Family system : A reference model for developing home automation applications

Sitte, Joaquin & Tom, Mary (2006) Family system : A reference model for developing home automation applications. In Wu, B. & Chiu, C. (Eds.) IEEE International Conference Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2006. ICSMC '06, 8-11 October 2006, Taipei, Taiwan, China.


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This research is a pioneer attempt to establish theoretical foundation and a framework for technical developments in Home Automation. This study suggests the need for an International Technology Roadmap for Home Automation (ITRHA) to formulate a need based vision of typically 10 to 15 years and stresses the need for HA to cater for the specific requirements of family home users. The concept of Family Life Cycle is used to understand the temporal needs of family. In order to formally describe a coherent set of family processes, their relationships, and interaction with external elements, a reference model named Family System is established that identifies External Entities, 7 major processes, and 7 subsystems to manage smooth functioning of these processes by allocating resources and interfacing between processes and External Entities. The Family System reference model can be used to conduct detailed requirement analysis and thus identify potential HA products and services meeting realistic user needs.

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ID Code: 9352
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
DOI: 10.1109/ICSMC.2006.384354
ISBN: 1424401003
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 IEEE
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Deposited On: 05 Sep 2007 00:00
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