From July 11 to 13, 2012 IGRS Alliance held the 1st IGRS Summit and a series of relevant activities themed on “IGRS, Leader in Creating Intelligent Life with Innovative Technologies” in Beijing.
On June 19, 2012, CommunicAsia was held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. At the exhibition, themed on “Omni Enjoy, Share your Joy”, IGRS Alliance from China showed its innovative “multi-screen interaction” products developed based on IGRS international standard, and a series of “multi-screen interaction” technology-based networked, intelligent and systematic interconnection products and solutions.
From March 27 to 30, 2012, the 16th International Symposium on Power Line Communications and Its Applications (IEEE ISPLC) was jointly held by IGRS Alliance, State Grid Information & Telecommunication Co., Ltd. and Tsinghua University successfully in Beijing. PLC experts and representatives from over 30 countries attended the international symposium on PLC.
On January 10, 2012, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which acts as the wind vane of global electronic industry kicked off in Las Vegas in the US. Themed on “Omni Enjoy, Share your Joy”, IGRS Alliance from China displayed its innovative “multi-screen interaction • OMINI Enjoy” products developed based on IGRS international standard at the show.
On October 18, 2011, IGRS Omni Enjoy, Share your Joy—Smart TV Innovative Application Appreciation was held at Beijing 798 Art Zone. Management of smart TV leaders TCL, Hisense, Konka, etc. attended the event.
On September 2, 2011, IGRS Engineering Lab showed its independently developed high definition products at IFA 2011 in Germany.
On August 18, 2011, IGRS Plenary Meeting 2011 themed on “IGRS, Building Beautiful Smart Cities with Innovative Interconnection Technologies” was held in Zhenjiang City.
On August 12, 2011 when the 26th Summer Universiade Shenzhen 2011 was opened, Liu Yandong, member of Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor, and leaders of Guangdong Province and Guangzhou Municipality inspected the achievements made by IGRS Alliance at the Shenzhen High-tech Enterprise Achievement Exhibition held at the exhibition hall of Shenzhen high-Tech Industrial Park.
On July 21, 2011, with the guidance, supports and propelling of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the industrialization and application promotion of IGRS standard saw great progress. Recently, IGRS Standard Working Group has officially become a standard strategic cooperator of Guangzhou in building “Smart Guangzhou”. As a cooperator, IGRS will carry out all-round cooperation with Guangzhou in preparing the construction of Smart City Research Institute, building Guangzhou Tianhe Demonstration Area, developing key technologies and standards concerning building smart cities, etc.
On July 12, 2011, 2011 SINOCES themed on “Cloud Technology—Linking the Future World” kicked off. Linked by the concept of “multi-screen interaction”, the show was dominated by the mutual control between TV screens, computer screens and cell phone screens. TV producer Hisense and wireless transmission standard maker IGRS Alliance jointed hands at the show, which marks that the display device, driven by cloud technology, is developed toward the trend of interconnection.
On May 7, 2011, the 2nd Zhongguancun Science Park Sports Meeting themed on “Vitality from Sports; Future from Innovation” was held at Beijing Fengtai Sports Center. As the representative of Zhongguancun Industrial Association and Zhongguancun Industrial Alliance, IGRS Alliance participated in the sports meeting. At the meeting, IGRS Alliance showed strong enterprising spirit and the proactive attitude in further activating the cultural atmosphere of Zhongguancun and gathering the strength of Zhongguancun.
In June 29, 2011, IGRS Alliance officially announced the launching of IGRS Open Source Community. As the first alliance in China adopting the concept of “open source” to promote international standards, the Community will act as an open source platform featuring international standards and technical systems. By means of the Open Source IGRS Basic Protocol, IGRS Alliance aims at lowering the threshold for enterprises’ employing standards and technologies, reducing overlapping investment, and promoting the construction and development of crossover interconnection standards and industrial chains.
