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AllLinuxDevices: Metro Link Gets Behind Universal Plug-n-Play in Aegis Home Automation Partnership

Dec 21, 2000, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Metro Link, known among Linux enthusiasts for their commercial X servers, is making more and more moves in the embedded Linux space as evidenced by a partnership with Home Systems Plus (HSP), producers of the Aegis Home Management System (HMS). The Aegis HMS allows users to check their home and control security, heating, lighting, sprinklers, and garage doors from any device in their home."

"At the upcoming CES, Metro Link will demonstrate their EnableWorks connecting the Aegis HMS to a Transmeta residential gateway, running a Crusoe microprocessor and embedded Linux."

"UPnP, originally developed by Microsoft, has been growing in popularity as a "smart device" protocol. Intel has backed UPnP, and recently made a SDK available for Linux developers. UPnP is in use in at least one Intel appliance project, and it's believed that the protocol may eventually extend from traditional computing devices and information appliances to more common domestic appliances such as refrigerators and ovens."

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