J & F Labs was established in 2006 to formalize work that the founders had begun in 2004 while installing remote equipment for various law enforcement agencies (federal, state, and local). Conversations with electric utility executives led to our focus on remotely controlling room air conditioners to: save significant amounts of electricity for users, reduce electric load, and provide a tool to control millions of window air conditioners to prevent black-outs and brown-outs. The CORIS Energy Control System is designed to remotely control electrical outlets for
-consumers (convenience and energy savings)
-facilities managers (remotely control large numbers of air conditioners and other energy-intensive devices)
-utilities (help reduce peak load and avoid power outages)
CORIS Energy Control System
J & F Labs has developed the CORIS Energy Control System (ECS), controlling devices that plug into ordinary wall outlets (either 110V or 220V). The CORIS ECS plug-in modules turn on or off power to the devices plugged into them. Although they can be used to control any electrical device with a plug, the CORIS ECS modules were primarily intended for heavy load appliances, such as window and room air conditioners. Users control CORIS ECS modules through a web browser, setting the desired schedules, temperatures, or electrical price ranges for outlet operation. For users with large numbers of modules to control, “groups” can be created, containing multiple CORIS ECS modules, and multiple sub-groups of modules.
CORIS ECS Plug-in Module
This is the component that plugs into an ordinary outlet, and the device you wish to manage is plugged into the Module. It includes the following features and details:
· Plugs into standard wall outlets, both 110V and 220V
· Wall outlet power indicator light
· Current Module status (on or off)
· Push button – so you can temporarily over-ride the current on or off status
· Temperature sensor – captures local temperature
· Includes local wireless capability to communicate with other Modules and the Gateway.
o All Coris components automatically set up a wireless mesh network, either establishing a new network, or joining an existing one.
o All Coris modules communicate status information – on/off state, current temperature, unique ID information, over-ride button
This CORIS ECS component communicates with all local CORIS ECS Modules, provides an Ethernet jack to plug into the local communications network, and establishes an encrypted link to the Internet.
· Includes power module to plug into a wall outlet
· Includes Ethernet cable to plug into local network
· By default, uses DHCP to obtain an IP address and communicate with CORIS ECS secure server
· Can be reconfigured on-site by the user to accommodate special network constraints
· Encryption (AES 128bit) for all communications between Gateway and Server
The CORIS ECS web server uses industry standard platforms (Linux, Apache, mySQL, php, SSL, etc.) to provide a secure and scalable server for controlling the Modules. The server contains all information about each Module – its unique ID, current status, last communication, schedule, price limits, etc
Users communicate securely with the server through a secure portal, using SSL (https) for encryption.
The web interface allows users to:
· Turn Modules’ power on and off, controlling the devices plugged into them
· Establish schedules for turning power on and off
· Establish price limits for Modules, so that they turn off if the current price of electricity exceeds the price limit, and turn back on when the price of electricity drops below the price limit
· Establish groups of Modules, so that the group can be controlled as an entity
· Establish groups of groups – hierarchies can be set up, so that very large numbers of Modules can be controlled similarly.
These “smart” electrical outlets provide energy savings for consumers, facilities managers and utilities.
§ Energy savings – eliminate unnecessary electrical usage
§ Convenience – remotely control electrical devices over the Internet
§ Remotely control device to reflect changing schedules
§ Facilities managers – remotely control multiple electrical devices
§ Enforce scheduling of devices – e.g. all air conditioners off after 6pm and off on weekends and holidays
§ Adjust for dynamic pricing of electricity – delay start of some devices until price of electricity drops
§ Demand response programs for millions of smaller appliances, especially room air conditioners
§ Give customers tools to reduce peak demand by themselves
§ Perfect companion to AMI deployments
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