CEA Forms R-7 Committees to Establish Standards for Home Networking
The CEA says that R-7 unifies its efforts to develop home-networking standards that "facilitate communication among the appliances, home systems, entertainment products, and information devices in a home." R-7 Chairman Bill Rose explains that "R-7 is working toward an integrated home where the consumer can buy different products and have them communicate with each other by standardizing the interfaces and data protocols for signaling between different products." The CEA's Gary Shapiro adds that "this reorganization illustrates CEA's commitment to being a responsive engineering organization and reflects consumer demand for connected products."
The CEA says that the charter of R-7 is to provide coordination for and encourage cooperation among all EIA and CEA home-network standardization efforts, as well as provide a forum for other home-network standards-formulating bodies interested in working with the EIA and CEA. "The primary goal is to ensure that current and future home networks can coexist within a home and share information through the use of industry-standard interfaces."
Ralph Justus, the CEA's vice president of Technology and Standards, states that "the objective of the home data-networking Discovery Group meeting held recently was to bring together a representative sample of industry stakeholders and provide a forum to discuss the need for standards. The consensus among participants in the home data-networking Discovery Group was that R-7 should now work toward standardizing boundaries between the different home-networking systems."