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?

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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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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” »