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Energy Efficiency

          Application: Home Control


          Pains & drivers



          While comfort and safety are probably the most important selection criteria in home, energy efficiency, and the ability to reduce the “environmental footprint” of the house is getting more and more relevant.

          Average breakdown of home energy consumption:
          • Heating & Cooling: 60%
          • Lighting: 14%
          • Electrical applicances: 14%
          • Hot water sanitary: 12%

          How can a customer manage energy more efficiently?

          Energy savings can be achieved through automating different functions of the regular daily life:
          • Lighting control: turning off unnecessary lights sensing when nobody is in a room through presence detector, dimming the light intensity according to exterior lighting conditions, scheduling exterior lighting according predefined patters, ...
          • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning control: setting optimal temperatures for the different rooms of the house, Predefining heating/AC patterns in advance according to regular needs, remotely controlling heating/AC, ...
          • Etc.

          Other functionalities can also improve energy efficiency:
          • Alarm handling
          • Preventive protection
          • Remote control
          • Multimedia control
          • Etc.

          Solutions or architectures used in the application

          Home automation solutions are focused on the specific automation requirements of private homes and in the comfort and security of its residents. Usually, there are three main system architectures classified according to where the intelligence of the system resides:

          • Centralized Architecture: a centralized controller receives information of multiple sensors and, once processed, generates the opportune orders for the actuators.

          • Distributed Architecture: all the intelligence of the system is distributed by all the modules that are sensors or actuators. Usually it is typical of the systems of wiring in bus.

          • Mixed Architecture: systems with decentralized architecture as far as which they have several small devices able to acquire and to process the information of multiple sensors and to transmit them to the rest of devices distributed by the house.
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