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System and Method for Controlling the Thermostat for a Room Based on Upcoming Meetings in a Calendaring System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000220439D
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a heating and cooling system with the ability to analyze the upcoming utilization of a meeting room and determine whether to raise or lower its temperature. The proposed system views upcoming meetings scheduled on an electronic calendaring system, and then adjusts the temperature in the designated room based upon when the room will be occupied. This avoids wasting energy and money to keep an unused room heated or cooled.

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System and Method for Controlling the Thermostat for a Room Based on Upcoming Meetings in a Calendaring System

This disclosure focuses on energy conservation in the workplace and office. Every workplace has conference rooms and most of them are not used for the majority of a day. The cost for heating and cooling a room that is not utilized is a waste of money.

The invention solves the problem of wasting excess energy to heat and cool a room by integrating the temperature control system with an electronic calendaring system associated with the meeting room. The proposed system views upcoming meetings and adjusts the temperature in the room based upon when the room will be occupied. The core novelty of this invention is the ability to analyze the upcoming utilization of a meeting room and determine whether to raise or lower its temperature.

No direct matches match is found in prior art. The art that exists comprises methods of adjusting temperature in a conference room as people enter and leave. The fundamental difference between the existing art and the disclosed invention is that this invention analyzes upcoming scheduled meetings for a conference room. This is a point of novelty that the existing art does not cover.

To implement this invention there are three parts: a data fetch engine, a parsing/analysis engine, and an action engine.

Part 1: Data Fetch Engine


This part of the invention is installed as part of the calendar service or is set up to make Application Protocol Interface (API) calls into the calendaring service. The invention fetches information for all the meeting/conference rooms in a building or at a site. Once this information is retrieved, the invention fetches the associated upcoming meetings for those conference rooms. This fetch cycle is repeated over a pre-determined time interval. This data fetch engine can be on a local or global site.

Part 2: Parsing/Analysis Engine.

The parsing/analysis engine...