Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUSRE43598 E1
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 12/053,503
Publication date21 Aug 2012
Filing date21 Mar 2008
Priority date28 Sep 2000
Fee statusPaid
Also published asEP1323014A2, US6748343, US7016813, US20020052719, US20050021309, USRE45649, WO2002027438A2, WO2002027438A3
Publication number053503, 12053503, US RE43598 E1, US RE43598E1, US-E1-RE43598, USRE43598 E1, USRE43598E1
InventorsBruce Alexander, Karen Grose, Christoph Schebel, David Antal
Original AssigneeVig Acquisitions Ltd., L.L.C.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method and process for configuring a premises for monitoring
US RE43598 E1
Abstract
A system and method for configuring an integrated information system through a common user interface are provided. A user accesses a graphical user interface and selects client, premises, location, monitoring device, and processing rule information. The graphical user interface transmits the user selection to a processing server, which configures one or more monitoring devices according to the user selections.
Images(24)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(33)
1. In an integrated information system in communication with a number of monitoring devices, a method for configuring the monitoring devices through a central interface, the method comprising:
obtaining a user selection of at least one client associated with the integrated information system;
obtaining a user selection of at least one premises associated with the user selection of at least one client, within the integrated information system;
obtaining a user selection of at least one location wherein the user selection of at least one location is associated with an identifiable attribute of the user selection of at least one premises;
obtaining a user selection of at least one monitoring device associated with the user selection of at least one location;
obtaining a user selection of at least one processing rule associated with the user selection of at least one monitoring device; and
configuring the integrated information system according to the user selection of at least one client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data;
wherein the user selection of at least one client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data is obtained from a common user interface.
2. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein obtaining the user selection of at least one client, premises, location, monitoring device, or processing rule data includes obtaining data modifying a previous selection.
3. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one monitoring device includes a selection of monitoring device setting information related to the operation of the user selection of at least one monitoring device.
4. The method as recited in claim 3 further comprising displaying a current monitoring device setting information prior to obtaining the selection of monitoring device setting information.
5. The method as recited in claim 1 further comprising obtaining a user selection of at least one user associated with the integrated information system.
6. The method as recited in claim 5, wherein the user selection of at least one user is authorized to provide configuration information to the integrated information system.
7. The method as recited in claim 6, where the user selection of at least one user authorized to obtain information regarding the user selection of at least one premises is dynamically generated in response to the processing of the user selection of at least one processing rule in accordance with the integrated information system.
8. The method as recited in claim 5, wherein the user selection of at least one user is associated with the user selection of at least one client or premises and is authorized to accept a notification of a processing rule violation.
9. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one client is associated with a plurality of premises, and wherein the user selection of at least one premises includes a selection of all the plurality of premises associated with the user selection of at least one client.
10. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one premises includes obtaining a user selection of users authorized to obtain information regarding the user selection of at least one premises.
11. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one location corresponds to a zone or area within a premises.
12. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one location corresponds to a plurality of monitoring devices, and wherein the user selection of at least one monitoring device includes a user selection of all the plurality of monitoring devices associated with the user selection of at least one location.
13. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one monitoring device includes a user selection of at least one primary or auxiliary location associated with the monitoring device.
14. The method as recited in claim 13, wherein the user selection of at least one primary or auxiliary location is based on a default setting for the user selection of at least one monitoring device.
15. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one monitoring device includes a user selection of at least one monitoring device attribute, wherein the user selection of at least one monitoring device attribute can include a default value.
16. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one processing rule includes a user selection of a threshold indicating a violation of the user selection of at least one processing rule.
17. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one processing rule includes a specification of a comparison of collected data to information stored in a database.
18. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one processing rule includes a specification of Boolean operators for creating associations between the user selection of at least one rule for the user selection of at least one monitoring device.
19. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one processing rule includes a specification of two or more processing rules that are considered as a single processing event.
20. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the user selection of at least one processing rule includes a selection of one or more notification acceptors corresponding to the evaluation of the user selection of at least one processing rule.
21. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein configuring the integrated information system includes inserting default values for the client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data.
22. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the common user interface is a graphical user interface displayed on a computing device.
23. The method as recited in claim 22, wherein the common user interface is a graphical user interface accessible through the World Wide Web.
24. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the common user interface includes a plurality of hyperlinks for any of the client, premises, location, monitoring device, or processing rule data selections.
25. In an integrated information system in communication with a number of monitoring devices and including a computer system having a display and user input device, a method for configuring the monitoring devices through a central interface, the method comprising:
generating a common user interface, wherein the common user interface receives a plurality of input from a user;
obtaining a user selection of at least one client associated with the integrated information system from the common user interface;
obtaining a user selection of at least one premises associated with the user selection of at least one client from the common user interface;
obtaining a user selection of at least one location from the common user interface, wherein the user selection of at least one location is associated with an identifiable attribute of a premises;
obtaining a user selection of at least one monitoring device associated with the user selection of at least one location from the common user interface;
obtaining a user selection of at least one processing rule associated with the user selection of at least one monitoring device from the common user interface; and
transmitting the user selection of at least one client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule to a server, wherein the server configures the integrated information system according to the user selection of at least one client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule.
26. A method for configuring monitoring devices through a central interface, the method comprising:
obtaining a user selection of a location;
obtaining a user selection of at least one monitoring device associated with the location wherein the location is one of multitude of locations at multiple premises;
obtaining a user selection of at least one processing rule associated with the user selection of at least one monitoring device; and
wherein the selection of the at least one processing rule includes a user selection of one or more notification acceptors to notify in accordance with a hierarchy of communication mediums upon the occurrence of a rule violation;
configuring an integrated information system according to the user selection of the at least one monitoring device and the at least one processing rule;
wherein the user selection of the location, at least one monitoring device, at least one processing rule and one or more notification acceptors is obtained from a common user interface.
27. The method as recited in claim 26, wherein obtaining a user selection of at least one monitoring device includes obtaining a user selection of at least one client associated with the integrated information system.
28. The method as recited in claim 26, wherein obtaining a user selection of at least one monitoring device includes obtaining a threshold that establishes when a violation of the at least one processing rule will occur.
29. The method as recited in claim 27, wherein obtaining a user selection of the at least one client includes authorizing the at least one client to accept a notification of a processing rule violation.
30. The method as recited in claim 26, wherein obtaining the user selection of at least one monitoring device includes identifying an attribute associated with the user selection of the location from one of multitude of locations at multiple premises.
31. The method as recited in claim 26, wherein obtaining the user selection of the location includes identifying an attribute associated with the at least one processing rule.
32. The method as recited in claim 26, wherein obtaining the user selection of at least one monitoring device includes a user selection of all monitoring devices associated with the location.
33. The method as recited in claim 26, wherein the user selection of at least one processing rule includes a specification of a comparison of collected data to information stored in a database.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCES TO RELATED APPLICATION(S)

This application is a divisional of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/967,485, filed Sep. 28, 2001, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,748,343, which claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/236,282, filed Sep. 28, 2000, entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING AN INTEGRATED INFORMATION SYSTEM, and U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/281,256, filed Apr. 3, 2001, entitled METHOD AND PROCESS FOR CONFIGURING A PREMISES FOR MONITORING, which are hereby incorporated by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

In general, the present invention relates to electronic hardware and computer software, and in particular, to a method and process for configuring a premises for the installation of monitoring devices.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally described, electronic security systems are configured to provide a wide range of security services in both residential and commercial settings. The types of monitoring devices utilized by a particular security system to perform the system service depend greatly on the sophistication of the security system configuration and the overall function of the security system. A majority of conventional security systems include intrusion detecting devices, such as door or window contacts, glass break detectors, motion detectors and the like. In a commercial setting, closed-circuit television (“CCTV”), badging systems, asset tracking, and access control devices and sensors are also utilized.

The configuration of the security system is based on the function the system will serve. For example, in one aspect, a typical electronic security system may be used to provide smoke, fire, and/or carbon monoxide detection. Accordingly, the system would utilize one or more smoke, fire and/or carbon monoxide detectors within one or more locations on the premises. In another aspect, the security system may also be utilized to provide motion or access detection as well as general video and audio monitoring of the premises. Accordingly, the system would utilize ingress or egress sensors and/or video cameras within the premises.

While the conventional art generally discloses utilizing multiple monitoring devices to perform various functions, conventional systems are deficient in data management functionality and integration. Security data from different monitoring device types is generally not integrated to affect the system reporting and control. Instead, the conventional security system is built around independent stand-alone devices that require human control and interpretation.

In one security configuration, contract or in-house security guard and patrol services are employed in a range of industrial commercial, public and private settings. The primary functions of the security guard may include direct visual surveillance, the monitoring of security cameras or other security devices, a reception or access control and authorization function, and incident response. A security guard may also be used to monitor a number of CCTV screens arranged in a bank formation. Accordingly, the security guard accepts the variety of inputs and makes a determination of a security alert, such as an unauthorized entrance.

The use of dedicated monitoring services, such as security guards, is generally prohibitively expensive and unavailable for a majority of individuals and businesses. Additionally, if the guard is distracted, absent or inattentive, a security event may go unreported. Furthermore, the monitoring device data, such as the CCTV data, is typically available only to the dedicated premises monitor and cannot be utilized concurrently by additional users, such as a remote monitor, a quality control supervisor, the owner of the premises, or emergency or public safety authorities. Moreover, a single security guard may not be capable of processing all of the possible monitoring data sources simultaneously, thereby reducing the effectiveness of multiple monitoring devices.

Another security system configuration utilizes external monitors to provide the security services. Generally described, external monitoring systems are more cost effective than a dedicated on-premises monitor. However, most external monitoring systems have a limited effectiveness in being unable to extensively provide and/or review detailed security information. For example, most conventional external monitoring systems cannot incur the expense of providing a sufficient amount of communication bandwidth to transmit continuous video/audio feeds from every monitored premises. Accordingly, if the external monitoring service detects an unauthorized entry into a premises, such as through a signal from a detecting device, the monitoring service typically dispatches emergency or public safety authorities to investigate and determine the extent of the detected event. In a vast majority of cases, the alarm is false and the premises owner incurs a fine for having the authorities verify the incident. Additionally, in the event of an actual emergency, the monitoring service cannot provide the public safety authorities with sufficient information to assess the situation with monitoring devices, thereby putting the authorities at greater risk.

Similar to the dedicated on-premises monitoring, the remote monitoring service also cannot concurrently process the device information to multiple authorized users for various purposes. For example, a premises owner may need to access video data to locate a pet within the premises, while emergency or public safety personnel would need to access the same video data to identify the location of a victim. In both cases, the monitoring service likely cannot provide the information to the user on a wide scale basis.

