4Home Announces Connected Home Services Platform Optimized for Intel® Atom™ Processor - A Foundation for Next-Generation Home Networking Devices

June 15, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Silicon Valley, CA, June 15, 2010 - 4Home today announced a reference home management software platform optimized for the Intel® Atom™ processor that enables the development of a variety of home networking products that can offer connected home services.

The new platform is the basis for the Intel® Connected Services Gateway Reference Design that Intel will have on display at the Connectivity World tradeshow on June 15th in Chicago, demonstrating the platform's ability to deliver new connected home services over Intel Atom processor-based platforms.

Reference Platform Features

Services Deployment - the platform's modular services architecture allows service providers or retail OEMs to deploy multiple or standalone services to consumers including energy management, home control, home health, media management, and home security.

Lightweight Design - size is among the major advantages of the reference platform. The lightweight footprint of 4Home's ControlPoint™ software matched with the Intel Atom processor's small form factor compose a diminutive platform that can be embedded into a variety of mobile and home networking devices, empowering a new generation of smart products from the ground-up.

Advantages for Hardware Manufacturers

The software on the Intel® Connected Services Gateway Reference Design allows consumers to manage many aspects of the home environment including energy usage, lighting, home security, personal, health, media, and more.

"The 4Home solution based on the Intel Atom processor would be equally at-home in a mobile phone, laptop, or set-top box thereby empowering a wide range of use cases that will delight customers," said Jerry Kurtze, Director of Marketing at 4Home. "The proof of concept was designed to realize the full capabilities of connected home services in a form factor that's familiar in the home environment."

"The Intel® Connected Services Gateway Reference Design based on the Intel® Atom™ processor and 4Home ControlPoint software has plug-and-play functionality and built-in network intelligence," said Kevin D Johnson, Director of Embedded Connected Devices, Intel Embedded & Communications Group. "This gateway serves as the single services hub for the home, enabling Service Providers to offer a new range of advanced connected home services for increasing ARPU and profit."

Connected home services are an opportunity for device manufacturers to offer differentiated products that can adapt to the changing needs and habits of their consumers. Through The Intel® Connected Services Gateway Reference Design, 4Home provides possibilities of a next-generation of devices that not only function better, but most importantly function better as a group to give consumers more value across an ecosystem of connected products.

About 4Home

4Home is the leading provider of "connected home services," which include energy management, home security and monitoring, media management, and home health. 4Home's ControlPoint™, Portal Server, and SDK software products allow hardware vendors and service providers to create and deploy compelling, easy-to-use, and profitable new applications and services for the connected home. A single copy of the networked ControlPoint software installed anywhere on the home network provides whole home coverage - from anywhere and at anytime. Portal Server is a robust application server for the NOC providing scalable and manageable home control services for a broad, mass-market rollout. 4Home, Inc. is based in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information on 4Home and its award-winning solutions, please visit www.4Home.com.

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