Using the Television to Wash Your Clothes?

    GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - The washing machine and the
refrigerator are going to start "talking" to the television thanks to a new
standard about to be published by the Geneva-based IEC. This new ability to
network traditional household appliances with personal computers and
audio-visual equipment will offer such possibilities as your television screen
displaying the fact that the washing machine has finished washing your clothes
or turning on an air conditioner from your personal computer.

    The new standard links the two different communications networks
established for the household appliances and audio visual equipment. These
were set up separately largely because of the different product lifecycles for
the fast-moving audiovisual equipment and computers compared with
slower-changing household appliances which tend to stay in use over periods of
several years.

        This specification, Home Network Communication Protocol over IP for 
Multimedia Household Appliances (IEC 62457), has several key advantages:

    -   It can be used with existing home networking standards;

    -   Both Home Network nodes with TCP/IP Layer and without can coexist
        under the same Home Network Middleware;

    -   Household appliances can communicate with audiovisual equipment,
        PCs and PC-related equipment, and vice-versa, without requiring any

    -   Household appliances can handle text and audiovisual data;

    -   Audiovisual equipment, PCs and PC-related equipment can handle
        household appliances data; and

    -   Household appliances can freely select a suitable lower-layer
        medium from various lower-layer media below TCP/IP.

    The new standard is due to be published in October 2007 and some products
applying its specifications are now on the market in Japan.

    The new specification is from the IEC Technical Committee 100, Audio,
video and multimedia systems and equipment.

For further information:

For further information: Media wishing to address the project leader for
this new specification are kindly requested to contact: Contact for technical
questions: Mr. Norimasa Minami, IEC TC 100 Assistant Secretary, Email:, Tel: +81-6-69-00-96-34; General media
contact: Mr. Dennis Brougham, Communications Manager, IEC Central Office,
Geneva, Switzerland, Tel: +41-22-919-02-60, Email:

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