ROME — The Energy@home Association has announced the release of JEMMA (Java-based Energy Management Application framework), an open-source project designed to facilitate the development of home energy management applications.

Telecom Italia, one of the association’s founding members, developed the JEMMA open-source project as part of its research and development activities, in order to establish technologically advanced applications dedicated to smart home services.

The association said JEMMA implements the Energy@home technical specifications, it has been tested at several interoperability events, and it is being used in a field trial involving some private households.

“JEMMA is being released as a part of the Energy@home association commitment towards standard, open, and interoperable solutions. This framework will allow software developers to fasten the implementation of energy management applications for the smart home.” said Fabio Bellifemine, director of the Energy@home Association. “It provides a complete, cloud-enabled home energy management solution allowing users to virtualize, interconnect, monitor, and control smart appliances, smart plugs, and any other user device compliant with the ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 standard.”

The platform has been released under the Lesser General Public License version 3 (LGPLv3) which allows its re-use in commercial deployments. Energy@home said this choice has been made to allow the broadest participation both by industry and by the academic community which are invited to contribute by developing new features or suggesting new ideas.

“We are very proud to coordinate the JEMMA open-source community,” said Giovanni Colombo, director of Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), which is going to coordinate the evolution of the JEMMA project. “We hope this will be another successful example of how researchers can work effectively with industries and open-source communities to foster innovation in economic and social processes of critical sectors such as energy.”

Energy@home is a nonprofit association of companies with the mission of developing and promoting specifications, technologies, products, and services for smart homes. The association currently counts 19 companies as its members and is a contributor to the ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 standard that was released in July 2013. For more information, visit

Publication date: 11/4/2013

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