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1. WO2010077253 - APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN A DATA CENTER USING WIRELESS MESH NETWORKS

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

Claim 1: A method comprising: receiving an alert message from a reporting wireless network sensor of a plurality of wireless network sensors via a wireless sensor network, the alert message including information indicative of a modification needed to an environmental condition; and using the information indicative of a modification needed to an environmental condition at a networked controller to command a device capable of modifying the environmental condition to modify the environmental condition in a manner corresponding to the information in the alert message.

Claim 2: The method as claimed in claim 1 including receiving feedback information from the reporting wireless network sensor after the network controller has commanded the device capable of modifying the environmental condition.

Claim 3: The method as claimed in claim 1 wherein the device capable of modifying the environmental condition is a cooling unit.

Claim 4: The method as claimed in claim 1 wherein the environmental condition is a temperature.

Claim 5: The method as claimed in claim 1 wherein the environmental condition is a pressure.

Claim 6: The method as claimed in claim 1 including receiving the alert message from a reporting wireless network sensor via a gateway in the wireless sensor network.

Claim 7: The method as claimed in claim 1 including determining if the environmental condition is within prescribed limits.

Claim 8: The method as claimed in claim 1 including commanding the device capable of modifying the environmental condition to modify a supply temperature.

Claim 9: The method as claimed in claim 1 including commanding the device capable of modifying the environmental condition to modify a fan speed.

Claim 10: A method comprising: defining one or more influence zones, each influence zone including information identifying one or more networked controllers that can control a device capable of modifying an environmental condition within each influence zone; sensing an environmental condition within a particular influence zone; using the influence zone information to determine which one of the one or more networked controllers can control a device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone; and sending an alert message, via a wireless sensor network, to a network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone, the alert message including information indicative of a modification needed to the environmental condition.

Claim 11: The method as claimed in claim 10 including sending feedback information to the network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone after the network controller has commanded the device capable of modifying the environmental condition.

Claim 12: The method as claimed in claim 10 wherein the device capable of modifying the environmental condition is a cooling unit.

Claim 13: The method as claimed in claim 10 wherein the environmental condition is a temperature.

Claim 14: The method as claimed in claim 10 wherein the environmental condition is a pressure.

Claim 15: The method as claimed in claim 10 including sending the alert message via a gateway in the wireless sensor network.

Claim 16: The method as claimed in claim 10 including determining if the environmental condition is within prescribed limits.

Claim 17: A networked sensing device comprising: a storage component to store information related to one or more influence zones, each influence zone including information identifying one or more networked controllers that can control a device capable of modifying an environmental condition within each influence zone;

a sensing component to sense an environmental condition within a particular influence zone, the sensing component using the influence zone information to determine which one of the one or more networked controllers can control a device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone; and a network communication component to send an alert message, via a wireless sensor network, to a network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone, the alert message including information indicative of a modification needed to the environmental condition.

Claim 18: The networked sensing device as claimed in claim 17 being further configured to send feedback information to the network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone after the network controller has commanded the device capable of modifying the environmental condition.

Claim 19: An article of manufacture comprising a machine-readable storage medium having machine executable instructions embedded thereon, which when executed by a machine, cause the machine to: store information related to one or more influence zones, each influence zone including information identifying one or more networked controllers that can control a device capable of modifying an environmental condition within each influence zone; sense an environmental condition within a particular influence zone; use the influence zone information to determine which one of the one or more networked controllers can control a device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone; and send an alert message, via a wireless sensor network, to a network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone, the alert message including information indicative of a modification needed to the environmental condition.

Claim 20: The article of manufacture as claimed in claim 19 being further configured to send feedback information to the network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone after the network controller has commanded the device capable of modifying the environmental condition.

Claim 21: A system comprising: a wireless sensor network;

one or more networked controllers in data communication via the wireless sensor network, the one or more networked controllers being configured to control a device capable of modifying an environmental condition within one or more influence zones; and a plurality of networked sensing devices in data communication with the one or more networked controllers via the wireless sensor network, each of the plurality of networked sensing devices being configured to store information related to the one or more influence zones, each influence zone including information identifying the one or more networked controllers that can control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within each influence zone, each of the plurality of networked sensing devices being further configured to sense an environmental condition within a particular influence zone and to use the influence zone information to determine which one of the one or more networked controllers can control a device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone, and each of the plurality of networked sensing devices being further configured to send an alert message, via the wireless sensor network, to a network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone, the alert message including information indicative of a modification needed to the environmental condition.

Claim 22: The system as claimed in claim 21 wherein each of the plurality of networked sensing devices being configured to send feedback information to the network controller determined able to control the device capable of modifying the environmental condition within the particular influence zone after the network controller has commanded the device capable of modifying the environmental condition.