Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance
EETimes: What will the ZigBee Alliance bring to the CSEP in terms of specific competencies/experience/achievements?
The ZigBee Alliance is the only organization with a highly secure, existing and widely deployed global standard addressing the AMI and Smart Energy management space in the market today. Our test and certification experience for Smart Energy products is extensive after years of work ensuring our products are interoperable. The ZigBee Alliance is also leading the SEP2 standards development process, so our work is of considerable value to CSEP as it undertakes its activities.
EETimes: What are the immediate challenges that the CSEP will have to overcome?
The most challenging aspect is delivering a timely test and certification plan, but this challenge will be met and the ZigBee Alliance will share its valuable experience in testing and certifying these products.
EETimes: What are your short term and long-term expectations for the CSEP?
: CSEP exists as an organization with one focus: to provide a technology agnostic test and certification capability. All ZigBee needs is a usable test plan and a defined SEP2 certification process to include as part of the ZigBee Certified program testing Smart Energy products.
The ZigBee Alliance is more than able to produce such a plan on its own, and we will be strongly supporting the need to demonstrate any test process is truly technology agnostic.
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