HomePlug and Wi-SUN Collaborate to Improve Smart Grid Interoperability

  • HomePlug Alliance
  • Wi-SUN Alliance
PORTLAND, OR and TOKYO – The Wi-SUN Alliance, which works to enable standards-based wireless smart utility networks, and the HomePlug Alliance, which develops technology specifications, certification programs for powerline communications networking, 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 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 adoption 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 Alliance president.

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