Title:
METHOD FOR INDICATING CHARGE STATUS OF BACKUP POWER SUPPLY AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE EMPLOYING THE SAME
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method for indicating the charge status of a backup power supply of a communication device includes detecting the charge status of the backup power supply. If the charge status of the backup power supply is lower than or equal to a predetermined charge status, the communication device alerts via a telephone connected thereto. The communication device alerts a user by sounding one or more tones if the telephone is off-hook, and alerts user by sounding one or more rings if the telephone is on-hook.



Inventors:
WU, Kun-yi (Taipei, TW)
Application Number:
12/346766
Publication Date:
09/03/2009
Filing Date:
12/30/2008
Assignee:
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (Tu-Cheng, TW)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
340/636.2
International Classes:
H04M3/42; G08B21/18
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Primary Examiner:
KING, SIMON
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ScienBiziP, PC (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A method for indicating a charge status of a backup power supply of a communication device, comprising: detecting a charge status of the backup power supply; and alerting via a telephone connected to the communication device if the charge status of the backup power supply is lower than or equal to a predetermined charge status; wherein the alerting comprises alerting a user by sounding one or more tones if the telephone is in an off-hook state.

2. The method as described in claim 1, further comprising alerting the user by sounding one or more rings if the telephone is in an on-hook state.

3. The method as described in claim 2, wherein the telephone communicates and connects directly to the communication device via a cable.

4. The method as described in claim 1, wherein the communication device sends a charge status message of the backup power supply in a caller identification (ID) format to the telephone.

5. The method as described in claim 4, wherein the charge status message is displayed on a display of the telephone in the caller ID format.

6. A communication device, comprising: a primary power supply providing electrical power for the communication device to operate; a backup power supply providing electrical power for the communication device to operate when the primary power supply stops supplying electrical power; a first detection module detecting a charge status of the backup power supply of the communication device; a second detection module detecting whether a telephone connected to the communication device is in an off-hook state; and a telephone module altering via the telephone if the charge status of the backup power supply is lower than or equal to a predetermined charge status; wherein the alerting comprises alerting a user by sounding one or more tones if the telephone is in off-hook state.

7. The communication device as described in claim 6, wherein the telephone module alerts the user by sounding one or more rings if the telephone is in an on-hook state.

8. The communication device as described in claim 7, wherein the communication device sends a charge status message of the backup power supply in a caller identification (ID) format to the telephone.

9. The communication device as described in claim 8, wherein the telephone communicates and connects directly to the communication device via a cable.

10. The communication device as described in claim 6, wherein the communication device sends a charge status message of the backup power supply in a caller identification (ID) format to the telephone.

11. The communication device as described in claim 10, wherein the charge status message is displayed on a display of the telephone in the caller ID format.

Description:

BACKGROUND

1. Technical Field

The present disclosure relates to a charge status measurement and communication method, and more particularly to a method for indicating charge status of a backup power supply and a communication device using the same.

2. Description of Related Art

Traditional telephones usually do not need an additional power line connected to a socket to provide electrical power, and can work with electrical power provided over the telephone line. That is, the traditional telephone can still work during a localized power outage.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is getting more and more popular these days and provides another convenient choice for telephony services. A communication device that uses a VoIP service may require a local power supply, which means VoIP services may not be available during power outages.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a communication device and a telephone.

FIG. 2 is a flowchart of one embodiment of actively monitoring charge status of a backup power supply.

FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram of one embodiment of a telephone equipped with a display.

FIG. 4 is a flowchart of one embodiment of passively altering charge status of a backup power supply.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a communication device 110 which is connected to and cooperates with a communication terminal, such as a telephone 100 or a personal computer. The telephone 100 and the communication device 110 are both customer premise equipments. The telephone 100 directly communicates with the communication device 110 via a cable 105. The telephone 100 may be a traditional telephone equipped with a landline or any kind of Internet Protocol (IP) telephone. The communication device 110 may comprise any customer premise equipment, such as a set-top box, a digital subscriber line (DSL) modem, a cable modem, or any other type of integrated access device. The communication device 110 is connected to a communication network 120. The communication network 120 may be the Internet or a local area network (LAN), which may comprise a plurality of telephones or communication devices that can be configured to communicate with the telephone 100.

According to an embodiment, the communication device 110 comprises a telephone module 111, a first detection module 112, a primary power supply 113, a backup power supply 114 and a second detection module 115. The telephone module 111 is utilized to communicate with a communication terminal, such as the telephone 100. The first detection module 112 is utilized to detect a charge status of the backup power supply 114. The charge status indicates how many percent charged is the backup power supply, such as fully charged, 80% charged etc. The telephone module 111 may comprise an integrated circuit (IC) with telephony communication capabilities, and the first detection module 112 may be made up of a voltage detection circuit of the IC of the telephone module 111. The primary power supply 113 provides electrical power for the communication device 110 to operate. The primary power supply 113 may be connected to an external power source. In one example, the primary power supply 113 may be connected to a home electrical socket via a power adapter. In another example, the primary power supply 113 may comprise at least one transformer for converting external power to an appropriate voltage level for the communication device 110 and a rectifier circuit for converting alternating current to appropriate direct current for respective internal modules of the communication device 110. The backup power supply 114 may comprise one or more batteries. The second detection module 115 detects and determines work status of the telephone 100. For example, if the telephone 100 is in use, the second detection module 115 determines that the work status of the telephone 100 is off-hook. If the telephone is not in use, the second detection module 115 determines that the work status of the telephone 100 is on-hook.

