Low Cost Control Unit (LCCU) For Monitoring Single Appliance Power Consumption based on IOT Protocols
Power consumption is globally considered to be a major concern. Many attempts to manage and control power
consumptions were proposed. The paper presents an affordable system architecture capable to control, manage and track
power consumption for single appliance to help low income households. The main objective of this unit is to provide
households with real time information about a home appliance’s consumption through fast, secured IoT gateway. Users are
capable to utilize any web enabled device to monitor the power consumption and control the operation of those appliances.
The paper illustrates and explains the proposed system architecture for the appliance controller. A prototype has been
developed to validate the proposed system architecture demonstrating a considerable potential for using IoT platforms for
smart home systems.
Keywords - IoT, LCCU, Smart Meters, Power saving, Smart cities