AllSeen Alliance Getting Appliances, TVs To Talk

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The AllSeen Alliance moved closer to making it easier for smart appliances and networked entertainment devices to work together and with other products based on AllJoyn open-source technology.

AllJoyn, which has been deployed in Microsoft Windows 10, lets devices communicate over Wi-Fi, power line or Ethernet transport technologies regardless of manufacturer or operating system and without the need for Internet access. With the alliance’s development of the Home Appliances and Entertainment (HAE) Service Framework, devices such as air conditioners, small appliances, major appliances and TVs could be controlled by a common interface to deliver what the group said will be “a seamless and uniform experience across manufacturer and brand.” The experience will be delivered in “an efficient and cost-effective way,” the group added.

HAE identifies a minimum set of predefined commands to “ensure cross-vendor interoperability and maintain consistent user experiences across devices from different vendors” that offer AllJoyn-based smart products, the alliance explained. These companies will be able to “create interoperable products that can discover, connect and interact directly with other nearby devices, systems and services regardless of transport layer, device type, platform, operating system or brand,” the alliance continued.

An LG washer, for example, would be able to send a notification to the screen on an Electrolux refrigerator that the washing cycle is finished.

“For devices like LG webOS TV to interact seamlessly with an Electrolux oven or Panasonic washer, we must all build upon a common framework,” said LG VP Taeg-il Cho. “We need a common, open technology like AllJoyn in order to provide a truly connected experience for consumers.”

Major contributors to HAE include Electrolux, Haier, Honeywell, LG Electronics, Lowe’s, Panasonic, Sharp and Sony.

The HAE framework is the second framework developed by the alliance. The first was the Lighting Service Framework, announced in October 2014. It is designed to “enable new levels of interoperability between connected devices and lights,” the alliance said.

Availability of products using the HAE framework was not disclosed.

The alliance is a collaborative project of the Linux Foundation.


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