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Method for Tracing and Analyzing Objects in Walls, in a Non-Invasive Manner, Using a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247246D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-17
Document File: 5 page(s) / 483K

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Disclosed are a method and process for generating a live visualization of all manner of wiring, pipes, ducts, and studs contained within walls that are closed and/or inaccessible, and providing an analysis for failure/issue remediation. The associated application is installed on a mobile device.

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Method for Tracing and Analyzing Objects in Walls, in a Non-Invasive Manner, Using a Mobile Device

Detecting (chasing) wiring, plumbing, structural support, etc. that is embedded in walls

without excising facia board is almost impossible. Opening walls is both costly and time consuming, and, in many cases, not an option. A method is needed to identify the

components of a building's inner structure without tearing down walls.

The novel contribution is a method and process that enable the easy detection of structures that are contained within walls. The solution includes the abilities to assess and remediate possible delinquencies and use predictive analytics to assess possible future issues and failures.

A mobile device is docked or connected to a laptop. In conjunction with Bluetooth*,

wireless, or Near Field Communication (NFC, NFR), the ChaseMap dock extends the functionality to both send and receive various types of signals, based on the matter detection selected in the software application. Small devices plugged into outlets and hard-wired light fixtures assist in mapping. If no connectivity for analysis is available, then the application (app) compiles data from a time that there was a connection (auto or manual setting).

The ChaseMap dock (Fig. 1) sends/receives signals/ frequencies to and from the scan. The ChaseMap dock independently works from an attached mobile device as it scans and stores data and displays when a device is connected to it via Micro Universal Serial Bus (USB) or Bluetooth. The mobile device is used for visualizing and configuring as

well as remediation of scans from predictive analytics.

Figure 1: Devices

Remote devices (Fig. 2) for outlets and light sockets generate a frequency/signal that is sent to the ChaseMap dock to determine amperage, grounding, start of the chase map of that circuit, etc.


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Figure 2: ChaseMap dock (also standalone)

In action, a user points the device at the wall (or ceiling or floor) for assessment. The hardware sends the appropriate frequencies and receives back data in order to construct the visualization. The software (with an existing cognitive analytics system

and predictive analytics integration) returns the data necessary to construct the visualization and generate suggestions and warnings of potentially hazardous sit...