Today, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance announced that they’ve 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 for interoperability of smart grid applications.
Both organizations are participating members in the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a forum for industry stakeholders, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to participate in the ongoing coordination, harmonization of standards development for the smart grid.
The Smart Energy 2 Applications Profile (SEP 2.0) was selected last year by the U.S. Department of Energy and 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.