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Calendar-Driven Remote Wake-up and Power-down of Equipment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015504D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system for controlling equipment remotely by using an advanced calendaring system. This system is able to wake-up, shutdown, or place into a sleep state, equipment (computers, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting systems, etc.) that contains the appropriate software and/or hardware. This invention uses the owner's online calendar to understand the owner's schedule. Based on when the person will be out of the office, busy, and etc., the system will schedule the corresponding action. This system can also control equipment in shared areas by using the calendar information from all affected users.

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Calendar-Driven Remote Wake-up and Power-down of Equipment

   Disclosed is a system for controlling equipment remotely by using an advanced calendaring system. This system is able to wake-up, shutdown, or place into a sleep state, equipment (computers, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting systems, etc.) that contains the appropriate software and/or hardware. This invention uses the owner's online calendar to understand the owner's schedule. Based on when the person will be out of the office, busy, and etc., the system will schedule the corresponding action. This system can also control equipment in shared areas by using the calendar information from all affected users.

In the preferred embodiment a system is in place that reads and analyzes the users' calendars, and at the appropriate time sends a packet with the appropriate action. The remote equipment then performs the requested action (wake-up, shutdown, sleep mode). The basic steps are as follows:

User supplies preference and equipment information to system.

Administrator enters information pertaining to equipment in common areas (e.g., break

rooms, labs), HVAC, and lights. At a regular interval (e.g., daily) all users' calendars are mined. Additionally, whenever

a user's calendar changes, the system mines that user's calendar information. The calendar information, along with user preferences and information about his

equipment, lights, and HVAC, is analyzed. The output of the analysis is stored. The output contains (at a minimum): action to take, time at which action should take place, and receiving device. The calendar information is then analyzed in conjunction with calendars from other

group members - in order to control equipment in common areas (e.g., HVAC in a shared office, lights in the lab). At the time...