Some conventional security system configurations attempt to integrate at least some security monitoring devices to better detect alarm conditions from a remote user. For example, a security system monitor (either remote or on-premises) may detect an unauthorized entry from a motion detector and confirm it by utilizing a video camera. Generally, however, these systems are directed towards a combination of video surveillance and are limited into being processed solely for the detection of an intrusion or the verification of an intrusion. These systems generally cannot accept additional non-security information inputs that relate generally to the management of the premises and that are outside of the scope of conventional security monitoring. Moreover, these systems are deficient in that the data cannot be processed concurrently or distributed to multiple authorized users. Additionally, the monitoring devices used for these functions are often produced by different manufacturers and employ manufacturer-specific communications protocols. The monitoring devices are typically not configured to be accessible through a common access point for reporting and control. Accordingly, most of the monitoring devices are installed within a premises as independent sub-systems of a security system. The configuration of each of these systems, and often of each of the devices within a system, requires a separate configuration and installation process.

In addition to the lack of integration, the sub-systems generally have minimal operability as such, and any updates or modifications to the system typically require the removal and replacement of a wiring panel connected to the monitoring device. Accordingly, the costs associated with cumbersome installations and modifications are formidable. Security end-users desiring a system upgrade or modification are generally faced with the cost of removing an old system so that a change can be made. The replacement cost is further scaled for enterprise type monitoring systems that could require an update of a large number of monitoring devices.

Thus, there is a need for a system and method for communicating configuration and installation information to a diversified group of monitoring devices through a common access point of an integrated information system.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A system and method for configuring an integrated information system through a common user interface are provided. A user accesses a graphical user interface and selects client, premises, location, monitoring device, and processing rule information. The graphical user interface transmits the user selection to a processing server, which configures one or more monitoring devices according to the user selections.

In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, a method for configuring monitoring devices through a central interface is provided. The method can be implemented in an integrated information system in communication with a number of monitoring devices. A central server obtains a selection of at least one client associated with the integrated information system, a selection of at least one premises associated with the selected client, within the integrated information system, a selection of at least one location wherein the selected location is associated with an identifiable attribute of a premises, a selection of one or more monitoring devices associated with the selected location, and a selection of one or more processing rules associated with one or more selected monitoring devices. The central server configures the integrated information system according to the selected client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data. The client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data selections are obtained from a common user interface.

In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, a method for configuring monitoring devices through a central interface is provided. The method may be implemented in an integrated information system in communication with a number of monitoring devices and including a computer system having a display and user input device. A computing device displays on the computer system display a set of available integrated information system clients and obtains a selection from the user input device of at least one client associated with the integrated information system. The computing device then displays on the computer system display a set of available premises corresponding to the selected client and obtains a selection from the user input device of at least premises associated with the selected client. The computing device also displays on the computer system display a set of available locations corresponding to the selected premises, wherein the selected location defines an identifiable attribute of the selected premises and obtains a selection from the user input device of at least one location corresponding to the selected premises. The computing device further displays on the computer system display a set of available monitoring devices corresponding to the selected locations and obtains a selection from the user input device of one or more monitoring devices corresponding to the selected location. The computing device then displays on the computer system display a set of processing rules associated with each selected monitoring device and obtains a selection from the user input device of one or more processing rules associated with each selected monitoring device, wherein the selected processing rule can include a default processing rule. The computing device transmits the selected client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data for configuration of the integrated information system. The selected client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data is obtained from a common user interface.

In accordance with a further aspect of the present invention, an integrated information system is provided. The integrated information system includes one or more monitoring devices operable to obtain and transmit monitoring data corresponding to a specified premises. The integrated information system also includes at least one processing server operable to communicate with the one or more monitoring devices. The processing server is further operable to configure each monitoring device. The integrated information system further includes a computer display operable to generate a user interface for obtaining a user selection of client, premises, location, monitoring device, and processing rule data and to transmit the data to the processing server. The processing server configures the monitoring devices according to the client, premises, location, monitoring device and processing rule data obtained from the user interface.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The foregoing aspects and many of the attendant advantages of this invention will become more readily appreciated as the same become better understood by reference to the following detailed description, when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrative of a prior art illustration of a representative portion of the Internet;

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an integrated information system utilized to configure or install monitoring devices through a common access point in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a block diagram depicting an illustrative architecture for a premises server in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a block diagram depicting an illustrative architecture for a central server in accordance with the present invention;

FIGS. 5A and 5B are flow diagrams illustrative of a premises configuration routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a flow diagram illustrative of a create or modify users sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a flow diagram illustrative of a process user data entry sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a flow diagram illustrative of a create or modify clients sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a flow diagram illustrative of a process client data entry sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 10 is a flow diagram illustrative of a create or modify premises sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIGS. 11A and 11B are flow diagrams illustrative of a process premises data entry sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIGS. 12A and 12B are flow diagrams illustrative of a create or modify locations sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIGS. 13A and 13B are flow diagrams illustrative of process monitoring device and monitoring device rules a sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 14 is a flow diagram illustrative of a process auxiliary locations sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 15 is a flow diagram illustrative of a process location attributes sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 16 is a flow diagram illustrative of a process device rules sub-routine implemented by an integrated information system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 17 is a block diagram representative of a screen display illustrating an integrated information system location selection interface in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 18 is a block diagram representative of a screen display illustrating an integrated information system device selection interface having a tree-structure in accordance with the present invention; and

FIG. 19 is a block diagram representative of a screen display illustrating an integrated information system monitoring device processing rules selection interface in accordance with the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

As described above, aspects of the present invention are embodied in a World Wide Web (“WWW” or “Web”) site accessible via the Internet. As is well known to those skilled in the art, the term “Internet” refers to the collection of networks and routers that use the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (“TCP/IP”) to communicate with one another. A representative section of the Internet 20 is shown in FIG. 1, where a plurality of local area networks (“LANs”) 24 and a wide area network (“WAN”) 26 are interconnected by routers 22. The routers 22 are special purpose computers used to interface one LAN or WAN to another. Communication links within the LANs may be twisted wire pair, coaxial cable, or optical fiber, while communication links between networks may utilize 56 Kbps analog telephone lines, 1 Mbps digital T-1 lines, 45 Mbps T-3 lines, or other communications links known to those skilled in the art.

Furthermore, computers 28 and other related electronic devices can be remotely connected to either the LANs 24 or the WAN 26 via a modem and temporary telephone or wireless link. It will be appreciated that the Internet 20 comprises a vast number of such interconnected networks, computers, and routers and that only a small, representative section of the Internet 20 is shown in FIG. 1.

The Internet has recently seen explosive growth by virtue of its ability to link computers located throughout the world. As the Internet has grown, so has the WWW. As is appreciated by those skilled in the art, the WWW is a vast collection of interconnected or “hypertext” documents written in HyperText Markup Language (“HTML”) or other markup languages, which are electronically stored at “WWW sites” or “Web sites” throughout the Internet. Other interactive hypertext environments may include proprietary environments, such as those provided in America Online or other online service providers, as well as the “wireless Web” provided by various wireless networking providers, especially those in the cellular phone industry. It will be appreciated that the present invention could apply in any such interactive hypertext environments; however, for purposes of discussion, the Web is used as an exemplary interactive hypertext environment with regard to the present invention.

A Web site is a server/computer connected to the Internet that has massive storage capabilities for storing hypertext documents and that runs administrative software for handling requests for those stored hypertext documents. Embedded within a hypertext document are a number of hyperlinks, i.e., highlighted portions of text that link the document to another hypertext document possibly stored at a Web site elsewhere on the Internet. Each hyperlink is assigned a Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) that provides the exact location of the linked document on a server connected to the Internet and describes the document. Thus, whenever a hypertext document is retrieved from any Web server, the document is considered retrieved from the World Wide Web. Known to those skilled in the art, a Web server may also include facilities for storing and transmitting application programs, such as application programs written in the JAVA® programming language from Sun Microsystems, for execution on a remote computer. Likewise, a Web server may also include facilities for executing scripts and other application programs on the Web server itself.

A consumer or other remote access user may retrieve hypertext documents from the World Wide Web via a Web browser program. A Web browser, such as Netscape's NAVIGATOR® or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, is a software application program for providing a graphical user interface to the WWW. Upon request from the consumer via the Web browser, the Web browser locates and retrieves the desired hypertext document from the appropriate Web server using the URL for the document and the HTTP protocol. HTTP is a higher-level protocol than TCP/IP and is designed specifically for the requirements of the WWW. HTTP runs on top of TCP/IP to transfer hypertext documents between server and client computers. The WWW browser may also retrieve programs from the Web server, such as JAVA applets, for execution on the client computer.

Referring now to FIG. 2, an integrated information system 200 for use with the present invention will be described. Generally described, an integrated information system 200 is a subscriber-based system allowing a number of monitoring devices within one or more premises to be monitored from a single control location. Additionally, the data from the monitoring devices is processed according to one or more rules. The control location customizes output of the processed data to a number of authorized users dependent on the preferences and rights of the user. While the system of the present invention is utilized to integrate traditional security monitoring functions, it is also utilized to integrate any information input in a like manner.

In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the integrated information system 200 includes one or more premises servers 202 located on any number of premises 204. The premises server 202 communicates with one or more monitoring devices 206. In an illustrative embodiment, the monitoring devices 206 can include smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors. The monitoring devices 206 can also include door and window contacts, glass break detectors, motion sensors, audio detectors and/or infrared detectors. Still further, the monitoring devices 206 can include computer network monitors, voice identification devices, card readers, video cameras, still cameras, microphones and/or fingerprint, facial, retinal, or other biometric identification devices. Still further, the monitoring devices 206 can include conventional panic buttons, global positioning satellite (“GPS”) locators, other geographic locators, medical indicators, and vehicle information systems. The monitoring devices 206 can also be integrated with other existing information systems, such as inventory control systems, accounting systems, or the like. The premises server 202 can also maintain a device interface database for translating standard protocol-encoded tasks into device specific commands as will be explained in greater detail below. Alternatively, the premises server 202 may be in communication with a separate device server that maintains the device interface database. It will be apparent to one skilled in the relevant art that additional or alternative monitoring devices 206 may be practiced with the present invention.

The premises server 202 also communicates with one or more output devices 208. In an illustrative embodiment, the output devices 208 can include audio speakers, display or other audio/visual displays. The output devices 208 may also include electrical or electro-mechanical devices that allow the system to perform actions. The output devices 208 can include computer system interfaces, telephone interfaces, wireless interfaces, door and window locking mechanisms, aerosol sprayers, and the like. As will be readily understood by one skilled in the art, the type of output device 208 is associated primarily with the type of action the system produces. Accordingly, additional or alternative output devices 208 are considered to be within the scope of the present invention.

