Smart Home Software Platform adds domestic services via set-top box ICs

September 16, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
New software and a hardware portfolio from ST Microelectronics provide the catalyst for a new class of smart-home boxes hosting high-value services.

ST's Smart Home software platform will create the smart home box, capable of managing home energy, automation and security systems in addition to providing access to digital multimedia content throughout the home.

ST’s Smart Home software will be supplied pre-integrated on set-top box and home-gateway SoCs such as the STiG105 and STiG112, which are dedicated smart home devices, as well as multimedia gateway devices such as the STiH416 (‘Orly’) and the Monaco family (STiH407, STiH410, STiH412). With this new framework you can, ST says, build next-generation products supporting innovative and differentiated services for energy management, surveillance, home automation and other capabilities. Ultimately, this will enable operators to deliver extra value for subscribers and enable operators to grow revenues.

“Adding support for smart-home applications and services is a natural progression for the set-top box, enabling operators to deliver innovative new services and delivering benefits such as a consistent user experience to subscribers,” said Gian Luca Bertino, Executive Vice President, General Manager Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics.

Based on open standards such as Linux, Java Virtual Machine and the OSGi framework, Smart Home supports digital-home standards such as Home Gateway Initiative (HGi), Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). All major wireless connectivity protocols for smart-home applications are also supported, such as ZigBee, including the latest Smart Energy Profile 2.0, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi including IEEE 802.11n, and Near-Field Communications (NFC). The software is also Bluetooth Smart Ready, and features 2G, 3G or LTE cellular support.

A reference implementation is available comprising hardware based on the STiG105 SoC and the Smart Home software is available to help OEMs, operator and application developers begin quickly to develop smart-home applications and services.