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Remote control via the Internet


VISITORS to Interbuild will be able to see the first UK demonstration of Echelon's i.home, a building in which controls, security devices and white goods are Internet-linked to allow remote operation and monitoring.

The i.home is connected to the web via Echelon's Lonworks network system and the firm's hardware and software. Applications on show include:

security - check who is at the door with webcams;

metering - remote reading of utility meters;

services - switch the heating or air conditioning on before you get home;

white goods - remote monitoring alerts service providers to problems.

The technology is already in use in Scandinavia, Germany and Italy, said Echelon's European business manager, Graham Nicholls. He hopes the demonstration will encourage more manufactures to make Lonworks-enabled products.

He added that in the countries where the technology is getting off the ground, it is the service providers, not house builders, who are driving the market.

Interbuild 2000, organised by Construction News sister company Emap Montgomery is at the NEC, Birmingham, between May 21 and 25, 2000.