Smart appliances that speak the same language, communicate effectively with energy managers, smart home systems and with each other within the home – in short, interoperability made simple for consumers. The CECED/EEBus/Energy@Home interoperability demonstration that was first unveiled at this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week was again in evidence on 27th November, at an event organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.
The demonstration showcased the possibility and potential for an increased convergence of the communication standards in the energy sector and home automation, and was an important step towards dissolving the traditional way of thinking in sectoral silos – connecting home appliances with smart meters, lighting, heat pumps, solar panels and electric vehicles.
Said Paolo Falcioni: “The increased availability of smart appliances in the European market place is an important development. Providing consumers with simple solutions to access the technology and thereby encourage their sustainable living is vital. This demonstration of interoperability between different appliances and industries, showed how well this could work. Therefore, we invite all relevant stakeholders to be or become involved in the further enlargement of this initiative, to other domains. And, taking this one step further, it would be equally important to promote the initiative on an international level. It could be a worldwide standard.”