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ComfOnt: A Semantic Framework for Indoor Comfort and Energy Saving In Smart Homes

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Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing, National Research Council, Via Previati 1/E, 23900 Lecco, Italy
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Department of Pure and Applied Sciences, Insubria University, Via Ottorino Rossi 9, 21100 Varese, Italy
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Electronics 2019, 8(12), 1449; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8121449
Received: 30 October 2019 / Revised: 23 November 2019 / Accepted: 26 November 2019 / Published: 1 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue IoT and Its Applications in Electric Energy Systems)
This work introduces ComfOnt, a semantic framework developed within the context of ambient assisted living, context awareness, and ambient intelligence Italian research projects. ComfOnt leverages knowledge regarding Smart Home inhabitants and their particular needs, the devices deployed inside the domestic environment (appliances, sensors, and actuators), the amount of their energy consumption, and indoor comfort metrics to provide dwellers with customized services. Developed reusing widely adopted ontologies, ComfOnt aims at providing inhabitants with the possibility of having personalized indoor comfort in their living environments and at helping them in scheduling their daily activities requiring appliances; in fact, the proposed semantic framework enables the representation of appliances’ energy consumption and the energy profile of the Smart Home, thus assisting the dwellers in avoiding power cuts and fostering energy savings. ComfOnt serves as a knowledge base for a prototypical application (DECAM) dedicated to Smart Home inhabitants; the architecture and the functionalities of DECAM are here presented.
Keywords: Smart Home; indoor comfort; ontology based application; ontology development Smart Home; indoor comfort; ontology based application; ontology development
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Spoladore, D.; Mahroo, A.; Trombetta, A.; Sacco, M. ComfOnt: A Semantic Framework for Indoor Comfort and Energy Saving In Smart Homes. Electronics 2019, 8, 1449.

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