Adoption of Wireless and Powerline Controls

One must consider all of these factors in determining whether electronic controls will replace electromechanical toggle switches. Wireless and powerline controls effectively address two factors in a positive way: absolute price and infrastructure. First, the cost of products based on these technologies is significantly less than traditional control systems installed by home systems integrators. Second, the infrastructure is already in place, so no new wires are needed.

Choice of Storage Media for Portable Multimedia Players

Unlike in the digital audio player market, the fight between NAND flash and hard-disk drive (HDD) on the PMP platform is far from over.

Content Insider #112 - The Entertainment Choice TV Viewing Without The TV Set

Our son has it tougher than we did growing up. Oh sure he's got his content wherever, whenever he wants. But we had power. We had juice!

No Way to Regulate - Mobile TV in Europe a Parks Associates white paper

Standards can be a good thing; the GSM standard proved to be a great thing. Yet standards must be useful and not established simply for the sake of having a "standard." A European mobile TV standard will not enable lucrative roaming services, nor will it solve the economies-of-scale problem facing the market. It will, however, deny European operators the freedom to choose which technologies they need and also deny them the use of established network infrastructure.

Open Systems Provide Added Flexibility

When all of the components of the system use open standards - you can use one control device to work with all of the systems. You can also add storage to increase the capacity of the music server - without having to go back to the original vendor if you don't want to.

Virtualization for Smart Home Technologies

There are a number of potential applications for virtualization in smart home settings. These hidden virtual machines could serve a number of functions, such as replacing physical devices for home entertainment and media servers, supporting remote healthcare services and defining the home automation control modules.

Interoperability in Smart Homes

Interoperability will allow devices and application in smart homes to collaborate and provide consumers with greater flexibility in selecting their desired services.

It's NOT all about the chips!

Before you make a buying decision based on a touted technology, design class, a must have connector or a phantom surround mode, remember that none of that stuff is worth is worth a dime with out proper implementation.

Making HDMI Work over Cat-6/5

Sending HDMI, particularly with HDCP, involves a lot of different things happening at very high speed. Transmission or wiring errors often will result in no picture at all.

Middleware Technology for Digital Home Services

Home application developers depend on middleware to develop solutions that can be implemented across multiple systems, amortizing the implementation cost of different systems integration.

Moving IPTV Around the House

A major challenge for service providers in delivering IPTV has been in distributing signals from the customer's residential gateway to other IPTV Consumer Devices (IPTVCDs) located in different locations around the house.

Success Story - ProSyst and XANBOO

For its new release, Xanboo was looking for a software platform which is scalable, extendable and based on open standards. Xanboo decided to choose OSGi technology.

The XTB - Amplify and Repeat X-10

Repeaters, like the XTB-IIR, perform their magic by "hearing" the first command of the pair and transmitting at much higher power at the exact time the second pair of the command is being transmitted.

Professionally Designing and Planning Wireless Networks

New Tools for WLAN Simulation and Installations Not only mature components and new standards, but also modern planning and diagnostic tools make WLANs suitable for industrial use. This in turn permits more efficient mobile working in administration, production and logistics through continuous network availability with sufficient data rates throughout the company. A poorly planned network will suffer from gaps in coverage, areas with poor signal quality, slow response times, poor voice fidelity and disconnected calls in telephony over WLAN, and inadequate throughput capacity overall.

Web Services for the Digital Home

The role of Web Services in the digital home is guaranteeing interoperability among devices, services and systems involved. Web Services generally provide communication and coordination infrastructure to digital home systems which may have minimal computational ability for interoperation. Interoperability in the digital home is achieved between components and services offered when they are capable of transparently collaborating on a particular service that they provide to the home user. Interoperability is the central cohesive source of support in digital home systems.

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