Sunday, October 2, 2005

Ember Supplies ZigBee for SK Telecom' "digital smart home" Service

Ember Corp. is supplying ZigBee wireless networking technology for a new "digital smart home" service that South Korea's SK Telecom plans to roll out this month.

The service will enable customers to monitor and control their homes remotely using cell phones, and the Internet.

The first phase of the digital home service rollout will offer a range of 802.15.4/Ember-enabled wireless devices, sensors and services to monitor and control appliances, lights, smoke detectors, intrusion detectors, climate controls, gas valves and electronic door locks, all linked to the Internet wirelessly via a ZigBee-based residential gateway. Customers can monitor and control the devices themselves - both remotely and in the home - using SK Telecom's 24x7 home monitoring service. The tiered services will be offered for both new and existing homes. TSC Systems, based in Seoul, South Korea was the system integrator for the project.

Ember noted that SK Telecom's service, which is currently in field tests in 400 Korean households, recently won the "Intelligent Home Network Innovation Award" from the Korean government.

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