London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 2, 2009 - An agreement has been reached between the Universal Powerline Association (UPA)  and the U-SNAP (Utility Smart Network Access Port) Alliance to jointly foster collaboration and education among utilities, AMI suppliers, HAN vendors, industry consultants, academics and regulators who seek interoperable, secure and cost effective solutions for extending the smart grid to energy aware consumer products.

Under the agreement, the UPA and U-SNAP will cooperate with each other to support each group’s activities and to share information to the mutual benefit of the two organizations’ memberships and overall objectives. A primary focus will be on the creation of U-SNAP-based powerline solutions for connecting U-SNAP devices over the grid to the meter and beyond.

“This collaboration will combine the technical and marketing capabilities of both organizations to successfully meet market challenges and to further enhance interoperable and coexistent powerline networking technologies for the benefit of consumers worldwide,” said Daniel Drolet, chairman of the UPA.  

“The U-SNAP Alliance looks forward to working closely with the UPA to ensure the support for, and promotion of, the bridging of UPA Global Powerline Technologies with U-SNAP Smart Grid and Energy Aware Consumer Products,” said Jon Rappaport, chairman of U-SNAP Alliance.

The UPA is an industry consortium involved in the development of open and interoperable powerline communication technologies. The U-SNAP Alliance is an open industry association developing an industry standard for connecting energy aware consumer products with smart meters.

The two organizations will be announcing additional technical efforts and results in the coming weeks.