Hardvare and Software Development of an Intelligent Thermostat

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Supervisor:
Kiss Domokos
Department of Automation and Applied Informatics

By the widespread of the home automation systems, the appliances that have the ability to regulate and control our homes, are gathering bigger and bigger ground each year. Out of these, by far the most popular ones are the digital thermostats.

In my thesis work, I develop such an intelligent thermostat, which beyond the ordinary heating regulation of most of the thermostats around the market, has the ability to not only monitor and regulate our household’s temperature, but to control it without the need to be physically there.

In the first part of my thesis, I delineate the conceptual synthesis of this complex heating system, then I advert to the actual assignment of this thesis work.

In the 2nd and 3rd chapter, I present the digital thermostat’s and also the external temperature measurement unit’s hardware development process. In this chapter, I give a detailed view on the aspects and reasons behind all the steps I have made during the hardware design.

In the 4th chapter, I review the results of the two printed circuit boards hardware designs through various pictures, as well as I show the most important steps and constraints of the designing process with the actual software tool.

Thereafter, in the 5th chapter, I introduce the software which runs on both of the devices. First, I show the software environment and software plug-in tools which I have used, and then I give an in depth overview of the actual embedded software.

Afterward, in the 6th chapter, I present the smartphone application, which was done during my project laboratory work. I demonstrate how this application can be a part of the designed complex heating system, by reviewing most of its functions and features.

At the end, I give a brief summary of my completed thesis work, along with some new future development ideas, which could elevate this heating system into a truly useful home appliance system.

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