A smart home is an apartment or a building that is equipped with a number of intelligent electronic devices in order to increase energy efficiency, comfort, flexibility, and security. Automated tasks may include a broad range of activities such as control of lighting conditions, multi-media home entertainment systems, plant watering, pet feeding, surveillance systems, and adaptation of air conditioning settings to the number of people in a room.
These home automation tasks are accomplished primarily by interlinking management utilities (smart electricity meters, light and heating controllers, etc.), electric household appliances (stove, refrigerator, etc.), and multimedia appliances (television, DVD player, tuner, etc.). The extent of this research topic becomes more apparent when the smart home becomes part of a larger entity such as a smart neighborhood, a smart electricity grid, or even a smart city.
Members of COMMputation are pursuing these topics in projects like
- MEREGIO and MEREGIOmobil addressing the integration of information and communication technologies into the energy system and investigating the potential of intelligent control of energy consumption and production within smart homes.