Wi-Fi and HomePlug Powerline Alliances collaborate on smart grid technologies


Edgar Figueroa,
Wi-Fi Alliance
Austin, TX and Portland, OR, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 3, 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 applications.

The Smart Energy 2 Applications Profile has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (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,” added 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 has been running the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program since March 2000, and has completed more than 8,000 product certifications to date.

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.