The recent release of a new global wireless networking standard from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) moves the smart grid industry one step closer to network interoperability. The IEEE 802.15.4g radio standard, published on April 28, 2012, establishes common and consistent communication specifications for utilities deploying smart grid technologies, enabling interoperable communications between smart grid devices, including smart meters and smart home appliances. The specifications will help enable interoperability in mesh, star, point-to-point or any other topology.
Landis+Gyr experts were active in shaping the new standard, as were other major industry players, including Elster, Itron, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan, and Silver Spring Networks. The focus of
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all participants was on backward compatibility with existing deployed devices and the ability to support future growth for features, services and increased network speeds.
The standard can already be supported by products deployed from many global vendors and is expected to rapidly gain worldwide adoption. It represents a major milestone on the path to network interoperability—which will eventually allow utilities to use standards-compliant devices from a variety of vendors in their smart grid networks.
Landis+Gyr believes interoperability is essential to realizing the potential of smart grid. It continues to support industry-wide collaboration on behalf of utilities for definition, selection, validation and certification of the set of standards that must be established for a fully interoperable communications stack for smart meters.