The OpenDCU.org project
Why an OpenDCU?
The OpenDCU is a standardized core of smart and connected home systems. The project
is developing standards and profiles for the Internet of Things in homes, and will be
publishing a freely-copyable reference design for the core device.
The smart home market in the UK (and in most of Europe) is being held back by
lack of consumer knowledge and confidence. People aren't buying because a) they are
not confident their money will be well spent, and b) they're not sure they will get it to work.
The OpenDCU project is expected to kick-start the smart home market in the UK by
providing a clear lead that consumers can embrace.
If you’d like to know more, we have published a white paper discussing the need
for an open standard for digital home gateways.
An open reference design for the digital core of homes
The specification covers a “home hub” with wired and wireless connectivity, capable of
running “apps” just like a smartphone. The spec also covers a touch-screen display,
normally wall-mounted. The DCU also has a web interface and can be controlled by
We will be publishing a freely-copyable, open reference design for the DCU.
[read more about the technology]
Why is it important?
The OpenDCU is expected to enable the marketplace for low-cost sensors and
actuators, and thus for smart services such as advanced energy saving systems and
intelligent heating; for health and care services, and for many other applications.
Uniquely, the objective of the OpenDCU is to provide a standard platform that can be
managed by any external service provider. [Read more about its relevance to you...]
How can I get involved?
If you want to keep in touch with progress, you can follow us on twitter, or register for the
info@OpenDCU.com if you would like to know more. Finally, if you would like to help with
the technical work, we’d love to have you aboard.
the digital consumer unit