New Open Source project at HGI for SmartHome Device Abstraction Templates Provide Feedback

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New Open Source project at HGI for SmartHome Device Abstraction Templates Provide Feedback



HGI has defined a new project, under Apache 2.0 open source licensing, to create a framework and set of examples describing SmartHome appliance functionality (control and read-out of devices) using XML and with XSD to ensure proper conformance. Individuals/companies/fora are invited to comment and contribute.

The goal of the project is to have a basis for technologies such as OSGi to provide appliance interface APIs to software application developers, independent of the home area network technology (ZigBee, EnOcean, Z-Wave, EchonetLite etc). Use of the SmartHome Device Templates (SDTs) is proposed as part of the extended API for the OSGi Device Abstraction Layer (DAL, RFC196), an element within SmartHome gateway implementations. The SDT is explicitly aimed to be applicable within multiple execution environments however.

HGI has long been in discussions with OSGi Alliance, Broadband Forum, oneM2M, EnOcean Alliance, EchonetLite Consortium and other bodies regarding the necessity of SDTs to enable a mass market in Smart Home services. HGI also is in close collaboration with the European Commission’s “Smart Appliances” project, which complements the new HGI project.

HGI plans to later hold a proof of concept event that allows HGI companies to integrate and demonstrate their SDT and DAL technologies (applications, abstraction layer, device drivers, end devices, possibly cloud platforms).

The 25-minute presentation will cover the above points, reference a number of relevant projects with similar goals, outline the initial approach of HGI, and invite comments. A close collaboration with OSGi activities on DAL and API design is crucial for a successful application of the SDT to the OSGi framework.

Presenter: Andreas Kraft

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