Bosch has seen the future, and it is filled with smart home technology using sensors.
The company recently gave us a glimpse of a smart home network using Internet of Things technologies at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
It showcased how puck-sized wireless sensors placed throughout a space can deliver information about temperature, sound, light, air pressure, humidity, motion and more.
Each of the sensors can collect information on all those things and deliver that data to a processor, the cloud (Internet) and ultimately an interface, as shown in the video below. If you’ve heard about the benefits of data collection and Big Data, then this is Big Data for the home. And that “Big” Data can help a automate a home to be more energy efficient, even help a home achieve net-zero status as producing and using all of its own energy.
“In the future we will have millions of sensors in the environment,” says Jens Mohaupt, director of sales and marketing for Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. “The next wave of MEMS [microelectromechanical systems, or sensors] in consumer technology is in smart homes.”
In other words, the sensors are integral in making a home smart, both by the data they collect and the use of that data in enacting actions that save energy, enhance safety or make home life more convenient.
Such sensors enable home monitoring systems and could help allow users set up controlled energy-saving cycles of appliances, for example, and manage better energy use, climate, air quality and other factors, says Robert Bosch Chairman Dr. Werner Struth.
“If we put energy efficiency of the house at the highest point of priority, we can have smart house systems,” says Struth. “The basic technology we have to build net zero homes is already available.”
Bosch also manufactures solar panels, geothermal and electric heat pump water heaters and appliances, and recently collaborated on a net-zero house project in the sustainable community of Serenbe, near Atlanta, to show how a suite of smart products can provide sustainable solutions.
Bosch and other big companies like LG, Cisco, and ABB in Europe have formed a consortium, nicknamed Red Elephant ,to devise a common software interface and communications platform for the safe and efficient management of the home, utilizing sensor technology.
For example, the sensors and software could detect an open window and combine this information with weather forecasts on the Internet to close the windows and lower the blinds before a thunderstorm breaks. During vacations, the controls can switch on lights at random to deter burglars. If a motion sensor is triggered, the smart home can alert a security service and feed a video stream to the owner’s smartphone. These features are all possible today, but often require disparate systems that are not compatible.