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340870010 - CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE INDICATING (E.G., TELEMETERING)

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20100156664Apparatus and Methods for Multi-Channel Electric Metering - In one aspect, the invention comprises a device for measuring electricity usage, comprising: means for remote disconnection via power line communication; means for detection of electricity theft; means for tamper detection; and means for reverse voltage detection. In another aspect, the invention comprises an apparatus for multi-channel metering of electricity, comprising: (a) a meter head operable to measure electricity usage for a plurality of electricity consumer lines; (b) a transponder operable to transmit data received from the meter head via power line communication to a remotely located computer, and to transmit data received via power line communication from the remotely located computer to the meter head; and (c) a load control module operable to actuate connection and disconnection of each of a plurality of relays, each relay of the plurality of relays corresponding to one of the plurality of electricity consumer lines.06-24-2010
20130027218Low Power Vehicle Detection - A parking meter detects an object in proximity, based on a change in a proximity measurement at the meter, activates a directional sensor in response to detecting the object, receives sensor data at a meter processor from the directional sensor, wherein the received sensor data indicates a predetermined direction to the detected object relative to the meter. The parking meter determines a presence of the object, or lack thereof, in the predetermined direction based on the sensor data, and upon a positive determination of the presence of the object, stores an indication of the presence of the object along with a time of the positive determination.01-31-2013
20130027217Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Automatically Configuring a Utility Meter - Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for automatically configuring a utility meter. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for automatically configuring a utility meter. The method can include transmitting formatted data from a utility meter to a remote server. The formatted data includes one or more of: a ready signal, a meter identifier, a location identifier, installed options identifier, firmware version identifier, or configuration table information. The method also includes receiving configuration data from the remote server in response to the transmitted formatted data; and automatically configuring the utility meter with at least a portion of the received configuration data.01-31-2013
20110193719DISCOVERY PHASE IN A FREQUENCY HOPPING NETWORK - The present technology relates to protocols relative to utility meters associated with an open operational framework. More particularly, the present subject matter relates to protocol subject matter for advanced metering infrastructure, adaptable to various international standards, while economically supporting a 2-way mesh network solution in a wireless environment, such as for operating in a residential electricity meter field. The present subject matter supports meters within an ANSI standard C12.22/C12.19 system while economically supporting a 2-way mesh network solution in a wireless environment, such as for operating in a residential electricity meter field, all to permit cell-based adaptive insertion of C12.22 meters within an open framework. Particular present features relate to operation at the node level of a Discovery Phase in a frequency hopping network.08-11-2011
20130038465REMOTE METERING DEVICE - The invention relates in particular to an integrated device for the adaptation of fluid metering devices, comprising an attachment means for attachment to the meter, a pulse generating means for generating electrical pulses at a rate dependent on the volume of fluid used, means for counting and storing the number of pulses generated during a particular time period, and communication means for communicating the stored pulse readings. Ideally these elements are integrated into a single housing, attachable to a meter by simply plugging thereto, without the need for any programming.02-14-2013
20130038466APPARATUS FOR VISULLY AND REMOTLLY DETERMINING THE ANGULLAR POSITION OF THE RELATIVE ROTATION OF PARTS - A visually and remotely readable apparatus is provided which comprises a plurality of sensing units, a control unit and a flexible printed cable (FPC) to connect two units for exchanging information therebetween. A preferable structure of the sensing unit includes a fixed part secured to the body of the apparatus and two oppositely positioned rotatable parts, where two rotatable parts mounted on a common shaft with the fixed part arranged therebetween forming two angular position sensors. Each sensor is based on the capacitive coupling between two working surfaces of the rotatable part and the respective working surfaces of the fixed part with the electrodes are secured thereto. Two working surfaces of one part are confronted with two respective working surfaces of another part forming two working surface pair. Each sensor has two working surface pairs, one working surface pair is sensing pair for sensing angular position; another is coupling pair for coupling sensing signals. A plurality of transmitting electrodes are secured to the working surface of the sensing pair of the fixed part; a receiving electrode is secured to the working surface of the sensing pair of the rotatable part; an output electrodes is secured to the working surface of the coupling pair of the fixed part; a coupling electrode connected to the receiving electrode is secured to the working surface of the coupling pair of the rotatable part. To each of the plurality of the transmitting electrodes is applied a respective one of polyphase squarewave voltages. The capacitive coupling between the electrodes of the sensing pair is dependent on the relative positions of two rotatable part, and the output signal voltages on the output electrode which coupled from the coupling electrode represents the angular position of the rotatable part. In the first embodiment provided for the sensors, the shape of working surfaces is in a conical frustum; the second embodiment, the shape of working surfaces is a cylinder; the third embodiment, the shape of working surfaces is a disc; the fourth embodiment, with a cylinder-shaped working surface and a disk-shaped working surface, is a combination of the second and the third embodiments provided as an example of the application of the embodiments. A circuit of the control unit is provided for processing data, generating control signals for the sensors. By using radio frequency identification (RFID) technique to exchange information with the reader station outside of the apparatus and power the system are also disclosed in the invention.02-14-2013
20130038468SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MODIFYING POWER USAGE - Systems and methods for providing energy management utilize wireless wide-area network broadcast signals and a decentralized receiver architecture to allow customers to make informed choices with regard to energy consumption and load shedding for particular appliances. A receiver assembly embedded within an appliance receives a broadcast signal, e.g., an FM subcarrier signal, including tariff data and other electrical grid data. A processor coupled with the receiver controls the appliance in accordance with the received data and in accordance with user-defined preferences. In some embodiments, a transceiver assembly is embedded in one or more appliances in a household. Each transceiver is configured to receive broadcast signals regarding grid data, and to communicate with other appliances and/or a usage meter over a wireless personal area network. Meter data from one of more households may be aggregated and uplinked back to the energy provider or other entities.02-14-2013
20130038467METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING SMART METERS IN A SMART GRID - A method for providing an identification of individual smart meters among a plurality of smart meters communicably coupled in a networked grid area based on a unique identification number stored in the memory of the smart meter is provided. The method includes calculating a first value corresponding to the unique identification number, receiving a query message including a second value corresponding to the unique identification number of one of the plurality of smart meters and determining if the first value matches the second value. The method further includes sending a response message including the unique identification number if the first value matches the second value. The method may further include assigning logical identification numbers to each of the smart meters.02-14-2013
20100117856SYSTEM AND METHOD OF HIGH VOLUME IMPORT, VALIDATION AND ESTIMATION OF METER DATA - A meter data management system includes one or more application servers configured to receive, validate and estimate received meter data. The one or more application servers may include various memory/media elements for storing raw and transformed meter data as well as software in the form of computer-executable instructions, which are executed by a processor to implement a variety of functions, including establishing a mapping between the plurality of external devices and a plurality of preconfigured processing workbins (e.g., collections of meter channels in the same time zones), transforming the received meter data into a plurality of data files identified by timing parameter and workbin, validating data provided in each data file, estimating missing or invalid data, and automatically writing validated (and optionally estimated) data as import files to a database server. Such clean data files are then imported to one or more dedicated databases installed on the database server.05-13-2010
20130082848MONITORING MODULE, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method for operating a monitoring module in a monitoring system. A monitoring module is configured with means for detecting impulse signals from sensors of the monitoring module and from other monitoring modules of the monitoring system, and with one or more groups of functions. A function defines a relation between an impulse signal detected by a monitoring module and a monitoring response of the monitoring module, and each group of functions corresponds with one level of hierarchy of monitoring modules of the monitoring system. One or more impulse signals from a sensor of the monitoring module and/or from another monitoring module of the monitoring system are detected; and a prevailing set of functions in a group of functions is determined. One or more monitoring responses are then determined with the prevailing set of functions.04-04-2013
20100073191Wireless Data Programmer For Electronic Utility Registers And Meters - A handheld, key-operated programmer device (03-25-2010
20100073192SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUTOMATED METER MANAGEMENT LAYER INTELLIGENCE TO A POWER LINE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - A system and method are provided to enable automated broadband AMR, optionally in real time. The system may include an Automated Meter Management Server and an Automated Meter Reading Converter, wherein the Automated Meter Management Server utilizes data generated by a Poller Converter and a Name Server, to enable automated data collaboration between Automated Meter Reading meters and a Power Line Communications System.03-25-2010
20130076529Collection and Analysis of Vital Signs - A system is disclosed having a storage, a communications module for interacting with a medical measurement device, an analysis controller, and a test module that allows for the testing and evaluating of decision-support algorithms. A method for testing decision-support algorithms is disclosed having the steps of receiving into storage of a ruggedized, compact computer at least one decision-support algorithm; detecting with a communications module the initiation of a vital-sign monitoring session; receiving and storing vital-sign information into storage by the communications module; pushing the stored vital-sign information by an analysis controller to a test module running the stored at least one decision-support algorithm; and providing at least one output from the decision-support algorithm to at least one of a database and a display.03-28-2013
20130076536PNEUMATIC FENDER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A pneumatic fender management system that establishes a correspondence between a pneumatic fender in which an identification tag recording first identification information is embedded and a pressure sensor detecting a pneumatic pressure of the pneumatic fender and transmitting a detected value. The pressure sensor includes a sensor part detecting a pneumatic pressure of the pneumatic fender, a transmission part transmitting a signal from the senor part; a reader part reading the information in the identification tag, and a control part having a memory part recording second identification information. The control part compares the first identification information read by the reader part with the second identification information in the memory part, and if the compared information is identical, causes the transmission part to transmit the pneumatic pressure information detected by the sensor part, and if the compared information is different, stops the sensor part and/or the transmission part.03-28-2013
20130076533DATA PROCESSOR FOR ONLINE BIOMETRIC MONITORING - A biometric meter data processor including a modem, a file system including a data file, a touchscreen for presenting to a user, a biometric monitor, driver circuitry for enabling the biometric monitor to measure a biometric of a user wherein the biometric monitor is unable to measure the biometric of the user when it is not connected to a connector, coupled with the modem.03-28-2013
20130076532SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING AND TRANSMITTING SENSOR DATA - Systems and methods for processing, transmitting and displaying data received from an analyte sensor, such as a glucose sensor, are provided. The data can be displayed on a hand-held display device having a display such as a key fob device including a user interface, such as an LCD and one or more buttons that allows a user to view data, and a physical connector, such as USB port.03-28-2013
20130076531SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING AND TRANSMITTING SENSOR DATA - Systems and methods for processing, transmitting and displaying data received from an analyte sensor, such as a glucose sensor, are provided. The data can be displayed on a hand-held display device having a display such as a key fob device including a user interface, such as an LCD and one or more buttons that allows a user to view data, and a physical connector, such as USB port.03-28-2013
20130076530Portable device environmental monitoring apparatus and method - An independent internal monitoring system for the environmental conditions to which a portable electronic device is subjected including non-volatile memory and short term power loss protection.03-28-2013
20130076528HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM UTILIZING SERVICE CONSUMPTION DATA - Systems for using metered services for health care monitoring are disclosed. In one embodiment, a health monitoring system for a service location includes: a utility meter communicatively connected to the service location; and at least one computing device communicatively connected to the utility meter, the at least one computing device adapted to monitor a health condition of an animal located at the service location by performing actions comprising: obtaining service consumption data about the service location from the utility meter; comparing the service consumption data with a pattern of service consumption for the service location; and determining a health condition of the animal based upon the comparison of the service consumption data with the pattern of service consumption for the service location.03-28-2013
20130082847Telemeter System, Vending Machine, and Method for Terminal Device - A telemeter system in which information that has an effect on a state of communication between a terminal device and a central device can be readily and accurately reported from the terminal device to the central device. When a central device transmits a request signal for prescribed measurement result information to a terminal device, a terminal control component of the terminal device extracts the measurement result information from a measurement component, and transmits the measurement result information to the central device. When a communication component of the central device receives the measurement result information, a center control component stores the received measurement result information in a storage component. The state of communication between the terminal device and the central device is reported to an administrator as necessary.04-04-2013
20130076535MODULAR PATIENT COMMUNICATOR FOR USE IN LIFE CRITICAL NETWORK - A modular patient communicator provides for communications with a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and connectivity with a central authority (CA) via an unsecured network. Medical firmware and a radio facilitate wireless interrogation of the PIMD and acquisition of PIMD data. A universal communications port facilitates mechanical and signal connectivity with one or a multiplicity of disparate detachable modules, some of which provide the communicator with an external communications facility and have disparate communication protocols. The communicator is devoid of an external communications facility other than the radio and universal communications port. Life critical network software is executed in cooperation with an attached module to cause the communicator to transmit a request to a network access facility for a connection to the unsecured network, authenticate the communicator to the CA, and facilitate secured communication between the communicator and CA upon successful communicator authentication.03-28-2013
20130076534Process, Device and System For Mapping Transformers to Meters and Locating Non-Technical Line Losses - A process, device and system for mapping usage data from a plurality of utility usage nodes, such as electricity usage meters, to one or more utility distribution nodes, such as a transformer, in which utility usage data collected at a collection device from the plurality of utility usage nodes at predetermined intervals is received, and utility distribution data collected at the collection device from the utility distribution node at the predetermined intervals is likewise received. Aggregate usage data from one or more of the plurality of utility usage nodes is compared to distribution data from the utility distribution node during one or more of the same predetermined intervals to determine, using a computer, which of the plurality of utility usage nodes is connected to the utility distribution node03-28-2013
20100045479REMOTE COMMUNICATIONS FEEDBACK FOR UTILITY METER - A utility meter comprises a measurement circuit configured to measure consumption, a remote communications port, a local communications port, and a meter communications indicator. The meter communications indicator is configured to provide an indication that the meter is communicating with a remote device external to the meter over the remote communications port. The meter communications indicator is also configured to provide an indication that the meter is communicating with a local device external to the meter over the local communications port. The indication that communications are occurring over the local communications port is different from the indication that communications are occurring over the remote communications port. In at least one embodiment, the communications indicator is configured to provide an indication that communications are occurring simultaneously over the remote communications port and the local communications port.02-25-2010
20100109907System, Device and Method for Communicating over Power Lines - A system, method and device for communicating over a power line are provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a first device configured to communicate via broadband communications having a bandwidth greater than one megahertz, and a second device having a first port and a second port. The second port may be configured to communicate with the first device via broadband communications and the first port configured to communicate over one or more power lines with one or more remote devices via one or more of a plurality of frequency bands, and wherein each of the plurality of frequency bands has a bandwidth that is less than five hundred kilohertz. The second device may select one of the plurality of frequency bands and one of a plurality of modulations schemes based on channel conditions and/or operational parameters. The second device may be configured to transmit and receive data in a multitude of the plurality of frequency band concurrently.05-06-2010
20120262303REMOTE DATA MONITORING AND COLLECTION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-TIERED ANALYSIS - A system collects and stores data from a source at a high resolution and/or a high data rate (“more detailed data”) and sends a low-resolution and/or downsampled version of the data (“less detailed data”) to a remote server via a wireless network. The server automatically analyzes the less detailed data to detect an anomaly, such as an arrhythmia, earthquake or failure of a structural member. A two-tiered analysis scheme is used, where the first tier is less specific than the second tier. If the first tier analysis detects or suspects the anomaly, the server signals the data collector to send more detailed data that corresponds to a time period associated with the anomaly. The more specific second tier analyses the more detailed data to verify the anomaly. The server may also store the received data and make it available to a user, such as via a graphical or tabular display.10-18-2012
20090045976UTILITY NETWORK AND REVENUE ASSURANCE - A system and method for detecting anomalies in the measurement and distribution of utilities is disclosed. Utility metering data obtained at a utility meter is received through a communications network. A utility consumption associated with an entity is then measured based on the utility metering data. The utility consumption can then be monitored for anomalies based on entity profile characteristics associated with the entity. The utility analytics system and method can be applied to the electrical utility industry, but also applicable to gas and water distribution, and other utilities.02-19-2009
20100328097UTILITY DATA OVER BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE - A method for reading a utility meter utilizing broadband infrastructure is provided. The method may include transmitting utility usage data from a plurality of customer premises to a remote enclosure, coupled with a utility pole, using a power line communications infrastructure. The utility usage data may be received at the remote enclosure. The remote enclosure may include a digital subscriber line (“DSL”) modem for modulating the utility usage data. The modulated utility usage data may be transmitted over a public broadband network infrastructure to a utility provider.12-30-2010
20130049984WIRELESS MONITORING SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH PRESSURE SAFETY DEVICES - Wireless monitoring systems for use with pressure safety devices are described. An example wireless monitoring system includes a field device and a wireless transceiver coupled to the field device to receive a signal generated by the field device. The wireless transceiver has a self-contained power module. A wireless interface is communicatively coupled to the wireless transceiver without an interposing intrinsically safe barrier panel. The wireless interface wirelessly receives the signal from the wireless transceiver.02-28-2013
20130069796ROOM ELECTRICAL USAGE MEASUREMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND BUILDING ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS - A system and method for gathering room electrical usage measurement data and transmitting it to a network location. The system comprises a plurality of magnetic field current sensors for sensing AC current traveling through a wire of an AC power cable associated with the electrical system of a room in a building. Each magnetic field current sensor produces an analog electrical measurement which is converted to digital measurement data for transporting over a network. At least one network is used to transport the measurement data produced by the pluralities of sensors to an external receiving device. The network can be wired (for example a multiple access electrical bus) or wireless. Additional sensors, for example temperature sensors, can also be accommodated.03-21-2013
20130088367Fixed Network for an Automatic Utility Meter Reading System - A fixed network for automatically reading a utility meter system has been developed. The network includes multiple meter interface units (MIUs) that each collect data from a designated utility meter. The collected data is transmitted to a primary data collector. The network includes multiple data collectors and each MIU identifies its own primary data collector based on signal quality between the collector and the MIU. The network includes a central host computer that is used to receive the collected data from the primary data collectors.04-11-2013
20130088366Fixed Network for an Automatic Utility Meter Reading System - A fixed network for automatically reading a utility meter system has been developed. The network includes multiple meter interface units (MIUs) that each collect data from a designated utility meter. The collected data is transmitted to a primary data collector. The network includes multiple data collectors and each MIU identifies its own primary data collector based on signal quality between the collector and the MIU. The network includes a central host computer that is used to receive the collected data from the primary data collectors.04-11-2013
