As new HomeGrid Forum President, I’d like to take this opportunity to say how excited I am to take on this position, tell you a little about myself, and provide a few thoughts about where I want to take HomeGrid Forum over the next year.
The HomeGrid Forum umbrella covers both G.hn and HomePNA technologies and both are ITU-T approved recommendations. When the HomePNA Alliance and HomeGrid Forum merged, HomeGrid adopted the certification methodology and tests that had already been defined and executed by HomePNA Alliance. This blog seeks to provide some insights into the process for readers who are not familiar with the HomePNA certification process.
In our press release on the selection of Allion, we noted that: "With the addition of Allion as an ATH in Taiwan, we have strategically located a test house near active G.hn silicon and system vendor members to facilitate testing and certification."
As Chair of HomeGrid Forum I want to give John Egan a huge thanks for the amazing job he has done as President of the organization over the past two years. Under his leadership, HomeGrid Forum launched its G.hn silicon and system certification programs, and made key strides towards establishing G.hn as the home networking technology of choice among service providers around the globe. He did all this while ensuring the continued success of HomePNA.
When I was back in New York, a young brash kid looking to change the world, I was responsible for some huge telephone systems installations. I was the person that met the customer once a sale was made, designed the layout, approach, and gear needed. I then calculated the number of technicians needed, customer service representatives (CSRs) that walked around determining what went on each phone and where they would be, ordered the gear, and decided what feeder cables to run and where. Then I was to lead this small army of people to get the job installed right, cut over (in service) on time, and have no complaints from the customer.
This blog is about HomeGrid’s Compliance and Interoperability (C&I) documentation, which is the key tool for guiding how testing and related processes and communications happen between HomeGrid and any member organization.
As most of you should know, when you have children, regardless of their age, you find that you learn from them as much as they learn from you. My children, two sons, are now in their late twenties and always a treasure trove of differing points of view and insights to the world that I would not have if not for them.