The premises server 202 is in communication with a central server 210. Generally described, the central server 210 obtains the various monitoring device data, processes the data, and outputs the data to one or more authorized users. In an illustrative embodiment, the communication between the central server 210 and the premises server 202 is remote and two-way. One skilled in the relevant art will understand that the premises server 202 may be remote from the premises or may omitted altogether. In such an alternative embodiment, the monitoring devices 206 transmit the monitoring data to a remote premises server 202 or alternatively, they transmit the monitoring data directly to the central server 210. Alternatively, one skilled in the relevant art will also appreciate that the premises server 202 may also perform one or more of the functions illustrated for the central server 210.

Also in communication with the central server 210 is a central database 212. In an illustrative embodiment, the central database 212 includes a variety of databases including an event logs database 214, an asset rules database 216, a resource rules database 218, an asset inventory database 220, a resource inventory database 222, an event rules database 224, and an active events database 226. The utilization of some of the individual databases within the central database will be explained in greater detail below. As will be readily understood by one skilled in the relevant art, the central database may be one or more databases that may be remote from one another. In an alternative embodiment, the central server 210 also maintains a device interface database for translating standard protocol-encoded tasks into device specific commands as will be explained in greater detail below. Accordingly, the central server 210 may perform some or all of the translation actions in accordance with the present invention.

With continued reference to FIG. 2, the central server 210 communicates with one or more notification acceptors 228. In an illustrative embodiment, the notification acceptors 228 can include one or more authorized users who are associated with the notification acceptor 228. Each authorized user has a preference of notification means and rights to the raw and processed monitoring data. The authorized users include premises owners, security directors or administrators, on-site security guards, technicians, remote monitors (including certified and non-certified monitors), customer service representatives, emergency personnel, and others. Moreover, the notification acceptor 228 may be a centralized facility/device that can be associated with any number of authorized users. As will be readily understood by one skilled in the art, various user authorizations may be practiced with the present invention. Additionally, it will be further understood that one or more of the rules databases may be maintained outside of the central server 210.

In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the central server 210 communicates with the notification acceptors 228 utilizing various communication devices and communication mediums. The devices include personal computers, hand-held computing devices, wireless application protocol enabled wireless devices, cellular or digital telephones, digital pagers, and the like. Moreover, the central server 210 may communicate with these devices via the Internet utilizing electronic messaging or Web access, via wireless transmissions utilizing the wireless application protocol, short message services, audio transmissions, and the like. As will be readily understood by one skilled in the art, the specific implementation of the communication mediums may require additional or alternative components to be practiced. All are considered to be within the scope of practicing the present invention.

In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the central server 210 may utilize one or more additional server-type computing devices to process incoming data and outgoing data, referred to generally as a staging server. The staging server may be a separate computing device that can be proximate to or remote from the central server 210, or alternatively, it may be a software component utilized in conjunction with a general-purpose server computing device. One skilled in the relevant art will appreciate communications between the central server 210 and the staging server can incorporate various security protocols known to those skilled in the relevant art.

FIG. 3 is a block diagram depicting an illustrative architecture for a premises server 202 formed in accordance with the present invention. Those of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the premises server 202 includes many more components than those shown in FIG. 3. However, it is not necessary that all of these generally conventional components be shown in order to disclose an illustrative embodiment for practicing the present invention. As shown in FIG. 3, the premises server 202 includes a network interface 300 for connecting directly to a LAN or a WAN, or for connecting remotely to a LAN or WAN. Those of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the network interface 300 includes the necessary circuitry for such a connection, and is also constructed for use with the TCP/IP protocol or other protocols, such as Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (“IIOP”). The premises server 202 may also be equipped with a modem for connecting to the Internet through a point-to-point protocol (“PPP”) connection or a serial-line Internet protocol (“SLIP”) connection as known to those skilled in the art.

The premises server 202 also includes a processing unit 302, a display 304, a device interface 306 and a mass memory 308, all connected via a communication bus, or other communication device. The device interface 306 includes hardware and software components that facilitate interaction with a variety of the monitoring devices 206 via a variety of communication protocols including TCP/IP, X10, digital I/O, RS-232, RS-485 and the like. Additionally, the device interface facilitates communication via a variety of communication mediums including telephone landlines, wireless networks (including cellular, digital and radio networks), cable networks, and the like. In an actual embodiment of the present invention, the I/O interface is implemented as a layer between the server hardware and software applications utilized to control the individual digital image devices. One skilled in the relevant art will understand that alternative interface configurations may be practiced with the present invention.

The mass memory 308 generally comprises a RAM, ROM, and a permanent mass storage device, such as a hard disk drive, tape drive, optical drive, floppy disk drive, or combination thereof. The mass memory 308 stores an operating system 310 for controlling the operation of the premises server 202. It will appreciated that this component may comprise a general-purpose server operating system as is known to those skilled in the art, such as UNIX, LINUX™, or Microsoft WINDOWS NT®. The memory also includes a WWW browser 312, such as Netscape's NAVIGATOR® or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, for accessing the WWW.

The mass memory also stores program code and data for interfacing with various premises monitoring devices 206, for processing the monitoring device data and for transmitting the data to a central server. More specifically, the mass memory stores a device interface application 314 in accordance with the present invention for obtaining standard protocol-encoded commands and for translating the commands into device specific protocols. Additionally, the device interface application 314 obtains monitoring device data from the connected monitoring devices 206 and manipulates the data for processing by a central server 210, and for controlling the features of the individual monitoring devices 206. The device interface application 314 comprises computer-executable instructions which, when executed by the premises server, obtains and transmits device data as will be explained below in greater detail. The mass memory also stores a data transmittal application program 316 for transmitting the device data to the central server and to facilitate communication between the central server and the monitoring devices 206. The operation of the data transmittal application 316 will be described in greater detail below. It will be appreciated that these components may be stored on a computer-readable medium and loaded into the memory of the premises server 202 using a drive mechanism associated with the computer-readable medium, such as a floppy, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM drive, or network interface 300.

FIG. 4 is a block diagram depicting an illustrative architecture for a central server 210. Those of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the central server 210 includes many more components then those shown in FIG. 4. However, it is not necessary that all of these generally conventional components be shown in order to disclose an illustrative embodiment for practicing the present invention. As shown in FIG. 4, the central server 210 includes a network interface 400 for connecting directly to a LAN or a WAN, or for connecting remotely to a LAN or WAN. Those of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the network interface 400 includes the necessary circuitry for such a connection, and is also constructed for use with the TCP/IP protocol or other protocols, such as Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (“IIOP”). The central server 210 may also be equipped with a modem for connecting to the Internet through a PPP connection or a SLIP connection as known to those skilled in the art.

The central server 210 also includes a processing unit 402, a display 404, and a mass memory 406, all connected via a communication bus, or other communication device. The mass memory 406 generally comprises a RAM, ROM, and a permanent mass storage device, such as a hard disk drive, tape drive, optical drive, floppy disk drive, or combination thereof. The mass memory 406 stores an operating system for controlling the operation of the central server 210. It will be appreciated that this component may comprise a general-purpose server operating system as is known to those skilled in the art, such as UNIX, LINUX™, or Microsoft WINDOWS NT®. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the central server 210 may also be controlled by a user through use of a computing device, which may be directly connected to or remote from the central server 210.

The mass memory 406 also stores program code and data for interfacing with the premises devices, for processing the device data, and for interfacing with various authorized users. More specifically, the mass memory 406 stores a premises interface application 410 in accordance with the present invention for obtaining data from a variety of monitoring devices 206 and for communicating with the premises server 202. The premises interface application 410 comprises computer-executable instructions that when executed by the central server 210, interface with the premises server 202 as will be explained below in greater detail. The mass memory 406 also stores a data processing application 412 for processing monitoring device data in accordance with rules maintained within the central server 210. The operation of the data processing application 412 will be described in greater detail below. The mass memory 406 further stores an authorized user interface application 414 for outputting the processed monitoring device data to a variety of authorized users in accordance with the security process of the present invention. The operation of the authorized user interface application 414 will be described in greater detail below. It will be appreciated that these components may be stored on a computer-readable medium and loaded into the memory of the central server 210 using a drive mechanism associated with the computer-readable medium, such as a floppy, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM drive, or network interface 400.

Generally described, the present invention provides an integrated computerized system and method utilizing a software interface to install one or more networked hardware monitoring and output devices into an integrated information system. Specifically, aspects of the present invention will be described in relation to a system and method for managing monitoring devices 206 within a common network architecture. In an actual embodiment of the present invention, an application program interface (“API”) screen display may be generated by a computing device and utilized to collect the data from a user to configure a premises for monitoring. In accordance with this embodiment, a user accesses an installation or account setup page using a Web browser on a browser computer. The Web page may be a standard screen display generated by a browser application executing a markup language, such as hypertext markup language (“HTML”), extensible markup language (“XML”), or other languages conforming to the standard general markup language (“SGML”) information management standard. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the browser computer may connect to the integrated information system 200 through the central server 210. Alternatively, the browser computer may connect directly to the integrated information system 200. By entering, reviewing and or modifying data on the screen interface, the user can perform a variety of installation, configuration and modification functions relating to the integrated information system.

Prior to discussing the implementation of the present invention, a general overview of an integrated information system 200 in which the present invention can be implemented will be described. In an actual embodiment of the present invention, the monitoring device data is categorized as asset data, resource data or device data. Asset data is obtained from a monitoring device 206 corresponding to an identifiable object that is not capable of independent action. For example, asset data includes data obtained from a bar code or transponder identifying a particular object, such as a computer, in a particular location. Resource data is obtained from a monitoring device corresponding to an identifiable object that is capable of independent action. For example, resource data includes data from a magnetic card reader that identifies a particular person who has entered the premises. Event data is obtained from a monitoring device corresponding to an on/off state that is not correlated to an identifiable object. Event data is a default category for all of the monitoring devices. As will be readily understood by one skilled in the relevant art, alternative data categorizations are considered to be within the scope of the present invention.

The monitoring device data is obtained by the monitoring devices 206 on the premises server 202 and transmitted to the central server 210. The central server 210 receives the monitoring device data and processes the data according to a rules-based decision support logic. In an actual embodiment of the present invention, the central server 210 utilizes the databases 212 to store logic rules for asset data, resource data and event data. Moreover, because the monitoring device data is potentially applicable to more than one authorized user, multiple rules may be applied to the same monitoring device data. In an alternative embodiment, the databases 212 may be maintained in locations remote from the central server 210.

In the event the processing of the monitoring device rules indicates that action is required, the central server 210 generates one or more outputs associated with the rules. The outputs include communication with indicated notification acceptors 228 according to the monitoring device data rules. For example, an authorized user may indicate a hierarchy of communication mediums (such as pager, mobile telephone, land-line telephone) that should be utilized in attempting to contact the user. The rules may also indicate contingency contacts in the event the authorized user cannot be contacted. Additionally, the rules may limit the type and/or amount of data the user is allowed to access. Furthermore, the outputs can include the initiation of actions by the central server 210 in response to the processing of the rules. A more detailed description of an implementation of an integrated information system may be found in commonly assigned U.S. application Ser. No. 09/825,506 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONFIGURABLE SECURITY MONITORING UTILIZING AN INTEGRATED INFORMATION SYSTEM, filed Apr. 3, 2001, which is incorporated by reference herein.

