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Method of supporting DALI protocol between DALI controllers and devices over an intermediate communication protocol

United States Patent Application

20130264971
A1
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Methods of supporting DALI protocol between DALI controllers and devices over an intermediate communication protocol are disclosed. We will describe an implementation of the invention using the mesh wireless network prescribed by IEEE 802.15.4 as an intermediate protocol where it's long latency and highly variable delay characteristics poses a significant challenge to maintain adherence with the DALI specification. For practitioners skilled in the art it is obvious that the invention is also applicable to many other communication mediums and protocols, including wired networking such as Ethernet and Wifi networking such as IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n. Additionally, the invention is applicable to transport other control protocols where specification limits the duration between forward messages and associated reverse replies.
Yeh, Thomas I. (Rochester, NY), Sheehan, David W. (Glenville, NY)
VERIFIED ENERGY, LLC (Rochester NY)
13/ 802,048
March 13, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provide for by the terms of DOE Cooperative Agreement DE-EE0003971 CFDA No. 81.086 awarded by the Department of Energy.