Document Type


Lead Author Type

CIS Masters Student


Dr. Jonathan Engelsma,

Embargo Period



Research in ubiquitous computing has been underway for almost two decades, yet the smart home is still far from commercial realization. This project highlights a cloud-based ecosystem that is an attempt to close the gap between the standardization efforts of smart home and the interfaces of household appliances. The web-based platform consists of an interface that allows household appliances to report about their operational events and change of states. It also provides a framework for third party web and mobile applications to consume those events to make higher level analysis and act upon them. The platform gives the user total freedom to program how these notifications are delivered to their mobile devices or third party applications. Finally, to overcome the integration readiness of today’s legacy appliances, generic or specialized sensor-packs called “Digital Skin”(s) are used to add the layer of sensibility and connectivity required.