Date Added: Sep 2009
Smart home applications are currently implemented by vendor-specific systems managing mainly a few numbers of homogeneous sensors and actuators. However, the sharp increase of the number of intelligent devices in a house and the foreseen explosion of the smart home application market will change completely this vendor centric scenario towards open, expandable systems made up of a large number of cheap heterogeneous devices. As a matter of fact, new smart home solutions have to be able to tackle with scalability, dynamicity and heterogeneity requirements. In this paper, the authors present the architecture of a basic building block, namely a distributed repository service, for smart home systems.