Fast-prototyping Approach to Design and Validate Architectures for Smart Home

Published online: Jun 17, 2021 Full Text: PDF (1.09 MiB) DOI: 10.24138/jcomss-2021-0005
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Teodoro Montanaro, Ilaria Sergi, Giovanni Marco Bisanti, Alessandro Cambò, Luigi Patrono


The Internet of Things has contributed to make smarter houses and buildings in the last decades. Different existing works already integrate IoT technologies in homes, but end-user needs continuously change and researchers must face this challenge in identifying platforms to fast prototype solutions satisfying these new needs. This paper presents a solution that demonstrates how well-known fast-prototyping technologies like Node-RED, IBM Watson, Telegram, Raspberry Pi 4, and secured MQTT can contribute to develop complex systems facing the challenge. The selected tools are used within a smart home context to support features inspired by people needs and allow users to: a) consult real time conditions (i.e., temperature, humidity, gas), b) remotely manage lights, c) save energy through a light management system based on user movements, d) remotely monitor the house through dedicated webcams, e) generate warning notifications in case of danger. Users can interact with the systems through a web Node-RED dashboard and a Telegram bot. Differently from existing works, the feasibility of the implemented system and the efficacy of the exploited platforms are demonstrated through a running scenario extracted from a consolidated study on user needs in smart homes. The performed experiment can facilitate the fast prototyping of new solutions.


Fast-prototyping, IBM Watson, IoT, MQTT, Node-RED, Raspberry Pi, Smart Home, Telegram
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