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.
EETimes: What will the Wi-Fi Alliance bring to the CSEP in terms of specific competencies/experience/achievements?
Edgar Figueroa (shown): Because of the already huge base of Wi-Fi networks within homes and business, the incorporation of Wi-Fi into smart energy products will help to accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies by consumers and enterprises. The Wi-Fi Alliance certification, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, is the gold standard when it comes to delivering interoperability. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED programs have been ensuring that Wi-Fi devices work together worldwide for over ten years, with more than 15,000 product certifications - this experience is now being brought to CSEP and the whole smart energy market. Our experience with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED is terrific expertise that contributes to CSEP. In particular, the Wi-Fi Alliance's work within CSEP will ensure that Wi-Fi SEP2 products properly interoperate with each other and with other SEP2 devices.
EETimes: What are the immediate challenges that the CSEP will have to overcome?
Edgar Figueroa: CSEP's immediate goal is to ensure that all SEP2 devices interoperate, no matter whether the underlying communication technology is Wi-Fi or another IP communications technology. This is being addressed through the development of a common set of CSEP test materials that will be used by the participating CSEP alliances in their interoperability certifications. The Wi-Fi Alliance is planning to incorporate CSEP test materials into the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED program.
EETimes: What are your short term and long-term expectations for the CSEP?
Edgar Figueroa: In the near term, we expect CSEP to focus on enabling the launch of SEP2 certifications across a range of IP communications technologies. It is anticipated that this will result in a rapidly growing smart energy market, opening future opportunities for new types of products and enhanced services.
Longer term, we can anticipate that CSEP will continue to work on ensuring interoperability and evolving to adapt any new IP communications support needed as these new products and services are introduced, and as technologies and smart energy protocols evolve.