Evolving technology across the smart grid is leading to the connected smart home becoming a reality. Machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions allow next-generation electrical appliances to communicate with intelligent power networks. Consumers can remotely view utility consumption and control security, heating, lighting, and even the charging of an electric vehicle. In-home displays show the electricity generated through micro-generated sources, including solar panels or home wind turbines, and how much is fed back into the utility grid. Smart homes also provide utility companies the ability to monitor and control energy consumption much more effectively and use real-time data to provide communication tailored to the specific needs of each customer.
Connectivity makes the smart home possible, allowing remote home management and utility access to usage data. But smart homes require even more security than smart metering in their network connectivity if it is to be integrated with fire and security alarms and other essential home systems. Wind River® offers a comprehensive and effective approach encompassing connectivity, manageability, and security.