EETimes has asked three questions to the three top executives at the HomePlug Alliance, the WiFi Alliance and the ZigBee Alliance to grasp their views about smart energy interoperability.
Talking about smart energy raises the absolute need for some interoperability between all standards. HomePlug Alliance, WiFi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance have founded the Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2 Interoperability (CSEP2) to provide the smart grid ecosystem –including utilities, product
vendors and consumers- confidence in application and device
interoperability and to accelerate the availability of products and
On July 31, 2012, CSEP2 announced it had completed its formal incorporation and achieved its first interoperability Plugfest.
I could have exposed the consortium's general directions and objectives. Instead, I have decided to reach out to each alliance and discuss their individual vision and expectations from the consortium.
Three questions were asked to Edgar Figueroa, CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, Rob Ranck, HomePlug’s president, and to Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance.
As you read their answers, you will realize that they all speak on behalf of their respective alliance, not on behalf of CSEP.
We will start with Edgar Figueroa, chairman of the Consortium and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. But, before that, note that the consortium was created in Oct. 2011 and is developing common testing documents and processes for certifying SEP 2 interoperability. Products to be certified are expected to include thermostats, appliances, electric meters, gateways, electric vehicles and other devices in the smart grid.