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An Internet based home communications system for allowing a homeowner to monitor and control various features of their home from a distant location via a global computer network. The inventive system comprises a plurality of control devices positioned within a home, a control unit in communication with the plurality of control devices wherein the control unit is connected to a global computer network (i.e. Internet), and a data center having server computers connected to the global computer network and in communication with the control unit. The homeowner can view, monitor and control features of their home through the web page such as viewing interior images of their home or adjusting the thermostat for the interior of their home. In addition, the control unit may notify the appropriate supplier when propane or food becomes low within the home through the global computer network.

Title
Internet based home communications system
Application Number
9/561091
Publication Number
6580950 (B1)
Application Date
April 28, 2000
Publication Date
June 17, 2003
Inventor
Dan Malmstrom
Fergus Falls
MN, US
Thor Iverson
Fargo
ND, US
Dan Schulz
Fargo
ND, US
Jeff Johnson
West Fargo
ND, US
Agent
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
US
Assignee
Echelon Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G05B 11/01
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