Apple files patents for smart home energy management dashboard


Apple is the latest company looking to weigh in to the home energy management market, with patents filed for a smart home energy management dashboard system that “packs a punch,” according to the company’s patent review blog, Patently Apple.

The patents, which were filed in May 2009, describe an intelligent power monitoring system that manages the power supplied to peripheral electronic devices, based on their predicted power requirements and other factors such as the associated time-based costs of that power.

Household power consumption continues to increase as the number of electronic devices proliferates, states the intelligent power monitoring patent application, citing as background the monitoring of power usage in a computer or other processorbased device.

The second patent application pertains to the intelligent power-enabled communications port on the device, through which communications occur to the peripheral devices. This communication between devices would be by power line communication, either via the HomePlug protocol, or one of the other protocols under development, such as those by the Universal Powerline Association, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, the Consumer Electronics Powerline Communications Alliance, the Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA), the standard of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector, or the IEEE 643-2004 standard, while power is supplied via a variable power supply.