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HomeGrid Forum, ZigBee Alliance to extend partnership

Posted: 16 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Zigbee smart energy? smart energy standard? Zigbee collaboration?

The HomeGrid Forum (HGF) and the ZigBee Alliance have agreed to extend their collaboration on the ZigBee Smart Energy standard development. This work will pave the way for consumers and utilities to use ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 wireless or wired networks to further advance Smart Grid programs and deliver new energy, financial and environmental savings.

Both organizations will collaborate on ensuring ZigBee Smart Energy version 2 and HomeGrid Forum's ITU-T G.hn and G.hnem standards can be employed in various smart grid usage models. When finalized, applications such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Demand Response (DR), Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) and any other smart grid application/service that needs a reliable Home Area Network (HAN) or distribution/access network will benefit.

"Working with HomeGrid will give energy service providers, utilities and consumers another wired choice when implementing either wired or wireless home area networks or utility links to smart meters," said Bob Heile, chairman of the Zigbee Alliance.

"HomeGrid Forum has teamed with ZigBee to help create a greater choice of networking technologies that could be used for smart grid applications in the home and for utility links to smart meters," commented Matt Theall, president of HGF.





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