Home network

G.hn Becomes Reality

The wired home networking industry has taken a step forward after four G.hn chipset manufacturers met in Geneva for the world’s first open G.hn Interoperability Plugfest.  Put on by the HomeGrid Forum and the Broadband Forum, the event was hosted at the International Telecommunication Union-Telecommunication (ITU-T) global headquarters and organized by University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

ZigBee Alliance Opens New Offices in China

The ZigBee Alliance, which describes itself as an ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, has opened two new offices in China. The goal is to increase ZigBee’s adoption and address ZigBee standards to meet China’s specific needs for its expanding infrastructure and rapidly growing markets.

Metrum Announces Smart Meter Products

Metrum’s ZigBee certified smart meter products are finally hitting the market this month. Via their November 2010 agreement, Metrum Technologies is using Murata Wireless Solutions to enable their Advanced Meter Infrastructure and Home Area Network products.

Siemens Energy Collaborates with Tendril

Siemens Energy is partnering with Tendril to market the Tendril Connect platform to utilities. Siemens will deliver the Tendril solutions to energy marketers and distribution network operators with its project management solution PM@Siemens. Initially the alliance will target the United States and Canadian markets and then expand internationally.

HomePlug Powerline Alliance Gets Support from German Automakers

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has announced that Germany’s major car manufacturers—Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen—support HomePlug Technology. After numerous case studies and tests, the five German car manufacturers, working together as the Coordination Office Charging Interface, chose to support HomePlug’s IEEE 1901 Profile Green PHY (GP) as the technology for the charging interface of electric vehicles. In addition, HomePlug has invited these auto manufacturers to help develop the HomePlug Green PHY certification program.

Ember Introduces IP Stack Roadmap for Smart Grid

Ember has unveiled plans to release its Internet Protocol (IP)-based low-power wireless networking stack for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Elster Provides AMI Solution for Brazilian Utility Light

Light S.A., which provides electricity to the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has selected Elster’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution to help increase energy efficiency, conserve resources, empower consumers, and enhance distribution to customers currently without electric service.

New Survey Finds Utilities Bullish on Home Energy Management

According to a new survey conducted by ON World with 110 phone interviews with utility project managers, seven out of 10 utilities are planning in-home energy management products that integrate with their customers’ Home Area Networks (HANs).

Smart Appliances to Become More Relevant

According to a new study by Pike research, the smart appliance market, which includes smart grid-connected refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, and other appliances, will experience greater growth beginning in the 2013 timeframe, and by 2019 the cleantech market intelligence firm anticipates that smart appliances will represent a $26.1 billion annual market.

Marvell Buys DS2

Chip maker Marvell has acquired the intellectual property and assets of Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. (DS2) which supplies high speed semiconductor solutions for powerline communications.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An increasing number of homes today are using multiple networks – including simultaneous wired and wireless networks – to support a variety of services. This trend is driving the need for greater bandwidth in the home. Powerline technology converts existing electrical power wiring into a smart, high-speed network, enabling consumers to create an economical “connected home” that can stream virtually any personal or subscription-based digital content to and from any room at high speeds.