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1. (WO2018160623) USE COUNTER FOR CHARGING OUTLETS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/160623    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/020099
Publication Date: Sat Sep 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Mar 01 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: G06F 3/00
G06F 11/30
G08C 19/22
H04Q 9/00
Applicants: ASTRONICS ADVANCED ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS CORP.
Inventors: HWANG, Pey-Hua
MARKERT, Dennis, P.
CLARKE, Aaron
PERCHLIK, David
ADRIANCE, Reid
Title: USE COUNTER FOR CHARGING OUTLETS
Abstract:
Disclosed is a system for aiding in determining when a power-providing outlet is ending its usable service life and is due for service or replacement. A connection detection unit (102) and counting unit (103) respectively monitor connection of a device to a port (101) and maintain a connection count of connection events. For USB type C connections a cable or device resistance detection circuit can be used to determine if a USB type C device or cable has been connected. USB Type A and AC connections can be detected by mechanical or electrical mechanisms. When a connection has been detected a counter can be incremented or decremented to record a connection. A limit value can be set and compared to the connection count and a sensory or electronic indication can be made when the limit value is exceeded.