US 9,811,102 B2
System and methods for monitoring and reducing the consumption of electricity with a network of smart sensors
Antonino Gulli', Pisa (IT); Lorenzo Gulli', Pisa (IT); Leonardo Alessandro Gulli', Pisa (IT); and Aurora Gulli', Pisa (IT)
Filed by Antonino Gulli', Pisa (IT); Lorenzo Gulli', Pisa (IT); Leonardo Alessandro Gulli', Pisa (IT); and Aurora Gulli', Pisa (IT)
Filed on Jul. 31, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/448,489.
Prior Publication US 2016/0033985 A1, Feb. 4, 2016
Int. Cl. G05D 3/12 (2006.01); G05D 5/00 (2006.01); G05D 9/00 (2006.01); G05F 1/66 (2006.01); G06N 99/00 (2010.01)
CPC G05F 1/66 (2013.01) [G06N 99/005 (2013.01)] 14 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for monitoring and reducing the consumption of electricity with a network of smart sensors, the system comprising:
a control server configured to make suggestions on how to reduce consumption of electricity;
a network of sensors configured to: (1) monitor consumption of electricity by each of a plurality of appliances, (2) change the applied voltage to at least one of said monitored appliances, (3) change the amperage to at least one of said monitored appliances and (4) control at least one of said monitored appliances by causing said appliance to reduce its power consumption by suspending non-critical functions and dimming light produced by said appliance,
wherein the plurality of appliances are smart electrical and/or electronic devices,
wherein one or more sensors from among said network of sensors are connected via a network connection to a control server where periodic power consumption monitoring occurs and power consumption data therefrom is stored in a database,
wherein said control server sends suggestions for reducing electricity to each of said sensors via said network;
wherein said power consumption data is reviewed according to a plurality of criteria, said criteria consisting of: geographical location of each sensor, power consumption observed over an interval of time, time of the day, external light conditions, presence and/or the movement of people in the area monitored by the sensor, cost of electricity in a particular location, cost of electricity in a particular moment of the time, the consumption registered by that particular sensor, consumption registered by sensors in the network of sensors, consumption monitored by all sensors exceeding a desired total maximum, range of optimal voltage or amperage supported by an appliance, temperature registered by a sensor, and smoke condition registered by a sensor,
wherein optimized parameters for each sensor are generated based on results of said review of power consumption data,
wherein optimized parameters are provided to said plurality of sensors, and said optimized parameters cause said sensors to alter control of at least one of said appliances,
wherein Internet protocols, phone networks, or satellite networks are used to localize a geographical position of at least one of the sensors.