The MeWeT, or Model environment for Well-being enhancing Technology simulated home in Ulvila, encompasses smart home technology, renovation, accessibility, intelligent actuators and traditional services. All of these are seamlessly integrated into an apartment ideal for a person experiencing life changes which may affect things such as mobility.
During the spring of 2018, Robotics Academy students began work in the MeWeT home to install a Beckhoff home automation system. This modern, comprehensive building automation system makes sustainable and energy-efficient building solutions possible, allowing the lighting in the home to be automated and programmed on the Green Building model.
Beckhoff offers a comprehensive and scalable control system for building automation needs, ranging from PC and Ethernet-based control to modular I / O. The Beckhoff control system makes it possible to achieve A energy efficiency class by EN15232 standards.
Wireless and battery-free switches
EnOcean switches are wireless and battery-free, generating all the energy needed to operate them when pressed. EnOcean technology is widely used in Europe for commercial applications such as hotels, as they are completely maintenance free.
For this reason, switches are available for most electrical components in Europe.
DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is an international open standard (IEC 62386) developed by lighting manufacturing companies to create a simple and flexible way to manage and control a large number of light control devices from on or off site.
In the MeWeT house, DALI lighting was grouped into rooms or sub-groups within a room. Students added dimmer options which the user controls with the EnOcean switches located in the home. Since the switches do not need to be attached to the walls, this idea fit into the idea of the MeWeT house splendidly.
Academy students learn to program various sensors and lights with home automation systems. Students learned the structure of the I / O system by first building their own system on school grounds. In the future, we will be able to help with the challenges of home automation.