From Internet, to Internet of Things

What is IoT

IOT is about connecting “Things” to the “Internet”. This connection can be wired or wireless. The term “Things” is wisely chosen as it can include literally everything: from obvious things such as computers and smartphones that are already connected to Internet, to home appliances, wearable’s, vehicles, sensors, actuators, lights and almost any device thinkable.

What are the key components of IOT?

The key components of IoT can be summarized as follows:

  • Sensors:
    Sensors enable us to collect data about the status of the “Thing”. Sensors are probably the most important components of IOT and can include data such as temperature, GPS location, speed, and all other usable data about the “Thing”.
  • Controllers:
    IoT is not just about collecting data of the status of things. It can also include controlling the “Thing” over the internet – such as turning off or on a device, stopping a vehicle, locking/unlocking a door, adjusting the temperature of an oven and any other controllable aspect of the “Thing”.
  • Software:
    Apart from the required hardware that should be embedded to every “Thing” that is connected to internet as part of “IoT”, probably the most exciting part of IoT is the software. Once you know the devices that can be sensed and controlled over the internet, you have the needed tools for endless ideas and creativity through the applications that can be developed to provide automated or semi-automated solutions based on human-device and device-device communications.

How do I benefit from an IoT system in my home or building?

  • Monitor and control any premises remotely without the need to be physically present.
  • Enable rules to manage incidents that take action in your absence.
  • Automate tasks to eliminate any manual human interaction.
  • Exchange data between systems to enable shared services such as billing/usage or notifications.
  • Always be in control of your real estate from anywhere in the world.

How does our solution work?

  • Connect an IoT gateway to your existing internet router so that it can access the internet. (Internet connection is not required, but needed for remote actions via smart app).
  • The gateway creates highly secure encrypted communications to the network and internet.
  • Install wireless sensors and controllers that will collect information and initiate actions as required.
  • The IoT gateway will collect information from sensors and issue commands to controllers wirelessly via ultra secure Zwave S2 network.
  • The gateway can be supplied with secondary backup 3G comminication which is cellularnetwork independant as well as battery backup.
  • An app is downloaded to a smart device to monitor, control and set desired rules.
  • A web portal may be implemented for shared services on request.
  • Very quick to deploy and user friendly.

What can I control and monitor?

Almost anything, but here is a list of examples:

  • Monitor your safe or liquor cabinet on your smart phone. Know when it has been opened and closed.
  • Activate a panic alarm from your smart phone which will activate your alarm panel to alert armed response.
  • Start your irrigation system at pre-defined times or when moisture content in the soil is low.
  • Start water storage or pool pumps from your smart device or when levels are getting low.
  • Detect leaks in your geyser and shut off water supply to it automatically.
  • Enable privacy screens for shower, living rooms, windows or meeting rooms.
  • Switch lights on and off, individually, in a pattern or all at once.
  • Monitor temperature, control heating and cooling to meet your ideal comfort level.

Real world scenario

You usually arrive home from work at 17:30.

The system automatically initiates the following actions:

  • 1. Blinds are set from 100% open to 50% open at 17:15.
  • 2. Pool pump starts at 17:20 to circulate water
  • 3. You arrive at home 17:28. A series of door sensors track your movement and switch on lights along your patch of movement and switch lights off in areas you have left.
  • 4. The system senses that you forgot to close the garage door and automatically closes it for you and sends a notification via the app.
  • 5. The heat detector near the stove senses the stove has been switch on, the system activates the extractor fan above the stove and set the light above the stove from 50% to 100% brightness.
  • 6. The pool pump switches off at 18:20
  • 7. The heat detector above the stove now senses a cooling in temerature and no more movement in the kitchen. The system swithces the extractor fan and lights off.
  • 8. The blinds close completely at 18:45 and living room lights are set to 45% brightness.
  • 9. At 21:54, no more movement is sensed anywhere except for the bedroom. The lights and TV are switched off in the living room and the hallway door is electronically locked. The siren is armed for any breach in doors.
  • 10. At 02:43 you head to the kitchen for some water. The motions sensors detected your movement from the bedroom and tracked you into the hallway, unlocking the hallway door to the kitchen, disarming the siren and illuminating the area to the fridge at 25% brighness.
  • 11. The system stores your behavioral data and starts to analyse events in order to make the next experience more pleasant and seamless.

What makes the system different from other home automation systems?

Our systems are not purposed as traditional home automation platforms.

We are technology and purpose agnostic, meaning a true IoT platform that can integrate to many other systems and devices to create the experience you want. Should it be required to fullfil an agricultural purpose rather than residential, the correct technologies are combined in the same platform to deliver the required outcome. The design is central to the end user experience and requirements, the technology building on that instead of a user experience built around a prepurposed technology.

Our IoT devices and solutions are very competitively priced as compared to other vendors and fast to install.