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1. US20160223218 - Automated control and parallel learning HVAC apparatuses, methods and systems

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Claims

1. An intelligent environmental control method, comprising;
collecting, at a thermostat, information about a first environmental condition from at least one sensor;
comparing, at the thermostat, the collected information to an initial probability distribution analysis to determine a divergence factor;
selecting, at the thermostat, a control action based on the determined divergence factor being configured to control a state change of the thermostat; and
updating a state change of the thermostat using the selected control action.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the method is performed at each of a plurality of thermostats.
3. The method of claim 2, wherein the plurality of thermostats are operatively connected to form a thermostat network.
4. The method of claim 3, wherein at least one or more of the plurality of thermostats within the thermostat network are initially independently controlled.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein the collected information about a first environmental condition is utilized to approximate the initial probability distribution analysis.
6. The method of claim 1, wherein adaptive thresholds are utilized to select a control action for the thermostat.
7. The method of claim 1, wherein updating a state change of the they thermostat involves devices other than the thermostat.
8. The method of claim 1, wherein stored data is used to select the control action for the thermostat.
9. The method of claim 1, wherein open data sources are utilized to select the control action for the thermostat.
10. An intelligent environmental control apparatus, comprising:
a network;
a thermostat logically connected to the network, the thermostat including a control node configured to:
collect at a thermostat, information about a first environmental condition from at least one sensor;
compare at the thermostat, the collected information to an initial probability distribution analysis to determine a divergence factor;
select at the thermostat, a control action based on the determined divergence factor being configured to control a state change of the thermostat; and
update a state change of the thermostat using the selected control action.
11. The apparatus of claim 10, further comprising a plurality of thermostats each with a control node configured to perform the collecting, comparing, selecting and updating at its respective thermostat.
12. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the plurality of thermostats are operatively connected to form a thermostat network.
13. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein at least one or more of the plurality of thermostats within the thermostat network are initially independently controlled.
14. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein the collected information about a first environmental condition is utilized to approximate the initial probability distribution analysis.
15. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein adaptive thresholds are utilized to select a control action for the thermostat.
16. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein updating a state change of the thermostat involves devices other than the thermostat.
17. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein stored data is used to select the control action for the thermostat.
18. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein open data sources are utilized to select the control action for the thermostat.
19. A non-transitory computer readable medium having computer readable instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a processor of a computing device, cause the computing device to:
collect, at a thermostat, information about a first environmental condition from at least one sensor;
compare, at the thermostat, the collected information to an initial probability distribution analysis to determine a divergence factor;
select, at the thermostat, a control action based on the determined divergence factor being configured to control a state change of the thermostat; and
update a state change of the thermostat using the selected control action.