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Energies 2016, 9(5), 348; doi:10.3390/en9050348

A Review of Systems and Technologies for Smart Homes and Smart Grids

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Department of Architectural Design, History and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim NO-7491, Norway
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Department of Civil and Transport Engineering Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim NO-7491, Norway
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Department of Computer and Information Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim NO-7491, Norway
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Academic Editor: Nyuk Hien Wong
Received: 8 March 2016 / Revised: 18 April 2016 / Accepted: 26 April 2016 / Published: 7 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient Building Design 2016)
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In the actual era of smart homes and smart grids, advanced technological systems that allow the automation of domestic tasks are developing rapidly. There are numerous technologies and applications that can be installed in smart homes today. They enable communication between home appliances and users, and enhance home appliances’ automation, monitoring and remote control capabilities. This review article, by introducing the concept of the smart home and the advent of the smart grid, investigates technologies for smart homes. The technical descriptions of the systems are presented and point out advantages and disadvantages of each technology and product today available on the market. Barriers, challenges, benefits and future trends regarding the technologies and the role of users have also been discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart home; smart grid; energy management system (EMS); integrated wireless technology (IWT); smart home micro-computers (SHMC); home automation (HA) smart home; smart grid; energy management system (EMS); integrated wireless technology (IWT); smart home micro-computers (SHMC); home automation (HA)
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Lobaccaro, G.; Carlucci, S.; Löfström, E. A Review of Systems and Technologies for Smart Homes and Smart Grids. Energies 2016, 9, 348.

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