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Intelligent Power Grid

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237297D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Every electrical outlet becomes an intelligent power source in the grid. Each outlet is intelligently programmed with location information. When a device is plugged in, it would received detailed location information from the outlet. This would provide useful when IBM Call Home is utilized with an issues to deliver parts or IBM Resources (SSR) onsite for issue recovery. Conversely, the power outlet could also receive benign system information (make/model/serial number) to allow a company to track inventory/usage, via enterprise monitoring software, of the grid. They would be able to leverage the pushed data to track down a missing system instantly as soon as power is applied. This disclosure was not patenting energy usage or data transmission over power cables, but rather a methodology for refining IBM CallHome data and IBM Resource dispatching (SSR, TopGun, FTSS) in addition to offering better methods for tracking realtime asset locations based on make/model/serial of a system within a company.

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Intelligent Power Grid

It has been proven many times over and could be documented via the annals of complaint management history that both clients and IBM* have struggled to keep track of their system inventory. IBM's control to manage system locations is eliminated once a system is in the hands of a BP or client. When a client suffers an issue and if IBM resources or parts are needed to go onsite, there have been situations when acquiring system location from a client has been a bit arduous or parts/people have arrived at the wrong location. IBM leverages the original point-of-sale (POS) address but the client may choose to move to the system to a different location which only highlights the insignificance of the original POS data point.

Feeding power grid location information into a system could speed setup of system and maintain accurate information for call home submissions. Location information would automatically update if system moved to an alternate location within the business - eliminates human manual entry/update requirements. Service delivery teams would know exactly where a system was located at all times.

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Attempts to find prior artwork have produced many articles on energy consumption monitoring, metrics, power flow, or IP Networks. This is not an aim. The aim is for a technology that will allow for a device plugged into a company's power grid (contained within a structure - aka the next granular level not visible to a utility company) to pull granular, business owner (company) location identifying information (to the machine) for possible use with Call Home/troubleshooting processes and/or other uses. In addition the technology would also allow the pushing of system information (to the grid) from the system drawing power to allow for company administrative tracking of equipment. Note: There is a difference between the city/utility grid and "the grid" as it pertains only to a business owner or company (jurisdiction of business owner grid established during contract between business owner and utility company - just to be clear).

The links below speak to energy consumption or utility company level benefits.

https://www.google.com/patents/US8260579?dq=power+grid+location+id&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6 AQFU9_KDKOWyAHeroCQAw&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAA cleanenergytransmission.org/uploads/en_intelligent_power_grid_final_a.pdf https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/power-tagging/ http://www.powertagging.com/technology/

The thought is being able to automate system tracking by being able to acquire information (location) from the Power Grid. Every utility company has a method for identifying consumers and associating them with a specific locations (aka street address = company/residential name). The proposal here is to replicate the "utility company" concept within the walls of a business. Every system that requires dedicated power provided would connect to an intelligent power grid with programmable location infor...