From May 8 to 22, 2011, the 14th China Beijing International High-tech Expo was held in Beijing. Themed on “IGRS Alliance, Leader in Creating Intelligent Life with Mobile Interconnection Technologies” IGRS Alliance and alliance members State Grid Information & Telecommunication Co., Ltd., Beijing Top Electric Co., Ltd., Beijing SMARTISYS Electronics Co., Ltd. etc. shined the Expo at the Zhongguancun Independent Innovative Achievements in Hall 4.
On May 10, 2011, the Zhongguancun Standard Innovation Pilot Work Conference was jointed held by the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China, Management Committee of Zhongguancun Science Park, and Beijing Municipal Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision. At the Conference, 26 enterprises including IGRS Information Technology Engineering Center Co., Ltd. were granted with the title of “Excellent Collective in Building Zhongguancun Science Park”.
At the AHNC meeting held on March 14, 2011, IGRS Alliance, KASH from Korea and ECHONET from Japan announced their cooperation in intelligent power management in the future.
From January 6 to 9, 2011, 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas in the US. At the biggest electronics event in the world, IGRS Alliance, with its interactive entertainment products like Linksee wireless connector caught the eyes of many participants and visitors, becoming a Chinese highlight at the Expo.
On December 28, 2010, “Green Life, Intelligent Power—IGRS Plenary Meeting 2010 and Launch Ceremony of Intelligent Power Management (IPM) Logo” was held in Beijing. At the meeting, IGRS Alliance launched the IPM logo, a unified identity for IPM products which would contributed to the promotion of the standards, technologies and industrialization of IPM in China.
On October 14, 2010, “China-Japan-Korea Smart Home Symposium 2010 and China Summit of Asian Home Network Council (AHNC)” was held in Shanghai. The smoothly holding of “AHNC” further deepened the all-round cooperation between China, Japan and Korea in home network and promoted the communication between Chinese enterprises and standard organizations and enterprises from abroad.
On the morning of December 9, 2010, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) signed the Memorandum on Promoting the Construction of Best Quality in Beijing with Beijing Municipal Government. According to the Memorandum, the two parties would carry out cooperation in various aspects to promote the construction of best quality in Beijing. As a supporter of this activity, IGRS Alliance would develop under the supervision of Beijing Municipal Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision and Zhongguancun Service Center for Product Testing and Quality Certification in the future.
On December 3, 2010, the 3rd IT Standardization Promoting Conference and China Electronics Standardization Conference 2010 were held in Beijing. IGRS Alliance was awarded the title of “Leading Enterprises in IT Standardization 2010” and Dr. Sun Yuning, president of IGRS Engineering Lab Ltd was awarded as “The Most Outstanding People in IT Standardization 2010”.
On November 16, 2010, the 12th China Hi-Tech Fair was held in Shenzhen. The booth of IGRS Alliance, themed on “Intelligent Green Home” showed at the Fair.
On November 9, 2010, at the China International Industry Fair, IGRS Alliance launched innovative three-screen interaction products, including “Wing of Vision” products and systems together with terminal manufacturers such as China Telecom, Lenovo, Skyworth, ZTE, Huawei, Tri-sun Electronics, etc. Yang Xueshan, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology watched the demonstration and expressed praise and support for the achievements made by IGRS Alliance and China Telecom in the innovative application of three-screen interaction.
From November 4 to 6, 2010, “100% Design” Shanghai and International Home Decor & Design was held in Shanghai Exhibition Center, during which China Summit of Smart home 2010 was held. IGRS Alliance participated in the exhibition with alliance members such as Great Wall Smart home, aiming at developing new industrial fields by exploiting new perspectives, developing new markets, and creating diversified collaboration platform.
From September 18 to 19, 2010, the 6th China Hubei Industry-University-Research Institute Cooperation Project Fair was held in Wuhan. About 5,000 latest technological achievements made by more than 120 universities, colleges and research institutes from about 20 provinces and cities made a concentrated appearance at Optics Valley. At the Fair, IGRS Alliance and alliance member Great Wall Smart home showed visitors an “IGRS Smart Home”.
