The announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is driven by the expected growth of the Smart Grid market, from $23.8bn today to $61.3bn by 2023.
“Consumers are going through a period of unparalleled change. It is no longer just about connected devices, but a whole new suite of applications and capabilities that will be delivered by the Smart Grids, IoT, Connected Cars, and VLC,” said Dr Len Dauphinee, President of HomeGrid Forum. “Low latency and high bandwidth connectivity have therefore never been more critical to enabling these applications to perform at their maximum capability. Smart Grids, IoT, Connected Cars, and VLC can reach their full connectivity potentials with a G.hn backbone which extends connectivity further than any other technology on the market.”
As the IoT space within the consumer sector becomes increasingly crowded, backbones over any existing wire inevitably become key. The VLC market is also growing at an unprecedented rate and is expected to exceed ten billion devices by 2023.
As a result the HomeGrid Forum is expanding its certification program to include these markets using G.hn as a single unified, multi-sourced networking technology over coax, copper pairs, powerline, and plastic optical fibre.