20130088368Fixed Network for an Automatic Utility Meter Reading System - A fixed network for automatically reading a utility meter system has been developed. The network includes multiple meter interface units (MIUs) that each collect data from a designated utility meter. The collected data is transmitted to a primary data collector. The network includes multiple data collectors and each MIU identifies its own primary data collector based on signal quality between the collector and the MIU. The network includes a central host computer that is used to receive the collected data from the primary data collectors.04-11-2013
20130088365RF Telemetry Transmission Between An Active Implantable Medical Device And A Remote External Receiver - Optimized RF telemetry transmission between an active implantable medical device and a remote external receiver in which the information to be transmitted are grouped by class (TYPE 0, TYPE 1, . . . , TYPE n) according to a criticality index (IC) defining a priority rank as between the different information classes to be transmitted. A plurality of modulation schemes and of data rates characterize different transmission configurations, each with a reliability index inversely related to the probability of failure of transmission in a noisy environment. The criticality indexes of the highest priorities are assigned to the transmission configurations with the higher reliability indexes. On an information transmission request, an RF telemetry transmission configuration is selected (04-11-2013
20120218121HUMIDITY TELEMETRY IN PROCESSING OF MATERIALS - A method of monitoring the humidity of material being subjected to processing step using it humidity monitoring transducer, and transmitting humidity data from the monitoring transducer by wireless telemetry to a receiver external to the mass of material. If the material is a mass of material, the transducer can be embedded within the material. The method is particularly useful in the case of a material in a closed environment, such as packaging or if the material is in motion during the processing step, for example, when the mass of material is subjected to multiple pharmaceutical processing steps and/or plural dosage forms. The processing step can be, for example, pre-formulation, mixing, granulation, a coating step, in which a coating material is sprayed onto pharmaceutical dosage forms while the dosage forms are being tumbled.08-30-2012
20120218120METER PROCESSING COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - Systems for supporting communication between networks are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, a meter processing communication system includes: a utility meter; and a central processor integrated with the utility meter, the central processor including a single communications stack, the single communications stack and central processor being configured to process communications between a plurality of different networks.08-30-2012
20130057413Integrated Metrology Systems and Information and Control Apparatus For Interaction With Integrated Metrology System - A system is disposed at a location of a utility commodity subscriber for informing the subscriber of and controlling utility commodity usage. The system includes utility meters, an information and control apparatus, and a first and second data communication link. The meters measure usage and generate usage signals. The information and control apparatus includes a microprocessor, a memory, a clock, and a user interface. The first data communication link is between the utility meters and the information and control apparatus, and the second data communication link is between the information and control apparatus and one or more central locations. The second communication link also provides rate information to the information and control apparatus and utility commodity usage data to the one or more central locations. The microprocessor computes an accumulated cost of utility commodity for a predetermined period of time. Information related to the accumulated cost is output to the subscriber.03-07-2013
20090066537Remote module for utility meters - The present invention relates to a remote display module (RDM) for display a resource consumption value synchronized with a resource consumption value indicated by a meter metering resource consumption. The RDM is configured with one or more inputs that are electrically associated with the pulse output for a utility meter. The RDM tracks continuous values and associated customer-values. Customers-values may be reset by a customer allowing the customer to easily track resource consumption.03-12-2009
20120223841 DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS - There is disclosed a single space parking meter that includes a low powered radio for communicating with a mobile access point. There is also provided a parking meter management system comprising a single space parking meter and a mobile access point. The mobile access point comprises a coin collection cart, and a mobile data collection terminal including a wireless radio for communicating with the wireless radio of the single space parking meter. Also disclosed is a method of managing single space parking meters comprising the steps of collecting and storing meter information in a single space parking meter, receiving at a main electronics board of the single space parking meter a transmit signal, and transmitting the meter information to a mobile access point using a low powered radio of the single space parking meter.09-06-2012
20120223840SMART GRID OVER POWER LINE COMMUNICATION NETWORK - A smart-grid communication system including a plurality of receptacles and a power management gateway in electrical communication with each of the plurality of receptacles is presented. Each of the power modules of the plurality of receptacles provides power usage information to the power management gateway. Also, the power usage information is transmitted via a first communication means to the power management gateway and the power management gateway transmits the information via a second communication means to one or more external communications sources.09-06-2012
20110063126COMMUNICATIONS HUB FOR RESOURCE CONSUMPTION MANAGEMENT - The subject disclosure provides a communications architecture for managing/relaying utility information, such as energy, water or gas information. In one aspect, the system includes a hub having a first communications interface for receiving consumption data of a predetermined energy load and a second communications interface for communicating with a metering device. The second communications interface is configured to transmit the consumption data to the metering device and to receive control signals from the metering device where the consumption data is communicated using a first protocol and wherein the control signals are communicated using a second protocol.03-17-2011
20110063124PIT MOUNT INTERFACE DEVICE - A pit mount interface device includes a body having a head and an elongate stem extending from a bottom surface of the head. The elongate stem is sized and configured to be received in and extend through a hole formed in a cover of a pit. A nut defines a central aperture that is sized and configured to receive the elongate stem of the body. A passive radiator is disposed within the body and configured receive a radio frequency (RF) signal transmitted by an automatic meter reading (AMR) device located below the cover through inductive coupling and to radiate the RF signal from a position located above the cover of the pit.03-17-2011
20130063279SENSOR BASED LOGISTICS SYSTEM - Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for accessing information regarding one or more shipments. There is provided a computer-implemented method for accessing information regarding one or more shipments. The method includes receiving sensor information associated with the one or more shipments at a tracking center. The method also includes analyzing rules associated with a party to determine whether the party is authorized to access the received sensor information. The method further includes restricting the party from accessing the received sensor information based on the analyzed rules.03-14-2013
20130063278UTILITY NETWORK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A computer-implemented method and system of providing utility service network information for a utility service network. The method includes obtaining utility service network information from a plurality of external sources, integrally combining the utility service network information obtained from each of the plurality of external sources into and displaying the utility service network information in real-time in a global positioning map to a user via a graphical user interface, selecting, via the user, specific utility service network information of the utility service network information, to be displayed, and automatically reconfiguring the system or manually reconfiguring the utility service network via the user, as needed based on the specific utility service network information selected.03-14-2013
20100265095ENDPOINT CLASSIFICATION AND COMMAND PROCESSING - Packet formats and related infrastructure for improved messaging and processing of commands in an AMR system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for identifying the features of an endpoint based on data encoded in a standard meter reading is provided. In this regard, the method includes receiving a standard meter reading having an endpoint type and subtype classification, wherein the subtype classification corresponds to a feature of the endpoint that may be re-configured. Once received, the standard metering reading is decoded. Then, the method identifies the classification of the endpoint with regard to type and subtype and determines whether the endpoint is capable of implementing a particular command.10-21-2010
20090322556TRANSMISSION OF UTILITY DATA - Certain embodiments are directed at methods and systems for transmitting utility usage data using a public switched telephone network (“PSTN”). The methods and systems may include collecting utility usage data pertaining to a customer premises with a utility meter at the customer premises. The utility usage data may be transmitted automatically from the utility meter to an access point of a public broadband network. The utility usage data may be received at the access point. A digital subscriber line (“DSL”) modem in communication with the access point may modulate the utility usage data at the access point. The utility usage data may be transmitted securely through the public switched telephone network to an Internet point of presence. The utility usage data may be received at the Internet point of presence. The utility usage data may be transmitted from the Internet point of presence to a utility provider via the Internet.12-31-2009
20120235831POSITION DETECTION SYSTEM AND POSITION DETECTION SENSOR - A position detection sensor which includes a first atomic oscillator and a sensor-side transmitter, and outputs a sensor output signal, a base station apparatus which includes a base station-side receiver, which wirelessly receives the sensor output signal, and a second atomic oscillator, a comparator which compares the phase of an output signal from the first atomic oscillator and the phase of an output signal from the second atomic oscillator, and outputs a phase comparison signal, a storage which stores a defined value of the phase comparison signal, and a displacement detector which detects displacement of the position detection sensor by comparing the phase comparison signal and the defined value are included.09-20-2012
20130162441CELL ROUTER FAILURE DETECTION IN A MESH NETWORK - The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to methodologies, apparatuses, and systems for providing cell router (relay) failure detection in a mesh network. Individual cell relays heading up cells within a mesh network transmit synchronization signals including as a portion thereof a counter value. Nodes with the cells monitor the counter value and search for a new connection to a central facility if the counter value fails to update within a predetermined value.06-27-2013
20130162442SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING DATA USING A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION CHANNEL - A first apparatus receives, from a second apparatus, a signal including information on first time-periods each associated with an occupancy rate, using a wireless channel. The first time-periods each indicate a time-period during which data are scheduled to be collected by the second apparatus, and the occupancy rate indicates a ratio of a duration-time during which data are actually collected by the second apparatus using the wireless channel, to the each first time-period. The first apparatus, based on the occupancy rate and the received power of the first signal, calculates interference values each indicating a degree of interference caused by a radio wave from the second apparatus during the each first time-period, and acquires, based on the calculated interference values, second time-periods during which data are scheduled to be collected by the first apparatus, and collects data from a node apparatus during the third time-periods using the wireless channel.06-27-2013
20130207815SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOTE UTILITY METERING AND METER MONITORING - A remote water meter monitoring system is provided. A mesh network-type transceiver unit is coupled to a water meter housing having a water counting mechanism inside to transmit water consumption information as well as other sensor information, such as backflow detection, water pressure, and water metrics (e.g., residual chlorine and temperature) to a central server system via a bridge device and a corresponding mesh network. Mechanical energy from the water flowing through the water meter housing is converted to electrical energy via an energy conversion unit. An electrically powered shut off valve is remote addressable via the transceiver unit.08-15-2013
20090146838Communication System for Data Acquisition from Remote Devices Applicable for AMR - The present invention discloses a communication system and method for data acquisition and distribution from and to remote devices, applicable for Automatic Meter Reading (AMR), based on ad-hoc mesh networking and mobile relays.06-11-2009
20120044086System and method for displaying input data on a remote display device - A system comprising multiple devices that are operable when servicing a device-under service is described. A DAQ device is operable to generate input data from input signals received from the device-under-service and to transmit the input data to a display device via a wireless network. The DAQ device comprises multiple buffers to store the input data. One of the buffers stores two frames of the input data, which can be live input data or historical input data. At any one time, a display at the display device visually presents one frame of input data for each respective input channel of the DAQ device. At any one time, a display at the DAQ device visually presents a half-frame of input data for each respective input channel of the DAQ device. Another buffer at the DAQ device can store more than two frames of input data including historical input data.02-23-2012
20100219982DEVICE FOR BIDIRECTIONAL REMOTE WATER-METER READING BY MEANS OF RADIO, FOR INVOICING IN A ACCORDANCE WITH CONSUMPTION TIME BANDS - The present invention relates to a remote water-meter reading device (09-02-2010
20110279286ENERGY-RELATED INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is an energy-related information display apparatus included in each energy consumption place, which displays energy price information that a central server transmits according to a time zone, harmonizing with a floating energy rate system. When not receiving energy price information from a central server, a predicted energy price is provided. The prediction of the energy price can be reasonably performed on the basis of energy price information that was received from the central server in the past. The predicted energy price is transmitted to a user's mobile terminal as well as displayed on a display module so that the user can immediately identify it. Accordingly, the present disclosure can help user make a decision related with energy usage and properly meet a situation that energy price is not normally proved.11-17-2011
20110140910Mobile Network Back-Up for Fixed Meter Reading Networks - A method and apparatus is disclosed for providing a metering site transceiver (06-16-2011
20090009359Method of Monitoring Commodity Consumption - A method and a system for monitoring the quantity of the commodity consumed by a consumer comprises receiving during a preset reporting period window an output value that is security protected from the consumer, extracting a consumption value and a time stamp value from the output value, the extracted values being associated with the quantity, and generating an invoice for the consumer for the quantity of the commodity consumed.01-08-2009
20120188094FITNESS FACILITY EQUIPMENT USAGE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - An electronic method of obtaining exercise equipment information. The method including using a first control server associated with a first fitness facility to gather first usage information from a first fitness equipment unit, sending the first usage information from the control server to an accumulated data storage unit, and using the first control server associated with the first fitness facility to gather second usage information from a second fitness equipment unit. The method further including sending the second usage information from the control server to the accumulated data storage unit, and sending the first usage information from the accumulated data storage unit information to a requester.07-26-2012
20120188093TEST MODE SUPPORT FOR METERING ACCURACY TESTS - A metering device may be configured to communicate with other devices on a plurality of metering communication networks. To enable such communications across various networks, the metering communication device may use an active utility identifier corresponding to the metering network in which it is actively communicating. The active utility identifier may be changed to a valid utility identifier corresponding to another metering network and which may be associated with the metering communication device itself. The metering communication device may use the changed active utility identifier to communicate with other devices on the other metering network having the valid utility identifier. For example, the metering communication device may change the active utility identifier to enable communication a test network from a production network, a production network to a test network, or a first test network to a second test network.07-26-2012
20090322555Tip Meter - A tip meter for providing real time customer satisfaction information to a server is provided. The tip meter displays a tip percentage identified by the customer. During the course of the service experience, the tip percentage is adjusted up or down depending on the customer's real time satisfaction. If the customer decreases the tip percentage, the service staff can attempt to improve service during the rest of the encounter and thereby increase the tip. The tip meter also calculates the total bill, including a particular tip amount for the customer and includes a light to notify staff when service is needed.12-31-2009
20090309756Techniques For Limiting Demand From An electricity Meter With An Installed Relay - An electricity meter capable of performing a method for limiting an electricity load in communication with the electricity meter is disclosed. The electricity meter includes at least one load control and the electricity meter has one or more predetermined time-of-use tiers. Each of the one or more predetermined time-of-use tiers has a corresponding time-of-use demand threshold. The method comprises determining a present time-of-use tier; determining a present time-of-use demand for the electricity load in the present time-of-use tier; comparing the present time-of-use demand to the time-of-use demand threshold corresponding to the present time-of-use tier; and setting the at least one load control to a de-energize mode when a de-energize condition is satisfied. The de-energize condition may include sub-conditions such as the present time-of-use demand exceeding the time-of-use demand threshold corresponding to the present time-of-use tier.12-17-2009
20090309754WIRELESS CURRENT TRANSFORMER - The present disclosure describes a system for monitoring energy data having at least one wireless current transformer, a metering circuit configured to receive an analog signal from the current transformer and to calculate energy data, a wireless transmitter unit in circuit with the metering circuit which is configured to transmit the energy data, and a receiver unit having a receiver, a processor in circuit with the receiver and configured to collect the energy data; and a display connected to the processor and configured to display the energy data. A method and apparatus for monitoring energy data is also presented.12-17-2009
20090309755SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY MONITORING AND CONTROLLING A WATER METER - A meter that monitors usage of a water distribution system by a client is provided. The meter includes a wireless communications system operable to communicatively couple the meter to a wireless network to provide two-way communication between the meter and the wireless network; a calibration system operable to calibrate the meter, wherein the calibration system may calibrate the meter in response to an instruction received via the wireless network; and a power system operable to maintain a sufficient level of power for the meter to allow substantially real-time communication between the meter and the wireless network.12-17-2009
20090267792Customer supported automatic meter reading method - A method is described in which an automatic metering reading (AMR) method is implemented in the utility distribution system. The AMR method comprises a mesh network in which selected customers of the utility company support the network by providing collocated internet access points via the customer's existing internet connections; thus providing AMR data “backhaul”, thereby minimizing the need for the utility to build and deploy all the access points needed to populate the mesh infrastructure network. This customer access point for which the customer is remunerated, in whole or in part by the utility, allows the utility to develop and implement all the network elements to meet the utility AMR needs at a much lower cost. The customer-supported method can allow the utility to efficiently and effectively service its metering needs via the global communications network without a major investment in hardware, software and personnel.10-29-2009
20120286969REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEM - A temperature monitoring service in which remote monitoring units are distributed to customers who then set up monitoring as desired at their facilities. The devices may be registered through a web site using the Internet. Monitoring information may be communicated using a publicly available, wireless network, such as a cellular telephone network. The service may be provided with a system, including a server, which can deliver high levels of monitoring functionality. The server may support streaming monitoring information to a customer for analysis or sending a command activating a device connected to a remote unit. Remote units associated with the same location may be in a pool, comprising one active unit and one or more spare units, in which the server automatically identifies the active unit. The server may support analyzing monitoring information according to an expected cycle pattern of a ventilation system at the monitored facility.11-15-2012
20130021168WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION AND VALIDATION TOOL - A transmit pad inspection device includes a magnetic coupling device, which includes an inductive circuit that is configured to magnetically couple to a primary circuit of a charging device in a transmit pad through an alternating current (AC) magnetic field. The inductive circuit functions as a secondary circuit for a set of magnetically coupled coils. The magnetic coupling device further includes a rectification circuit, and includes a controllable load bank or is configured to be connected to an external controllable load back. The transmit pad inspection device is configured to determine the efficiency of power transfer under various coupling conditions. In addition, the transmit pad inspection device can be configured to measure residual magnetic field and the frequency of the input current, and to determine whether the charging device has been installed properly.01-24-2013
20110285543COMMODITY METER - A commodity meter. The meter includes a power/meter circuit board, a communication circuit board, and an antenna. The power/meter circuit board is configured to electrically sense a plurality of parameters of electricity flowing through terminals of the meter. The communication circuit board is configured to transmit one or more commodity parameters received from the power/meter circuit board. The antenna is coupled to the communications circuit board and positioned within the meter.11-24-2011
20110291856FREQUENCY SHIFT COMPENSATION, SUCH AS FOR USE IN A WIRELESS UTILITY METER READING ENVIRONMENT - Methods and apparatus for computing the carrier frequency of a transmitter using frequency modulated digital data to compensate for frequency shifting of the transmitter and the receiver local oscillators and for bandwidth adjustment of the receiver's filter. In particular, methods and apparatus are disclosed for binary systems transmitting “1” and “0” data using decoded or undecoded received signals.12-01-2011
20110215944PROCESS VARIABLE TRANSMITTER WITH DISPLAY - A process variable transmitter for use in measuring a process variable of an industrial process includes a display. The transmitter comprises a housing, a process variable sensor configured to sense the process variable of the industrial process, transmitter circuitry coupled to the process variable sensor configured to provide a transmitter output and a connection member in the housing configured to couple to the transmitter circuitry. A first rotatable connector on the connection member includes a plurality of first conductors. A module includes a second rotatable connector having a plurality of second conductors. The plurality of first and second conductors are configured to electrically connect together.09-08-2011
