Rob Ranck, HomePlug’s president
EETimes: What will the HomePlug Powerline Alliance bring to the CSEP in terms of specific competencies/experience/achievements?
Rob Ranck (shown):
HomePlug brings more than a dozen years of experience to CSEP in terms of testing powerline and wired products, and we have a well-established certification program. Additionally, many HomePlug products include both HomePlug and Wi-Fi functionality, so HomePlug has that experience with integration across multiple communications technologies.
EETimes: What are the immediate challenges that the CSEP will have to overcome?
Things are going very smoothly and are well underway, so I don’t have any challenges to be addressed.
EETimes: What are your short term and long-term expectations for the CSEP?
There really isn’t a big difference in HomePlug's expectations for the short- and long-term for CSEP. CSEP is developing the test tools that the alliance members (HomePlug, ZigBee, Wi-Fi) will use to certify smart energy products. So in the short term, CSEP will create a test suite to validate interoperability, and in the long term, CSEP will maintain and improve the test tools. The tool development process is well underway as evidenced by the ongoing PlugFests.