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Ikanos Communications

October 03, 2013 09:25 ET

Ikanos and Gemino Launch Industry-First 'Applications Gateway' to Automate and Centralize Home Energy Management

Ikanos Fusiv® Vx185-Based Platform Manages Home Power Consumption, Overload Prevention, and Power Profiles Based on Energy-Management Applications From the Energy@home Association

FREMONT, CA and ROME, ITALY--(Marketwired - Oct 3, 2013) - Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, today announced an industry first 'applications gateway' that hosts a range of energy-management applications from the Energy@home Association using a single gateway processor. Built around Ikanos' Fusiv® Vx185 processor and AGSuite software from Gemino-Srl, the 'applications gateway' enables M2M (machine-to-machine) communication in an ecosystem of connected and interacting appliances to optimize energy consumption, increase efficiency, prevent overloads, and create new services for consumers. In homes equipped with the gateway, residents will benefit from a user-friendly, single-point energy management system controllable via an in-home console or a smartphone. Ikanos and Gemino will showcase the gateway at the Energy@home stand at European Utility Week 2013 in Amsterdam, October 15-17.

Ikanos' Vx185 gateway processor integrates ADSL2+ and VDSL2 broadband access and consumer-friendly interfaces to the home network that provide connectivity to energy systems, appliances and controls throughout the residence. It also incorporates a multi-bus architecture for best Java bytecode execution and just-in-time (JIT) compilation performance, even under heavy network traffic loads. Gemino's AGSuite enables the simultaneous execution of multiple Energy@home energy management applications in an OSGi (open services gateway initiative) over JVM (java virtual machine) environment. 

Enabling the Smart Home

The new gateway platform meets the comprehensive specifications for efficient home energy management established by Energy@home for today's smart homes. In the smart home, devices of all kinds are connected to a network, "aware" of how they are being used, able to inform the user about their status, capable of reacting to signals from utilities, and controllable by end users -- anywhere and anytime -- from their smartphones.

"Although today's homes connect to the electricity, gas, and telecommunications infrastructures, the interfaces between these infrastructures and the home-metering equipment are disparate and incompatible," said Mauro Moioli, CEO of Gemino. "But now, through a combination of advanced broadband access and communication technologies, along with sophisticated energy-management software, Ikanos and Gemino are collaborating with Energy@home to create the foundation for the new smart home."

Gemino's AGSuite implements an 'applications gateway' stack able to run third-party applications, such as the Energy@home energy-management system, on embedded processors. These applications offer a range of advanced energy management functions, including precise regulation of power consumption by devices and subsystems, resulting in optimized in-home energy usage.

"The integration of Gemino's AGSuite into the 'applications gateway' takes advantage of the performance and distributed architecture of the Ikanos Vx185 gateway processor," said Jon Black, director of marketing at Ikanos. "Basic gateway functions such as routing, QoS, security, and voice are off-loaded from the Vx185's host processor, freeing the system to run Gemino's AGSuite and Energy@home's energy-management system applications."

"By incorporating all of our Energy@home cloud-based energy management applications into the gateway, we are providing users a true, integrated solution for controlling energy use in their smart homes," said Fabio Bellifemine, director of the Energy@home Association. "Ikanos and Gemino have used an architecture that elegantly integrates our breadth of energy-management applications with our technical specifications."

About the Energy@home Association

Energy@home is a non-profit association of companies with the mission of developing and promoting specifications, technologies, products and services for energy efficiency in smart homes. The Association was founded on July 2012 by Telecom Italia, Electrolux, Enel Distribuzione, and Indesit Company. It aims at the widespread adoption of a communication infrastructure that enables the provisioning of value-added services based upon information exchanges related to energy usage, energy consumption and energy tariffs in the home area network, including the smart meter and the customer appliances. The Association today counts 18 companies as its members and is an acknowledged contributor to the ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 standard that was released in July 2013, incorporating the new features resulting from the Energy@home technical specifications. For more information, visit http://www.energy-home.it.

About Gemino-Srl

Gemino-srl is a young company founded in 2010 by a group of engineers with many years of experience in the design of embedded devices for telecommunications, with a special focus on broadband, Access Gateway and CPE engineering.

Thanks to the broadband expertise of its employees, Gemino was able to develop, in a short time, the AGSuite: an application gateway software solution available in a single license, which has gained the recognition of companies that rely on the excellent quality of services it provides.

Through its new facilities in Shenzhen, Gemino also supports the design, development and manufacturing of products for networking and mass production services for electronic devices. For more information, visit www.gemino-srl.com.

About Ikanos Communications, Inc.

Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company's broadband DSL, communications processors and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world's leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit www.ikanos.com.

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