Framework for Ubiquitous Discovery and Access to Home Services

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Executive Summary

To relieve the end user of the configuration burden that arises when new devices are installed in the (home) network, Service Discovery Protocols (SDP) have been devised. These enable automatic discovery of the services these devices offer. Yet, the existing SDPs are not compatible or interoperable. In this paper, the authors propose a framework that automatically translates between the various SDPs. They also solve the problem of current SDPs that only enable discovery within a single local (sub)network. Through a remote access component, they enable sharing of the services between multiple home networks. Hence, they realize sharing of services over the boundaries of SDPs and home networks.

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