20110215945SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING RESOURCES IN A WATER UTILITY NETWORK - A computerized method for monitoring a water utility network, the water utility network comprising a network of pipes for delivering water to consumers and a plurality of meters positioned within the pipes across the water distribution network. The method includes receiving meter data representing parameters measured by the meters, such as flow, pressure, chlorine level, pH and turbidity of the water being distributed through the pipes. The method also includes receiving secondary data from sources external to the meters and representing conditions affecting consumption of water in a region serviced by the water utility network such as weather and holidays. The meter and secondary data is analyzed using statistical techniques to identify water network events including leakage events and other events regarding quantity and quality of water flowing through the pipes and operation of the water network. The events are reported to users via a user interface.09-08-2011
20090189778METER READING SYSTEM - A meter reading system is provided for use in reading the water, electricity or gas meters, in which a data logger and a meter are installed at user end. When desiring to obtain the readings of a meter at user end, a mobile meter reader sends a control signal via a communication method to the data logger and at the same time obtains the readout of user-end meter connected to the data logger. The meter reading system improves the situation of wrong recording of readout and saves the cost of labor in conventional manual meter reading.07-30-2009
20080238713Electronic meter having user-interface and central processing functionality on a single printed circuit board - A digital electrical power and energy meter integrates a primary processing module and a user interface module onto a single printed circuit board to reduce overall meter size, assembly time, and cost.10-02-2008
20090153356System and method for collecting information from utility meters - A method of communicating between a collector meter and back haul device is disclosed. The method provides the collector meter, the collector meter has a local communications means for communicating to a plurality of utility metering devices, the collector meter also has having a short haul communications means. The method further provides the back haul device. The back haul device having the short haul communication means and a wireless telephonic communication means. The method communicates information between the collector meter and the back haul device using the short haul communication means. The method further sends data from the back haul device to a utility receiving center using the wireless telephonic means.06-18-2009
20100117857Telemetry services: serving the utility companies using the home FTTP network environment - A system and method for collecting utility consumption telemetry data from a customer served by a plurality of utility companies, and providing a consumption report for the customer to each of the plurality of utility companies serving the customer. The system includes a utility server that is adapted for receiving the utility consumption telemetry data from the utility customer. The utility server is disposed at a network service provider that serves the customer with bundled network services. Utility consumption telemetry data is stored in a database and consumption reports for the customer may be generated for each of the plurality of utility companies serving the customer.05-13-2010
20100007522Programming of a Demand Triggered Service Disconnect Device from a Threshold in Amps - A first embodiment is an arrangement, such as a meter programming device, that includes a memory, a user interface, a communication interface, and a processing circuit. The user interface arrangement is configured to receive user input. The communication interface is configured to communicate with a corresponding communication interface on a utility meter. The processing circuit is configured by software stored in the memory to: receive a user input at the user interface identifying a disconnect threshold as a measure of current; generate a disconnect threshold value as a function of the user input and a service voltage; and provide the disconnect threshold value to the utility meter via the communication interface.01-14-2010
20110193718SYSTEM, METHOD AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CHIP FOR WIRELESS MULTI-NETWORK METER READING - A wireless monitoring system comprises a remote asset about which data is to be collected and a wireless data-transfer device connected to the remote asset. The wireless device includes a radiofrequency transceiver and a chip having a memory for storing a plurality of subscriber identifiers corresponding to different wireless networks and for further storing logic that constitutes network selection rules for selecting one of the wireless networks to use for transmission of the data. In a GSM/UMTS implementation of this technology, the subscriber identifier is the IMSI and the chip is a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) chip or card. By using multiple IMSI's, the wireless data-transfer device connected to the remote asset may switch seamlessly between wireless networks. A new IMSI (for a new network) may be provisioned over the air to enable the device to communicate over a new network for which it did not previously have an IMSI.08-11-2011
20100127889METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VIRTUAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT DISPLAY - A method and system of virtual energy management display involves periodically receiving via a mesh local area network electronic data representing energy management-related information by a RF communication-enabled memory storage device coupled to an electronic display device within a home area network. Electronic data representing telemetry information is likewise periodically received by the RF communication-enabled memory storage device from at least one RF communication-enabled energy management-related device within the home area network. The electronic data is converted to a common format by an application running at least in part on the memory storage device and displayed on a screen associated with the display device.05-27-2010
20090207042WIRELESS REMOTE METER READING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - A wireless remote meter reading apparatus and driving method thereof are used to reduce the cost of detecting the amount of energy consumption and to enhance the detection efficiency, so as to facilitate the detection of the energy consumption amount of tap water, gas, electricity, calorie or the like. Each of a set of short-range wireless networks includes meter reading units. Regenerative repeating units and a data centralizing unit configure a cell unit. A base station controller collects meter-reading data from the short-range wireless networks configured by the cell unit via a base station. A meter reading server supplies a control signal to the meter reading units, the regenerative repeating units and the data centralizing unit using a long-range network, such as GSM, GPRS, CDMA, SMSC via a mobile switch or an internet network. The meter reading server is supplied with the meter reading data via the long-range network.08-20-2009
20090278706Method and system for remote updates of meters for metering the consumption of electricity, water or gas - In a method and system of remote metering the consumption of utilities like electricity, water or gas, each of a plurality of remote meters (RM) measures a consumption and reports the measured-consumption to a concentrator (C). The concentrator (C) communicates with a plurality of remote meters (RM) in order to collect consumption data and perform tasks related to the administration of its associated remote meters (RM). Each remote meter (RM) has a host controller (MCM) and a program memory storing programs for execution by the host controller (MCM). In order to update some or all of the application programs running on the host controller (MCM) of the remote meters (RM), the concentrator (C) transmits program data to the remote meters (RM), and the remote meters (RM) receive the program data and update at least a portion of the program stored in the program memory in accordance with the received program data.11-12-2009
20080272933MOBILE UTILITY DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM - Methods and systems described herein allow collection of utility system endpoint data (e.g., meter data sent by utility meters configured for automatic meter reading) via a mobile utility data collection system that includes both a remote communication portion (e.g., radio device) and an external computer portion (e.g., handheld computer with meter reading application installed).11-06-2008
20110169658DEVICE FOR DETERMINING COMMUNICATIONS PARAMETERS AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A device and method for determining communications parameters such as signal strength is provided. The device includes a plurality of meters, each having an associated transceiver configured to receive a different communications protocol. Communications signals are received by a communications module and transmitted to the plurality of meters. The plurality of meters provide an indication of a signal parameter, such as signal strength for example, to allow the operator to decide which communications protocol the end device should use.07-14-2011
20110169659AMR METER TO ZIGBEE COMMUNICATIONS BRIDGE - A communications bridge facilitates communication between an automatic meter reading (AMR) meter and a home area network (HAN) that uses the ZigBee smart energy (SE) protocol. The communications bridge includes a variety of components, including an AMR receiver, a microcontroller, and a ZigBee radio. The AMR receiver reads AMR data, which is not compatible with the ZigBee SE protocol, from the AMR meter. The microcontroller parses the received AMR data and translates it into corresponding ZigBee data. This ZigBee data is transmitted to other devices on the HAN via the ZigBee radio. The translated AMR meter data can then be presented to a consumer in real-time, enabling the consumer to better understand and manage his or her energy usage.07-14-2011
20090102680MULTIFUNCTION DATA PORT PROVIDING AN INTERFACE BETWEEN A DIGITAL NETWORK AND ELECTRONICS IN RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES - A multifunction data port is located in or attached to the utility meter or the meter box. The installation or removal of the data port requires opening the meter seal. The data port interface can provide broad band access to a digital network and the Internet. It can provide the utility customer with a secure computer terminal for commerce and telecommunications. It can provide the electric utility load management and time of use metering of electrical power.04-23-2009
20130099939INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND USER EQUIPMENT - An apparatus and method for processing an information processing request in a mobile device. In one embodiment, the method includes: receiving an information processing request message; collecting at least one type of environmental state information associated with the mobile device if the information processing request message is not processed by the mobile device within a predetermined time; generating prompt information according to the collected environmental state information, wherein the prompting information is used to prompt a user to process the unprocessed information processing request message. Therefore, a user can timely perceive the information processing request message that has been received but not processed by the mobile device in time, thus effectively increasing the usability of the mobile device.04-25-2013
20120293338SAMPLE STORAGE AND MONITORING SYSTEM - A method of maintaining a thermal history (11-22-2012
20120293339ELECTRONIC HOUSING INTENDED TO BE FIXED UNDER A COVER OF A MANHOLE - The invention concerns an electronic housing (11-22-2012
20100102987Power Line Communication Device having Virtual Local Area Network Functionality - A power line based communication system includes a power line termination module, a plurality of power line gateways, and a plurality of power line nodes. The power line termination module manages data for local area networks within the power line based communication system. The plurality of power line gateways is arranged in sets of power line gateways, wherein each set of power line gateways constitutes a local area network. Each of the plurality of power line nodes is operably coupled to the power line termination module via a high-speed communication path. In addition, each power line node is operably coupled to set of power line gateways, i.e., to a local area network, via power lines of a local transformer. Each of the power line nodes receives data for its respective LAN from the power line termination module and provides the data to the power line gateways of its LAN via the power lines of the local transformer. Virtual local area networks are enabled between the power line termination module and the power line gateways.04-29-2010
20080238711AUTOMATED METER READER DIRECT MOUNT ENDPOINT MODULE - An automated meter reader module can be operably connected to an existing utility meter to provide an endpoint for use in an automated meter reader system. The automated meter reader module can utilize an index attachment drive mechanism to electronically and mechanically monitor consumption of a utility such as water, gas, or electricity. The index attachment of the existing utility meter is attached so that it does not physically impede reception or transmission of radio frequency communications by a patch antenna integrated into a printed circuit board located inside the automated meter reader module. A gasket around the edge of the housing sealingly interfaces with the existing utility meter and a multi-faced cover that allows the registered dials located on the index attached to be viewed from a plurality of vantage points.10-02-2008
20080238714Utility Network Communications Using Meter Identifiers - An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.10-02-2008
20080238712Remote display chain for mutiple user interface applications - A multi-master serial bus that connects multiple utility monitoring devices with multiple remote electronic display units. The display units include an I10-02-2008
20100201541SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING UTILITY MONITORING - The present invention relates to a means for monitoring the utility usage in a building with individual units but serviced by a single utility company meter. The individual units receive a pulse flow meter which is hard wired to a central unit and then sent to the internet for reading and then splitting the utility bill into prorated utility bills based on actual usage rather than size of the individual unit as a percentage of the whole unit.08-12-2010
20080278344Method and arrangement for registering and evaluating energy consumption - Registering energy consumption in part of a building, an item of state information of at least one energy load being acquired, the state information being transmitted to a control center, and the state information, a state duration and a specific statement of the consumption of the energy load being used to determine and evaluate the energy consumption in the control center. It is possible to dispense with separate energy consumption measuring units as a result of the energy consumption being registered by multiplying the switched-on duration by a specific statement of the energy consumption (that is to say power) of the energy load.11-13-2008
20120182157Process, Device and System For Volt/VAR Optimization - Embodiments of the invention propose volt/VAR optimization that may be time synchronized and automated based on actions invoked at a control system utilizing a smart grid solution that incorporates metering end points which are capable of reporting to a utility the information that is needed by the utility or to another system for making real time decisions on events that may occur at the distribution level. Embodiments of the invention incorporate large numbers of end points (e.g., smart meters) which a utility can use to determine how any event or events it may invoke at the grid level affect its compliance at the end user level.07-19-2012
20080316050UTILITY PIT METER AMR DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE MOUNTING PROVISIONS - An automatic meter reading (AMR) system device is adapted to be mounted in a utility meter pit. The device includes a housing constructed to at least partially enclose at least one portion of an AMR system device. The housing is integrally formed with at least two different mounting members selected from among: a rod mounting member that includes a port sized and shaped to receive a rod to facilitate mounting of the device in the pit, a wall mounting member that includes a wall-mount provision that facilitates mounting of the device to a wall of the pit, a tie mounting member constructed to receive at least one tie fastener that facilitates mounting of the device to a structure in the pit, and a lid mounting portion constructed to facilitate mounting of the device to a lid of the pit.12-25-2008
20100127890SPHERICAL SENSOR AND DATA COLLECTION VEHICLES - An inexpensive unmanned mobile sensor and data collection rolling rover (“rollver) for exploring remote, inaccessible locations, such as deep craters and canyons, includes a hollow enclosure having a flexible wall that is expandable into the shape of a sphere, an apparatus for selectably expanding the wall of the enclosure, a sensor and instrumentation payload disposed within the enclosure and coupled to an inner surface of the wall of the enclosure, and a power supply for powering the payload at its destination. The rollver is adapted to roll to a target destination at least partially in response to at least one of an initial impetus imparted to the vehicle and gravitational forces acting thereon, and due to its relatively low cost, can be simultaneously deployed and used in an area of interest in relatively large numbers.05-27-2010
20080284614Modular power monitoring system - A power monitoring system for monitoring characteristics of power transmitted through one or more power lines comprises a meter base and multiple option modules. The meter base includes a processor and associated circuitry for processing signals derived from sensors coupled to said power lines and producing output signals representing selected characteristics of the power transmitted through the power lines, and a housing containing the processor and the associated circuitry and having a first surface adapted to be mounted on a DIN rail, and a second surface containing multiple connectors for receiving multiple modules and electrically connecting the modules to the processor and the associated circuitry. Each of the multiple option modules includes a housing having a first surface containing a connector that is complementary with the multiple connectors in the second surface of the meter base so that any of the option modules can be plugged into any of the multiple connectors in the second surface of the meter base, and circuitry within the housing of the option module for interconnecting with the processor and the associated circuitry in the meter base. The first surface of the meter base housing may be adapted for optional mounting on the DIN rail or a flat panel, and contains a connector for mating with a complementary connector on the opposite side of the flat panel through a hole in the flat panel.11-20-2008
20100265096ENDPOINT CLASSIFICATION AND COMMAND PROCESSING - Packet formats and related infrastructure for improved messaging and processing of commands in an AMR system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for identifying the features of an endpoint based on data encoded in a standard meter reading is provided. In this regard, the method includes receiving a standard meter reading having an endpoint type and subtype classification, wherein the subtype classification corresponds to a feature of the endpoint that may be re-configured. Once received, the standard metering reading is decoded. Then, the method identifies the classification of the endpoint with regard to type and subtype and determines whether the endpoint is capable of implementing a particular command.10-21-2010
20130214935INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR HOME APPLIANCE - The present invention relates to information management systems for a home appliance, and more particularly, to an information management system for embodying communication between a home appliance and a wireless terminal and between the home appliance and an external service business operator server possible for providing information a user requires quickly and remote management of the home appliance.08-22-2013
20100141474ELECTRONIC ELECTRIC METER FOR NETWORKED METER READING - An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The electric meter retrofits into existing meter sockets and is available for new meter installations for both single phase and three phase electric power connections. The meter utilizes an all electronic design including a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The electric meter utilizes a modular design which allows the interface modules to be changed depending upon the desired communication network interface. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a two-way 900 MHz spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.06-10-2010
20120068856REMOTE IDENTIFICATION DEVICE ASSOCIATED WITH A VEHICLE INCLUDING MEANS FOR REMOTELY COMMUNICATING WITH THE ASSOCIATED VEHICLE - The invention relates to a device (03-22-2012
20120068855MEDICAL TELEMETRY SYSTEM AND MEDICAL TELEMETER - A medical telemetry system includes: a medical telemeter including: a measuring portion which measures a biological signal of a patient as biological signal data; a communicating portion which wirelessly transmits the biological signal data; and a connection information storing portion which stores connection information; and a receiver including: a non-contact communicating portion which executes first non-contact communication to read the connection information in a non-contact manner; a storage portion which stores the connection information read by the non-contact communicating portion; and a receiving portion which starts reception of the biological signal data transmitted by the communicating portion, when the connection information is stored in the storage portion.03-22-2012
20120068854SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROGRAMMING AND MONITORING ENERGY USE AND COST - The present invention can provide a method, apparatus, and system for providing energy usage information to a user. One embodiment displays, on a display interface of a display device, a virtual analog clock and receives energy usage data for a metered environment. A graphical representation of a first level of the energy usage data is displayed on the face of the virtual analog clock, with the graphical representation including at least one display element.03-22-2012
20090140880Endpoint Event Processing System - An endpoint processor includes a processor block, a timer block, a memory block, and analog-to-digital converter. The timer block is arranged to provide a time based signal to the processor block. The memory block cooperates with the processor block. The analog-to-digital converter is arranged to provide an interface between an analog signal and the processor block. The analog signal includes encoded data from a power signal. The processor block is arranged to control a sampling rate that is associated with the analog-to-digital converter such that the analog signal is down-converted as an under-sampled signal. The processor block is arranged to extract the encoded data from the down-converted signal by executing a digital signal processing algorithm that is stored in the memory block. The digital signal processing algorithm is arranged to reject fundamental and harmonic frequencies that are associated with a power-line frequency that is associated with the power signal.06-04-2009
20110140911RELIABLE, LONG-HAUL DATA COMMUNICATIONS OVER POWER LINES FOR METER READING AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES - A system, method and computer program product provides for power line communications (PLC) over electric power lines includes a device mountable near an electrical distribution transformer (DT) to provide a high speed interface and communicates with one or multiple access devices, which provide low speed interfaces for analog signals or digital signals over RS 232, RS 485, optical, wireless and Ethernet. The device transmits data to/from these access devices over the electric lines to other repeaters over one or more wires of an electrical line or over multiple lines, and serves to strengthen and improve signal quality. Upon detecting a wire or line is having problems carrying data, the data is sent over other wires, and upon power line failures, wireless backup to mobile/GSM and WiMax networks is utilized. The device permits utilities and others to read electric meters, monitor the power quality of the distribution grid and detect power losses/failures/outages, and permits telecom service providers and others to provide a communications link to cell phone towers, WiFi Access Points and enable broadband Internet and telephony in rural, remote or sparely populated areas.06-16-2011
20110140909Apparatus And Method For Establishing Communication From Remote Sites In A Fixed Meter Reading Network - A method and apparatus is disclosed for adjusting a transmission power level of a transceiver (06-16-2011
20110140908WIRELESS SENSOR HAVING MULTIPLE POSSIBLE ANTENNA MOUNTING LOCATIONS - A wireless valve-position monitor includes a housing having a plurality of possible antenna module mounting ports. A position sensor is within the housing that interfaces to a movable portion of a process-control valve for providing a position detection signal that reflects a position of the process-control valve. A wireless transceiver system including a transceiver coupled to an antenna module is coupled to the position sensor for transmitting a wireless signal that communicates the position of the process-control valve. The antenna module is mounted to one of the plurality of possible mounting ports on the housing.06-16-2011
