Living lab to trial smart home technology

Tuesday, 05 March, 2019

Living lab to trial smart home technology

Quantify Technology has partnered with Curtin University of Technology to install its products in a living lab in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The Legacy Living Lab (L3), which is set to be commissioned on 18 April 2019, will include Quantify’s adaptable products which can transform traditionally wired houses into smart homes using a flexible wall switch connected to the Wi-Fi network. This will enable building automation and energy consumption monitoring within the building.

The space will be an interactive research, prototyping and test facility and will be used for people to collaborate and engage directly with the building, to explore performance and data, while serving as a case study for a PhD fellowship with Quantify Technology.

“The venture will explore how Quantify’s Internet of Things technology can add value by reducing the energy used by the home, saving emissions and energy,” explained Quantify’s CEO Brett Savill. “This trial will showcase the potential of what Quantify can do on a large scale, while demonstrating the adaptability of our technology and how it can transform the building industry.”

According to Quantify, the building will have the ability to undergo transformations throughout its lifetime without the need for demolition, catering for further research.

The PhD project will be completed through the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, and CUSP Director Professor Greg Morrison said it will address the need for home automation technology.

“There is a gap in understanding the benefits that can be gained by the integration of home automation and the energy and subsequent cost saving that can be attributed to the adoption of automation,” Morrison stated.

Quantify will also work alongside Fleetwood Australia and LandCorp in the construction of the living lab. Fleetwood Australia specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of modular buildings and is committed to reducing waste and improving the sustainability of the built environment, and LandCorp is the WA Government’s land and development agency that works to realise the potential of land and infrastructure developments in a planned and sustainable way.

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