One of the hallmarks in the maturity of any new technology is a plugfest. Plugfests are a communal event where several manufacturers utilizing a new technology get together to put their product through its pace. These events are overseen by a third-party authority to provide the necessary rigor and of course, deploy expertise to support the plugfest participants.
Plugfests have two main objectives. The first objective is conformance. A very thorough test protocol is used to determine that the submitted product(s) meet the appropriate standard for the product. Conformance is an important first step that gives the manufacturer confidence that their product meets this chosen standard. And its an important gateway to the next objective, interoperability.
Plugfests attract several manufacturers with products that utilize the new technology. Logically, plugfest participants may wonder if their device will “play nice” with other devices. And that, in a nutshell, is interoperability. So, the second objective of a plugfest is verifying and supporting interoperability.