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Global leaders in Wi-Fi® and Powerline networking cooperate to facilitate interoperability of smart grid and connected home applications
AUSTIN, Texas and PORTLAND, Ore.,
Nov. 2, 2010 -- The Wi-Fi Alliance and the
HomePlug® Powerline Alliance have entered into a liaison agreement to
facilitate and promote the adoption of HomePlug powerline and Wi-Fi networking
technologies in smart grid applications. The agreement enables cooperative
efforts for joint technical review of Wi-Fi Alliance and HomePlug
specifications and standards that facilitate interoperability of smart grid
applications. The organizations will also engage on joint outreach to promote
the adoption of wireless and powerline technologies for smart grid
Both the Wi-Fi Alliance and HomePlug are participating
members in the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a forum for industry
stakeholders, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to
participate in the ongoing coordination, acceleration and harmonization of
standards development for the smart grid. The Smart Energy 2 Applications
Profile (SEP 2.0) was selected last year by the U.S. Department of Energy and
NIST as an initial interoperable standard for smart energy management with home
area network (HAN) devices. The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline
Alliance are collaborating to enable SEP 2.0 applications to operate across a
diverse mix of wireless and wired networks.
"Both Wi-Fi and HomePlug solutions will play key
roles in energy management and connecting home systems and appliances to the
smart grid," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
"HomePlug and Wi-Fi devices represent a large share of installed nodes
worldwide, and ensuring seamless interoperability is critical for broad scale
smart grid deployment."
"Working with the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
will facilitate interoperability between Wi-Fi equipment and devices connected
to powerline home networks," said Edgar Figueroa, chief executive officer
of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "This collaboration will help bring about a
great user experience with smart home technology."
The Wi-Fi Alliance launched the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
program in March 2000. It provides a widely-recognized designation of
interoperability and quality, and it helps to ensure that Wi-Fi enabled
products deliver the best user experience. The Wi-Fi Alliance has
completed more than 8,000 product certifications to date, encouraging the
expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services in new and established markets.
The HomePlug family of powerline networking
specifications includes HomePlug AV for broadband applications, the recently
completed the HomePlug "Green PHY" (GP) specification for smart
energy /smart grid applications, and the forthcoming HomePlug AV2 broadband
specification due for completion in Q1 2011. These HomePlug specifications are
fully interoperable with each other and the new IEEE 1901 powerline standard,
and cover the spectrum of home networking demands. HomePlug has an
installed base of over 60 million devices.
The liaison between the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
and the Wi-Fi Alliance is effective immediately.
About the Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry
association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to the proliferation of
Wi-Fi technology across devices and market segments. With technology
development, market building, and regulatory programs, the Wi-Fi Alliance has
enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide. Learn more and search for
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products at www.wi-fi.org.
Wi-Fi®, Wi-Fi Alliance®, WMM®, Wi-Fi Protected Access®
(WPA), the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, the Wi-Fi logo, the Wi-Fi ZONE logo, and the
Wi-Fi Protected Setup logo are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance;
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, Wi-Fi Multimedia™, and
the Wi-Fi Alliance logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
About HomePlug® Powerline Alliance
Founded in 2000, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc.
is an industry-led initiative with 70 member companies that creates
specifications and certification logo programs for using the powerlines for
reliable home networking and Smart Grid applications. The Alliance accelerates
worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology by collaborating with international
standards organizations such as the IEEE and through market development and
user education programs. Sponsor members include Atheros Communications (ATHR);
Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK); GE Energy, an affiliate
of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Gigle Networks; Renesas Electronics
Corporation (TSE: 6723); SPiDCOM Technologies, and STMicroelectronics
(STM). Contributor members include Arkados (OTCBB: AKDS). For more
information on the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, please visit www.HomePlug.org.
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