A day with VIKI – 24 hours in 4 minutes [VIDEO]

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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.

VIKI Knows attended ExpoTech 2017

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The VIKI Knows team presented the smart house that learns your habits at the ExpoTech technology exhibition, organized by TechFest at Iulius Mall Cluj, on the weekend of November 3-5, 2017.

The event is dedicated to both connoisseurs and technology enthusiasts, as well as the general public who are interested in smart systems or devices. TechFest hosted start-ups in the field, which presented new technologies and trends of the future.
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Should we take our umbrella with us today or not? VIKI shows us the weather forecast, by days and hours

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It’s the holidays season and it is important to know from the start as much information as possible about the place chosen as a holiday destination, in order to be better prepared.
Or, simply, what awaits us on an ordinary day at the office when we can’t decide what to wear or whether to take the umbrella with us.

Regardless of the situation, one piece of information that most people look for is the weather – today or next week, depending on our plans. The weather can ruin them for us if we are not prepared.

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VIKI befriends the MyHOME Legrand solution

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The VIKI team is not on vacation, but it is programming and testing new hardware platforms that need Multimedia functions and adaptive artificial intelligence specific to our product.
These days, we have a new material on the workbench, after Legrand, the global specialist in electrical and digital infrastructures, provided us with some equipment from the MyHOME solution.
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Modern and elegant design: when art meets technology

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VIKI is the house of the future and it is ready to blend in with any scenery, to be that invisible “butler”, always ready to meet the wishes and needs of the inhabitants of the house. How can VIKI be invisible? With the help of technology, which nowadays can be confused even with art.

A smart home does not mean one full of wires, cables, boxes, gadgets, lined up everywhere. The technology of the future is already here, and the “magic” devices that help VIKI to be VIKI are invisible. In addition to the wireless communication mode, the smart home can integrate elements that you could think are just decorative.

An example of this is the Vitrum collection, with devices that can be used in the most demanding homes, without standing out in an unpleasant way.

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VIKI Knows is preparing for the Electric Demonstration Exhibition

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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.

The event is addressed to both professionals in the field and final users and will host the most important suppliers of electrical materials, specialists in the field, companies with reputation and weight in the industry, both nationally and internationally.
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VIKI will be at the PRIA Urban Innovation Conference Cluj-Napoca on May 24!

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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.
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What happens when VIKI artificial intelligence meets Amazon Echo Dot. VIDEO

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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.
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Security function, natively integrated in the smart home: see and hear VIKI’s intrusion alarm! [VIDEO]

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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.

The VIKI smart home received the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at Pro Invent 2017!

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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.
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