Developing a Smart House Research Platform

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"Combining the benefits of the CompactRIO platform, FPGA, processor and WSNs we developed a specialized educational platform for students that performs real-time simulations and research activities for extended duration."

- Ashot Minasyan, Bitlis-MEN LLC

The Challenge:
Designing a laboratory facility that is a model of a real home with air ventilation, motion and occupancy detection systems, a security system (day and night video surveillance, door monitoring), and lighting control for hands-on study.

The Solution:
To meet the customer’s requirements, we created the smart house research platform with motion and occupancy sensor-based security systems; day and night video surveillance-based security systems; motion and occupancy detection-based on sensors and cameras; an air ventilation system with manual/automated/scheduled control; lightning monitoring and manual/automated control; power quality analysis; smart management with authorization levels; and gate and voice management systems.

Author(s):
Ashot Minasyan - Find this author in the NI Developer Community

Bitlis-MEN LLC, an NI Silver Alliance Partner, offers safe and simple engineering solutions for automating customer systems. We can provide customers with ease of operation and they can see and manage their businesses anytime and anywhere—from home, office, or even while traveling. Our experience, competence, and the innovations and advanced technologies we use help us meet the needs of our clients all over the world. We can also provide a partial automation of the system, namely the automation of the assemblies and units.

Solution

We connected our whole system to the specialized control software that is implemented with the LabVIEW graphical programming language. The software renders a virtual operating diagram of the facility so operators can interactively monitor and control any modeled processes and simulations in hardware emergency situations.

This program’s major contribution is that it provides optimal settings for the real systems to improve their efficiency and different preference-based operation methods to use the resources.

We included the power analysis system to provide energy efficiency. The students can compare the traditional systems with the energy efficient systems and their influences on the environment.

List of Experiments

Study of the motion detection sensor

Study of occupancy detection sensor

Study of gate status sensor

Study of temperature sensor

Study of photodiode sensor

Study of loudspeaker and microphone sensor

Study of proximity reader

Study of lighting

Study of HVAC control

Study of car control

Study of helicopter control

Study of day and night video camera

Study of video camera-based motion and occupancy detection sensor

Study of email notification

Study of power analysis

Voltage and current waveforms, RMS

Active, reactive, apparent powers

Power factor

Harmonic analysis, THD

Flicker

Study of WSN technology

Study of CompactRIO technology

Outside lighting control system

Room lighting control system

Room HVAC control system

Roof authentication control system

Main entrance authentication control system

Surveillance control system

Absence control system

Smart house complex control system

System Features and Benefits

  • The educational system is a copy of the Real Home Automation System
  • Students can learn how to work with the Real Home Automation System
  • Students can control and monitor the lighting system and the air ventilation system based on people present and investigate the work of motion and occupancy detection systems
  • Students can investigate the security systems, which include the surveillance system
  • Students can implement electrical measurements
  • Students can use LabVIEW to dig deeper into home automation systems to understand the working mechanism of every field in the system
  • Students can add/modify different parts of the system and create new laboratory works

Conclusion

Combining the benefits of the CompactRIO platform, FPGA, processor and WSNs we developed a specialized educational platformfor students that performs real-time simulations and research activities for extended durations. We successfully delivered the Smart House Research Platform at the Electronic Department of Ho Chi Minh City Vocational College in Vietnam.

Author Information:
Ashot Minasyan
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