SSIA SUMMIT October 2014 Advanced Bridging Technologies Hold Key to Finally Making Smart Homes a Reality Fred Dart – FTDI Chip Introduction The employment of technology to monitor and control basic domestic functions automatically is a concept that is far from new. For well over a decade now the possibility of creating what have become known as ‘smart homes’ has gained a great deal of media attention - promising enhanced comfort, improved safety and higher energy efficiency levels within the places we inhabit. Introduction ctd. Until now though actual takeup has been very limited. Reasons for this include – - High cost of implementation - Different technologies which don’t talk to each other - Low communication speeds give poor response times ( X10 for example ) - Limited connectivity Home Automation Summarised • Typical view of a Home Automation System Sensors - Motion Temperature Light Occupancy Actuators Communications Communications System Controller User Interface Buttons Touch Pad Internet Smartphone - Lamp - Camera - Blinds Common Networking Technologies Wireless Wired 6LoWPAN Powerline Home Automation in the news Examples of New Wireless Home Technology • Philips Hue Lighting - Zigbee + WiFi • LiFX Lighting - 6LoWPAN + WiFi • Nest Thermostat Benefits / Problems of New Technology - - Benefits Finally, low cost wireless communication becomes a possibility. Mass adoption drives the cost down finally making the possibility of affordable Smart Homes a reality Issues A lack of common standards for devices – inability to link devices together Over reliance of mobile phones as the control point * Too many different apps with no common look and feel * Lost mobile phones * Friends and Family unfriendly No common approach to security for internet connected devices Content • Home Automation Overview (see Home Automation.pptx ) – Definition – Technology • Application Roadmap • Pilot Project - Proof of Concept – System Concept and Objectives – Hardware and Software • 2nd Step – Sneak Preview Alternative System Concept Communications path Wi-Fi Direct UART SPI Wi-Fi Zigbee FT900 SPI Communications path FT800 RGB Touch Touch Display • Zigbee enabled light bulbs are arranged in a mesh network. • Control, i.e. turning on or off, dimming, can be done via • FT900 + FT800 platform. • Smart phone. • Smart phone is connected to the FT900-FT800 platform using Wi-Fi Direct. • GUI on the smart phone and the touch screen display have the same look-and-feel. Objectives • Proof-of-concept for a home automation smart bridge based on the FT900 + FT800 platform, bridging Wi-Fi to other common wireless technologies such as Zigbee, 6LoWPAN etc… • Build the required hardware and software blocks which can be subsequently implemented in a home automation smart bridge. FT900+FT800 Technology Demonstration • Thank you all for listening..