Including Communication Means Patents (Class 702/62)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9874890
    Abstract: A portable electrical energy consumption diagnostic device 10 connects to electrical systems to acquire and analyze electrical data. The device has an onboard power supply 12, an energy monitoring means 14, a mini PC 16, a modem/router 18, CT adaptors 20 and an interface 22, all housed in a portable container 24, such as a hard case. The device 10 is connected to external electrical connector(s) (CT inputs) 26, 32 to temporarily connect the device to an electrical supply of electrical equipment. Electrical data acquisition means and an onboard electrical data processing means determine electrical consumption characteristics of monitored equipment over a period of time, such as lighting, air conditioning, elevators, pumps, motors etc. Optional transmission means transmits the acquired electrical data to a remote electrical data processor for remote electrical data processing. The onboard or remote data processor generating report data relating to the electrical energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: ECOCENTRIC ENERGY PTY LTD
    Inventor: Paul Lyons
  • Patent number: 9842079
    Abstract: A gateway apparatus (103) receives a request frame transmitted from a system controller (101) to an indoor unit 1 (111), and determines whether a sensor specified in the request frame is a sensor 1-A (121) which is connected with the indoor unit 1 (111) or a sensor 1-B (123) which is not connected with the indoor unit 1 (111). When the sensor specified in the request frame is the sensor 1-B (123), the gateway apparatus (103) acquires a measurement value from the sensor 1-B (123), and responds to the system controller (101) with the acquired measurement value of the sensor 1-B (123).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Hashimoto, Yasuomi Ando
  • Patent number: 9797745
    Abstract: An inductive drawing or feeding device for inductively drawing off or feeding in electrical energy/electricity by electric vehicles is connected to a power grid. The inductive drawing or feeding device includes a measuring device configured to measure at least one physical parameter representing the electrical energy inductively transmitted through the associated drawing or feeding device. The inductive drawing or feeding device also includes an identifier for identifying the owner of the connection of the inductive drawing or feeding device. The inductive drawing of feeding device further includes a comparing device configured to compare the at least one physical parameter measured at a connecting side with at least one physical parameter measured at a drawing off or feeding side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UBITRICITY GESELLSCHAFT FÜR VERTEILTE ENERGIESYSTEME MBH
    Inventors: Knut Hechtfischer, Frank Pawlitschek
  • Patent number: 9791162
    Abstract: A household electric appliance and a household electric system are provided which are capable of quickly responding to the electric power demand in which the peak cut of the power consumption is requested. The household electric appliance comprises: a receiving unit that receives a request for a peak cut of power consumption at a predetermined rate from a remote controller and a mobile terminal; a drive unit that drives a power-consuming object to be driven; and a control unit that controls an action of the drive unit. The control unit, in the case of reception of the peak cut request from the remote controller or the mobile terminal, controls the action of the drive unit so as to cut a maximum value of the power consumption within the appliance based on the requested rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kobayashi, Takehiko Nitta, Hirokazu Kamoda, Jun Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9768833
    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: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9747786
    Abstract: A distributed metering platform virtualizes functions of a conventional metrology sensor and separates the virtualized functions from a metrology sensor. One or more virtual meters or applications may be instantiated at a network communication device that is remote from the metrology sensor and processes metrology data received from the metrology sensor. Each virtual meter may include multiple partitioned application spaces that are isolated from one another. In one example, a first application space includes a locked version of code and a second application space includes an unlocked version of code. Furthermore, each virtual meter may be isolated from other virtual meters such that each virtual meter is unable to affect operations and/or data associated with other virtual meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Pontin, Daniel M. Lakich, John Buffington
  • Patent number: 9733656
    Abstract: A household energy management system and method, having one or more controlled appliances and an energy profile representing energy consumption, with one or more associated parameters and limits, wherein each of the controlled appliances are assigned a control class, a set of variable values collected, a first group of appliances determined based on the control class, parameters and collected values, a change requested in their power consumption, and the energy consumption of the household measured to calculate a difference between the consumption and energy profile, and a proposed change in the power consumption of appliances of a second group different from the first group is communicated if the difference surpasses one or more of the associated limits, the second group of appliances being determined on basis of the class, parameters and collected values, and a change in power consumption of one or more appliances of the second group requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SALUSFIN LTD.
