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Notification of Inclement Weather through Weather Station Networked Residential Alarm Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030214D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A proposition for instant notification to residents through networked residential alarm systems for inclement weather or emergency situations

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Notification of Inclement Weather through Weather Station Networked Residential Alarm Systems

Disclosed is a proposition for instant notification of residents of inclement weather, during such things as tornadoes, hail, mudslides, wildfires, hurricanes, or other life and equipment threatening weather conditions. Current solutions involve the notification through pager devices and cellular and mobile technology or email, some of which are delayed, and some of which may not be heard, or the notification of operators of businesses who then activate an alarm system witin the business. Weather radios also are used but signals may not be received, and static may occur. An additional, more reliable, solution is required to help residents, of homes, business or elsewhere, in safety efforts.

This proposition relies around security systems, such as home security systems, and the concept of networking a (home) security system to a national or local weather monitoring system. The advantage of using this system is the wiring infrastructure exists within the residence that has an alarm notification system to communicate via the phone lines out and back in to the alarm system. It is very useful but not limited to home security systems, but can be in business or other infrastructures that allow the technology to be set up within the infrastructure. The concept of this can also be further adapted into other computing networked forms, using alarm systems networked via other mechanisms such as cable (as in cable modems), power lines, etc., all of which would trigger an alarm within the home for inclement weather conditions via incoming communication from weather services. As alarm systems are quite loud they can be heard over phones/pagers which can be turned off at times, or for various reasons may not work or be heard. An example can be tornadoes that approach an area rapidly, that instant monitoring and networking by weather services can notify persons immediately rather than going through intermediaries, such as local authorities, or the use of devices that might not be functional or turned on, such as ce...