G.hn standard approved


Matt Theall,
HomeGrid Forum 
Beaverton, OR, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 18, 2010

The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU-T) G.hn unified wired home networking standard was approved by the organization last week, with all three components of the new standard – the Data Link Layer (G.9961), Physical Layer (G.9960) and coexistence protocol (G.9972) – now complete.

G.hn is a wired home networking standard that offers networking of content and devices over any wire – coaxial cable, phone lines, and power lines. Devices that will be able to benefit from the reliability, security, and low power consumption of G.hn include smart meters, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical appliances, electric vehicles, and lighting systems, as well as home automation and other consumer electronic products.

“In an industry cluttered with a host of incompatible technologies, we congratulate the ITU-T for championing one standard that truly delivers anywire connectivity and next generation performance,” said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum, which was established as an independent body to promote the G.hn standard. “We believe that consumer electronics manufacturers, PC companies, and service providers, and every group that works within these markets, will benefit from the commercial availability of this technology as it rolls out later this year.”

Unlike existing and often proprietary wired networking technologies, G.hn is a worldwide, globally supported, technology standard that works across all physical media and supports a range of applications, including high end multimedia networking implementations.

Since the approval, the HomeGrid Forum has entered into an agreement with the Broadband Forum, a consortium driving broadband wireline solutions globally, on the development and validation of products using the G.hn standard. As part of the agreement, the two organizations will collaborate to deliver to the market, later this year, a global compliance and interoperability testing program for products using G.hn technology. Further, the Broadband Forum will support the HomeGrid Forum’s validation of G.hn products and its promotion of product conformance and interoperability, and will help expedite the total time to market for certified products.

The compliance and interoperability program will enable HomeGrid Forum to certify a wide variety of products indicated with the HomeGrid certified logo. Through this program, manufacturers will have defined guidelines to design, test, and develop G.hn products for market introduction.