IBM, STMicroelectronics and Shaspa Advance Smarter Home

IBM, STMicroelectronics and Shaspa Advance Smarter Home Initiative 
Cloud Computing Enhances Control of "Internet of Things" in the Home
to Help Manage Heating, Lighting, Security and More via Multiple User
Interfaces Including Gestures and Voice Recognition 
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 01/08/13 --  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).  
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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