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Interoperability consortium completes first plugfest

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Consortium for Smart Energy Profile (CSEP) 2 Interoperability announced on July 31 it had been formally incorporated, and had completed its first interoperability plugfest.

The consortium was first launched in 2011 to develop a certification test to analyze the interoperability of a number of wires or wireless devices that are being introduced to the smart grid. Such tests will create a better smart grid environment made up of utilities, service providers, product vendors and energy consumers.

"The CSEP incorporation further solidifies the industry's commitment to collaboration and delivery of interoperable SEP 2 solutions," said Edgar Figueroa, consortium chairman. "CSEP incorporation is an important step toward establishing the Consortium as the recognized creator of the SEP 2 test plans and tools required to ensure interoperability across multiple communications technologies."

In its first interoperability plugfest, the consortium tested the interoperability of several products using a wide range of communication systems. As the group moves toward further certification, more tests will be held.

In response to the need for interoperability, SUBNET developed its Unified Grid Intelligence, an interoperability philosophy that supports the company's holistic approach to real-time integration of smart grid systems.

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