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Future Watch Part 6 with Chris Cooper - Beathouse

Future Watch: Beathouse

Future Watch 6: Beathouse

Welcome to the sixth and final instalment of our ‘Future Watch’ series. Chris tells all about BeatHouse, a futuristic project that is 2-3 years ahead of the market!

 

Beathouse – Home Monitoring

G: Just before we finish, can you tell us a bit more about BeatHouse which connects into home monitoring, being able to just switch something on and go?

C: Yeah, so BeatHouse is 2 to 3 years ahead of the market so it’s a bit futuristic and it was set up by us for our good friend David Pepper. David had 3 requests. Firstly I’ve got this new Passivhaus so it’s a carbon neutral sustainable home with no central heating, it’s got a towel rail and a wood-burner as it’s sources of heat. It’s an incredibly comfortable, beautiful home on the South Downs so it’s in a great rural setting so he wanted information proving his energy consumption was as expected.

Secondly, A shedload of money was spent on this home so he also wanted to ensure he wasn’t paying any money to the national grid for electricity other than that he has to use for his TV, his phone, his computer, not for his energy. The final request was that his wife Sarah doesn’t want any of the data to leak out.

The role of the weather

The Beathouse physical representation as a dollhouseHe just wants his house to work. It should know what it needs to do. What we need to do there is we need to learn what he likes. We need to understand how the house behaves, in an action environment. So much of the energy in a place is driven by the weather, there’s a correlation between your weather and your current energy footprint. There’s also a correlation between whether you are happy with the energy footprint and how you’re feeling. Do you need to change the temperature? This is about your comfort level.

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IoT Dollshouse – visualising comfort.

We spent part of last week building an dollshouse. Are we mad? Our home monitoring solution needed an easy and accessible way for people to visualise the resulting data. Rather than build a set of flashy dashboards we thought we would visualise it in 3D using a non-state of the art victorian toy – an IoT dollshouse.

Article by Connor Moore – responsible for the KnowNow IoT Dollshouse project

A picture of the IoT dollshouse as being constructed by Connor

The Dolls House being built with the LED’s turned on.

BeatHouse – the start of the story

Companies are starting to realise that the data that they are creating through their business creates new value towards the company. At KnowNow Information we like to help these companies by consulting and providing data services that include data management and analytics.

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Boathouse demonstraton in Perspex

IoT Demonstrators a Go Go

Demo Time

KnowNow will be undertaking a mini tour of its IoT demonstrator during September.    The story kicks off with an update to the demo we already have showcasing IBM Bluemix at the IoT Lab in Hursley.    The demo is a bite sized version of BeatHouse.

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ComputerWeekly article

ComputerWeekly LogoKnowNow is one of just a few companies at the forefront of dealing with data in a manner that is suitable to the IoT – Clive Longbottom, July 2015

There is an excellent article published on ComputerWeekly.com today written by Clive Longbottom. Clive came to IBM Hursley last week on the day that our BeatHouse demonstration was installed in their IoT laboratory.

IoT lab at IBM Hursley

IoT lab IBM Hursley

As well as looking at the demonstrations we had a wide ranging discussion about everything from the growth in requirements for data expertise to the implications for security and privacy.

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IoT and BeatHouse from KnowNow

This week we have been setting up a demonstration of our BeatHouse service at the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Hursley, Winchester. It will be used by ourselves and IBM to demonstrate how you can use their suite of technologies to rapidly develop new services using real-time information.

What is BeatHouse anyway?

BeatHouse - Grand Prix analytics for your home

BeatHouse – Grand Prix analytics for your home

BeatHouse is our name for a home monitoring and actuation system that allows you to automate the control of heat and energy throughout your home. Sensors measure the temperatures in various spaces and signals are sent to vents that allow the heat to be efficiently shared.

The name BeatHouse comes from the initial deployment – a new build home being built in the middle of the South Downs National Park. It is replacing the old police house that stood in it’s place, hence the name. You can watch video of the original house being demolished here.

The new BeatHouse is being built to Passivhaus specifications which means that it will be highly insulated. It will only take 4 towel rails and the heat from its occupants to provide all of the heat that will be required. This has made it the perfect location for us to test our sensor technologies.

So how does BeatHouse from KnowNow Information work?

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Number 1 on the guide to Startups for London Technology Week!

Number 1

KnowNow are the Number 1 Tech StartUp ranked by the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program at London Tech Week.     A fantastic result and recognition for all the hard work we have put in working with IBM Bluemix and delivering award winning smart city innovations.

Smart City Services Company

KnowNow are a Smart City Services company delivering award winning IT innovation.   David

KnowNow Logo

KnowNow Logo

Patterson (KnowNow co-founder) is talking about KnowNow’s BeatHouse and Flood Event Model projects on Tuesday 16th June from 6pm at the IBM BlueMix Garage on L24, One Canada Square, for BluemIx’s 1st Birthday celebrations.

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Know Now Press Release: BeatHouse Service Launched

BeatHouse by KnowNow Information Ltd

PRESS RELEASE

KnowNow Information to launch ‘smart’ domestic energy management system at Eco Technology Show, Brighton

  • Brings level of data analysis benefits found in grand prix motor racing to domestic space and water heating management
  • Reflects rapid growth of Internet of Things (IoT) technology
  • First installation to be in super-insulated, new-build ‘Beat House’ project in Hampshire conservation area

Eco Technology Show, 11-12 June 2015, Amex Stadium, Brighton, East Sussex, UK

KnowNow Information Ltd., Stand E36

Portsmouth, Hampshire – June 10, 2015 – For immediate release:

A new domestic energy management system, designed to minimise space and hot water heating costs throughout the home by using motor racing style data analysis methods and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, is to be launched by its designers, KnowNow Information, at the Eco Technology exhibition in Brighton, June 11-12, Stand E36.

The first system will be installed in Beathouse a new home being built now within a Hampshire conservation area. Constructed with highly insulated factory-made panels, the four-bedroom dwelling will only require four towel rails to heat it. The monthly energy bill calculated by using the Government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is around £70 but with KnowNow’s system, total energy costs are expected to be far lower.

Space heating of rooms is anticipated to require minimal energy and to prove the point the house will be closely monitored in real time using the KnowNow system. The system incorporates advanced sensing devices from a global manufacturer of energy monitoring technology, and data analysis resources from IBM Bluemix, a leading cloud-based internet services platform.

A short presentation about the new system and its first application in the house in Hampshire will be given at the Eco Technology Show 2015 by Chris Cooper, chief technical officer of KnowNow Information. It will take place on day one (Thursday June 11th) in the Innovation Zone at 10:40 hrs.

BeatHouse Dashboard is Live

Beat House Dashboard v 1.0

The Beat House dashboard is now live.  This is the first version which is just showing basic data. The data source is Woodfords (around the corner).  Which is nothing like Beathouse at all.. but it is a useful sandpit and allows KnowNow to play.   This is version 1.0

Beat House Dashboard

Beat House Dashboard

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