INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The Fabriq Intellectual Property Portfolio emerged from years of R&D efforts in the wireless lighting control and energy management realms. The portfolio targets protection of apparatus and methods to reduce the cost of, simplify, and enhance the value of wireless lighting control systems and installations. In addition, it includes disruptive innovation at the core of all Energy Intelligence and Analytics technology – how to measure power consumption of individual devices for virtually no incremental cost. The portfolio offers key fundamental technology in the burgeoning wireless lighting control, energy management, and Internet of Things markets.

The portfolio consists of 9 granted U.S. Patents and 2 U.S. Provisional Patent Applications and is presented below.

We have focused the majority of our IP effort on protecting our broad family of Commissioning Technology. We believe that automated commissioning is the key to the mass deployment of Smart Lighting.

Fabriq's Auto Commissioning technology is targeted exclusively at the commercial retrofit market. Visual & Geo Commissioning are targeted at both retrofit and new construction applications and adds geo-location of fixtures as a feature.

VIDEO APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND COMMISSIONING DEVICES

Fabriq has developed patented technology, "Visual Commissioning", that employs off-the-shelf video recording devices (smart phone, tablet, GoPro, etc.) as an integral part of the commissioning process. The technology leverages advanced video image processing and device based firmware to automatically identify lighting fixtures and sensors - critical to creating functional working groups - in an extremely accurate and labor efficient manner. Additionally, all devices within the field of view of the video recording device are processed in parallel, allowing large work areas to be commissioned in approximately 5 seconds. Without such automation, installations of wireless lighting retrofits are burdened with higher skill requirements, longer installation times, and greater error – resulting in high cost and user dissatisfaction. This technology is applicable to both retrofit and new construction lighting installations in office, industrial or high bay environments. It is highly scalable and therefore equally suitable to small, medium and large commercial buildings. 

CONCURRENT COMMISSIONING AND GEOLOCATION SYSTEM

Fabriq's "Geo Commissioning" technology extends the Visual Commissioning technology described above with the ability to geo-locate lighting elements in commercial buildings, thus providing concurrent commissioning and geo-location services. The video recording device simultaneously identifies the ID of a set of devices in parallel, and the geo-locating device provides a single and precise positional datum. In this manner, human actions and interventions are minimized (and associated errors are decreased) and commissioning, geo-location time and labor costs are dramatically reduced. Devices can be identified, geo-located and commissioned after they have been installed much more efficiently than with legacy techniques. Additionally, this technology requires minimal training and knowledge of wireless networks and can be performed by existing lighting service technicians. This technology is applicable to both retrofit and new construction lighting installations in office, industrial or high bay environments. It is highly scalable and therefore equally suitable to small, medium and large commercial buildings. 

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC POWER METERING

There is a broad movement in energy related IoT markets to measure power consumption of individual electrical loads in near real-time in order to both verify the success of energy efficiency measures and to enable a broad array of emerging Energy Intelligence solutions and Utility interactions such as Coincident Peak Management and Demand Response. Cost effective power measurement in electrical loads is critical to enabling high value Smart Grid transactions and accelerating energy efficiency program adoption. These markets demand near instantaneous sensing of critical information on individual loads that feed multi-purpose analytics. The “thing” of IoT in commercial buildings is the power, voltage and current of individual electrical loads. In order to improve the efficiency of the overall electricity system, many electrical devices are required today to perform Power Factor Correction (PFC). For instance, the majority of LED drivers require a Power Factor Controller and Power Driver IC to create a lighting solution. These functions are sometimes combined into a single IC. To meet the demand for power measurement, LED driver manufacturers are also adding power measurement circuitry to their products. Alternatively, lighting controls companies have developed external controllers that include power measurement circuitry (current transformers, shunt resistors, metering IC, etc.) along with other controlling functions. These solutions are cost prohibitive and are impeding the growth of cost effective lighting control and energy management in commercial buildings. Fabriq’s "Power Metering" technology leverages the required existence of Power Factor Controllers in many electrical devices to automatically derive accurate power metering data without the need for additional components or cost. Fabriq developed this technology in reaction to the need for a cost effective solution in the marketplace and it is applicable to any electrical device with a Power Factor Controller. It has been demonstrated in discrete form in the lab within several major OEM lighting products, yielding highly accurate results.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CREATING FUNCTIONAL WIRELESS LIGHTING GROUPS

