Ce faci când îți expiră garanția la Smart HOME?

Punctul forte al sistemului VIKI constă în capacitatea de a învăța obiceiurile locuitorilor din casă și de a se adapta preferințelor acestora, fără să fie nevoie de intervenție din afară, pentru setări. Mai exact, AI-ul VIKI reconfigurează automat toate setările, atunci când preferințele familiei se schimbă.

Totuși, în cazul în care clienții preferă ca specialiștii VIKI să intervină cu prezență fizică in locatiile lor și să ofere suport pentru echipamentele instalate în casă, am lansat planurile de mentenanță postgaranție, menite să vină în sprijinul clienților mai vechi de 2 ani.

Este știut faptul că utilizatorii VIKI beneficiază de asistență inclusă în prețul de vânzare, pentru primii doi ani de utilizare a produsului. Iar după acest interval, pot opta pentru pachete de mentenanță, în funcție de nevoi și preferințe.

Echipa VIKI oferă consultanță telefonică sau prin e-mail tuturor clienților, indiferent dacă au sau nu un plan de mentenanță. Iar pentru cei care doresc mai mult suport, am pregătit trei pachete, pe care le prezentăm în continuare.

Vrei să știi cât costă să-ți faci casa inteligentă? Poți să o configurezi singur, pe site-ul VIKI

Casele inteligente au fost numite cândva casele viitorului, dar nu mai pot fi considerate un vis îndepărtat, căci sunt deja prezente în viețile multor oameni – iar numărul lor crește. Iar inteligența VIKI s-a dezvoltat constant în ultimii 5 ani, ajungând să automatizeze casele clienților noștri, să le sporească confortul, economia de energie și plăcerea de a locui într-un spațiu care se adaptează în permanență nevoilor lor.

Una dintre primele întrebări primite de echipa noastră din partea pasionaților de domeniul smart homes este: cât costă sistemul VIKI?

Răspunsul nu este atât de ușor de oferit, întrucât fiecare casă are particularitățile sale – număr de camere, de holuri, băi, terase etc. – și fiecare proprietar poate vedea altfel automatizarea casei sale. Prețul unui sistem de home automation este influențat de mai multe aspecte, cum ar fi numărul echipamentelor necesare, ce fel de tehnologii alegem, ce anume vrem să automatizăm – deoarece putem alege mai multe facilități oferite de VIKI.

Totuși, pentru a răspunde cu o estimare rezonabilă la această întrebare, am creat configuratorul VIKI, iar orice utilizator poate să își calculeze un preț orientativ pentru proiectul său, accesând site-ul nostru www.vikiknows.com, secțiunea prețuri. Aici trebuie introduse mai multe date generale despre locuință, iar prețul sistemului de automatizare este calculat în funcție de acestea: suprafața totală și numărul de încăperi – hol, bucătărie, living, dormitor, baie, debara, spațiu tehnic, terasă, etc.

După cum am precizat deja, prețul este doar estimativ, fiind calculat pe baza mediei proiectelor dezvoltate de echipa și distribuitorii VIKI , ținând cont de cele mai utilizate tehnologii și echipamente folosite pentru fiecare tip de încăpere. Suma obținută include serviciile de proiectare, achiziția echipamentelor necesare pentru automatizare (exemplu: senzori, actuatori, relee etc.), inițializarea și integrarea acestora în sistemul VIKI, instalare în șantier, configurare aplicații pentru smartphone sau tabletă și punerea în funcțiune.

De reținut, atunci când ne referim la echipamente necesare automatizării nu includem elementele din casă care vor fi controlate – de exemplu, corpuri de iluminat, centrala termică, jaluzele sau televizorul propriu-zis.

Prețul final al configurației casei clientului poate să difere, dacă se adaugă cerințe noi sau facilități suplimentare față de cele descrise în configurația pentru fiecare cameră a casei. Mai multe detalii referitoare la configurator și prețul estimat găsiți pe site-ul VIKI.

