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IEEE continues crusade for smart grid open standards

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, August 30, 2012

IEEE, alongside a number of other global players in the smart grid standards arena, recently supported an effort to create more market-driven standards and raise awareness of the principles from which these standards come about, Intelligent Utility reports.

According to the news source, the OpenStand Principles effort is based on the notion that the smart grid will be driven by innovation, market growth and the availability of effective, cost-efficient technology. A written set of standards will increase interoperability and give smart grid vendors a foundation for expanding their business into larger markets.

Specific to the grid modernization movement, standards for hardware and software used in substation and field infrastructure will benefit everyone from generation plants to utilities to end users.

"Five leading global organizations—IEEE, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) -today announced that they have signed a statement affirming the importance of a jointly developed set of principles establishing a modern paradigm for global, open standards," OpenStand Principles said in a statement of purpose.

SUBNET is at the forefront of interoperability, and is widely acclaimed for its vendor-agnostic approach that allows utilities to sync disparate intelligent electronic devices with existing IT infrastructure and communication platforms. 

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