The backup power supply 114 is configured to provide power to the communication device 110 when power provided by the primary power supply 113 is insufficient such as during a blackout.

The communication device 110 may actively monitor charge status of the backup power supply 114, or passively receive charge status queries and respond with messages indicating the charge status of the backup power supply 114. Active charge status monitoring is explained next.

With reference to FIG. 2, the first detection module 112 actively and continuously detects charge status of the backup power supply 114 of the communication device 110 (step S200) and determines whether to activate an alarm based on the detected charge status of the backup power supply 114. If the first detection module 112 determines to activate an alarm, step S204 is executed. If the first detection module 112 determines not to activate an alarm, step S200 is repeated.

In one example, the first detection module 112 may convert the detected charge status of the backup power supply 114 into a numerical format, and determine if that number is lower than a predetermined value. If the numerical charge status of the backup power supply 114 is lower than the predetermined value, the first detection module 112 determines that the backup power supply 114 has too little charge remaining and activates the alarm. If the numerical charge status of the backup power supply 114 is higher than or equal to the predetermined value, the first detection module 112 determines that the backup power supply 114 is has sufficient charge remaining.

It should be understood that a plurality of predetermined values may be utilized to differentiate many charge statuses associated with different alarm or non-alarm conditions.

The alarm means may comprise different tones, rings and messages. The alarm frequency may also be adjusted. For example, when charge status of the backup power supply 114 gets lower, the frequency of alarms signals may increase such as from once every minute for 40% charge remaining to once every ten seconds for 10% charge remaining to impart a greater sense of urgency to a user. If the alarms are in the form of messages, they may comprise caller identification (caller ID, or caller number identification) information. Exemplary disclosure of different charge statuses and corresponding alarm means are shown in Table 1.

TABLE 1
The firstThe secondThe third
Charge statusalarm meansalarm meansalarm means
The first statusThe first toneThe first ringThe first caller ID
The secondThe second toneThe second ringThe second
statuscaller ID
. . .. . .. . .. . .
The Nth statusThe Nth toneThe Nth ringThe Nth caller ID

The alarms may comprise tones, rings and caller ID information. N is a positive integer greater than 2. The caller ID information may comprise characters, numbers, symbols or figures to represent a corresponding charge status. For example, a caller ID “CHARGE20” is utilized to indicate the charge status of the back power supply is 20% charged. The first detection module 112 can determine charge status of the backup power supply 114 and a caller ID information corresponding to the charge status.

In step S204, the second detection module 115 detects work status of the telephone 100 (step S204) and determines whether the telephone 100 is in an on-hook state or an off-hook state. In this embodiment, for example, the second detection module 115 detects status of the telephone 100 utilizing the telephone module 111. It is to be understood that the communication device 110 may notify any other telephone or telephones of the charge status of the backup power supply 114. The second detection module 115 may distinguish states of the telephone 100 other than on-hook or off-hook.

When the telephone 100 is off-hook, the telephone module 111 alerts a user by sounding one or more tones (step S208). In addition, the telephone module 111 may utilize caller ID format to transmit a charge status message to the telephone 100.

FIG. 3 shows an exemplary embodiment of the telephone 100. The telephone 100 is equipped with a display 101. Upon receiving a charge status message of the backup power supply 114, the telephone 100 displays the message on the display 101.

When the telephone 100 is on-hook, the telephone module 111 alerts a user by one or more rings (step S210). In addition, the telephone module 111 may also utilize caller ID format to transmit a charge status message of the backup power supply 114. Upon receiving a charge status message of the backup power supply 114, the telephone 100 displays the message on the display 101.

This is the way that the communication device 110 can actively notify a telephone of charge status of the backup power supply 114. The passive charge status alerting is explained next.

When the telephone 100 sends a charge status query to the communication device 110, the communication device 110 receives the charge status query and responds to the query with a message indicating the charge status of the backup power supply 114. The telephone 100 may call specific numbers to query the charge status. For example, the communication device 110 stores a digit map table, and each entry in the digit map table comprises a digit map. The communication device 110 compares a called number sent by the telephone 100 with the digit maps. If the called number conforms to a specific digit map, the communication device 110 takes the called number as a charge status query and responds to the query.

With reference to FIG. 4, the communication device 110 receives a specific number from the telephone 100 (step S300) and determines whether the number sent from the telephone 100 conforms to a specific entry in the specific digit map table (step S302). If the number conforms to the specific entry, the first detection module 112 detects and determines the current charge status of the backup power supply 114 (step S304), and responds to the received number with a caller ID via the telephone module 111 to notify the telephone 100 of the current charge status message of the backup power supply 114.

If the number sent from the telephone 100 does not conform to any entry in the digit map table, the communication device 110 executes general telephone call out service in response to the received number (step S308).

In conclusion, the foregoing communication device 110 may actively monitoring charge status of the backup power supply 114, or passively receive charge status queries and respond thereto with charge status messages. The method of notifying charge status information may comprise different tones, rings, and messages. The frequency of charge status notifications may also be adjusted.

It is to be understood, however, that even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and function of the invention, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in detail, especially in matters of shape, size, and arrangement of parts within the principles of the invention to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms in which the appended claims are expressed.