The Internet of Things

BYODAs we see it and discuss it with our clients, the next big thing is the “Internet of Things.”

One need only envision any device or machine that functions with, or responds to, any type of electronic sensor, switch, relay, or solenoid to grasp the scope of opportunity which exists within the Internet of Things.

One of our clients is currently engineering complete controls for the home to allow you to remotely monitor every type of functionality in your home on an individual basis, down to individual LED lamps that will be connected through the Internet of Things.   We already have simple devices that can interconnect with fire and burglar alarms, as well as tell you if your doors are locked or not, and will allow you to remotely lock or unlock them.   We have devices that can control the temperature of your HVAC system.   Let’s think about simple implementation.  Let’s say that I’ve developed a control that connects to everything that can be measured, controlled, and regulated–in any way–in my home or business.  You’ll have sensors, mechanical switches, electrical metering, HVAC controls, etc.  For simplicity’s sake at the residential lever, let’s call it Home Rule.  That’s as innocuous a term as we might be able to pick without violating anyone’s patent or trademark, yet explains what we want to communicate.

 

Now, imagine the Home Rule device can be developed with any number of sensors or trigger inputs, or Bluetooth connectivity, but if there is a need for my home to communicate with my electrical provider bi-directionally, the communication link must be conceptualized, developed and implemented.

Further, there must be defining rules established for the overall linking and syncing order of metered appliances, outlets, mechanical switches for water pressure pounds/sq. in, drain monitoring, temperature via zonal controls, remote measurement of temperatures in the case of remote freezers, refrigerators, etc.

In States where there are window solar guidelines, it’s quite conceivable that Home Rule will be made responsible for solar shielding or power shedding. And all of this must be controllable via the Web…and even more so, via Smartphone application with either IPhone or Android use.

In this simple home installation of a concept called Home Rule, there are not only communications issues to be addressed, but each individual item not currently built for monitoring or “sensoring” must be modified or “after marketed” to create  input device circuitry needed to functionally drive the application.

For the first 10 years of implementation of a concept similar to Home Rule, we’re betting that the after-market will be a huge opportunity area for manufacturers and vendors. You may be able to be cutting edge with clients via licensing with vendors.  Beyond that time window, and based upon general maintenance and reliability, many appliances will be able to be replaced and new circuitry can be integrated.  Control of devices such as lamps, lighting circuits, etc., will need to be addressed on an individual ad-hoc basis as required.

Our  initial research demonstrates that many of the first switching circuits may be set up as bi directional diodes built within LED lighting fixtures.  The diodes can function as switches overriding a standard wall switch or click-on/click-off.

Let’s think about commercial clients.

Every aspect of manufacturing or of completion or of development can be sensored, electrically/mechanically restructured, or redesigned to allow sensors and switches to be installed and to operate within the sphere of the I of T in a way to make machinery, transportation, even aircraft work within the I of T.  Think manufacturing, think medical, think small business oversight.  Requirements can be designed on the front end or by using aftermarket sensors, switches, or connectivity to become part of the “Internet of Things.”

But let’s go several steps further.

We are working with electricity providers now, planning the devices and functionality to assess what is “on” in your home and what should be “on” or “off” at any specific time.   Think you were rushing around this morning and forgot to turn off the stove or the coffeemaker or the iron?  Check it from your computer and turn it off, if needed.  Measure your electrical usage remotely, and control the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) within one degree so that you have full control of your in-home environment from your smartphone.
The security and comfort of your home can be assured–and the cloud enables sensors, electronic switches and controls to help you monitor and direct the functionality, enhancing your lifestyle.  Cloud programming and control of data storage builds a model against which your home can operate seamlessly, with any potential problems addressed before they occur and any required fail safe measures provided.
And that’s just for individual home use.
Contact us to discuss working with us to expand the Internet of Things to include your needs, or the needs of your client.

 

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