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- IEEE Unveils Comprehensive Resource Portfolio to Drive Continued Advancement of the Global Smart Grid

Global standards leader publishes materials aimed at fostering both short- and long-term smart grid innovation and progress

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 30 May 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today unveiled a host of resources designed to foster continued innovation and advancement of the global smart grid. IEEE Smart Grid Research is building one of the industry's most comprehensive portfolios of smart grid-related intelligence, including materials such as vision documents and research papers that address problems and challenges in both the long- and short-term.

"With IEEE Smart Grid Research, we are moving into the full lifecycle of standards-related activities by adopting a proactive, forward-looking approach from pre-standard activities to real-world adoption and implementation," said Bill Ash, strategic program manager, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). "We are building out a portfolio of rich resources ranging from long-term vision and roadmap documents to research papers that explore today's pressing challenges, to help key stakeholders advance their own work. This will enable us to create a pipeline for incubation of innovative technologies to standards development and market acceptance, supporting global growth of the smart grid market."

IEEE Smart Grid Research long-term research focuses on five technology sectors that include power, computing, communications, control systems, and vehicle technology. It leverages potential use cases, application scenarios and enabling technologies to deliver the most complete picture possible of the next generation of technology in each respective smart grid space. IEEE Smart Grid Research will have a long-term vision document, reference model and roadmap for each of the five technology sectors, as well as shorter-term research available for addressing more immediate concerns. IEEE Smart Grid Research materials will cover projections of where the smart grid will evolve to, technology challenges and opportunities, and areas where additional research is needed.

Among the first resources available will be three downloadable Vision documents.

  • IEEE Grid Vision 2050, addressing the smart grid power landscape, offers a long-range view of the power landscape as it relates to the smart grid, including existing and future technology developments and emerging challenges that must be overcome during the next 40 years.
  • IEEE Smart Grid Vision for Computing: 2030 and Beyond examines the evolution of smart grid operational concepts and computing technologies. The document aims to spur investments in computing technologies facilitating fulfillment of smart grid visions and improving power system performance, efficiency, speed, reliability, and resiliency. IEEE Smart Grid Vision for Computing: 2030 and Beyond also focuses on a broad array of computing technologies spanning multiple disciplines, and outlines their possible roles in the future electric grid.
  • IEEE Smart Grid Vision for Communications: 2030 and Beyond lays out a vision of the smart grid for the year 2030 from a communications perspective. It also discusses imperatives of different stakeholders, and impediments to realizing this vision. Following the discussion are smart grid goals for different constituencies, and how communications should evolve to enable key smart grid functionality.

Long-term IEEE Smart Grid Research resources represent a collaborative effort being jointly produced by IEEE-SA and its relevant IEEE technical societies, which are partnering to develop long-term documents in each of the five technology topic areas. Participating societies include IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc), IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Control Systems Society (IEEE CSS), IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society (IEEE ITSS) and IEEE Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES).

"IEEE Smart Grid Research will provide research topics and problem statements for where further research and investment are needed for smart grid technology development," said Georges Simard, editor-in-chief, IEEE Grid Vision 2050. "By providing future snapshots of years 2015, 2020, 2030 and beyond, these projects allow us to look past today's smart grid event horizon and chart a successful course for the smart grid of tomorrow."

Also soon to be available are two research papers, "Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid", and "Cyber Security for the Smart Grid". Targeted toward smart grid practitioners and researchers, both papers will help in the identification of problems and challenges in the short-term. Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid explores emerging consumer issues and will help utilities and energy companies better engage with and address the needs of customers globally. Cyber Security for the Smart Grid examines details of cyber security vulnerabilities existing throughout the smart grid value chain, mitigation efforts undertaken by countries, and measures to be implemented going forward. Additionally, Cyber Security for the Smart Grid delves into concerns that must be addressed for effective implementation of the smart grid.

To purchase IEEE Smart Grid Research documents individually, please visit the IEEE Standards Store. IEEE Smart Grid Research papers will also be available for organizations via the IEEE Xplore digital library. For information regarding access options for multiple users at any size institution or corporation, contact IEEE.

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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

- Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Approves Inclusion of IEEE 1901-2010 Into Its Catalog of Standards

SGIP's Participating Members in Good Standing elect to include IEEE 1901 as part of its collection of preferred smart grid standards

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 27 March 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and its Participating Members in Good Standing have approved the inclusion of IEEE 1901™-2010 "IEEE Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications" into its "Catalog of Standards."

