Honda Smart Home Opens Up Breakthrough Data Streams

Kyle Field for CleanTechnica:  When I first heard of the Honda Smart Home (HSH), my first question was, “Wait, why is Honda playing with Smart Homes?” Digging deeper reveals that this new endeavor aims to build on some of the core principles of Honda while, at the same time, stretching the company into new areas, such as tapping into the benefits of home automation when paired with an EV that carries around a large battery everywhere it goes. One of the key tenets of this exploratory initiative is open-source data sharing, and Honda just took a very large step in this direction by opening up a ton of new data streams (200!) at 1-minute intervals.
I really enjoy the type of data being gathered by the integrated Honda Energy Management System and can appreciate just how impactful this data can be, as it allows anyone to go in, download the data, and play with it to their heart’s content. Summarize, roll up, drill down, average, min/max… the excel geek in me is tingling with the possibilities. I am especially interested in how this type of a central “energy brain” in a home essentially allows users to see exactly what parts of their home are performing well or not.  Cont'd...

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Home Automation Protocols, Networks and the Smart Grid

We have a long way to go before AV, lighting, HVAC, and appliances come together within a home automation network that will work with smart meters and the utilities' back office system to communicate both ways flawlessly, controlling how and when energy is wisely consumed.  Strides are being made in each area and we will see more systems coming together for the perfect balance of energy consumption and energy savings. 

How Will the Smart Grid Affect The Home Tech Industry?

All aspects of home technology will be affected by the country's need to conserve energy on a mass scale, placing the systems integrators and equipment manufacturers in a position for growth.

Integrators will have the responsibility of suggesting the end devices that work with the energy management control systems and then tying these devices into a HAN that integrates with the smart grid to control HVAC, lighting and other power usage devices.   Such a connection will improve the operation of the device and lower the cost of energy for your customer. 

What the heck is a Smart Grid?

Nowadays we have several issues to face that are causing concern to humanity in general and the western world specifically. I don't think I need to repeat them here but basically they are environmental as well as geopolitical in nature. Hence, the old coal or oil burning power plant needs to be phased out and we must become much more efficient at generating and delivering electricity to end users or the costs become extraordinary over time.

HomeToys Interview - ZigBee Smart Energy

ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard, easy and affordable way for communicating energy-related information, such as price, over ZigBee wireless home area networks. It is a global, open standard that facilitates the creation of interoperable energy-related devices from multiple vendors to monitor, control and automate the use of energy.

Home Connectivity and Green Energy

Renewable energy will be a significant component of our future energy picture -- distributed generation from PVs to wind turbines and storage systems for electricity and cooling. These systems will increasingly be installed in our homes, together with smart electricity meters. While these can provide useful functions on their own, their true potential will only be realized when all of these devices are connected with each other along with other devices and appliances such as white goods and lifestyle, security and entertainment systems

PULSSI for the control command of electric radiators

It is reliable because unlike other existing standards it does not force the network to propagate a signal it was not designed for and also because each electric device acts as an analog relay to others.

Grid Friendly Appliances

Grid Friendly appliance controllers, which are about the size of a playing card, can sense the frequency of electricity and measure deviations from its normal 60 Hz to determine the health of the energy grid and respond without the need for any communication system.

The Energy Crisis Gets Personal

Just as the Internet empowered millions with easy access to information and brand new ways to communicate, emerging technologies will also bring sweeping changes in energy production and consumption. GridPoint's intelligent energy management appliance manages both traditional and renewable energy to reduce costs - and also provides clean, silent and automatic backup power.

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