Smart Home Day @ EclipseCon Europe 2017

Kai Kreuzer posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Similar to every year since 2006, EclipseCon Europe 2017 took place at the end of October in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and it was packed with great talks and content all around the Eclipse universe.

For the first time, there was also a Smart Home Day colocated on the Sunday before EclipseCon started. The Smart Home Day was hosted by the openHAB Foundation with QIVICON by Deutsche Telekom as a sponsor.

The day was all about Eclipse SmartHome, its solutions and especially its community. There were twelve great presentations over the day and a huge number of core community members attended the day. Additionally, live demos and posters about openHAB-related research projects at universities were shown.

The agenda proved to be very attractive: More than a week before the date the event was already fully booked. With more than 90 attendees it was beyond any expectation and the venue had reached its maximum capacity.

The Morning

The day started with presentations around Open Source in general, a technical look into the QIVICON platform and the latest updates from the Eclipse SmartHome framework developments. All presentations were recorded (thanks to Markus Storm) and can be viewed by clicking the image (while the talk titles link to the slides):

Presentation Video
Welcome and Introduction
Kai Kreuzer, President openHAB Foundation
Welcome and Introduction
Why Open Source Foundations Matter
Ian Skerrett, VP Marketing Eclipse Foundation
Why Open Source Foundations Matter
How Deutsche Telekom Delivers a Mass Market Product based on Eclipse SmartHome
Jochen Hiller, Product Owner QIVICON Runtime
How Deutsche Telekom Delivers a Mass Market Product based on Eclipse SmartHome
About the Importance of UX in Open Source Projects
Thomas Dietrich, openHAB Documentation Lead and openHABian Maintainer
About the Importance of UX in Open Source Projects
Eclipse SmartHome turned Inside Out - Updates from the Core Framework
Simon Kaufmann, Eclipse SmartHome Committer
Eclipse SmartHome turned Inside Out - Updates from the Core Framework

The Early Afternoon

Right after lunch the day continued with some deeper technical insights - the VS Code Extension was shown as a replacement for the Eclipse SmartHome Designer, people learned about the Z-Wave protocol and how it is integrated in openHAB and the internals of the openHAB Cloud were discussed.

Presentation Video
Using VS Code as a Powerful Editor for Textual Configurations
Kuba Wolanin, VS Code Extension Maintainer
Using VS Code as a Powerful Editor for Textual Configurations
A Deep Dive into the Z-Wave Binding
Chris Jackson, Z-Wave & ZigBee Binding and HABmin Maintainer
A Deep Dive into the Z-Wave Binding
openHAB Cloud: From IFTTT, Alexa & Google Home Integration to a Scalable Multi-Cloud Microservices Architecture
Mehmet Arziman, openHAB Cloud Maintainer
openHAB Cloud: From IFTTT, Alexa & Google Home Integration to a Scalable Multi-Cloud Microservices Architecture

The Late Afternoon

After a coffee break, which was extensively used for networking and discussions, a sequence of short inspirational talks concluded the day.

Besides a brief intro to the oneM2M standard and its prototyped integration with Eclipse SmartHome and a praise of the virtues of code reviews, community members presented what they have realized with Eclipse SmartHome resp. openHAB:

It was extremely impressive with what little latency a local voice recognition can score and how well it works if there is a restricted vocabulary. The setup of a whole office proved convincingly that openHAB can easily scale to be the brain of whole buildings and not just private homes - and that it is running smoothly since 18 months without a single reboot. And Markus Storm gave a glimpse into some of his personal, more advanced use cases that help him to deal with automatic mowers, robot cleaners, kids and mothers-in-law alike.

Presentation Video
Connecting Domains: Interworking of Eclipse SmartHome with oneM2M
Andreas Kraft, Telekom Innovation Laboratories
Connecting Domains: Interworking of Eclipse SmartHome with oneM2M
About the Why and How of Code Reviews
Martin van Wingerden, openHAB Add-ons Maintainer
About the Why and How of Code Reviews
Experiences with Offline Voice Interaction in openHAB
Yannick Schaus, HABPanel Maintainer
Experiences with Offline Voice Interaction in openHAB
An Enterprise Grade Project with openHAB
George Erhan, openHAB Community Member
An Enterprise Grade Project with openHAB
Presence Detection and Other Cool Applications
Markus Storm, openHAB Community Member
Videos shown during the talk: Landroid, Hombot, TV
Presence Detection and Other Cool Applications

A big thanks to everyone who has attended the event and also thanks for all the positive feedback about it! It is tentatively planned to repeat a similar event next year at EclipseCon Europe - so please make sure to save October 21, 2018 in your calendar!

You can find pictures of the Smart Home Day on Google Photos: