IEC standards pave the way for remote control of electrical devices in the home


IECGeneva, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — November 10, 2006 – ISO/IEC home electronic system standards, produced by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 (Interconnection of information technology equipment), supply the necessary requirements, rules and specifications to achieve smooth interoperability between devices in the home by means of a common internal network.
You dream of being able to have your boring chores dealt with at the touch of a remote controller? It’s hot and you can’t be bothered to run up and down stairs closing blinds and curtains? In future, you may very well be able to control these types of system at distance, from another place such as your desk at work.

There are numerous electrically controlled devices for scores of different services that are used in homes, commercial and office buildings. Examples of such applications are energy management, lighting, heating, washing, water control, various security systems, entertainment (audio and video) or other household appliances that do not require changing so often, such as a freezer in a cellar.

The average consumer develops his own smart home, one application at a time. For example, he or she may start with a lighting device, then install security checks, add an audio and video management setup and then develop the structure further into an integrated multi-application system.

The cost of adding an application depends on need, the availability of infrastructure and compatibility between the equipment already installed and the one to be added, whether it requires the house to be rewired or use existing cables and ducts or other media. Hence, home electronic system standards and supplementary technical reports guide architects and builders, as well as users, on how to share infrastructure and to achieve interoperability between products from different sources serving multiple applications.

When several devices can interoperate by means of a common internal network, the system can grow into a home control system. The underlying principle is that suppliers and end users are able to combine equipment from various sources provided it is built, installed and operated according to the same rules.


This is where ISO/IEC home electronic system standards come into their own, since they supply the necessary requirements, rules and specifications to achieve smooth interoperability.
The design and configuration for cabling was already standardized in 2004 in “Generic Cabling for homes”. This publication defines the infrastructure that serves all kinds of applications from home and building control by way of information technologies and multimedia to TV.
The updated and new parts of the ISO/IEC 14543 series details the architecture for home electronic systems; specifies the management between electrical devices and the electronic commands down to the detail needed for practical use and guaranteed interoperability between products from different sources. Appliances built to the same standards are able to work together as integrated systems, and consumers are able to add equipment to the configuration at a later date with no loss of performance.
The new standards specify the integration of all media that may be used in a home so as to allow for centralized control. These International Standards can be used both for the installation of a new home as well as when refurbishing an existing home. The standards extend to power-line and wireless appliances.