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|Title: ||Equipment management trial : final report|
|Authors: ||Haines, Victoria|
|Issue Date: ||2005|
|Publisher: ||© Loughborough University|
|Citation: ||HAINES, V., ... et al. Equipment management trial : final report. Loughborough : Loughborough University|
|Abstract: ||Executive Summary
The Equipment Management (EM) trial was one of the practical initiatives conceived and
implemented by members of The Application Home Initiative (TAHI) to demonstrate the
feasibility of interoperability between white and brown goods, and other domestic equipment.
The trial ran from October 2002 to June 2005, over which period it achieved its core
objectives through the deployment in early 2005 of an integrated system in trials in 15
occupied homes. Prior to roll out into the field, the work was underpinned by soak testing,
validation, laboratory experiments, case studies, user questionnaires, simulations and other
research, conducted in a single demonstration home in Loughborough, as well as in
Universities in the East Midlands and Scotland.
Throughout its life, the trial faced significant membership changes, which had a far greater
impact than the technical issues that were tackled. Two blue chip companies withdrew at the
point of signing the collaborative agreement; another made a major change in strategic
direction half way through and withdrew the major portion of its backing; another corporate left
at this point, a second one later; one corporate was a late entrant; the technical leader made
a boardroom decision not to do the engineering work that it had promised; one company went
into liquidation; another went up for sale whilst others reorganised. The trial was conducted
against this backdrop of continual commercial change. Despite this difficult operating
environment, the trial met its objectives, although not entirely as envisaged initially – a tribute
to the determination of the trial’s membership, the strength of its formal governance and
management processes, and especially, the financial support of the dti.
The equipment on trial featured a central heating/hot water boiler, washing machine, security
system, gas alarm and utility meters, all connected to a home gateway, integrated functionally
and presented to the users via a single interface.
The trial met its principal objective to show that by connecting appliances to each other and to
a support system, benefits in remote condition monitoring, maintenance, appliance & home
controls optimisation and convenience to the customer & service supplier could be provided.
This is one of two main reports that form the trial output (the other, the Multi Home Trial
Report, is available to EM Trial members only as it contains commercially sensitive
information). A supporting library of documents is also available and is held in the virtual
office hosted by Loughborough University Centre for the Integrated Home Environment.|
|Description: ||This report was prepared for the Department of Trade and Industry in support of The Application Home Initiative (TAHI).|
|Appears in Collections:||Official Reports (Design School)|
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