True Presence Detection for Smarter Living: RoomMe by Intellithings
Two decades ago, Bill Gates surprised the world with the incredible technology built into his home in Seattle, that enabled the house to identify specific people room location and adjust room devices based on personal preferences of the person in the room. Now, every home builder can bring this amazing experience to every home.
RoomMe is the first-ever room presence solution designed for homes and modern family needs. Based on patented technology from Intellithings, RoomMe utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy technology to identify who are the exact people in a room by smartphones and watches. Installed in minutes, the solution combines a battery-operated, fully wireless ceiling mounted room sensor and a mobile application that always runs on family member’s smartphones (background application). When a family member enters a room, the RoomMe sensor identifies who it is and notifies the RoomMe app on the phone about its room location.
This is where the Magic begins.
PERSONALIZED TOUCH AND VOICE FREE HOME AUTOMATION
Imagine walking through a home as lights, thermostats, speakers, TVs and other home devices automatically set to your personal preferences. IT’S AMAZING!
RoomMe brings an incredible and unique ability to identify who is in a room. This enables the creation of time-based person-specific home automation scenes that set room devices to the preferences of the actual person in the room. Moreover, it enables automatic triggering of automation scenes, just as a person enters a room, so there is no need to talk to a voice assistant, open an app or press buttons.
It’s a real game changer for people with disabilities but, in fact, touch and voice free control is highly desired by most people who have a Smart Home. In a market survey conducted in 2015 by iControl Networks who powers the Comcast Smart Home solution, the #1 feature asked by more than 60% of responders, was “Devices doing it on their own”. The reason is clear – that’s how people expect a “Smart” Home to work. Today, with the COVID19 Pandemic raising the awareness for infections being transferred by touch surfaces, the demand for touch-free operation of devices is even higher.
Being able to identify who’s in a room, RoomMe is also able to identify when a room becomes empty, to enable advanced energy management by setting room vacancy automation scenes that set devices to OFF or energy saving mode.
RoomMe operates as a layer on top of the Smart Home system and devices that are already installed in the home, such as Control4, Crestron, ELAN, RTI, URC, Hubitat and many others. A full list of supported systems can be found on our web site www.intellithing.net.
HOME THAT PROVIDES FAMILY SAFETY IN A WHOLE NEW WAY
RoomMe extends it’s in-room presence capabilities and provides a unique, non-intrusive way for children and aging-in-place parent monitoring. By integrating with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri, RoomMe enables a family member to ask who’s at home or where at home a specific family member is. In return, the voice assistant provides an occupancy report, telling who’s in each room and for how long.
Falling with the inability to call for help is the #1 cause of death within elder people. RoomMe can help identify emergency situations by telling how long an aging-in-place parent has stayed in a room, based on a smartphone or watch.
Being at work, many parents want to be able to check that their children are back from school. RoomMe’s occupancy reports tell that, but it also tells where at home children are, and for how long, so parents can learn what their children are doing, when they are not there.
Wherever they are and whenever they want to, being able to check that family members are at home and well, connect homeowners to their homes and provides them with the peace of mind they need.
RoomME REDUCES HOMEOWNERS’ FRUSTRATION FROM SECURITY SYSTEMS
The relation between homeowners and their security system is a love/hate relation. The need for the personal security that these systems provide is obvious, but at the same time, inability to understand the cause of alarms leads to the perception that most false alarms are caused by poor security system quality and as a result, to distrust in the security system.
Truth is that most false alarms are due to human errors. Arming the security system while there are family members in zones that become active once the system is armed and entering an armed zone while forgetting to disarm the system, are the most common human errors that lead to false alarms.
When homeowners are out of home and an alarm notification is received, they have almost no way of identifying the cause of alarm. Panic raises and together with it, frustration.
RoomMe provides homeowners with the information they need to distinguish real alarms from false alarms and avoid false alarms. Upon an alarm
event, RoomMe users can use voice assistants or get alarm-triggered occupancy report by text or email, to understand if there are family members at home. If there is a family member at home, homeowners can quickly reach out to that family member to understand if the alarm is real or not.
Occupancy reports are highly usable upon security system arming, enabling quick overview of family members room locations to identify a potential false alarm upon system arming.
MOTION SENSORS ARE….FOR MOTION DETECTION
Until now, home automation experts had no other choice but to rely on motion sensors to create presence-based automations. The result is always poor. Motion sensors are designed to identify motion. To identify continuous presence in a room, motion sensors require family members to be on the move. Sit for a while, and the motion sensor thinks you are not there. This also means that motion sensors re-trigger motion-based automation scenes on every motion detection. Enter a room, have a motion sensor turn the light on, then dim the light. When another family member enters the room, the motion-based scene sets the light to be fully bright again. Lastly, when detecting motion, motion sensors can’t tell if it’s you, your wife, the dog or the wind.
Due to high complexity and deployment costs as well as a need to carry special purpose identity tags, professional room level presence detection and indoor positioning systems were so far only used in commercial buildings. Today, RoomMe brings a low cost, easy to install commercial-grade room level presence detection to homes.
RoomMe: Live Smarter!
Established in 2014, Intellithings® develops technology solutions that advance connected products and services through personalized automations. Intellithings envisions a world where artificial intelligence brings about products and services that know the pre-defined and learned preferences of the consumers who use them. Intellithings patented Presence Sensing Technology (PST) has created a unique solution for room-level identification of individuals, specifically designed for residential and MDU locations. RoomMe is the first True Presence Detection system to bring a new layer of intelligence to today’s smart home. Intellithings’ technology is also available as an OEM solution to device manufacturers and service providers. For more information visit www.intellithings.net
*Sponsored by Intellithings