Established in December 2009 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a public-private partnership, SGIP provides a framework for coordinating all smart grid stakeholders to help accelerate standards harmonization and advance the interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.

After the SGIP's board of governors' recommendation, plenary voting among the panel's Participating Members in Good Standing resulted in the inclusion of the IEEE 1901 standard in its catalog, which is a collection of standards and practices that the SGIP considers to be relevant for the development and deployment of a robust, interoperable and secure smart grid.

"The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is honored that the SGIP has recognized the importance of IEEE 1901 to the future of smart-grid deployment and its ongoing development," said Bill Ash, strategic program manager with the IEEE-SA. "Having the SGIP approve the inclusion of our standard in its catalog underscores the importance of smart-grid expansion and advancement worldwide. We understand that collaboration among multiple organizations is paramount to the smart grid's success."

The IEEE 1901 standard was developed for the benefit of high-speed communication devices via electric power lines—also known as broadband over power line (BPL). The standard delivers data rates in excess of 500 Mbps in LAN applications and is used with transmission frequencies below 100 MHz. In addition, the standard provides numerous benefits to utilities, service providers, consumer electronics companies, smart-meter providers and home appliance manufacturers—all organizations that have a stake in smart-grid technologies.

To review the SGIP's standard information form for IEEE 1901, please visit the NIST Smart Grid Collaboration for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Web page.

SGIP is funded by industry stakeholders in cooperation with the U.S. federal government. In December 2012 SGIP transitioned to an international, member-led, industry-based organization incorporated as "SGIP 2.0, Inc." For more information about the SGIP, please visit the SGIP Web site.

IEEE 1901™-2010 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

- IEEE Announces Dozens of New, Revised and Reaffirmed Standards and Development Projects

Design of transition facilities for transmission lines and spectrum management in emerging wireless networks among technology areas addressed by new standards

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 19 March 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced dozens of new, revised and reaffirmed standards and standards-development projects. Detailed information on the standards and projects recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board is available at the IEEE-SA Standards Board Approvals Web page.

IEEE 1793™-2012 "Guide for Planning and Designing Transition Facilities between Overhead and Underground Transmission Lines" is among the new standards that have been published. IEEE 1793 is intended to provide previously unavailable guidance that helps utility designers better understand the range of cost, operability, environmental and future-flexibility factors that must be carefully considered in crafting a plan for such transition structures. IEEE 1793 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

Also among the new standards that have been published is IEEE 1900.1a™-2012 "Standard Definitions and Concepts for Dynamic Spectrum Access: Terminology Relating to Emerging Wireless Networks, System Functionality, and Spectrum Management Amendment 1: Addition of New Terms and Associated Definitions." The amendment to IEEE 1900.1™-2008 defines terms that have come to be used in the rapidly evolving field of dynamic spectrum access since the base standard’s publication. IEEE 1900.1a can be accessed with subscription at IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

Recently published revised standards include IEEE C37.121™-2012 "Guide for Switchgear - Unit Substation – Requirements," which is intended to assist in selection and coordination of incoming-, outgoing-, transformer- and transition-section equipment for unit substations. IEEE C37.121 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

The IEEE-SA also reaffirmed IEEE 270™-2006 "Standard Definitions for Selected Quantities, Units, and Related Terms, with Special Attention to the International System of Units (SI)." The standard covers definitions commonly used in applied science and technology, as well as related terms that concern systems of measurement. IEEE 270 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

Among the standards-development projects that the IEEE-SA approved is IEEE P2030.1016™ "Draft Guide for Designing a Time Synchronization System for Power Substations." With more substation systems using time for event recording, protection and communication functions, time synchronization is emerging as critical to the smart grid. When completed, IEEE P2030.101 is intended to provide guidance for design of reliable time-synchronization systems.

