UPnP Forum Announces Completion of SensorManagement Specifications at IBC 2013
BEAVERTON, OR, Sep 12, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Global home networking standards group, UPnP Forum, has announced
publication of SensorManagement Device Control Protocols. UPnP
SensorManagement architecture is intended to support a wide variety
of sensor and actuator applications ranging from wellness/fitness
using personal health devices to home automation, security and energy
management. This comes on the opening day of IBC, which is the
premier annual event that brings together everyone involved in the
world of content creation, management and delivery.
Sensor/actuator technologies have developed to attach sensors and
actuators to communications networks providing end-users the ability
to remotely control and monitor devices. However, the design of
sensors, actuators and network attachments has focused on the
requirements of particular deployments (such as ZigBee(R), Bluetooth,
X10, KNX, Z-Wave) creating islands of simple connectivity for home
automation, energy management, automotive and health/wellness
ecosystems. The UPnP Forum's Sensor Management specifications allow
sensors and devices in these existing ecosystems to be bridged
seamlessly into the IP home network that IT and AV devices currently
connect to. The result is a single integrated solution that spans
underlying network technologies.
A less well-served area in sensor ecosystems is the retention and
distribution of sensor data once it is delivered. Many devices host
multiple sensors requiring coordinated processing of multiple sensor
data streams. Frequently, analysis of sensor data acquired over a
period of time can provide valuable insight into trends, such as
household power consumption measured month-to-month and
year-over-year or personal health trends such as weight, blood
pressure and glucose levels over time.
UPnP SensorManagement architecture has set as its goals: supporting
attachment of existing sensor/actuator solutions to UPnP networks;
distribution of sensor data among one or more UPnP network clients
and providing retention of sensor data accumulated over time for
long-term trend analysis. Sensors managed by UPnP SensorManagement
devices may send acquired data directly to other UPnP Network clients
via HTTP protocols. A UPnP network client which hosts a
SensorManagement DataStore service may retain this data which can
then be subsequently read by other UPnP network clients as needed.
Russell Berkoff, the E-Health & Sensors Working Committee Chair,
says: "By combining SensorManagement device(s) to access home-based
sensor networks, along with mobile devices for on-the-go data
collection, UPnP SensorManagement architecture can provide the
ability to aggregate data from multiple sensor sources. Home smart AV
devices can then access, process and display retained sensor data
providing compelling solutions to end-users of UPnP based networks.
UPnP preserves customer investment in existing sensor networks by
treating sensors (or actuators) as data sources and/or sinks."
The Forum's E-Health & Sensors Working Committee defines interfaces
for devices in the home network to communicate with each other in
order to share and manage sensor information measured in a
distributive fashion. By utilizing UPnP SensorManagement
architecture, solution providers can combine the strengths of UPnP
Home Networking standards with a new generation of personal health
devices based on IEEE-11073 or ANT+ standards to provide real-time
and/or historical processing of personal health data for display on
existing home network AV devices.
For further information about UPnP Forum, please go to www.upnp.org.
Alternatively, you can follow the Forum on Twitter @UPnP_Forum or
join the Forum's Facebook community. You can also view the Forum's
YouTube video, which gives an overview of UPnP technology and
describes how the Forum's standards and specifications are addressing
the home networking needs of today.
About UPnP Forum
UPnP Forum, established in 1999, is a global
alliance of more than 1,000 industry-leading organizations working to
enable device-to-device interoperability and facilitate easier and
better home networking. The Forum promotes the adoption of uniform
technical device interconnectivity standards and certifies devices
conforming to these standards. UPnP Forum is an impartial group
enabling member companies to participate and develop extensions to
the UPnP Device Architecture, which defines how to use the Internet
Protocol (IP) to communicate between devices, and Device Control
Protocols (DCPs), which are services between devices. Members of UPnP
Forum include market leaders in computing, printing and networking,
consumer electronics, home appliances, automation, control and
security, and mobile products.
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