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Smart home remote control with Android support

Vardalakis Nikolaos

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Year 2017
Type of Item Diploma Work
Bibliographic Citation Nikolaos Vardalakis, "Smart home remote control with Android support", Diploma Work, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2017
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Overuse of electricity consumption has caused a number of environmental and economic issues over the past decades. Typical household appliances are known to require a lot of power for everyday use and the average household contains a large number of such devices. Users that do not manage their appliances properly are responsible for significantly increasing the energy footprint of the average home. This paper has designed and implemented a smart home management and control system based on the concept of the Internet of Things, that will help reduce the wasted electricity of the average household, by utilizing the BeagleBone Black, Android, and Arduino technologies. The system presents an alternative to well-known building automation systems (BAS), mainly because of its low cost and its features. The system, when in operation, periodically gathers information about the smart home from the various sensors and is subsequently making smart decisions regarding the energy conservation of the smart home, while also providing basic security and alarm features. The design is non-invasive and can be implemented easily into any home. The system is characterized by flexibility, as it can be modified to interface with any commercial sensor, such as for example humidity sensors, or more accurate temperature sensors. The capabilities of the Android platform allow for providing an easy-to-use interface to the user, who have full control over their household appliances by controlling them remotely through their smartphones. The system requires minimum user supervision and helps the users make more conscious choices during their everyday lives, significantly reducing the energy impact of houses to the grid and eliminating wasted energy.

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