The VIKI team is preparing to enjoy the sun – but not for the holidays, but because, between June 15-17, 2017, it will be at the Constanţa Exhibition Pavilion, where it will take part in the Demonstration Electric Exhibition, the 8th edition, organized by Euro Vial Lighting.
VIKI is eager to meet you at the PRIA Urban Innovation Conference event, organized on May 24, 2017 at Grand Hotel Napoca by PRIAevents! The event is a unique platform for in-depth discussions between local government, representatives of the business environment, academics, specialists in urban planning, technology and services at national and international level, but also community leaders. They will highlight research-related issues and give examples of projects that help create more resilient, sustainable and healthy urban communities, transforming cities into innovative cities of the future. Continue reading “VIKI will be at the PRIA Urban Innovation Conference Cluj-Napoca on May 24!” »
Developing the first truly intelligent home system in Romania means many hours of teamwork. It means exchanging ideas, endless lines of code, hours of discussion (sometimes contradictory), failures, beginning all over again and, often, fun – all as a team.
In the past days, the VIKI team has managed to integrate the voice control facility into the application through Amazon Echo DOT. And this innovation was done as described above – with trials, failures and fun times. First, we had to establish a link to “Alexa” (the name given to the Amazon Echo DOT). Then we had to introduce Alexa to VIKI and get them to work together. Continue reading “What happens when VIKI artificial intelligence meets Amazon Echo Dot. VIDEO” »
The VIKI smart home protects the house and its stuff through a natively integrated function and, in case of alarm, all family members will receive notifications on their mobile phones.
It is important to know that the same sensors that control the lights or measure the temperature and humidity are also in charge of motions monitoring in the house. So, it’s not necesarry to invest in many more different systems (heating, air conditioning, humidity, security), which would come each with their sets of specific sensors, dedicated controller and communication system.
VIKI only uses one sensor, with multiple functions and capabilities, one analytic element (the house’s computer) and modern warning elements, already integrated in the house’s design – in this case, the TV set and the sound system of the house. All these lead to a substantial lower cost for the system, opposite to the case where each facility of the house would be run by a dedicated system.
Another different thing about VIKI, unlike other “smart” houses, is the way the warning message is communicated, in case of intrusion. It’s not a classic alarm that only makes noise; it’s an automated message that is broadcasted through the TV set and/or the house’s sound system. If there are more rooms in the house with VIKI multimedia, the message is broadcasted in each of them.
The warning message was conceived especially for VIKI by a psychologist, who delivered valuable information about the way the message must be transmited, the way it must be spoken, so that the effect of discouraging the intrusion attempt should be highest.
VIKI is the only smart home system that has a built-in security and active protection of the house function, even when we leave the pet inside the house. According to the option the user selects (see the video, at ”20), the house activates all the sensors, or just the perimeter sensors (open windows/doors), when the user leaves.
You can see in the video below how, after the users leave the house and the location is armed, all the consumers are turned off; the house switches to an energy saving mode, without the users intervention – they don’t have to manually turn off the lights or the TV or the heating system, when they leave.
VIKI (“The system for intelligent adaptation of the environment to the needs of users”) won the Grand Prize of the International Exhibition of Research, Innovation and Invention “Pro Invent” 2017, as well as the Diploma of Excellence with the gold medal. The event was organized between March 22 and 24, 2017 by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, under the aegis of the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Research and Innovation.
Developed through a joint effort of the Cluj companies QSound SOFT and Napoca Software, VIKI is a truly innovative product, revolutionizing the world of home automation and smart homes. Continue reading “The VIKI smart home received the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at Pro Invent 2017!” »
VIKI will attend the 15th edition of the International Exhibition of Research, Innovation and Invention “Pro Invent” in Cluj-Napoca, hosted between March 22 and 24, 2017 by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, under the auspices of the Ministry National Education and the Ministry of Research and Innovation.
As we already announced in a previous article, the VIKI team started a series of meetings-seminars, organized in order to present this intelligent system of home automation to those interested – architects, builders, specialists etc., decision makers from companies with an interest in promoting, installing and / or designing VIKI. Continue reading “VIKI Meetings: Episode 2” »