An affordable and portable technology for real-time scheduling of appliances in smart homes

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The objective of the paper is to motivate the readers towards finding implementable Internet of Things based solutions to existing well-researched engineering problems. Towards this end, this paper describes a portable and easy to use technology to enable consumers to shift their electricity consumption to times when the prices are low. This technology can be implemented on a platform that consists of a Belkin WeMo Smart Plug (WeMo), which can be autonomously turned on/off using an Intel Edison (Edison) through a WiFi connection. We use a simple Markov Model for predicting the real-time prices. Based on the predicted prices, a threshold-based policy is used for scheduling of devices. The choice of model and the scheduling algorithm is heavily influenced by the processing-and storage-capacity of this platform. Empirical analysis on real-data from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), which is the largest electric utility in Illinois, shows that 90% of times, the customer paid no more than 1.5-1.6 times the omniscientminimum electricity bill for a particular device usage requirement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication4th North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2019
PublisherIEOM Society
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781532359507
StatePublished - 2019
Event4th North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2019 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Oct 23 2019Oct 25 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767


Conference4th North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2019


  • Electricity pricing
  • Intel edison and markov model
  • Internet of things
  • Smart homes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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