Ensuring interoperability in a home networking system: a case study

D Kaleshi, MH Barton

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One of the main problems in home networked systems is the wide diversity of technologies, application requirements and cost allowance for devices and systems in general. This is translated to a division into different islands of technology that goes down to single manufacturer systems, thus blocking the way to the system integration as the main reason for the existence of the network. It is widely accepted that achieving the interworking is the most important aspect of a system specification. Object-oriented modelling associated with proper application management mechanisms for trading and binding provides the best approach to standardisation work on home systems interworking. We take here as an example the work toward an interoperability specification for an energy management system. The system described spans several communication media and brings together several consumer and producer entities. The system aims to provide increased comfort while either minimising the usage of resources or their cost for the same level of usage. Results from installed and running systems show the success of the approach
Translated title of the contributionEnsuring Interoperability in a Home Networking System: A Case Study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1134 - 1143
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE)
Rose publication type: Journal article

Sponsorship: This work has been supported by the Commission of the European Union (CEU) under the ESPRlT project 20304 "ETHOS - Energy and Communication User Services (Multimedia) Field Trials of developed Home Systems to European (HHS) Protocols Specifications" and by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, UK. The set of ETHOS interoperability specifications were developed in close co-operation with the project's industrial partners: EA Technology Ltd (UK), Eastern Electricity (UK), Electricite de France (France), ENEL (Italy), DEFU (Denmark), Midland Electricity (UK), Schneider Electric SA (France), ST Microelectronics (France) and SWALEC (UK)

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