Turning now to FIGS. 5A and 5B, a routine 500 for processing a premises configuration in an integrated information system 200 will be described. More specifically, in accordance with the present invention, the routine 500 relates to a process for obtaining user, client, premises, location, monitoring device, and processing rule data from a user by utilizing a common user interface.

With reference to FIG. 5A, at decision block 502, a test is conducted to determine whether the user wishes to create or modify a number of users to the integrated information system 200. In accordance with the present invention, a user may be selected to have access to the configurations system of the integrated information system 200. Alternatively, a user may be selected to have access as a notified user of the integrated information system. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, block 502 may be executed in the user selects to modify or create a user, such as by manipulating a user input device. Alternatively, the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 may prompt a user to determine whether the action is desired. If the user does not select a create or modify an integrated information system user option, the routine 500 proceeds to decision block 506, which will be described in greater detail below. Alternatively, if the user wishes to create or modify a user, the routine processes the create or modify user request at block 504.

FIGS. 6 and 7 are flow diagrams illustrative of a create or modify user sub-routine implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. With reference to FIG. 6, at block 602, the central server 210 obtains a list of available integrated information system users. At decision block 604, a test is conducted to determine whether a particular user is on the list. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 may display a list of available system users and allow the user to select from the list. If a desired user is on the list, the central server 210 retrieves user data. In an illustrative embodiment, the central server 210 may recall the user data from the database 212. If the user is not on the displayed list, or once the selected user data has been retrieved, at block 608, the central server 210 processes the input of user data. Once the central server 210 has processed the user data entry at block 608, at block 610, the central server stores the updated user data, and the sub-routine 600 returns to routine 500 at block 612.

FIG. 7 is a flow diagram illustrative of a process user data entry sub-routine 700 implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. At block 702, the central server 210 attempts to obtain the stored user data from the database 212. At decision block 704, a test is conducted to determine whether the stored user data is available. If the data is available, the central server retrieves the user data values. Alternatively, if the data is not available, or once the central server 210 has retrieved the stored user data values, at block 708 the central server 210 obtains additional user values from the user. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 obtains additional user values by accepting inputs. For example, the user interface application 414 may import data files, obtain keyboard or computer mouse entries, obtain voice inputs, and the like. In one aspect, the user data entry can include data modifying an existing user data record. In another aspect, the user data entry can include data defining new user data records.

At decision block 710, a test is conducted to determine whether more data entries are desired. For example, the central server 210 may process data entries for a number of integrated information users. If more data entries are requested, the routine 700 returns to block 702. Alternatively, if no more data entries are requested, the sub-routine 700 returns to sub-routine 600 at block 712.

Returning to FIG. 5A, at decision block 506, a test is done to determine whether the user wishes to create or modify integrated information system 200 clients. Similar to decision block 502, decision block 506 may be executed by obtaining the initiation of a user action or by prompting a user. If the user does not wish to create or modify clients, the routine 500 proceeds to decision block 510, which will be described in detail below. Alternatively, if the user wishes to create or modify clients, the central server 210 processes the create or modify client request at block 508.

FIGS. 8 and 9 are flow diagrams illustrative of various process create or modify client data sub-routines implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. With reference to FIG. 8, at block 802, the central server 210 obtains a list of available system clients. At block 804, a test is conducted to determine whether a desired client is on the list of available system clients. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 may display a list of available system users and allow the user to select from the list. If the client is on the list, at block 806 the central server 210 retrieves the existing client data values. If the client is not on the list, or once the existing client values have been retrieved, at block 808, the central server 210 process the client data entry. Once the central server 210 has processed the client data entry at block 808, the central server stores the updated user data at block 810. At block 812, the sub-routine 800 returns to routine 500.

FIG. 9 is a flow diagram of a process client data entry sub-routine 900 implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. At block 902, the central server 210 attempts to obtain the stored client data. At decision block 904, a test is conducted to determine whether the client data is available. If the data is available, the central server 210 retrieves the client data values at block 906. If the client data is not previously stored, or once the client has been retrieved, at block 908, the user interface 414 application of the central server 210 obtains client data values inputs from the user. For example, the user interface application 414 may import data files, obtain keyboard or computer mouse entries, obtain voice inputs, and the like. In one aspect, the user data entry can include data modifying an existing user data record. In another aspect, the user data entry can include data defining new user data records.

Once the client data values have been obtained by the user interface application 414, at decision block 910, a test is conducted to determine whether more client data entries are desired. If more data entries are available, the sub-routine 900 returns to block 902. Alternatively, if no more data entries are available, the routine 900 returns to sub-routine 800 at block 912.

Returning to FIG. 5A, at decision block 510, a test is conducted to determine whether the user wishes to create or modify one or more premises associated with the selected integrated information system client. In accordance with the present invention, the integrated information system 200 provides monitoring services for a client that may be associated with one or more premises to be monitored, such as multiple buildings within one or more geographic locations. Similar to the other decision blocks of FIG. 5A, in an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, decision block 510 may be executed in the user selects to modify or create a user, such as by manipulating a user input device. Alternatively, the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 may prompt a user to determine whether the action is desired. If the user does not wish to create or modify a premises on the integrated information system 200, the routine 500 proceeds to decision block 514, which will be explained in greater detail below. Alternatively, if the user wishes to create or modify locations, the central server 210 processes the create or modify locations request at block 508.

FIGS. 10, 11A and 11B are flow diagrams illustrative of various process create or modify premises sub-routines implemented by the central server 210 of an integrated information system 200 in accordance with the present invention. With reference to FIG. 10, at block 1002, the central server 210 obtains a list of available premises for current system clients. At decision block 1004 a test is conducted to determine whether a desired premises is on the list. If the premises is on the list, the central server 210 retrieves existing premises values at block 1006. For example, the central server 210 may obtain the data values from the databases 212. If the desired premises is not on the list, or once the central server 210 has obtained the premises data, at block 1008, the central server 210 processes the user entry of the premises data. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the user interface application 414 utilizes block 1008 to obtain client contact data, such as client address and communication information. Additionally, the user interface application 414 obtains premises user data related to the selected premises. Once the central server 210 obtains the premises data entry, at block 1010, the central server stores the updated premises data and the sub-routine 1000 returns to sub-routine 500 at block 1012.

Turning now to FIGS. 11A and 11B, a process premises user data entry sub-routine will be described. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the premises data can include user premises assignment data, user group assignment data, and user process assignment data. With reference to FIG. 11A, at block 1102, the central server 210 obtains user premises assignment data. At decision block 1104, a test is conducted to determine whether user process assignment data is available. If the user premises assignment data is available, at block 1106, the central server 210 retrieves the user premises data values. If the data is not available, or once the user premises data values have been retrieved at block 1108, the central server 210 obtains user premises assignment data values from the user input. For example, the user interface application 414 may import data files, obtain keyboard or computer mouse entries, obtain voice inputs, and the like. In one aspect, the user data entry can include data modifying an existing user data record. In another aspect, the user data entry can include data defining new user data records.

At block 1110, the central server obtains a list of the user group assignment data. At decision block 1112, a test is conducted to determine whether the user group data is available. If the data is available, the central server 210 retrieves the user premises data values at block 1114. With reference to FIG. 11B, if the group assignment data is not available, or once the central server 210 has retrieved the user group assignment data, at block 1116, the user interface application 414 of the central server obtains the user entry of the group assignment data. As described above, the user interface application 414 can obtain the group assignment data entry in a variety of manners.

At block 1118, the central server 210 obtains user process assignment data. At decision block 1120, a test is conducted to determine whether the user process assignment data is available. If the user process assignment data is available, the central server 210 retrieves the user process data values at block 1122. For example, the central server 210 may retrieve the data from the databases 212. If the data is not available, or once the central server 210 has retrieved the user process data values, at block 1124, the central server 210 obtains the user process data values. At decision block 1126, a test is conducted to determine whether there are more user premises assignments. If there are more user premises assignments, the routine 1100 returns to block 1108. Alternatively, if there are no more assignments, the sub-routine 1100 returns to sub-routine 1000 at block 1128.

Returning to FIG. 5A, at decision block 514, a test is conducted to determine whether the user wishes to create or modify one or more locations corresponding to the selected client and premises. If the user does not wish to create or modify one or more locations, the routine 500 proceeds to decision block 518 (FIG. 5B), which will be explained in greater detail below. Alternatively, if the user wishes to create or modify locations, the central server 210 processes the create or modify location request at block 516.

FIGS. 12A and 12B are flow diagrams illustrative of a create or modify location sub-routine 1200 implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the location data can include premises location data and location group data. With reference to FIG. 12A, at block 1202, the central server 210 obtains premises location data. At decision block 1204, a test is conducted to determine whether the desired premises location data is available. If the premises location data is available, at block 1206, the central server 210 retrieves existing location values. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 may generate a list of available locations for the selected premises. If the premises location data is not available, or once the premises location data has been retrieved, at block 1208, the central server obtains location data values.

FIG. 17 is a block diagram representative of a screen display 1700 illustrating a an integrated information system location selection interface generated by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 17, the screen display includes a user selection portion 1702 for selecting the modification or creation of location data. The screen display also includes an identification portion 1704 for informing a user of which data is currently being modified or created. Additionally, the screen display further includes data entries portions 1706 and 1708 for displaying to the user the available location data and for facilitating the entry of additional data. One skilled in the relevant art will appreciate that alternative screen displays may be utilized in accordance with the present invention.

Returning to FIG. 12A, at block 1210, the central server 210 obtains location group data. At decision block 1212, a test is conducted to determine whether the group location data is available. If the group location data is available, at block 1214, the central server 210 routine retrieves location group data values. With reference to FIG. 12B, if the location group data values are not available, or once the central server 210 has retrieved the location group data, at block 1216, the central server 210 obtains location group assignment data. At decision block 1218, a test is conducted to determine whether there are more location groups. If there are more location groups, the central server retrieves additional location group data values at block 1214 (FIG. 12A). Alternatively, if there are no more location groups, at decision block 1220, a test is conducted to determine whether there are more locations to be modified. If there are more locations, the sub-routine 1200 returns to block 1208. Alternatively, if there are no more locations, the sub-routine 1200 returns at block 1222. One skilled in the relevant art will appreciate that the central server 210 may implement the various decision blocks of sub-routine 1200 in a single action or series of actions.

Turning now to FIG. 5B, at decision block 518 a test is conducted to determine whether the user wishes to create or modify devices and rules. If the user does not wish to create or modify devices and rules, the process 500 proceeds to block 522, which will be described in greater detail below. Alternatively, if the user wishes to create or modify devices and rules, the central server 210 processes the create or modify devices and rules sub-routine at block 520.

