Title

Smart Thermostat

Lead Author Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Rahim Khoie

Faculty Mentor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

With the recent surge in home automation, chances are you've heard of the concept of a smart thermostat; a device that, when connected to a standard household air conditioning system, allows one to control the temperature of their home via phones, websites, and at the thermostat itself. However, while there are many such devices available, such as the Nest thermostat by Nest, but all of these devices are created with a standard residence in mind; the temperature is only measured at one point, and the temperature is set only by the person who most recently adjusted the thermostat. If people in an office environment want to have a smart thermostat setup, they have to deal with devices that don't communicate with one another and have no way of resolving disputes over the set temperature. The goal of this project is to create a smart thermostat that would be suitable for use in such an office environment by allowing temperature and room occupancy to be measured and set from multiple discrete thermostats connected via a wireless network, which would then all communicate with one main server periodically, allowing an average temperature to be determined and applied via controlling an unmodified A/C system. The server would also provide a web interface for easy administration via addition and removal of modules, and would also maintain a database of all measurements made so the results could be plotted online on demand.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

2-5-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

2-5-2015 4:30 PM

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Smart Thermostat

School of Engineering & Computer Science

With the recent surge in home automation, chances are you've heard of the concept of a smart thermostat; a device that, when connected to a standard household air conditioning system, allows one to control the temperature of their home via phones, websites, and at the thermostat itself. However, while there are many such devices available, such as the Nest thermostat by Nest, but all of these devices are created with a standard residence in mind; the temperature is only measured at one point, and the temperature is set only by the person who most recently adjusted the thermostat. If people in an office environment want to have a smart thermostat setup, they have to deal with devices that don't communicate with one another and have no way of resolving disputes over the set temperature. The goal of this project is to create a smart thermostat that would be suitable for use in such an office environment by allowing temperature and room occupancy to be measured and set from multiple discrete thermostats connected via a wireless network, which would then all communicate with one main server periodically, allowing an average temperature to be determined and applied via controlling an unmodified A/C system. The server would also provide a web interface for easy administration via addition and removal of modules, and would also maintain a database of all measurements made so the results could be plotted online on demand.