Smart Appliance Protocol Goal of Task Force
Washington, DC A special task force formed by the Association of
Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has agreed to proceed with
establishing a voluntary standard protocol for the compatability
and interconnectivity of “smart appliances” many of which will be
available in 2001 AHAM announced.
The Washington, DC-based AHAM said that its “Smart Appliance
Task Force,” comprised of representatives from 17 AHAM-member
companies, met in August “to set the course for future activities
in the development of the standard.”
A proposal from the committee is expected to be reviewed at a
follow-up meeting, scheduled for late this month, AHAM said.
The group is working to identify a common protocol that will
allow different brands and types of major and portable home
appliances to communicate with each other and with the Internet, as
appliances become increasingly linked throughout the home.
The formation of a marketing effort to educate consumers and the
trade about “smart appliances,” and to promote their benefits, is
also under consideration, the trade association added.
Among the committee members are representatives from such
companies as Amana Appliances, BSH Home Appliances, Frigidaire, GE
Appliances, Maytag, Sub-Zero, Viking Range and Whirlpool Corp.
“Efforts are on a fast track,” observed AHAM President Joseph
McGuire. “The appliance industry recognizes a sense of urgency to
develop a common communication protocol as soon as possible.
“Standardization needs to occur so that different brands of
appliances can communicate with each other” McGuire said.