SAN JOSE, Calif. Zigbee and Wi-Fi backers will collaborate to bring the Smart Energy 2.0 protocol to Wi-Fi networks. The protocol, developed by Zigbee and powerline proponents, is seen by utilities including Pacific Gas and Electric as a key underpinning for linking smart energy devices in the home.
The work represents the first phase of a broad collaboration between the Zigbee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance enabling smart grid applications on wireless home networks.
Smart Energy 2.0 was selected last year by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology as an initial interoperable standard for smart grid devices in the home. The protocol can be used to link utility meters, thermostats and appliances to home entertainment devices, computers and electric cars.
"The collaboration will help bring about the vision of a truly interconnected smart home," said Wi-Fi Alliance chief executive officer Edgar Figueroa. "As a result of this agreement, representatives from each organization will be able to provide input on one another's smart grid activities to speed any proposed solutions," he said in a press statement.