The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Ottawa, and HomeGrid Forum, Beaverton, Ore., recently signed an agreement that reinforces the growing industry support for G.hn — Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union's next generation networking standard — which promises to dramatically simplify connecting intelligent devices throughout the home. The liaison agreement between CABA and HomeGrid will enable the organizations to cooperate on the promotion and delivery of next-generation home networking applications through joint marketing, compliance and interoperability testing and research sharing, and collaboration with relevant regulatory bodies.

"CABA is dedicated to promoting technology and integrated systems for the automation of homes and buildings in North America," says Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA president and CEO. "We believe that HomeGrid's efforts in conjunction with ITU-T G.hn will make it easy for consumers to connect devices and enjoy innovative applications using existing home wiring, both in North America and worldwide."

"For more than two decades, CABA members have contributed to and influenced development and deployment of intelligent home technologies," states Matthew Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum. "HomeGrid-certified products will further fulfill CABA's goals by simplifying connectivity over any wire in the home, enabling a broad range of consumer applications, including easy sharing of photo, audio, and video content."