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?” »
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” »
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” »
The house of the future is the house where technology blends harmoniously with your lifestyle, ensuring a perfect balance between comfort and relaxation. Intended for the whole family, VIKI technology is more than home automation. Our system automatically adapts to the changes in the environment in which it is installed, without needing a manual reconfiguration of the settings at each change of the family’s preferences.
In these processes of learning and reproducing the behavior of the users depending on the environmental context, the requirement to detect their presence in the respective location and to automatically identify each individual who is in the respective space is critical . Continue reading “Technologies for user identification in VIKI” »
We must admit that we are already in the age of artificial intelligence. This has had and will have a strong impact on our lives, the industrial world and the automation of homes or buildings, especially in 2019.
The VIKI team has done a brief research on the trends of smart homes this year and the directions the demands of consumers in this field are heading worldwide. Continue reading “Smart home devices and trends in 2019” »
The VIKI team learned and tested in the past days the structure of the telegrams that can be sent in the KNX protocol and technology.
The system proposed by KNX has demonstrated flexibility and compatibility with our plans to extend the VIKI solution, and its automation facilities will be successfully completed by the intelligence layer developed by us, regarding the control of the light, climate or the control of the security system. Continue reading “VIKI and KNX go caroling together” »
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.
Innovation, technology, cloud computing and platforms, large data and analytics, mobile solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) technology, artificial intelligence and speech (AI), all of these are accelerating the digital transformation of our homes and influence the creation of new products and services.
According to Microsoft, by 2020 there will be 30 billion connected devices in the world and 50 GB of data will be generated daily in a smart home. We ask ourselves what trends will influence the acceptance, growth and sustainability of the smart home? Continue reading “Smart home trends by 2020” »
The idea of a connected home has been around for many years, in the way of controlling the home from your mobile phone, tablet and, more recently, with the help of a virtual assistant. Nowadays, there are countless solutions that allow you to turn on the lights, turn the TV on or off, set the room temperature. But can they be called “smart”, as long as the action is initiated from the phone, tablet, voice or pre-programmed by a technician who hard-codes the actions of the “smart” house?
We dare to say, after many discussions with users of smart homes and specialists, during the event IMWorld 2018, that only the VIKI system behaves like a true virtual butler, who knows your habits and preferences.
VIKI has that added artificial intelligence needed for any connected home solution, so that, once installed, it will turn your home into a truly intelligent one. VIKI means more than just connecting devices to a common database, implementing algorithms to learn user preferences, managing to become a partner. Specifically, VIKI intelligence will learn by itself to control the lights, the temperature, the windows blinds, the multimedia equipment in the house, analyzing the current context and acting on the patterns identified in the previous experience.
VIKI is no longer just an idea, it is a reality, implemented in homes as real as possible. We spent a day with VIKI in an apartment in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and we observed it “at work”. Within a few weeks after installation, VIKI learned the preferences of the owner of the house. VIKI turns on the radio with the favorite news program in “Good Morning” mode, it raises the blinds, brews the coffee and turns on the right lights, in the right rooms.
When the owner leaves the house, VIKI locks the door, turns off the lights and continues to “work” during the users’ absence: it waters the plants, it lowers the blinds if the sun is too strong, it watches that everything is in order and it sends alerts on the user’s mobile phone if the sensors detect smoke (fire alert), gas or water (flood alert), if a door or window has been opened (break-in alert).
For each scenario, VIKI knows how to act: it permanently learns when the user is at home and performs pre-programmed actions when the user is away or is resting. When the user returns home, the temperature is just right, and the lights turn on when needed. In the evening, it’s VIKI, again, that creates the proper conditions for relaxation and rest.
We invite you to watch the video to understand why VIKI is special and unique in the field of home automation systems.