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Sensors 2016, 16(8), 1224;

A Semantic Approach with Decision Support for Safety Service in Smart Home Management

Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 201620, China
Department of Mechanical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China
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Academic Editors: Andrea Zanella and Toktam Mahmoodi
Received: 29 February 2016 / Revised: 15 July 2016 / Accepted: 27 July 2016 / Published: 3 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart City: Vision and Reality)
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Research on smart homes (SHs) has increased significantly in recent years because of the convenience provided by having an assisted living environment. The functions of SHs as mentioned in previous studies, particularly safety services, are seldom discussed or mentioned. Thus, this study proposes a semantic approach with decision support for safety service in SH management. The focus of this contribution is to explore a context awareness and reasoning approach for risk recognition in SH that enables the proper decision support for flexible safety service provision. The framework of SH based on a wireless sensor network is described from the perspective of neighbourhood management. This approach is based on the integration of semantic knowledge in which a reasoner can make decisions about risk recognition and safety service. We present a management ontology for a SH and relevant monitoring contextual information, which considers its suitability in a pervasive computing environment and is service-oriented. We also propose a rule-based reasoning method to provide decision support through reasoning techniques and context-awareness. A system prototype is developed to evaluate the feasibility, time response and extendibility of the approach. The evaluation of our approach shows that it is more effective in daily risk event recognition. The decisions for service provision are shown to be accurate. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart homes; decision; safety service smart homes; decision; safety service

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Huang, X.; Yi, J.; Zhu, X.; Chen, S. A Semantic Approach with Decision Support for Safety Service in Smart Home Management. Sensors 2016, 16, 1224.

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