    Inventors: Radovan Janoso, Henrik Jakobsson, Tapio Toivanen
  • Patent number: 9705327
    Abstract: A power metering system includes any number of sites and a central database. Loads within a site are unmetered and a sensor data vector over time includes sensor data, operational data and external data. Iteration occurs over time intervals for all unmetered loads and the unmeasured power for each interval is disaggregated by matching a load type with a computer model in the central database having the same feature domain in order to predict the power usage of each load. Iteration again occurs over those intervals in which only a single load is operating; the power of that load is determined to be the unmeasured power minus miscellaneous power, and a new computer model is fitted for that single load and also uploaded to the database. The feature domain of an existing model may also be increased. Both iteration steps repeat until no more unmeasured power can be disaggregated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: RESTORE NV
    Inventor: Jan-Willem Rombouts
  • Patent number: 9699525
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method performed by a computerized device, comprising: obtaining consumption data comprising readings indicating consumption of a product, the consumption data is monitored by a plurality of metering devices, wherein the metering devices are associated with a plurality of consumption entities, wherein the plurality of consumption entities comprising a consumption unit and one or more sub consumption units of the consumption unit, wherein the product is supplied serially to the one or more sub consumption units via the consumption unit; and calculating residual consumption of the plurality of consumption entities at a point in time, wherein the residual consumption is consumption of the consumption unit and which is not associated with a sub consumption unit, wherein the residual consumption is calculated based on the consumption by the plurality of consumption entities at a plurality of points in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dorit Baras, Einat Kermany, Yehuda Naveh
  • Patent number: 9677907
    Abstract: An intelligent receptacle (or receptacle device) enables individually monitoring and/or controlling consumption of utility service by one or more loads through a supply outlet that is associated with the receptacle device. A client device may enable a user to remotely control a provision of the utility service from the supply outlet through the receptacle device. Furthermore, a utility metering device may include a virtual metering device instance that is configured to collect utility consumption data associated with the supply outlet from the receptacle device and help calibration or synchronization of utility consumption readings of the receptacle device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Itron Inc
    Inventors: John Jay Knuth, Richard Nolan DeVries, Stephen Johnson
  • Patent number: 9678122
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic device for monitoring and determining an amount of electrical power usage by a consumer, or end user, and for providing broadband Internet access to the consumer. The intelligent electronic device includes at least one sensor coupled to an electric circuit configured for measuring at least one power parameter of the electrical circuit and generating at least one analog signal indicative of the at least one power parameter; at least one analog to digital converter coupled to the at least one sensor configured for receiving the at least one analog signal and converting the at least one analog signal to at least one digital signal; a processor configured for receiving the at least one digital signal and calculating energy consumption in the electrical circuit; and a gateway configured for receiving data transmissions imposed on the electrical circuit and for demodulating the imposed data transmission for providing data communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventor: Erran Kagan
  • Patent number: 9651400
    Abstract: Examples of generating power through the flow of water are disclosed. In one example, remote water meter monitoring system includes an energy converter and a sensor. The energy converter is in fluid connectivity with water flowing through a pipe, the energy convertor being driven by a mechanical energy of water flowing through the pipe to convert the mechanical energy into an electrical energy for charging a battery connected to the energy converter. The sensor detects a level of a property of the water, the sensor being powered by the battery connected to the energy converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Barth R. Pitchford, William D. Pitchford, Robert P. Simon, Steven Nagel, Benedict J. Nardi, Russell S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9594411
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to modifying the operation of one or more hardware subsystems when a new context awareness service begins. An aspect determines a power budget for a plurality of operating context awareness services including the new context awareness service, wherein the power budget is based on a power requirement for each of the plurality of context awareness services, and wherein the power requirement for each of the plurality of context awareness services is based on power utilizations of the one or more hardware subsystems corresponding to the plurality of context awareness services, and allocates power resources to the one or more hardware subsystems based on importances of the plurality of context awareness services and/or the one or more hardware subsystems, wherein the allocation of the power resources is performed within the power budget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Leonard Henry Grokop, Shankar Sadasivam
  • Patent number: 9542510
    Abstract: Detecting appliance in a building, in one aspect, may comprise receiving meter data associated with energy consumption, the meter data comprising at least energy consumption data associated with usage of the appliance, receiving customer data associated with the meter data, extracting features for training a model for detecting the appliance, based on at least the meter data and the customer data, and constructing the model based on the features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hongliang Fei, John Hutchinson, Younghun Kim, Sanjay K. Mamidipalli, Milind R. Naphade, Sambit Sahu
  • Patent number: 9507890
    Abstract: Detecting appliance in a building, in one aspect, may comprise receiving meter data associated with energy consumption, the meter data comprising at least energy consumption data associated with usage of the appliance, receiving customer data associated with the meter data, extracting features for training a model for detecting the appliance, based on at least the meter data and the customer data, and constructing the model based on the features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hongliang Fei, John Hutchinson, Younghun Kim, Sanjay K. Mamidipalli, Milind R. Naphade, Sambit Sahu
  • Patent number: 9500714
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed for an integrated circuit (IC) device coupled to a battery-operated power supply unit, such as an IC in a mobile computing device or wireless phone, to accurately determine energy usage drawn from the power supply unit under rapidly dynamic circumstances. A current sense signal of a power line from the power supply unit is digitized. The digitized current sense is added to an accumulator at a rate that is approximately proportional to a voltage of the power line from the power supply unit. The accumulator is then outputted and scaled to units relevant to energy measurements. The energy measurement is used to estimate remaining battery life. Triggering the digitization of the current sense signal may be by use of a pulse generation circuit, or by use of an overflow indicator of an accumulator for a digitized voltage sense signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Efraim Rotem, Nir Rosenzweig, Jeffrey A. Carlson, Philip R. Lehwalder, Nadav Shulman, Doron Rajwan
  • Patent number: 9500499
    Abstract: A method of reporting information from a meter interface unit to a receiving device in which a data packet is transferred from the meter interface unit containing meter readings, which are associated with an indicator of the elapsed time since the reading was taken. The receiving device compares this elapsed time value with the actual elapsed time, based upon the internal clock of the receiving device, in order to determine any inaccuracies in the clock of the meter interface unit. In another embodiment, the data packet includes at least two nonsequential meter readings, separated by a multiplicity of reading intervals, on a rolling basis, such that data will not be lost as a result of a temporary obstruction that interferes with the transmission or receipt of meter readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: NEPTUNE TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.
