AutomatedHome: Could this be the “X Smart Home Utopia ” we’ve been waiting for? The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has approved a new technical standard called ‘G.hn’ which could finally lead the way to a workable standard by providing a set of protocols and profiles to enable a diverse range of devices to communicate with each other around the home.
From the Wikipedia entry on G.hn – “Examples of G.hn devices based on high complexity profiles are Residential Gateways or Set-Top Boxes. Examples of G.hn devices based on low complexity profiles are home automation, home security and Smart Grid devices.
From the ITU’s press release:
ITU has approved a cutting-edge technical standard that will usher in new era in ‘smart home’ networking systems and applications.
Called ‘G.hn’, the new standard will enable service providers to deploy new offerings, including High Definition TV (HDTV) and digital Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), more cost effectively.
It will also allow consumer electronics manufacturers to seamlessly network all types of home entertainment, home automation and home security products, and greatly simplify consumers’ purchasing and installation processes.