FIGS. 13A, 13B, 14, 15, 16 and 17 are flow diagrams illustrative of various sub-routines implemented by the central server 210 to create or modify devices and rules in accordance with the present invention. With reference to FIGS. 13A and 13B, a create or modify devices and rules sub-routine 1300 will be described. At block 1302, the central server 210 lists all installed monitoring devices 206 and/or output devices 208 that are found within a previously selected premises. In accordance with the present invention, the user interface application 414 can generate a screen display to facilitate the selection of installed devices within the premises. More specifically, in an actual embodiment of the present invention, the user interface application 414 may utilize tree-structures and data tables to facilitate the selection of devices and the management of device attributes.

FIG. 18 is a block diagram representative of a screen display 1800 illustrating a an integrated information system device selection interface having a tree-structure in accordance with the present invention. The screen display 1900 includes a user selection portion 1802 for selecting the modification or creation of location data. As illustrated in FIG. 18, the user can select to manipulate various devices by selecting the corresponding tab of the user selection portion 1802. The screen display further includes a tree-structure portion 1804 for hierarchically displaying which monitoring device has been installed into the premises. In an actual embodiment of the presentation, the data processing application 412 of the central server 210 may configure the tree-structure portion 1904 based on the authorization of the user, a most recently utilized list, or a combination thereof. Moreover, the data processing application 412 may utilize additional information inputted by the user, such as specific device, to determine device compatibility and adjust the tree-structure accordingly. One skilled in the relevant art will appreciate that a user can select a specific device, through the manipulation of the elements of a graphical user interface, or of peripheral devices linked to a graphical user interface, such as a mouse or touch pad.

Returning to FIG. 13A, at decision block 1304, a test is conducted to determine whether a desired device is listed. If the desired device is not listed, the routine 1300 proceeds to block 1322 (FIG. 13B), which will be explained in detail below. If the desired device is listed and selected, at decision block 1306, a test is conducted to determine whether the selected device has any auxiliary locations. In accordance with the present invention, an auxiliary location includes one or more areas or zones within a premises with which a monitoring device 206 is associated. For example, a pan-tilt-zoom (“PTZ”) camera may monitor a door as a primary location and a portion of a hallway as an auxiliary location. If the device has auxiliary locations, the central server 210 processes the auxiliary location selection at block 1308.

FIG. 14 is a flow diagram illustrating a process auxiliary device locations sub-routine 1400 implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. At block 1402, the central server 210 obtains a list of all known auxiliary locations corresponding to the selected monitoring device. At decision block 1404, a test is conducted to determine whether a desired auxiliary location is found in the list. If the desired auxiliary location is not found, at block 1406, the user interface application 414 obtains a user selection of an auxiliary location desired. For example, the user may define an auxiliary location by naming the location and defining some parameters of the location. At block 1408, the data processing application 412 of the central server 210 stores the selected auxiliary location. At decision block 1410, a test is conducted to determine whether the user wishes to select additional auxiliary locations. If the user wishes to select additional auxiliary locations, the sub-routine 1400 returns to block 1402. Alternatively, the subroutine returns to sub-routine 1300 at block 1412.

Returning to FIG. 13A, once the auxiliary locations have been processed, or if no auxiliary locations are selected/exist, at block 1310, the central server 210 obtains the device location and communication attributes. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the device location and communication attributes can include an Internet protocol (“IP”) address, a unique name, computing device port settings, zone settings for monitoring, and the like. At decision block 1312, a test is conducted to determine whether a selected device includes device attributes. If the selected device does not include attributes, the sub-routine proceeds to decision block 1316, which will be explained in greater detail below. Alternatively, if the selected device includes device attributes, the central server 210 processes the device attributes at block 1314.

FIG. 15 is a flow diagram illustrative of a process device location attributes sub-routine 1500 implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. At block 1502, the central server obtains the device location attribute data. At decision block 1504, a test is conducted to determine whether the device location attribute data exists. If the device location attribute data exists, at block 1506, the central server 210 obtains and displays the listed device location attributes. At block 1508, the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 obtains any user edits to the device location attribute data. Referring again to FIG. 18, the screen display 1800 further includes a data table portion 1806 for displaying to the user various device location attributes of a device selected in the tree-structure portion 1804. The data table portion 1806 allows the user to review the various device attributes and modify them by manipulating a user interface.

Referring again to FIG. 15, if at decision block 1504 the device location attribute data does not exist, at block 1510, the data processing application 412 retrieves any default device attributes for use with the device. For example, the device manufacturer may include some default settings for a device, or an integrated information system 200 administrator may designate default values. At decision block 1512, a test is conducted to determine whether the user wishes to edit the default device location attributes. If the user selects to edit the default attributes, the sub-routine 1500 proceeds to block 1508 as described above.

Once the user has completed editing the device location attributes, or if the user does not wish to edit the default attributes at decision block 1512, at decision block 1514, a test is conducted to determine whether there are additional device location attributes that are to be edited. If there are additional device location attributes, the sub-routine 1500 returns to block 1502. Alternatively, the sub-routine 1500 returns to sub-routine 1300 at block 1516.

Returning to FIG. 13A, at decision block 1316, a test is conducted to determine whether the user wishes to create a device rule for the selected device. If the user wishes to create or modify a device rule, the central server 210 processes the device rule at block 1318. If the user does not wish to create or modify a device rule or once the device rule has been processed, the sub-routine 1300 returns to routine 500 at block 1320.

FIG. 16 is a flow diagram of a process device rules sub-routine 1600 implemented by the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. At block 1602, the central server 210 obtains a list of installed device rules. At decision block 1604, a test is conducted to determine whether a desired device rule is listed. If no device rule is listed, at block 1606, the central server 210 obtains default rule data for the device. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the default data may be set by the user or by an integrated information system administrator. Alternatively, if the desired device rule is found, at block 1608, the central server 210 obtains the existing device rule data.

FIG. 19 is a block diagram representative of a screen display 1900 illustrating a an integrated information system monitoring device processing rules selection interface generated by the user interface application 414 of the central server 210 in accordance with the present invention. The screen display 1900 includes a user selection portion 1902 for selecting the modification or creation of location data and a display portion 1904 for informing the user what data is being edited. As illustrated in FIG. 19, the user can select to manipulate various devices by selecting the corresponding tab of the user selection portion 1902. The screen display 1900 further includes a rules display portion 1906 for displaying and editing rule details, as will be explained in better detail below.

Returning to FIG. 16, at block 1610, the user interface application 414 obtains device rule data from the user. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the user interface application 414 can obtain device rule data relating to a rule name, rule purpose, effective date ranges, severity of a violation, and corresponding device/location information. At block 1612, the user interface application 414 obtains notification information from the user. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the notification information can include a selection of a set of user, notification routing information, and timing information. At decision block 1614 a test is conducted to determine whether there are more users to add to the notification. If so, the sub-routine 1600 returns to block 1612. If no additional users are to be added, the sub-routine 1600 returns at block 1616.

Turning now to FIG. 13B, if at decision block 1304, the desired device is not listed, at block 1322, the central server 210 obtains a list of all available devices to be installed. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the central server 210 databases 212 may maintain a list and attributes of a number of devices that may be installed in the integrated information system 200. With reference to FIG. 18, the user interface application 414 may generate a tree-structure screen interface to facilitate a user selection. At decision block 1324, a test is conducted to determine whether the desired device is found in the list of available devices. If the device is not available, the sub-routine 1300 returns to block 1322 to obtain an indication of another device. Alternatively, the user may provide configuration information for a specific device, such as by downloading information via the user interface application 414.

Once the device has been selected, at block 1326 the central server obtains a primary location for the device. At decision block 1328, a test is conducted to determine whether the specified location is recognized by the integrated information system. If the location is not recognized, at block 1330, the user inputs the desired location to be recognized. If the location is recognized or once the location has been entered, the sub-routine returns to decision block 1306 (FIG. 13A), which was previously explained.

Returning to FIG. 5B, at block 522, the central server 210 configures the integrated information system 200 in accordance with the user inputs. In an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, the premises interface application 412 of the central server 210 may transmit the necessary configuration data for each monitoring device 206. Additionally, the data processing application 412 may provide any necessary translation processes that allow the central server 210 to communication communicate with the one or more premises servers 204. In an alternative embodiment, the central server 210 may implement the configuration changes as they are received from the user, and block 522 may be omitted. Additionally, the central server 210 may generate a confirmation report at block 522. At block 524, the routine 500 terminates.

