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Home Media Platform and Networks (HOMEPLANE)

Today, the consumer experiences a vast range of different devices that he uses for purposes like digital information processing and electronic media. Up to now, there is no convenient solution and the praised convergence of technologies has not yet come to pass. For this reason, many desirable services and products are impractical and less attractive for the consumer. On the other hand, many cheap and specific solutions to this problem are available due to the progress of the technical development. An adaptation of such solutions to the requirements of a home networking scenario is still missing. Standardization is needed to obtain a uniform and user-friendly concept that is independent of the vendor.

The task of the HOMEPLANE project is to solve this problem by creating a concept that yields interoperability of different devices and a user-friendly platform for home media networking.

The HOMEPLANE project funded by the BMWi (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology) elaborates core issues given for the “Consumer Electronic” field of innovation within the scope of the “NextGenerationMedia” submission. Five partners out of industry and research are cooperating to execute this project:

  • European Microsoft Innovation Center
  • IHP
  • Lintec
  • University of Dortmund

The research focus of this institute is to investigate and to optimize the wireless data transmission for the home networking scenario. High bandwidth efficiency is the fundamental constraint of a successful networking concept to allow stable transmissions at a demanding user density in the residential area. In order to achieve this, new technologies to enhance the potential of the physical and MAC layers used within IEEE 802.11 based networks will be simulated and implemented into the whole system.

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi) European Microsoft Innovation Center (EMIC) sl  homeplane  logo  ihp sl_homeplane_logo_alltec Siemens Technische Universität Dortmund

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Kays
Tel.: 0231 755-2100