Nik is a full-time Professor of Computer Science and Director of Distributed and Intelligent Systems (DISYS) research centre at University of Derby, UK. He also retains a part-time affiliation with the University of Bedfordshire, UK. His research...
Juan Dalmasso: Argentine entrepreneur developing low-cost home automation system
Source: "Argentine Lucas Funes designed a home automation system for his final project when he was studying electronics in 2004, but it ended up going far beyond that. The project became a focus for EnOrbitas, a local incubator, and he launched a start-up with his brother Gonzalo in his garage. After trying out various technologies, the two presented Go Live Home last year, a combination of Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based software to create “smart homes”.
“Technology has become so simple that users will purchase the plug & play equipment at the store and install it in their house to — all at a cost less than fifteen times of what is in the market today,” said Funes from his garage. Using an antenna connected to a computer or an Android tablet or phone, the system, still in beta, automatically identifies each device present in the home and uploads the information to a program hosted on the Internet. To program the system, the user will need to enter the site and assign each unit with simple drags and drops. Since Android support it, users can even make voice commands. Among the features are being developed are on and off remote device and automatic controls for environmental or energy management, among others."