While illustrative embodiments of the invention have been illustrated and described, it will be appreciated that various changes can be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US375703911 Feb 19704 Sep 1973J BrewerSurveillance and crime deterrent system
US421637512 Mar 19795 Aug 1980A-T-O Inc.Self-contained programmable terminal for security systems
US42186901 Feb 197819 Aug 1980A-T-O, Inc.Self-contained programmable terminal for security systems
US458163418 Nov 19828 Apr 1986Williams Jarvis LSecurity apparatus for controlling access to a predetermined area
US471499513 Sep 198522 Dec 1987Trw Inc.Computer integration system
US472195418 Dec 198526 Jan 1988Marlee Electronics CorporationKeypad security system
US48166583 Apr 198728 Mar 1989Casi-Rusco, Inc.Card reader for security system
US48375688 Jul 19876 Jun 1989Snaper Alvin ARemote access personnel identification and tracking system
US483964017 Mar 198813 Jun 1989Adt Inc.Access control system having centralized/distributed control
US49624739 Dec 19889 Oct 1990Itt CorporationEmergency action systems including console and security monitoring apparatus
US499827918 Jan 19895 Mar 1991Weiss Kenneth PMethod and apparatus for personal verification utilizing nonpredictable codes and biocharacteristics
US508638531 Jan 19894 Feb 1992Custom Command SystemsExpandable home automation system
US509750519 Oct 199017 Mar 1992Securities Dynamics Technologies, Inc.Method and apparatus for secure identification and verification
US520467023 Aug 199020 Apr 1993B. I. IncorporatedAdaptable electric monitoring and identification system
US521087325 May 199011 May 1993Csi Control Systems International, Inc.Real-time computer system with multitasking supervisor for building access control or the like
US536762411 Jun 199322 Nov 1994Consilium, Inc.Interface for controlling transactions in a manufacturing execution system
US546535828 Dec 19927 Nov 1995International Business Machines CorporationSystem for enhancing user efficiency in initiating sequence of data processing system user inputs using calculated probability of user executing selected sequences of user inputs
US547537530 Jul 199312 Dec 1995Supra Products, Inc.Electronic access control systems
US547537822 Jun 199312 Dec 1995Canada Post CorporationElectronic access control mail box system
US54915114 Feb 199413 Feb 1996Odle; James A.Multimedia capture and audit system for a video surveillance network
US549935628 Dec 199312 Mar 1996Cray Research, Inc.Method and apparatus for a multiprocessor resource lockout instruction
US550698616 May 19959 Apr 1996Electronic Data Systems CorporationMedia management system using historical data to access data sets from a plurality of data storage devices
US554191112 Oct 199430 Jul 19963Com CorporationRemote smart filtering communication management system
US554406231 Jan 19956 Aug 1996Johnston, Jr.; Louie E.Automated system for manufacturing of customized military uniform insignia badges
US56003689 Nov 19944 Feb 1997Microsoft CorporationInteractive television system and method for viewer control of multiple camera viewpoints in broadcast programming
US561489027 Dec 199325 Mar 1997Motorola, Inc.Personal identification system
US561918312 Sep 19948 Apr 1997Richard C. ZiegraVideo audio data remote system
US562998129 Jul 199413 May 1997Texas Instruments IncorporatedInformation management and security system
US56546967 Jun 19955 Aug 1997Supra Products, Inc.Method for transferring auxillary data using components of a secure entry system
US56641868 May 19952 Sep 1997International Business Machines CorporationComputer file management and backup system
US56757386 Dec 19957 Oct 1997Fujitsu LimitedVideo information server system including server center cooperating with request terminals performing video on demand
US567803930 Sep 199414 Oct 1997Borland International, Inc.System and methods for translating software into localized versions
US568032822 May 199521 Oct 1997Eaton CorporationComputer assisted driver vehicle inspection reporting system
US568214229 Jul 199428 Oct 1997Id Systems Inc.Electronic control system/network
US57173793 Apr 199610 Feb 1998Alcatel N.V.Remote monitoring system
US572947131 Mar 199517 Mar 1998The Regents Of The University Of CaliforniaMachine dynamic selection of one video camera/image of a scene from multiple video cameras/images of the scene in accordance with a particular perspective on the scene, an object in the scene, or an event in the scene
US573223217 Sep 199624 Mar 1998International Business Machines Corp.Method and apparatus for directing the expression of emotion for a graphical user interface
US574228620 Nov 199521 Apr 1998International Business Machines CorporationGraphical user interface system and method for multiple simultaneous targets
US575834010 Jan 199726 May 1998Sterling Software, Inc.System and method for controlled, multi-tiered subsetting of a data model
US576811912 Apr 199616 Jun 1998Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.Process control system including alarm priority adjustment
US57713544 Nov 199323 Jun 1998Crawford; Christopher M.Internet online backup system provides remote storage for customers using IDs and passwords which were interactively established when signing up for backup services
US581074721 Aug 199622 Sep 1998Interactive Remote Site Technology, Inc.Remote site medical intervention system
US581300928 Jul 199522 Sep 1998Univirtual Corp.Computer based records management system method
US582185528 Feb 199713 Oct 1998Lewis; Tommy J.Recognition responsive security system
US582884831 Oct 199627 Oct 1998Sensormatic Electronics CorporationMethod and apparatus for compression and decompression of video data streams
US583836818 Jun 199317 Nov 1998Canon Kabushiki KaishaRemote camera control system with compensation for signal transmission delay
US583868228 Nov 199517 Nov 1998Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.Method and apparatus for establishing communications with a remote node on a switched network based on hypertext dialing information received from a packet network
US584450118 Mar 19961 Dec 1998Reliance Electric Industrial CompanySpeed reducer including temperature sensing device
US58481434 Mar 19968 Dec 1998Geotel Communications Corp.Communications system using a central controller to control at least one network and agent system
US587073314 Jun 19969 Feb 1999Electronic Data Systems CorporationAutomated system and method for providing access data concerning an item of business property
US587259424 Aug 199516 Feb 1999Thompson; Paul A.Method for open loop camera control using a motion model to control camera movement
US587916324 Jun 19969 Mar 1999Health Hero Network, Inc.On-line health education and feedback system using motivational driver profile coding and automated content fulfillment
US590345512 Dec 199611 May 1999Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.Interface controls for use in a field device management system
US590373014 Feb 199711 May 1999Fujitsu LimitedMethod of visualizing results of performance monitoring and analysis in a parallel computing system
US590543623 Oct 199718 May 1999Gerontological Solutions, Inc.Situation-based monitoring system
US591740518 Jul 199629 Jun 1999Joao; Raymond AnthonyControl apparatus and methods for vehicles
US592326422 Dec 199513 Jul 1999Harrow Products, Inc.Multiple access electronic lock system
US593741511 Dec 199610 Aug 1999Sybase, Inc.Data base development system with methods facilitating copying of data from one data source to another
US594367310 May 199624 Aug 1999General Signal CorporationConfiguration programming system for a life safety network
US596017420 Dec 199628 Sep 1999Square D CompanyArbitration method for a communication network
US59631314 Aug 19985 Oct 1999Lexent Technologies, Inc.Anti-theft device with alarm screening
US59823626 May 19979 Nov 1999Control Technology CorporationVideo interface architecture for programmable industrial control systems
US598751919 Sep 199716 Nov 1999Georgia Tech Research CorporationTelemedicine system using voice video and data encapsulation and de-encapsulation for communicating medical information between central monitoring stations and remote patient monitoring stations
US599088529 Jul 199723 Nov 1999Network Machines, Inc.Personalized services, including a personal presence, for customers based upon collected personal preferences
US60029949 Sep 199414 Dec 1999Lane; Stephen S.Method of user monitoring of physiological and non-physiological measurements
US601154722 Oct 19974 Jan 2000Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.Method and apparatus for reproducing image from data obtained by digital camera and digital camera used therefor
US601210014 Jul 19974 Jan 2000Freegate CorporationSystem and method of configuring a remotely managed secure network interface
US602322318 Mar 19998 Feb 2000Baxter, Jr.; John FrancisEarly warning detection and notification network for environmental conditions
US60314559 Feb 199829 Feb 2000Motorola, Inc.Method and apparatus for monitoring environmental conditions in a communication system
US6041347 *24 Oct 199721 Mar 2000Unified Access CommunicationsComputer system and computer-implemented process for simultaneous configuration and monitoring of a computer network
US60643165 Mar 199816 May 2000Dallas Semiconductor CorporationElectrical/mechanical access control systems and methods
US60647237 Apr 199816 May 2000Octel Communications CorporationNetwork-based multimedia communications and directory system and method of operation
US607022830 Sep 199730 May 2000International Business Machines Corp.Multimedia data storage system and method for operating a media server as a cache device and controlling a volume of data in the media server based on user-defined parameters
US60755539 Jun 199713 Jun 2000Lucent Technologies Inc.Audiovisual telecommunication method and apparatus using a digital network
US607611124 Oct 199713 Jun 2000Pictra, Inc.Methods and apparatuses for transferring data between data processing systems which transfer a representation of the data before transferring the data
US608522720 Mar 19984 Jul 2000International Business Machines CorporationSystem and method for operating scientific instruments over wide area networks
US60917711 Aug 199718 Jul 2000Wells Fargo Alarm Services, Inc.Workstation for video security system
US611504024 Sep 19985 Sep 2000Mci Communications CorporationGraphical user interface for Web enabled applications
US613394123 Oct 199717 Oct 2000Canon Kabushiki KaishaCamera control system, apparatus, and method which includes a camera control server that receives camera control requests from clients and issues control authority and wait times for control of camera to clients
US615793517 Dec 19965 Dec 2000Tran; Bao Q.Remote data access and management system
US615795628 Mar 19975 Dec 2000Global Maintech, Inc.Heterogeneous computing interface apparatus and method using a universal character set
US61667297 May 199726 Dec 2000Broadcloud Communications, Inc.Remote digital image viewing system and method
US616735819 Dec 199726 Dec 2000Nowonder, Inc.System and method for remotely monitoring a plurality of computer-based systems
US618214210 Jul 199830 Jan 2001Encommerce, Inc.Distributed access management of information resources
US618531612 Nov 19976 Feb 2001Unisys CorporationSelf-authentication apparatus and method
US618897329 Mar 199913 Feb 2001Compaq Computer CorporationAutomatic mapping, monitoring, and control of computer room components
US621540511 May 199810 Apr 2001Digital Security Controls Ltd.Programmable temperature sensor for security system
US62194399 Jul 199917 Apr 2001Paul M. BurgerBiometric authentication system
US622603122 Oct 19981 May 2001Netergy Networks, Inc.Video communication/monitoring apparatus and method therefor