The IEEE-SA also approved a series of standards-development projects that are designed to support plug-and-play, interoperable communications for various medical devices:

  • IEEE P11073-10301-1™ "Health informatics - Point-of-care medical device communication - Part 10301-1: Device Specialization - Infusion pump, General"
  • IEEE P11073-10302-1™ "Health informatics - Point-of-care medical device communication - Part 10302-1: Device Specialization - Physiologic monitor, General"
  • IEEE P11073-10303-1™ "Health informatics - Point-of-care medical device communication - Part 10303-1: Device Specialization - Ventilator, General"
  • IEEE P11073-20201™ "Health informatics - Point-of-care medical device communication - Part 20201: Application profile – Polling mode"
  • IEEE P11073-20202™ "Health informatics - Point-of-care medical device communication - Part 20202: Application profile – Baseline asynchronous mode"
  • IEEE P11073-20301™ "Health informatics - Point-of-care medical device communication - Part 20301: Application profile – Optional package, remote control"
  • IEEE P11073-20401™ "Health informatics - Point-of-care medical device communication - Part 20401: Application profile – Common networking services"

For more information about standards-development projects related to healthcare information technology (IT), visit the Healthcare IT Projects Web page.

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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

- IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Collaborating with SAE International and German Institute for Standardization (DIN) on Electromobility

IEEE-SA, SAE International and DIN organizing International eMobility Standards Symposium for 18 February 2013 in Anaheim, Calif.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 17 January 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is collaborating with DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.), the German Institute for Standardization, and SAE International, the global body of engineers and technical professionals developing volunteer consensus standards for passenger cars, in organizing a new event to explore how standards are driving innovation in electric vehicles (EV) and charging infrastructure globally, lessons learned from the field of "electromobility" standards implementation and gaps where standards are needed to propel the EV market to its next stage of growth. The International eMobility Standards Symposium is scheduled to take place 18 February 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim (Calif.)

"The vehicle electrification will be successfully implemented only if consumer experience is repeatedly positive," said Jack Pokrzywa, director of global ground vehicle standards with SAE International. "Standards developed collaboratively across various sectors and regions will assist in creating that type of experience and will lay foundation for more advanced solutions of the future. A conference organized by three prominent standards-development organizations (SDOs) such as DIN, IEEE and SAE clearly enables and promotes that collaboration."

Rüdiger Marquardt, vice director, DIN, added: "The promise of electromobility is tremendous in terms of reducing society's dependency on fossil fuels and providing low-emission mobility in urban environments and beyond. The success of eMobility depends largely on international cross-sectoral and cross-border coordination in standards development. Uniform standards and specifications—for charging stations, billing systems, etc.—are needed so that EVs can be produced, sold and used across borders. Global standards will help ensure vehicle safety and data protection."

All three organizations—SAE International, DIN and the IEEE-SA—already have made significant contributions in standards in areas such as EVs, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, power and the smart grid.

SAE International develops standards to provide safer processes and practices for effective implementation of hybrid/electric vehicles. Over 25 SAE International Ground Vehicle electrification committees with 780 members have developed 64 standards and are currently focusing on continue development of standards in critical areas such as battery safety and vehicle-to-grid interoperability. As a leading SDO in the US National Roadmap for Smart Grid and "Interoperability Standards to Support Plug-In Electric Vehicles," SAE International works very closely with all domestic, but also international stakeholders, to help enable safe, reliable and effective global implementation of vehicle electrification technology based on universal and agreed standards.

DIN and its electromobility office, established in 2009, serves as a central and neutral contact point for all aspects of electromobility standardization, with the aim of introducing technical standardization within the international context at an early stage and, thus, sustainably strengthening the German economy. At present, with its committees for automotive and electrotechnical standardization, DIN contributes actively to more than 30 ISO and IEC standardization projects with direct focus on EVs. Beyond, DIN is strongly engaged in the continuous enhancement of international collaboration between all relevant organizations.

A leading global developer of smart grid standards, IEEE has more than 100 standards and standards in development spanning the whole smart grid spectrum, including many that are specifically related to electromobility. For example, IEEE P2030.1™ "Guide for Electric-Sourced Transportation Infrastructure" is being developed to establish a knowledge base addressing terminology, methods, equipment and planning requirements for road-based personal and mass transportation and its impacts on commercial and industrial systems such as for generation, transmission and distribution systems of electrical power.

"Consolidation around a global framework of broadly adopted standards would infuse eMobility with new momentum for market growth and technological innovation," said Edward Rashba, director, new business ventures, with the IEEE-SA. "Our collaboration with DIN and SAE International in organizing the International eMobility Standards Symposium is intended to share intelligence on the existing landscape of standards and frame consensus around future needs."

