In today's rapidly developing world, technologies that aim to improve the user's level of comfort gain more and more significant role. Building automation has become one of these technologies, as by today devices that allow the synchronisation and management of their homes appliances. These appliances include lighting, heating and air-conditioning, communication, security, etc. There are many manufacturers which provide a wide array of integrated solutions for this market. One of the main challenges with these solutions is the implementation of the communication between the system’s elements.
My objective was to assess the currently available feasible communication solutions, and to design hardware components that could be incorporated into one of these solutions in addition to satisfying certain user expectations. Considering the broad spectrum of these expectations as well as the complexity of the whole system I focused on an application field that could cover more general requirements, such as power consumption monitoring and lighting management.