An ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure in the home, called home area network (HAN), enables smart management of all digital devices typically found in the home. A HAN can use several connectivity technologies, both wired and wireless, related to the specific subsystems included in the home system.
Typical HAN subsystems include PC networks, HVAC systems and alarm/security systems, as well as new types of subsystem related to the emerging smart-grid applications, such as energy management systems, local alternative-energy generation systems (photovoltaic, for example), and vehicle-to-grid systems.
A HAN infrastructure can be open and must be interconnected with both the AMI (automatic metering infrastructure) and the Internet through a home gateway in order to enable high-end services.
STMicroelectronics offers highly-efficient products for HAN applications aimed to meet the new market requirements. ST’s advanced technology and knowhow are ideal for both wired (PLM, Ethernet) and wireless communication technologies.
We offer a full range of components and evaluation boards as reference for HAN applications. The range of solutions covers smart plugs, smart energy meters, in-home displays and home gateways.