How much energy did you consume… next month?

Even if this question sounds strange, the new VIKI module can actually give an answer… from the future. This module provides a way to estimate the amount of energy that will be consumed in the near future by our home, using a prediction model based on the historical behavior of family members and algorithms based on artificial intelligence. Continue reading “How much energy did you consume… next month?” »

VIKI and the urban garden. How to manage a green balcony in the city

We continue the series “VIKI in real life” and this time we present a garden in Cluj-Napoca, located on the terrace of an apartment, managed entirely by the automatic irrigation system implemented in VIKI.

We wrote a lot about what VIKI can do, about the ways it can make our lives easier, about how it protects our house, about how it ensures the desired comfort and much more. But it is important to actually see what a house equipped with the VIKI automation system looks like in everyday life, so we take another look at our customers’ homes. Continue reading “VIKI and the urban garden. How to manage a green balcony in the city” »

Scenarios ready to make your life easier in the VIKI house

Mornings can be difficult for everyone, for morning persons and the grumpy ones equally. And when we talk about families who also have children to prepare for school or kindergarten, things get even more complicated.

What if you would have someone to help on these chaotic mornings? To have someone to gently wake the little ones up, so they can get out of bed happily and prepare for a new day. To have someone to prepare your coffee and turn on your favourite music. Or turn on your TV on your favourite news channel while you get ready for work.

Everything would be easier with such help. But the days when families had servants in the house are over, aren’t they? Of course, times have changed, and so have the routine of families and their dynamics. The good news is that we can now rely on the virtual butler to make our lives easier – in the morning and at any other time of the day. Continue reading “Scenarios ready to make your life easier in the VIKI house” »

What do you do when your Smart HOME warranty expires?

The strength of the VIKI system is the ability to learn the habits of the inhabitants of the house and to adapt to their preferences, without the need for outside intervention, for settings. Specifically, the VIKI AI automatically reconfigures all settings when family preferences change.

However, if customers prefer VIKI specialists to intervene physically in their locations and provide support for equipment installed in the house, we have launched post-warranty maintenance plans, designed to support customers older than 2 years.

All VIKI users are granted assistance included in the sale price for the first two years of using the product. And after this time, they can choose maintenance packages, depending on their needs and preferences. Continue reading “What do you do when your Smart HOME warranty expires?” »

Want to know how much it costs to build your smart home? You can configure it yourself, on the VIKI website

Smart homes were once called the homes of the future, but they can no longer be considered a distant dream, because they are already present in the lives of many people – and their number is growing. And VIKI’s intelligence has constantly developed over the last 5 years, automating our customers’ homes, increasing their comfort, energy savings and the pleasure of living in a space that is constantly adapting to their needs.

One of the first questions received by our team from smart home enthusiasts is: how much does the VIKI system cost?
The answer is not so easy to give, as each house has its own features – number of rooms, halls, bathrooms, terraces etc. – and every homeowner can see their home automation differently. The price of a home automation system is influenced by several aspects, such as the number of equipment needed, what kind of technologies we choose, what we want to automate – because we can choose several facilities offered by VIKI. Continue reading “Want to know how much it costs to build your smart home? You can configure it yourself, on the VIKI website” »

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?

Continue reading “Home Energy Management Systems: The HEMS module integrated with VIKI home” »

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 befriends KNX

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VIKI the smart home takes a step towards interfacing with the KNX solution. In December we have researched KNX technology and tested the possibility of integrating the VIKI intelligence layer with the connection offered by the KNX solution.

KNX is a system that retains its value

KNX is the only system that complies with the requirements of the European (EN50090) and International (ISO / IEC 14543) standards for Home Automation. This compliance certifies the value of KNX technology and it is the quality proof for homeowners.

KNX is an open system

KNX provides the freedom to choose the products that are to be integrated in your home: over 200 manufacturers offer you a variety of KNX products, certified and compatible, according to the latest standards in the technical field, having the complete freedom to choose. So, with KNX you build today for tomorrow.

KNX technology is a worldwide standard for all home automation applications, from lighting and window blinds control, to various security systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, alarm monitoring, sanitation control, energy management, measuring, and also devices for home, audio and many more.

KNX technology can be used not only in new buildings, but also in existing ones and has been on the market for over 23 years, including predecessors, EIB, EHS and BatiBUS.
The systems designed according to the KNX standard can be applied from the level of an apartment to huge installations such as the new terminals of airports in the world, like Beijing, built for the 2008 Olympics, or terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow airport.

This leads to a great flexibility and the possibility to model many intelligent functions even for residential, multi or single-family buildings.
The VIKI team will return in the next period with details about the results of the tests performed in this research.