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IJCEE 2012 Vol.4(3): 341-344 ISSN: 1793-8163 DOI: 10.7763/IJCEE.2012.V4.508

A Universal Data Access and Protocol Integration Mechanism for Smart Home

Pengfei Shao
Abstract—With the lack of standardized or completely missing communication interfaces in home electronics, there is no perfect solution to address every aspect in smart homes based on existing protocols and technologies. In addition, the central control unit (CCU) of smart home system working point-to-point between the multiple application interfaces and the underlying hardware interfaces leads to its complicated architecture and unpleasant performance. A flexible data access and protocol integration mechanism is required. The current paper offers a universal, comprehensive data access and protocol integration mechanism for a smart home. The universal mechanism works as a middleware adapter with unified agreements of the communication interfaces and protocols, offers an abstraction of the application level from the hardware specific and decoupling the hardware interface modules from the application level. Further abstraction for the application interfaces and the underlying hardware interfaces are executed based on adaption layer to provide unified interfaces for more flexible user applications and hardware protocol integration. This new universal mechanism fundamentally changes the architecture of the smart home and in some way meets the practical requirement of smart homes more flexible and desirable.

Index Terms—Smart home, central control unit, universal mechanism.

P. Shao is with the Faculty of Electronic and Informatin Engineering, Zhejiang Wanli University, 315100 QianHu South Road No.8, Ningbo, Zhejiang, P. R. China (e-mail: cbb_bb@126.com)

Cite: Pengfei Shao, "A Universal Data Access and Protocol Integration Mechanism for Smart Home,"International Journal of Computer and Electrical Engineering vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 341-344, 2012.

General Information

ISSN: 1793-8163 (Print)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Comput. Electr. Eng.
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Yucong Duan
Abstracting/ Indexing: EI (INSPEC, IET), Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Google Scholar, EBSCO, ProQuest, and Electronic Journals Library
E-mail: ijcee@iap.org

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