PARIS – The Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2 Interoperability, formed by HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance, announced it has completed its formal incorporation and achieved its first interoperability Plugfest.
The Smart Energy Profile 2 is the forthcoming standard for applications that enable home energy management via wired and wireless devices that support Internet Protocol.
The consortium was created in Oct. 2011 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 services. The Consortium 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.
The Smart Energy 2.0 working group said it anticipates to complete the SEP 2 Application Specification in the fourth quarter of 2012.
In a commentary, Consortium chairman Edgar Figueroa, declared: “The CSEP incorporation further solidifies the industry’s commitment to collaboration and delivery of interoperable SEP 2 solutions. CSEP incorporation is an important step toward establishing the Consortium as the recognized creator of the SEP 2 test plans and tools required to ensure interoperability across multiple communications technologies."
The Consortium said it has completed its first interoperability Plugfest that tested the interoperability of products built using either HomePlug, Wi-Fi or ZigBee communications. Additional Plugfests are expected to be conducted over the next months.
The Consortium was incorporated as a mutual benefit non-profit corporation under California law.------------------------
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