A monitoring system determines when a receiving device is in stand-by mode by monitoring usage of the receiving device on a daily basis. Periodic status checks are performed (e.g., every minute) and based on these status checks, it is determined what mode the receiving device was in for each half hour (or other selected interval) of the day. The middle of the longest period of the day the receiving device was determined to be in stand-by mode is determined as a desired time of day for software updates or other automated actions to occur. This process repeats every day and these determined times of day for software updates are averaged over the number of days the usage data was collected to use as the time of day going forward (based on a moving average) for software updates or other automated actions to be performed on the receiving device.
John A. Fleming - Newtown CT Edward A. Kakos - Norwalk CT
E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company - Wilmington DE
The present invention is directed to a rotor identification system operable to identify each of a plurality of 2. sup. N rotors. Each rotor has at least two synchronizing detectable elements thereon and up to N additional identifying detectable elements. The identification system comprises a first and a second detector, each detector being operative to generate a synchronizing signal upon the passage of a synchronizing detectable element in proximity thereto; and means responsive to the substantially simultaneous generation of a synchronizing signal from each of the first and second detectors for generating an identification enabling signal. Rotor identification signal generating means responsive to the identification enabling signal is provided for generating a rotor identification signal in accordance with the number of identifying detectable elements provided on the rotor.