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Designing an intelligent home environment

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dc.contributor.advisor Du, Shengzhi
dc.contributor.author Masvosve, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-18T13:00:58Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-18T13:00:58Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02
dc.identifier.citation Masvosve, Thomas (2016) Designing an intelligent home environment, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/21934> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/21934
dc.description.abstract While a lot of efforts have been on outdoor intelligent systems, internal living environment system that suits the occupancy’s behaviour has not received much attention. The intelligent living environment designed in this study has three components; the physical world (environment), the database and the decision maker. The study sought to design a model that senses ever changing home conditions such as lights, doors and windows. Other variables that were looked at include, but not limited to the number of people in the room and inside thermodynamics and human activity. Global information such as temperature, gas or electricity usage and time of the day will also be received by the system through various sensing facilities. The information will be sent to a rules engine for a decision on an appropriate action to be taken. The action may include just turning off the lights, in the case of a mild abnormality or a high alert to an emergency response unit in a most severe case. The study proposes a context aware and proactive neural networks control system to control a living environment with a main focus on the aged citizens living alone. The proposed living environment was not developed to an actual or “mock” building containing a representation of subset of sensors, actuators and controllers as used in the actual systems due to lack of funding. However, the study will report on the modelling and simulation of the home system variables based on the chosen Artificial Intelligent technique using MATLAB/SIMULINK. These results indicate a possibility of implementing the designed living environment to increase the resident’s security. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 113 leaves) : illustrations (some color)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Artificial intelligence en
dc.subject Assistive technologies en
dc.subject Control networks en
dc.subject Decision maker en
dc.subject Elderly and disabled citizens en
dc.subject Energy consumptions en
dc.subject Graphical user interface en
dc.subject Living environment en
dc.subject Security levels en
dc.subject Sensors en
dc.subject.ddc 621.3
dc.subject.lcsh Artificial intelligence -- Engineering applications
dc.subject.lcsh Self-help devices for people with disabilities
dc.subject.lcsh Decision making
dc.subject.lcsh Self-help devices for older people
dc.subject.lcsh Energy consumption
dc.subject.lcsh Graphical user interfaces (Computer systems)
dc.subject.lcsh Security systems
dc.subject.lcsh Detectors
dc.title Designing an intelligent home environment en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Electrical and Mining Engineering en
dc.description.degree M. Tech. (Engineering: Electrical)


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