Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

IOT everywhere

One of the top trends or buzzwords of today is IOT or IOE. It's everywhere. It's in our homes, kitchens, appliances. It's in our working places optimizing resource usage. Or at least the promise is that "it will soon be". Gartner estimated that this year there will be 5 billion connected "things".

Today it's also pretty practical to hack something around the idea of IOT - there's plenty of open source software and hardware that make experimenting and testing of your ideas easy and cost effective.

I also wanted to try my wings in this area and started couple of personal projects around the idea of IOT @ my home. This is simply because we recently moved to a new house and I found out that for example keeping the room temperatures stable when the outside temperature ranges from -20 to +30 requires a lot of manual adjusting. I am sure there's also few cents to be saved on the utility bills.

The first required step is to start measuring (you cannot improve unless you measure!) so I am currently gathering all the required sensors and a software solution that takes care of my time series data. I probably won't go the "bigdata" route first but see if there's something reasonable available that runs on PI for example.

That's all I have to say about this right now, but I'll keep you posted when things progress.

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