The “internet of things” is the next revolutionary wave following profound changes brought to us by Personal Computers (connecting places) and Mobile Phones (connecting people on the go). This third wave heralds the beginning of the new era of pervasive connectivity, embedded intelligence, and application convergence. It will be the world where smart things will communicate among themselves and with us enabling greener, more efficient, and at the same time more comfortable environment.
This talk will present a platform and products designed to serve the new markets enabled by the Internet of Things, with a particular focus on the value of the OSGi framework enabling convergence of Home Automation, Smart Energy, Electric Vehicle Charging, and e-health on a single remotely manageable platform. It will also provide insights on how the platform was developed leveraging the extensibility offered by the OSGi framework and ProSyst’s modular architecture.
The built-in OSGi stack provides Java-level abstraction of the network interfaces and Smart Energy Profile 2.0 stack as well as cloud integration features such as web server, web services and standards-based remote management. The OSGi framework is the key enabler of the product lifecycle and remote application management mandatory for service provider driven deployments. The Smart Energy 2.0 standard is a key element of the future smart grid. And the work presented in this talk describes the first platform integrating the SEP 2.0 protocol stack with an OSGi based middleware. The OSGi based solution also provides higher level of device security through the use of secure element. The UDK-21 is build around a System-on-Chip STreamPlug (ST2100), the solution features a fully integrated HomePlug PHY/MAC and Analog Front End combined with the ARM926EJ-S processor and a rich set of interfaces.
A demo showing Smart Energy Profile 2.0 use cases will outline these features. The demo will show how web based applications can interact with the OSGi stack on the already publicly available UDK-21 based gateway to control remote devices, such as a thermostat or an electric load. The access to SEP 2.0 devices will be done by the means of JSON-RPC based APIs, independent of the underlying device protocol, hence highlighting the benefits of a generic protocol agnostic architecture from the application standpoint. Other examples of the products that can be built around UDK-21 include Electric Vehicle Charger, Smart Meter, and a Basement Sensor Hub.