Presentation on theme: "SSIA SUMMIT October 2014 Advanced Bridging Technologies Hold Key to Finally Making Smart Homes a Reality Fred Dart – FTDI Chip."— Presentation transcript:
SSIA SUMMIT October 2014 Advanced Bridging Technologies Hold Key to Finally Making Smart Homes a Reality Fred Dart – FTDI Chip
Introduction The employment of technology to monitor and control basic domestic functions automatically is a concept that is far from new. For well over a decade now the possibility of creating what have become known as ‘smart homes’ has gained a great deal of media attention - promising enhanced comfort, improved safety and higher energy efficiency levels within the places we inhabit.
Introduction ctd. Until now though actual takeup has been very limited. Reasons for this include – -High cost of implementation -Different technologies which don’t talk to each other -Low communication speeds give poor response times ( X10 for example ) -Limited connectivity
Home Automation Summarised Typical view of a Home Automation System System Controller SensorsActuators User Interface -Buttons -Touch Pad -Internet -Smartphone -Motion -Temperature -Light -Occupancy -Lamp -Camera -Blinds Communications
Wired Wireless Powerline Common Networking Technologies 6LoWPAN
Home Automation in the news
Examples of New Wireless Home Technology Philips Hue Lighting - Zigbee + WiFi LiFX Lighting - 6LoWPAN + WiFi Nest Thermostat
Benefits / Problems of New Technology -Benefits Finally, low cost wireless communication becomes a possibility. Mass adoption drives the cost down finally making the possibility of affordable Smart Homes a reality -Issues A lack of common standards for devices – inability to link devices together Over reliance of mobile phones as the control point * Too many different apps with no common look and feel * Lost mobile phones * Friends and Family unfriendly No common approach to security for internet connected devices
Content Home Automation Overview (see Home Automation.pptx )Home Automation.pptx –Definition –Technology Application Roadmap Pilot Project - Proof of Concept –System Concept and Objectives –Hardware and Software 2 nd Step –Sneak Preview
Alternative System Concept Zigbee enabled light bulbs are arranged in a mesh network. Control, i.e. turning on or off, dimming, can be done via FT900 + FT800 platform. Smart phone. Smart phone is connected to the FT900-FT800 platform using Wi-Fi Direct. GUI on the smart phone and the touch screen display have the same look-and-feel. FT900 FT800 Zigbee Wi-Fi SPI UART Touch Display Wi-Fi Direct RGBTouch Communications path Communications path
Objectives Proof-of-concept for a home automation smart bridge based on the FT900 + FT800 platform, bridging Wi-Fi to other common wireless technologies such as Zigbee, 6LoWPAN etc… Build the required hardware and software blocks which can be subsequently implemented in a home automation smart bridge. FT900+FT800
Technology Demonstration Thank you all for listening..