Mechanical Engineers Design Smart Homes

Mechanical Engineers Design Smart Homes

Figure 1. Smart Home Technology

A virtual home model

Home Network Management

Network operators are looking for new ways in which they can help customers quickly discover, troubleshoot, and fix their home network issues including Wi-Fi and cable TV connectivity. In the past, network operators have been limited by the software application capabilities within these devices.  Smart Home Technology can send an alert to the customer or the customer service center when a problem is detected, or they can allow customers to monitor and troubleshoot their network health through a mobile application.  (Combine Heat and Power)

Examples of smart home technologies

Nearly every aspect of life where technology has entered the domestic space (lightbulbs, dishwashers and so on) has seen the introduction of a smart home alternative: (See Figure 1. Above)

  • Smart TVs connect to the internet to access content through applications, such as on-demand video and music. Some smart TVs also include voice or gesture recognition.
  • In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized, smart lighting systems, such as Hue from Philips Lighting Holding B.V., can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed. Smart lightbulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
  • Smart thermostats, such as Nest from Nest Labs Inc., come with integrated Wi-Fi, allowing users to schedule, monitor and remotely control home temperatures. These devices also learn homeowners’ behaviors and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remind users to change filters, among other things.
  • Using smart locks and garage-door openers, users can grant or deny access to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near and unlock the doors for them.
  • With smart security cameras, residents can monitor their homes when they are away or on vacation. Smart motion sensors are also able to identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behavior is detected. (Thermal Devices)
  • Pet care can be automated with connected feeders. Houseplants and lawns can be watered by way of connected timers.
  • Kitchen appliances of all sorts are available, including smart coffee makers that can brew you a fresh cup as soon as your alarm goes off; smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand; slower cookers and toasters; and, in the laundry room, washing machines and dryers.
  • Household system monitors may, for example, sense an electric surge and turn off appliances or sense water failures or freezing pipes and turn off the water so there isn’t a flood in your basement.

In Conclusion:  Glew Engineering can organize your every need in your ‘”Smart Home” to make your everyday life easier and safer.

3 thoughts on “Mechanical Engineers Design Smart Homes”

  1. Hey Alex – Excellent overview of home automation technology. I agree that smart homes is a fast moving industry. We have been installing a lot of Savant and Control4. Thanks a ton for posting this. Good luck!

  2. It is a wonderful article stating about engineers organize smart homes, which can be the best option as per your need. I like how you have researched and presented these exact points so clearly.

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