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Advanced human-machine interface for collaborative building control

United States Patent

9,104,183
August 11, 2015
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A system for collaborative energy management and control in a building, including an energy management controller, one or more occupant HMIs that supports two-way communication between building occupants and a facility manager, and between building occupants and the energy management controller, and a facility manager HMI that supports two-way communication between the facility manager and the building occupants, and between the facility manager and the energy management controller, in which the occupant HMI allows building occupants to provide temperature preferences to the facility manager and the energy management controller, and the facility manager HMI allows the facility manager to configure an energy policy for the building as a set of rules and to view occupants' aggregated temperature preferences, and the energy management controller determines an optimum temperature range that resolves conflicting occupant temperature preferences and occupant temperature preferences that conflict with the facility manager's energy policy for the building.
Zheng; Xianjun S. (Plainsboro, NJ), Song; Zhen (Plainsboro, NJ), Chen; Yanzi (Philadelphia, PA), Zhang; Shaopeng (Plainsboro, NJ), Lu; Yan (West Windsor, NJ)
Siemens Corporation (Iselin, NJ)
13/ 651,510
20130110295
October 15, 2012
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Prime Award No. DE-EE0003843 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.