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Happy G.hn Year

January 02, 2012 10:01 PM  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

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From being an idea, to having the ITU collaborate, to getting to an industry standard and now, with real G.hn product shipping in the new year, it's going to be a good new year indeed.

Hope to see and connect with all of you at CES 2012.  

Reach out to me - alan at weinkrantz dot com this week if you want to schedule time to meet in your booth / meeting room.

World First G.hn Interoperability Demonstration to be shown at CES #Ghn

December 29, 2011 6:12 PM in CES 2012  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

The world’s first live public demonstration of G.hn interoperability will take place on the HomeGrid Forum booth at CES in Las Vegas in January 2012. 

G.hn allows network devices to transmit data over any home wiring including power lines, coaxial cables and phone lines. It is an open standard, developed by the ITU-T and based on the technical requirements set by service providers.

This new G.hn home networking specification (ITU G.9960, G.9961) is fast becoming the technology to watch for wired home networking applications. Plugfests are under way and CES will be the first opportunity to see a full demonstration of the technology as first products approach certification.  

WHO:     The HomeGrid Forum - a global, non-profit trade group promoting the ITU’s G.hn and G.hnem standardization efforts for next-generation home networking and SmartGrid Applications. HomeGrid Forum promotes adoption of G.hn and G.hnem through technical and marketing efforts, addresses certification and interoperability of G.hn and G.hnem-compliant products, and cooperates with complementary industry alliances

WHERE:     Booth No 21918 (South Hall)

2012 International CES, Las Vegas

WHEN:       January 10-13, 2012

HomeGrid Forum members will be happy to meet you during CES. As time is limited please arrange your interview slot well in advance. There will also be opportunities for telephone briefings after the event.

CONTACT:     For more information or to arrange a briefing with the HomeGrid Forum , please contact Sheila Lashford on +44 7986 514240 or Rebecca Armstrong on +44 1636 812152 or email pr@homegridforum.org


Will G.hn Make TV More Social?

December 18, 2011 6:12 PM in Social Television  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

I'm not here to predict the future, but it seems like G.hn connected TVs could help accelerate the growing movement of making TV, well... more social.

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As we approach C.E.S., keep an eye out for G.hn - related announcement, and the growing moving to TV becoming more and more social.  

Look for smart phone based apps like Dijit,that are enabling us to share our TV experiences and connect with others as they are watching and joining in on other screens in addition to the big one you may be watching.

Your Home is Already "Lit" For G.hn

December 07, 2011 8:12 PM  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Your home is already "lit" for G.hn.

Be it phone, powerline or coax, the existing wired infrastructure in the home means no new wiring, and an entirely new range of options for millions of consumers around the world to use the G.hn-enabled products coming to market in 2012.

As we wind down 2011, get ready to wind up to 2012 in a new world of media processor driven, bandwidth hungry applications that will spark new life in home control and demand management market opportunities. 

Guest Post from AT&T's Vernon Reed - "3 Cheers Are in Order for G.hn"

December 01, 2011 4:12 PM in AT&T , Vernon Reed  | 1 comments  | 0 TrackBack

By Vernon Reed

I am fortunate to be one of the “early adopter” test homes for emerging G.hn products, and I’m thrilled to report that I have been up and running a full G.hn-enabled home network using only powerline connectivity for all my video in my AT&T Uverse for 2 weeks now….. and running flawlessly I might add.

I have long been involved with AT&T’s analysis of home network technologies, and have evaluated all revs of HomePlug and HomePlugAV over the last 5-6 years.  And using these technologies I have  observed in every case that certain device locations where HPAV either could not sustain network connectivity, or the bandwidth capacity it could muster up was inadequate to deliver video in the home.  (i.e., no link, or less than 3 Mbps of thruput).

This was certainly not the case with G.hn.  At device locations where HomePlugAV delivered only 1-2 Mbps,  G.hn delivers a thruput capacity well in excess of 100 Mbps.  And that is EXACTLY what we are looking for in a“Plug and Play” network solution. 

Bottom line:  3 cheers are in order.  


Vernon Reed is Lead Member of Technical Staff  |  AT&T Labs, Inc | Austin, Texas



So, If AppleTV Comes in 2012, How Does G.hn Fit In?

November 30, 2011 10:11 PM in AppleTV  | 1 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Every so often, rumors fly about a pending and soon-to-be-announced AppleTV.   


Here is the latest story from BusinessInsider's Henry Blodget who says that Apple Analyst Gene Munster sees the company launching a real TV in 2012.

Technology aside, the article points to the fact that Munster sees Apple bringing out a variety of sizes to accomodate different use cases and price points.  

