טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
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M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentTsoref Lior
SubjectA Model for Connecting Mobile Devices and Computers in an
Intelligent Home
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisors Professor Shay Kutten
Dr. David Bregman
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Abstract

As computers become ubiquitous in the home, the question arises as to how computers can be used to raise our standard of living. Can computers help us become more efficient in the home? How can computers help provide the basis for a new means of communication and entertainment in the home?

Researchers have investigated the possibilities of the connected home, but the technologies also need to be explored in the context of the home as an intelligent environment, in which people use computers to heighten their day to day home experience.

This thesis defines a standard model for the intelligent home, in which computers and devices form part of a single network with common services, management and a new level of intelligence. The eHome Server is used for storage and control, while home devices and appliances are connected to the PC by means of various technologies.

The result is a set of standard definitions for the User Interface (UI), for the Operation and Management (OM) and for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) modules. For each component, a set of standard properties and interfaces were defined to create a seamless experience.

As there are many hardware and software vendors, there is no single standard for eHome connectivity. This research thesis presents a framework that might be explored by commercial vendors and standards committees when they think about the next generation eHome.

The main contribution of this research thesis lies in the high-level approach that raises for discussion the challenges and possible modeling solution to many of the hardware and software design issues in the eHome environment.