Vă invităm să testați configuratorul VIKI și să vă estimați costurile pentru casa voastră smart!

Home Energy Management Systems: The HEMS module integrated with VIKI home

Considering the increasingly harsh impact on climate of the emissions from fossil fuel energy, in the near future every home will have to integrate a smart management of its resources and energy consumption. From this premise we started with the VIKI team in the development of the module we are currently working on, respectively an algorithm for the management of energy producers and consumers, in a smart home.

The question we want to answer is: how can we manage the energy to be consumed in the smartest way, at the lowest possible cost for the user?

We’ve already discussed in a previous article about increasing energy efficiency in homes, by using ventilation systems with heat recovery, which will bring significant savings to the energy consumed by the heating system and air conditioning. (You can read the article here.) Many studies tell us that about 64% to 74% of total residential energy is consumed by heating / cooling (HVAC) systems.

But not only HVAC must be optimized, but all energy consumers in the house must be included in the cost minimization plan, and here we are talking about the concept of HEMS – Home Energy Management System, a must be for the self-sustaining homes we imagine for the future.

The concept of HEMS – Home Energy Management System includes both the hardware and the software, allowing the user to monitor energy consumption and production (where this exists), respectively to control, manually or automatically, the home energy consumption.

To develop this system, household equipment will be divided into categories, for example in interruptible and non-interruptible consumers, or programmable or non-programmable consumers.

A diagram of how to connect and control equipment in a HEMS system was described by Zhou, Bin & Li, in ”Smart home energy management systems: Concept, configurations, and scheduling strategies”:

The algorithm we are developing with the VIKI team aims to optimize electricity costs by efficiently programming equipment whose operation can be interrupted and / or delayed without compromising the level of comfort required / accepted by their users. We take into account, in our development, the concept of Smart Grid, which implements the Demand Response facility (suppliers can ask consumers to reduce their energy consumption to a certain limit and over a certain period of time), but also to the various charging schemes for energy that are already active in the developed economies of the world or those that are proposed for implementation in the near future:

  • Real-time pricing (RTP), also known as dynamic pricing, is a charging scheme used by the electricity supplier in which the charge per kWh varies every hour, depending on the real-time production costs of the supplier.
  • Time-of-use pricing (TOU) is a charging scheme that is usually applied on extended blocks of hours (for example: peak = 6 hours for summer afternoon, outside peak = all other hours of the summer months) where the price for each period is predetermined and constant.
  • Inclining Block Rate is a charging scheme whereby the electricity supplier charges a higher rate for each incremental block of electricity consumption.
  • In our analysis we also became aware of a problem from energy supplier’s point of view, the electricity distribution systems aiming at reducing the value of PAR (Peak-to-Average Ratio) – the peak to average ratio is the ratio between the highest value of a quantity and its average value. Reducing it will reduce energy waste and increase the stability of the network.

    In these circumstances, the consumption management becomes more and more difficult, even if we are talking about a home network with less equipment.

    In Time-of-use pricing TOU systems, the problem may also be that users manually manage energy consumption, but they don’t pay enough attention to this issue, due to lack of time, knowledge or simply attention. Regarding the Real- time pricing RTP and Inclining Block Rate, respectively PAR, the users cannot manually manage energy consumption, it’s impossible for them to react promptly.

    Thus, Energy Management Systems (EMS) capable of reacting and modifying consumption patterns using consumption optimization and programming techniques are required.

    The purpose of developing the HEMS module in VIKI is to automatically manage all these energy consumption schemes and equipment in the house, so that they work at the right time. The goal is to reduce energy consumption, in general and / or on demand, while maintaining the level of comfort at the level required / accepted by users. It also includes the efficient use of possible renewable energy sources, respectively of available energy storages.

