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BY: MUDIT MISRA ANKITA RAMAN DEEPTI SINGH CHAUHAN SHAMBHAVI SINGH
What are smart homes & what is smart
about this home ???
How it really works ??? Do smart homes have a ground reality or
just a vague idea ???
Online edition of India's National Newspaper Sunday, Aug 08, 2004
For those of you who've watched sci-fi Hollywood films showing computerised intelligent homes and dismissed them as being fantasy, you're going to sit up. They're here in India, says KANCHANA BANERJEE.
This isn't fiction. Homes in Mumbai and Delhi are going the e-way. Says
Veetrag Bafna, MD, Zeos Infotech, that makes these smart e-Homes, "Name a fantasy and I'll be able to provide it for you." could just be taken care of by a mere call from your mobile or from your computer at work or just about anywhere. Sounds unbelievable but it's true!
Now, you can put all that behind you. Anything that you may have forgotten
So now all those fantastic homes where lights come on at a mere click of a
mouse or where the front door gets locked on pressing a switch are all for real. You can have a finger identification door, or a camera to photograph all visitors who come to your door. You can switch on/off the lights, airconditioner, fan and just about anything in your house by just calling from your mobile. You are taking guests to your home and you don't want to enter a dark house. A call from your mobile will activate the perfect lighting arrangement that has pre-programmed the way you like it to be. you've forgotten to switch off the light, fan or airconditioner on in your bedroom. Or worse, still wondered if you've switched off the geyser in the bath? These are common slips that happen to the best of us. We promise ourselves to be more careful next time but blame it on stress levels.
HOW many times have you been in your car and suddenly remembered that
Amit Gandhi, one of Veetrag's earliest clients, has a house that's sure to
leave you in a tizzy. The main door opens to the touch of his finger but remains stubbornly shut to that of a stranger's. After Gandhi's fingerprint has been identified not only does the door open, but there's also a friendly welcome ushering you in. Lights come on the moment he enters a room and shut off 30 seconds after he walks out. But Gandhi's favourite fantasy — the voice light activator, which allows him to say "Let there be light" and the lights come on.
You can ask for anything and Veetrag and his team can programme
it for you. Want to keep a watch on your children, the pets or the maid in the kitchen? Cameras keep you informed of all that's happening at home. And you can see what's happening at home from anywhere. All you'll need is a computer. If you want the TV to switch off at a certain time so that your children aren't glued to it all day long while you're out, you can do that too.Says Veetrag, "We offer a complete wire free setup. So no digging up your floor or tearing down your walls. I can customise my products to what the clients needs."
An e-smart home package for a two to three-bedroom house/flat
could cost up to Rs. 3.5 lakhs.Nirmal Lifestyle — a mega-housing complex that's coming up in the suburb of Mumbai has 100 such ehomes for which Veetrag's Zeos is making the gizmos. A number of other companies have also sprung up offering similar technological wonders. BenQ and Linksys (division of Cisco Systems Inc.) and AEEL (Anchor Electronics and Electrical Ltd) are also big players in the remote control arena.
Microwave oven manufacturers like LG, Samsung and
Whirlpool have come out with an oven with enough artificial intelligence to figure out the cooking time of different dishes and set the timer by itself. So if you're the intelligent user of these super intelligent gadgets, you can rest easy. No need to worry about what you left undone. It can be fixed from anywhere in the globe as long as you have a mobile and a computer with Internet connection.
That's life for you.
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Things to be considered when specifying smart homes equipment -: Levels of specification
The design of a smart home needs to take into account not only the form of the house itself but also the requirements, both generic and specific, of the people who may live in and visit the house.
What are the underlying technologies that will be used to provide interoperability in the home?
Context specific requirements.
The design and structure of the building in which they will be installed will influence the technologies decided on.
User specific function.
The infrastructure and basic set of equipment can be customised by the addition of devices to meet the specific needs and preferences of the residents of the home.
An appropriate understanding of the user and their needs will form an essential part of any specification.
What the house can do ??
Telephone control. Integrated security. Safety system. Independent living. Making life easier.
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