AI Can Make Our Homes Smarter, Safer, and More Comfortable

Artificial intelligence is expanding into our lives rapidly, and along with quirky and entertaining developments are AI-based solutions that will make a difference to the fundamentals of our lives.

Creating a safe and comfortable home, and one which isn’t massively expensive in terms of energy use, is one way that AI can make a difference to everyone.

To find out more, Sanvada spoke to David Moss, President and CTO at People Power – “an award-winning software company focused on delivering comprehensive white-label Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for security, energy and care services.”

Sanvada: What can AI bring to energy set ups and users that wasn’t possible before?

David Moss: AI-enabled solutions are bringing true intelligence in the home and true intelligence starts with understanding people. By constantly listening to understand real-time data streams from user’s lives, AI-enabled smart devices learn patterns for more intelligent outcomes. Recognizing customer habits, AI can optimize energy consumption to maximize comfort, convenience and energy savings for the customer.

With different AI powered entry and motion sensors located throughout the home, AI can understand when people are home or not. These solutions add other layers of data from other connected devices and sensors in the home to complement the entry/motion data. Then they apply machine learning algorithms on top to gain a greater understanding and a more personalized and customized level of comfort that balances energy efficiency.

Sanvada: Do we envisage that this will be the widespread future of energy use, as part of a smart home? 

DM: Yes – as AI-driven smart home offerings increase in utility, service providers who offer intelligent smart home services will be more highly valued by consumers and will command a larger share of service bundles needed to operate a home. AI can now understand what people are actually doing inside their homes. By tracking what their patterns are, what spaces they occupy and how long their perform a task.

The reality is that the consumers that care about energy are the one’s paying for the bills. Generally, people don’t care much about energy as long as their lights are turned on, but they do care about their home, loved one and pets. Providing AI-driven smart home systems create new possibilities for the consumer. They will benefit from more personalized services such as home monitoring, senior care, home safety, smart buildings, energy efficiency, and perhaps customized insurance offerings.

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Sanvada: What else can we expect in this area for 2018 and beyond?

DM: In the future, each home/family will have their own personal digital assistants that understand their home, needs and preferences. The personal assistant, or AI-based microservice as we call them, will maximize the home for comfort and efficiency.

For instance, People Power recently announced the new Leaky Home Microservice, developed to intelligently identify residences that fail to retain desired heating and cooling efficiency. These services understand which homes are most likely to benefit from energy audits and assists in solving an important industry challenge.

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Also recently announced is our Home Lighting Microservice. Decisions made in the home about lighting – day and night – are typically pattern based. Intelligent home lighting automation must provide benefits to homeowners in all occupancy states, home and away. Tracking the time of sunset and sunrise, along with the user’s utility time-of-use rates, People Power’s Home Lighting Microservice can intelligently control home lighting to conserve energy.

Add a motion sensor and it can automate lighting when residents are home and moving about the house. Lighting can be switched off after learned periods of inactivity. Helping deter burglary, this microservice can also mimic a resident’s common motion patterns to intelligently control lighting when away – giving the impression that someone is home.

As services like these continue to grow and track people’s routines, connected home products will provide more customizable services based on what works best for the customer. Through the mass adoption of AI-enabled microservices within the home consumer will soon have simpler solutions to their everyday routines.