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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

Getting things together on the smart grid networking front

By Heather Clancy
Worth noting that the IEEE P1901 Working Group – which is working on global standards for powerline networking – has given the thumbs-up to the current draft of the standard.

A final version of the IEEE 1901 powerline networking standard should be available in the third quarter.

This is a big victory for the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, because the standard is, in part, based on HomePlug AV. That means technology that’s out in the market today that uses HomePlug AV will be interoperable with those that use P1901 Powerline Networking. HomePlug will actually get to be the certifying body to ensure that IEEE 1901 devices are truly compliant.

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