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The Wired Home Network really gets "wired." TI joins HomeGrid Forum board of directors to bring standardized next-generation networking to the smart grid and beyond

April 27, 2010 2:04 PM in G.hnem  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Since starting this blog, it's focus has been on the literal translation of the wired home network.  You know, the wires that act as the digital plumbing for millions of homes around the world.

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 photo of utility plant in New Jersey by Alan Weinkrantz

While I have touched on opportunities for connecting the wired home to the wired electronic grid, it's now come time in the evolution of the this site to begin covering more about  this subject. 

Part of this editorial direction has to do with yesterday's announcement that Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) has joined the HomeGrid Forumboard of directors to contribute to this worldwide standardization effort through the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU-T) G.hn organization. 

The idea is that through implementing a  worldwide standard, developers will be able to bring the intelligence and reliability of networking over power lines to a broad range of energy management applications that will advance the smart grid, including Automatic Meter Infrastructure (AMI), home networking, building automation, electric vehicle communications and distributed renewable energy sources. In doing so, consumers will be able to more closely monitor and control devices to save money and energy.  You can learn more here, by going to www.ti.com/smartmetering-hgf.

I'm looking at the home, the car our evolving mobile world and connecting the dots to the the smart grid.

G.hnem - A Smarter Grid.  Wired to the Home.

Related to this shift, ITU-T recently commissioned G.hnem, a new project within G.hn, intended to address the home networking, electric vehicle communications and grid access aspects of energy management. G.hnem will look to learn from existing Low Frequency Narrowband OFDM (LF NB OFDM) technologies. This growing worldwide collaboration will ensure that field experience is used to optimize the specification for the global smart grid community.

Keep your radar on Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager for TI's metering business.   He sees the confluence of AMI, home networking and electric vehicle communications and how they are critical smart grid applications, and low frequency narrowband PLC is essential to not only enabling the technologies, but also to realizing their full benefits. 


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