Tatung Co. and STMicroelectronics announced Universal Developer Kit (UDK-21) for system integrators and service providers to easily develop their own smart home with both time- and cost-saving effort. The solution is designed to realize Internet of Things (IoT) and a universal platform for smart home applications like electric vehicle charging management, smart LED lighting, smart grid and home monitoring. Embedded with ST0 STreamPlug ST2100 processor, the solution features high compatibilities in terms of standards and applications. Ecosystem partners of the platform consist of both hardware and software providers, Tatung, ST, arkados, GRID2HOME and ProSyst. The solution can support OSGi-compliant Smart Home software. Also, it can be provided in the form of a cloud-connected home gateway called Gateway One.
Currently, the smart home market is filled with disconnected, industry-specific technology and applications. The solution is designed to enable a unified platform by supporting multiple standards like Wi-Fi, Homeplug, Zigbee, Z-Wave and Ethernet. Expansion slots are provided to support regional specific standards. Starting with the Smart Energy concept, the solution supports Home Plug AV/GP to offer stable network connectivity with high-speed data transfer rates of up to 200Mbps, free from frequently disconnected Wi-Fi network.
The solution aims at four major smart home applications, including home energy monitoring and control, home automation, assisted living and eldercare services, and home surveillance. For example, the solution can be used to grow vegetables in green houses by controlling LED lighting, and monitoring temperature and humidity. Fans or air conditioners will be turned on and off accordingly. Besides, the solution can be applied in parking lots with light dimming function for energy-saving and anti-theft designs.
Tatung manufactures the smart home gateway that connects cloud services with lights, energy devices, security cameras, EVs and home data gateways at home. Users can control smart devices from a tablet, smartphone or laptop anywhere. At present, Tatung focuses on foreign markets, and plans to develop the domestic market since the end of this year.