06115713 is referenced by 199 patents and cites 15 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.

Title
Networked facilities management system
Application Number
476031
Publication Number
6115713
Application Date
August 30, 1996
Publication Date
September 5, 2000
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
Quarles & Brady
Agent
George E Haas Esq
Assignee
Johnson Controls Technology Company
MI, US
IPC
G06F 11/00
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