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Sensors 2016, 16(3), 338; doi:10.3390/s16030338

An Open Source “Smart Lamp” for the Optimization of Plant Systems and Thermal Comfort of Offices

Construction Technologies Institute, National Research Council of Italy (ITC-CNR), Via Lombardia, 49, 20098 San Giuliano Milanese (MI), Italy
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Academic Editors: Mihai Lazarescu and Luciano Lavagno
Received: 3 February 2016 / Revised: 26 February 2016 / Accepted: 1 March 2016 / Published: 7 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Data in the IoT: from Sensing to Meaning)
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The article describes the design phase, development and practical application of a smart object integrated in a desk lamp and called “Smart Lamp”, useful to optimize the indoor thermal comfort and energy savings that are two important workplace issues where the comfort of the workers and the consumption of the building strongly affect the economic balance of a company. The Smart Lamp was built using a microcontroller, an integrated temperature and relative humidity sensor, some other modules and a 3D printer. This smart device is similar to the desk lamps that are usually found in offices but it allows one to adjust the indoor thermal comfort, by interacting directly with the air conditioner. After the construction phase, the Smart Lamp was installed in an office normally occupied by four workers to evaluate the indoor thermal comfort and the cooling consumption in summer. The results showed how the application of the Smart Lamp effectively reduced the energy consumption, optimizing the thermal comfort. The use of DIY approach combined with read-write functionality of websites, blog and social platforms, also allowed to customize, improve, share, reproduce and interconnect technologies so that anybody could use them in any occupied environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: open source; Arduino; App Inventor; DIY; IoT; control system; environmental monitoring system; building automation; thermal comfort; energy saving open source; Arduino; App Inventor; DIY; IoT; control system; environmental monitoring system; building automation; thermal comfort; energy saving
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Salamone, F.; Belussi, L.; Danza, L.; Ghellere, M.; Meroni, I. An Open Source “Smart Lamp” for the Optimization of Plant Systems and Thermal Comfort of Offices. Sensors 2016, 16, 338.

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