Fabriq's "Auto Commissioning" technology automates binding wireless devices into functional lighting groups. A unique characteristic of lighting retrofits is that the information for creating lighting groups exists in the electrical wiring. Flipping a switch in a room turns the correct lights on. This information is lost after the installation of a wireless system, but Fabriq's Auto Commissioning technology automatically harvests this information during or after the installation process – making commissioning Smart Lighting as simple as flipping a switch, from the cloud. This coordinated harvesting of the existing lighting plan from the electrical infrastructure is accomplished without human intervention or presence and eliminates MAC ID stickers, bar codes and manual transcription from factory to install.

This technology is highly applicable to lighting retrofit applications and provides the simplest known method to commission a wireless lighting system. It is highly scalable and therefore equally suitable to small, medium and large commercial buildings.

The remaining 5 patents described below extend and broaden Fabriq's Intellectual Property protecting Auto Commissioning.

SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS COMMISSIONING AND HARVESTING OF FUNCTIONAL WIRELESS LIGHTING GROUPS

An apparatus is provided for creating functional lighting groups. The apparatus includes a multimode wireless switch and a gateway. The multimode wireless switch is coupled to one or more wireless devices via a line voltage, and is configured to enter a grouping mode responsive to commands sent over a wireless network, and is configured to switch the line voltage off and then back on, where the one or more wireless devices send messages over the wireless network indicating that they have been power cycled. The gateway is coupled to the one or more wireless devices over the wireless network, and is configured to send the commands, and is configured to receive the messages and is configured to create a functional lighting group comprising the multimode wireless switch and the one or more wireless devices.

COMMISSIONING MECHANISM FOR CREATING FUNCTIONAL WIRELSS LIGHTING GROUPS

An apparatus for creating functional lighting groups is provided. The apparatus includes a commissioning device and a gateway. The commissioning device is configured to identify, locate, and record a plurality of wireless devices during commissioning of the plurality of wireless devices, the plurality of wireless devices having a common circuit and legacy line voltage switch, and is configured to direct the plurality of wireless devices over a wireless network to enter a grouping mode and to send messages indicating that they have been power cycled by the legacy line voltage switch. The gateway is coupled to the wireless network, and is configured to receive the messages and to create a functional lighting group including the plurality of wireless devices.

GROUPING OF WIRELESS DEVICES DURING COMMISSIONING

An apparatus for creating functional lighting groups is provided. The apparatus includes a commissioning device and a gateway. The commissioning device is configured to identify, locate, and record a plurality of wireless devices during commissioning of the plurality of wireless devices, the plurality of wireless devices having a common circuit and legacy line voltage switch, and is configured to direct the plurality of wireless devices over a wireless network to enter a grouping mode and to send messages indicating that they have been power cycled by the legacy line voltage switch. The gateway is coupled to the wireless network, and is configured to receive the messages and to create a functional lighting group including the plurality of wireless devices.

MULTIMODE SWITCH FOR COMMISSIONING OF FUNCTIONAL WIRELESS LIGHTING GROUPS

A multimode switch is provided that has a wireless transceiver, a line voltage switch, and a switch controller. The wireless transceiver is configured to transmit and receive messages over a wireless network. The line voltage switch is coupled to a line voltage and to one or more wireless devices. The switch controller, responsive to first messages received over the wireless network, is configured to direct the line voltage switch to provide the line voltage to, and subsequently remove line voltage from, the one or more wireless devices, and is configured to receive first identifying information and functional group designation for the one or more wireless devices in second messages over the wireless network, and is configured to thereafter control the one or more wireless devices according to the identifying information and functional group designation via transmission of third messages over the wireless network.

COMMISSIONING MECHANISM FOR WIRELESS LIGHTING GROUPS

An apparatus is provided for creating functional lighting groups. The apparatus includes one or more wireless devices and a commissioning device. The one or more wireless devices are coupled together via a line voltage, and are configured to enter a grouping mode responsive to commands sent over a wireless network, and are configured to send messages over the wireless network indicating that they have been power cycled via the line voltage. The commissioning device is coupled to the one or more wireless devices over the wireless network, and is configured to send the commands, and is configured to receive the messages, and is configured to create a functional lighting group comprising the one or more wireless devices.