US622942914 May 19998 May 2001Daniel J. HoronFire protection and security monitoring system
US62335882 Dec 199815 May 2001Lenel Systems International, Inc.System for security access control in multiple regions
US623983310 Mar 199929 May 2001Kabushiki Kaisha ToshibaRemote image monitoring method and system, and recording medium used for executing image monitoring
US62431299 Jan 19985 Jun 20018×8, Inc.System and method for videoconferencing and simultaneously viewing a supplemental video source
US62504529 Jun 199926 Jun 2001Cimetrics, Inc.Vending data collection system
US62717522 Oct 19987 Aug 2001Lucent Technologies, Inc.Intelligent multi-access system
US627180529 Jan 19977 Aug 2001Canon Kabushiki KaishaCommunication apparatus and method
US62817901 Sep 199928 Aug 2001Net Talon Security Systems, Inc.Method and apparatus for remotely monitoring a site
US628938027 Sep 199911 Sep 2001Computer Associates Think, Inc.Network management system using virtual reality techniques to display and simulate navigation to network components
US629774629 Jan 19992 Oct 2001Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.Centralized apparatus control system for controlling a plurality of electrical apparatuses
US629847430 Apr 19992 Oct 2001Intergral Vision, Inc.Method and system for interactively developing a graphical control-flow structure and associated application software for use in a machine vision system and computer-readable storage medium having a program for executing the method
US63048578 Jun 199816 Oct 2001Microsoft CorporationDistributed electronic billing system with gateway interfacing biller and service center
US630820522 Oct 199823 Oct 2001Canon Kabushiki KaishaBrowser-based network management allowing administrators to use web browser on user's workstation to view and update configuration of network devices
US631121017 Dec 199830 Oct 2001At&T CorporationMethod and apparatus for sending an electronic mail message to a receiving party
US632464731 Aug 199927 Nov 2001Michel K. Bowman-AmuahSystem, method and article of manufacture for security management in a development architecture framework
US635385326 Oct 19985 Mar 2002Triatek, Inc.System for management of building automation systems through an HTML client program
US635694929 Jan 199912 Mar 2002Intermec Ip Corp.Automatic data collection device that receives data output instruction from data consumer
US636283631 Mar 199926 Mar 2002The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.Universal application server for providing applications on a variety of client devices in a client/server network
US636342224 Jun 199826 Mar 2002Robert R. HunterMulti-capability facilities monitoring and control intranet for facilities management system
US636668619 Jan 19992 Apr 2002National Instruments CorporationVideo acquisition system including an improved event architecture
US636969510 Apr 20019 Apr 2002Daniel J. HoronFire protection and security monitoring system
US63933876 Mar 199821 May 2002Perot Systems CorporationSystem and method for model mining complex information technology systems
US641235930 Jun 20002 Jul 2002The Cleveland Clinc FoundationSystem and device for determining particle characteristics
US64298934 Jun 19986 Aug 2002Alfred X. XinSecurity system
US643071219 Mar 20016 Aug 2002Aprisma Management Technologies, Inc.Method and apparatus for inter-domain alarm correlation
US643074017 Jun 19986 Aug 2002Ricoh Company, Ltd.Object-oriented communications framework system with support for multiple remote machine types
US643769212 Nov 199920 Aug 2002Statsignal Systems, Inc.System and method for monitoring and controlling remote devices
US644620025 Mar 19993 Sep 2002Nortel Networks LimitedService management
US646014128 Oct 19981 Oct 2002Rsa Security Inc.Security and access management system for web-enabled and non-web-enabled applications and content on a computer network
US648387821 Jul 199919 Nov 2002Canon Kabushiki KaishaVideo communication system, video communication processing method and storage medium thereof
US649898712 Apr 200024 Dec 2002Weather Central, Inc.System and method for providing personalized weather reports and the like
US64990542 Dec 199924 Dec 2002Senvid, Inc.Control and observation of physical devices, equipment and processes by multiple users over computer networks
US65044797 Sep 20007 Jan 2003Comtrak Technologies LlcIntegrated security system
US65195404 Oct 199411 Feb 2003Iris Technologies, Inc.Signal router with cross-point view graphical interface
US652947516 Dec 19984 Mar 2003Nortel Networks LimitedMonitor for the control of multimedia services in networks
US652993623 Dec 19984 Mar 2003Hewlett-Packard CompanyObject-oriented web server architecture suitable for various types of devices
US654207516 Jan 20011 Apr 2003Vigilos, Inc.System and method for providing configurable security monitoring utilizing an integrated information portal
US654913029 Mar 199915 Apr 2003Raymond Anthony JoaoControl apparatus and method for vehicles and/or for premises
US655333626 Jun 200022 Apr 2003Telemonitor, Inc.Smart remote monitoring system and method
US656055715 Sep 19996 May 2003Agilent Technologies, Inc.System and method for remote demonstration and control of test and measurement devices
US656438024 Jan 200013 May 2003Pixelworld Networks, Inc.System and method for sending live video on the internet
US656753616 Feb 200120 May 2003Golftec Enterprises LlcMethod and system for physical motion analysis
US658045129 May 200117 Jun 2003Canon Kabushiki KaishaCommunication apparatus, image processing apparatus, communication method, and image processing method
US658372022 Feb 199924 Jun 2003Early Warning CorporationCommand console for home monitoring system
US65980903 Nov 199822 Jul 2003International Business Machines CorporationCentralized control of software for administration of a distributed computing environment
US660630421 May 199912 Aug 2003On Guard PlusSystem for real-time monitor and response
US661120615 Mar 200126 Aug 2003Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.Automatic system for monitoring independent person requiring occasional assistance
US66180741 Aug 19979 Sep 2003Wells Fargo Alarm Systems, Inc.Central alarm computer for video security system
US6631271 *29 Aug 20007 Oct 2003James D. LoganRules based methods and apparatus
US66466756 May 199811 Nov 2003United Microelectronics Cor.Addressable security monitoring system
US665406022 Dec 199725 Nov 2003Canon Kabushiki KaishaVideo-image control apparatus and method and storage medium
US668073025 Jan 199920 Jan 2004Robert ShieldsRemote control of apparatus using computer networks
US668683810 Nov 20003 Feb 2004Xanboo Inc.Systems and methods for the automatic registration of devices
US669041120 Jul 199910 Feb 2004@Security Broadband Corp.Security system
US669710319 Mar 199824 Feb 2004Dennis Sunga FernandezIntegrated network for monitoring remote objects
US669734111 Aug 199924 Feb 2004At&T Corp.Apparatus and method for providing multimedia conferencing services with selective performance parameters
US6698021 *12 Oct 199924 Feb 2004Vigilos, Inc.System and method for remote control of surveillance devices
US67042847 Jan 20009 Mar 20043Com CorporationManagement system and method for monitoring stress in a network
US6714977 *27 Oct 199930 Mar 2004Netbotz, Inc.Method and system for monitoring computer networks and equipment
US67213913 Apr 200213 Apr 2004L-3 Communications Security And Detection SystemsRemote baggage screening system, software and method
US673881131 Mar 200018 May 2004Supermicro Computer, Inc.Method and architecture for monitoring the health of servers across data networks
US67411711 Feb 200125 May 2004Phasys LimitedSystem for transmitting and verifying alarm signals
US674844626 Nov 19978 Jun 2004Canon Kabushiki KaishaCommunication method and apparatus with modification of routing path by intermediate relay apparatus
US67545469 Oct 199822 Jun 2004Interval Research CorporationElectronic audio connection system and methods for providing same
US68398504 Mar 19994 Jan 2005Prc, Inc.Method and system for detecting intrusion into and misuse of a data processing system
US68892649 Oct 20023 May 2005Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.Imposing a delay for indication of a status board to provide a time for self-rectification of a service event detected from peripheral status information
US690445826 Apr 20007 Jun 2005Microsoft CorporationSystem and method for remote management
US693802212 May 200030 Aug 2005Tara C. SinghalMethod and apparatus for facilitating an anonymous information system and anonymous service transactions
US694798811 Aug 200020 Sep 2005Rockwell Electronic Commerce Technologies, LlcMethod and apparatus for allocating resources of a contact center
US695470127 Oct 200311 Oct 2005Watereye, Inc.Method for remote monitoring of water treatment systems
US69548598 Oct 199911 Oct 2005Axcess, Inc.Networked digital security system and methods
US696099814 Jan 20041 Nov 2005Royal Thoughts, LlcBi-directional wireless detection system
US697016724 May 200029 Nov 2005Fujitsu LimitedMulti-level management system for monitoring communication apparatuses
US697018314 Jun 200029 Nov 2005E-Watch, Inc.Multimedia surveillance and monitoring system including network configuration
US70000142 Apr 199914 Feb 2006Nortel Networks LimitedMonitoring a virtual private network
US70036708 Jun 200121 Feb 2006Musicrypt, Inc.Biometric rights management system
US70133345 Jul 200114 Mar 2006International Business Machines CorporationNetwork system, device management system, device management method, data processing method, storage medium, and internet service provision method
US70353327 Aug 200125 Apr 2006Wis Technologies, Inc.DCT/IDCT with minimum multiplication
US703920519 May 19992 May 2006Siemens Communications, Inc.Techniques for audio transducer switching under programmatic and off hook interrupt control
US70537676 May 200230 May 2006Statsignal Systems, Inc.System and method for monitoring and controlling remote devices
US706923422 Dec 199927 Jun 2006Accenture LlpInitiating an agreement in an e-commerce environment
US7123700 *27 Apr 200017 Oct 2006Nortel Networks LimitedConfiguring user interfaces of call devices
US7124427 *12 Jan 200017 Oct 2006Touch Technologies, Inc.Method and apparatus for surveillance using an image server
US719029229 Nov 200013 Mar 2007Bizjak Karl MInput level adjust system and method
US20010033330 *1 Feb 200125 Oct 2001Garoutte Maurice V.System for automated screening of security cameras
US20010034586 *5 Mar 200125 Oct 2001Ewert David S.Method for monitoring and controlling home security system and other functions via a network
US2001003475412 Jan 200125 Oct 2001Elwahab Amgad MazenDevice, system and method for providing web browser access and control of devices on customer premise gateways
US2002001994527 Apr 200114 Feb 2002Internet Security System, Inc.System and method for managing security events on a network
US200200292635 Jul 20017 Mar 2002International Business Machines CorporationNetwork system, device management system, device management method, data processing method, storage medium, and internet service provision method
US2002003123014 Aug 200114 Mar 2002Sweet William B.Method and apparatus for a web-based application service model for security management
US2002005106124 Oct 20012 May 2002AlcatelImage monitoring
US2002008728929 Dec 20004 Jul 2002Abdul HalabiehCustomizable user interfaces
US2002012072721 Dec 200029 Aug 2002Robert CurleyMethod and apparatus for providing measurement, and utilization of, network latency in transaction-based protocols
US2002013866318 Dec 200126 Sep 2002Northrop Grumman CorporationSystem and method for ensuring and managing situation awareness
US2002017155115 Mar 200121 Nov 2002Eshelman Larry J.Automatic system for monitoring independent person requiring occasional assistance
