Echelon has launched a new software-hardware combo to control the distribution portion of the grid. The product has two notable aspects: it’s open to third-party developers, and its first customer will be utility Duke Energy.
Stacey’s piece from yesterday was really the only big coverage I saw on Belkin’s announcement of its Gigabit powerline adapter using silicon from Gigle. I’m a big fan of powerline networking, using it in my home to get to places where Wi-Fi can’t reach. Despite this huge leap in speed, HomePlug and other powerline networking technologies still have an uphill climb relative to Wi-Fi due to the wireless technology’s high consumer awareness and nearly 100% integration into laptops.