Ikanos (News - Alert) Communications has partnered with Gemino-Srl, a company that designs embedded devices for telecommunications, to launch an applications gateway that automates and centralizes home energy management.
Based on Ikanos' Fusiv Vx185 processor and AGSuite software from Gemino-Srl, the application gateway can host a range of energy management applications from the Energy@home Association using a single gateway processor.
The solution finds the best use in an ecosystem of connected and interacting appliances to optimize energy consumption, increase efficiency, prevent overloads and create new services for consumers. Customers will benefit from a single-point energy management system controllable via an in-home console or smartphone.
Gemino’s AGSuite software implements an 'applications gateway' stack that is able to run third-party applications, such as the Energy@home energy-management system, on embedded processors.
Gemino's AGSuite enables the simultaneous execution of multiple Energy@home energy management applications in an open services gateway initiative (OSGi) over java virtual machine (JVM) environment.
Basic gateway functions such as routing, QoS, security, and voice are off-loaded from the Vx185's host processor, freeing the system to run Gemino's AGSuite and Energy@home's energy-management system applications.
To deliver connectivity to energy systems, appliances and controls, the Ikanos' Vx185 gateway processor integrates ADSL2+ and VDSL2 broadband access and consumer-friendly interfaces. It also incorporates a multi-bus architecture for best Java bytecode execution and just-in-time (JIT) compilation performance, even under heavy network traffic loads.
By delivering a combination of advanced broadband access and communication technologies, along with sophisticated energy-management software, Ikanos and Gemino partnership is creating the foundation for the new smart home, the company said.
The home application gateway addresses some of the challenges faced by energy management and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications in consumer homes. Though today’s homes connect to the electricity, gas and telecommunications infrastructure, the interfaces between these infrastructures and the home-metering equipment are disparate and incompatible.
The new gateway platform meets the comprehensive specifications for efficient home energy management established by Energy@home for today's smart homes.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi