Homegrid Forum appoints Trac for G.hn testing

Trac has been appointed as the industry’s first test house for Homegrid certified products and will work directly with silicon providers and vendors of home networking devices to ensure they comply with the G.hn test standards.

The standards were developed by the Homegrid Forum for compliance and interoperability between G.hn devices. Companies whose products successfully complete the Trac testing process will be able to display Homegrid Forum’s certification logo.

The Homegrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting the ITU’s G.hn and G.hnem standardisation efforts for next-generation home networking and smart-grid applications.

The appointment of its first test house represents a major step forward for the forum as it continues to roll out its compliance and interoperability programme to help service providers and equipment manufacturers move to new products based on G.hn.

Trac provides testing and certification for global approvals from electromagnetic compatibility, environmental, telecoms and safety, to radio and wireless, supported by computational analysis and detailed reports.

“We are delighted to be working with the Homegrid Forum in this exciting new area of home networking standards,” said Paul Russell, director at Trac. “This is a welcome addition to our comprehensive range of test services for regulatory and interoperability purposes. It complements our work with other standards bodies, allowing us to offer system companies a complete suite of certification tests that would enable them to speed completed products to market.”

Matt Theall, president of the Homegrid Forum, added: “Trac has an excellent reputation as one of the world’s leading test houses for the standards and specifications that are paving the way for next generation communications.

“We chose the company because we felt it had the greatest expertise and with the added bonus of their experience in working with many of our partners, such as the Broadband Forum and the Zigbee Alliance. This means that they are already familiar with many parts of our industry and our requirements.”

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