Overkiz of France has developed a multi-protocol software and hardware platform making possible the remote running and diagnostics of domestic equipment and appliances. The package offered by Overkiz consists of a secure plug & play gateway installed on the end-user’s premises – the kiz box – and various means of access to the platform.
The technology developed by Overkiz, already operational in the fields of access controls, lighting and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning), is offered in OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) mode to industrialists. Overkiz’s technology offers a range of benefits to all market participants (from manufacturers to end-users), including the smoother running of appliances as well as cost gains, notably regarding maintenance and operational costs.
As a proven provider of technological solutions, Overkiz adapts the package it offers to clients in line with their specific needs, ensuring that there is a perfect match between the solutions that are delivered and the client systems that are already in place.
The integrated solution developed and marketed by Overkiz features a secure plug & play gateway that is installed on the end-user’s premises and is known as the kiz box. The unit ensures that the appliances being run are able to communicate their running data and receive setting instructions, which is usually done through high-frequency (HF) communication – Power Line Communication or plug-in being also possible. Through the use of the local internet connection, the kiz box enables the secure transfer (by https internet protocol) of the data after its encryption and, more particularly, all the device’s operational data, which can be transmitted to (and from) the server.
The manufacturer of the device, the installer (who is responsible for the maintenance of the system) and the end-user all benefit from secure access to this data by means of dedicated web interfaces. Therefore, at all times, it is possible to consult and modify the state of operations across these interfaces, which are available through all devices that come with web access – be they computers, smartphones, tablet PCs, and so on – and for which Overkiz provides applications.
Additionally, an SMS or email alert system allows, at the set-up stage, for the configuration of alerts concerning the critical parameters of the device.
The uses of the Overkiz platform are manifold, with a wide range of critical applications. Overkiz can be deployed across all household appliances and, in fact, equip an entire building; the technology makes it possible to develop remote diagnostic and maintenance services with ease.
In order to do this, the manufacturers make use of web applications allowing for the remote management of systems from their stock of installed equipment. Overkiz also facilitates the statistical exploitation of data and makes it possible to put in place an array of diagnostics and maintenance services for the client’s network of installers. As a result, each installer is in a position to offer the service as well as optimize operational costs, while his (or her) responsiveness, in terms of the service offered to clients, is enhanced.
For their part, the end-users have, at their disposal, a simple and user-friendly way of running and supervising their installations remotely. The areas covered include heating, lighting, automatic access controls, alarm systems, etc.
The kiz box plays the role of a central gateway clearing the different communication protocols that it takes on board. Therefore, through a unique architecture, it can run the domestic devices of a large client entity: Overkiz’s technology works with all leading European brands of appliances.
Once the adaptation of the OEM platform to the client’s needs has been achieved – with the embedding of the required communication protocols, the integration of the drivers and the implementation of the required product profiles – Overkiz offers two types of access: in SaaS mode, or on the basis of a duplication of the Overkiz platform.
In SaaS mode, Overkiz makes its IT infrastructure available, which comprises, notably, a server on which the Exploitation System known as EPOS (Extended Protocol Operating System) and the web applications sit. The system data of the devices which are to be run are held on the Overkiz server and the data can be consulted at all times via secure web access through cloud computing.
With the duplication-of-the-architecture option, the client accesses the Operating System and the web applications via a user licence, which enables him (or her) to install them on the client entity’s own server. Thus, the client’s remote operation-and-diagnostic services are deployed through cloud computing within the client entity’s own IT infrastructure.
In these two access modes, the client puts back in a complete set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as well as a Software Development Kit (SDK), which enable the customization of the applications, the development of new ones, or the creation of a link with existing applications.
Overkiz is headquartered in Archamps, in the département of Haute-Savoie, in south-eastern France.
Overkiz is a specialist in home-automation services and technologies. The company’s stated ambition is, “To supply our partners with customized digital, electronic means to integrate the remote access and control of their appliances.”
Overkiz is a member of various protocols associations, such as io homecontrol ®, OpenTherm, EnOcean and Z-Wave.
Overkiz’s core business is the provision of turnkey solutions in home-and-building control. Overkiz positions itself as an OEM partner for manufacturers of equipment intended for residential homes and other buildings in areas such as HVAC, lighting, and controls, among others.
For further information, please go to: www.overkiz.com
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