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Energies 2015, 8(7), 7279-7311; doi:10.3390/en8077279

Smart Home Communication Technologies and Applications: Wireless Protocol Assessment for Home Area Network Resources

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Department of Electromechanical Engineering, University of Beira Interior, 6201-001 Covilha, Portugal
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Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Thorsten Staake
Received: 13 March 2015 / Revised: 21 June 2015 / Accepted: 6 July 2015 / Published: 20 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Metering)
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The paper discusses Home Area Networks (HAN) communication technologies for smart home and domestic application integration. The work is initiated by identifying the application areas that can benefit from this integration. A broad and inclusive home communication interface is analysed utilizing as a key piece a Gateway based on machine-to-machine (M2M) communications that interacts with the surrounding environment. Then, the main wireless networks are thoroughly assessed, and later, their suitability to the requirements of HAN considering the application area is analysed. Finally, a qualitative analysis is portrayed. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart home; HAN; M2M; wireless home communication protocols smart home; HAN; M2M; wireless home communication protocols
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Mendes, T.D.P.; Godina, R.; Rodrigues, E.M.G.; Matias, J.C.O.; Catalão, J.P.S. Smart Home Communication Technologies and Applications: Wireless Protocol Assessment for Home Area Network Resources. Energies 2015, 8, 7279-7311.

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