Reporting the state of an apparatus to a remote computer

  • US 6,757,714 B1
  • Filed: 07/28/2000
  • Issued: 06/29/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method performed by a device associated with an apparatus to report a state of the apparatus to a remote computer that cannot directly address the device, the method comprising:

  • detecting the state of the apparatus, wherein detecting is performed by monitoring variables associated with the apparatus, the monitoring occurring independently of communications from the remote computer;

    generating a message that reports the state of the apparatus using a self-describing computer language, wherein generating is performed periodically or in response to a deviation in the state; and

    sending the message to the remote computer;

    wherein the deviation is indicative of an error condition in the apparatus, and wherein the error condition comprises one or more variables that deviate from an acceptable value or a predetermined range of acceptable values.

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