IIT Kharagpur students create smart app for smart homes – India Today
With the concept of smart cities slowly gaining momentum in India, the idea of smart homes is no longer a distant dream. When our cities are getting smarter, can our homes be left behind? Welcome to the new world of technology enabled living where everything inside a home can be controlled with a touch on one’s mobile screen – thanks to a new app.
ALL ABOUT THE APP
A group of technology enthusiasts at IIT Kharagpur have developed a new application that can be used to manage everything inside a smart home. Called ‘Alive Home’, the application connects all electronic devices in a house together and brings their control on your mobile device. A brainchild of fifth year engineering students Poonam Gupta and Alok Dixit, the app helps people remain connected with their homes from anywhere, anytime.
“Home automation is already there in the market, but it’s very expensive. But we want to make it accessible for the masses. Ours is a fully functional prototype which is very affordable,” explains Alok.
According to the developers, a homeowner can easily afford this technology for a budget of Rs 30-40,000 for a 2 BHK apartment. Aimed at middle class India, developers feels this app for smart homes will make high end technology cost effective.
HOW DOES THE APP WORK
The app uses a ‘smart switch’ called LIFE that would replace our traditional switch boards at home. And with a good internet connection one can use it to remotely control every electrical device at home using the app on the mobile phone.
With this, one can easily manage and control real time energy consumption of every electrical device at home, even when one is away. This, the makers say, would help cut down electricity consumption significantly. The smart device installed with the switch board would monitor the energy systems at home and give out notifications as and when required.
So, from now on, don’t freak out if you suddenly realise that you have accidentally left the AC or geyser on while leaving for office. With ‘Alive Home’, help is at hand.
“It will give you a notification alarm. So even when you are away from home, you can switch off any device accordingly using your phone. Even if someone breaks-in to your house, you will be notified immediately if somebody switches lights or anything on the smart switch board,” adds Poonam.
The IIT team has been working on the concept for the past one year and have also applied for a patent. Confident of their product’s success, these students have now approached IIT Kharagpur with an offer to turn it into a smart campus with the installation of the app.
They are also in talks with several real estate firms to install their product as a pilot project to try out the efficiency of the module. In fact, the team is also working on a protocol that would help the application run even without internet connection.