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Sensing Solutions for Smart Home

Smart Home Technology diagram

A Smart Home can provide people with a comfortable, safe, power-saving and convenient life by enabling intercommunication amongst all household appliances. This includes lights, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), TVs, computers, entertainment system, and security system. They can be controlled by a smart home control panel installed in house or through GSM/CDMA, Internet, and PSTN networks. Smart home systems are also called home automation, electronic home/e-home, or intelligent home.
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Sensors play an important role in smart home systems. The following sensors can be used for different purposes in contribution to making a smart house.

Temperature, humidity, light, and air pressure sensors constitute an intelligent environment monitoring network. This network works with HVAC, electric windows, and lighting system to control indoors temperature, humidity, and lighting intensity so as to make a comfortable environment.

To build a security system, various devices such as cameras, reed sensors, smoke detectors, PIR (Passive Infrared) sensors, and IR sensors are required. You can also include sounders in security systems. Alarm sounder is a low current consumption device suitable for close proximity signaling in fire and security applications. Cameras are made based on image sensors which are the core devices implement real-time video capture. Reed sensors can be installed on doors and windows to detect intrusion. Smoke sensors are used to detect if there is fire accident. PIR sensors are a kind of motion sensor, responsible for detecting intruder’s motion in a specified area. When any of these devices detects something unexpected, an alarm is triggered and is reported to the property owner and management staff.

PIR sensors are used as human body detectors for the purpose to turn on and turn off lights based on presence and absence of people. Light sensors detect intensity of natural light based on which lights in home will be turned off in daytime and turned on at night. The combination of PIR and light sensors can provide an intelligent lighting control.

As sensing and wireless communication technologies evolve continuously, MEMS sensors of smaller size and wireless sensor network have already been introduced into smart home systems.[-LESS]

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Ambient light sensor
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Ambient light sensor
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Humidity sensor
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Temperature sensor

TMP006AIYZFR
TMP006AIYZFR
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
ADT7301ARTZ
ADT7301ARTZ
ANALOG DEVICES


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Passive infrared sensor
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Includes colour camera, black-and-white camera and image sensor
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Includes photoelectric and Ionization sensor

RE46C190S16F
RE46C190S16F
MICROCHIP

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Air Pressure Sensor
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Infrared sensor
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STEVAL-MKI062V2 INEMO MEMS Sensor Board
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EK-H4 Humidity Evaluation Kit
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Sensirion
The evaluation kit EK-H5 is a very simple system to test and evaluate Sensirion’s humidity and temperature sensors.
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IST Humidity Sensor  LinPicco Humidity Module Application Notes LinPicco Humidity Module Click here
IST Humidity Sensor  Humidity Circuit Application Notes Click here
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