20110227755METERING AND MEASURING POINT SYSTEM FOR MEASURING AND METERING ELECTRICAL ENERGY AND METHOD - The invention relates to a metering and measuring point system for measuring and metering the electrical energy drawn off a connection device or fed in the connection device by a consumption and/or generation unit at a fixed geographical point, comprising (a) an identifiable stationary connection device as well as (b) an identifiable mobile or non-stationary functional unit, the latter comprising respective devices for (b1) detecting the identifier of the connection device, (b2) metering and measuring the electrical energy drawn off and/or fed in the recognized connection device, (b3) storing the determined metering and measuring data and the determined identifier of the respective connection device being used and (b4) reading out the stored data.09-22-2011
20090201171SMALL IN-HOME UTILITY SERVICES DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device useful in displaying information transmitted by a utility to its customer location via a utility communication network has a generally planar body defining a face area less than about 25 square inches, a circuit board, an unlicensed band radio frequency communications receiver, a power source (such as a battery), a display screen and an attachment component (such as a magnet).08-13-2009
20090243877DUAL MODE MULTI-NETWORK AMR SYSTEM ENDPOINT AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Automatic meter reading system and devices providing for dual mode mesh network and non-mesh network endpoint communication. The system includes a plurality of endpoint devices communicatively coupled to at least one data collection device. At least one endpoint device is configurable to operate in a first mode or a second mode. At least one endpoint is adapted to independently determine whether to operate in the first mode or the second mode. In the first mode the endpoint operates according to a hub-and-spoke communication mode in which it communicates information intended for a data collection infrastructure device directly to at least one dedicated data collection infrastructure device. In the second mode the endpoint operates according to a mesh communications mode in which it communicates information intended for a data collection infrastructure device via a non-dedicated data collection infrastructure device. At least some of the endpoint devices are capable of switching between a mesh-network mode and a non-mesh network mode.10-01-2009
20090251332MONITORING SYSTEM - A monitoring arrangement for use in an underground excavation includes an elongate support unit between walls in the excavation. A load-responsive sensing arrangement can be included and can be placed on the elongate support unit. A control system monitors the sensing arrangement and an alarm can be activated.10-08-2009
20090256719Utility monitoring system - A system for monitoring consumption of a utility by a building unit is provided. The system includes a sensor disposed externally yet proximal to a meter for recording consumption of the utility and having an indicator which indicates an event whenever a predefined quantity of the utility is consumed by the building unit. The sensor is configured for detecting each event and is connected to a controller having a controller, the controller being situated within the building unit. The controller is programmable with the predetermined event quantity as well as tariff information for the event and counts each event detected by the sensor. Based on the events counted, the tariff information, and the predefined event quantity, the controller generates consumption information, including approximate consumption totals of the utility consumed and costs therefor. The consumption information is selectively displayed on a display unit connected to the controller.10-15-2009
20120105249Method and Distributed System for Detecting and Managing Data from a Plurality of Measuring Devices - A method for acquiring and managing data from a plurality of measuring instruments includes acquiring data from at least one measuring instrument disposed in each of at least one measurement station. The data is provided to a server computing unit. The data is processed in the server computing unit with at least one microserver so as to provide client-compatible data. The client-compatible data is accessed in the server computing unit of the at least one measurement station through a communication network in at least one client station. The accessed client-compatible data is further processed in the at least one client station with at least one client computing unit.05-03-2012
20100156665System, Method and Apparatus for Advanced Utility Control, Monitoring and Conservation - The present application is directed to a system and method of providing flexible real-time two-way energy control and monitoring between utility providers and consumers. Consumer friendly nodes permit communication of targeted information and control, while permitting the utility provider to remotely communicate and control in a real-time environment. Data collection of and accessibility by a community of utility consumers provides social feedback through comparative usage statistics.06-24-2010
20100188262ENERGY CONSUMPTION MEASUREMENT - A system for measuring energy consumption comprises a plurality of devices (DEi) of which at least a subset comprises a communication unit (CUi) for supplying operating status information (OSi) indicating an actual operating status with respect to an actual energy consumption of the associated one of the plurality of devices (DEi). A meter (EM) measures a total energy consumption (TEC) of the plurality of devices (DEi). A controller (CO) calculates an individual energy consumption (IEC) of a particular one of the plurality of devices (DEi) from a change of the total energy consumption (TEC) occurring at a change of the operating status of the particular one of the plurality of devices (DEi).07-29-2010
20100164750Adapter for meter - An adapter is interposed between a standard resource meter and its socket, to provide RF-capabilities. Communications between meter and adapter are effected by optical technology. The adapter has emergency battery back-up capabilities.07-01-2010
20100271234FLOW CONSUMPTION MODULAR METER - The invention relates to a flow consumption modular meter. It comprises a base module providing the connection between flow distribution lines and a subscriber supply, equipped with a metering connection interface and a metering module equipped with an interface for connecting to the base module via the metering connection interface. Electrical components of a permanent nature are installed in the base module and electronic components of a changeable nature are installed in the metering module. Application to flow meters, particularly electricity meters.10-28-2010
20100188258TIME-DIVIDED COMMUNICATIONS IN A METERING SYSTEM - A method, system, and related apparatus for performing time-divided communications in a metering environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, an endpoint (e.g., ERT) is provided that implements a method for communicating messages with a remote device. Generally, the method includes causing the endpoint to transmit a standard meter reading message within a predefined frequency band. Then, after waiting a predetermined amount of time, a receiver on the endpoint is activated to listen for a message transmitted by the remote device. While the receiver on the endpoint is activated, the endpoint may receive a command from the remote device without being required to transmit an additional standard meter reading message.07-29-2010
20100188254SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING RECEPTION OF DATA IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENTS - Generally described, the disclosed subject matter is directed to improving the reception of data in wireless communication environments. In accordance with one embodiment, a method is provided for improving the reception of meter data in an AMR system. In particular, the method includes obtaining a sample of data indicative of channel quality for each transmission channel in the operational frequency band of the endpoint device. Then, the data is analyzed and a determination is made as to whether the reception of data by the collection system can be improved. If the reception of data by the collection system can be improved, a command is generated for reprogramming the endpoint device. In one embodiment, the command includes channel reprogramming data for reprogramming the endpoint device.07-29-2010
20090079584Method and system of reading utility meter data over a network - A utility meter may be read by sending a request to read the meter from a meter reading application, which may be located on a utility server or on an access point to a network, to a communications module associated with the utility meter. The communications module initiates a session with the utility meter, makes requests for data from the associated utility meter, receives the responses to requests for data from the utility meter, and terminates the session after receiving all the requested data from the meter. It then formats the responses with the data received from the utility meter, and transmits the formatted response to the meter reading application.03-26-2009
20100188255RELATIVE TIME SYSTEM - A system, method and device are provided for obtaining, from each endpoint device, meter reading data where the meter reading data are recorded and managed based on a relative time clock in each endpoint device. The relative time clock may be a simple inexpensive clock that tracks minutes and triggers recording of meter reading data for a particular hour at the end of that hour. In that embodiment, a collection system sends an endpoint device a request that includes a requested time that is converted into a relative time so that the endpoint device can understand the request. Since each recorded interval is generated based on a relative time maintained by the clock in the endpoint device rather than an absolute (real) time, the endpoint device does not need to maintain accurate date/time or to read meter reading data from the utility meter based on a real date/time.07-29-2010
20100188261GAS APPLIANCE MONITORING APPARATUS - The apparatus includes a flow rate measurement unit 07-29-2010
20100188259FILTERING OF METER READING DATA - Packet formats and associated metering infrastructure for filtering meter reading data that is being transmitted by utility meters are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method suitable for being implemented in a metering environment is provided that filters meter reading data being received by multiple collectors. Specifically, the method includes ranking the relative ability of the plurality of collectors to capture transmissions from the same utility meter. Based on the relative ranking, at least one collector from the plurality of collectors is identified that will be configured to disregard transmissions that originate from the utility meter. Then, the method provides the collector with a read list for differentiating between transmissions containing meter reading data that will be forwarded to a utility service provider from transmissions that originate from the utility meter.07-29-2010
20100176966METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF SIMULTANEOUSLY COMMUNICATING UTILITY DATA AND VOICE DATA - A method for communicating utility data includes receiving a voice signal and a data signal via a utility network, combining the voice signal and the data signal to form a communication signal, and transmitting the communication signal to a plurality of utility asset controllers and handheld devices via the utility network.07-15-2010
20100188260ENDPOINT CLASSIFICATION AND COMMAND PROCESSING - Packet formats and related infrastructure for improved messaging and processing of commands in an AMR system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for identifying the features of an endpoint based on data encoded in a standard meter reading is provided. In this regard, the method includes receiving a standard meter reading having an endpoint type and subtype classification, wherein the subtype classification corresponds to a feature of the endpoint that may be re-configured. Once received, the standard metering reading is decoded. Then, the method identifies the classification of the endpoint with regard to type and subtype and determines whether the endpoint is capable of implementing a particular command.07-29-2010
20100188256REQUESTED TIME ADJUSTMENT FOR ACCURATE DATA EXCHANGE - A system, method and device are provided for reducing consumption calculation errors caused due to time drift in an endpoint device. In one embodiment, the endpoint device transmits consumption data in response to a request for consumption data. The request generally includes a time period of the consumption data. The endpoint device adjusts the set of intervals based on the extent of the difference between the collection system time and the endpoint device time to obtain the most accurate intervals. The process for adjusting intervals can be implemented independently from time synchronization between the endpoint and collection systems. Further, the process for adjusting intervals does not result in updating the meter reading data that have been already logged and stored in the endpoint device.07-29-2010
20100182162Sealed Transmitter Assembly For Subsurface Utility Installations - An assembly (07-22-2010
20100176968Power Line Communication Apparatus and Method of Using the Same - The present invention provides a communication device for use with a power line communication system. One embodiment of the present invention forms a communication device that comprises a first wireless modem, a controller, a second modem, and a sensor module. The controller operates the sensor module to take power line parameter measurements such as measurements of the voltage and/or current, which may be wirelessly transmitted to a remote device by the first modem. In addition, the controller may compare the measurements with thresholds and transmit notifications if a measurement is beyond a threshold. Data may be received from one or more user devices, such as utility meters or computers, by the second modem and wirelessly transmitted upstream by the first modem.07-15-2010
20100214122SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SYSTEM (amended - In a and method for operating a system, including a drive that is connectable to a supply-voltage source, especially an AC-voltage source, with the aid of an apparatus, in particular a control unit, via electric lines installed in the system, information is transmittable between the control unit and the drive, using the lines.08-26-2010
20100253538SMART METER COVER WITH INTEGRAL UNTETHERED ANTENNA ELEMENTS FOR AMI COMMUNICATIONS - Method and apparatus for mounting and locating untethered embedded antenna elements in the dielectric cover of electric utility meters configured for but not limited to wireless remote one way or two way radio communications for automated metering applications such as remote meter reading, remote connect/disconnect, home area networking, meter equipment firmware downloads, load management or locations based services. A multiplicity of untethered integral antenna elements and topologies may be located within a replacement dielectric cover for a direct-connect cable free or cable connection to a radio or microwave modem. Also described is a method and apparatus for retro-fitting the antenna elements on the inner face of an existing utility meter dielectric cover.10-07-2010
20110057811PROJECTED INSTRUMENT DISPLAYS FOR FIELD MOUNTED PROCESS INSTRUMENTS - An industrial process transmitter includes a first process sensor, transmitter circuitry, a housing and an image projector. The first process sensor measures a process variable of an industrial process and generates a sensor signal. The transmitter circuitry is connected to the first process sensor and is configured to operate functions of the process transmitter. The housing includes a window and an image projector. The image projector is connected to the transmitter circuitry and is configured to project an image of information relating to functions of the process transmitter onto the window in the housing.03-10-2011
20130127633POLICY-BASED DATA MANAGEMENT AND IMAGING CHIPPING - The technology described herein includes a system and/or a method for policy-based data management. The method includes receiving, by a sensor platform device, sensor data from one or more sensors; selecting, by the sensor platform device, one or more screening policies from a plurality of screening policies based on one or more mission parameters and a platform type associated with the sensor platform device; generating, by the sensor platform device, a data set from the sensor data based on the selected one or more screening policies; and transmitting, by the sensor platform device, the data set to one or more computing devices.05-23-2013
20130127634CROWD ACTIVITY AND AMBIENT CONDITION MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a system for measuring ambient 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 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 crowd activity in a venue.05-23-2013
20110115642UTILITY NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICE CONFIGURED TO DETECT AND REPORT ABNORMAL OPERATING CONDITION - A utility network interface device is provided for operation with a utility network. The utility network interface device includes a detector configured to produce a state signal upon occurrence of a prescribed state that interferes with the ability of a utility meter, with which the utility network interface device is associated, to measure consumption of a commodity and/or report consumption of the commodity. The utility network interface device also includes a control unit configured to detect a tampering with the utility meter in accordance with the state signal produced by the detector. The control unit automatically controls a notification unit to output, external to the utility meter, notification of the tampering detected by the control unit, in response to the detection of the tampering. Also provided are a utility network including the utility network interface device, a method of operating a utility network interface device, and a computer-readable recording medium having a computer program recorded thereon for operating a utility network interface device.05-19-2011
20090115626Electronic meter for networked meter reading - An automatic meter reading (AMR) data communication network for relaying meter commodity information includes a commodity provider node, a gateway node configured to communicate with the commodity provider node, and meter nodes configured to measure commodity characteristic data and communicate with the gateway node and with other meter nodes. A source node of the meter nodes generates a data packet that includes meter commodity information to be relayed to the commodity provider node, and when a first meter node of the meter nodes receives the source data packet, the first meter node relays the source data packet to a second node. The second node can include another meter node, a repeater node, the gateway node, or the commodity provider node. In an embodiment, the first meter node determines whether the data packet specifies a relay path for relaying the source data packet to the commodity provider node.05-07-2009
20090109055Method and system for acquiring features of measurement systems - A method including establishing a communication link between one or more measurement equipment installations and a provider of optional features, utilizing circuitry within the measurement equipment installation to allow the measurement equipment installation to exchange information with the provider of optional features and determining optional feature use criteria, the optional feature use criteria including at least an interval during which one or more optional features are enabled on the one or more measurement equipment installations.04-30-2009
20120229295MONITORING SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRICAL DEVICE - Systems and solutions for monitoring an electrical device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a monitoring system for an electrical device includes: a utility meter communicatively connected to the electrical device; and at least one computing device disposed within the utility meter, the at least one computing device adapted to monitor the electrical device by performing actions comprising: obtaining operational data about the electrical device; comparing the operational data about the electrical device with predefined operational criteria for the electrical device; determining a health status for the electrical device based upon the comparison of the operational data about the electrical device and the predefined operational criteria for the electrical device; and providing to the utility meter a health status indicator, the health status indicator including an operational status of the electrical device.09-13-2012
20100302061Meter Register and Remote Meter Reader Utilizing a Stepper Motor - A meter for flowing material, e.g., water, has a meter register having an electronic display, e.g., an LED or LCD display, and a mechanical read-out display driven by a stepper motor to record units of water that flowed through the meter. In the event of an electrical power failure, the LED or LCD readout values are lost, however, the mechanical read-out values remain. Further, signals are transmitted to a microprocessor of a meter register to change the rotation of the stepper motor so that the meter register can be used with different types of meters. Still further, a meter generator co-acting with a meter register forwards an electrical pulse signal after a quantity of material or utility passes through a water meter to a microprocessor of a remote reader. The remote reader includes an odometer coupled to a stepper motor.12-02-2010
20100302062Method and System for Providing a Network Protocol for Utility Services - A method and system for providing a network protocol for utility services are disclosed are disclosed. In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method comprises discovering a utility network, wherein a constant powered meter sends network discovery messages to find the utility network. Neighboring meters are discovered, wherein the constant powered meter sends hello messages periodically. The constant powered meter is registered with the utility network. Further, the battery powered meter finds and associates itself with a constant powered meter. The constant powered meter also registers its associate battery powered meter with the utility network. The constant powered meter sends a node registration message to the gateway of the utility network. The constant powered meter can sense outage problems with the gateway and the neighbors of its network, and search and migrate to an alternate network12-02-2010
20120200424SMART METER EVALUATION DEVICE AND SMART METER EVALUATION METHOD - [Task] To provide a smart meter evaluation device and a smart meter evaluation method capable of evaluating the operating state of a smart meter.08-09-2012
20110121989REMOTE SENSING SYSTEM - An imaging system (05-26-2011
20110043374COMMUNICATION METHODS AND DEVICES - In one arrangements there is provided a communications method (02-24-2011
20110115641Three-phase multifunction verifier - Multifunctional meter measures voltage, current, demand, factor, power consumption also water, natural gas, fuel and other items. The design has a 16 bit micro-programmed processing unit, and manages interaction with different hardware components and realizes the functions of communication, data registry and operation control. Composed of a modular form and includes capacities for network connection and inclusion as a module within multi-point measurement systems. The modular components are: three-phase measurement machine, interface and peripherals for LCD screen, high precision clock in real time, external non-volatile memory bank (flash), energy failure detector to backup vital information for the meter, interface and peripherals for navigation buttons, interface and peripherals for RGB leds indicators of events and status, UART communications interface, RS 485 communication bus, ANSI C12 protocol optical communication interface, communications interface to external modules like Ethernet, GPRS, Wi Fi or compatibles, digital inputs for the interface of Sensory converters to pulses.05-19-2011
20100164749Automatic Registration of Meters to a Centralized Data System - A system and methods for automatically configuring a monitoring device that is attachable to a network coupled to a data collection system. The network has associated network parameters. The monitoring device is coupled to an energy distribution system. The monitoring device measures a characteristic of energy supplied by the energy distribution system and stores data representative of the measured characteristics. A first network communications link is automatically established between the monitoring device and the network, and a host server is contacted to identify network parameters including an address of the data collection system. A second network communications link is automatically established between the monitoring device and the data collection system based on the address of the data collection system. Nameplate and configuration information associated with the monitoring device is communicated from the monitoring device over the network to the data collection system. The registration of the monitoring device in the data collection system is acknowledged based on acceptance of the nameplate information and the configuration information by the data collection system.07-01-2010
