HGI brings Home Energy Management application a step closer to widespread reality

Technology industry leaders review detailed Home Energy Management use cases presented by HGI that will lead to important specifications by the end of 2011

The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) - the world's leading member -led organisation devoted to translating broadband service providers' service plans into published technology requirements - has presented detailed use cases at a special event in Turin which will accelerate the global roll -out of Home Energy Management (HEM) services.

Documented use cases and in -home architecture coordinated from contributions by HGI's service provider members and in cooperation with key industry consortia and technology manufacturers have been reviewed and will lead to published specifications on HEM service support in the second half of 2011.

"For the first time, we have been able to share detailed use cases with technology providers and smart meter and white goods industry representatives. It was very successful and has been an invaluable first step in evaluating and proposing available solutions to an interconnected home gateway equipped with energy management functions, " said Duncan Bees, chief business and technical officer of HGI.

Mr Bees added: "The feedback on the architecture and technical requirements from other organisations working in the field are critical to making progress with an agreed technology specification. The results of the Turin workshop will be central in formulating a practical architecture to be used to implement HEM solutions."
Many industry consortia were represented formally or informally at the HGI workshop including Beywatch, Broadband Forum, CECED, DECT Forum, E -Cube, Energy@Home, ESMIG, ETSI M2M, ETSI TISPAN, UPnP Forum, Zigbee Alliance and Z -Wave.

The final specification will include the use cases, technical requirements for the home gateway (HG), and interface requirements among HG, smart meter, smart appliances, and other in -home devices. The next steps will be taken at the HGI meeting in Seville, Spain, from June 7 -10, 2011. Non -HGI members interested in observing should contact the HGI secretariat.

For more information about the HGI please visit www.homegatewayinitiative.org or email contact@homegatewayinitiative.org.

About the Home Gateway Initiative

The HGI, founded in 2004 by nine telecom operators, is shaping the next generation of internet and voice services. Starting from use -cases and service needs, the HGI sets requirements for Home Gateways, infrastructure devices, and the home network. The HGI now has members from across the globe, representing the entire spectrum of players in the broadband home area.

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