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System for Improving Measurement, Sharing, and Control of Appliances and Power Outlets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240943D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-13
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

A system and method for improving measurement, sharing, and control of appliances and power outlets is disclosed.

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Disclosed is a system and method for improving measurement, sharing, and control of appliances and power outlets.

Technologies exist to measure the amount of power used in a single socket of a plug or power strip, to control the on or off state of those same plugs, and to use a network to select that state. However, no general purpose power management system exists using standard receptacles to provide reporting and power management capabilities for residential or commercial users.

A general purpose power management system for measuring, sharing, and controlling

appliances and power outlets can be supported by utilizing a combination of existing technologies and the following:

A controller identifying whether a plug is in use, in heavy use, or in "standby" use based on differences in power usage (a calendar display showing the power usage of a plug over time, allowing the user to identify what the device was doing at those times

A method to identify on the controller master and slave sets of plugs, allowing plugs

to be turned off if the master plug is not drawing power (a GUI showing sets of plugs allowing the user to arrange plugs in groups and assign a master)

A method to identify a schedule on the controller that identifies when a set of plugs should not be drawing power and the ability to alert the user when systems are in u...