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The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer-implemented methods for implementing a data transfer control based on information received from connected devices. In one instance, operations include loading an expected usage amount for a group of connected devices. Signals representing actual usage amounts associated with the group are received from at least device in the group. The actual usage amounts can be compared to the expected usage amount. An authorization of at least one payment-related action associated with the at least one group of connected devices is automatically transmitted to a payment system in response to determining that the usage amount is less than or equal to the expected amount, and at least one instruction to perform a corrective action associated with the group is automatically transmitted to at least one connected device of the group in response to determining that the actual amount exceeds the expected amount.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2016-10-07

An event monitoring processor includes a processor and at least one memory. The memory stores a cohort member database, and a database of cohort definitions. Each cohort definition defines a respective cohort. The processor is configured to receive a notification identifying a member action initiated by a member of one of the cohorts. The processor is configured to determine, from the cohort definition of the one cohort, a correlation outcome value from a correlation between the member action and an action associated with the one cohort, and to update at least one of the cohort definitions by saving in the cohort definitions database particulars of the member action in association with the at least one of the cohort definition. The processor is configured to save in the cohort member database a member database record identifying the correlation outcome value. The cohort member database is associated with the cohort member.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2016-10-05

A message processing server includes a message processor, a network interface, and a memory storing a token database of multi-layer tokens. Each token in the database includes a plurality of encrypted data layers. The message processor receives, via the network interface, at least one authorization message that identifies one of the tokens, derives a first decrypted data layer from the first encrypted data layer of the token, and extracts from the first decrypted data layer a second pointer to a secondary database that stores a predetermined data value. The message processor excises the predetermined data value from the secondary database.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2016-10-06

A message processing server includes a message processor and a database of multi-layer tokens. Each token in the database includes a plurality of encrypted data layers. The first layer includes a first data pointer. A primary layer includes the first layer and identifies a reference data value. The message processor receives from a communications device an authentication request identifying a first data value, validates the authentication request from the first data value and the reference data value configured in one of the multi-layer tokens, receives a first authorization message including a first cryptographic key, derives a first decrypted data layer from the first cryptographic key and the first encrypted data layer of the one multi-layer token, and validates the first data pointer by receiving confirmation of the first data pointer pointing to a database entry comprising a second data value less than the reference data value.


The disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for providing context-based event determination and/or context-based event triggered product and/or service offerings. A system may automatically detect that a client has experienced, directly or indirectly, a personal event, (e.g. a birth, a wedding engagement, a death, a car accident) and use such context to trigger the offering of a product and/or service. Product and/or service data is maintained for respective products and/or services available to clients as is events data associating respective products and/or services to particular personal event scenarios. An offering of at least one product and/or service to provide the client may be determined following the receipt of a personal event scenario experienced by the client. Operations may be performed to communicate to another computer system across a network to provide to the client the offering of the at least one product and/or service.


The disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for providing context-based event determination and/or context-based event triggered financial product offerings. Scenario modeling data is maintained for a plurality of personal event scenarios. Personal event data representing a personal spike for a user of a client device is received from one or more computer systems over a network where the personal spike comprises an instance of personal event data that deviates from a baseline of personal event data determined for the user. Contextual data related to the personal event data is collected from one or more computers. Using the scenario modeling data, contextual data and the personal event data identifying the at least one personal spike, likely personal event scenarios consistent with the contextual data are identified. Methods and systems to establish a personal baseline from instances of personal event data are also described.


A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system used to optimally control the independent voltage and capacitor banks using a linear optimization methodology to minimize the losses in the EEDCS and the EUS. An energy validation process system (EVP) is provided which is used to document the savings of the VCC and an EPP is used to optimize improvements to the EEDCS for continuously improving the energy losses in the EEDS. The EVP system measures the improvement in the EEDS a result of operating the VCC system in the ON state determining the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system. In addition the VCC system monitors pattern recognition events and compares them to the report-by-exception data to detect HVL events. If one is detected the VCC optimizes the capacity of the EEDS to respond to the HVL events by centering the piecewise linear solution maximizing the ability of the EDDS to absorb the HVL event.


Patent
Astrolink International LLC and Dominion | Date: 2017-03-06

A method and system for providing a secure communication network using an electrical distribution grid is disclosed. A device connected to the electrical distribution grid initiates a request for a secured key token by signaling an intelligent communicating device residing at or near an edge of the grid. The intelligent communicating device forwards the request to a receiver at a distribution substation on the electrical grid. This receiver enhances the properties of the request such that a grid location for the request can be inferred. The enhanced request is forwarded to a server at the distribution substation, which compares the request grid location to a Grid Map and Policies of known secure grid locations. Any inconsistencies between the grid location inferred from the enhanced request and the Grid Map and Policies locations are considered evidence of tampering, and the server rejects the request.


A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of voltage measurement using paired t statistical analysis applied to calculating a shift in average usage per customer from one time period to another time period for a given electrical use population where the pairing process is optimized using a novel technique to improve the accuracy of the statistical measurement.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2017-04-10

A multi-segmented, soft-bodied, artificial fishing lure or swim bait with a natural profile includes plastic control planes in each body segment to generate a lure that is stable in the water, and demonstrates realistic swimming motions in a range of retrieve speeds and even when allowed to sink. At least one clear, stiff plastic control plane is inserted in each body segment to generate a lifelike swimming motion when the lure is retrieved. Each control plane may be moved within a range of positions to provide realistic motions for specific fishing techniques. The control planes inserted into and sometimes through the lure body are invisible in the water and are adjustable to accommodate a range of water conditions, densities and temperatures. The placement of control planes create the ability to limit unnatural/undesirable movements and expand or accentuate natural and desirable movements in each segment of the body of the lure.

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