controller is configured for bussed communication via a communication bus to obtain a current transaction. An interface firewall is coupled for bussed communication with the access controller and configured to check for a fault associated with a transfer. A data processing device is coupled for communication with the interface firewall and configured to execute the current transaction to provide the transfer for the interface firewall. The interface firewall is configured to detect the fault associated with the transfer, to block access to the data processing device associated with the fault, and to communicate a blocked status for the data processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: XILINX, INC.
    Inventors: Sonal Santan, Umang Parekh, Jeffrey H. Seltzer, Khang K. Dao, Kyle Corbett
  • Patent number: 10816950
    Abstract: A Demand Response (DR) physical potential evaluation method for a feeder line is provided, which includes that: a load curve of a part to be identified in a load curve of a feeder line to be evaluated is acquired; a load database is created on the basis of a historical load curve of loads of predefined types; load types and total number of the loads to be identified are determined on the basis of the load curve of the part to be identified and the load database; a physical potential of the loads of each of the types is acquired according to the load types of the loads to be identified; and an overall aggregated physical potential of the loads to be identified is obtained according to the physical potential of the loads of each of the types and a number of the loads of each of the types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Ke Wang, Taiyou Yong, Jianguo Yao, Shengchun Yang, Yijun Yu, Yaping Li, Shuhai Feng, Jiantao Liu, Dan Zeng, Jing Zhou, Xiaorui Guo, Wenbo Mao, Gang Wang
  • Patent number: 10802081
    Abstract: A method and system for analyzing waveform capture data is provided. In one aspect, the method comprises receiving, by a controller from an intelligent electronic device, waveform capture data indicative of an electrical event, extracting, from the waveform capture data, electrical event data, extracting, from memory associated with the controller, additional data, classifying the waveform capture data into a category of a plurality of categories using the electrical event data, comparing the electrical event data and the additional data to stored data, diagnosing the electrical event and a cause of the electrical event based on the comparison and providing an indication of the cause of the electrical event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Jon Andrew Bickel, Michael Edward Luczak, Karl Gurley Kersey