On August 25, 2010, the KOREA-CHINA Digital Home Appliance initiated by IGRS Alliance and Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) was held in Seoul, South Korea. The smooth holding of this activity symbolized a more internationalized and in-depth cooperation between China and Korea in the standardization, technology and industrialization etc. of digital home.
From July 14 to 16, 2010, AHNC Conference was jointed held by IGRS Alliance, ECHONET of Japan and KASH of Korea in Tokyo, Japan. The representatives of IGRS Alliance conducted an in-depth discussion with representatives from Japan and Korea on the standard policy, technology, application and market prospect of home network in respective countries.
From July 8 to 11, 2010, China International Consumer Electronics Show (SINOCES) was held in Qingdao. Themed on “IGRS Alliance, Digital Life Castle”, IGRS Alliance brought to visitors more than ten kinds of newest products and five experience areas developed based on concept of “perceiving life”. The five experience areas are “Happy Space•Endless Entertainment”, “Seamless Connection•Multi-Screen Sharing”, “Three-Net Integration • Multiple Platform”, “Enjoy Mass Memory•Enjoy Life” and “PLC Transmission•Low-Carbon Life”.
On July 6, 2010, the National Engineering Laboratory for IGRS successfully held its stage achievement press exhibition. Representatives from the member enterprises of IGRS Alliance as well as more than ten medias like Shenzhen TV, Shenzhen Economic Daily, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, Southern Metropolis Daily etc. attended this exhibition.
On June 23, 2010, “Creating Predictable Life with Collaborative Innovation—the 1st IGRS Plenary Meeting 2010” was successfully held at Beijing Taipeng Mansion.
On June 8, 2010, under the guidance of the National Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Standardization Administration of China, 1 the Internet Of Things Standard Joint Working Group voluntarily formed by 9 standardization organizations was founded officially in Beijing. These organizations include the Intelligent Grouping and Resource Sharing Standard Working Group (IGRS Standard Working Group), Electronic Tag Standard Working Group of MIIT, Sensor Network Standard Working Group of the National Information Technology Standardization Technical Committee, and the National Intelligence Standardization Committee.
From June 1 to 5, 2010, COMPUTEX TAIPEI2010 was held at Nangang Exhibition Hall, exhibition hall 1 and 3 of Taipei World Trade Center and Taipei International Convention Center. IGRS Alliance displayed many latest products at the show.
In June 2010, Hisense released the T18 series TV products employing IGRS technologies. The IGRS module embedded in T18 enables users to transmit movies, music and pictures from cell phones and computers to TVs for watching, realizing the wireless connection between TVs and telephones and TVs and computers.
From May 27 to 31, 2010, the 13th China Beijing International High-tech Expo was successfully held in Beijing. As a standardization organization and industrial alliance originated in Zhongguancun, themed on “Perceiving Life with IGRS Technologies”, IGRS Alliance made a stage pose at Zhongguancun Independent Innovative Achievements Hall 4 of the High-tech Expo.
On April 16, 2010, Dr. Sun Yuning, President of IGRS Engineering Lab Ltd. was invited by people.com.cn for live video interview.
In April 2010, with the upsurge of “internet of things” in China, IGRS Alliance creatively put forward the concept of “Perceiving Life”, the important application of the internet of things in family life. IGRS standard-based medical emergency treatment, smart home, digital entertainment, online payment, home emergency treatment and community services would become a life style that consumers yearn for.
In March 2010, IGRS Standard Working Group was actively working with 3 units such as Sensor Network Standard Working Group of the National Information Technology Standardization Technical Committee to prepare for the establishment of “China’s Internet Of Things Standard Joint Working Group”.
In March 2010, the International Standardization Organization /International Electrotechnical Commission (hereinafter referred to as ISO/IEC), located in Geneva, Switzerland, officially released the official text of two international standards developed by IGRS Alliance globally on its official website. The establishment of IGRS international standard system marked that finally, in the field of ISO international standardization monopolized by developed countries for ages, China’s independent voice was heard, which would powerfully promote the adjustment and revitalization of China’s electronic information industry.
