Disaster Detection and Management has gotten a lot better this New Year
Apart from energy savings, a major USP with respect to Smart Homes this year has been ‘practical’ disaster management. Remember that not too long ago, disaster management from the Indian perspective was still being discussed theoretically. Now, we have multiple used cases to look at.
Proactive/Predictive maintenance has received a major shot in the arm. Consumer durables such as air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, and more now come with the error code generation capabilities. These are generated whenever there is a deviation (picked up by smart sensors fitted within) from the standard working conditions.
Through IoT-driven mechanisms, all consumer durables can be interfaced over wireless networks, and the generated error codes can then reach designated service stations for early repairs and thereby preventing casualties.
In a non-IoT scenario error conditions, as determined above, do not reach people on time thereby leading to large-scale disasters such as fire hazards, short circuits, and more.
I am in for proactive maintenance as it saves valuable time and money; but I need help on the right technology protocols
From the underlying technology point of view, it is vital that you have powerful Signal Processing Cores for enabling quick and reliable actions that could arise due to low power signal processing.
“In fact, various algorithms can be developed for signal processing and decision making at the edge, thereby minimising high bandwidth communication with the cloud. Such a system would drive the next wave of growth in seamless deployment of smart solutions in today’s connected world”, states Sajith Kandiyil, Founder & Chairman of Avenech Systems that specialises in Embedded systems.
As per Ganesh, it becomes easy to develop Smart Home Automation solutions when algorithms/protocols focus on the below key areas:
- Density (and number of) of devices to be controlled
- Ease of installation, maintenance, and remote connectivity.
In tandem with these, the exact protocols that are to be used in any Smart Home Automation system are Bluetooth LE, Zigbee, LoRA, and WLAN. Remember that these are listed from a DIY point of view. In case you outsource Home Automation networks to service providers, there could be algorithms built around various other protocols. Nonetheless, the focus here is easy implementation of IoT-driven solutions.
Individual aspects of your home are not the same anymore; check out what they have turned into
Individually, you can take better control of areas that were considered out of reach beyond a basic level. These are:
Security: Security of your home should no longer be a concern. “Through automated door locks, you can lock your doors from any location. You can also opt to be alerted each time someone enters your home, allowing you to continuously monitor your home.”, states Bastin.
This clearly is indicative of the level of enhancement in remote monitoring of homes.
Smart Appliances: These not only help in conserving electricity, but masquerade the whole home atmosphere in case you are not physically present so as to convey an opinion to the outsiders that you are at home while you aren’t.
Room temperature gets dynamically controlled: “Once you are back from work, it usually takes a fair amount of time to adjust to your home’s interior temperature to suit your comfort. IOT automation systems can even operate on weeklong cycles depending on the weather outside. This is both cost-effective and helps save energy.”, explains Bastin.