The target audience for the International eMobility Standards Symposium spans original equipment manufacturer (OEM) design engineers; battery manufacturers; tier and component suppliers; product-design engineers for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles; infrastructure suppliers (such as for charging stations); researchers; governments; utilities, and other SDOs. To participate, please visit the International eMobility Standards Symposium Web page.

The International eMobility Standards Symposium will take place the day before the SAE 2013 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium, also at the Hilton Anaheim and now in its 10th year.

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The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

- Amendments in IEEE 802.11ad™ Enable Multi-Gigabit Data Throughput and Groundbreaking Improvements in Capacity

Improvements to ubiquitous IEEE 802.11™ standard provide new band (60 GHz) and greater speeds, creating foundation for broader usage including tri-band networking, wireless docking and streaming video

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2013 INTERNATIONAL CES, LAS VEGAS, USA, 8 January 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved the IEEE 802.11ad™-2012 amendment to provide data rates up to 7 Gbps, more than 10 times the maximum speed previously enabled within the IEEE 802.11™ standard. With the improvements introduced in IEEE 802.11ad, this amendment is a perfect complement to the existing IEEE 802.11 standard, acting as the foundation for tri-band networking, wireless docking, wired equivalent data transfer rates and uncompressed streaming video.

The IEEE 802.11ad specification adds a "fast session transfer" feature, which enables wireless devices to seamlessly transition between the 60 GHz frequency band and the legacy 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The ability to imperceptively move between the bands ensures that computing devices are always "best connected," enabling them to operate with optimal performance and range criteria.

"IEEE 802.11 is undergoing a continuous process of refinement and innovation to address the evolving needs of the marketplace, and there is no better proof of that fact than IEEE 802.11ad," said Bruce Kraemer, chair of the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group. "By migrating up to the next ISM band (60 GHz), we break ground on new spectrum for IEEE 802.11, enable an order of magnitude improvement in performance and enable usages that have never before been possible with existing IEEE 802.11 — namely wireless docking and streaming video."

Through the vast improvements in spectral reuse at 60 GHz and an efficient beam forming technology, IEEE 802.11ad enables great improvements in capacity. Many users in a dense deployment can all maintain top-speed performance, without interfering with each other or having to share bandwidth as with the legacy frequency bands.

More than 300 individuals from equipment and silicon suppliers, service providers, systems integrators, consultant organizations and academic institutions from more than 20 countries participated in IEEE 802.11ad ratification. The global collaboration effort led to the successful completion of the standard 50 percent faster than the previous major PHY/MAC IEEE standard of this magnitude. The amendment was published in December 2012.

IEEE 802.11ad is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

IEEE 802.11 defines the technology for the world’s premier wireless LAN (WLAN) products. IEEE 802.11-based products are often branded as "WiFi®" in the market. IEEE 802.11 standards underpin wireless networking applications around the world, such as wireless access to the Internet from offices, homes, airports, hotels, restaurants, trains and aircraft. IEEE 802.11's relevance continues to expand with the emergence of new applications, such as the smart grid, wireless docking and the "Internet of Things."

For more information, visit the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group Web page.

IEEE-SA will exhibit in IEEE Booth 30242 in South Hall 3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center during 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, 8-11 January.

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The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

- IEEE Standards Association to Exhibit at 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show and Highlight Enabling Consumer Connectivity Through Consensus Building

Health-device communications, home networking, mobile video, smart grid-into-home devices and electric vehicles standards, and standards-development projects to be featured

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 3 January 2013 - The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) today announced that it is exhibiting at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, 8-11 January 2013. By showcasing several of its standards, and standards-development projects in health-device communications, home networking, mobile video, smart grid-into-home devices and electric vehicles, the IEEE-SA will highlight enabling consumer connectivity through consensus building.

The IEEE-SA will exhibit in IEEE Booth 30242 in South Hall 3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

WHAT:
At 2013 International CES, the IEEE-SA will demonstrate how it is enabling consumer connectivity through consensus building by showcasing standards, and standards-development projects in a wide variety of areas, including health-device communications, home networking, mobile video, smart grid-into-home devices and electric vehicles.

Among the features in Booth 30242, the IEEE-SA will offer demonstrations of health-device communications based on the IEEE 11073™ family of standards.