From January 7 to 10, 2010, IGRS Standard Working Group and many core manufacturers displayed many smart interconnection products and technical achievements at the 43rd Consumer Electronics Show (CES), aiming at providing wonderful and new digital home experience to global users by end-to-end resource integration of products, services, applications and contents.', N'', N'', N'', N'', N'', 1, CAST(0x00009CBC00FC5BC1 AS DateTime), CAST(0x0000A0EE00FF7F4E AS DateTime), 3, N'LinkToChannelSelf') INSERT [dbo].[Node] ([NodeID], [TempletID], [NodeName], [NodeIndexName], [ParentID], [ParentPath], [NodeLevel], [IsLastNode], [NodePicture], [IsActive], [IsNeedLogin], [OrderNum], [Brief], [Summary], [NodeBarHtml], [Title], [Description], [Keywords], [ForceUrl], [AddUserID], [AddTime], [LastEditTime], [SiteID], [LinkType]) VALUES (84, 37, N'IGRS Standard', N'IGRS Standard', 0, N'0', 1, N'0', N'200911/200911101324453506872.jpg', N'1', N'0', 24, N'', N'', N'', N'', N'', N'', N'', 1, CAST(0x00009CBC00FC5BC1 AS DateTime), CAST(0x0000A0E600C8200B AS DateTime), 3, N'LinkToFirstChannel') INSERT [dbo].[Node] ([NodeID], [TempletID], [NodeName], [NodeIndexName], [ParentID], [ParentPath], [NodeLevel], [IsLastNode], [NodePicture], [IsActive], [IsNeedLogin], [OrderNum], [Brief], [Summary], [NodeBarHtml], [Title], [Description], [Keywords], [ForceUrl], [AddUserID], [AddTime], [LastEditTime], [SiteID], [LinkType]) VALUES (85, 37, N'Standard Profile', N'Standard Profile', 84, N'84', 2, N'1', N'', N'1', N'0', 1, N'', N'
Intelligent Grouping & Resource Sharing protocol (IGRS) was constituted by IGRS Working Group since July, 2003. IGRS version 1.0 was approved as China national industrial recommended standard in June, 2005, and became the first national standard in China’s 3C-Convergence industry.
Besides, all kinds of development tools and testing authentication tools based on IGRS standard have been accomplished and are gradually perfecting and updating. As required by MIIT (the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology- formerly the Ministry Of Information Industry) Science & Technology Department and led by MIIT Electronic Standardization Institute Information Product Standard Compliance Certification Test Center, all IGRS Working Group (WG) members participated in the one and a half years’ R&D of IGRS Standard Compliance Test System, and on August 30th, 2005, this IGRS Standard Compliance Test System finally passed the expert authentication organized by MIIT. IGRS WG and IGRS Engineering Lab had accomplished NDRC (the National Development and Reform Commission)’s important projects such as “Information Equipment Resource Sharing Compliance Service” standard R&D and constitution, and has the ability to conduct high-standard scientific research and project management.
