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An Intelligent Smart Plug with Shared Knowledge Capabilities

GECAD-Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development, Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), P-4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3961;
Received: 30 September 2018 / Revised: 6 November 2018 / Accepted: 12 November 2018 / Published: 15 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensors Networks in Activity Detection and Context Awareness)
The massive dissemination of smart devices in current markets provides innovative technologies that can be used in energy management systems. Particularly, smart plugs enable efficient remote monitoring and control capabilities of electrical resources at a low cost. However, smart plugs, besides their enabling capabilities, are not able to acquire and communicate information regarding the resource’s context. This paper proposes the EnAPlug, a new environmental awareness smart plug with knowledge capabilities concerning the context of where and how users utilize a controllable resource. This paper will focus on the abilities to learn and to share knowledge between different EnAPlugs. The EnAPlug is tested in two different case studies where user habits and consumption profiles are learned. A case study for distributed resource optimization is also shown, where a central heater is optimized according to the shared knowledge of five EnAPlugs. View Full-Text
Keywords: consumption forecast; distributed optimization; shared knowledge; smart plugs; user interaction forecasts consumption forecast; distributed optimization; shared knowledge; smart plugs; user interaction forecasts
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Gomes, L.; Sousa, F.; Vale, Z. An Intelligent Smart Plug with Shared Knowledge Capabilities. Sensors 2018, 18, 3961.

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