HGI spec moves Smart Homes closer to reality

HGI, an organisation responsible for setting requirements for the smart home, has published a landmark document which brings service providers a step closer to making the smart home a reality.

HGI-RD048, titled HG Requirements for HGI Open Platform 2.0, sets out updated guidelines for modular software deployments onto the Home Gateway. It updates RD008-R3, published in 2011. The publication is vital for the smart home because it allows modular software applications to run in a dedicated virtual execution environment and avoid conflicts and interferences with the natively installed software. Compared with RD008, the new RD048 provides considerable additional requirements, including a new Java Virtual Machine (JVM) profile for Home Gateways.

Manufacturers wishing to build and test their devices to the new HGI requirements have already been able to take part in a remote test event. Products that have already met the HGI test criteria have earned the right to carry the HGI Open Platform 2.0 logo. Those companies are shown at test.homegateway.org.

“The smart home concept is moving ever closer to becoming a reality and manufacturers meeting the new RD048 and associated test requirements will meet the service providers needs and reduce their time to market delivering an appropriate smart home solution,” said Duncan Bees, Chief Technology and Business Officer, at HGI. “Service providers are deploying next generation applications like home automation, energy management and diagnostics. HGI’s work in the smart home is truly enabling a worldwide approach to making this service vision achievable.”

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