An OSGi platform connecting heterogeneous smart home appliances from mobile devices

Chi Huang Chiu*, Hsien Tang Ling, Ping Jer Yeh, Shyan-Ming Yuan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Living in the information age, there are various kinds of smart home appliances deployed for our daily life. These embedded, networked, and programmable appliances could be accessed through various methods, but may not be integrated together due to the lack of interoperability between the home network protocols. On the other hand, with the penetration of mobile devices, people could leverage these appliances from anywhere around the world. However, the mobile accesses to these appliances are usually proprietary and require complicated development efforts. The paper aims at developing an application platform prototype named HomeBox for home appliances and mobile devices. The platform provides connectivity for heterogeneous smart home appliances, hosts an application runtime environment for smart home applications, and provides user interface transparency for mobile-devices to reduce the development efforts. The prototype has been explored in various applications to manage smart home appliances from mobile devices and demonstrate the extensibility for future devices and architectures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1549-1555
Number of pages7
JournalWSEAS Transactions on Computers
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2006


  • Home network
  • Mobile computing
  • OSGi framework
  • Smart home appliances
  • UPnP
  • X10
  • XUL

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