    This stage of development of the VIKI system is carried out in partnership with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (UTCN), within the project “Management of electricity in a network with renewable sources”, proposed by UTCN and supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The MICROINV project includes research in the development of energy management algorithms for system efficiency, respectively maximizing energy consumption from renewable sources.

    The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020.

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    You can go on vacation without worries, when VIKI takes care of the house

    The winter holidays are getting closer and, even if this year we will not travel too far from home, we will still want to know it is protected, when we are away.

    A house ‘equipped’ with VIKI does not require additional attention from the owners even when they go on vacation. All you have to do is to activate the “Leave” scenario (for only a day) or “Mini-Holiday” or “Holiday”, if you are going to be away longer. The house will remain safe, ready for our return.
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    VIKI, the skilled gardener! How does the house take care of your plants, in your absence?

    Plants of any kind bring life and beauty into our environment. Whether they are green or with colorful flowers, the plants on the balcony and in the house bring nature closer to us, even if we live in large urban areas. And air quality is much improved in any enclosed space where there are plants.

    A balcony, no matter how small, can be an isle of peace and relaxation when we return home. And in the past months, when we had to spend even more time indoors, we all felt the importance of such a “green corner”. And gardening, even if it only means watering the flowers for a few minutes, relaxes us and frees us from the worries of the day.

    Now, however, we return to our hectic lives, thinking about summer vacation and less about our green corner from home, which could suffer because of this. What do we do if we don’t have time, in the evening, to water all the flowers after a hot day? Or what do we do if we plan to go on vacation and do not have reliable friends, who could come at least periodically to water our plants? Continue reading “VIKI, the skilled gardener! How does the house take care of your plants, in your absence?” »

    How does Artificial Intelligence know if you’re having dinner or taking a shower?

    In the last 8 years, together with an extraordinary team, I have developed and implemented a technology through which the environment in our homes adapts to the needs of the family through the automatic control of environmental facilities, using artificial intelligence algorithms. In homes where we implement this concept, lights, air conditioning, shading or ventilation, multimedia devices and almost any electric equipment show a behavior ‘synchronized’ with user expectations. To put it simple, the house anticipates the user’s needs, without the user having to interact continuously and explicitly with the house, through buttons, remote controls, smartphones or voice. But how do these things happen? What are the mechanisms that lead to this way of ‘functioning’ of the house?

    Smart home technology has evolved a lot in recent years, and IoT (Internet of Things) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become a reality in the world we live in. From the dozens of discussions I’ve had with specialists and potential beneficiaries of such use of AI, the question has often arisen as to whether society is ready to leave its life in the hands of artificial intelligence. And the answer was: It depends on intelligence! Continue reading “How does Artificial Intelligence know if you’re having dinner or taking a shower?” »

    Talking to VIKI

    In addition to the Artificial Intelligence decision algorithm, VIKI offers the user the ability to adjust the functioning of the house through Hands-Free voice commands, using the Amazon Echo equipment.
    Whether we are talking about Light, Climate or Multimedia, or applying Sleep or Good Morning scenarios, VIKI understands simple voice commands that once spoken, determine the room or the whole house to change their behavior according to the user’s wish.
    Smart lighting control brings elegance, comfort and energy efficiency to your home. The possibility of using voice to control the lights increases the comfort level of the VIKI user. Continue reading “Talking to VIKI” »

    Electricity monitoring with VIKI

    Lately, a lot of emphasis is placed on the energy performance of the houses, knowing that by March 2020, Romania has to transpose into the national legislation Directive 2018/844 / EU on the energy performance of buildings. This will impose on the builders and owners of buildings important rules, such as the obligation to install equipment for electric vehicles charging and systems for automation and control of energy consumption.

    Energy efficiency measures can reduce the energy consumption of a building by up to 40%. The thermal energy for heating and hot water represents about 70% of the consumption of a residential building. Due to the proper thermal insulation and the implementation of efficient heating or energy monitoring solutions, the energy consumption can be reduced by half. Continue reading “Electricity monitoring with VIKI” »