A Safe Approach using Virtual Devices to Evaluate Home Automation Architectures prior Installations
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The improvement of home automation installations deals with the problem that the impact of the changes and the new behavior cannot be observed without installing the real devices. In this sense, the tools related to home automation technologies are not able to test the behavior of devices which are not present in the physical installation. This paper presents a solution based on virtual devices to evaluate home automation architectures without the need of deploying the corresponding physical devices. Our approach is focused on the specific situation of improving an existing installation, which consists of these steps: virtualize the installation and generates a software architecture, include the new elements as virtual devices, evaluate the behavior of the whole architecture, test the new components with the physical installation, and incorporate the new devices to the installation. The approach is validated using a case study of a real installation that must be updated.