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Patent 10331155


Issued 2019-06-25

Network Addressable Power Socket Automation

A technology is described for applying automation rules to network addressable power sockets. An example method may include receiving a power socket identifier for a network addressable power socket that detects an electrical device connected to the network addressable power socket via a wireless communication protocol. Receiving a unique identifier for the electrical device detected by the network addressable power socket. The network addressable power socket and the electrical device may be identified using the power socket identifier and the unique identifier, and an automation rule may be obtained that determines the functionality of the electrical device. The automation rule may then be applied to either of the network addressable power socket or the electrical device.


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3 Independent Claims

  • Independent Claim 1. A system for controlling an electrical device using a network addressable power socket, comprising: at least one processorat least one memory device includinginstructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the system to: register a tag identifier for a NFC (Near Field Communication) tag located with an electrical plug of the electrical device, at an automation service hosted in acomputing service environment, wherein the tag identifier is associated with an automation rulereceive, at the automation service, a power socket identifier for the network addressable power socket from the network addressable power socket having aNFC reader that is configured to read the NFC tag located with the electrical plug of the electrical device engaged with the network addressable power socketreceive, at the automation service, from the network addressable power socket the tagidentifier for the NFC tag located with the electrical plug of the electrical deviceobtain the automation rule that is associated with the tag identifierand apply the automation rule associated with the tag identifier to the network addressablepower socket to control the electrical device using the network addressable power socket.

  • Independent Claim 5. A computer implemented method, comprising: registering a unique identifier for an electrical device, at an automation service hosted in a computing service environment, wherein the unique identifier is associated with an automation rulereceiving, at the automation service, via a computer network, a power socket identifier for a network addressable power socket which detects the electrical device connected to the network addressable power socket by way of a wireless communicationprotocolreceiving, at the automation service, via the computer network, a unique identifier for the electrical device detected by the network addressable power socketidentifying the network addressable power socket and the electrical device usingthe power socket identifier and the unique identifierobtaining the automation rule that defines functionality of the electrical device as controlled by the network addressable power socketand applying the automation rule to the network addressablepower socket.

  • Independent Claim 18. A non-transitory machine readable storage medium having instructions embodied thereon, the instructions when executed by a processor: register an electrical device profile for an electrical device, at an automation service hosted in acomputing service environment, wherein the electrical device profile includes a unique identifier for the electrical device and a characteristic of the electrical devicereceive, at the automation service, identity data that identifies a networkaddressable power socket and a unique identifier for the electrical device connected to the network addressable power socket which includes an electromagnetic reader configured to detect the electrical device using a wireless communication protocolidentify the network addressable power socket using the identity dataidentify the electrical device profile for the electrical device using the unique identifier for the electrical deviceobtain an automation rule for a group of network addressabledevices that includes the network addressable power socket and the electrical devicedetermine that the electrical device is compatible with the automation rule using the characteristic included in the electrical device profileand apply theautomation rule for the group of network addressable devices to an automation profile for the network addressable power socket to control the electrical device.