Remote monitoring and control system

  • US 7,825,793 B1
  • Filed: 05/14/2007
  • Issued: 11/02/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/21/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A communication system that provides communication of information related to a local parameter within a target zone, between an end user device located in the target zone and an end user, comprising:

  • a. the end user device within the target zone, comprising an actuator adapted to interact with the local parameter within the target zone, and a low-power-consumption communicator that has a unique communication address and is adapted to communicate with the actuator and adapted to communicate outside of the target zone using a wireless protocol, wherein the low-power-consumption communicator of the end user device employs a ZigBee protocol to communicate outside of the target zone,b. a communication node mounted on an upper part of a street light pole adjacent the target zone and drawing electric power from the street light pole, and adapted to communicate with the low-power consumption communicator of the end user device using the wireless protocol, and adapted to communicate with the end user, the communication node including a watchdog function that monitors an operation of the communication node and resets the communication node if the communication node malfunctions, and the communication node providing photo control to a street light coupled to the street light pole to turn the street light on during darkness, andc. the end user adapted to communicate the information with the communication node and thereby communicate the information with the end user device.

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