EXTON, Pa. -- The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), today announced that they have been awarded for the first time a United States patent, which is for SCTE•ISBE’s breakthrough technology innovation in the area of transactional energy management.
U.S. Patent No. 10,139,845, “System and Method for Energy Consumption Management in Broadband Telecommunications Networks via Adaptive Power Management,” provides a framework for aligning network energy consumption with network usage. This alignment is a key principle of SCTE 216 2015, Adaptive Power System Interface Specification (APSIS™), which was developed in conjunction with SCTE•ISBE’s Energy 2020® program.
The award is for the first in a series of patent applications that have been submitted by SCTE•ISBE to ensure technology development that is aligned with the needs of the industry. SCTE•ISBE patent applications are intended to leverage input from operator and vendor members to ensure the broadest applicability within the operator and vendor communities.
While Patent No. 10,139,845 addresses more than 20 ways in which it can support Adaptive Power Management, there are four points that are central to achieving the goals of the APSIS standard, namely the ability of the system to control energy consumption in the network:
Based on such natural and manmade influences as “weather forecasting, storm tracking, major events of high energy usage, rolling brown outs, rolling black outs, real-time network data, outages in other sections of the network, network energy costs, past network performance or any combination thereof”;
Based on information from facility elements, including “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, security for people and equipment, or the dynamic traffic needs of the network”;
“By coordinating facility energy management system functionality with functionality of the equipment within the network,” including individual or combinations of shut-down modes, reduced power modes, and/or sleep modes; and
By monitoring energy consumption metrics, including “energy consumption over a specified time interval, energy consumption variability, peak to average energy consumption ratio, peak energy consumption, energy availability, cost of energy, or any combination thereof.”