By Yuqing Niu, Marketing Work Group Chair – Asia & CEO at Xingtera
Last week I joined the panel discussion ‘identifying key technology drivers for wider adoption of connected solutions’ at Smart Summit Asia on behalf of HomeGrid Forum. The two-day Summit, which was held in Singapore, saw industry leaders from around the world come together to discuss the impact of IoT on homes, cities, and industries.
The panel addressed key industry questions such as; how to achieve better communication between products and devices, how to ensure device interoperability, what power challenges there might be in the future and how to overcome them and the benefits of different standards.
This was a great event for HomeGrid Forum to be a part of as we discussed the key challenges facing our industry, possible solutions including G.hn as the backbone to smart home networking, and the need for vendor interoperability and industry-wide certification to ensure high standards are met to protect consumers and vendors alike.
Last month, our President, Donna Yasay, represented the HomeGrid Forum at IoT Tech Expo North America, which was held in Santa Clara in October. Yasay spoke on the ‘interoperability as the key to success’ panel.
Earlier this month, Livia Rosu and Abdul Khan represented the HomeGrid Forum at Broadband World Forum in London where they joined some of the leading vendors in network technologies, virtualization and connected services.
I recently wrote a guest blog for Embedded Computing discussing the benefits of industry certification programs for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This is important when considering the fact that many legacy powerline technologies lack compatibility and offer almost no interoperability.
I recently spent “5 minutes” speaking with Embedded Computing Brand Director, Rich Nass, to discuss the proliferation of industry standards bodies promoting differing technologies and why HomeGrid Forum, with our primary function to push for G.hn, is any different.
It’s no secret that the growing demand for Over-The-Top (OTT) services, such as Netflix and YouTube, combined with increased congestion in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum, is driving the need for robust in-home networks that combine wired and wireless technologies for improved performance. With the increase of 4K video and 8K in markets such as Japan, OTT services are adding to the in-home bandwidth congestion as more users are choosing to opt out of traditional TV altogether and go “all IP”.
At CES Asia earlier this month, HomeGrid Forum showcased G.hn as the most versatile in-home technology, through demos of a wide range of applications over every wired medium in the home. By Donna Yasay, President, HomeGrid Forum
Earlier this month we exhibited at CES Asia for the first time in HomeGrid Forum’s history. The show was a great success and we were really impressed by the amount of traffic the show received on all three days – even the last day was full of delegates and felt very productive.