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COSMOS Synopsis

Internet of Things (IoT) is a burgeoning field which is the next big thing in the world of automation. IoT devices usually have a universal application as they are not constrained to any one particular domain. It has a broad appeal in fields ranging from Hospitals, Offices, Hotels, Airports to even our very home. However, it has been known how expensive these individual devices tend to get. For example, a single Philips Hue bulb can cost anywhere between ₹6,000 to ₹7,000. A single household has multiple lamps, and the cost tends to exponentially increase while the willingness to pay for each of the bulbs by each of the consumers tends to decrease with each increment in the number of devices being bought.

The idea, in brief, is to make affordable custom IoT end-points, that can be managed via a single device or custom designed interface. These devices could be any iOS, Android or any smart device which can access the local wireless network in the desired automation environment. These devices can then manage the endpoints, most of which would be designed from scratch. Few examples of the managed end-points that will be developed are intrusion sensors, temperature & humidity sensors, fire sensors, connected RGB LED Lights, Connected Switches & Switchboards, Connected Locks, Air Quality Sensor and so on. This semester report highlights the progress that we’ve achieved so far, i.e., around 28%. This report briefly summarises the idea of COSMOS, the hardware and the software requirements that have been identified so far, the setting up of the automation server and software in the desired environment, the openHAB configuration, and setup with a brief description of the available interfaces and how the project builds up on that front. Once described, the project document focuses on the individual modules that have been completed and a list of subsequent tasks that are left as work for the next semester.

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