Sensors 2012, 12(11), 15159-15191; doi:10.3390/s121115159
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Ubiquitous Monitoring of Electrical Household Appliances 

1 Instituto de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Zonas Costeras (IGIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino Vera s/n, 46022, Valencia, Spain 2 Grupo de Arquitectura y Concurrencia (GAC), Departamento de Ingeniería Telemática-Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Campus Universitario de Tafira, Edificios de Telecomunicación, 35017, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria), Spain 3 Departamento de Informática e Ingeniería de Sistemas, Universidad de Zaragoza, Ciudad Escolar s/n 44003 Teruel, Spain
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Received: 4 September 2012; in revised form: 2 November 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 7 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ubiquitous Sensing)
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Abstract: The number of appliances at home is increasing continuously, mainly because they make our lives easier. Currently, technology is integrated in all objects of our daily life. TCP/IP let us monitor our home in real time and check ubiquitously if something is happening at home. Bearing in mind this idea, we have developed a low-cost system, which can be used in any type of electrical household appliance that takes information from the appliance and posts the information to the Twitter Social network. Several sensors placed in the household appliances gather the sensed data and send them wired or wirelessly, depending on the case, using small and cheap devices to a gateway located in the home. This gateway takes decisions, based on the received data, and sends notifications to Twitter. We have developed a software application that takes the values and decides when to issue an alarm to the registered users (Twitter friends of our smart home). The performance of our system has been measured taking into account the home network (using IEEE 802.3u and IEEE 802.11g) and the data publishing in Twitter. As a result, we have generated an original product and service for any electrical household appliance, regardless of the model and manufacturer, that helps home users improve their quality of life. The paper also shows that there is no system with the same innovative features like the ones presented in this paper.
Keywords: ubiquitous monitor; Internet of Things; electrical household appliances; social networks

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Lloret, J.; Macías, E.; Suárez, A.; Lacuesta, R. Ubiquitous Monitoring of Electrical Household Appliances . Sensors 2012, 12, 15159-15191.

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Lloret J, Macías E, Suárez A, Lacuesta R. Ubiquitous Monitoring of Electrical Household Appliances . Sensors. 2012; 12(11):15159-15191.

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Lloret, Jaime; Macías, Elsa; Suárez, Alvaro; Lacuesta, Raquel. 2012. "Ubiquitous Monitoring of Electrical Household Appliances ." Sensors 12, no. 11: 15159-15191.

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