V-ZUG, ProSyst Software Develop Smart Kitchens for Switzerland

10/2/2003 - The Swiss company V-ZUG AG and ProSyst Software AG are announcing the start of a common development of a smart home solution for the Swiss market. V-ZUG AG is the leading manufacturer of kitchen devices, washing machines and driers in Switzerland. Approximately every second Swiss household owns a device manufactured by V-ZUG AG.

ProSyst Software AG is a leading provider of embedded Java and OSGi-compliant software and offers flexible end-to-end solutions for the network-based control of devices and the delivery of advanced services and applications to all types of remote devices, including those in home, vehicle, industrial, and other networked environments.

Included in the V-ZUG AG product portfolio is the Microbraun SLP (MSLP) oven with an integrated microwave, menu memory, and cookbook. Using ProSyst´s platform, mBedded Server - an open, modular, and scalable software solution - both parties have begun working on the oven´s remote control which will be demonstrated during field tests in February 2004. Further shared development projects between V-ZUG AG and ProSyst will be a dishwasher and a drier.

After the successful integration of ProSyst´s OSGi-based software, the MSLP will be remotely controllable and maintainable within the house. A web pad could, for example, be used in order to set or change the oven´s baking heat or time. Remote control is made possible via the power supply, so that no new wires have to be installed. This happens via Powerline/EHS, which turns the internal power supply into a network for remotely accessing devices using web pads, handhelds or the Internet. In order to ensure interoperability with devices from different device manufacturers as well as to meet safety and insurance requirements, the V-ZUG smart home solution is based on the CECED Specification, which was initiated by leading white goods manufacturers.

Possible future applications include an extension of the menu memory and recipe functionality. Using this application, the user can save, use, or change pre-definded recipes on the oven. In the future, it will be possible to easily and quickly transfer new recipes to the oven from the V-ZUG Website or from other providers, as well as share recipes with others online.

For greater ease of use, an access platform has been created by integrating ProSyst´s Portal Package, which displays the "real" user interface of the oven on devices with browsers.

Markus Bühler, project manager at V-ZUG AG, comments: "During the preparation of this project, we quickly decided that the final solution had to be based on OSGi technology. The only company for this standard was ProSyst, because ProSyst has the most experience, ready-to-use products, and the most sophisticated OSGi technology on the market. We are convinced that many kitchens and bathrooms of our Swiss customers will be equipped with ZUGHome products in the near future."

Andreas Kleinert, project manager at ProSyst Software AG: "V-Zug will become one of the white goods pioneers on the market with its innovative solution. We are proud to be the development partner for the network-based solutions of such a renowned Swiss company and look forward to the future cooperation."

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