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… Read More

Testing Version 2 of the RS-485 Shield

Yesterday I received the new PCBs for Fritzing for a RS-485 Shield that will work withe Arduino Due and Maple. This shield has headers to either plug in and XBee module or Electric Imp breakout board for wireless communications. I have tested the Rs-485 communications and all is working well. Next, I will test XBee and… Read More

APMR Version 2.0 Released

Version 2.0 of the Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project is now released. APMR s an open source hardware and software project. APMR reads the power and energy (Wh) readings of RS485/Modbus communicating power meters at a constant interval. Readings are recorded on an SD card and/or sent over the Internet using a HTTP RESTful… Read More

A Smarter Smart Home: Case Studies of Ambient Intelligence

This week I learnt that I (and co-author Lyn Bartram and Fred Popowich) will have a paper appearing in a future issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing (vol 12, no 1). Here is the paper abstract: Research has shown that small changes in behaviour in how we use our homes can result in substantial energy and water savings. Home automation and the integration… Read More

Branch Circuit Power Metering

Over the weekend I was busy replacing my 2 INO6200 meters with 2 DENT PowerScout 18 branch circuit power meters (BCPM). Instead on only monitoring 2 circuits (the main house and the heat pump), I can now monitor 24 different circuits! I will post a link to a real-time consumption report soon. I am having… Read More

Wiring and Arduino Update

Well I have been very busy with course work. I though I would post a quick update. I have finally finished reorganizing my wiring cabinet and I now have it jam-packed with all sort of equipment. As seen on the right. I also stated the Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project page which I will… Read More

Proliphix IMT550w thermostat installed

Today I finally installed my Proliphix IMT550w Network Thermostat. As you may have read in my earlier post, it was hard to find the right thermostat for my American Standard HVAC system, and it took me over 2 week to do an exhaustive search to find the IMT550. To review, I have a dual fuel… Read More