20100176967COLLECTING UTILITY DATA INFORMATION AND CONDUCTING RECONFIGURATIONS, SUCH AS DEMAND RESETS, IN A UTILITY METERING SYSTEM - In a data collection system having a utility data collector configured for remotely collecting utility data, a system includes one or more endpoints. Each endpoint has a utility meter, memory for storing at least utility consumption data from the utility meter, and a radio for transmitting a communication message to the utility data collector. The radio establishes a communication link between the endpoint and the utility data collector, and provides consumption data when a wireless communication channel quality test determines an adequacy of communications from the endpoint and the utility data collector (e.g. using RSSI). The utility meter sets a hold-off timer or other validity check and only performs subsequently received reset requests or other reconfigurations if the timer has expired or the validity check is valid. Other features are also disclosed.07-15-2010
20100039288Wireless Telemetry Circuit Structure for Measuring Temperature in High Temperature Environments - A circuit affixed to a moving part of an engine for sensing and processing the temperature of the part. The circuit generates a signal representative of the temperature sensed by a thermocouple (02-18-2010
20120242499NETWORK INTERFACE CONTROLLER FOR A UTILITY METER - Systems and devices are disclosed for enabling communication by and between meters and networks are disclosed. In one embodiment, a device includes: a network interface controller configured to be directly coupled to a meter socket and provide a communication path between a utility meter and at least one network, the network interface controller including: a computing device; and at least one communications interface coupled to the computing device, the at least one communications interface configured to be physically located within a meter socket housing.09-27-2012
20120242500DISPLAY DEVICE, ENERGY DISPLAY METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A display device includes: an image display section which displays an image on a screen on the basis of an image signal; and an execution section which executes an application which is acquired from a network on the basis of a user's instruction. When the image display section displays an image, the application which is executed by the execution section acquires, through the network, information related to energy that is used in a predetermined range, and displays the information on the screen.09-27-2012
20100052942COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A communication device is disclosed for communicating telemetry data relating to a fluid, which is passed through a group of concatenated containers such as pipes, tanks and the like in a process installation, to a data processing device. The communication device includes a measuring sensor which can be spatially separated from the data processing device, the measuring sensor having a transponder and a converter for converting a physical variable of the fluid into an electrical variable. The measuring sensor can communicate with a reading device assigned to the data processing device, the measuring sensor being concomitantly loosely guided in the fluid.03-04-2010
20110175749PLANAR DISTRIBUTED ELEMENT ANTENNA ISOLATION BOARD - An antenna isolation circuit, meter reading device, and method of manufacturing an antenna isolation circuit are disclosed herein. A multilayer planar structure antenna isolation circuit uses distributed elements to provide high voltage isolation and RF coupling functions. The distributed elements may be implemented, for example, as multilayer distributed capacitors. In other embodiments, the distributed elements may be implemented as a distributed transformer.07-21-2011
20110074599IN HOME DISPLAY UPDATABLE VIA UTILITY ENDPOINT - Disclosed are an in home display apparatus and methodology for displaying utility consumption and other related information to a consumer. The display device monitors transmissions from a utility consumption endpoint on a meter for user readable display. Messages relevant to the consumer may be sent to the endpoint to be relayed along with bubbled-up data from the endpoint on the meter to the in home display device. Flags related to certain of the messages may be set by the endpoint and cleared by the in home display device as a mechanism for acknowledging receipt of messages. Network readers see that set flags have been cleared and thus confirm message delivery to the network.03-31-2011
20120268289METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING A GRID CONTROL SYSTEM - A detection device for monitoring at least one message transmitted between components included within a grid control system is provided. The detection device includes a memory device configured to store a rationality database that includes at least one rule, and a processor coupled to the memory device and configured to receive the at least one message and to compare the at least one message with the at least one rule to determine a rationality of the at least one message.10-25-2012
20120268290TECHNOLOGY AND DEVICE FOR PRECISELY MEASURING TEMPERATURE OF CABLE JOINT ON THE BASIS OF RADIO FREQUENCY TECHNIQUE - The invention provides a method and a device for on-line measuring the inner temperature of a cable joint, the device includes a built-in temperature measurer and an outside receiver. The built-in temperature measurer measures the temperature of the cable joint or a core wire surface by means of direct contact measuring method, and transmits the data to the outside receiver through an insulating layer by means of the radio frequency identification technique. At the same time, the outside receiver supplies power energy to the built-in temperature measurer by means of the radio frequency signal, so it resolves the problem of supplying power to the built-in temperature measurer. The device of the invention has the advantage of accurately measuring temperature, small volume, superior applicability and so on.10-25-2012
20080316051MUTLTIPLE MODE AMR SYSTEM FOR WATER METERS - The disclosed inventions include and apparatus and method for providing a universal Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system. Such system may be configured to work in a plurality of modes including a walk-bay, drive-by and fixed network mode. The system configured to provide functionally-self-healing features where the system continues to function after certain hardware failures occur.12-25-2008
20110254696METER RIGHT SIZING - The present subject matter relates to apparatus and methodologies for determining an appropriate size for a consumption measurement meter to be installed for a particular application, and/or for validating the appropriateness of a previously installed meter. A remotely controllable endpoint is associated with a consumption measure meter, which may be a water meter. Upon remote command to begin a measurement period, the endpoint will store data representing different levels of consumption during different time intervals over a period of time. The time intervals, length of time for recording data, and start time for recording data, may be remotely selected. Analysis of collected data with reference to known characteristics of available consumption measuring meters permits selection and/or validation of an appropriately sized meter for a particular application.10-20-2011
20110210862METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING AND DISPLAYING CONSUMPTION DATA FROM A METER READING SYSTEM - A method and an apparatus for collecting and displaying real-time utility consumption data and an estimate of utility costs from various utility metering modules upon request by the consumer within the comfort of their own home or business. According to one aspect of the invention, a utility display module is in communication with a utility end point device that monitors and displays consumption of a utility (water, gas, and/or electricity). The source of the data received by the module may be generated by utility meter transmitters that are attached to the various utility delivery end points or meters. In a related embodiment, a repeater may be used with a battery powered energy display module to make the module transportable.09-01-2011
20090109056INTEGRATED METROLOGY SYSTEMS AND INFORMATION AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERACTION WITH INTEGRATED METROLOGY SYSTEMS - A system is disposed at a location of a utility commodity subscriber for informing the subscriber of and controlling utility commodity usage. The system includes utility meters, an information and control apparatus, and a first and second data communication link. The meters measure usage and generate usage signals. The information and control apparatus includes a microprocessor, a memory, a clock, and a user interface. The first data communication link is between the utility meters and the information and control apparatus, and the second data communication link is between the information and control apparatus and one or more central locations. The second communication link also provides rate information to the information and control apparatus and utility commodity usage data to the one or more central locations. The microprocessor computes an accumulated cost of utility commodity for a predetermined period of time. Information related to the accumulated cost is output to the subscriber.04-30-2009
20080266133Method and Arrangement for Communicating with a Meter Peripheral Using a Meter Optical Port - A utility meter adapted to communicate with a device external to the utility meter comprises a meter housing, a first port, a second port and a processor. The first port is adapted to receive signals transmitted from outside the meter housing. The second port is connected to a communications module associated with the meter. The communications module is adapted to communicate with the device external to the utility meter. A processor is connected to the first port and the second port. The processor is configured to pass signals received at the first port to the communications module through the second port.10-30-2008
20080246628SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING ELECTRICAL DEVICES USING FIBER OPTIC SERIAL COMMUNICATION - A system and method for communicating between serially connected electrical devices of a network is provided. The network includes a series of electrical devices, and fiber optic connectors between electrical devices of the series of electrical devices forming a closed communication ring in which output of each electrical device is communicatively connected to input of a subsequent electrical device of the series of electrical devices.10-09-2008
20100321205AMR Transmitter And Method Using Multiple Radio Messages - The invention provides a method and several types of devices for converting meter reading signals into data messages including a first message (12-23-2010
20080204272Utility Meter With Virtual Shut-Off Function - An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.08-28-2008
20110050455ALARM REPORTING THROUGH UTILITY METER READING INFRASTRUCTURE - A system is provided that includes a utility meter of a utility company that measures consumption of a utility within a space occupied by a user, a wireless fault detector associated with the utility located within the space and a wireless transmitter of the utility meter that receives a fault message from the fault detector, confirms consumption of the utility within the space and transmits a fault message that identifies the space to the utility company.03-03-2011
20110074601UTILITY METER WITH FLOW RATE SENSITIVITY SHUT OFF - Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for providing gas disconnection by way of a self-monitoring metrology device. In accordance with the present subject matter, a gas metering device is provided with a controllable valve previously generally operated remotely to respond to disconnect instruction from handheld, mobile, or fixed network devices or systems. In accordance with present technology, such previously supplied valve opening functionality is employed to provide a safety-related self-monitoring metrology device configured to evaluate gas flow through such device and to initiate a valve opening request upon determination of the existence of a gas flow rate exceeding a predetermined threshold. In alternate embodiments, a valve opening request may be initiated if the difference in gas flow rates as between an input sensor and an output sensor exceeds a predetermined threshold.03-31-2011
20110254697Utility Monitoring - Novel tools and techniques that can allow utility customers, utility providers, and/or other parties to more effectively monitor utility usage at a customer premises utilizing utility monitoring devices, systems, and methods. A utility monitoring device might provide real time (or non-real time) data regarding utility usage for one or more different types of utilities, such as natural gas, electricity, and/or water, to name but a few examples. In some cases, a utility monitoring device can receive and/or process usage data directly from a utility meter (and/or might be incorporated within a utility meter). In other cases, such a device can receive and/or process data from smart appliances, smart power distribution devices, etc. Utility monitoring devices in accordance with various embodiments can send and/or receive using a variety of techniques and/or media, including without limitation via a broadband network, via a wireless network, and/or the like.10-20-2011
20120146808System and Method for Multi-Rate Concurrent Waveform Capture and Storage for Power Quality Metering - Systems and methods are provided for use in an IED that perform high resolution waveform capture to generate multi-rate waveform data in real-time. In one embodiment, high-resolution sampled data is dynamically pre-ordered into separate high resolution and low resolution data streams for presentation and storage. This pre-ordering of data is optimized so as to minimize the amount of data manipulation required to prepare the sampled data for eventual presentation and storage in the IED. Pre-ordering of data facilitates minimum performance impact so that continuous real-time data capture can be achieved.06-14-2012
20110068947MOBILE METER READING FOR LOCATING STOLEN UTILITY METERS - A method, collection device, and automatic meter reading (AMR) system for locating stolen utility meters use a set of identifiers, such as transponder serial numbers, to build a route of utility meters that have been reported as having been stolen. When each mobile collection device's daily routes are prepared, the route of stolen utility meters is added to the other routes for which the mobile collection device is ordinarily tasked with collecting meter read data. As the mobile collection device traverses its daily routes, it collects meter read data for the stolen utility meters along with the meter read data for its other routes. The route of stolen utility meters is unloaded from the mobile collection device along with the other daily routes when the read process is finished. The route of stolen utility meters may contain information that may assist the utility company in locating the stolen utility meters.03-24-2011
20110095903METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UTILITY USAGE MONITORING - An approach is provided for monitoring utility usage and generating notifications. A platform collects utility data from a utility meter of a subscriber and determines whether the utility data satisfies a usage threshold. The platform generates a notification based on the determination and presents the notification.04-28-2011
20100214123WIRELESS BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK FOR A UTILITY - A communications network (08-26-2010
20110181437DATA REDUCTION IN A MULTI-NODE SYSTEM - An advanced metering infrastructure comprises intermediate nodes. The intermediate nodes receive data from child nodes and relay a subset of the data that is not according to an expected value. The expected value may be determined based on a forecasting function computed based on past data. The expected value may be a spatial shape in an n-dimension space. A data not within the spatial shape may be considered not in accordance with the expected value. In some case, the spatial shape is defined by a centroid and a radius. The spatial shape may shift over time based on a consumption profile, such as low consumption at noon, and high consumption at evening. The consumption profiles may be determined in a learning phase, as well as shifting of spatial shapes of each group over time.07-28-2011
20090212971TRANSMITTING UTILITY USAGE DATA VIA A NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICE - Tools and techniques for transmitting utility usage data. In some cases, the tools receive utility usage data provided by a utility meter and transmit that data for reception by a utility provider. In particular cases, the utility usage data may be received at a network interface device. The network interface device might, in some instances, include a broadband modem, such as a digital subscriber line modem, which can be used to transmit the utility usage data to the utility provider.08-27-2009
20110181438METER DEVICE WITH SUPPORTING COMMUNICATIONS - A meter device having supporting communications. The meter device may monitor a plurality of determinants. The determinants may be stored and displayed at the meter device. The meter device may support various communication protocols, such as dual communication protocols for simultaneous transmission via RS-485 and the Ethernet. The meter device may have a housing with a pair or more of communication ports. The device may have a data bus connector. The device may have a communication bus that can connect directly to a Java application control engine. Also, the device may have a din rail housing.07-28-2011
20100026515Utility Metering System With Compact And Robust Antenna For Subsurface Installation - A pit transmitter assembly (02-04-2010
20100231413Process, device and system for mapping transformers to meters and locating non-technical line losses - A process, device and system for mapping usage data from a plurality of utility usage nodes, such as electricity usage meters, to one or more utility distribution nodes, such as a transformer, in which utility usage data collected at a collection device from the plurality of utility usage nodes at predetermined intervals is received, and utility distribution data collected at the collection device from the utility distribution node at the predetermined intervals is likewise received. Aggregate usage data from one or more of the plurality of utility usage nodes is compared to distribution data from the utility distribution node during one or more of the same predetermined intervals to determine, using a computer, which of the plurality of utility usage nodes is connected to the utility distribution node09-16-2010
20110074602GAS SHUT-OFF VALVE WITH FEEDBACK - Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for providing a feedback mechanism to a system operator that provides a positive indication of the position of a valve which controls gas flow to a consumer. Rotation of a stepper motor controlling a valve mechanism is optically monitored and a feedback signal is sent to the system operator indicating positive operation of the valve only when a selected number of rotations of the stepper motor is reported. The stepper motor may be operated in different modes, each associated with different nominal current consumption levels. In a higher current consumption mode, such as a torque-oriented mode, the stepper motor may be stepped a few additional steps after valve closure to ensure seating of the valve.03-31-2011
20110074600UTILITY REMOTE DISCONNECT FROM A METER READING SYSTEM - Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for providing remote gas disconnection by way of a meter reading system. In accordance with the present subject matter, a gas metering device is provided with a remotely controllable valve, and a handheld or mobile device (normally employed to collect data such as normal meter readings generally associated with utility consumption) is configured to transmit disconnect instructions to a selected gas metering device as a meter reader proceeds along a route. In an alternative embodiment, disconnect instructions may be sent directly to a remotely operable valve equipped metering device by way of a fixed network meter reading system.03-31-2011
20080204271Method And Data Processing System For Collecting Usage Data Of An On-Demand Service - A method of collecting usage data of an on-demand service provided to a subscriber is disclosed. The method comprises provisioning of a first manageable resource in order to provide the on-demand service to the subscriber, the first manageable resource being associated with at least a first underlying resource, the first underlying resource comprising a first collector for collecting first usage data of the first underlying resource while the on-demand service is provided. Further, a first metering component is instantiated for the first manageable resource and the first metering component is instructed to initiate the retrieval of the first usage data from the first collector prior to the termination of the first metering component and the de-provisioning of the first manageable resource. Additionally, the retrieved first usage data is stored for further evaluation.08-28-2008
20090153357GAS METER HAVING ULTRA-SENSITIVE MAGNETIC MATERIAL RETROFITTED ONTO METER DIAL AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING METER RETROFIT - Device, structure and method for retrofitting a utility meter such as a gas meter with a retrofit module or for new installations to conventional meters so that it can be read remotely and so that retrofit may be accomplished simply by unskilled workers and without damage or alteration of meter. The method for retrofitting a meter of the type having shaft driven dial with dial index pointer and index cover involves removing the meter index cover to access the meter index dial pointer; attaching a magnet to the pointer so that it is carried in orbit around the pointer shaft to which the pointer is attached; and mounting a sensor to the meter adapted to sense the passage of the pointer-mounted magnet and to detect the orbit of index pointer; the attaching of the magnet and the mounting of the sensor being performed without removing the meter dial index assembly.06-18-2009
20110006911PLANAR DIPOLE ANTENNA - A planar dipole antenna is described. The antenna may include a ground element, a feed point, a matching element, and first and second radiating elements disposed on a substrate, and a feed point. The ground element may have a substantially rectangular shape and the feed point may be arranged adjacent to the ground element. The matching element may be connected to the feed point and may include a central bar connected to a first and second arm. The first and second arms may be substantially symmetrically disposed on the substrate in respect to the central bar. The first and second radiating elements may have substantially trapezoidal shapes and may be extend from the first and second arms of the matching element, respectively. The first and second radiating elements may be substantially symmetrically disposed on the substrate in respect to the central bar of the matching element.01-13-2011
20120306661Apparatus for Smart Home Network - A smart home network comprises a plurality of appliances, each of which comprises a unique radio frequency identification tag. The smart home network further comprises a plurality of power outlets, each of which has a unique ID. The power outlets of the smart home network are capable of detecting the RFID tag and measuring the operational parameters of the appliances. The power outlets are further coupled to a central controller. The central controller receives operational parameters of the appliances from the power outlets, constructs a real time model of the smart home and forwards analytical results to a display terminal.12-06-2012
20110050456VERSATILE RADIO PACKETING FOR AUTOMATIC METER READING SYSTEMS - An automatic meter reading (AMR) system utilizes versatile radio packets that are recognizable by AMR system receivers capable of receiving conventional interval data message (IDM) radio packets. A versatile radio packet includes a packet preamble portion, a packet body portion, and a packet validation portion. The packet preamble portion has a frame synchronization bit sequence that is recognizable by existing or conventional encoder-receiver-transmitter (ERT)-compatible AMR system receivers, such as a bit sequence equal to 0x16A3. The packet preamble portion also has a packet type identifier field and a packet length field. The packet body portion includes at least an endpoint serial number field and a message, where at least the message has a variable length. Optionally, the message includes a message type identifier field and a message value field that can have a plurality of sub-fields. The AMR system may use message type identifiers optionally present in the versatile radio packets to filter, or discriminate between, certain message types at the reader level. Versatile radio packets can enable endpoints and other devices in the AMR system to transmit a variety of new information to existing AMR infrastructure without having to conduct a significant infrastructure overhaul of the AMR system.03-03-2011
20120206273NETWORK SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Provided is a network system including an advanced metering infrastructure, an energy management system, a computer, and a diagnostic program. The advanced metering infrastructure interactively communicates with a power supply source and measures energy from the power supply source. The energy management system is connected to the advanced metering infrastructure to communicate with it and controls an operation of an electric product based on operation information of the electric product or energy information from the power supply source. The computer is connected to the electric product or energy management system to communicate with the electric product or energy management system. The diagnostic program is performed by the energy management system or computer and diagnoses a trouble of the electric product. An electric product having a trouble is remotely diagnosed to provide a quick countermeasure, thereby detecting the cause of the trouble without a service engineer and improving a user's convenience.08-16-2012
