SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GainSpan® Corporation, a leader in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things, and Ubiquitous Corporation (JASDAQ NEO: 3858), a Tokyo-based leading embedded software company, are working together to develop an ECHONET Lite compliant solution for energy management for residential and commercial applications. The new solution, which features a GainSpan low-power Wi-Fi module and Ubiquitous ECHONET Lite-based middleware, will reduce the time, effort and cost in getting to market ECHONET Lite-enabled devices, such as home appliances, smart meters, smart plugs and solar panels.
The ECHONET Specification is a protocol for linking home appliances made by different manufacturers using easily installed transmission media in home networks. In December 2011, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry certified it for use as a standard Home Energy Management System (HEMS) protocol in order to promote utilization of energy efficiency. ECHONET is similar to Smart Energy Profile 2.0 (SEP 2.0) for Home Area Networks (HAN) in the United States.Energy saving measures is a top priority in Japan due to increasing environmental awareness as well as concerns over the electricity supply since the Japanese Earthquake. As a result, the HEMS market in Japan is expected to grow significantly over the next two decades. Nikkei BP Clean Tech Institute forecasts that the cumulative spending for the total HEMS and home controller market will exceed $1.6 trillion by 2030. The new GainSpan/Ubiquitous module is a one-stop solution that integrates all components necessary for WLAN in a simple compact system. Ubiquitous' ECHONET Lite compliant middleware running on the Wi-Fi module uses just 10KB of memory. Any microcontroller—even a resource constrained 8- or 16-bit unit—can be used because all the stack, including the ECHONET Lite middleware, are running on the module.