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The Future is Here - Calling Upon Your TV to Wash Your Clothes

New York, Aug 29, 2007

Thanks to a new standard from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), your washing machine and refrigerator may soon start “talking” to your television. Sound unbelievable?

Home Network Communication Protocol over IP for Multimedia Household Appliances, IEC 62457—slated for publication this October—links the two separate communications networks established for household appliances and audio-visual equipment.

With the help of the new standard, common household appliances such as your air conditioner and automatic coffee machine can communicate with your personal computer, audio-visual equipment, and other PC-related equipment, without the use of a gateway to facilitate cross-communication.

Imagine being able to control your air conditioner from your desktop, or receive a message from your TV that your washing machine has completed its cycle. Products applying the standard’s specifications have already hit the market in Japan.

Compatible with existing home networking standards, IEC 62457 will also enable household appliances to handle text and audio-visual data. Home networks with and without a TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) layer can exist under the same home network middleware.

The standard was developed by IEC Technical Committee 100, Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, a group responsible for the standardization of emerging technologies and consumer products, from plasma technology and mobile communications to smart homes.

Standards developed by IEC TC 100 help to ensure that individual pieces of multimedia equipment work together properly, and that their quality is consistent the world over. The committee is chaired by Mark Hyman of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, an accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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