Transparent heterogeneous networks for the remote control of home environments

Home environment has seen a rapid introduction of network technologies. The types of home networks introduced, include home automation, multimedia entertainment, and security networks. These networks are often developed by different organisations and consist of varying network technologies. Consequently, little attention has been given to the coexistence and interoperability of these networks. This naturally developing heterogeneous network architecture introduces new and significant usability and safety concerns. This paper addresses these concerns, through the design and implementation of a home gateway. A case study is implemented showing the application of the home gateway, to facilitate interoperability, between a home automation and a video surveillance network.