WHEN:
CES duration: 8-11 January 2013
IEEE 11073 demonstrations: 9-10 January 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:
Booth 30242, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 3

WHY:
By bringing industry together to craft interoperable standards for products that consumers crave, the IEEE-SA helps foster consumer connectivity. With processes for consensus building that impact the entire standards lifecycle including pre-standards technology exploration, standards development and market implementation, the IEEE-SA has an unparalleled track record when it comes to creating the standards that connect people.

As a result of enabling consumer connectivity through consensus building, the IEEE-SA supports advancing technology for humanity, helping to improve quality of life, driving innovation, helping to create global markets and protecting health and safety.

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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

- New IEEE Standards for Wireless Data Networking designed to help Utilities Modernize Communications Infrastructure for Smart Grids

Four new updates to IEEE 802® family of standards can be used to implement advanced metering infrastructure and ensure communications network reliability

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 12 December 2012 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced updates to four wireless communications technologies in the IEEE 802® family of standards, as well as a new IEEE 802 standards-development project. The new standards support the global utility industry’s needs for smart grid data communications infrastructure and build on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) portfolio of more than 100 active IEEE standards or standards in development pertaining to the smart grid.

"Utilities can use the IEEE 802 family of broadband wireless communications standards to modernize their communications and networking infrastructure for advanced metering and other smart grid applications," said James Gilb, chair of the IEEE 802.24™ Technical Advisory Group (TAG). "These new updates to the IEEE 802 standards will enable utilities around the world to build the carrier-grade, high-capacity networks they will need to connect the millions of grid components and end-use devices that will operate on smart grids."

The new IEEE 802 standards include the following:

  • IEEE 802.15.4g™-2012– IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks – Part 15.4: Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (LR-WPANs) Amendment 3: Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for Low-Data-Rate, Wireless, Smart Metering Utility Networks – is a global standard that provides carrier-grade wireless communications connectivity for very large-scale smart metering applications and advanced metering infrastructure used in smart grids. It supports geographically diverse networks with minimal infrastructure that can potentially connect millions of end points. The new standard, an amendment to IEEE 802.15.4™, offers the communications range, robustness and coexistence characteristics required for these types of applications and deployments that fit the general objectives of IEEE 802.15 but were not covered by the existing standard. IEEE 802.15.4g-2012 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store
  • IEEE 802.16™-2012 – IEEE Standard for Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access Systems. The standard supports worldwide deployment of innovative, cost-effective, interoperable and multi-vendor broadband wireless access (BWA) products, with Ethernet as well as IP interfaces, that utilities can use for machine-to-machine smart grid applications. The standard specifies the air interface, including the medium access control and physical layers (MAC and PHY), of combined fixed and mobile point-to-multipoint BWA systems. The standard updates the WirelessMAN-OFDMA air interface designated by the ITU as IMT-2000. Further enhancement relevant to smart grid applications are provided in IEEE 802.16p™-2012, an amendment providing "Enhancements to Support Machine-to-Machine Applications." IEEE 802.16-2012 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store, and IEEE 802.16p-2012 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store
  • IEEE 802.16.1™-2012 – IEEE Standard for WirelessMAN-Advanced Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access Systems. The standard provides an enhanced air interface and improved capacity for metropolitan-area networks that utilities can use for smart grid machine-to-machine communications, as well as mobile voice-based applications, with support for Ethernet as well as IP interfaces. IEEE 802.16.1-2012 is a new standalone version of the technology first specified in IEEE 802.16m™-2011 and designated by the ITU as IMT-Advanced. Further enhancement relevant to smart grid applications are provided in IEEE 802.16.1b™-2012, an amendment providing "Enhancements to Support Machine-to-Machine Applications." The new standard is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store

In addition, the IEEE-SA has approved development of a new standard that is intended to enable the handover of groups of wireless data connections between different types of networks in a heterogeneous network. Utilities will be able to use the standard to allow large groups of devices to handover from one network to another to ensure continuous connectivity and service reliability if a part of the network loses connectivity. IEEE P802.21d™ – Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks—Part 21: Media Independent Handover Services Amendment: Multicast Group Management – is intended to amend IEEE 802.21™-2008 by adding support for simultaneous handovers of multiple users. For more information, visit IEEE P802.21d Web page.

