US Patent No: 6,177,884

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Integrated power line metering and communication method and apparatus

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A quick connect power line metering and communication apparatus and method for measuring energy consumption or other electrical characteristics on a power line and for communicating the measured information to a remote location. The apparatus includes a housing, and a coupling mechanism attached to the housing to physically connect the housing to a suspended portion of the power line, and to provide an electrical connection to at least one conductor of the power line. A metering apparatus is provided within the housing, and is electrically coupled to the power line conductors via the coupling mechanism to measure energy consumption. The metering apparatus includes a current monitor and a voltage monitor to measure the energy consumption on the power line. A communications apparatus is provided within the housing, and is electrically coupled to the metering apparatus. The communications apparatus communicates information corresponding to the measured energy consumption to a remote location.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HUNT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.ATLANTA, GA13

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Burnham, Steven Mose Brainerd, MN 1 92
Hunt, Paul C Pequot Lakes, MN 12 423

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