The Essence of Smart Homes: Application of Intelligent Technologies towards Smarter Urban Future

The Essence of Smart Homes: Application of Intelligent Technologies towards Smarter Urban Future

Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini (University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia), Ali Ghaffarianhoseini (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand), John Tookey (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand), Hossein Omrany (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia), Anthony Fleury (Ecole des Mines de Douai, France), Nicola Naismith (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and Mahdiar Ghaffarianhoseini (University of Calgary, Canada)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 43
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0016-2.ch014
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Abstract

Smart homes have been predominantly pointed as one of the key constituents of intelligent environments. These are residential units substantially integrated with a communicating network of sensors and intelligent systems based on the application of new design initiatives and creative technologies. This study provides a holistic overview on the essence of smart homes besides demonstrating their current status, benefits and future directions. The study reveals that smart homes embrace significant potentials towards achieving comfort, security, independent lifestyle and enhanced quality of life. Findings urge the necessity to focus on further exploration of the social and environmental benefits derived from the application of creative technologies in smart homes. The study concludes that smart homes play a fundamental role in shaping the future cities. Finally, the study identifies a research gap indicating that there has been less consideration towards linking the fundamental potentials of smart homes to the overall performance and key indicators of smart cities.
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2.0 The Notion Of Smart Homes

This section outlines the historical context of smart homes and explains the technological advances that have paved the way for smart homes to exist. It also offers an insight into the range of current definitions available for smart homes and examines how the concept of smart homes has developed confirming that it is not only about integrating emerging technologies but aims to improve the level of convenience, social well-being, productivity and sustainability for its users and society.

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