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A Voice Enabled Residential Automation & Networking platform

Objective

HomeTalk creates a truly intelligent user-friendly residential environment, connected to a broadband network, equipped with advanced domestic appliances, controlled via powerline by a multifunctional residential gateway/controller andcapable of communicating with the residents via natural voice interface (recognition and synthesis). A vertical Service Creation framework will make the most of the available media and networks convergence to nurture advanced servicesfor the Residents. HomeTalk develops an innovative, distributed Communication & Control platform for the Future Home, creates awareness and contributes to Standards and Special Interest Groups related to Service Convergence, Broadband Access and Intelligent Home Networking. Through an Open Source initiative, HomeTalk will integrate with OSGI, VoiceXML and Home Automation development efforts in an open manner, to catalyze international adoption.

OBJECTIVES
HomeTalk creates a truly intelligent user-friendly residential environment, connected to a broadband network, equipped with advanced domestic appliances, controlled via powerline by a multifunctional residential gateway/controller and capable of communicating with the residents via natural voice interface(recognition and synthesis). A vertical Service Creation architectural framework will make many available media and networks convergence to nurture advanced services for the Residents. HomeTalk develops an innovative, distributed Communication & Control platform for the future home, creates awareness and contributes to Standards and Special Interest Groups related to Service Convergence and Interoperability, Broadband Access and Home Networking. Through an Open Source development initiative, it will integrate results with OSGI, VoiceXML and Powerline efforts to catalyze international adoption.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
HomeTalk will develop an advanced residential environment, set-up as an ideal, always connected, internet- and voice-enabled Home, with a central unit and spatially dispersed interfaces for controlling appliances and automating everyday tasks. An early prototype will be presented using wireless handheld clients with embedded speech-recognition and text-to-speech software to allow for natural communication with it. The full implementation will embed the voice interface capability in the residential gateway/controller (RG) and will support vocal interaction via any indoor/outdoor network through ordinary telephone lines, wireless microphones or emerging voice-over-broadband and the Internet. We will work on an Open Source Service creation architectural framework, so as to provide for cost effective service development and deployment for large-scale use. This will enhance current initiatives (OSGI) and targets to be adopted widely in Europe. We will create and trial advanced services in two broadband sites.
a) High-tech users for intelligent device control and full home access and automation scenarios and
b) Elderly & disabled users, customers of an existing tele-assistance service for automation of everyday tasks like light & heat control, human assistance and access to medical treatment.

Professional Service Creation and Customer Care teams from two telecom operators will focus on designing novel service concepts and will measure user acceptance. Service designs will be delivered in the form of business plans and value chains for the sector, to be promoted and used as guidelines by related SIGs in Europe under the ETSI RG framework and conferences on the Future Home. Social and commercial impact in the sector will be made by pursuing joint demonstrations and trials with external partners and will maintain an onnline Open Source initiative.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

IBM CESKA REPUBLIKA, SPOL. S R.O.
Address
Chodov, V Parku E.or.4
148 00 Praha 4
Czechia

Participants (5)

ANKO ANONYMOS ETAIREIA
Greece
Address
Odos Leoforos Syggrou 44
117 42 Athina
MERLONI ELETTRODOMESTICI S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Viale A. Merloni 47
60044 Fabriano
OTEPLUS - TECHNICAL AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY S.A.
Greece
Address
Marinou Antypa 90
15125 Irakleio
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
Address
Calle Emilio Vargas 6
28043 Madrid
WRAP S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Lamberto Corsi 55
60044 Fabriano