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Method and System to Mimic Behavior of Individuals in Order to Provide the Appearance of Occupancy

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247749D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 23K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed to mimic behavior of individuals in order to indicate a proximity or presence of individuals by recognizing how individuals use devices, thereby providing the appearance of occupancy. The method and system uses a smart home network which learns to recognize a device’s operation/usage by a user and then mimics the device’s operation/usage pattern to prevent an unauthorized entry when the user is out of town or away from home.

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Method and System to Mimic Behavior of Individuals in Order to Provide the Appearance of Occupancy

Existing security systems using smart home networks cannot be used to make an unoccupied dwelling appear to be occupied.

Therefore, there is a need for a method to provide a home security objective to mimic a presence of users/occupants.

Disclosed is a method and system to mimic behavior of individuals in order to indicate a proximity or presence of individuals by recognizing how individuals use devices, thereby providing the appearance of occupancy. The method and system uses a smart home network which learns to recognize a device's operation/usage by a user and then mimics the device's operation/usage pattern to prevent an unauthorized entry when the user is out of town or away from home.

In an embodiment, the method and system uses a connected home network to determine presence of occupants in a home. The method and system records a use of connected devices within the home or premises or building such as, but not limited to, lights that turn on or off or are dimmed, other devices with visual or audible outputs and the devices operated by a user.

The method and system, then, utilizes the recorded information pertaining to the use of the connected devices to learn a user behavior based on correlating the usage with a context. For instance, the method and system learns user behavior in accordance with a context, such as, but not limited to, a time of day, a day of week, holiday, weather, presence of other residents, whether the residents are known to the user or not.

The method and system, then, uses a current context to determine the usage of devices to mimic behavior of a missing user, if one or more resident users are no...