HCL unveils home automation gateway1 February 2011
The ‘platform agnostic’ solution, Aegis, was unveiled during last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Aegis enables interconnectivity between multiple devices linked via WiFi, ZigBee, DLNA and HomePlug networks. The user interface of the Home Automation Gateway can be developed for any mobile operating system – Android, iOS (Apple products) and Symbian (Nokia products). HCL has also developed a mobile application which can be used to control the gateway through all Android phones.
Sandeep Kishore, executive vice-president & global head sales and practice, engineering and R&D services at HCL, commented: “The Aegis solution is part of our ongoing efforts to take a productised solution approach to provide a critical time to market advantage to our customers. We can adapt and deploy Aegis to a broad range of use cases, which consumer electronic OEMs can take to market as cutting edge products.”
The architecture of the Aegis solution is said to provide the flexibility to create systems in many form factors and to support numerous applications, including home security, alarm notification, home electrical controls, appliance control, energy management and digital content access/storage.
Douglas MacKenzie, associate vice-president of HCL Technologies, told IE Residential: “Individual home automation point solutions have been available for a long time. The advantage of Aegis that it integrates a range of what are in today’s market point solutions. One example of this is the integration of traditional home automation with smart power meters. This effectively closes the loop for people because they can now immediately see the cost consequences of their home automation strategies. We believe this will be particularly important in Europe which has been on the cutting edge of green technologies.”