Method and system for controlling a network of water appliances

  • US 7,756,590 B2
  • Filed: 01/12/2009
  • Issued: 07/13/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/28/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An appliance control system for controlling a plurality of sets of appliances in a network, the appliance control system comprising:

  • a) a control station having a control unit for controlling the plurality of sets of appliances and a switch unit for routing control signals in the network, the control station being remotely located from the plurality of sets of appliances;

    b) a plurality of actuators connected to the control station for receiving the control signals therefrom, the plurality of actuators being connected to and controlling the plurality of sets of appliances;

    c) a plurality of sensors connected to the sets plurality of appliances and the control station for recording information therefrom, the plurality of sensors connected to the control station for providing the recorded information to the control station; and

    d) a plurality of client stations, each client station located with one of the plurality of sets of appliances, each client station being connected to the switch unit to allow a user to make requests to the control station for using the one of the plurality of sets of appliances located with the client station;

    wherein a mean priority number is associated with each client station, the sets of appliances are water appliances, and wherein, during use, when the appliance control system receives water flow requests from two different client stations at the same time, the appliance control system is adapted to give priority to the water appliances associated with the client station that has a higher mean priority number.

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