20 million home area networks by 2013

There could be 20 million home area network (HAN) enabled households worldwide by the end of 2013 – according to recent research conducted by On World.

The authors claim that the sector has attracted hundreds of startups including large companies such as Cisco, GE and Google.

Smart grid standards and wireless sensor network technologies promise a revolution for consumers and energy providers. Integrated with broadband and wireless sensor network technologies such as ZigBee, these systems provide more cost-effective in-home energy management systems.

 “While smart metering and the Home Area Network are complementary, they are distinct markets that are developing independently of each another,” said Mareca Hatler ON World’s research director.

“Until recently, consumer oriented energy management was non-existent, but with the latest energy directives and a growing green movement, this is rapidly changing. Information technology giants and telecommunication service providers are positioning themselves within standards groups and alliances to seize this opportunity.”

Smart meters are a key component of the 'Energy Smart' home as smart meter vendors control popular standards and technologies such as the OpenHAN specification and ZigBee Smart Energy profile.

The ZigBee Smart Energy profile is being adopted by the IEC, IETF, HomePlug Powerline Alliance, European Smart Metering Industry Group, and was recently selected as one of the standards to be included in the US Smart Grid Interoperability Framework. 

The report indicated that there were currently 178 smart meter projects worldwide found that there will be hundreds of HAN programmes starting up within the next five years, up from a few dozen in 2008.

Based on 150 interviews with utility project managers, vendors, and suppliers, ON World’s report, 'Energy Smart Home Area Networks ' covers the residential Home Area Network (HAN) market.


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