05598566 is referenced by 155 patents and cites 6 patents.

A networked system having a wide variety of applications and particularly applicable to facilities management systems has multiple levels of software in processing nodes. The levels include a "features" processing level which communicates requests for data to a software object level containing databases of processes and attributes and database managers. The database managers in the software object level operate to provide data to the high level features in the same format. The software object level communicates with a hardware object level which also contains databases and database managers to mask differences between operational hardware units. By categorizing operational units by type, additional units of a known type can be added with only low level hardware object database changes. Adding units of a new type is facilitated by software changes confined to the lower level hardware and software objects, avoiding software changes at high level features. Individual software objects are tailored for typical types of inputs and output devices encountered by facilities management systems. Universal drive circuitry also provides applicability to a broad range of devices. Nodes store restoration characteristics of loads controlled by the nodes. After being shed to limit energy consumption, software local to the node restores the loads under predefined circumstances independently of the load shed commands to achieve distributed load management.

Title
Networked facilities management system having a node configured with distributed load management software to manipulate loads controlled by other nodes
Application Number
476031
Publication Number
5598566
Application Date
January 7, 1994
Publication Date
January 28, 1997
Inventor
Michael E Wagner
Delafield
WI, US
Robert R Singers
Brown Deer
WI, US
Otto M Mageland
Greenfield
WI, US
James K Stark
Wauwatosa
WI, US
Clay G Nesler
New Berlin
WI, US
Dan J Spacek
Cudahy
WI, US
Paul W Madaus
Oak Creek
WI, US
Darrell E Standish
New Berlin
WI, US
Dennis E Burkhardt
Franklin
WI, US
Donald A Gottschalk Jr
Milwaukee
WI, US
David L Koch
Fox Point
WI, US
Vairavan Vairavan
Milwaukee
WI, US
Karen L Woest
Wauwatosa
WI, US
Susan M Hyzer
Brown Deer
WI, US
James R Garbe
Greenfield
WI, US
Gaylon M Decious
Milwaukee
WI, US
David E Rasmussen
Wales
WI, US
Gregory A Pascucci
Waukesha
WI, US
Agent
Harness Dickey & Pierce
Assignee
Johnson Service Company
WI, US
IPC
G06F 15/177
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