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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together abroad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site

- IEEE Looks to the Future of Smart Grid Communications with IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid Technical Advisory Group

Newly formed collective to act as liaison for other key stakeholders, aid in addressing challenges relating to use of IEEE 802® standards in smart grid applications

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 12 December 2012 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the formation of the IEEE 802.24™ Smart Grid Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The newly launched entity is a collaborative umbrella organization that works with multiple IEEE 802® working groups (WGs) and will liaise with key smart grid ecosystem stakeholders, such as regulatory agencies, other standards development bodies and industry organizations. The IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG’s goal is to help resolve questions and challenges regarding the use of IEEE 802 standards in smart grid applications.

"IEEE 802 networking standards have achieved near-ubiquitous adoption – they’re essential underlying technologies found in almost every computing device made today, whether it’s a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. These standards are an integral part of the connected world," said Bill Ash, strategic program manager, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). "Now with the smart grid’s continued evolution, IEEE 802 standards will also play a fundamental role in critical applications like home automation, advanced metering infrastructures, renewables integration and demand response. The IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG will serve as the ultimate resource for practical information and insight about the use of IEEE 802 standards in the smart grid."

Among the IEEE 802 WGs taking part in the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG are the IEEE 802.1™ Higher Layer LAN Protocols WG, IEEE 802.3™ Ethernet WG, IEEE 802.11™ Wireless LAN WG, IEEE 802.15™ Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) WG, IEEE 802.16™ Broadband Wireless Access WG, IEEE 802.18™ Radio Regulatory TAG, IEEE 802.21™ Media Independent Handoff WG and IEEE 802.22™ Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN) WG. As part of its charter, the group will become an essential link and first point of contact for an array of smart grid constituencies, including policymakers and regulatory bodies, Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and trade associations, as well as an internal resource for other IEEE societies, groups and committees. Primary responsibilities and activities falling under the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG’s purview include facilitating coordination and collaboration among IEEE 802 groups and providing conference and event speakers able to address the use of IEEE 802 standards in smart grid applications. Additionally, participants will cooperatively develop a range of materials such as white papers, guidelines and presentations.

"As foundational elements working at the lower layers to connect devices together, IEEE 802 standards are applicable in a wide variety of environments. As a result, they are a natural fit within today’s nascent smart grid ecosystem," said James Gilb, chair, IEEE 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."

For more information, please visit the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG Web page.

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IEEE Continues to Deliver Globally Relevant Smart Grid Standards

Five new IEEE standards activities address a variety of communications and operational needs for today’s and tomorrow’s smart grids

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 26 September 2012 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced updates to four standards and a new standards-development project that provide new communications and operational capabilities needed for smart grid worldwide. The new standards activities are among the latest smart grid contributions to come from the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), which has a portfolio of 100 standards and standards in development pertaining to this vitally important industry.

“IEEE is continually updating its standards and developing new standards to address the needs of utilities around the world as they integrate new technologies and upgrade their systems to meet current and future operational and service objectives for smart grids,” said Bill Ash, strategic program manager, IEEE-SA. “These latest IEEE standards activities underscore the importance for new standards to support the growth and evolution of the smart grid industry globally.”

The latest IEEE smart grid standards include:

    • IEEE 1815™-2012 – Standard for Electric Power Systems Communications – Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) – specifies the DNP3 protocol structure, functions and interoperable application options for operation on communications media used in utility automation systems. It revises the earlier standard, IEEE 1815™-2010, by updating its protocols to address and help mitigate current and emerging digital cybersecurity hazards that could affect the communications systems used in smart grids and other infrastructure, including power, energy and water systems. IEEE 1815™-2012 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
    • IEEE 1366™-2012 – IEEE Guide for Electric Power Distribution Reliability Indices – defines the distribution reliability nomenclature and indices that utilities and regulators can use to characterize the reliability of distribution systems, substations, circuits and grid sections. It also defines the factors affecting the calculation of the indices. The standard revises the earlier standard, IEEE 1366™-2003, by including new indices that can be used today and in the future on smart grid and other distribution systems. It also updates several definitions that were used in the previous standard. IEEE 1366™-2012 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
    • IEEE 1377™-2012 – IEEE Standard for Utility Industry Metering Communication Protocol Application Layer (End Device Data Tables) – provides common structures for encoding data that is transmitted over advanced metering infrastructure and smart grids. It can be used to transmit data between smart meters, home appliances, network nodes that use the IEEE 1703™ LAN/WAN messaging standard, and utility enterprise collection and control systems. The standard revises IEEE-1377™-1977. It is co-published as ANSI C12.19 and MC12.19. IEEE 1377™-2012 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
    • IEEE C37.104™-2012 – IEEE Guide for Automatic Reclosing of Circuit Breakers for AC Distribution and Transmission Lines – describes automatic reclosing practices for transmission and distribution line circuit breakers, establishes the benefits of automatic reclosing, and details the considerations utilities must use when applying automatic reclosing technologies for proper coordination with other transmission and distribution system controls. It revises the IEEE C37.104™-2002 standard by incorporating new smart grid communications technologies that may affect utility automatic reclosing practices. IEEE C37.104™-2012 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

