Ubiquitous connectivity and control system for remote locations

  • US 10,344,999 B2
  • Filed: 01/13/2017
  • Issued: 07/09/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system configured to communicate with a cellular remote unit, the system comprising:

  • an environmental device configured to control an environmental characteristic;

    a communication interface configured to communicate with the environmental device;

    a wireless circuit configured to send a first message to the cellular remote unit via a cellular communications network and to receive a second message from the cellular remote unit via the cellular communications network;

    wherein the first message is a first digital communications message including a representation of environmental information, the environmental information being received from the environmental device via the communication interface and indicative of a measurement of the environmental characteristic;

    wherein the second message is a second digital communications message including a command for the environmental device, the command being initiated by a user via the cellular remote unit and indicating to change the environmental characteristic;

    a microcontroller configured to generate a control instruction from the command included in the second message and to send the control instruction to the environmental device via the communication interface;

    wherein the environmental device is configured to change the environmental characteristic responsive to the control instruction; and

    a housing configured to mount to a wall of a building, the housing physically supporting the environmental device, the communication interface, the wireless circuit, and the microcontroller.

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