07187986 is referenced by 101 patents and cites 41 patents.

An Internet based home communications system for allowing a homeowner to monitor and control various features of their home. The 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, and a data center connected to the global computer network and in communication with the control unit. The homeowner is capable of monitoring and controlling the control device within the home by accessing a web page displayed by the data center through a web browser on a computer. The homeowner can view, monitor and control features of their home through the web page. 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
10/254342
Publication Number
7187986 (B2)
Application Date
September 24, 2002
Publication Date
March 6, 2007
Inventor
Dan Malmstrom
Fergus Falls
ND, US
Thor Iverson
Fargo
ND, US
Dan Schulz
Fargo
ND, US
Jeff Johnson
West Fargo
ND, US
Agent
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
Assignee
Echelon Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/00
G06F 11/00
G05B 23/02
G05B 15/00
G05B 19/18
G05B 11/01
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