Buildings account for more than a 35 % of the energy consumption in Europe. Therefore a step towards more sustainable lifestile is to use home automation to optimize the energy consumption “automatically”. This paper reports about the usage and some of the remaining challenges of especially wireless but also powerline communication in a home automation setting. For many years, home automation has been visible to many, but accessible to only a few, because of inadequate integration of systems. A vast number of both standard and proprietary communication protocols are used, and systems are often difficult to install and configure so professional assistance is needed. In this paper we report about our experience in constructing an open universal home automation framework enabling interoperability of multiple communication protocols. The framework can easily be expanded in order to support new protocols, and due to the open source nature of the framework, this expansion can even be implemented by external vendors. We also elaborate upon the difficulties we have had with integrating commercial devices that should be interoperable.
Proceedings of the Wpmc 2010, 2010
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International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications. WMPC 2010
Internation Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications