Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 19, 2010 – The U-SNAP Alliance has gained broad industry support for its universal communication interface today by signing liaison agreements with several important industry associations, including EnOcean Alliance, HomeGrid Forum and the Z-Wave Alliance.
These agreements are expected to result in a wider range of solutions for consumers and utilities to connect appliances and consumer electronics to smart meters in home and local area networks.
The U-SNAP specification provides a simple, cost effective, future-proof solution for manufacturers to build standard products capable of supporting a full range of industry protocols. This approach significantly reduces the cost of manufacturing, providing consumers and utilities with a competitive array of affordable products.
"The signing of these important industry organizations reinforces the significant role that freedom of choice provides to consumers and utilities." said Jon Rappaport, chairman of the U-SNAP Alliance. "It is simply too difficult to select one single communication technology that supports the diverse requirements of manufacturers, consumers, utilities and regulators. By leveraging the U-SNAP interface, the industry can move forward with confidence that products can be connected together in smart networks to enable a new era of consumer energy awareness and participation."