Why There Is Nothing Smart about the Current Smart Home and Smart Meter

Today I gave a seminar to the BCIT Building Science Graduate Program faculty and masters students. It was a one hour presentation with a half-hour discussion session. Here is the abstract:

Home automation is often seen as the cornerstone of the smart home and the smart meter is often heralded as the key component supporting energy displays that can notify home occupants of their energy usage. However, they are not. Home automation allows for remote access to sensor and actuators within a home and the rudimentary automation of them through a calendaring system and a set of rigid rules. A smart meter is only a digital power meter with enhanced communications capabilities. These systems are not actually smart. We need to look beyond home automation and the smart meter. We need to define what intelligence is needed to actually make a home and a power meter smart.

The meeting was well attended and we had some very good discussion. Well back to thesis writing….

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