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Everyone who is observing the home automation market notices a huge boost in activities in the last one or two years. Again. But this time it is different from similar stirs in the past. There are now very concrete requirements from residential industries, such as Energy Management, Health Care, and Home Security. The price decline for the necessary equipment also makes it feasible to install additional home network technologies and devices. OSGi technology plays a vital part in the implementation of these factors. It delivers a mature and rich, but still slim and easily to manage platform, on which various service providers and vendors can integrate their applications. To achieve this, the OSGi Alliance and its expert groups are working together with other consortiums, such as the Home Gateway Initiative and the Broadband Forum, to define new and revise existing OSGi service specifications. Early draft versions of the specifications were published and comments were received. Many Telcos are currently in the process of specifying and developing products for the residential market. Essential parts os these product are well-defined and open specifications for runtime environments and SDK’s, to enable the development of applications and products for residential service gateways. Compliance tests ensure the interoperability of runtime environments and applications. These tests not only help service providers, who provide the infrastructure for residential applications, that these applications will run on a specific runtime environment, but also ensure the necessary quality level of stability, security and safety.
Andreas Kraft studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Since 2000 he works for Deutsche Telekom AG as a Senior Systems Architect in the field of Connected Home Services. His current activities include strategies for and design of OSGi based service architectures for connected homes. Before that, he was involved in the design and development of platforms for remote access and control of devices and services in residential homes. Andreas Kraft also represents Deutsche Telekom AG in standardization groups, such as ISO/IEC, CENELEC, the OSGi Alliance, and the UPnP Forum. His current involvements with the OSGi Alliance include co-chairing the Residential Expert Group as well as to be a board member of the OSGi Users’ Forum Germany. ---- Other speakers: Vivien Helmut and Hans Werner Bitzer