IBM, STMicroelectronics and Shaspa Advance Smarter Home Initiative

Tue Jan 8, 2013 9:32am EST

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LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 08 (Marketwire) -- 
CES - IBM (NYSE: IBM), STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and Shaspa today
announced a collaboration to tap cloud and mobile computing for
manufacturers and service providers to provide innovative ways for
consumers to manage and interact with their homes' functions and
entertainment systems using multiple user interfaces such as voice
recognition and physical gestures for a smarter home.

    A "smart home" brings networking functions together, creating a gateway
that connects a television, computer or mobile device with smart meters,
lights, appliances, plugs and sensors within the home as well as services
from outside. Parks Associates forecasts that more than 8 billion devices
will be connected on the home network by year-end 2015.[1]

    In Las Vegas this week during the world's largest consumer electronics
exhibition, the three companies will demonstrate a TV linked to ST's Home
Gateway, running software from business partner Shaspa, and connected to
the IBM cloud. Through sensors, the system can monitor home parameters
such as temperature, carbon dioxide[2] level through a wireless or
batteryless IPv6 network, or human motion within the home. The data can
be communicated to a smartphone or tablet via a wireless router. In this
way, the homeowner can offload much of the home management to the cloud
and interact with the system using event and time-based preset scenarios. 

    The companies anticipate that this initiative could allow consumers to
use any device capable of running apps to manage a variety of personal
activities such as viewing their home's energy consumption; controlling
security, heating and lighting systems; activating home appliances such
as washing machines; monitoring health and assisted living conditions; or
engaging in e-commerce. For example, a person with limited mobility could
gesture to the TV to unlock the front door, turn up the heat or check
vital signs. This project represents the future of electronics technology
as sensing devices and equipment seamlessly respond to user needs and
requests, emulating the way humans sense their environment. 

    "Thanks to emerging cloud services we are entering a new era in which the
role of the personal cloud is expanding into daily life and the smart
home to improve energy efficiency, health and wellness and home
entertainment," said Bruce Anderson, General Manager Global Electronics
Industry, IBM. "This collaboration is a great example of how cloud
computing can be used for business and industry innovation versus solely
for IT efficiency purposes. In the future, cloud-enabled electronics will
sense what people want, evolving from seeing-to-noticing-to-remembering
personal needs and histories."

    In this project, ST's Home Gateway and Shaspa's embedded software acts as
a bridge between the home and cloud services provided by the IBM
SmartCloud Service Delivery Platform, which gives electronics
manufacturers a cloud platform to manage smart devices and rapidly
introduce new consumer services. The gateway, based on a STiH416,
provides the physical connectivity, provisioning and management
middleware, application protocols, and interfaces for connecting and
controlling the "Internet of Things." The connected-home System-on-Chip
runs software including Linux and a service management system compliant
with the OSGi industry standard. 

    The infrastructure for the gateway-cloud service operation is provided by
Shaspa's GUI and application software. IBM Worklight in combination with
the Mobile Interface of the Shaspa embedded software is the mobile
application platform that enables end users to control and manage their
homes from their personal devices. The mobile platform is used to build
the application, connect the app to all the sensors within the home, and
manage all events that take place. IBM software such as MQ Series and
Worklight helps transmit the data to mobile devices. Data captured in the
cloud supports the discovery of new insights through advanced analytics. 

    "Smarter buildings are an essential part of the journey towards a
sustainable world, and this building-to-cloud system shows that connected
living is becoming possible today," said Oliver Goh, Founder & CEO of
Shaspa. "This secure, scalable offering with be the enabler for
ecosystems, enabling the fast creation and deployment of value-add
services."

    The idea of an intelligent home that uses technology to enhance the lives
of its occupants is far from new; in fact, it was a major theme in the
1933 Chicago World's Fair. We are now in a position to realize the
intelligent-home dream with systems that feature scalability,
interoperability and security built-in from the start. This requires
collaborations among leading players across the ecosystem.

    "The smart home is a key part of the smarter world we need to address
important global challenges, including energy saving and more affordable
and accessible healthcare, and many different technologies and skills
must be brought together to accelerate its development," said Alessandro
Cremonesi, Group Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Systems
Technology, STMicroelectronics. "This demonstration confirms that ST's
solutions, from sensors, low-power microcontrollers and communications
devices to home gateways, combined with our unrivalled track record in
successful partnering, can contribute significantly to making smart homes
a reality."

    The demo will be shown at two venues near the Las Vegas Convention
Center: A private, invitation-only suite at The Encore Hotel (ST) and The
Venetian, exhibit meeting room 2405 (IBM). 

    About IBM Cloud and Mobile Computing
 Mobility is fundamentally
transforming the way people live, work, play and make decisions. As the
first new technology platform for business to emerge since the advent of
the World Wide Web, mobile computing represents one of the greatest
opportunities facing organizations. With an array of solutions that
connect, secure, manage and develop the networks, infrastructure and
applications that run the growing number of devices. IBM is enabling
governments and industries to reinvent their business and reach
customers, employees, partners and other constituents in completely new
ways. IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages
millions of cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in
areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to
build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and
infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud
technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud
solutions, and a network of global delivery centers. For more information
about IBM cloud solutions, visit www.ibm.com/smartcloud. Follow us on
Twitter @cloudchat and on our blog at www.thoughtsoncloud.com. 

    About Shaspa
 Shaspa, is a leading provider of a service delivery
framework for smart building projects. An end-to-end framework allowing
personalized automation and control solutions for residential, commercial
and specialized properties. Founded in 2007 we have built an innovative
platform and set of services that blends emerging services and
technologies to manage environments. Using wireless sensors, it brings
together multiple medias to integrate and manage physical and virtual
environments from the palm of your hand in an intelligent way.

    Shaspa users can improve energy efficiency, manage their home when away
from home and support independent living in an unobtrusive way. The
Shaspa platform provides creative developers with a space develop
applications which foster better energy management, greater understanding
of physical processes and the creation of intelligent shared spaces.

Shaspa is using a rich ecosystem of technologies - web based, mobile, and
3D.

    Further Information can be found at www.shaspa.com

    About STMicroelectronics
 ST is a global leader in the semiconductor
market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and
automotive products and embedded processing solutions. From energy
management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and
wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work
and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and
innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology
to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented. In 2011, the
Company's net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further information on ST can
be found at www.st.com.

    [1] Parks Associates study: Service Providers and the Connected Home,
2011,
http://www.parksassociates.com/whitepapers/parks-serviceproviders-wp2011

[2] While carbon dioxide isn't generally dangerous, monitoring CO2 levels
is useful so that environmental systems can adjust ventilation to suit
the number of occupants in a room. Knowing how many people are in a room
can save energy; fewer occupants produce lower levels of CO2 and
therefore ventilation levels can be set lower. 

    IBM ST Shaspa Smart Home Initiative:
http://hugin.info/152740/R/1668966/542147.pdf 

For more information:

Linda Hanson Hunt 
IBM Media Relations 
914-766-2015 
lindah@us.ibm.com

Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
STMicroelectronics
+1 781 591-0354
michael.markowitz@st.com

Anette Schmidt 
Shaspa - Media Relations
+49 7031-7145680
a.schmidt@shaspa.com 

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