Autonomic Home Area Network Infrastructure (AUTHENTIC)

This project seeks to design and deliver a Home Area Network (HAN) infrastructure capable of supporting opportunistic decision making pertaining to effective energy management within the home. This will necessitate the potential integration of key enabling technologies including a variety of physical sensors within the home (temperature, contact sensors, passive Infra-Red), cyber sensor sources outside of the home (e.g. meteorological data and energy providers dynamic pricing sites), together with effective interfacing with the smart grid beyond the home.

Such interventions will necessitate intelligent decision-making based upon a variety of potentially distributed, incomplete, contradictory and noisy sensor inputs and will thus harness multi-agent based reasoning. Recommendations or actuations will be governed by a number of operational constraints that must be adhered to and as such will utilize constraint based reasoning.

Within this project the Home Area network (HAN) is viewed as a key enabling technology that should be able to accommodate the co-existence of multiple applications. These may consist of a variety of services for example Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), home security and home entertainment together with energy management functions.

AUTHENTIC will thus seek to future proof such requirements within its design.
The design of the AUTHENTIC system will be framed within the key drivers of cost, ease of deployment, ease of use, adherence to standards and the need for it to be an ambient technology offering.

Participating Research Organisations

Prof. Gregory O’Hare (Leader), CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, based in UCD, Dublin
Dr Cian Ó Mathúna, Tyndall National Institute, Cork
Dr Susan Rea, Cork Institute of Technology
Prof. Barry O’Sullivan, UCC – 4C

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