Home Systems


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Keywords home systems, home systems communication and control standards, EHSA


Start Date: 16-JAN-89 / Duration: 24 months

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Objectives and Approach

Home systems applications are emerging as an important market sector. Communications and control standards for a systems approach have to be extended and further developed. These standards will allow the use of multi-brand and multi-application products in the home, and will take account of extensions to cover small business and service premises. The intended target markets include the consumer electronics, white goods, brown goods, lighting, telecommunications and installation sectors. The convergence of these different sectors will create new opportunities and added value to current products. An evolutionary approach, supported by architectural integrity, will therefore be followed.

The objectives of the HOME project were to propose standards suitable for bringing products onto the market which can be used in multi-brand and multi-applications home systems, with extensions to cover small business and service premises; analyse the wiring infrastructure, with special emphasis on bus-integrated installation, requirements, and installation support; validate and demonstrate the proposals made; provide draft home and building specifications to relevant parties.

Progress and Results

The main outcomes of the project are user requirement specifications and scenarios for the "Home and Building of the Future"; a proposition on Home Systems standards which has been presented to CEN/CENELEC TC 105 and ISO/IEC/JTCR/CS25/WG1; validation results; a draft installation guide and best-practice recommendation; relevant multi-brand and multi-application demonstrations.

Exploitation

The results of this project are providing a platform for the individual participants to augment their share in an evolving systems-driven market. This includes the extension of existing products, combinations of such products on a multivendor basis, and the development of completely new applications made possible by the evolving standards. The use of the power distribution systems as a service carrier will be clarified. All partners aim at the industrialisation of new possibilities in the entertainment, education, convenience, comfort and security markets through an integrated approach.

The European Home Systems Association (EHSA) has been founded by members of the consortium. Membership or associate membership of the Association is open to organisations, companies or individuals, both in Europe and beyond, who support the following aim: to enable the introduction of integrated applications in homes and buildings by supporting and promoting activities that lead to the harmonisation and use of standards for homes and buildings throughout the world. The complete Home Systems Specification was published by the Home Systems consortium in January 1991, and is available through the European Home Systems Association (EHSA):

EHSA
Excelsiorlaan 11, bus 1
B - 1930 ZAVENTEM

The Home Systems standard is being extended in project 5448, IIH.


CONTACT POINT

Mr René Van den Berg
EHSA
Excelsiorlaan 11, bus 1
B-1930 ZAVENTEM
tel: + 32/ 2 7253232
fax: + 32/ 2 7257834

Participants

PHILIPS CONSUMER ELECTRONICS BV - NL - C
ABB-ASEA BROWN BOVERI AG - D - P
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC - UK - P
GEC PLC - UK - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
ZELTRON - I - P
THORN EMI PLC - UK - P
PHILIPS SCIENTIFIC - UK - P
LEGRAND SA - F - P
AEG AG - D - P
THOMSON GRAND PUBLIC - F - P
ALCATEL STANDARD ELECTRICA SA - E - A
SELECO SPA - I - A
JYDSK TELEFON (JTAS) - DK - A
INFRATEST INDUSTRIA - D - A
BASSANI TICINO SPA - I - A
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL - UK - A
PIRELLI SPA - I - A
HONEYWELL EUROPE SA - B - A
IKERLAN - E - A
DOMINO SRL - I - A
BANG & OLUFSEN - DK - A


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