Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wi-Fi and HomePlug Powerline groups join forces | CNET News

"The Wi-Fi Alliance and HomePlug Powerline Alliance have joined forces to promote the adoption of powerline and Wi-Fi networking technologies in smart-grid applications, which could mean more streamlined connectivity for consumers.

The Wi-Fi Alliance tests and certifies Wi-Fi products, including Wi-Fi Direct, to ensure their interoperability, and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance does the same thing for powerline devices.

The agreement, announced today, enables cooperative efforts for the joint technical review of Wi-Fi Alliance's and HomePlug's specifications and standards that facilitate interoperability of smart-grid applications. Both parties will also promote the adoption of wireless and powerline technologies.

The collaboration is a rather natural next step, as both groups have been participating members in the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a forum for the ongoing development for the smart grid. The Smart Energy 2 Applications Profile (SEP 2.0) was selected last year by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Institute of Standards and Technology as an initial interoperable standard for smart energy management with home area network devices.

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are now collaborating to enable SEP 2.0 applications to operate across a diverse mix of wireless and wired networks. The liaison between the two groups is effective immediately."

Source: CNET News

Watteco Develops Ultra-Low-Power IP Smart Grid Communications Solutions

Embedded Multi-Chip Solution Initially Targeted at SmartPlug Applications for HOMES Collaborative Innovation Program in France

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Watteco (, a French System-on-Chip (SoC) manufacturer of “no new wire” Power Line Communication (PLC) modems for energy efficiency and intelligent home control applications, today announced it is collaborating with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) on an ultra-low-power, intelligent communications solution that will enable the next generation of connected appliances. Designed for Smart Grid applications, the system combines Watteco’s WPC™ PLC technology with TI’s MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) for low-power energy-management applications. For more information on TI’s ultra-low-power MSP430 MCUs, please visit
The first prototype for the jointly developed multi-chip module will be a SmartPlug reference design created specifically for the HOMES collaborative innovation program led by Schneider Electric and launched by 13 industrial and research partners in 2008.
“The SmartPlug is a Plug & Control solution that will enable the creation of a Home Area Network (HAN) over the residential electrical wire simply by connecting devices over a home’s electrical wiring,” explained Didier Pellegrin, HOMES program manager. “Based on the 6LoWPAN protocol network, this solution offers an easy way to develop a smart communication platform that enables interoperability between a combination of wireless and PLC devices in a home environment.”

Read More: BusinessWire

Friday, November 5, 2010

Internet Society’s Rough Guide to IETF 79’s Hot Topics

IETF 79 in Beijing is rapidly approaching (7-12 November). Newcomers’ training and technical tutorials take place on Sunday (7 November), with the working group, BoF, and plenary sessions happening during the week.

Once again, the Internet Society is pleased to bring you our regular rough guide to the sessions most relevant to our current work.
We have turned our attention to the following broad categories:
- Common and Open Internet
- Global Addressing
- Security and Stability
- Trust and Identity

Read More: ISOC Newsletter

Contiki 2.5 Release Candidate 1 Avaliable - Adam Dunkels SICS

"Contiki 2.5 release candidate 1 it out! Contiki 2.5 brings many improvements over previous releases, such as an implementation of the IETF RPL protocol, an experimental implementation of the IETF CoRE CoAP protocol, the new ContikiMAC radio duty cycling protocol, a complete rework of the Contiki collect address-free data collection protocol, as well as a number of new platforms. The purpose of the release candidate is for people to download and test, to help us find any remaining show-stopper bugs.
Download the code here and read on for details.

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