Ikanos and Gemino Launch Industry-First 'Applications Gateway' to Automate and
Centralize Home Energy Management
Ikanos Fusiv(R) Vx185-Based Platform Manages Home Power Consumption,
Overload Prevention, and Power Profiles Based on Energy-Management
Applications From the Energy@home Association
FREMONT, CA and ROME, ITALY -- (Marketwired) -- 10/03/13 -- Ikanos
Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced
broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home,
today announced an industry first 'applications gateway' that hosts a
range of energy-management applications from the Energy@home
Association using a single gateway processor. Built around Ikanos'
Fusiv(R) Vx185 processor and AGSuite software from Gemino-Srl, the
'applications gateway' enables M2M (machine-to-machine) communication
in an ecosystem of connected and interacting appliances to optimize
energy consumption, increase efficiency, prevent overloads, and
create new services for consumers. In homes equipped with the
gateway, residents will benefit from a user-friendly, single-point
energy management system controllable via an in-home console or a
smartphone. Ikanos and Gemino will showcase the gateway at the
Energy@home stand at European Utility Week 2013 in Amsterdam, October
Ikanos' Vx185 gateway processor integrates ADSL2+ and VDSL2 broadband
access and consumer-friendly interfaces to the home network that
provide connectivity to energy systems, appliances and controls
throughout the residence. It also incorporates a multi-bus
architecture for best Java bytecode execution and just-in-time (JIT)
compilation performance, even under heavy network traffic loads.
Gemino's AGSuite enables the simultaneous execution of multiple
Energy@home energy management applications in an OSGi (open services
gateway initiative) over JVM (java virtual machine) environment.
Enabling the Smart Home
The new gateway platform meets the comprehensive specifications for
efficient home energy management established by Energy@home for
today's smart homes. In the smart home, devices of all kinds are
connected to a network, "aware" of how they are being used, able to
inform the user about their status, capable of reacting to signals
from utilities, and controllable by end users -- anywhere and anytime
-- from their smartphones.
"Although today's homes connect to the electricity, gas, and
telecommunications infrastructures, the interfaces between these
infrastructures and the home-metering equipment are disparate and
incompatible," said Mauro Moioli, CEO of Gemino. "But now, through a
combination of advanced broadband access and communication
technologies, along with sophisticated energy-management software,
Ikanos and Gemino are collaborating with Energy@home to create the
foundation for the new smart home."
Gemino's AGSuite implements an 'applications gateway' stack able to
run third-party applications, such as the Energy@home
energy-management system, on embedded processors. These applications
offer a range of advanced energy management functions, including
precise regulation of power consumption by devices and subsystems,
resulting in optimized in-home energy usage.
"The integration of Gemino's AGSuite into the 'applications gateway'
takes advantage of the performance and distributed architecture of
the Ikanos Vx185 gateway processor," said Jon Black, director of
marketing at Ikanos. "Basic gateway functions such as routing, QoS,
security, and voice are off-loaded from the Vx185's host processor,
freeing the system to run Gemino's AGSuite and Energy@home's
energy-management system applications."
"By incorporating all of our Energy@home cloud-based energy
management applications into the gateway, we are providing users a
true, integrated solution for controlling energy use in their smart
homes," said Fabio Bellifemine, director of the Energy@home
Association. "Ikanos and Gemino have used an architecture that
elegantly integrates our breadth of energy-management applications
with our technical specifications."
About the Energy@home Association
Energy@home is a non-profit association of companies with the mission
of developing and promoting specifications, technologies, products
and services for energy efficiency in smart homes. The Association
was founded on July 2012 by Telecom Italia, Electrolux, Enel
Distribuzione, and Indesit Company. It aims at the widespread
adoption of a communication infrastructure that enables the
provisioning of value-added services based upon information exchanges
related to energy usage, energy consumption and energy tariffs in the
home area network, including the smart meter and the customer
appliances. The Association today counts 18 companies as its members
and is an acknowledged contributor to the ZigBee Home Automation 1.2
standard that was released in July 2013, incorporating the new
features resulting from the Energy@home technical specifications. For
more information, visit http://www.energy-home.it.
Gemino-srl is a young company founded in 2010 by a group of engineers
with many years of experience in the design of embedded devices for
telecommunications, with a special focus on broadband, Access Gateway
and CPE engineering.
Thanks to the broadband expertise of its employees, Gemino was able
to develop, in a short time, the AGSuite: an application gateway
software solution available in a single license, which has gained the
recognition of companies that rely on the excellent quality of
services it provides.
Through its new facilities in Shenzhen, Gemino also supports the
design, development and manufacturing of products for networking and
mass production services for electronic devices. For more
information, visit www.gemino-srl.com.
About Ikanos Communications, Inc.
Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of
advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the
digital home. The company's broadband DSL, communications processors
and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises
equipment for many of the world's leading network equipment
manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more
information, visit www.ikanos.com.
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