US200201888548 Jun 200112 Dec 2002John HeavenBiometric rights management system
US2002019163913 Jun 200119 Dec 2002Norby Steven E.Negotiated call delivery capability
US2002019899025 Jun 200226 Dec 2002Bradfield William T.System and method for remotely monitoring and controlling devices
US200301310654 Jan 200210 Jul 2003Neufeld E. DavidMethod and apparatus to provide sound on a remote console
US2003016715328 Feb 20034 Sep 2003Vigilos, Inc.System and method for processing monitoring data using data profiles
US200301721387 Mar 200311 Sep 2003Mccormack Jonathan I.System and method for managing two or more electronic devices
US2004009862330 Oct 200320 May 2004Secnap Network Security, LlcIntrusion detection system
US200401324322 Oct 20038 Jul 2004Timeslice Communications LimitedVoice recordal methods and systems
US2005022282017 Dec 20036 Oct 2005Intexact Technologies LimitedSecurity system and a method of operating
US2005024847429 Jun 200510 Nov 2005Microsoft CorporationGUI for digital audio signal filtering mechanism
US200600416161 Nov 200523 Feb 2006Collaboration Properties, Inc.Audio communications using devices with different capabilities
US2006027729926 May 20067 Dec 2006John BaekelmansArrangement for automated fault detection and fault resolution of a network device
US2007015095521 Dec 200628 Jun 2007Nec CorporationEvent detection system, management terminal and program, and event detection method
US2007022679620 Mar 200727 Sep 2007Logan GilbertTactical and strategic attack detection and prediction
US200702968177 Jul 200527 Dec 2007Touradj EbrahimiSmart Video Surveillance System Ensuring Privacy
US2008009149015 Oct 200717 Apr 2008Abrahams Ian ESystem for managing risk
US200801098798 Jan 20088 May 2008Airtight Networks, Inc.Automated sniffer apparatus and method for monitoring computer systems for unauthorized access
USRE3533614 Aug 199224 Sep 1996Casi-Rusco, Inc.Self-contained programmable terminal for security systems
EP0804031A222 Apr 199729 Oct 1997Canon Kabushiki KaishaImage display apparatus, camera control apparatus and method
EP0804031B122 Apr 19977 Jan 2004Canon Kabushiki KaishaCamera control by controlling a camera symbol superimposed on a background image
EP0967766A224 Jun 199929 Dec 1999Netbrowser CommunicationsMulti-capability facilities monitoring and control intranet for facilities management system
GB2325548A Title not available
WO1997007486A Title not available
WO1997007486A120 Aug 199627 Feb 1997Prism Video, Inc.Event monitoring
WO2001028251A112 Oct 200019 Apr 2001Vigilos, Inc.System and method for controlling the storage and remote retrieval of surveillance video images
Non-Patent Citations
Reference
1"Axis 200+ Web Camera," Axis Communications brochure NE001/US/R2: 15924, 1998, 2 pages.
2"Axis 240 Camera Server," Axis Communications brochure NE002/US/R1: 15925, 1998, 2 pages.
3"EyeCast Announces EyeCapture Services," Press Release, Jul. 8, 1998, Sterling, Virginia, [retrieved Sep. 27, 1999], 2 pages.
4"EyeCast Announces EyeCapture Services," Press Release, Jul. 8, 1998, Sterling, Virginia, <www.eyecast.com/news/releases/070898.asp> [retrieved Sep. 27, 1999], 2 pages.
5"EyeCast Secures Deals: Security Companies to Use Firm's Off-Site Video Surveillance Technology," Washington Business Journal, Aug. 13-19, 1999, Tech Section, p. 16, [retrieved Sep. 21, 1999], 2 pages.
6"EyeCast Secures Deals: Security Companies to Use Firm's Off-Site Video Surveillance Technology," Washington Business Journal, Aug. 13-19, 1999, Tech Section, p. 16, <www.eyecast.com/news/washbiz.asp> [retrieved Sep. 21, 1999], 2 pages.
7"EyeCast.com Adds 360-Degree Continuous Pan Rotation Cameras to It's [sic] EyeView Service," Press Release, Mar. 15, 1999, Sterling, Virginia, [retrieved Sep. 21, 1999], 2 pages.
8"EyeCast.com Adds 360-Degree Continuous Pan Rotation Cameras to It's [sic] EyeView Service," Press Release, Mar. 15, 1999, Sterling, Virginia, <www.eyecast.com/news/releases/031599.asp> [retrieved Sep. 21, 1999], 2 pages.
9"EyeCast.com Announces EyeView Control," Press Release, Oct. 12, 1998, Sterling, Virginia, [retrieved Sep. 24, 1999], 2 pages.
10"EyeCast.com Announces EyeView Control," Press Release, Oct. 12, 1998, Sterling, Virginia, <www.eyecast.com/news/releases/101298.asp> [retrieved Sep. 24, 1999], 2 pages.
11"EyeCast.com Introduces School/Cast Services for School Safety Officials and Law Enforcement Agencies," Press Release, Apr. 28, 1999, Sterling, Virginia, [retrieved May 18, 2000], 2 pages.
12"EyeCast.com Introduces School/Cast Services for School Safety Officials and Law Enforcement Agencies," Press Release, Apr. 28, 1999, Sterling, Virginia, <www.eyecast.com/news/releases/090798.asp> [retrieved May 18, 2000], 2 pages.
13"Eyecast.com, Inc.: Providing Live Interactive Video for Surveillance & Monitoring Over the Internet," slide presentation, as early as Dec. 26, 2001, 27 pages.
14"Network Camera Servers: Axis 240 Camera Server," Axis.com, Sep. 23, 1999, [retrieved Sep. 28, 1999], 2 pages.
15"Network Camera Servers: Axis 240 Camera Server," Axis.com, Sep. 23, 1999, <www.axis.se/products/cam—240/> [retrieved Sep. 28, 1999], 2 pages.
16"Network Camera Servers: Features and Benefits," Axis.com, Apr. 17, 1998, [retrieved Sep. 28, 1999], 3 pages.
17"Network Camera Servers: Features and Benefits," Axis.com, Apr. 17, 1998, <www.axis.se/products/camera—servers/cam—fb.html> [retrieved Sep. 28, 1999], 3 pages.
18"Take a Step Into the Future/Digital Security System," www.RemoteCams.com, [retrieved Sep. 17, 1999], 7 pages.
19"Take a Step Into the Future/Digital Security System," www.RemoteCams.com, <www.remotecams.com/DISSpage1a.htm; /DISSpage2a.htm; /DISSconfiguration.htm; /DISSsystem.htm> [retrieved Sep. 17, 1999], 7 pages.
20"White Papers: Network Cameras Applications and Solutions," Axis.com, Apr. 17, 1998, [retrieved Sep. 28, 1999], 8 pages.
21"White Papers: Network Cameras Applications and Solutions," Axis.com, Apr. 17, 1998, <www.axis.se/products/camera—servers/cam—app—sol.htm> [retrieved Sep. 28, 1999], 8 pages.
22Axis Communications, publication entitled "Axis 200+ Web Camera", 2 pages (no date).
23Axis Communications, publication entitled "Axis 240 Camera Server", 2 pages (no date).
24Axis Communications, www.axis.se/products/cam-240/, "30 Frames/Second", printed Sep. 28, 1999, 2 pages.
25Axis Communications, www.axis.se/products/cam—240/, "30 Frames/Second", printed Sep. 28, 1999, 2 pages.
26Axis Communications, www.axis.se/products/camera-servers/cam-app-sol.htm, "Network Cameras Applications and Solutions", printed Sep. 28, 1999, 8 pages.
27Axis Communications, www.axis.se/products/camera—servers/cam—app—sol.htm, "Network Cameras Applications and Solutions", printed Sep. 28, 1999, 8 pages.
28Axis Communications, www.axis.se/products/camera-servers/cam-fb.html, "Features and Benefits", printed Sep. 28, 1993, 3 pages.
29Axis Communications, www.axis.se/products/camera—servers/cam—fb.html, "Features and Benefits", printed Sep. 28, 1993, 3 pages.
30Bertsch, L.A., "Development Tools for Home Automation," IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics 36 (4):854-858, Nov. 1990.
31Corcoran, P.M., and J. Desbonnet, "Browser-Style Interfaces to a Home Automation Network," IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics 43(4):1063-1069, Nov. 1997.
32Corcoran, P.M., et al., "User Interface Technologies for Home Appliances and Networks," IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics 44(3):679-685, Aug. 1998.
33EyeCast.com Introduces SchoolCase services for School Safety Officials and Law Enforcement Agencies, Press Release dated Apr. 28, 1999, 2 pages.
34EyeCast.com, "EyeCast secures deals . . . ," Washington Business Journal, Aug. 13-19, 1999, Tech Section, p. 16, 2 pages.
35Leeb, G., et al., "A Configuration Tool for HomeNet," IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics 42(3):387-394, Aug. 1996.
36Muller, N.J., "Focus on Openview: A Guide to Hewlett-Packard's Network and Systems Management Platforms," CBM Books, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 1995, pp. 123-133.
37Screen Printing from www.remotecams.com, "Take a Step Into the Future . . . ," printed Sep. 17, 1999, 7 pages.
38Tsai, S.-M., et al., "A Service of Home Security on an Intelligent Network," IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics 44(4):1360-1366, Nov. 1998.
39Williams, T., "Tools and Protocols Link Embedded Systems Over the Internet," Electronic Design 45(17):91-98, Aug. 18, 1997.
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US8542096 *6 Dec 201224 Sep 2013John C. PedersonIntelligent observation and identification database system
US8683067 *19 Dec 200725 Mar 2014Nvidia CorporationVideo perspective navigation system and method
US889065520 Sep 201318 Nov 2014Federal Law Enforcement Development Services, Inc.Intelligent observation and identification database system
US894253619 Sep 200727 Jan 2015Nvidia CorporationVideo navigation system and method
US931800918 Nov 201419 Apr 2016Federal Law Enforcement Development Services, Inc.Intelligent observation and identification database system
US941214213 Mar 20149 Aug 2016Federal Law Enforcement Development Services, Inc.Intelligent observation and identification database system
US20090074377 *19 Sep 200719 Mar 2009Herz William SVideo navigation system and method
US20090160933 *19 Dec 200725 Jun 2009Herz William SVideo perspective navigation system and method
Classifications
U.S. Classification702/188, 340/541
International ClassificationH04L29/06, H04L12/26, H04L12/24, G08B7/06, H04L29/08, G08B13/00
Cooperative ClassificationH04L43/065, G06F11/30, G08B13/00, H04L69/329, H04L67/025, H04L67/08, H04L67/34, H04L67/02, H04L67/36, H04L29/06, H04L41/0893, H04L63/0263, H04L43/045, H04L63/0227, H04L43/00, H04L41/22, H04L63/10, H04L41/18, G08B7/06, H04L63/1416, H04L63/1408
European ClassificationH04L29/08N35, H04L29/08N1, H04L29/08N1A, H04L29/08N7, H04L29/08N33, H04L63/14A, H04L29/06, H04L12/26M, H04L63/10, H04L63/14A1, G08B7/06, H04L63/02B, H04L29/08A7, H04L63/02B6, H04L41/08F, H04L41/22, H04L43/00, H04L41/18, H04L43/04A, H04L43/06B
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
8 Mar 2011ASAssignment
Owner name: VIGILOS, INC., WASHINGTON
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:ALEXANDER, BRUCE;GROSE, KAREN;SCHEBEL, CHRISTOPH;AND OTHERS;SIGNING DATES FROM 20030220 TO 20030227;REEL/FRAME:025922/0826
Owner name: VIGILOS, INC., WASHINGTON
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:ALEXANDER, BRUCE;GROSE, KAREN;SCHEBEL, CHRISTOPH;AND OTHERS;SIGNING DATES FROM 20071114 TO 20071205;REEL/FRAME:025923/0723
11 Mar 2011ASAssignment
Owner name: VIG ACQUISITIONS LTD., L.L.C., DELAWARE
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:VIGILOS, INC.;REEL/FRAME:025945/0032
Effective date: 20071207
26 Feb 2013CCCertificate of correction
26 Aug 2013FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 8
23 Jun 2014ASAssignment
Owner name: INTELLECTUAL VENTURES ASSETS 1 LLC, DELAWARE
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:VIG AQUISITIONS LTD., L.L.C.;REEL/FRAME:033161/0242
Effective date: 20140618
25 Aug 2014ASAssignment
Owner name: VIVINT, INC., UTAH
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:INTELLECTUAL VENTURES ASSETS 1 LLC;REEL/FRAME:033599/0788
Effective date: 20140620
28 Mar 2016ASAssignment
Owner name: WILMINGTON TRUST, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, DELAWARE
Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:VIVINT, INC.;REEL/FRAME:038275/0377
Effective date: 20160328
11 Apr 2016ASAssignment
Owner name: BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., AS ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT, NO
Free format text: SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:VIVINT, INC.;REEL/FRAME:038402/0356
Effective date: 20160411