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HGI and Broadband Forum to discuss Device Template for Smart Home Interoperability

Common template to ease interworking among devices and applications

12 March 2014 Two world leading organisations, HGI and Broadband Forum (BBF), will discuss, during a Smart Home Task Force meeting of HGI, recommendations for a universal template which will facilitate interworking between home devices and smart home applications.

The universal template is a component of a logical abstraction layer that is used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers. The aim of the abstraction layer is to allow smart home applications authored by different companies to easily connect to devices using one of several smart home interface technologies. The applications don't need to know which interface technology is used, but only the device capabilities that are described in the template.

The adoption of a standardized description format for devices reflects important business goals of both service providers and smart home vendors. Currently it is difficult for applications to easily support devices on more than a single smart home interface. By defining abstraction logic, HGI and BBF aim to make problem solving in this space easier, create opportunities for service and technology partnerships, and increase the interoperability between systems built by their member companies and other adopters.

HGI and BBF teamed up last December to combine both parties' expertise and resolve key problems in the M2M industry. In addition to the abstraction layer and universal template, the groups are clarifying the performance and co-existence requirements for wireless home area networks (WHAN). This project sets out detailed requirements that support smart home services and will assist service providers to evaluate and select available WHAN solutions. Already, major WHAN technology organisations have been closely consulted.

As both the templates project and the WHAN project continue, HGI and BBF will reach out to the industry stakeholders to ensure that practical results are attained.

"Both of these projects are very important in machine-to-machine systems for consumer applications and discussing the concrete details for a universal template for interworking between devices and applications is a significant step forward for the Smart Home Task Force," said Duncan Bees, Chief Business and Technology Officer of HGI. "We look forward to hearing the feedback of both HGI and BBF members and updating them on our other work within the Smart Home ecosystem."

The Broadband Forum and HGI have had a longstanding liaison agreement through which the two organisations have worked together on projects including energy efficiency of telecommunications networks, quality of service, and management requirements for Home Gateways.

Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, added: "HGI's work complements the Broadband Forum's work in the management and control of devices in home networks so it made good sense to work together on this project. Having a universal template will be a big step in realising the Smart Home of the future."

This Smart Home Task Force meeting follows right after the BBF meeting in the same location the previous week. HGI and BBF made this arrangement for the practical benefit of their members and observers at the two meetings.

HGI's quarterly meeting will take place at The Westin Dragonara Resort, in Malta, between Monday, March 17 and Friday, March 21. To register to attend as an observer, or for more information about HGI, visit http://www.homegatewayinitiative.org/index.asp.

For more information about the Broadband Forum visit www.broadband-forum.org.

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About the HGI http://www.homegatewayinitiative.org/
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 over 60 members from across the globe, representing the entire spectrum of players in the broadband home area.

About the Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization, is focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks. Its work defines best practices for global network design, enables service and content delivery, establishes technology migration strategies, engineers critical device and service management tools, and is key to redefining broadband. Its free technical reports and white papers can be found at www.broadband-forum.org.

For all media enquiries, please contact Martyn Gettings (martyn.gettings@proactive-pr.com) or call +44 1636 812152.

Source: RealWire

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