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10 December 2013
It’s the Jetsons’ dream: to live in a home that anticipates and fulfills every need of its inhabitants. In its most recent special issue, the electrical engineering and computer science journal Proceedings of the IEEE explores the technologies that underpin that dream and how smart homes are moving from science fiction to reality.
What makes a home smart? The issue’s guest editors write in the introduction that a smart home provides its inhabitants with conveniences throughout the home, including health monitoring, advanced entertainment, security control, energy management, and communication with the outside world. It should be ecologically friendly and even able to adapt to the weather.
The authors delve into the subject matter from multiple angles. In one paper, the writers give a technical overview of MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) technology, which enables the most reliable distribution of high definition (HD) premium content video into and throughout the home, over the existing coaxial cables. Another paper presents how wireless architecture can monitor a home’s inhabitants to save on energy and protect the elderly. Elsewhere the issue covers state-of-the-art electricity management, networks that allow for communication among appliances and devices, and emerging technologies of Vehicle-to-Home (V2H), Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), and Vehicle-to-Grid.
In the paper "Home Smart Home – A Danish Energy-Positive Home Designed with Daylight,’" the authors examine how smart home architecture can improve quality of life. The paper presents a case study on an experimental, full-scale, energy-positive, and carbon-neutral house with real occupants and professionals involved.
Dr. Zong Liang Wu and Dr. Nobuo Saito edited the issue. Wu is a principal architect at San Diego–based Entropic (Nasdaq: ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. He began his tenure with Entropic in 2002, where he helped create the MoCA technology, which is now deployed in tens of millions of set-top boxes around the globe. Saito is a professor emeritus at Keio University in Tokyo, where he was on the faculty for almost three decades.
In the March 2014 issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, an article by Sundeep Rangan, Theodore Rappaport, and Elza Erkip titled “Millimeter-Wave Cellular Wireless Networks: Potentials and Challenges ” assesses the potentials of using the millimeter-wave band (30-300GHz) to alleviate spectrum crowding at lower frequencies. The conclusions are very encouraging!
Dipankar Raychaudhuri and Narayan Mandayam, "Frontiers of Wireless and Mobile Communications," Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 100, No. 10, April 2012, pp. 824-840. (2014 IEEE Donald Fink Award)
Stefano Galli, Anna Scaglione,and Zhifang Wang, “For the Grid and Through the Grid: The Role of Power Communications in the Smart Grid,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 99, No. 6, June 2011, pp. 998-1027. (2013 Donald Fink Prize Paper Award)
Andreas F. Molisch, Larry J. Greenstein, Mansoor Shafi, “Propagation Issues for Cognitive Radio,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 97, No. 5, May 2009, pp. 787-804. (2011 Donald Fink Prize Paper Award)
Daniel J. Costello and G. David Forney, Jr., “Channel Coding: The Road to Channel Capacity,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 95, No. 6, June 2007, pp. 1150-1117. (2009 Donald Fink Prize Paper Award)
Yann Frauel, Thomas J. Naughton, Osamu Matoba, Enrique Tajahuerce, Bahram Javidi, “Three-Dimensional Imaging and Processing Using Computational Holographic Imaging” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 94, No.3, March 2006, pp. 836-853. (2008 Donald Fink Prize Paper Award)