Monday, November 10, 2014

The Internet of Things and what it means to architects and residents

The simplest kind of automation device, is a motion sensor connected to a light bulb. When a person trips the sensor, the light comes on for a specified interval.

When we were working on robotic vacuum cleaners, the one concept was, how could we use the same robotic vacuum cleaner as a robot for survelliance.

It is all quite simple, all you need is a 3G enabled robot which is directly streaming video from a camera embedded in the robot.

So this is one example of how equipment bought for cleaning, can be used for surveilliance.

The next is the concept of interlinked CCTVs, where multiple CCTVs can be connected to one central room, where any disturbances, can be viewed and the immediate notifications sent out.

From here, think of the event linked interlinked CCTV, where multiple CCTVs from 10 different houses are connected to motion and light sensors, hence only when someone trips the motion sensor literally, the CCTV lights up. This ensures that the security person only focusses where actual disturbances have occured.

Now the problem, for most architects, is feedback, like due to a certain design,
  • How is the WiFi coverage through out the house?
  • What is the average amount of light falling in the key areas in the house.
  • How is the water consumption, is it affecting the water table for the entire community.
  • What is the amount of sunlight currently falling on the property, is it enough to take the property off the grid?
This, for me, is the beauty of the Internet of things, since  little data collected from every device, will be enough for architects and designers in the area, to better their designs and make them more sustainable, more one with the environment.

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