IGRS Alliance have being promoting international standardization activities from the beginning. After working more than 9 years, all seven standards of IGRS V1.0 have been published as international standards by ISO/IEC. This is a great achievement for Chinese IT industry. This is also a great contribution to international standardization. The seven standards are listed as below:
ISO/IEC 14543-5-1: Information technology -- Home electronic system (HES) architecture -- Part 5-1: Intelligent grouping and resource sharing for Class 2 and Class 3 -- Core protocol
ISO/IEC 14543-5-21: Information technology -- Home electronic system (HES) architecture -- Part 5-21: Intelligent grouping and resource sharing for HES Class 2 and Class 3 -- Application profile -- AV profile
ISO/IEC 14543-5-22: Information technology -- Home electronic system (HES) architecture -- Part 5-22: Intelligent grouping and resource sharing for HES Class 2 and Class 3 -- Application profile -- File profile
ISO/IEC 14543-5-3: Information technology -- Home electronic system (HES) architecture -- Part 5-3: Intelligent grouping and resource sharing for HES Class 2 and Class 3 -- Basic application
ISO/IEC 14543-5-4: Information technology -- Home electronic system (HES) architecture -- Part 5-4: Intelligent grouping and resource sharing for HES Class 2 and Class 3 -- Device validation
ISO/IEC 14543-5-5: Information technology -- Home electronic system (HES) architecture -- Part 5-5: Intelligent grouping and resource sharing for HES Class 2 and Class 3 -- Device type
ISO/IEC 14543-5-6: Information technology -- Home electronic system (HES) architecture -- Intelligent grouping and resource sharing for HES Class 2 and Class 3 -- Part 5-6: Service type
Figure 1`: IGRS V1.0 Standard Stack Architecture
Figure 1 shows the architecture of IGRSV 1.0 protocol’s protocol stack. The top layer is about applications of diversified users. By services provided by IGRS protocol and customer description specification, these applications can be ported on IGRS devices and become IGRS services and customers. Application profiles are groups of services and users, which support a specific application, and a specific application profile provides a closer and more sufficient development support for a specific application. Service and application on IGRS devices collaborate with service and application on other IGRS devices through lower five layer IGRS standard protocols, including discovering and operating each other. The bottom layer routing protocol provides a transmission mechanism for upper interactive messages. The transportation of messages is based on existent transport protocols.
IGRS Device is a kind of abstract of various information terminal units in the real world, and IGRS device is the container and manager of its sharing resources. Through the interaction of IGRS protocol stack API and resource sharing explorer, application program realizes operation and management of the sharing resources in the IGRS network.
The sharing resources to which IGRS devices are applied can be categorized into two kinds. The resources of the first kind are owned by the devices, such as computing resources, storage resources, etc. This kind of resources are managed by resource sharing explorer as service object in IGRS devices; the resources of the other kind are services developed by application developer and provided to other applications, such as media player service, document printing service, etc. This kind of resources is managed by the sharing resource explorer in the form of service root among IGRS devices.
We need to use application program of sharing resources in IGRS devices to accept management of sharing explorer in the form of client agent, while using API provided by explorer to operate and manage sharing resources in IGRS devices. Sharing explorers on different IGRS devices provide functions of device access and control, service access and control, service data distribution, issue subscription and notification through universal IGRS device collaborative interaction protocols. The protocols have nothing to do with material network transportation protocol.
As IGRS v 1.0 is designed to operate in home area network from the beginning, transmission mechanisms such as multicasting, broadcasting are adopted in core protocol stack. These transmission mechanisms are not suitable to wide area networks. However, as the development of internet and mobile devices, more and more requirements to providing IGRS services in Internet are proposed. Customers require that wherever and whenever they are, they can access IGRS networks and enjoy IGRS device interconnection, collaboration and resource sharing by internet. These requirements have exceeded the limitation of home local area network and the IGRS v 1.0 protocols cannot satisfy these requirements any more.
To solve this problem, IGRS v 2.0 is proposed based on IGRS v 1.0 protocols. IGRS v 2.0 application scenarios are shown in Figure 2. In IGRS v 2.0, IGRS collaborative scenarios are extended from home and office to mobile and remote access, from LAN application to Internet and mobile network applications. IGRS v 2.0 will focus on “How to make the device interconnection much more easily”. By IGRS v 2.0, all devices with internet connection can access IGRS network seamlessly and IGRS services can be extended to WAN.
Figure 2: IGRS v 2.0 Application Scenarios
As collaborative service protocols, IGRS2.0 can be used when devices need exchange messages and data with each other. At this time, core functionalities and characteristics of IGRS v 2.0 protocols are:
1. Add “user” concept. Globally manage interactive and interconnectivity relationships between “User-Device”, “Device-Device” and “User-User”.
2. Provide user/device online status query and notification mechanisms to automatically discover and interact with devices.
3. Break through restrictions of private address. “Push” messages and resources to IGRS 2.0 devices behind NAT (Network Address Translation) devices.
4. Provide multiple message interaction modes, i.e. point-to-point, point-to-multiple- point, offline storage, online storage, etc.
