Systems and methods for remote irrigation control

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(12) United States Patent
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(45) Date of Patent:
Petite et a].
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SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOTE
IRRIGATION CONTROL
US. Cl. ................... .. 340/539.1; 340/531; 700/284;
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Field of Classi?cation Search ............. .. 340/539.1,
239/63
340/531, 601, 4.3, 4.34; 700/19, 284; 239/63,
(US); Richard M Huff, Conyers, GA
239/68, 69; 137/62412
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(73) Assignee: SIPCO, LLC, Atlanta, GA (US)
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Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
patent is extended or adjusted under 35
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Continuation of application No. 12/477,329, ?led on
Jun. 3, 2009, now Pat. No. 8,013,732, which is a
continuation of application No. 12/337,739, ?led on
Dec. 18, 2008, now Pat. No. 7,978,059, which is a
continuation of application No. 11/395,685, ?led on
Mar. 31, 2006, now Pat. No. 7,468,661, which is a
continuation of application No. 10/139,492, ?led on
May 6, 2002, now Pat. No. 7,053,767, which is a
continuation of application No. 09/439,059, ?led on
Nov. 12, 1999, now Pat. No. 6,437,692, which is a
Primary Examiner * Toan N Pham
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * Trenton A. Ward, Esq.;
Dustin B. Weeks, Esq.; Troutman Sanders LLP
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remote irrigation control system having a rain sensor enabled
to detect the amount of rain received in a ?rst rain area, and a
continuation-in-part of application No. 09/271,517,
?rst local transceiver in communication with the rain sensor,
the ?rst local transceiver con?gured to receive information
continuation-in-part of application No. 09/ 102,178,
from the rain sensor and transmit the information to a gate
?led on Jun. 22, 1998, now Pat. No. 6,430,268, and a
way, the ?rst local transceiver also con?gured to receive
information from the gateway. The gateway is connected to a
wide area network and con?gured to receive information
from the ?rst local transceiver and transmit the information to
the wide area network, the gateway also con?gured to receive
continuation-in-part of application No. 09/412,895,
?led on Oct. 5, 1999, now Pat. No. 6,218,953, and a
continuation-in-part of application No. 09/ 172,554,
?led on Oct. 14, 1998, now Pat. No. 6,028,522.
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Provisional application No. 60/146,817, ?led on Aug.
2, 1999.
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Int. Cl.
ABSTRACT
Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed
to systems and methods for remote irrigation control. An
exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a
?led on Mar. 18, 1999, now abandoned, and a
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Inventors: Thomas David Petite, Atlanta, GA
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Function Code
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Function Code
ID. (I)
(I)
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ID. (I)
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(210
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Data Controller
/
326
Transceiver
l.D. (X)
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Tranlslgewer
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WAN (Internet!
intranet)
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Remote Site
Local Gateway
w/ Web Browser
Client Premises
WAN (lnternet/
Intranet)
Workstation w/ Web Browser
Server w/ Web Applications
and Client Speci?c Applications
Database Server
FIG. 5