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System and Method of Remote Environmental Monitoring

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131206D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

The financial assets of some individuals and businesses are rooted in environments that must be kept static, and must be constantly monitored. Many storage facilities must be kept within a precise temperature range. A slight deviation from this range can cause significant loss of assets, property damage, or even hazardous spills or contaminations. These individuals must always know the environmental conditions of their facilities. The only real way for them to currently achieve this is to have personnel on site 24 hours a day, or employ Internet-capable devices. Even with a permanent presence, some stakeholders may still feel uneasy about their investments. Also, Internet-capable sensing equipment can provide greater access to environmental data, but does not provide a continuously connected solution that allows these individuals access to the data they require whenever, and wherever they want. The proposed solution, a Mobile Device Environment Monitoring System (MDEMS) provides constant access to the environment data they require. For example, many home owners may also wish to view environment data from their handheld, especially when spending extended periods of time away from their investment. A heating failure can cause extensive damage in climates that drop below freezing. After a few days without heat, the internal temperature of a house located in this type of climate can drop below freezing, causing pipes to freeze and rupture. As mentioned, changes in temperature can indicate some form of system failure. In most instances, the earlier a system failure can be detected, the better. MDEMS allows customers to continuously connected to the environment data they require. The MDEMS allows mobile users to have access to environment data of a premises such as a home or business, and also allows them to change settings on internet capable devices such as thermostats, all from their mobile device. With an Internet-capable thermostat, the temperature measurement for a facility can be pushed to a device-side application for easy viewing. This will be accomplished by a server-side application that will query various devices and sensors for information on an periodic basis. Upon obtaining query results, the server-side application will then use a mobile protocol to push the data to the device-side application. Events can be set up on the device application that enable alarms or notifications to the user. For example, if the temperature drops below a specific point, alarms may be triggered, and email notifications may be sent to preconfigured addresses. Similarly, events may be configured at the server-side application. Cooling facilities and chemical storage plants will be a target market for this product. A heating or cooling failure could be detected by this system, and the user notified immediately, greatly decreasing the potential for property loss or damage. Consumers may also want to be able to wirelessly observe and control their thermostat at home. The device-side application could have capabilities to adjust internet capable hardware, such as a thermostat. After changes are made at the handheld, data will be sent to the server-side application outlining the details of the request. The server-side application may then issue a command to adjust parameters of the internet capable hardware and sensing equipment.

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ENVIRONMENT MONITORING SYSTEM

System and Method of Remote Environmental Monitoring

Disclosed Anonymously

The financial assets of some individuals and businesses are rooted in environments that must be kept static, and must be constantly monitored.  Many storage facilities must be kept within a precise temperature range.  A slight deviation from this range can cause significant loss of assets, property damage, or even hazardous spills or contaminations.  These individuals must always know the environmental conditions of their facilities.  The only real way for them to currently achieve this is to have personnel on site 24 hours a day, or employ Internet-capable devices.  Even with a permanent presence, some stakeholders may still feel uneasy about their investments.  Also, Internet-capable sensing equipment can provide greater access to environmental data, but does not provide a continuously connected solution that allows these individuals access to the data they require whenever, and wherever they want.

The proposed solution, a Mobile Device Environment Monitoring System (MDEMS) provides constant access to the environment data they require. For example, many home owners may also wish to view environment data from their handheld, especially when spending extended periods of time away from their investment.  A heating failure can cause extensive damage in climates that drop below freezing.  After a few days without heat, the internal temperature of a house located in this type of climate can drop below freezing, causing pipes to freeze and rupture. 

As mentioned, changes in temperature can indicate some form of system failure.  In most instances, the earlier a system failure can be detected, the better.  MDEMS allows customers to continuously connected to the environment data they require.  The MD...