The Wi-SUN® Alliance and the HomePlug® Alliance
today announced a liaison agreement to facilitate collaboration toward
the goal of enabling hybrid smart grid networks supporting both wireless
(RF) and powerline-wired connectivity (PLC). This relationship will
empower the many industry-leading member companies of both alliances to
share requirements and specifications for Media Access Control (MAC) and
transport layer profiles to facilitate interoperability of Internet
Protocol (IP)-based smart grid applications.
"This agreement is a shining model of cooperation for industry alliances
and standards groups with shared interests and member companies.
Utilities and end-customers stand to gain from it," said Phil Beecher,
Wi-SUN Alliance Chairman. He added, "Working together to foster products
and applications that are interoperable across both wireless and
powerline-wired networks, Wi-SUN and HomePlug will pave the way for
hybrid connectivity for utility networks."
"HomePlug's Netricity™ certification program promotes the aoption of
the new IEEE 1901.2 powerline communications standard, and is targeted
for outside-the-home, smart grid networks. HomePlug is excited to
collaborate with Wi-SUN to help the industry create a more complete
connectivity solution for utility customers," said Rob Ranck, HomePlug
About the Wi-SUN®
The Wi-SUN® Alliance works to enable standards-based wireless
Smart Utility Networks. These cost-effective, low-power products based
on the IEEE 802.15.4g standard are the basis for making the world's
power grids smart. The Wi-SUN Alliance offers certifications for a wide
range of consumer, enterprise and operator-specific products, helping
manufacturers engineer truly interoperable products and future-proofing
purchase decisions. Membership is open to all corporations. Additional
information may be found at www.wi-sun.org.
About the HomePlug®
The HomePlug® Alliance is the leading industry group for
powerline communications networking. Member companies work together to
develop technology specifications, certification programs and marketing
programs that promote technology adoption. With over 120 million devices
in the market, HomePlug products are used worldwide by consumers and
service providers to improve networking performance while expanding
coverage and wireless mobility. Additional information can be found at www.homeplug.org.
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