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Electronic Time Management for Power Control in a self sustaining system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241812D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-02
Document File: 4 page(s) / 56K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and apparatus which allows to control electric power. This pitch discusses power control in conjunction with a user defined profile and adjustment methods. Regarding time management there are a lot of options available for usage in the mass market. With ongoing technology improvements it is possible to integrate more functions into cheap micro controller devices. One feature supports changes in a predefined user profile without having an internet connection to a remote server in place.

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Disclosed is a method and apparatus which allows to control electric power. This pitch discusses power control in conjunction with a user defined profile and adjustment methods. Regarding time management there are a lot of options available for usage in the mass market. With ongoing technology improvements it is possible to integrate more functions into cheap micro controller devices. One feature supports changes in a predefined user profile without having an internet connection to a remote server in place.

One example application for time based power control is sharing of - for example - electronically controlled machines and devices or even rare resources based on user profiles. Today's devices are ought to be controlled often for exclusive usage by a single end user. For example, a television can be controlled by one person only at a time. In case of another person wants to access this television, the first person must give up the control before. Negotiation is required to resolve this situation.

The first aspect of a fair assignment will make use of the concept of sharing the devices based on time slices: an apparatus is proposed which controls the on-time duration of the device for each of the registered users. It does not play a role whether the time consumption takes place in one block or whether it is divided into several time slices. The accumulated time will be compared against a maximum budget per day (or against any other predefined period). A second timer takes place which will be used to check against a week budget per user or another predefined period [1].

Fig. 1: Time Manager for a TV Fig. 2: User profile

The idea proposed can be implemented in software. For best user experience the preferred implementation should be integrated into the existing driver code of the machine or device under

TV

TV Power

Line Power

current user

P1

P2

P3

day limit const.

01:00

01:30

02:00

week limit const.

07:00

10:00

08:00

Control

bonus time const.

01:00

01:30

02:00

borrow time const.

00:30

00:45

01:00

Day sum (nv)

00:23

00:00

00:00

Week sum (nv)

07:23

05:20

04:45

Bonus time (nv)

01:00

00:00

00:00

Borrow time (nv)

00:00

00:00

00:00

start time (nv)

15:00

12:00

12:45

end time (nv)

n/a

12:30

13:45

time

budget

 Time- Manager

Keypad

Display

Day of year (nv)

127

126

126

P1

current time 15:23

nv= non volatile storage

P3

P2

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control. In cases where this is not possible, an external Time Manager (see Fig. 1) is proposed which controls the major power resource and also manages the user profiles. This Time Manager does not necessarily need an internet connection for operation. In such cases the user profiles must be loaded by wire interface etc. This behavior supports applications which do not have an internet connection at all or are not able to connect continuously to the internet. Various examples are mobile applications like shared cars, car battery loading stations or a shared washing machine in a common basement or ev...