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Email triggered home automation controller

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000218070D
Publication Date: 2012-May-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

A method and apparatus to automate electrical appliances using email messages. A networked device will parse incoming email message. Upon matched keyword, it will activate the electrical devices.

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Email triggered home automation controller

A method and apparatus to automate electrical appliances using email messages. A networked device will parse incoming email message. Upon matched keyword, it will activate the electrical devices.

Introduction

Integrated network controller is widely used at low cost router using at home and SMB offices. The cost and power consumption make them very suitable for parsing of remote request from an email message with cost effective and environmental way.

 On the other hand, free IMAP capable email service providers can provide a reliable, apparently unlimited inbox size. Using these low latency push mail services allows prompt response, minimal administration versus setting servers locally.

Remote building automation

Using proprietary or off-the-shelf home router hardware, setup an IMAP email parsing agent at the device. Setup the email account info, internet connection and connect the automation hardware such as relay. An electrical appliance can then be switched on or off over email. Other peripheral such as digitized thermometer can be used at similar setup for temperature reporting.

Upon completion or status reporting, an email would be replied to the requester.

Comparing with completing technologies such as zigbee, the deployment cost of commoditized internet hardware is much lower than those specialized devices.