Welcome to myHomeVillage.com, a site describing home automation projects to improve energy savings and dweller well-being using robotics, computers, mobile devices, and network and information services. We organized the projects into systems following a Home Automation Systems Architecture (HASA) using My Home technology and we have added a mac OS X Server to describe the home automation implementation and its operation.
We monitor and analyze the well-being of dwellers using the home infrastructure. The monitoring is implemented using the home automation infrastructure for Energy (utilities), Automation, Network, and Weather systems. For example, the collection of well-being data consists in translating dwellers motion into pulses that feed pulse counters to measure home activity for a period of up to two years. The home activity can be displayed hourly, daily, and monthly on a local touch screen or remotely over the internet using the web server. In the Weather system, there is a collection of live cameras that serve as pre alarms and to provide weather informations outside the home, the wind is monitored by the energy system and the data is displayed in the Touch Screen and in any browser, remotely, using the web server.
This site describes projects realized in collaboration with several other system integrators of My Home, a product of by Bticino-Legrand group. The project started in 2003 by rewiring a house to accommodate a family that likes to travel, and that will stay in the home during extended periods of the year. Automation was required to frequently open and close the house, to monitor the house remotely over the internet, keep the plants alive when the house is closed, and handle multimedia communication with service personal. Now the project is in an advanced stage where alternative energy generates income and savings in the cost of electricity, it improves the comfort, safety and security of the home, and it monitors dwellers wellbeing. The home has local and remote controls to help dwellers with surveillance, operation, and maintenance.
This site, still under construction, aims at demonstrating scripts that automatically discover the available devices in a home and enable the user to operate the home using smart documents that provide a description of the home for simultaneous operation and maintenance.
Most software applications used to control the house are native in mac computers and, preferably, no configuration data is needed from the home user during the installation of the application.
The implementation consists of components arranged in interconnected buses for security, automation, energy, and thermoregulation that are all managed by a local computers and several mobile devices located in a Local Area Network (LAN) enriched by the availability of internet services.