Teknema will be demonstrating an Internet TV set-top box that allows users to control appliances from their TV sets at Cebit this week.
The set-top box has been developed by Teknema in partnership with Italian electric switch maker BPT . The box uses existing electrical wiring and BPT electrical outlets and switches that are networked via Echelon?s Lonworks system.
On the Teknema stand visitors can see how the box, TV and home network connection can control heating systems, lighting and security in the home. Teknema confirmed that it will also be possible to control smart appliances in the home remotely via a simple Internet dial-up connection.
``Users will be able to control everything in a house with a set-top box and using the familiar TV set,'' said Gianni Gambin, technical director at BPT.
Teknema is teaming up with service providers, utility companies and VARs to exploit opportunities and more and more smart appliances for the home emerge.
The Teknema Internet TV set-top box is built around an ARM 32-bit Risc processor and includes built-in networking capabilities, a TV interface, printer port, smart card reader, keyboard and wireless remote control.
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