Apple has now finalized and published specifications for HomeKit through its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program. The finalized specifications, which allow accessory makers to start building products that integrate iOS 8’s new framework for home automation devices, come ahead of Apple’s yearly MFi summit in November where it plans to brief manufacturing partners on HomeKit and other new iOS 8 features for accessories.
There have already been a couple products announced with HomeKit integration, most of which are all from larger accessory makers and Apple’s early launch partners. The finalized spec for HomeKit, which was previously in beta mode, has only been available to all manufacturers through the MFi program since last week. Apple requires that companies building HomeKit-enabled hardware be part of the MFi licensing program and follow the guidelines in the newly published specs.
via Apple opens the door for HomeKit accessory makers w/ finalized MFi specs | 9to5Mac.
The Wi-SUN Alliance and the HomePlug Alliance recently announced a liaison agreement to facilitate collaboration toward the goal of enabling hybrid smart grid networks supporting both wireless (RF) and powerline-wired connectivity (PLC). The relationship will enable member companies of both alliances to share requirements and specifications for Media Access Control (MAC) and transport layer profiles to facilitate interoperability of Internet Protocol (IP)-based smart grid applications.
via HomePlug Alliance and Wi-SUN Alliance Collaborate to Improve Smart Grid Communications Interoperability.
The Wi-SUN Alliance has completed verification of its physical layer conformance and interoperability test specifications for wireless smart utility network devices using IEEE802.15.4g.
The alliance says this the final step in developing a certification process by which products may qualify to use the Wi-SUN PHY logo, assuring interoperable deployment for utility networks.
via Renew Grid: Content / New & Noteworthy / Wi-SUN Completes Test Specs For Wireless Smart Utility Network Products.
Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is a family of specifications and standards driving progress in automated demand response. It provides an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate demand response signals with each other and with their customers using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network, such as the Internet. As the most comprehensive standard for automated demand response, OpenADR has achieved widespread support throughout the industry.
via Power Industry Is Embracing Automated Demand Response Standard – IEEE Smart Grid.
Epic EV’s Torq roadster is the world’s fastest three-wheeled electric vehicle and it will soon be launched in Southern California on April 6 at an unveiling party at Epic EV’s R&D facility in Vista, California.
Though briefly presented during SEMA 2012’s Dub Show Tour, the Torq will be officially unveiled on April 6 when the “first example of the car [will be] delivered to a customer” and the full specifications and accessory pricing details will be released, according to Autoblog.
via World’s Fastest Three-Wheeled Electric Vehicle, Torq, to Launch in SoCal | Haute Living.
Telit Wireless (News – Alert) Solutions, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services, has just achieved Zigbee PRO and Smart Energy software certification for its software stack.
The certification indicates Telit stack is fully compliant to specifications from the ZigBee Alliance, one of the industry’s leading standards bodies for wireless short range devices. ZigBee Alliance members span a broad spectrum of vertical segments.
via Telit Attains Zigbee PRO and Smart Energy Certification.
A brief press release that received little attention may have important long-term implications for home energy management and demand response. An interoperability consortium for an important standard announced its formal incorporation along with several milestones.
Smart Energy Profile 2.0 defines standards to connect devices in the home with the grid. The Consortium for Smart Energy Profile Interoperability is a group of competing home automation specifications that is working together to ensure that their various products will all plug and play with SEP 2.
via Smart Grid: This week’s most important announcement? SEP 2 interoperability moves forward.
The UK’s SSWG ( Smart Specification Working Group) has demonstrated the capability of smart metering devices from leading manufacturers using the groups set of open specifications to work together in a HAN ( Home Area Network.
The specifications are based on the ZigBee platform, supporting communication and networking between core HAN components. These include communications hubs, smart meters, head end systems and in-home devices.
via Home Area Network Interoperability Demonstrated in UK | Smart Energy Journal.
Global home networking standards group, UPnP Forum, has published a new whitepaper detailing how its IP-based standards play a vital role in implementing next generation Smart Grid and Smart Energy networks.
The document, titled “UPnP Technologies for the Smart Grid-Enabled Home”, gives an in-depth account of UPnP device architecture and specifications, explains how these function, and describes the benefits they bring to vendors whose products embody UPnP specifications.
via UPnP and the Smart Grid Opportunity | SYS-CON MEDIA.