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Smart home platform empowers set-top boxes to support energy and security services

Smart home platform empowers set-top boxes to support energy and security services

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The device will also provide access to digital multimedia content throughout the home.

ST’s Smart Home software will be supplied pre-integrated on set-top box and home-gateway SoCs such as the STiG105 and STiG112, which are dedicated smart home devices, as well as multimedia gateway devices such as the STiH416 (‘Orly’) and  the Monaco family (STiH407, STiH410, STiH412). With the new framework ST is enabling its customers to build next-generation products supporting innovative and differentiated services for energy management, surveillance, home automation and other capabilities. Ultimately, this will enable operators to deliver extra value for subscribers and enable operators to grow revenues.

“Adding support for smart-home applications and services is a natural progression for the set-top box, enabling operators to deliver innovative new services and delivering benefits such as a consistent user experience to subscribers,” said Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice President, General Manager Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics. “The combination of our Smart Home software platform and our large selection of ICs such as Home Gateway SoCs, connectivity devices, sensors and actuators now provides everything developers need to unleash the potential of this exciting new opportunity.”

Based on open standards such as Linux, Java Virtual Machine and the OSGi framework, Smart Home supports popular digital-home standards such as Home Gateway Initiative (HGi), Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). All major wireless connectivity protocols for smart-home applications are also supported, such as ZigBee, including the latest Smart Energy Profile 2.0, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi including IEEE 802.11n, and Near-Field Communications (NFC). The software is also Bluetooth® Smart Ready, and features 2G, 3G or LTE cellular support.

A reference implementation is available comprising hardware based on the STiG105 SoC and the Smart Home software is available to help OEMs, operator and application developers begin quickly to develop smart-home applications and services.

An alpha version Product Development Kit (PDK) will be released during September 2013, followed by the full PDK scheduled for release in December 2013.

Visit STMicroelectronics at www.st.com

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