20120249339UTILITY METER DISPLAY SYSTEM - Utility meter display systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a utility meter display system includes: a bistable display configured to be disposed upon a utility meter; and a computing device communicatively connected to the bistable display and the utility meter, the computing device configured to obtain utility service metrology data from the utility meter and transmit the utility service metrology data to the bistable display.10-04-2012
20130009787SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE IN COMMUNICATING WITH UTILITY DEVICES - Systems and methods for use in communicating with utility devices. A utility meter receives one or more messages from one or more utility devices. Each message corresponds to a communication protocol of a plurality of communication protocols. The utility meter selects a communication protocol based on at least one message of the received messages. The utility meter communicates with at least a portion of the utility devices using the selected communication protocol.01-10-2013
20110063125METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTE METERING THE CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY, WATER OR GAS - The method and devices for remote metering the consumption, of utilities according to the present invention provide the possibility to retrieve a specific amount of data, i.e. consumption data and/or additional data, from remote meters of a remote metering system. The retrieved data provide a data profile in a given time interval than the entire buffer, for example indicative of the consumption characteristics over time at the location of a remote meter or, in the case of a distribution network for electric energy, indicative of a ratio of active and reactive energy consumption at the location of a remote meter over time.03-17-2011
20110316716LOW POWER WIRELESS PARKING METER AND PARKING METER NETWORK - A parking meter and parking meter network is described as well as a method of operating the parking meter and parking meter network. The parking meter network includes a gateway that transmits a first beacon message that is received at the parking meter. The parking meter synchronizes an internal timer based on the receiving of the first beacon message, and then goes to sleep for a period of time. The gateway transmits a second beacon message and the parking meter wakes up at the expiration of the sleep period using the synchronized internal time and receives the second beacon message.12-29-2011
20120056753METER AND COMMUNICATION RELAY METHOD - A meter receives a new communication frame from a power line, and determines whether the new communication frame is used to read power consumption of the meter. If the new communication frame is used to read power consumption of the meter, the meter generates a response frame of the new communication frame, and broadcasts the response frame to the concentrator via the power line to report the power consumption of the meter. If the new communication frame is not used to read power consumption of the meter, the meter broadcasts the new communication frame to the at least one other meter and the concentrator via the power line.03-08-2012
20120044087SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING RECEPTION OF DATA IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENTS - Generally described, the disclosed subject matter is directed to improving the reception of data in wireless communication environments. In accordance with one embodiment, a method is provided for improving the reception of meter data in an AMR system. In particular, the method includes obtaining a sample of data indicative of channel quality for each transmission channel in the operational frequency band of the endpoint device. Then, the data is analyzed and a determination is made as to whether the reception of data by the collection system can be improved. If the reception of data by the collection system can be improved, a command is generated for reprogramming the endpoint device. In one embodiment, the command includes channel reprogramming data for reprogramming the endpoint device.02-23-2012
20120206272DEVICE FOR DETECTING A BLOCKAGE OF A MECHANICAL FLUID METER, AND METER FEATURING BLOCKAGE DETECTION - The invention relates to a mechanical fluid meter, for liquid or gas, comprising an electronic device (E) that has means for metering, and generally also displaying, consumption, said fluid meter including: at least one fluid temperature sensor (08-16-2012
20120206270MANHOLE COVER TYPE SENSOR NODE APPARATUS - A manhole cover type sensor node apparatus combined with a manhole cover includes a first antenna located on one side of the manhole cover, a second antenna located on the other side of the manhole cover, and a node combined with the manhole cover and configured to control transmission and reception of data through the first antenna and the second antenna. The node controls reception of flow rate data from a flowmeter supporting radio communication through the first antenna and transmission of the flow rate data to a flow rate data collecting device through the second antenna.08-16-2012
20120206271OXYGEN TANK MONITORING - Apparatus for remote inspection of oxygen containers includes an electronic circuit in communication between each container (or at various locations along a pipeline) and a remote central station. The electronic circuit is adapted to issue a signal to the remote central station that includes information about predetermined internal and/or external conditions such as the level of oxygen stored in the tank, a pressure condition of material stored in the tank, a lack of presence of the tank in an installed position, or the presence of an obstruction restricting access to the tank.08-16-2012
20120154172REMOTE OPERATION AND MONITORING OF MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND REMOTE MEASUREMENT DATA PROCESSING - The present application is directed to systems and methods for operating a measurement system. Various embodiments may comprise a measurement device and a receiving device remote from the measurement device. The measurement device may acquire data corresponding to one or more measurements, convert any analog portion of the data into a digital transmission signal, and transmit the signal. The receiving device may receive the signal, convert the signal into digital data, and display the digital data.06-21-2012
20120154171Smartgrid Energy-Usage-Data Storage and Presentation Systems, Devices, Protocol, and Processes Including an Announcement Protocol - 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.06-21-2012
20120154170Dosimetry System, Methods, and Components - Dosimeters with wireless communications capability, upon actuation, communicate with a cell phone or other data capture and relay device (DCRD) with an application that allows communication with the dosimeters. The cell phone or other DCRD is a single device or part of an ad hoc network. The cell phone or other DCRD, once it receives raw data from a dosimeter, relays the data to a central station using mobile telephone or Wi-Fi or other communications networks. The data is processed at the central station, and available over the Internet or cell phone.06-21-2012
20120026007Utility Meter and Method of Operation - Utility meter for monitoring, recording and communicating commodity consumption data at a customer site, comprising: a meter unit (02-02-2012
20120026004ENERGY MANAGER-WATER LEAK DETECTION - Methods and systems are disclosed for monitoring water leaks within a home. A home network with various devices monitors these devices with a controller. Information is received from a water flow meter via a transceiver for tracking a total water flow amount through pipelines in the home. By comparing information collected to a predetermined threshold, a leak is determined as present or not within each pipeline. Upon the detection of a leak in the home, a home owner is notified of the condition so that action is taken expeditiously. A shut off valve can be triggered remotely when a request is received from the user, which closes the water pipeline to prevent water damage.02-02-2012
20120026006METER HAVING A COMMUNICATION INTERFACE FOR RECEIVING AND INTERFACING WITH A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A meter is provided having a communication interface for receiving and interfacing with a communication device for transmitting measurement and other data to a central computer station via the communication device. The meter includes a measurement module for obtaining measurement data and a processor having a memory for storing application software for communicating the measurement and other data to the communication interface. The data are then provided to the communication device via the communication interface. The communication device is preferably a plug-and-play PCMCIA-type card or other type of memory card having a processor and a connection port for connecting to a port adaptor of the communication interface for receiving the data via the connection port-port adaptor connection. The communication device further includes communication circuitry for communicating the received data to the central computer station via one or more communications networks according to a communications protocol pre-programmed within the processor.02-02-2012
20120026005AUTOMATIC METER READING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNDERGROUND DISTRIBUTION LINE USING WIRED/WIRELESS COMMUNICATION - Disclosed herein is an automatic meter reading system for an underground distribution line using wired/wireless communication. The system includes at least one Data Concentration Unit (DCU), at least one Wireless Gathering Unit (WGU), and at least one wireless communication modem. The DCU is installed in a ground transformer, and sends meter reading data to an underground high-voltage distribution line (DL) using a Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) power line communication repeating method. The WGU is installed on a ground rising pipe or at a multi-consumer lead-in wire, and sets up a higher wireless mesh network and a lower wireless mesh network. The wireless communication modem sets up the lower wireless mesh network along with the WGU and the wireless communication modems, gathers the meter reading data, stores the gathered meter reading data, and transfers the stored meter reading data to the DCU through the WGU.02-02-2012
20090146839AUTOMATED METER READING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An automated meter reading system and method include a plurality of communication nodes forming ad-hoc mesh network. The plurality of communication nodes collect utility usage data from utility meters. A controller station communicates with the ad-hoc mesh network, which dynamically routes the utility usage data to the controller station. A central monitoring station communicates with the controller station. The central monitoring station receives and processes the utility usage data from the controller station for the efficient and accurate billing and other accounting and management operations.06-11-2009
20120119922System and Method for Monitoring, Controlling, and Displaying Utility Information - A system and method for monitoring, controlling, and displaying utility information is provided. A collar communicatively connected to the utility meter monitors power usage and provides usage data, power quality data, and other data to the utility and the customer. The system provides for pre-pay power, and the collar relay can automatically connect or disconnect power to a customer as required. The system provides intelligent remote control of utility meters via wireless or other communications means. A display unit communicatively coupled to the collar displays customer utility usage data. In one embodiment, the system allows reconnect after disconnect upon receiving a confirmation to restore power from a customer input device at the customer premises.05-17-2012
20120126994SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CONNECTION OF A METER TO A POWER LINE - The disclosure relates to a meter for monitoring usage of power provided by a power transmission system to a site. The meter comprises: a communication module to generate communications carried over the system; a request manager module to process messages received from a head end of the system; a meter module connected to a power feed of the system; a connection manager module to evaluate readings and data and to generate connection signals for the meter in view of the readings; and a relay having a first position where the power is connected to the site and a second position where the power is disconnected, the relay being controlled by the connection signals. The connection manager module generates a first signal for the relay to disconnect the power when an over-voltage condition or an over-current condition on the system has been detected.05-24-2012
20120212352BUILDING SYSTEM WITH REDUCED WIRING REQUIREMENTS AND APPARATUS FOR USE THEREIN - An apparatus for use in a building automation system includes a plurality of microelectromechanical sensors disposed on a single substrate, a non-volatile memory, a communication device, and a processing device. The non-volatile memory stores configuration information corresponding to a first functionality of the apparatus. The communication device is operable to communicate sensor values to an external device. The processing device is operably coupled to each of the plurality of microelectromechanical sensors to receive measurement information therefrom. The processing device operable to provide the sensor values to the communication circuit. The sensor values provided by the processing device correspond to a select subset of less than all of the plurality of microelectromechanical sensors, the select subset based on the configuration information stored in the non-volatile memory.08-23-2012
20120161978WIRELESS FIELD DEVICE, DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD - A wireless field device may include a first communication unit that performs wireless communication via a wireless network, a storage unit that stores setting information including at least one of device information specifying the wireless field device, communication setting information for implementing wireless communication via the wireless network, and device setting information prescribing an operation of the wireless field device, and a change control unit that performs control not to enable a change of the setting information when prohibition information representing prohibition of the change of the setting information is received by the first communication unit.06-28-2012
20090058676Automated meter reading, billing and payment processing system - The present invention includes an automatic commodity or services billing and metering system that when installed does not damage any existing meters or gauges, will fit virtually all known meters and gauges, and has incorporated into the system programmable reading ability to allow reading and accumulation of data by unit, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or any other form of counting required by the customer. The meters are read by various means, one method is by counting and or sensing radiation increases and decreases of radiation emitting from a meter hand or gauge passing a sensor to generate a count. The read data is then sent via the Internet through the telephone line, by satellite, or by cellular phone connection to an offsite central billing and payment processing center where the rate payer and the utility or customer will have various forms of programmable access to its consumption data.03-05-2009
20120299747REMOTE CONDITION MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method of monitoring wind turbines in remote locations, the steps comprising: attaching a first portable condition monitoring (CM) module to a first wind turbine; attaching a second portable CM module to a second wind turbine; carrying out unmanned monitoring the first wind turbine and the second wind turbine based on wireless transmissions from the first CM module and the second CM module; removing the first portable CM module after a predetermined amount of time has passed; and removing the second portable CM module after the first portable CM module has been removed.11-29-2012
20120299746DISPLAY OF UTILITY DATA - A system for a display of utility data from an electronic utility meter on a monitor is provided. The system includes a decoupling transformer for decoupling a power line carrier (PLC) signal into a power signal and a communication signal; a filter for removing an excess signal from the communication signal; and a computing device for: generating the display of utility data, and sending a display of utility data signal to the monitor.11-29-2012
20120299745Utility Meter with Temperature Based Actuation of a Remote Disconnect Switch - The present application provides a utility meter. The utility meter may include a processor with a predetermined temperature range, a remote disconnect switch in communication with the processor, and a temperature sensor in communication with the processor. The processor opens the remote disconnect switch when the temperature sensor senses a temperature that exceeds the predetermined temperature range.11-29-2012
20120299744HEAD-END SYSTEM FOR ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK - A head-end system for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network includes a processor. The processor is configured for receiving event signals from AMI meters. The event signals are indicative of events occurring at customer locations. The processor determines whether to transmit a command signal to a corresponding AMI meter in response to receiving an event signal from the corresponding AMI meter. The command signal is configured to instruct the corresponding AMI meter to perform at least one task in response to the at least one event. The processor transmits the command signal to the corresponding AMI meter in response to determining to transmit the command signal.11-29-2012
20120169511Multi-Mode Display - A networked display has multiple modes of operation. In the first operating mode, the display receives and shows information related to charging an electric vehicle. In a second mode of operation, the display receives and shows information related to home energy usage. Other operating modes may also be supported.07-05-2012
20120169510SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SECURITY SERVICES UTILIZING A SMART UTILITY METER - Systems, methods, and apparatus for providing security services utilizing a smart utility meter are provided. A utility meter may include at least one local network interface, at least one transceiver, and at least one processor. The at least one local network interface may be configured to receive security monitoring data from one or more security devices. The at least one transceiver may be configured to communicate, to at least one of a user device or a security monitoring center via a wide area network, one or more messages associated with the received security monitoring data. The at least one processor may be configured to generate, based at least in part upon the received security monitoring data, the one or more messages and direct the at least one transceiver to output the one or more messages.07-05-2012
20120176253DATA COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL IN AN AUTOMATIC METER READING SYSTEM - Automatic meter reading (AMR) systems and methods in which readers communicate with endpoints interfaced to utility meters. In operation, the reader and the endpoint communicate with one another via radio frequency (RF) communication according to a communication protocol. Aspects of the invention are directed to packetization, command and control, and messaging arrangements.07-12-2012
20120176252Apparatus and Method for Determining Load of Energy Consuming Appliances Within a Premises - Disclosed herein are exemplary embodiments of apparatus and methods for determining load of energy consuming appliances within a premises. An exemplary embodiment includes a thermostat operable for displaying information relating to energy consumption associated with an energy consuming load in a premise. In this exemplary embodiment, the thermostat includes a display device and a processor. The processor is configured to receive a signal including energy consumption information. The processor is further configured to control the display device to display a graph indicating an estimated cost of energy consumed for days within a given month.07-12-2012
20100007521RF METER READING SYSTEM - The automatic meter reading (AMR) systems and methods of the present invention facilitate meter reading utilizing one-way and two-way communication with utility meter endpoint devices while at the same time providing an operating regime that conserves energy for long battery life and utilizes the available airwaves for AMR communications efficiently. Embodiments of the invention are applicable in AMR systems employing handheld and/or vehicle-based mobile readers, fixed readers, and combinations thereof. Moreover, embodiments of the invention facilitate smooth transition from mobile AMR systems to fixed systems, and provide for automatic AMR system performance monitoring and automatic adaptability to maintain or improve performance.01-14-2010
20120182156BATTERY-POWERED FUEL DATA COLLECTION UNIT - A battery-powered fueling data collection unit for use with a meter and a register associated with a fuel transfer apparatus and for use with a system for managing fueling transactions of a fleet operator using fuel transfer apparatuses at multiple locations includes a fueling data interface module for receiving fueling information from the fueling meter and/or register and an internal battery power source. A processor is provided for monitoring the power level in the battery and for detecting if the power level in the battery drops below a threshold amount. Also, a communications module is provided for wirelessly forwarding an alert to a remote computer to alert the remote computer that the battery power is low.07-19-2012
20120188092SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATING INFORMATION FROM AN ARRAY OF SENSORS - A system for communicating information from an array of sensors is disclosed. The system comprises a sensor array that includes a plurality of sensors, wherein each sensor senses a physical property of a material that is in communication with the sensor. The system further comprises signal processing circuitry associated with each sensor that integrates the output of the sensor over time and compares the integrated output to a threshold. The system further comprises a communication network coupled to the signal processing circuitry that outputs information indicating that the integrated output corresponding to a given sensor has reached the threshold.07-26-2012
20110109472RESOURCE MONITORING ON A MOBILE DEVICE - A first set of data reflects usage of a resource based on readings from a metering device located at a first user's premises. A second set of data reflects usage of the resource at multiple other user premises. Comparison and usage indicators are generated based one the first and second sets of data. A comparison indicator is generated based on the first set of data and the second set of data. A usage indicator is generated based on the first set of data. The usage indicator reflects the usage of the resource at the first user's premises over a period of time and the comparison indicator reflects the same usage relative to the usage at the multiple user premises over the same period of time. The comparison indicator and the usage indicator are sent to a mobile device that displays the indicators.05-12-2011
20120256761WIRELESS TELEMETRY ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY FOR MEASURING STRAIN IN HIGH-TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS - In a telemetry system for use in an engine, a circuit structure (10-11-2012
20120229299METHODS FOR LOW POWER COMMUNICATION IN AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - The present invention is directed to an implantable medical device and a method for power management for power efficient use of RF telemetry during, for example, conditions where long periods of continuous monitoring of the device and the patient is desired such as during MRI procedures. A protocol module adapted to, at receipt of a low power protocol indication, activate and use a low power protocol for communication between the device and external units. The protocol module is capable of switching between different communication protocols including a low power communication protocol and a default RF communication protocol depending on, for example, whether continuous long-term monitoring of the patient is performed. During the low power communication protocol, the protocol module is adapted to select parts of stored electrophysical and/or hemodynamical signal waveforms for telemetric transmission and to create communication packages having a predetermined length using the selected parts of the electrophysiological and/or hemodynamical signal waveform. Further, a transmitter is instructed to transmit the communication packages at predetermined transmission intervals and the telemetry module is instructed to power down the transmitter or set the transmitter in a lowest possible activation state during intermediate periods between the transmission intervals.09-13-2012
20120229298HOME OCCUPANCY DETECTION SWITCHES - Disclosed are methodologies for enabling energy conservation in a home. Occupancy by an entity of the home may be detected and used by a utility meter associated with the home to control and/or adjust operation of energy consuming devices based, at least in part, on the occupancy state of the home. Occupancy detection is based on signals received from devices generally associated with those entities that may from time to time occupy the home. In selected embodiments, detection of a Bluetooth or RFID device associated with a home occupant including items such as key chains, work ID cards, Bluetooth enable equipment such as cell phones and audio equipment or infrared signals from presence detectors may be used to provide indications of home occupancy.09-13-2012
