Advantages And Disadvantages Of Smart Homes

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Related Work Home automation or Smart Homes (also known as domotic) can be described as introduction of technology within the home environment to provide convenience, comfort, security and energy efficiency to its occupants. Adding intelligence to home environment can provide increased quality of life for the elderly and disabled people who might otherwise require caregivers or institutional care. There has been a significant increase in home automation in recent years due to higher affordability and advancement in Smart phones and tablets which allows vast connectivity. With the introduction of the Internet of Things, the research and implementation of home automation are getting more popular. Much of the research attention has been given…show more content…
Researchers have also attempted to provide network interoperability and remote access to control devices and appliances at home using home gateways by introducing a Wi-Fi based home control system using PC based web server which manages the connected home devices. Similar designs have also been presented where a dedicated web server, database and a web page have been developed to interconnect and manage the devices with the Internet. The disadvantages of these systems are twofold. Firstly, a high end personal computer has been utilized which not only increases the cost of installation but also increases the energy consumption. Secondly, development and hosting of web pages which also add to the cost. A GSM based communication and control for home appliances with different AT commands are sent to the Home Mobile for controlling different appliances. The drawback of this system is that users are not provided with a graphical user interface and users have to remember different AT commands to control the connected devices.[21] proposed mobile IP based architecture and its potential applications in Smart homes security and automation without any actual deployment and testing. However, the existing works were mainly focused on switching and controlling home appliances or connected devices rather than remotely monitoring of…show more content…
Features of the Proposed System In order to address the mentioned issues of flexibility and functionality in the literature survey, we designed and implemented a novel, standalone, flexible and low cost home controlling and monitoring system using RESTful based Web services as an interoperable application layer. The system consists of a micro Web - server based on Arduino Ethernet, hardware interface modules and the Android compatible Smart phone app. The architecture presented in this work can be customized in different ways in order to accommodate different application scenarios with minimum recoding and design i.e. each time a new device is added to the micro Web-server, a new thread dedicated to the device is automatically created in the Smart phone app. Hence, the aim of the proposed work is not to incorporate expensive components such as high end personal computers. This system allows authorized home owners to remotely control and monitor connected devices at home using any Wi-Fi or 3G/4G enabled Smart phone which supports Java. The smart phone app provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for accessing and controlling the devices at home through server real

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