US Patent No. 10,172,213

NETWORKED, WIRELESS LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM WITH DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENCE


Patent No. 10,172,213
Issue Date January 01, 2019
Title Networked, Wireless Lighting Control System With Distributed Intelligence
Inventorship Brian P. Platner, Lyme, CT (US)
William J. Fassbender, Watertown, CT (US)
Ryan A. Zaveruha, Stratford, CT (US)
Frank J. Ramirez, Wallingford, CT (US)
Philip S. Gross, Meriden, CT (US)
Raymond A. Frigon, Watertown, CT (US)
Assignee ABL IP HOLDING, LLC, Conyers, GA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,172,213

1. A power pack for a lighting control system, the power pack comprising:an input terminal;
a transformer having an input and an output, the input coupled to the input terminal, the transformer providing a DC voltage at the output in response to an AC line voltage received at the input terminal;
a microcontroller executing firmware incorporated therein for receiving and sending lighting control communications to and from one or more lighting control devices and for determining whether a load connected to the power pack is to be coupled to or decoupled from the AC line voltage based on received lighting control communications;
a relay coupled to the microcontroller and responsive to control signals received from the microcontroller to couple or decouple the AC line voltage to a load coupled to the relay;
a transceiver coupled to the microcontroller;
first and second connector ports, wherein:
the first connector port is coupled to the output of the transformer to provide DC power to a first lighting control device coupled to the first connector port,
the second connector port is coupled to the output of the transformer to provide DC power to a second lighting control device coupled to the second connector port,
the first connector port is coupled to the transceiver to transfer lighting control communications between the first lighting control device and the microcontroller via the transceiver,
the second connector port is coupled to the transceiver to transfer lighting control communications between the second lighting control device and the microcontroller via the transceiver, and
the first connector port, the second connector port, the transceiver, and the microcontroller are coupled to each other to transfer lighting control communications between the first and the second lighting control devices; and
a housing comprising the input terminal, the transformer, the microcontroller, the transceiver, the relay, and the first and second connector ports.