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Korea Drives the Smart Home "Growth Engine"
Mar 24, 2006
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The Korean government will put major promotional muscle behind its annual Smart Home Network Show. Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication, Ministry of Construction and Transportation and Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy are forming a Preparation Committee composed of 15 people from the three ministries and from the four groups that organize the exhibition.

Korea's Smart Home Network Show is only in its second year in 2006, but the government is determined to see it grow into a major international home network exhibition. The Korean government designated the home network industry as a next generation "growth engine" in August 2003 and is actively promoting its technical development. Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication says this new industry - converging home appliances, communication, architecture and human interface – is expected to grow globally at an annual rate of 22 percent, reaching U.S. $370 billion by 2012.

Korea's Hot Market for Home Automation
The big Korea-based consumer electronics and appliance makers are already active in the home networking markets in their home country.

Samsung claims to have 43,000 upscale households in Korea using its homevita solution already and forecasts worldwide sales of 1.2 million units by 2010. The solution includes fingerprint-biometrics-based home security, media sharing, appliance and HVAC control, data sharing to/from the home office, and an e-health solution that checks and monitors the homeowner's health through a sensor check-up device that is placed on the ring finger for a few minutes each day. Samsung is part of the High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA), whose members include Sun Microsystems, Mitsubishi Electric, JVC, and new members Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc. and Texas Instruments (TI).

LG Electronics helped form the rival LnCP (Living Network Control Protocol) Consortium to develop home networks standards to connect all home appliances. Its API (Application Programming Interface) is intended to match the Korean National Standard for Power Line Communication. The Consortium includes partners Daewoo Electronics, SK C&C, and Honeywell Korea.

Smart Home Network Show 2006
The Smart Home Network Show 2006 will be held at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) for 5 days starting on May 30th and will showcase current products and future technologies, including information appliances, home automation and future home demonstrations. Organizers say the 2006 show will be markedly larger than 2005 in scope, duration and industry participation. The show will again include the Smart Home Network Industrial Award for outstanding exhibitors and contributors.

The programs that make up the exhibition include:

  • IT Business Marketplace 2006
  • ICCAS 2005 (International Conference on Control, Automation, and Systems)
  • Smart Home Network Show Awards

    This year will also see greater participation by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government as well as the three national ministries.

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