OSGi is a global, cross-industry consortium, with membership open to any interested party, including Internet service providers, network operators, original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, end users, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
The outlook for Bluetooth technology is once again positive, albeit cautiously so. Bluetooth at its core is an embedded play. The desire to purchase add-on, aftermarket Bluetooth solutions is limited. For Bluetooth to succeed integration cost and power consumption are key determinants.
Analysts believe that HomePlug has an advantage over other home networking mediums, such as phone lines, because of the higher ratio and availability of power outlets over phone jacks, the increased reliability of powerline home networking over wireless standards, the cost effectiveness of deploying powerline technology, and the ease with which it may be installed.
"The IEEE has defined a clear path for 802.11g that bridges 11, 22 and 54 Mbps, making multi-mode products based on one standard a reality," said Allen Nogee, senior analyst Cahners In-Stat/ MRD. "By already offering 22 Mbps capabilities with the ACX100, TI and its customers are well positioned to enable the first step in the deployment of 802.11g compliant products in the 2.4 GHz band."
It turns out that installing a service gateway is not a do-it-yourself home project. The hardware needs to fit with whatever home devices you want to connect, the software has to be written to work with the devices, and the home devices have to be designed to work with the service gateway. But cheer up: OSGi service gateways are already available, and are predicted to become wide-spread in the near future. One day soon your OSGi-managed home system will make George Jetson look like a Luddite.
The newer, and at this point more expensive, 802.11a standard is able to transmit data at speeds up to 54 Mbps, which is more than adequate for today's video and audio technologies. In fact, according to a recent report from the Gartner Group, Inc., it has "enough capacity to simultaneously support two streams of standard television content, data traffic among multiple PCs in the home and an HDTV stream".
The digital home continues to evolve and smarter appliances continuing to perpetrate the home. These smarter appliances and the need for sharing broadband data, voice, and video is pushing the need for home networking. While several technologies exist the technology that provides high-speed and reliable delivery of voice, data and video will win. IEEE 1394 is one such home networking technology that provides both high-speed and reliable delivery. The proliferation of 1394 as the A/V standard will be accelerated through the use of HAVi as its middleware solution to connect disparate devices, thus providing a complete solution to the consumer.
At COMDEX 2001 HomePNA announced the Voice-over-HomePNA (VoHPNA) protocol, which extends its 2.0 specification to include support for digital voice services. This announcement makes HomePNA the first home networking protocol to deliver a network-based framework for delivering toll-quality digital telephony services for consumer price points.
When you consider the versatility and diverse capabilities of powerline home networking solutions, it is clear that there is strength in numbers. Bringing together 90 companies from a range of industry sectors ensures that consumers who want to create a home network will be provided with a variety of cost-effective, HomePlug-certified products that will all work together.
SCP products will probably not be commercially available until sometime in late 2001. However, not to worry, a plan is in place to insure that the CEBus/Home Plug & Play products that you buy today will integrate and interoperate with the SCP products you may buy tomorrow. You can expect that SCP products will offer a whole new world of possibilities and features.
EGi (Emerald Gateway International) has been creating products using CEBus technology since 1996. In that time, EGi has built a reputation for creating visionary products and, along with parent company DSC, is establishing itself as a leader in bridging the gap between home security and home automation.
For HomeRF, the FCC decision, while a long time coming, is a major victory. Without a positive decision there was a real possibility that HomeRF would have been fatally caught in a pincer movement between IEEE 802.11b's higher bandwidth and Bluetooth's lower cost.
As a feasibility study, the demonstration system mainly contains two simple subsystems: HVAC and Light System. Other devices include smoke detector, clock, etc. All the devices can be found and manipulated on the TV screen with a remote controller.
The HomeRF Working Group is happy to report that our first shipping products, including Intel's AnyPoint and Compaq's Symphony-HRF product line, are receiving glowing reviews in the marketplace.
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