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IEEE forms new advisory group, updates smart grid standards

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

On December 18, 2012, IEEE announced it had formed a new Smart Grid Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to increase research on standards and development of smart grid technologies.

The organization also announced it had issued updates to four standards in the IEEE 802 group, as well as a new standard for project development.

The new IEEE 802.4 TAG was created to be a group that encompasses individuals from a wide range of organizations to offer advice for the several IEEE 802 working groups. The new team has also been tasked with being a link between major smart grid stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, and other organizations that are working to develop smart grid technologies and industry standards.

As more questions arise regarding smart grid deployments, TAG will be available to answer questions about the use of IEEE 802 standards in smart grid applications. The group will improve overall coordination and communication between other IEEE groups, and hold conferences and events to discuss to implementation of IEEE 802 standards is faring. Members of TAG will also produce white papers, guidelines and presentations for other IEEE members.

"As foundational elements working at the lower layers to connect devices together, IEEE 802 standards are applicable in a wide variety of environments," said James Gilb, chair of the 802.24 Smart Grid TAG. "IEEE 802 holds nearly unlimited potential for relevance within smart grid applications. By providing needed guidance, expertise and other resources relating to these standards, the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG will help ensure continued innovation and advancement of the smart grid."

The group also released three updates to standards, all of which deal with wireless communication networks. The first, IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks, provides carrier grade wireless communications connectivity utilities can use for very large scale metering applications. The second update, IEEE Standard for Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access Systems, better describes the air interface of combined fixed and mobile broadband wireless access utilities can use for machine-to-machine communications. The third, IEEE Standard for WirelessMAN-Advanced Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access Systems, discusses wireless communication in large metropolitan areas.

SUBNET's solutions help utilities improve their wireless communications between grid controllers, field personnel and intelligent electronic devices, allowing companies to use a wide range of communication platforms. 

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