20120229297SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES FOR DETERMINING POWER USAGE WITH A METER - Systems, methods, and apparatuses may be provided for determining power usage within a meter. The systems, methods, and apparatuses may include providing, for a utility meter, at least one communications interface for communicating with a home area network (HAN); receiving or transmitting, via the at least one communications interface of the utility meter, information having a source or destination associated with the home area network (HAN); determining, by the utility meter, that the information is attributable to activity chargeable to a customer associated with the home area network (HAN); and updating, by the utility meter, a customer usage amount based upon the determination that the information is attributable to the activity chargeable to the customer.09-13-2012
20120229296SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES FOR REDUCING NETWORK CONGESTION IN A SMART UTILITY METER SYSTEM - Systems, methods, and apparatuses for reducing network congestion in a smart utility meter system are provided. The systems, methods, and apparatuses may include providing, for a utility meter, a first communications interface for communicating with a first network; providing, for the utility meter, a second communications interface for communicating with a second network different from the first network; receiving or generating, by the utility meter, information having a destination; selecting either the first communications interface or the second communications interface; and delivering the information to the destination via the selected communications interface.09-13-2012
20130181845AMI NETWORK WITH WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT HOTSPOT ACCESS - Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for providing communications functionality between a utility central facility and a field worker. A WiFi Hotpoint is associated with a cell relay in an Advanced Metering System (AMS). Field workers using WiFi enabled communications devices may securely receive information including work orders from the utility central facility via the WiFi connection, thereby reducing or eliminating need for the worker to visit the utility central facility.07-18-2013
20120319863Apparatus for Detecting Chemical Substances - An olfactory system (12-20-2012
20120319864BODILY FLUID COMPONENT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - In a bodily fluid component measurement system, the convenience for a subject is improved by achieving reductions in size and weight of a device which is always attached at the position where a sensor is indwelled. A bodily fluid component measurement system includes a sensor unit which is indwelled in the skin of a subject to measure a predetermined bodily fluid component, and a transmission unit which is detachably attached to the subject, and transmits, to a display unit, a measurement signal obtained by the sensor unit. The sensor unit is activated upon receiving power supplied by an electromagnetic wave generated by the transmission unit to measure the bodily fluid component and transmit the measurement signal to the transmission unit.12-20-2012
20120319862WIRELESS SENSOR READER - A wireless sensor reader is provided to interface with a wireless sensor. The wireless sensor reader transmits an excitation pulse to cause the wireless sensor to generate a ring signal. The wireless sensor reader receives and amplifies the ring signal and sends the signal to a phase-locked loop. A voltage-controlled oscillator in the phase-locked loop locks onto the ring signal frequency and generates a count signal at a frequency related to the ring signal frequency. The voltage-controlled oscillator is placed into a hold mode where the control voltage is maintained constant to allow the count signal frequency to be determined. The reader uses an ambient reading or other information to select a subset of the possible ring signal frequencies, and tunes or adjusts its circuits and algorithms to focus on that subset.12-20-2012
20110260884METHOD FOR COLLECTING DATA AND SYSTEM FOR ACCOMPLISHING THE SAME - A method for collecting data is disclosed herein. The method involves selecting, via a processor associated with a telematics service center, a mobile vehicle to collect data from a sensor configured to wirelessly communicate with one or more selected vehicles and, via a telematics unit disposed in the selected mobile vehicle, receiving data collected by the sensor. The method further involves, via the telematics unit, transmitting the data from the telematics unit to a data aggregator and reporting the data from the data aggregator to a facility. Also disclosed herein is a system for accomplishing the same.10-27-2011
20120286968ELECTRONIC PARKING METER WITH VEHICLE SENSOR - An electronic single space parking meter associated with a parking space is provided. The meter includes a support pole and an electronic meter mechanism coupled to and supported from the support pole. The electronic meter mechanism includes a processor. The meter includes a vehicle sensor communicably coupled to the processor of the electronic meter mechanism. The vehicle sensor is configured to detect a vehicle located within the parking space. The vehicle sensor is coupled to and supported by the support pole at a position above the ground and below the electronic meter mechanism.11-15-2012
20120326884ALARMING BASED ON RESOURCE CONSUMPTION DATA - Consumption data of utility resources such as gas and water may be used to detect conditions that, left unchecked, may lead to a natural gas explosion, flood, or other event. A data collection device may be configured to monitor consumption of a resource through a utility meter at a location in substantially real time. The data collection device may detect abnormal consumption of the resource at the location, and transmit an alert indicating the abnormal consumption of the resource to a remote computing device. The data collection device may additionally initiate a mitigating action to prevent an event based on the abnormal resource consumption.12-27-2012
20120326885REMOTELY READABLE VALVE POSITION INDICATORS - Remotely readable valve position indicators and related methods are described. An example apparatus in accordance with the teachings of this disclosure includes a valve body, a valve stem and a fluid flow control apparatus coupled to the valve stem. The fluid flow control apparatus is longitudinally displaceable between a first position and a second position to control fluid flow through a flow aperture of the valve body. The apparatus also includes a valve position indicator including an identifier device coupled to the valve stem. In the first position, the wireless identifier device associated with a first value indicative of the first position of the fluid flow control apparatus. In the second position, the wireless identifier device associated with a second value indicative of the second position of the fluid flow control apparatus.12-27-2012
20120326883DISTRIBUTED METER DATA MANAGEMENT - In a distributed meter data management (MDM) system of a smart grid, a network computing device, such as a network router deployed in the field, may receive data from one or more utility meters, sensors, control devices, or other utility data collection devices that are communicatively coupled to the network computing device. The network computing device may process the data received from the utility data collection devices to generate processed data usable by a consumer. The network computing device may also send data to and/or receive data from a centralized control system, MDM system, and/or smart grid analytic applications at a utility central office. The network computing device may then provide the processed data directly to the consumer, with or without first sending the data to a centralized MDM system of the utility.12-27-2012
20100188257IN-HOME DISPLAY - Generally described, the disclosed subject matter is directed to providing enhanced features regarding the consumption of utility services. In accordance with one embodiment, a method is provided for obtaining a specified time interval of consumption data using the two-way communication ability of a utility meter. Specifically, the method includes capturing network traffic originating from the utility meter that contains consumption data. Then, processing is performed to identify any intervals of consumption data that were not successfully collected. If an interval of consumption data was not successfully collected when transmitted at a scheduled time, the method generates and sends a request to the utility meter to obtain the omitted interval.07-29-2010
20130009788Utility Electric Meter Web Server - A meter (M) installed by a utility at a customer site to measure the usage of a commodity supplied by the utility to the customer comprises an enclosure (E) in which is installed measuring apparatus (A) for measuring the amount of usage of the commodity by the customer at any one time. A web server (S) provides information obtained from the measuring apparatus and the utility to the customer. A wireless connection (C) between the web server and a customer device (D) allows the information and utility provided information to be displayed to the customer as well as enabling the device to obtain information from the meter so to determine when, and for how long, the device can be most cost efficiently operated.01-10-2013
20130015982DATA COLLECTION METHOD AND DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMAANM Matsumoto; JunichiAACI Toyota-shi Aichi-kenAACO JPAAGP Matsumoto; Junichi Toyota-shi Aichi-ken JPAANM Kurimoto; YasuhideAACI Kasugai-shi Aichi-kenAACO JPAAGP Kurimoto; Yasuhide Kasugai-shi Aichi-ken JPAANM Tojima; KazuoAACI Toyota-shi Aichi-kenAACO JPAAGP Tojima; Kazuo Toyota-shi Aichi-ken JPAANM Kiuchi; YoshitakaAACI Kariya-shi Aichi-kenAACO JPAAGP Kiuchi; Yoshitaka Kariya-shi Aichi-ken JP - A data collection system that collects information indicating a status of a battery mounted on a vehicle from the vehicle after shipment from a factory, includes a battery information collection server that is configured to periodically receive information of the battery and identification information, with which it is possible to identify the vehicle, that are transmitted wirelessly from a computer that is mounted on the vehicle and is configured to acquire and store the information of the battery mounted on the vehicle. The data collection system may further include a battery information analysis section that is configured to display a result of associating the information of the battery received by the battery information collection server with each vehicle using the identification information.01-17-2013
20110140912METHOD FOR PROVIDING VISUALIZATION OF A DATA AGE - Medical monitor readings (06-16-2011
20130021169PATIENT MONITORING OVER HETEROGENEOUS NETWORKS - A patient monitor includes least one monitoring device which collects patient data about a patient. A packet generator generates data packets from the patient data collected from the patient. A communication unit transmits the data packets over an Internet protocol (IP) network. The communication unit includes a first transmitter for transmitting the data packets using a first wireless network and a second transmitter for transmitting the data packets using a second wireless network.01-24-2013
20120242501HEALTH MONITORING APPLIANCE - A heart monitoring system for a person includes one or more wireless nodes; and a wearable appliance in communication with the one or more wireless nodes, the appliance monitoring vital signs.09-27-2012
20120242498USER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT DEVICE IN ELECTRONIC UTILITY METER - An electronic utility meter including a metering circuit; a switch operatively coupled to the metering circuit for switching the metering circuit between different states; a cover enclosing the metering circuit and switch; a sensor enclosed within the cover coupled to the switch, the sensor configured to change a state of the switch in response to a user interaction with the cover.09-27-2012
20080246627MARINE TELEMETRY AND TWO WAY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A marine telemetry system can comprise a central processing unit (CPU) with data processing and storage capacity. The system can further comprise sensors and/or other electronic accessories such as radars, fish finders, weather stations, etc. The system can be operated by a touch-screen display. The system can perform the measuring, indication, recording and/or integration of values from the many quantities that are possible to measure by such sensors and other electronic accessories comprising part of the system. The system can have the capacity of transmitting, receiving and communicating at a distance through broadband internet accessed via various access points. In this way the user can also gain access to the World Wide Web and use its many references and information to enhance the onboard boating experience.10-09-2008
20080224891Commodity Monitoring Network - An electronic electric meter for use in a networked automatic meter reading environment. The meter includes a meter microcontroller, a measurement microcontroller, a communication microcontroller and spread spectrum processor, and a plurality of other communication interface modules for communicating commodity utilization and power quality data to a utility. The meter measures electricity usage and monitors power quality parameters for transmission to the utility over a spread spectrum local area network (LAN) to a remotely located gateway node. The gateway node transmits this data to the utility over a commercially available fixed wide area network (WAN). The meter also provides direct communication to the utility over a commercially available network interface that plugs into the meter's backplane or bus system, bypassing the local area network communication link and gateway node.09-18-2008
20080224890REMOTE MODULE FOR UTILITY METERS - The present invention relates to a remote display module (RDM) for display a resource consumption value synchronized with a resource consumption value indicated by a meter metering resource consumption. The RDM is configured with one or more inputs that are electrically associated with the pulse output for a utility meter. The RDM tracks continuous values and associated customer-values. Customers-values may be reset by a customer allowing the customer to easily track resource consumption.09-18-2008
20110273308Systems and Methods for Auto-Configuration of a Generic Data Device on a Wireless Network - Systems and methods are provided for the automatic configuration of digital utility meters. One embodiment provides for pre-producing digital devices, the digital devices comprising integrated module components, configured for communication with a data management system via a wireless network and further configured for monitoring capability, producing a list file associated with the digital devices and including identities for each integrated module component, activating a digital devices using the wireless network, and distributing deployment information to the digital device from at least one configuration server via the wireless network, including customer data for configuring the digital device and for registering the digital device with a transaction management system.11-10-2011
20110273307Systems and Methods for Auto-Configuration of a Generic Data Device on a Wireless Network - Systems and methods are provided for the automatic configuration of digital utility meters. One embodiment provides for pre-producing digital devices, the digital devices comprising integrated module components, configured for communication with a data management system via a wireless network and further configured for monitoring capability, producing a list file associated with the digital devices and including identities for each integrated module component, activating a digital devices using the wireless network, and distributing deployment information to the digital device from at least one configuration server via the wireless network, including customer data for configuring the digital device and for registering the digital device with a transaction management system.11-10-2011
20110273306REMOTE METERING DEVICE - The invention relates in particular to an integrated device for the adaptation of fluid metering devices, comprising an attachment means for attachment to the meter, a pulse generating means for generating electrical pulses at a rate dependent on the volume of fluid used, means for counting and storing the number of pulses generated during a particular time period, and communication means for communicating the stored pulse readings. Ideally these elements are integrated into a single housing, attachable to a meter by simply plugging thereto, without the need for any programming.11-10-2011
20110273305SECURE COLLECTOR DIAGNOSTIC PORTAL ACTIVATION - Disclosed are methodology and apparatus for providing communications with an Automatic Meter Reading/Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMR/AMI) collector device. The collector is provided with a WiFi radio that is enabled for operation from an AMR/AMI head end and turned on in response to a transmission coming from a physical device via the AMR/AMI RF LAN. A user device is granted access to the collector data only upon validation by the collector of multiple credentials that are separately presented to the collector. The credentials come from the physical device in the form of device type and device identification, and from the user device in the form of a valid security certificate and username/password combination.11-10-2011
20130176142DATA-CAPABLE STRAPBAND - A data-capable strapband is described, including techniques for monitoring co-participation in an activity using a data-capable strapband. Data associated with each co-participant's participation in the physical activity may be gathered, processed, analyzed, monitored and compared by each co-participant using data-capable strapbands. Additional devices, such as mobile communications devices, mobile computing devices, computers, laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and the like, along with any available accompanying software applications, may be used in conjunction with the data-capable strapbands to further analyze the data that is gathered and presented via, for example, a server configured to provide a social networking service.07-11-2013
20130176141SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHANGING OPERATIONAL PARAMETERS OF A UTILITY METER - A system and method that allow customers to provide acknowledgement to a utility provider for closing a utility meter. One embodiment features an authorization code disposed on the utility meter such that when a customer sends the authorization code to the utility provider as acknowledgement, the utility provider, having received the authorization code, sends a signal to the utility meter that closes the utility meter.07-11-2013
20100013666UNIVERSAL RECONFIGURABLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE REMOTE READING OF COUNTERS OR EQUIPMENT COMPRISING VISUAL INDICATORS01-21-2010
20100085211SELF-POWERED IN-PIPE FLUID METER AND PIPING NETWORK COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF SUCH FLUID METERS - A self-powered in-pipe fluid meter to be mounted inside of a pipe carrying a fluid therein. The fluid meter comprises at least one sensing unit capable of measuring one or more parameters of the fluid inside of the pipe; a telemetric data transmission unit capable of telemetrically transmitting data including a measured fluid parameter to a host terminal and/or another fluid meter; and at least one fluid-driven power source unit capable of generating power from the fluid flow within the pipe and supplying power to the sensing unit and/or the transmission unit.04-08-2010
20130113632Health Management Devices and Methods - Methods and devices and systems including a data collection module for receiving and storing analyte data over a predetermined time period from a subject, a user interface unit coupled to the data collection module for providing one or more indication related to the analyte data, a control unit coupled to the data collection module and the user interface unit to control, at least in part the operation of the data collection module and the user interface unit, a communication module coupled to the control unit for communicating one or more signals associated with the analyte data to a remote location, where the user interface unit is configured to operate in a prospective analysis mode including substantially real time output of the analyte level received by the data collection module, and a retrospective analysis mode including limited output of information to the subject during the predetermined time period, and further where the communication module is configured to communicate with the remote location after the analyte data is received and stored in the data collection module over the predetermined time period, are provided.05-09-2013
20130113631SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING POWER THROUGH THE FLOW OF WATER - A remote water meter monitoring system is provided. A mesh network-type transceiver unit is coupled to a water meter housing having a water counting mechanism inside to transmit water consumption information as well as other sensor information, such as backflow detection, water pressure, and water metrics (e.g., residual chlorine and temperature) to a central server system via a bridge device and a corresponding mesh network. Mechanical energy from the water flowing through the water meter housing is converted to electrical energy via an energy conversion unit. An electrically powered shut off valve is remote addressable via the transceiver unit.05-09-2013
20130113630TEMPERATURE COMPENSATED FREQUENCY ADJUSTMENT IN A METER READING ENDPOINT - The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to methods and apparatus enabling production of a stable output from a phase locked loop (PLL) circuit. A crystal controlled oscillator provides a reference signal to the PLL circuit. Temperature variations associated with the crystal cause variations in the operating frequency of the crystal that result in variations of the PLL output frequency. The presently disclosed subject matter compensates for such variations in frequency output by modifying an operation of the PLL circuit based on the temperature variations so that the output frequency remains stable even with temperature induced variations in the reference signal.05-09-2013
20130093602OUTPATIENT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Described are computer-based methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, for outpatient monitoring. In some examples, the outpatient monitoring technology includes a system for remote monitoring and consultations of patients' state associated with automated interpretation of vital signs signals. In other examples, the outpatient monitoring technology includes a system for remote monitoring of patients' state associated with analysis of full-disclosure vital signs digital signals with reduced bit data or channel data. In some examples, the outpatient monitoring technology includes a system for remote monitoring of patients' state associated with ongoing automated analysis and transmission of full-disclosure vital signs digital signals and automatically generated signals' interpretation results and manually marked patient symptoms.04-18-2013
20130093601METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE OF MULTICAST FUNCTIONALITY IN AN ENERGY PORTAL - Described herein are embodiments of methods, systems and devices of providing multicast functionality through an energy portal such as a meter, which reduces bandwidth required for communication between the energy portal and a server. In accordance with one aspect, a method is provided of providing multicast functionality through an energy portal, which reduces bandwidth required for communication between the energy portal and a server. In one embodiment, the method includes: receiving, over a first network, a single message, wherein the single message includes at least one device characteristic; determining, using a processor, one or more devices associated with the at least one device characteristic, wherein each of the one or more devices are connected to a second network; and transmitting the single message over the second network to each of the one or more devices associated with the at least one device characteristic, wherein the single message is transmitted individually to each of the one or more devices associated with the at least one device characteristic such that the single message is transmitted as many times as there are devices associated with the at least one device characteristic.04-18-2013
20130099938SOFTWARE-DEFINED COMMUNICATION UNIT - The presently disclosed subject matter relates to communications units. In some uses thereof, such communications units may be respectively associated with utility meters for use in an advanced metering system infrastructure. Present communications units have a medium-agnostic front end module and associated transmitting and receiving functionalities that are programmable to provide simultaneous reception and transmission using multiple protocols over different media and to change to a single protocol functionality upon reception of a valid signal on one of the monitored transmissions. The communications unit may be field programmable for known and previously undefined transmission protocols to provide a future proof device.04-25-2013
20130120156SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING AN ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE - A computer-implemented method for remotely controlling an AMI is disclosed. The method includes receiving at an AMI controller module, meter event data from a remote command and control module; generating, at a third module, rules for the management, implementation and compliance documentation of connect/disconnect orders; processing, at the third module, the meter event data based on those rules to aggregate, batch, filter, or prioritize execution of individual connect/disconnect orders; communicating the connect/disconnect execution orders and policy compliance verification information to the AMI controller module; and, at the AMI controller module, executing connect/disconnect operations via the command and control module.05-16-2013
20130127635Glucose Measurement Device And Methods Using RFID - A glucose monitoring system, includes a glucose sensor strip or package of strips. The strip includes a substrate and a glucose monitoring circuit that has electrodes and a bodily fluid application portion of selected chemical composition. An antenna is integrated with the glucose sensor strip. An RFID sensor chip is coupled with the glucose sensor strip and the antenna. The chip has a memory containing digitally-encoded data representing calibration and/or expiration date information for the strip.05-23-2013
