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Home Automation

  1. Christos Douligeris

Published Online: 14 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse181

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Douligeris, C. 2007. Home Automation. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. .

Author Information

  1. University of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 DEC 2007

Abstract

Home automation is expected to increase comfort and security around the house and provide economic benefits through energy conservation. An ideal home automation system would relieve the inhabitant of a house of any unwanted manual control of every appliance and electrical or gas equipment in the house and would provide for an automated environment that would be aware of specific user needs and habits and program the operation of these appliances accordingly. Given the recent advances and drop in costs in computers, fiber optics, and multimedia communications, the concept of home automation systems has been extended to include data, voice, and visual communications inside a home. The recent expansion of the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) coupled with efficient home automation systems may provide an additional added value to the concepts of telecommuting; home schooling; interaction between students, teachers, and parents; home entertainment; and remote efficient resource management of home appliances.

Keywords:

  • home automation;
  • intelligent building design;
  • Interactive smart products;
  • Intelligent subsystems;
  • Central automation systems