iControl Networks, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA)

A premises management system may comprise a gateway device. The gateway device may configured to determine the premises devices of a premises management system. The gateway device could be configured to detect a communication protocol associated with the premises devices. The communication protocol may be utilized to permit the gateway device to communicate with devices at the premises.

The field of home and small business security is dominated and dominated by technology providers who create complete closed` security systems, where the individual components (sensors and security panels, keypads) work only within the limits of a single vendor solution. A wireless motion sensor manufactured by vendor A cannot be utilized with a security panel from vendor B. Each vendor typically has developed advanced proprietary wireless technologies that allow for the setup and management of wireless sensors, but with limited or no ability for the wireless devices to function separately from the vendor’s homogeneous system. In addition, traditional systems are severely limited in their ability to interface either to a local or wide areastandards-based network (such as an IP network); most installed systems support only the low bandwidth, intermittent connections utilizing phone lines or cellular (RF) backup systems. Companies like Honeywell, GE Security, and DSC/Tyco have a long history of wireless security technologies. They are excellent examples of this innovative approach to home and business security.

Furthermore, with the proliferation of the internet, ethernet , and WiFi local area networks (LANs) and advanced wide area networks (WANs) that provide high bandwidth and low latency connections (broadband), along with more advanced wireless datanetworks for WANs (e.g. GPRS or CDMA 1.times.RTT) there increasingly exists the networking capability to expand these security systems to provide enhanced functionality. In addition, the proliferation of broadband access has driven a correspondingincrease in home and small business networking technologies and devices. It is possible to expand existing security systems to add additional functions, for instance, the ability control and manage security systems using the internet, cell phones, or more advanced internet-connected devices. Additionally, it is desirable to have an open system method of connecting security systems at home to small and home networks.

Due to the proprietary approach as described above, traditional providers are the only ones who can taking advantage of these new networks capabilities. Even though the vast majority of home and commercial clients are equipped with broadband networkaccess on their premises, most security systems do not offer the advanced capabilities associated with high speed, low-latency LANs and WANs. This is primarily because the private vendors have not been able to deliver such technology effectively or efficiently. Solution providers trying to meet this need are becoming known as the latest in technology, and include three types of vendors: traditional hardware providers like Honeywell and GE Security; third party hard-wired module providers such as Alarm.com, NextAlarm, and uControl; and new proprietary system providers like InGrid.

The continued proprietary approach of traditional hardware manufacturers is a hindrance to the use of prior technological advancements. This technology is developed by vendors and works only with hardware manufactured by one vendor. It ignores the need for an integrated solution across vendors. Yet another disadvantage of the prior art technologies of the traditional hardware vendors is due to the lack of knowledge and experience of these companies in creating open internet and web based solutions, as well as user-friendly interfaces.

The drawbacks of prior-art technology of third-party hard-wired module providers is their operational and installation complexities and functional limitations which result from hardwiring the new security systems with existing components. Moreover, a disadvantage of the prior art technologies of the new proprietary systems providers arises due to the need to discard all prior technologies, and implement an entirely new form of security system to access the new functionalitiesassociated with broadband and wireless data networks. Devices, systems and methods that interface with and manage existing wireless security technologies are required.

A premises management system may comprise a gateway device. Gateway devices can be used to identify any of the premises devices within the premises management system. The gateway device may be set up to send the request to communicate with the devices on the premises. The gateway device may be set to receive an indication of a communication protocol that is associated with the devices at the premises. The gateway device may be configured to communicate with the premises devices using the communicationprotocol.

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