US Patent No: 6,961,763

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Automation system for controlling and monitoring devices and sensors

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An architecture for an automation system is disclosed that includes look-up services, a soft-state store, and a publication/subscription eventing component. The look-up services maintain a database of a number of devices to be controlled and monitored, and a database of a number of device objects corresponding to the devices. The services can be divided into attribute-based and name-based services. The soft-state store manages variables regarding the devices and the device objects, including heartbeats. The eventing component enables subscriptions to events related to changes in the variables. The architecture can include management daemons, such as a monitoring daemon that detects problems with power line devices.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
MICROSOFT CORPORATIONREDMOND, WA28531

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Arora, Anish K Columbus, OH 4 149
Bahl, Paramvir Sammamish, WA 250 2565
Russell, Wilf G Redmond, WA 6 181
Wang, Yi-Min Redmond, WA 109 2019
Xu, Jun Guangdong, CN 340 680

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