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QNX Unveils Reference Design for Smart-Home Energy Management Systems

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  • Reduces time and effort to design, deploy, and extend energy management systems.

  • Allows developers to create attractive home energy touchscreens in Adobe Flash

  • Includes support for Zigbee sensors, Insteon networks, streaming IP cameras, and remote control and diagnostics.

  • Demo this week at embedded world, in booth 11-324.

  • NUREMBERG, embedded world 2010 March 2, 2010 QNX Software Systems, a Harman International (NYSE:HAR) company, today unveiled its new smart energy reference, a pre-integrated software stack that makes it easier to design, deploy, and extend smart-home energy management systems.

    The smart energy reference provides out-of-the-box support for Zigbee sensors, Insteon home area networks (HANs), streaming IP video cameras for security monitoring, an application for calculating costs of energy consumption, and Internet connectivity for retrieving weather information and performing remote control and diagnostics. Other features include zone temperature controls, individual and zone light controls, and appliance monitoring and control.

    The smart energy reference is based on the QNX Aviage HMI Suite, which provides a framework for creating highly attractive home energy touchscreens in Adobe Flash, and on the QNX Neutrino RTOS, an operating system with 30 years of field-proven reliability in industrial applications.

    The reference also leverages persistent publish/subscribe technology from QNX Software Systems, which has been shortlisted for a 2010 embedded AWARD. This technology provides a highly efficient abstraction layer between the HMI (user interface) and the systems control software. As a result, it becomes much easier to add, change, or upgrade sensors, thermostats, alarms, and control mechanisms, without having to change the HMI.

    The smart energy reference runs on multiple hardware architectures, including Atmel (AT91SAM9M10, AT91SAM9G45), Freescale (i.MX25, i.MX35, i.MX51), and Texas Instruments (AM3517, OMAP3530) processors.

    Sophisticated touchscreens, network connectivity, and video are all converging in smart metering and other home-energy management solutions, said Sebastien Marineau-Mes, vice president of engineering at QNX Software Systems. This new smart energy reference from QNX simplifies the integration of these converging technologies, while helping developers create highly extensible, future-ready designs.

    Available for download
    The smart energy reference is available now. Developers can download a version for Freescale i.MX25 and i.MX35 processors from Freescale reference designs. Support for other platforms will be available soon.

    Embedded world demos
    This week at embedded world (booth #11-324), QNX Software Systems will demonstrate several of its latest technologies, including:

    About QNX Software Systems
    QNX Software Systems, a unit of Harman International (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX Neutrino RTOS, QNX Momentics development suite, and QNX Aviage middleware together provide the industrys most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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