Addressing some of the industrys top-level executives during a session today, entitled Prospects of optimizing households energy efficiency through broadband, at this years Broadband World Forum in Paris, Mr. Bees discussed approaches that can be taken by Broadband Service Providers (BSPs), in conjunction with energy providers, to help bring consumers awareness and control over energy used in the home. Those efforts are the focus of HGIs Phase 3 work in Energy Efficiency.
The announcement comes just weeks after the Phase 1 work, HGI-RD009-R3: Requirements for an energy efficient home gateway document, was published by HGI, which outlines the best practices available to minimise the power consumed by home gateways themselves.
Duncan commented: Optimisation of the power consumed by the home gateway, an always-on device, is a cornerstone for further improvements in broadband energy efficiency. RD009 sets out best practices and requirements for each component of the Home Gateway (HG) and describes ways to transition modules to low-power states when not in use. Further, the HGI test event in November will test the actual energy efficiency of Home Gateways.
HGIs Phase 2 work extends progress beyond the HG to identify a framework for optimisation of power consumed in the home network, and among the devices connected to the home network. This is an ambitious project requiring collaboration among a number of industry partners and manufacturers. Considering the work in Phases 1, 2 and 3 together, HGI and its members are making a substantial contribution to energy efficiency in the home.
Mr Bees address comes less than a month before the organisation holds its second annual test event to assess functionalities in both HG products and reference designs. The scope for this unique event, running from November 24 to December 3, will cover HG data handling performance, quality of service, and multi-session support. New for this year, the HG testing will also include software modularity and IPv6, as well as more complete wireless LAN, energy efficiency, and broadband connectivity tests.