Smart Home App from Fujitsu Laboratories of America Wins Silver Prize at MobiCom 2015
New Unified Smartphone-Based Platform Technology Provides Solutions for Heterogeneity in Smart-Home Systems
Fujitsu Laboratories of America Inc.
The recent advances in smart-home technologies, including broad penetration of Internet-connected smart appliances and IoT devices such as remotely controllable LED lights, thermostats, cameras, motion sensors, and door locks, has changed the way we interact with home appliances and perform our daily activities. However, the significant heterogeneity in the emerging smart appliances and IoT devices has led to fragmented smart-home systems in which each single appliance vendor provides proprietary solution for specific connectivity and user experience. To address this problem, Fujitsu Laboratories of America developed the first smartphone-based platform for multi-vendor smart-home appliances that provides a unified solution and a user interface tuned to the features of each appliance using open source software.
“Through our advanced human-centric research we are paving the way for seamless interaction between users and the technology around them”, said Daiki Masumoto, Senior Vice President at Fujitsu Laboratories of America. “We are pleased that our research has received recognition at the premier international forum focused on wireless networks and related technologies”.
The technology platform also provides an API to developers to build cross-device applications with a unified solution. One example implemented in the app is an automated demand response application. This is a service to receive energy-usage reduction requests and user incentive information from utility companies which is based on user defined settings to automatically control multiple smart-home devices, e.g., turn off lights or/and decrease the set-point temperature in the thermostat. Other applications which benefit from the Fujitsu's technology include home energy management, family healthcare and home security.
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Date: September 15, 2015
City: Sunnyvale, CA
Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc.