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System, Apparatus, and Services for a Smart City Integrated Operations Center Bbuilt From Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Unified Communications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000225662D
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-25
Document File: 4 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an abstraction for a city operations center dashboard that receives input from human and non-human entities within a city through Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). This approach utilizes unified communications and represents people, devices, and processes as SIP endpoints. The system provides a single infrastructure through which to manage multiple entities within a city.

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System, Apparatus, and Services for a Smart City Integrated Operations Center Bbuilt From Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Unified Communications

Cities are complex systems with multiple sub-systems such as water, transportation etc. This invention solves the problem of creating a dashboard for city operations that leverages advances in unified communications. Newly emerging, current solutions in this space are usually built from a collection of technologies. Today, there are custom protocols, custom middleware elements, and custom presentation mechanisms. These solutions are expensive due to the duplication of infrastructure for each different part of the monitor and control process.

The ubiquity of unified communications and the capabilities they provide can simplify as well as unify various solution approaches into a single, powerful, yet simple abstraction for a city control dashboard. This approach represents people, devices, and processes as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) endpoints. SIP is the key technology behind unified communications.

The core idea is an abstraction for a city operations center dashboard that receives input from human and non-human entities within a city through SIP. SIP is becoming ubiquitous for voice/video/chat applications, whether from a smart phone or desktop. SIP also provides a presence (event notifications) and capabilities for two-way communications with devices. SIP messaging has the capability to send commands. Thus, the idea is to make all entities of interest within a city SIP-capable and, depending on the nature of the entity (human user, machine, sensor etc), support specific capabilities of relevance.

The novel contributions of this invention include:


• The entire system as a whole, built around a single, common protocol such as SIP


• Ability to not only receive events, but also aggregate and then execute an actuation or communications function; in essence, execute a full control loop


• Presentation and reporting using rich presence rules and aggregation


• Integrating rich media as a part of the ongoing operations

The components and capabilities include:

1. A dashboard comprised of city entities. An example of the dashboard view can be atmospheric conditions near a traffic light from a sensor at the light. For each entity, the dashboard provides the following capabilities and uses a single technology to do so:

A. To subscribe/notify of events (e.g., status, location, sens...