The residential gateway offers a window of intelligence about your home. With tangible and specific feedback on your own energy use, you're more equipped to make changes that have a bottom line result. For example, if you know exactly how much it costs to run a hot tub in the winter or to keep the air conditioning on full blast when the family is at work, you are likely to make some smart, cost-cutting choices.
Because it has access to all devices and appliances in your home, a smart gateway can apply pre-programmed guidelines to prioritize, cycle, and alter set-points to bring energy output down to pre-established levels. It can also send you warnings or alerts, giving you the option to override the system and make your own choices about what to do.
MMDS is ideally suited for areas where DSL and cable cannot reach. And in areas where these services are available, MMDS can offer ISPs the advantages of rapid deployment, a swift time-to-market, none of the "last-mile" obstructions inherent to DSL and cable service, and a more cost-effective mode of providing Internet service. All of these advantages should prove very enticing to ISPs scrambling to establish a presence in the broadband market.
Neighborhood automation systems can be used to provide communities with news and information directly from local schools, merchants, and businesses. This can be anything from the local Little League schedule to arts events to a PTA meeting. In essence, networked neighborhoods can have their own intranets - electronic hubs where they are able to share information and reinforce their sense of community.
Customers can communicate directly with appliances, devices, and systems in their homes by going to a private interactive web page where clicking on service icons allows them to monitor status and change settings. Customers can also use any touch tone telephone to access services, messages or alarms.
The future is actually here, now. Some CIC members have product available where you can actually control the blinds, lights, thermostat and security system in your home from a remote location such as a personal computer in your office hooked to the Internet or via your cell phone.
With powerline networking, you'll be able to put your desktop PCs anywhere you like instead of being forced to put them by a phone outlet. It will also be easier to buy and network other devices - printers, scanners, DSL and cable modems, TV set-top boxes, game consoles, screen phones and major appliances.
The importance of QoS is becoming highlighted as service providers look at home networking solutions to extend the broadband pipe they are bringing into homes. These service providers hope to bring not just data into the home, but eventually voice and video as well.
"It is perhaps a little known fact that the X-10 protocol has, since day one, included the capability of being expanded. The "basic" protocol includes 256 codes (16 housecodes x 16 units codes) and includes 16 functions (on, off, bright, dim, etc). However one of these 16 function codes basically means "when you receive this code, there's more code coming." These are X-10dedâ„˘ codes and are used to provide features such as preset dim in the LM14A."
"THX stands for Tom Holman's eXperiment. If you are a fan of George Lucas, you might recognize 'THX'; it is part of the name of Lucas' first feature length film, named THX 1138."
"The idea of using the existing AC wiring to transmit signals to control lights and appliances was conceived (like so many Pico/X-10 ideas) over several drinks in a bar one night. If we had known then how long it would take us to get to where we are now, we would probably have moved on to project X-11 :-)"
"Brazilian electricity supply, in common with most countries, follows a pattern of peak and low consumption periods. CEMIG (Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais, a State Electric Utility Company in Brazil) have identified that they actually already have the capacity to support a larger customer base, provided they can spread demand more evenly. This can be achieved using dual-rate incentives or load-shedding."
"LonWorks networks are intended for applications spanning home and building automation, plus factory automation and aircraft.
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