20130135115Exercise Usage Monitoring System - The disclosed embodiments relate to real time monitoring of usage of multiple pieces of exercise equipment and providing exercise based metric data based thereon to devices for aggregation, display or other processing thereof. In particular, the disclosed embodiments facilitate collection of exercise based metric data from various pieces of exercise equipment, such as stationary bikes, treadmills, and the like, in real time, i.e. as the equipment is utilized by an exercising user, combine the collected data in a form suitable for use by various interested devices and broadcast or otherwise disseminate the combined data to the various devices wherein the various devices may access the broadcasted combined data to access the usage metric data from any one or more of the pieces of exercise equipment from which it was collected for subsequent aggregation, display and/or further processing.05-30-2013
20130135116METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA IN A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE, DOMESTIC APPLIANCE AND SYSTEM HAVING A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE AND AT LEAST ONE EXTERNAL UNIT - In a method for processing data from a domestic appliance, appliance data from the domestic appliance is determined and at least part of the determined appliance data is incorporated in a user profile. At least part of the user profile is useable for information purposes through display on a display unit or transmission to an external unit.05-30-2013
20130147634METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A PLURALITY OF WORKSITES - Embodiments provide methods for monitoring a plurality of worksites at a facility, the methods including transporting a central monitoring station package to the facility, seating a transport container, stationing worksite monitoring equipment packages at the worksites, connecting communication links from the worksite monitoring equipment packages to central monitoring station equipment, transmitting remote transmissions from worksite monitoring equipment packages to central monitoring station equipment, displaying worksite monitoring information for a monitoring technician, and responding when remote monitoring information received from a worksite meets a response threshold criteria.06-13-2013
20130147635UTILITY MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE - Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, systems, and devices for monitoring one or more utilities consumed within a monitored area. At least certain disclosed methods include detecting an amount of a first utility consumed by a load associated with a device. An amount of a second utility consumed by a load associated with the device is detected. The identity of the device is determined based on the amount of the first and second utility consumed. In further disclosed methods, a utility monitoring method is disclosed that includes measuring an amount of a utility consumed by a first device at a first time and an amount of a utility consumed by a second device at a second time. The identity of the first device is determined based on the measured consumption of the first and second devices at the first and second time. In certain implementations, the electricity meter uses an effective variance analysis of the conductance waveform on an electrical circuit to identify specific appliances.06-13-2013
20130147636MULTI-FERROIC STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEMS - A structural health monitoring system for multiple layer structures includes a plurality of strain-sensitive magnetic particles dispersed within a bonding area between at least two individual layers, at least one multiferroic sensor dispersed on a surface of the multiple layer structure, proximate to an area of the structure to be monitored, the at least one multiferroic sensor capable of monitoring strains experienced by the strain-sensitive magnetic particles, and analyzing changes in the strains experienced by said strain-sensitive magnetic particles that may indicate damage or degradation in the structure, and a controller configured for periodic interrogation of the at least one multiferroic sensor.06-13-2013
20120256760Remote Weather Sensing For Harvesting Conditions - Systems and methods for remote query of weather conditions at an agricultural machine use an onboard telemetry unit as a gateway for communication with the machine. The telemetry unit can be coupled to both the machine's electrical system at the machine, and a machine's controller area network (CAN). A user can call up the machine's telemetry unit using a cell phone or personal computer to retrieve weather data such as temperature, humidity and rainfall from a weather station coupled to the machine. A system can provide an alert when a desired predetermined condition is present at a machine, for example an alert that a harvesting or baling condition is present. The system can also enable an operator or fleet manager to check the state of various devices or apparatus at a machine, enabling remote diagnostics via the onboard telemetry unit.10-11-2012
20100309021REAL TIME CLOCK DISTRIBUTION AND RECOVERY - The present technology relates to protocols relative to utility meters associated with an open operational framework. More particularly, the present subject matter relates to protocol subject matter for advanced metering infrastructure, adaptable to various international standards, while economically supporting a 2-way mesh network solution in a wireless environment, such as for operating in a residential electricity meter field. The present subject matter supports meters within an ANSI standard C12.22/C12.19 system while economically supporting a 2-way mesh network solution in a wireless environment, such as for operating in a residential electricity meter field, all to permit cell-based adaptive insertion of C12.22 meters within an open framework. Cell isolation is provided through quasi-orthogonal sequences in a frequency hopping network. Additional features relate to apparatus and methodology subject matters relating to real time clock distribution and recovery.12-09-2010
20120274480USAGE METERING BASED UPON HARDWARE AGING - Techniques are generally disclosed for using an operating entity, including a method, apparatus, and/or system to control usage of the operating entity. In various embodiments, an in-use signal generator may be configured to generate at least one in-use signal, with the at least one in-use signal having a signal duration representative of at least one usage episode of the operating entity. An aging circuit may be coupled to the in-use signal generator and configured to output at least one age-affected signal in response to the at least one in-use signal. A metering module may be coupled to the aging circuit and, in response to the at least one age-affected signal, and configured to measure a signal characteristic of the at least one age-affected signal and translate the signal characteristic into a generated quantity of accumulative usage of the aging circuit.11-01-2012
20120274479POWER MONITORING APPARATUS OF STANDBY POWER SAVING TYPE, ELECTRIC LOAD DEVICE, AND POWER MONITORING METHOD - Provided are a power monitoring apparatus of standby power saving type, an electric load device, and a power monitoring method. The power monitoring apparatus of standby power saving type includes: a power metering module measuring a power consumption situation of an electric load device, transmitting a measured result to a communication module, and switching off when a standby mode of the electric load device is held for more than a preset time or the electric load device is off; the communication module being supplied with power upon the switching-on, transmitting a power consumption value received from the power metering module to exterior, being supplied with standby power upon the switching-off to wait for receiving a call signal, and switching on a switch upon reception of the call signal; and a charging module starting charging upon the switching-on, and supplying standby power to the communication module upon the switching-off.11-01-2012
20120274478METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING ENERGY FROM A METER READING DEVICE - Electronic circuits in a register associated with a commodity usage meter capture energy from a meter reading device when the device is coupled to the register (e.g., either electrically or inductively coupled) for the purpose of reading metered quantity data from the register. Electrical charge obtained from the reading device may be stored in a high-capacity storage capacitor. When the capacitor is sufficiently charged, it provides power to at least part of the register circuits, such as a controller, for at least the duration of the communication session with the reading device. In some embodiments, the capacitor may additionally supply sufficient power to operate the register until a subsequent reading device coupling.11-01-2012
20100315263CONVERTING AC POWERED UTILITY METER TO SOLAR POWERED METER - A solar powered meter reading device (MRD) includes a metering circuit configured to measure consumption of a resource. A transceiver is operatively connected to the metering circuit and is configured and arranged to transmit and receive radio signals. A power arrangement is electrically connected to supply electrical power to at least one of the metering circuit and the transceiver. The power arrangement includes a photovoltaic array and a battery electrically connected to the photovoltaic array and to at least one of the metering circuit and the transceiver.12-16-2010
20130154848METER CAPABLE OF HAVING COMMUNICATION SECURITY AND DATA TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - Disclosed is a meter capable of having communication security and a data transmitting/receiving system using the same, the system being such that a the server generates a public key and a private key corresponding to the public key, and transmits the public key to a meter, and the meter comprises a communication unit receiving the public key from a first communication unit, a frame generating unit encoding the data frame using the public key, and a controller controlling the communication unit to allow transmitting the encoded data frame.06-20-2013
20130154849PRIVACY PROTECTION FOR SMART METERING DATA - Metering of a physical characteristic is described, in which a stochastic approach is taken. A random signal is generated on the basis of a metering signal, with a view to maximising a statistical distance between the two. The random signal and the metering signal are mixed together to obscure characteristics of the metering signal which could otherwise divulge private information to third parties.06-20-2013
20130154850METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED POWER METER INFRASTRUCTURE - A system for extending the Smart Meter's range to connect to Home Area Networks for energy monitoring and demand response in a variety of locations. The system has a data concentrator with a wireless communicating module configured to transmit and receive information at one or more first frequencies ranging up to 2.4 GHz, and a power-line module configured to transmit and receive information at one or more frequencies ranging from about 100 to 30 MHz. The data concentrator receives power information from one or more Smart Meters and convert the wireless signal to a power-line carrier signal over the existing all three phases of the AC wiring. The system also includes a wireless and power-line carrier bridge that converts the power-line carrier signal back to a wireless signal to connect to various Home Area Network (HAN) devices such as programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs), smart appliances and in-home displays (IHDs).06-20-2013
20130154851WIRELESS PATIENT COMMUNICATOR EMPLOYING SECURITY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - A patient communicator for communicating with a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and facilitating communications with a remote server via a wireless network. The communicator has a housing configured for portability, and an identity module to store subscriber identification data. A processor is coupled to the identity module and is configured to prevent data exchange with the PIMD unless the identity module is authorized for use. Memory coupled to the processor stores wireless radio firmware and medical firmware. A first radio is configured to effect communications with the PIMD in accordance with execution of the medical firmware by the processor. A second radio is configured to effect communications via a channel of the wireless network with a remote server in accordance with execution of the wireless radio firmware by the processor. The processor is generally configured to use subscriber identification data to facilitate authentication by and of the remote server.06-20-2013
20120280834REMOTE MONITORING SYSTEM - A temperature monitoring service in which remote monitoring units are distributed to customers who then set up monitoring as desired at their facilities. The devices may be registered through a web site using the Internet. Monitoring information may be communicated using a publicly available, wireless network, such as a cellular telephone network. The service may be provided with a system, including a server, which can deliver high levels of monitoring functionality. The server may support streaming monitoring information to a customer for analysis or sending a command activating a device connected to a remote unit. Remote units associated with the same location may be in a pool, comprising one active unit and one or more spare units, in which the server automatically identifies the active unit. The server may support analyzing monitoring information according to an expected cycle pattern of a ventilation system at the monitored facility.11-08-2012
20120280833Smart Meter Emulation - Pulses, including electrical waveforms, emitted light, and light reflected by a moving mechanical device, that are emitted by a standard utility meter may be received. A device may be controlled to vary its usage of the utility and that may be used to determine a usage per pulse. The usage per pulse information may be used to convert a pulse rate from a meter to emulate the pulse rate from another meter. Information about the other meter and/or services offered by the other meter may be provided to allow for emulation of the other meter.11-08-2012
20120280832Smart Meter Emulation - Pulses, including electrical waveforms, emitted light, and light reflected by a moving mechanical device, that are emitted by a standard utility meter may be received. A device may be controlled to vary its usage of the utility and that may be used to determine a usage per pulse. The usage per pulse information may be used to convert a pulse rate from a meter to emulate the pulse rate from another meter. Information about the other meter and/or services offered by the other meter may be provided to allow for emulation of the other meter.11-08-2012
20120280831CALCULATION OF AUXILIARY VALUE BASED ON METER DATA FROM NON-SMART ELECTRONIC UTILITY METER - A system, including a meter data support system on a computer device configured to: receive raw meter data from a plurality of non-smart electronic utility meters that are each restricted to one way outbound communication, calculate an auxiliary value for each non-smart electronic utility meter using the raw meter data from each respective non-smart electronic utility meter, and provide access to the auxiliary value to at least one of a user and a customer.11-08-2012
20120280830Method and Apparatus for Reducing Battery Passivation in a Meter-Reading Module - The teachings herein disclose a method and apparatus for preventing excessive battery passivation in an electronic meter-reading module. The module operates in a low-power state most of the time. The low-power state is interrupted at defined transmit times, wherein the module temporarily turns on or otherwise activates an included communication transmitter, for the transmission of data to a remote node reachable through a wireless communication network. Because of its low current draw during the times between data transmissions, the module's battery is vulnerable to passivation layer buildup. Advantageously, however, the module is configured to perform dummy activations of its transmitter at times other than the defined transmit times, e.g., in the intervals between data transmissions. These dummy activations are not for data transmission, but rather are temporary activations of the relatively high-power transmitter, for reducing passivation layer buildup on the battery in advance of a next data transmission.11-08-2012
20120280829SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING UTILITY METER COMMUNICATION - Systems, methods, and apparatus for facilitating utility meter communication are provided. One or more communications to be transmitted by a utility meter may be identified by the utility meter. A cost associated with the transmission of the one or more communications may be determined by the utility meter, and a determination may be made as to whether the cost satisfies one or more cost parameters if it is determined that the cost satisfies the one or more cost parameters, the one or more communications may be transmitted by the utility meter. If however, it is determined that the cost does not satisfy the one or more cost parameters, the one or more communications may be stored by the utility meter for subsequent transmission.11-08-2012
20120280828RFID-BASED ELECTRICITY METERING SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention provide a radio frequency identification (RFID) based electricity metering system enabled to meter energy consumption of individual devices. Specifically, embodiments of this invention provide a set (a least one) of RFID sensor units, each RFID sensor unit comprising: an inductor affixed to the power line of an electronic device configured to produce an induced current using the power line of the electronic device through inductive coupling; a programmable gain amplifier (PGA) coupled to the inductor configured to provide gain or attenuation control on the induced current so that the induced current is properly scaled; an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to convert the amplitude of the induced current to a digital value representing the energy consumption of the electronic device; a central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the ADC configured to receive the digital value from the ADC; a memory unit configured to store the digital value from the CPU; an antenna coupled to the CPU configured to transmit the digital value within a frequency band; and an RFID reader configured to receive the digital value transmitted by the RFID sensor unit.11-08-2012
20130181846METER APPARATUS, METERING NETWORK, AND METERING METHOD THEREOF - A meter apparatus, a metering network, and a metering method thereof are provided. The meter apparatus includes a pulse generator, an optical sensor, a spinning disc, and a magnetic sensor. The pulse generator is configured to generate a number of pulses proportional to an amount of a consumed resource. The optical sensor is configured to detect the number of pulses to generate a first signal, and transmit the first signal to a meter reader. The spinning disc is configured to produce an amount of rotation proportional to the amount of the consumed resource. The magnetic sensor is configured to detect the amount of the rotation to generate a second signal, and transmit the second signal to the meter reader.07-18-2013
20110298634Apparatus And Method For Priority Addressing And Message Handling In A Fixed Meter Reading Network - A method and apparatus is disclosed for prioritizing the processing of messages sent between site transceivers (12-08-2011
20130187788UTILITY MONITORING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A monitoring device, system and method are provided for in-home/on-premises monitoring of usage of utilities, such as electricity and other services. The monitoring device receives information from a smart meter, and displays usage through a display, illuminating an area using a colour indicative of the current cost of consumption, and varying the illuminated area at a rate indicative of a rate of consumption or other metric, the varying of the illuminated area simulating movement in the display. The display provides a consumer with “at a glance” visual information on current usage. Optionally a digital display screen provides detailed alphanumeric and graphical information, through a number of selectable display modes. One or more devices may be networked, and interface directly or indirectly with a transceiver of a smart metering system, or a retrofit transceiver for a conventional meter. Monitoring of other utilities and services may alternatively or additionally be provided.07-25-2013
20130187789WEARABLE DEVICE ASSEMBLY HAVING ANTENNA - A wrist-worn device monitors movements of a user. A sensor assembly of the wrist-worn device is configured to detect movement of the user and generate sensor data based on the movement detected. A controller connected to the sensor assembly obtains movement data based on the sensor data. An antenna connected to the controller is configured to operate at a desired frequency when a wrist of the user is received by the device such that the movement data is wirelessly transmittable from the wrist-worn device to an electronic device. The antenna may exhibit a different design and configuration depending on the size of the wrist-worn device.07-25-2013
20120019396RELATIVE TIME SYSTEM - A system, method and device are provided for obtaining, from each endpoint device, meter reading data where the meter reading data are recorded and managed based on a relative time clock in each endpoint device. The relative time clock may be a simple inexpensive clock that tracks minutes and triggers recording of meter reading data for a particular hour at the end of that hour. In that embodiment, a collection system sends an endpoint device a request that includes a requested time that is converted into a relative time so that the endpoint device can understand the request. Since each recorded interval is generated based on a relative time maintained by the clock in the endpoint device rather than an absolute (real) time, the endpoint device does not need to maintain accurate date/time or to read meter reading data from the utility meter based on a real date/time.01-26-2012
20120019395APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR NETWORK-BASED GRID MANAGEMENT - An apparatus for providing automatic metering capabilities to a resource grid is provided. The apparatus includes a plurality of existing automatic meter reading (AMR) meters and a plurality of interface devices. Each of the plurality of existing automatic meter reading (AMR) meters is coupled to a resource consumption point, the each is configured to periodically broadcast respective meter readings. Each of the plurality of interface devices is coupled to a corresponding one of the plurality of existing AMR meters, and each of the plurality of interface devices is configured to receive one or more of the respective meter readings, and is configured to provide the one or more of the respective meter readings over an existing communications infrastructure.01-26-2012
20130201030RF BASED METER DATA COLLECTION - Disclosed are apparatus and system as well as associated and/or corresponding methodology for exchanging utility consumption data and control information between a consumption measurement device and a utility management system. The presently disclosed subject matter provides for employing a WiFi enable transceiver incorporated as a part of a cable company device such as a set top box. The WiFi transceiver is configured to receive consumption information from a consumer's utility meter (electricity, gas, water) and to transmit the received information to the utility provider by way of the cable company's communications infrastructure. Control signal may also be sent from the utility company to the consumption measurement device by way of the cable company's communications infrastructure.08-08-2013
20130201031SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATION WITH A SMART POWER METER OVER OPTICAL FIBER - A system and method for facilitating smart power meter monitoring are provided. The system for facilitating smart power meter monitoring includes a standards-based frame detector, a CDR, at least one 08-08-2013
20130201032VACUUM INSULATION PANEL QUALITY CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING SAME - A system and method for implementing quality control for a panel is described. For example, the panel may be configured as a vacuum insulation panel having sensors arranged within the panel and/or on a surface thereof. A radio frequency identification unit may be in operable communication with the sensor and may transmit panel information to an external radio frequency identification receiver. A data collation element in operable communication with the radio frequency identification receiver may be configured to receive and analyze aggregated panel performance data received from the radio frequency identification receiver.08-08-2013
20130201033SENSOR SYSTEMS WIRELESSLY UTILIZING POWER INFRASTRUCTURES AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for a low-power sensor node and network. A low-power sensor node including a battery, a microcontroller, a sensor module, and a transmitter is used to sense an environmental condition and transmit the information back to a base station via a preexisting power line infrastructure such as power lines of a house or apartment building.08-08-2013
20120086581WATER MONITORING SYSTEM - A water monitoring system includes a plurality of remotely-located nodes for measuring water characteristics, and transmitting measured data to a central gateway device over at least one local RF connection. The gateway is operative to transmit cumulative data received from the plurality of nodes over a single cellular or satellite connection to a central processing system.04-12-2012

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