Home Gateway Initiative sets requirements to deliver energy management, automation services

The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) has released a new document that will provide a foundation for service providers to deliver new energy management and automation services over the home gateway.

With HGI-RD008-3, "Requirements for Software Modularity on the Home Gateway," HGI believes service providers will have a managed framework from which they can support software applications on the home gateway.

Duncan Bees, chief technical and business officer for HGI, said that the group has put plans in place to extend the scope of software modularity testing at a 2011 test event in the UK later this year.

What's driving service providers to consider offering home automation services is it's another element they can add to their traditional voice, video and data bundle offerings.  

While home automation services are still far from a mainstream reality, a growing number of service providers, including Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), in particular, have been conducting home automation and control service trials and rollouts in select markets this year.   

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