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System and method to efficiently label breakers in electrical panels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248966D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 72K

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Abstract

A system and method for identifying and labelling circuit breaker panels by utilizing a series of WIFI transmitters, receivers and a smart phone.

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System and method to efficiently label breakers in electrical panels

Disclosed is a system and method for identifying and labelling circuit breaker panels by utilizing a series of WIFI transmitters, receivers and a smart phone.

The following is an example scenario depicting the problem addressed by this disclosure.

"Joe, an electrician, is called in to a job by Sam, who just bought a 100 year old house where none of the breakers are labeled in the multiple electrical boxes. Joe pulls out his circuit breaker tracer and proceeds to trace the routes for each circuit by plugging the transmitter into an outlet, walking down stairs to check which breaker it's transmitting to, labeling the breaker, walking back upstairs to take it to a different outlet, walking back downstairs, and so on until two hours later he's finished mapping the entire panel. This took him too long, and he's dreading the ten story office building he has to map out next week."

The above scenario is one that many home owners and electricians experience. Some of the existing solutions to this problem include using a radio or light and flipping breakers to map the panels. Drawback include needing a line of sight or hearing, and only being able to map one breaker at a time before resetting the test. Circuit breaker tracers and mappers also require too many manual test resets which take up time.

His experience would be much better if he had a system that took less time to setup and less time to test. Using special, low cost WIFI transmitters that connect to a low cost battery powered WIFI access point serving as a receiver (and optional battery powered WIFI repeaters for improved distance), and a smart phone application to monitor the state of the system, breaker mapping can be done via a single setup phase that takes just a few minutes of dispersing a multitude of transmitters throughout a building, followed by a single test phase that also takes just a few minutes. Next the details of the proposed system are described and another scenario that illustrates how Joe's experience could be improved with such a system.

The following are components of an example embodiment of the system to map breakers panels: - WIFI Transmitters

- Multiple adapters depending on the power connection (three prong, bare wire, light outlet, 220 volt, etc.)

- NOT battery powered. - WIFI Receivers

- Basically an access point. - Likely pre-configured to work with transmitters and some mechanism for easy

pairing. Security isn't really a concern. - Battery powered so it is not affected by circuit breaking.

- WIFI Repeaters - Extends the reach of the receivers. - Battery powered.

- Smart Phone - Device to interact with the app

- Smart Phone App

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- Monitors the system and reports on status

The following are method steps of an example embodiment of the system to map breaker panels: Pair (one time per transmitter/repeater) - For each transmitter or repeater, perform a pairing operation with the receiver. Could

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