Michael Bunting, Thomas Csercsics, Adam Kroon, Trysten Piper, Alex Sadowski

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Michael Bunting, Thomas Csercsics, Adam Kroon, Trysten Piper, Alex Sadowski

XD1-Smart Home Project
Progress Report 1

Group: 15

Supervisor: Dr Ashoka K.S Bhat ECE


Contact Information 2

Supervisor Contact Information 2

Project Summary 3

Objectives 3

Project Information 3

Potential Issues 3

Solutions 4

Project Scope 4

Assigned Tasks 5

Milestones 6

Milestone 1 6

Milestone 2 6

Milestone 3 6

Milestone 4 7

Milestone 5 7

Contact Information

  • Michael Bunting – michaelrbunting@gmail.com

  • Thomas Csercsiscs –

  • Adam Kroon – adamkroon47@gmail.com

  • Trysten Piper – trysten.piper89@gmail.com

  • Alex Sadowaski –

Supervisor Contact Information

  • Dr. Ashoka K.S Bhat – bhat@ece.uvic.ca

Project Summary

The Smart Home Project will include a graphical user interface (GUI) capable of monitoring and controlling various electrical devices found in a common residential dwelling. By providing the application’s user with control of these devices, power consumption can be tracked and measured for improved home operating efficiency. This could potentially limit the demand of power consumption by the end user. Some other measures such as convenient security monitoring would allow users increased levels of safety. The Smart Home monitoring system will also provide a level of customization as per user needs and preferences.


The objectives of this project are to create the following:

  • Scale model of a ‘house’ complete with several controllable working devices

  • Application that controls devices

  • Monitoring system for the controllable devices

Project Information

Potential Issues

Issues that may arise during this project are as follows;

  • Unavailable hardware

  • Difficulties programming

  • Difficulties with the PLC (Power Line Communication)

  • Time constraints


Solutions to these issues are;

  • Ordering hardware as soon as possible and from quick distribution sources

  • Working together as well as using resources (Online/Literature) to code properly and debug any coding errors efficiently

  • Researching PLC sources as well as trial and error. Dedicating time to the issue

  • Working as a team as efficiently as possible, spreading the work load out evenly amongst the group members.

Project Scope

The ultimate goal of this project is to make a system that is user friendly, efficient, modular and easily installed. By using PLC we make the system universal and cost efficient. Older homes can use these systems and not have to worry about costly renovations. The PLC will use the existing home wiring to communicate with the other devices synced to the smart home hub. Also by using PLC we use a closed system and thus the threat of cyber intrusion is nullified.

Creating a modular system is also beneficial for us and the potential consumer. For a consumer with a modular system, additions can be made to the existing system at cheaper costs and without the existing system becoming obsolete. From the design stand point this allows us to manage the project better, it leaves potential for growth of the project without being overwhelmed with having too many items to work on. A block diagram of what we hope to achieve is seen below in figure 1.


Assigned Tasks

Mike Bunting

Thomas Csercsics

  • Designing scale model

  • Assembly of model

  • PLC

Adam Kroon

  • Researching required hardware

  • Researching computer language best suited to meet our goals

  • Programming microcontroller

  • Interface touchscreen with microcontroller

  • Determine data transfer protocol

  • Draft website template

Trysten Piper

Alex Sadowski

  • Determine data transfer protocol

  • Programming microcontroller

  • Order hardware

  • PLC

These are the current assigned tasks for the project so far. More tasks will be delegated as the project progresses and cross over will occur with tasks. Tasks such as the PLC and data transfer will require larger amounts of time dedicated to them.


Milestone 1

Research required hardware (Completed)

Order required hardware (Ongoing)

Create Block Diagram (Completed)

Assign project tasks (Completed)

Milestone 2

Begin programming microcontroller

Design scale model (CAD)

Assemble any available hardware

Milestone 3

Complete programming

Finish smart hub

Begin assembling scale model

Milestone 4

Test/debug smart hub

Completed scale model

Begin working on final report

Milestone 5

Sync smart hub with scale model


Complete Final report

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