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WiFi Alliance and Homeplug team up to connect homes

Will promote domestic smart grids
Wed Nov 03 2010, 14:12

TWO INDUSTRY GROUPS, the WiFi Alliance and the Homeplug Powerline Alliance, will work together to promote the use of smart grid applications in the home.

The arrangement, or if you prefer the alliance of the two alliances, should clear the way for easier home wireless and electrical cable-based networking while also improving interoperability. As well as working on specifications together, they will also promote wider adoption of wireless and powerline networking technologies.

"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."

Equally warm and positive was Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the WiFi Alliance, who agreed that the arrangement will lead to better interoperability while also improving the quality of our lives.

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

The partnership starts now and will see both parties assess their standards through joint technical review. µ



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