Ever wished you could run some of your daily chores at the flick of a switch? Well, this may soon become reality thanks to an open source home automation and networking platform from IST project HOMETALK.
HOMETALK set out to overcome the problems posed by existing home networking, automation and control systems that automate procedures such as turning on the washing machine. As Christos Georgopoulos, CEO inAccess Networks, Greece, provider of a smart Home Gateway to the project explains: "For home automation service development, only closed solutions used to exist, each with a specific language that had to be mastered by specialist technicians. This did not help the progress of the service development market and could not build a critical mass of service developers that could support the requirements of the early adopters of the emerging Home Automation market."
The project partners decided to produce an open source platform to offer more freedom to service developers. "We offer it back in open-source in order to allow for input by other parties and to quickly gain adoption by developers," comments Georgopoulos, adding that the "target is to integrate the developer community and develop a standard base."
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