HGI Strengthens Board and Sets Sights on Smart Home Ecosystem

HGI boosts top-level Asian representation by appointing NEC and NTT to the board
Telecom Italia’s Luca Giacomello has been voted in as the new Chairman of the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) during the organisation’s first meeting of 2012. The new board has confirmed that the development of a Smart Home ecosystem is a key target for HGI.

NTT and NEC have also joined the board in a move that is boosting the top-level involvement of HGI’s Asian service provider and vendor members.

Mr Giacomello commented: “HGI is now moving with increasing momentum towards the specification of a service-enabling architecture that wraps together the OSGi framework for software applications, service APIs for the home, and the inclusion of cloud-located service logic.

HGI is the world’s leading organisation for setting service provider requirements for the digital home. Last month it hosted its second open summit in Taiwan where it has a growing membership.

Mr Giacomello has replaced Hans Werner Bitzer of Deutsche Telekom who held the position of Chairman for two years and has remained on the board as Vice Chairman.

Mr Giacomello already leads the convergence and Home Energy Management activities of HGI.