If Munster is correct, then G.hn-enabled devices will be a key driver in making an Apple TV not only the next big thing to have in your home, but one that is flexible and can plug in, "be lit" and connected to your set top box, residential gateway or any other devices to come in the future which will connect your new TV to a totally new experience.


CABA Offers Webinar to Discuss the Impact of the Smart Grid Implementation on the Connected Home Market

November 29, 2011 7:11 PM  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

As a reader of this site and because of your interest in G.hn, I want to encourage you to join CABA's upcoming Webinar highlighting a Frost and Sullivan report, "The Impact of Residential Smart Grid Implementation on the Connected Home Market" Landmark Research Study on Thursday, December 1, from 2 to 3 PM EST.

The connected home market is a fast evolving segment that is being influenced by a number of emerging industry trends. The recent developments in the implementation of end-to-end Smart Grid at the utility level, as well as the changes witnessed in the area of managed home devices and systems, are expected to further impact the dynamics of this market segment. The connected home suppliers catering to this fast evolving market are facing the challenges of keeping abreast with technology development in meeting new grid infrastructure requirements as well as innovating solutions that are compatible with changing standards and communication topologies.

In addition, there are uncertainties with regard to which technologies will remain current and adaptable to emerging changes in digital home requirements, energy dynamics as well as Smart Grid infrastructure deployment. For industry participants, it is critical to be well informed of the distinct challenges, the market gaps, the influence of key channels and the evolving market environment to execute a successful market strategy.

CABA's Smart Grid Working Group, under the Connected Home Council, is currently examining the deployment of residential Smart Grid, and the implications this will have on market prospects for connected home solutions. Committee members have developed a set of objectives and research areas that require validation. These include an understanding of the changing business models, technology commercialization prospects in the event of Smart Grid deployment, changes to communication standards, and time to market, amongst others.

Against this background, the purpose of this collaborative Landmark Research study is to greatly improve the understanding of residential Smart Grid development and deployment in terms of: identifying market demand and growth areas for new products; comparing competing product strategies and communication of competitors; determining product preferences for end users; developing messaging that resonates with the target audience; defining critical success factors to expand product offerings to end user markets; and establishing a market approach and foundation for strategic decision-making efforts.

To this end, the research will create the foundation for potential next steps:

By uncovering market opportunity in the development and deployment of residential Smart Grid, the study will be designed to:

The Landmark Research proposal, developed and presented by Frost & Sullivanat the CABA Digital Home Forum at CBS Vision in Las Vegas, has garnered the support of the CHC and the Smart Grid Working Group, with a number of member organizations already having committed to the study. 

How To Join the Webinar:

1. Click on the Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/psemw52rt4ed to register for the Webinar (you can add it to your Outlook Calendar as well)

2. You will receive an email confirmation for the Webinar registration with the Dial-In and Web Login Information for the Webinar on December 1st. Please keep this email so you may join the meeting. 

For more information about the webinar, please contact John Hall, CABA Research Director, at 613.686.1814 x227hall@caba.org or George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, at 613.686.1814 x226,grimes@caba.org.

How To Find Marvell Technology Information on G.hn

November 24, 2011 8:11 PM in Marvell Semiconductor  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

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If you are digging around looking for smarts on G.hn, be sure to check out the resources being offered by Marvell here.

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There is a helpful document on Marvell®’s 1Gbps ITU G.hn standard compliant transceiver chipset supports home networking over powerline, phoneline/twisted-pair or coax cables here.

G.hn + CES 2012 - Please Send Me Your Advance News

November 16, 2011 11:11 PM  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

I am returning to CES 2012 and look forward to connecting with members of the G.hn ecosystem who will be there. 


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If you have product and technology announcements, I honor embargo'd content.  I can meet you at your booth or at the HomeGrid G.hn TechZone.

Please reach out to me:  alan at weinkrantz dot com by December 15.

Thanks and see you then!


New Report Smart Grid: Intra - Premises Communications Utilizing Existing Media Includes G.hn

November 07, 2011 8:11 PM in G.hn Market Research  | 1 comments  | 0 TrackBack

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Market research companies such as Research and Markets are continuing to embrace the G.hn standard as being part of the future, where new requirements for in-premises networking (in connection with Smart Grid projects and the rapid demand for efficient distribution of bandwidth-hungry signals) force the industry to revaluate applicability of communications technologies with emphasis on utilization existing intra-house media.

They've just announced their latest report highlights pure economical drivers make the industry to develop technologies that utilize the existing in-premises media, including coax, phone, and electrical cabling creating home networking.

In 2012, G.hn is the new big thing.  


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