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Sensors 2017, 17(9), 2135; doi:10.3390/s17092135

Combining a Multi-Agent System and Communication Middleware for Smart Home Control: A Universal Control Platform Architecture

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College of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, China
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Research Institute of Fujian Histron Group Co., Ltd., Fuzhou 350116, China
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Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Industrial Control Information Security Technology, Fuzhou 350116, China
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Received: 23 August 2017 / Revised: 11 September 2017 / Accepted: 13 September 2017 / Published: 16 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sensors for Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Buildings)
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Abstract

In recent years, the smart home field has gained wide attention for its broad application prospects. However, families using smart home systems must usually adopt various heterogeneous smart devices, including sensors and devices, which makes it more difficult to manage and control their home system. How to design a unified control platform to deal with the collaborative control problem of heterogeneous smart devices is one of the greatest challenges in the current smart home field. The main contribution of this paper is to propose a universal smart home control platform architecture (IAPhome) based on a multi-agent system and communication middleware, which shows significant adaptability and advantages in many aspects, including heterogeneous devices connectivity, collaborative control, human-computer interaction and user self-management. The communication middleware is an important foundation to design and implement this architecture which makes it possible to integrate heterogeneous smart devices in a flexible way. A concrete method of applying the multi-agent software technique to solve the integrated control problem of the smart home system is also presented. The proposed platform architecture has been tested in a real smart home environment, and the results indicate that the effectiveness of our approach for solving the collaborative control problem of different smart devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart home; universal control platform; collaborative control; multi-agent; heterogeneous devices; communication middleware smart home; universal control platform; collaborative control; multi-agent; heterogeneous devices; communication middleware
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Zheng, S.; Zhang, Q.; Zheng, R.; Huang, B.-Q.; Song, Y.-L.; Chen, X.-C. Combining a Multi-Agent System and Communication Middleware for Smart Home Control: A Universal Control Platform Architecture. Sensors 2017, 17, 2135.

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