Wireless smart home comes closer to reality

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Washington, November 20 (ANI): A team of scientists has proposed a smart home network system that works by integrating well-known Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology into the Open Service Gateway Initiative (OSGi) to allow people to access a video monitoring and media system throughout their household or even remotely.

Their proposal will help solve several common problems for people when they are away from home, such as whether they left devices and lights running that should have been switched off, to check that their security alarm is set and often more worrisome whether the children are doing their homework or watching TV or gaming instead.

When you are at home, the same RFID technology could take care of entertainment needs as you move around the house, allowing favorite songs to follow you from room to room, for instance.

The team points out that more than 70 manufacturers, including Echelon, IBM, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel, Panasonic, Philips, Sony, and Toshiba have joined OSGi, which means that the standard could be widely adopted and implemented by technologists.

The NCKU (National Cheng Kung University) team has built on this open network system using RFID so that devices and individuals can be connected to video devices in the smart home for entertainment or security purposes.

There are several scenarios that their system could enable: users could watch and control a monitor screen in the home through a mobile device, for instance.

Users could interact with each other through networked TV whether they are at home or not; and, by having a centralized media server, users could have movies or music track them as they move from room to room.

"The open architecture system in this paper can provide rapid, automatic, and convenient services, thereby substantially improving the quality of life for users," according to the researchers.

The team concluded that fundamentally, RFID over the OSGi system will make the smart home a reality by connecting all the users' media devices and domestic appliances, so that they can usefully communicate with each other and with the user. (ANI)

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