US 10,892,838 B2
Heterogeneous network topology management and control
Robert Fraser Cruickshank, III, Big Indian, NY (US); Bri-Mathias Scott Hodge, Golden, CO (US); and Anthony Reed Florita, Broomfield, CO (US)
Assigned to Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Golden, CO (US); and The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, Denver, CO (US)
Filed by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Golden, CO (US); and The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, Denver, CO (US)
Filed on Nov. 9, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/185,903.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/583,847, filed on Nov. 9, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2019/0140756 A1, May 9, 2019
Int. Cl. H04H 60/96 (2008.01); H04H 60/78 (2008.01); H04H 60/70 (2008.01); H04H 20/12 (2008.01); H04H 60/97 (2008.01); G06Q 50/06 (2012.01); H04H 60/51 (2008.01)
CPC H04H 60/96 (2013.01) [H04H 20/12 (2013.01); H04H 60/70 (2013.01); H04H 60/78 (2013.01); H04H 60/97 (2013.01); G06Q 50/06 (2013.01); H04H 60/51 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system comprising:
at least one cable service device comprising a processor and a voltage sensor, wherein:
the at least one cable service device corresponds to a respective at least one power consumption location that is connected to a power distribution network, and
the at least one cable service device is configured to:
provide at least one cable service to the power consumption location via a cable television (CATV) distribution network;
determine a voltage value representing a voltage of the power distribution network at the at least one power consumption location; and
output the voltage value;
a heterogenous network topology management and control (HNTMC) device comprising a processor and configured to:
receive an indication of the voltage value; and
cause at least one device within the power distribution network to modify operation based on the voltage value, wherein:
the HNTMC device is further configured to:
receive an indication of a first geographic area corresponding to a first distribution network;
receive an indication of a second geographic area corresponding to a second distribution network; and
determine, based on the first geographic area and the second geographic area, that at least a portion of the first distribution network and at least a portion of the second distribution network overlap in an overlapping geographic area; and
causing the at least one device within the power distribution network to modify operation comprises:
determining whether the at least one power consumption location is within the overlapping geographic area; and
responsive to determining that the at least one power consumption location is within the overlapping geographic area:
converting the voltage value to a converted voltage value that is understandable by a power distribution network management system; and
outputting the converted voltage value.