Claire Maternaghan

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The nature of home automation is introduced. It is argued that end users should be able to define how the home system reacts to changing circumstances. Policies are employed as user-defined rules for how this should happen. The architecture of the Homer home automation system is briefly overviewed. The Homer policy system and the Homeric policy language it(More)
– Many sensors, appliances and smart devices for within the home are becoming readily available to the general public. These can not only enhance everyday living but also allow people requiring care to stay in the comfort of their own homes for longer. Users need to be provided with the ability to easily customise their home and the devices within it. A(More)
This report discusses Homer, a system developed for managing home automation and telecare. The philosophy and architecture of Homer are explained. The nature of home components is discussed, along with how they t together into the overall system. Policies are used as a means of automated decisions based on user-dened rules for control of the home system.(More)
There are a large number of home automation companies which oer consumers tailored solutions to meet their needs. At installation time users are asked how they would like their home to behave so as the companies engineers can program the solution for their client. Once programmed, the users must contact the company and, in many cases, pay for these rules to(More)
The home is composed of many different devices, services and technologies. These rarely communicate with one another, and require various different computer systems and applications to be able to interact with them all remotely. A challenge within telecare is being able to exploit the functionality of these devices within the home and offer a common means(More)
Current home systems do not support simple, yet sophisticated, ways of controlling the home in a generic and high-level way. In contrast, Homer, a home system for telecare and home automation developed by the authors, is designed to make it easy for non-technical users to achieve this. Developers create home components that expose their services and(More)
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