5. By formulate an IGRS application layer uniformed primitives, different applications of different providers can interconnect and interact with each other. Additionally, extent application message interface will be provided to application providers to self-define interaction messages on IGRS 2.0 protocol stack.
In the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC25 plenary meeting which is hosted in September, 2012, IGRS Alliance proposed a PWI (Previous Working Item) about IGRS v 2.0. After discussion of all the experts of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC25 WG1, the secretariat of SC25 agreed this PWI. This is a good start for IGRS v 2.0 standardization activities. IGRS standard working group is promoting the standardization activities of IGRS v 2.0 together with all members of IGRS Alliance. We expect your attention of our newest progress.
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Based on IGRS standard, application program developer can develop all kinds of IGRS applications to support “resource sharing and service collaboration”.
IGRS basic applications provide some basic applications for interaction between IGRS equipments. While IGRS applications are based on IGRS standard, by transmitting interfaces provided by IGRS basic application, IGRS intelligent application framework and IGRS basic protocol, more complicated and more powerful functioned applications can be realized.
IGRS basic applications are installed inside IGRS equipments, applied to supporting necessary application of a certain collaboration working mode among many equipments, while they themselves can be expanded with the development of collaboration working mode.
For instance, laptops and televisions that accord with IGRS criterion all embedded audio and video stream transportation basic application, when laptop and TV find each other, laptop can distribute its own multimedia data to TV to display in the form of stream, meanwhile, laptop can also receive television program stream transported from TV, so that TV programs can be stored in real time.
On the other aspect, IGRS basic application can provide support for developing other IGRS application, e.g., application program developer can develop network agent application on an IGRS equipment whose embedded network joins basic applications, other IGRS equipments can realize network resource sharing through this network agent application.
Figure 1 describes in home scenario, a typical IGRS application mode among digital equipments that realizes IGRS standard:
Figure 1 IGRS Home Application Scenario
(1) Customize home entertainment program: PC, as the information center of home, can easily obtain photos, music and movies from any digital devices within the home, it certainly also includes network resources, users’ digital cameras, digital pickup cameras will automatically detect home network with the help of IGRS wireless download function, and transmit media data into PC’s media files; TV, as the entertaining center of home, can set up customized programs, using common remote control to play, speed and pause photos, music and movies in the PC that shares the same network. These resources can also be sent to home network equipments such as PDA, audio device, etc, so that users can enjoy entertainment experience anywhere at home.
(2) Record and edit TV programs: By using remote control, users can choose to let PC record TV programs on show at any time, or set up a recording time, even if users are not beside the TV, they can also record their favorite programs. The recorded TV programs will be stored in the PC and can be edited, or even be edited mixedly with their own DV works, so as to create effects that are beyond imagination. By using IGRS frequency modulation function, multiple programs recording and replaying can be realized. TV programs in PCs can also be sent to portable tablet PC or PDA, so that users can know about the latest news and events on their way to work.
(3) Share your favorite contents with your good friends: Transmit your favorite music, photos or movies from your PC to portable equipments in order to share with your friends and relatives; On your friend’s party, by using IGRS AV release function, you can sent blessing music stored in PDA, or humorous messages and pictures in mobile phone to the nearest audio device or TV, and give your friend a pleasant surprise.
Figure 2 describes in office scenario, a typical IGRS application mode among digital devices that realize IGRS standard
Figure 2 IGRS Office Application Scenario
1) Switch working scenarios freely: The connection between laptops and projectors, printers will become much easier, IGRS intelligent grouping and automatic installation function will help users directly use internet resources and printing resources without any setting (necessary security authentication is an important function of IGRS as well). While one is working on a brief introduction to a product, he may think of transmitting some complementary resources with his colleagues, and IGRS seamless handover function will automatically disconnect a laptop and a projector, as well as connecting it to another laptop instantly without inserting or plugging those lines.
2）Long-distance connecting office network and devices: While you are on a business travel, you don’t have to worry if you have forgotten to bring important materials you need. You can long-distance connect to your company’s office network’s materials or document server through IGRS mobile phone or laptop, and obtain the report or data you need……