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Fujitsu Launches SSPF v01 Software to Facilitate the Construction of Energy-Management Systems for Homes and Shops

Simplifies home or shop network control required to bring about smart homes and communities

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, May 15, 2012

Fujitsu today announced the immediate release of SSPF v01 ("smart sensing platform"), software that facilitates the construction of energy-management systems for homes and shops by simplifying the operation of network controls for power-related devices, such as appliances and solar panels, that are connected in a network.

This software uses a proprietary architecture developed at Fujitsu that efficiently ties together numerous network standards involved in collecting data from the home or building, such as power-usage levels, and controlling household appliances, solar panels and other power-related equipment, even though their specifications often vary from vendor to vendor. The result is a process of developing energy-management systems for the smart-home and smart-community market that is dramatically more efficient.

In recent years, a variety of low-energy devices, such as smart appliances that control power consumption, and energy-storage devices, such as solar panels, fuel cells, and fixed storage batteries, have become increasingly common in homes and shops as well as other buildings in the community. Tying together these devices and ICT would promote the aim of energy conservation with the expansion of the smart home market. Residences would be able to visualize their power usage volumes, which can guide behavior to conserve energy, and it is envisioned that new services would emerge to optimize control over energy usage and improve the comfort of living spaces.

To optimally control these appliances and power-related devices, it is essential that they be connected in a network and that the network can be used to control their operation. To enable remote control of these appliances and devices, however, it is necessary to thoroughly deal with all of the different industry standards and communications specifications in an integrated way, including the industry standards for each different type of appliance or device, the communications standards for home networks, and communications standards for wide-area networks, such as the Internet. The complexity of the designed network that would be needed has been an obstacle preventing service providers and device makers from quickly building management systems.

Fujitsu developed SSPF v01, which is being released today, to solve this problem, with the goal of dramatically improving the efficiency of building management systems for smart homes and smart communities.

Product Features

1. Proprietary architecture ties together different vendor-specific device networking standards

SSPF v01 comprehensively processes the many home-networking communications protocols and industry standards, which vary from one vendor to another, as well as wide-area networks, such as the Internet, in a IoT/M2M approach(1). This proprietary architecture converts control information and status information (such as temperature and heat) into commonly used, easily understood data, and enables remote operational control via the Internet, so that a full range of services can be made available, even in a mixed-vendor environment.

2. Uses plug-and-play platform that can handle mixed proprietary specifications and evolving functionality

Devices used in the home often have short replacement cycles, may have functions that only conform with certain communications protocols that do not allow networked control, or often simply cannot be connected to a network.

SSPF v01 uses OSCi technology(2) for a plug-and-play platform that allows for required functionality to be added flexibly by modules, so that the system can respond quickly to evolving functionality and new products.

3. Advance support for the HEMS standard promulgated by the JSCA Smart House Standardization Study Group

The consequences of the Tohoku earthquake have heightened the importance of establishing technologies that are optimized for low power usage. The JSCA Smart House Standardization Study Group(3) is studying standardization on smart meters and HEMS(4), which would accelerate adoption and promote reduced energy use and new industries.

SSPF v01 provides advance support for standardized communications protocols between smart meters and HEMS, and between HEMS and appliances or energy-related devices, with standard functions included.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and Availability
Product name Standard price (excl tax) Release date Shipment
SSPF Center (software for centers)
SSPF Center Media Pack v01 JPY 20,000 May 15, 2012 June 1, 2012
SSPF Center Basic License JPY 6 million May 15, 2012 June 1, 2012
SSPF Center Gateway Connection License JPY 6,000 May 15, 2012 June 1, 2012
SSPF Center Add-on Device Connection License JPY 2,000 May 15, 2012 June 1, 2012

Note: software running on gateways will vary depending on hardware; any required hardware integration will be quoted separately

Sales Target

JPY 5 billion in revenues by 2015 for systems, including peripheral devices.

  • [1] IoT/M2M

    IoT is the "Internet of things": the name for objects that are connected to the Internet. This expresses the transition between an Internet where people communicate with each other via computers and mobile phones, to one where things are connected to each other over the Internet.M2M is "machine to machine," which expresses the idea that machines communicate with each other over networks. In this context, "machine" can be taken to mean the appliances and equipment installed in homes, shops, factories, and other buildings, the vending machines and CCTV cameras found on city streets, etc.

  • [2] OSGi

    The Open Services Gateway initiative. A technology for managing and controlling household devices remotely.

  • [3] JSCA

    The Japan Smart Community Alliance. A consortium developing smart communities in international markets and promoting them domestically. Founded on April 6, 2010.

  • [4] HEMS

    Home Energy Management System. A system for managing energy in the home. Connects devices that produce and consume electricity and the meters that measure them to a network, and automates control of status monitoring and remote operation.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see

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Date: 15 May, 2012
City: Tokyo
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