    Inventors: William J Brennan, Jr., Joseph Quentin Easterling
  • Patent number: 9480132
    Abstract: A safety device for use in a street lamp, includes a first connection to a power grid (5), second connections to at least two external units (3,4), a first unit (3) of at least two units being adapted to draw current and a second unit (4) of at least two units being adapted to generate a potential difference. The safety device further includes a switch (6) adapted to switch between a first position, in which the first unit (3) is connected to the power line (5) to draw current from the power line, and a second position, in which the second unit (4) is connected to the power line to apply the potential difference to wires of the power line. The safety device further includes a communication system adapted to detect the presence of a safety signal on the power line and to switch the switch (6) to the first position in the event that the safety signal is missing or faulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SPI TECNO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Dario Pennisi, Berardino De Angelis
  • Patent number: 9465084
    Abstract: An apparatus for diagnosing a battery cell defect includes a battery having a plurality of battery cells, a sensing portion configured to sense the battery to generate sensing information, a calculation portion configured to calculate real used power and a cell voltage of each of the plurality battery cells using the generated sensing information, a monitoring portion configured to store information on whether the battery is overused in the form of a power monitoring set using the calculated real used power, and a determination portion configured to determine, when the calculated cell voltage reaches a preset lower limit voltage value, whether each of the plurality battery cells fails using the power monitoring set and a cell voltage deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun-Soo Park
  • Patent number: 9383799
    Abstract: When an ECU serving as a communication node is under sleep mode, a switch portion in a transceiver connects a data transmit port of a microcomputer to a memory controller. The microcomputer sends, to the memory controller, a code write-in request for writing a code while outputting a write data that is written as the code. The data transmit port, which is to output a communication data, is commonly used in order to output the write-in request and the write data; this suppresses the increase in the number of connection lines between the microcomputer and the transceiver and the increase in the number of ports of the microcomputer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akito Itou
  • Patent number: 9369782
    Abstract: Power consumption related data for the power source supplying an entire household or other group of appliances is captured at a relatively high data rate. The raw data is analyzed to remove redundancy and to identify pertinent features, and then the more informative of these features are then selected. The analysis and selection of features are pre-processing tasks that are performed on-site, on the same piece of hardware that acquires the raw data and transmits the pre-processed data to the server. By transmitting selective data to a remote server, only a low bandwidth is required for the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Neurio Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Haghighat-Kashani, Zhenyu Guo
  • Patent number: 9366704
    Abstract: A method for modeling power usage within a macrogrid uses data relating to the behavioral patterns and states (“BA”) of the users, data relating to external impacts on power usage and disaggregated power consumption data in at least one premises within the macrogrid (forming “power usage model data”) and thereafter a method of forecasting and predicting future power requirements within the macrogrid uses such power usage model data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Neurio Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Haghighat-Kashani, Janice Tze-Nee Cheam, Jonathan Mark Hallam, Zhenyu Guo
  • Patent number: 9322668
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems, devices, protocols, and processes for retrieving, accessing, and presenting information of energy usage using a distributed storage process and distributed logical services to provide a user with real-time energy usage information and visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: BaseN Corporation
    Inventors: Pasi Hurri, Niilo Neuvo, Topi Mikkola, Erik Bunn, Ilkka Kaakkola, Kalle Kivimaa
  • Patent number: 9294825
    Abstract: A utility network includes a utility meter capable of measuring a property of the network once installed and capable of communicating the measurement to a server once activated. The network also includes an access point configured to communicatively couple to the utility meter and to the server and configured to notify the server when the utility meter has been bound to the access point. The network further includes a mobile device configured to notify the server when the utility meter has been installed, configured to request the server to add the utility meter to a queue of utility meters to be activated by the server, and configured to receive a response from the server when the utility meter is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruce Bharat, Christopher Charles Yasko
  • Patent number: 9287720
    Abstract: A non-contact charging system includes: a power transmission device that includes a primary coil supplying electric power through electromagnetic induction; a power reception device that includes a secondary coil receiving electric power by being electromagnetically coupled with the power transmission device; and a control device that determines charging efficiency from the primary coil to the secondary coil and changes the current supplied to the primary coil in accordance with the charging efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Kawamura