What would you want your house to do if it knew in which room you are?
Imagine that you walk home after a hard days work, and that your home welcomes you with the atmosphere. The lights go on as you prefer them in the evening, the TV turns on to your favorite channel. Wouldn’t it be nice if your telephone would know in which room of the house you have just walked in? And have your home do what you always do automatically?
Apple launched a very interesting function called iBeacon in stealth mode. iBeacon uses low power Bluetooth technologies for indoor localization. Similar to NFC you place your iBeacon modules in different places inside your buildings for indoor localization. The difference is that the devices beam its ID, and this can go up to several dozen meters. One manufacturer claims 60 meters with clear sight, we have tested 20 meters inside a building with multiple walls.
We have created an iOS app that would call different predefined scenes on your house depending on the room you are. This app locates the room you are on by sensing the distance to the iBeacons that you have placed around your home. For different rooms you can set the triggers distances to be trigger. Entering your living room needs a wider range than entering a bathroom. You can also set 3 types of actions: enter, exit or shake. The reason we created a shake action is for cases where you don’t want an action to be executed immediately. For example, when you walk by your garage door you don’t want it to open every time. But when you want in, you can just shake your phone and the action will be executed.
The possibilities of indoor localization for smart buildings are unlimited. There will be many use cases that can be made possible by the combination of these technologies. Which ones can you dream of? #ibeacon #digitalstrom #lightandbuilding #lb14