Aims to promote both wireless and wired networking technologies for the 'connected smart home'

Wi-Fi and HomePlug standards groups announce collaboration

The standards certification agencies for wireless and power-line networking announced that they have joined forces in order to promote adoption of the networking technologies.

The Wi-Fi alliance tests and certifies products seeking Wi-Fi branding in order to guarantee interoperability while the HomePlug Powerline Alliance is engaged in much the same business for the power line networking technology known as HomePlug.

The new arrangement will lead to cooperation on standards for the two technologies as well as forming an agreement to cross promote the adoption of the technologies in so-called ‘smart grid’ applications.

"Both Wi-Fi and HomePlug solutions will play key roles in energy management and connecting home systems and appliances to the smart grid," said HomePlug Powerline Alliance boss Rob Ranck. "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.”

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.

"Working with the HomePlug Powerline Alliance will facilitate interoperability between Wi-Fi equipment and devices connected to powerline home networks," said Wi-Fi alliance boss Edgar Figueroa. "This collaboration will help bring about a great user experience with smart home technology.”

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