IoT standard EEBus now available for everyone

After a series of successful field tests, the EEBus Initiative has released version 1.0 of its interoperability standard. Based on the idea of open systems, the specifications can be downloaded freely for everybody; a membership in the EEBus group is not required. To ensure planning security, possible further alterations will remain compatible, the group promises.

The goal of the standard is establishing the widest possible interoperability in the Internet of Things. Members of the EEBus Initiative are about 60 companies from a host of different industrial branches including energy, home appliances, telecommunications, automotive, heating and electronics.

The EEBus approach distinguishes between content – the data model – and the transport specifications. The data model SPINE (Smart Premises Interoperable Neutral Message Exchange), contained in EEBus v1.0, can be transported across multiple communication paths and protocols. A possible transport protocol is IP-based SHIP (Smart Home IP), developed also by the EEBus initiative. SHIP meets the security requirements of the BSI, the German federal agency for IT security. Based on widely known RFCs, it can be applied in existing IP infrastructure.

Thanks to several cooperation agreements with international partnering initiatives the EEBus standard is organised on a world-spanning basis. Cooperation partners include the Open Connectivity Foundation in North America with members such as Cisco, Electrolux, GE, Honeywell, Intel, Microsoft and Qualcomm. Along with IEnergy@home, an Italian initiative that embraces members like Electrolux and Whirlpool, EEBus has harmonised the data model for White Goods; along with CENELEC it introduced it into the European Smart Appliance Standard prEN50631.

A fast implementation of real-world application is possible also for the reason that component technologies such as Modbus, Zigbee or KNX can be combined effortlessly with or integrated into applications based on EEBus. “Our goal is not to displace proven existing solutions but create a smart way to interconnect as many devices as possible”, explained Johannes Haug, member of the board of the EEBus initiative.

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