You buy a really cool device that automatically opens and closes your window curtains. You bring it home and install it in your room. You plug it in and then tap it with your smart phone to establish the fact that you own it and it belongs in your smart home. The new device broadcasts its availability and capabilities to all of the other device clouds in your home. Your smart controller recognizes the device as something that operates in two different contexts; one for energy efficiency, the other for personal safety.
In the energy efficiency context, the drapery device is integrated into a smart home group including the HVAC unit, room lighting, and the thermostat. The rules governing this group are designed to keep the temperature in room under 85% during the day. When the temperature reaches 85%, the lights turn off, the HVAC unit turns on, and now the draperies close to keep the sun out. When the temperature drops below the threshold, the devices begin to return to their original state as long as the temperature remains optimal.
Later on at dusk, the drapery device works in a group with the room lighting, alarm sensors, and the clock to help keep you safe. At the right time, the draperies close, the lights come on, and the window sensors are set to alarm. Your personal cloud is notified of the changes.
You didn’t have to worry about whether the device was compatible with everything else in your home. You didn’t have to worry about integrating it into your smart home routines. Your cloud and the device clouds took care of that for you. All you had to do was hook it up to your curtains and enjoy.
Your personal cloud has helped you manage your own “Internet of Things” network by orchestrating the devices and their actions to enhance your comfort and security.
The next post outlines how your personal cloud helps you manage the changing relationships you establish throughout your life.