Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 in order to work with a wider range of devices in the home. Support for a wider range of devices will come with the integration of protocols established by the Open Connectivity Foundation, a foundation with members like Qualcomm, Samsung, Cisco and Microsoft. The OCF will create a set of open specifications and protocols to enable devices from a variety of manufactures to securely and seamlessly interact with one another. This can contribute to the further expansion of home automations systems in the house. Users will be able to program “actions” so the personal assistant, Cortana, can be used to switch on lights, air conditioning or even unlock cars. For example, users will be able to speak, “lights” to their smartphones, and the bulbs will turn on.
The Belgian health start-up, FamilyEye, has developed a patented system that can detect when someone falls in his house. A that moment a message is automatically sent to the pre-registered persons.
The start-up has also developed two modules for activity monitoring and social contact. The FamilyEye sensor can observe self-care-dependent people and thus detect changes in their life pattern at an early stage. The social contact module helps these people to stay in contact with their loved ones via sound and image.
The Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI) has created a new technical committee BIM* & ICT that will also focus on ICT and other technologies of the future like drones, 3D prints, Internet of Things, etc.
One of the actual tendencies is the demand for integrated home automation systems: the sun that controls the ventilation and the closing of the curtains, remote control, tele security, … In other words, objects start to communicate with each other and need therefore the right information. Thanks to the BIM-protocol the lamp that switches on can “say” to the curtains: “close”. The protocol takes also the level of execution, the expected live span and the energy consumption into consideration.
The BBRI is also setting up a BimPortal, an information and sensitization portal on BIM. The portal aims to centralize all information on BIM.
*BIM: Building Information Modeling
Source: CSTC-Contact 2016/2
iMinds, Flanders’ digital research centre, has launched the “City of Things” project in the Belgium city of Antwerp last year. About a year ago iMinds, several universities and IT businesses have teamed up to roll out a network of sensors in Antwerp. This network can make for instance footpaths, roads and utilities “intelligent”. The generated information will help to facilitate the resident’s or visitor’s life. Today the city is equipped with sensors and the first projects are being developed.
City of Things research tracks include the development of new network technologies to efficiently connect sensors to the Internet, translating large amounts of data (from those sensors) into knowledge, and gathering and applying user insights to turn that knowledge into innovative products and services. This project pays also attention to the rules of play regarding privacy, ethics and open cooperation.
Interested in participating? email@example.com
Source: City of Things
The home automation system Tebis from Hager is based on KNX; the official standard for technical control of houses and other buildings. Hager has developed “easy link” (configuration tool TXA 100), a simplified programming method that will help installers to program the home automation system in a user-friendly way. The configuration kit TXA 100 will enable the installer to program more easily and more efficiently. The KNX installation has to be configured when all products are installed. This configuration is done by means of the configuration tool TXA 100 consisting of:
- a configuration server. This is a central unit containing a program enabling the configuration of the installation. The server disposes of a KNX and Ethernet connection.
- a Wi-Fi router for the connection between the configuration server and the user interfaces (PC, tablets, smartphone, etc.)
- a KNX-bus power supply and 24V = the power supply has a tension of 24V = for the configuration server and 30V for the KNX bus components when necessary.
Source : ElectroVision magazine, juin 2016