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Programme Structure 

Creating the Certification Programme in Five Steps

The programme is structured into a support process and a core process. The approach described below can also be repeated beyond this project period in order to accommodate new developments in the market and the technologies.

Support Process

Step 1.  Needs Analysis

First, the markets and smart home domains are examined in terms of market potential, competitiveness, regulatory framework and obstacles in terms of innovation. A further task is reaching agreement on domain-specific and cross-domain user stories and use cases which are regarded as relevant to the market and technically feasible.

Step 2. Specifications

User stories and use cases generated by the involved companies are clustered into generic use cases and saved in an approved database known as a Use Case Management Repository (UCMR). Possible gaps in the existing standards can be identified on the basis of these generic use cases.

The involved companies agree on the interface signals and functions which are required for cross-system interoperability. Furthermore, IT security scenarios are analysed on the basis of the use cases ("which assets in the individual use cases require special protection measures?")

Core Process

Step 3.  The Companies' User Stories and Use Cases

The companies present user stories and use cases to each other, thereby creating a new basis for further cross-sector collaboration between the companies.

Step 4.  International Standardisation and Testing

Based on the degree of interoperability between the different systems and any domain-specific and assets-oriented smart home IT security requirements, standards and specifications are developed and adopted for which the testing organisations develop the corresponding interoperability and IT security test procedures.

Step 5.  Development of a seal

Once the interoperability and IT security tests have been successfully passed, a Smart-Home Ready seal can be issued. The salient points of this are defined by the relevant expert team.


Dr. Wolfgang Klebsch
Technology and Innovation
VDE Association For
Electrical Electronic & Information Technologies
Phone: +49 (69) 6308-397
Fax: +49 (69) 63089-397
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