Additionally, IEEE-SA has approved a new standards development project to categorize and describe applications that are being considered as part of smart distribution system development and distribution management systems for smart grids. The IEEE P1854™ – Guide for Smart Distribution Applications will categorize the applications, describe their critical functions, define their most important components and provide examples. The terminology and descriptions used for these systems have previously not been standardized, which makes it difficult to develop specifications for these functions as part of planning and developing smart distribution systems. IEEE P1854™ will fill that standards gap. The guide will be a living document that will expand and grow as smart distribution technologies and applications change over time. For more information, visit the IEEE P1854™ Web site.

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- New and Revised IEEE Standards Address Wide Range of Technology Areas, including Rich-Media Content for Portable Devices, Broadband Wireless Access and Smart Grid

IEEE Approves Dozens of Standards and Standards-development Activities

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 15 August 2012 — IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced dozens of new, revised and reaffirmed standards and standards-development projects. Detailed information on the standards and projects recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board is available at the IEEE Standards Board Approval Web page.

Among the new standards that have been published is IEEE 2200™ – Standard Protocol for Stream Management in Media Client Devices. By defining interfaces for intelligently distributing and replicating content over heterogeneous networks, the standard is designed to support the delivery of rich media (such as high-definition and three-dimensional content) to portable devices in a way that is not limited by cost and available network bandwidth. IEEE 2200 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

Newly published revised standards include:

  • IEEE 802.16™ – Standard for local and metropolitan area networks Part 16: Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access Systems. The standard is designed to support rapid worldwide deployment of innovative, cost-effective and interoperable products from multiple vendors for broadband wireless access (BWA), facilitating competition by providing alternatives to wireline broadband access, encouraging consistent worldwide spectrum allocations and accelerating commercialization of BWA systems. This standard specifies the air interface, including the medium access control and physical layers (MAC and PHY), of combined fixed and mobile point-to-multipoint BWA systems. IEEE 802.16 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
  • IEEE P1703™ – Standard for Local Area Network/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) Node Communication Protocol to complement the Utility Industry End Device Data Tables – is intended to improve the cost efficiency and flexibility of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments. The standard is being developed to define uniform, managed, adaptive and secure network data and message delivery for plug-and-play, multi-source utility meters, home appliances, communication technology and other ancillary devices.
  • IEEE 1815™ – Standard for Electric Power Systems Communications - Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3). The standard is intended to extend DNP3 protocol structure, functions and interoperable application options for the smart grid. It is designed to provide flexible support of varied applications from low-cost distribution feeder devices to full-featured systems. IEEE 1815 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
  • IEEE C37.104™ – Guide for Automatic Reclosing of Circuit Breakers for AC Distribution and Transmission Lines. The standard describes present practices automatic reclosing control of circuit breakers on both transmission and distribution lines, as well as application considerations and coordination practices. IEEE C37.104 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

IEEE-SA also reaffirmed standards, including IEEE 139™-1988 (R2006) – Recommended Practice for the Measurement of Radio Frequency Emission from Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) Equipment Installed on User's Premises. The standard describes procedures for inspection and radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field measurement in evaluating equipment such as dielectric and induction industrial heaters, medical diathermy, ultrasonic equipment, RF plasma devices and RF stabilized welders. These procedures are designed to help ensure that the equipment does not interfere with radio communications, navigation and other essential radio services. IEEE 139 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

Among the standards-development projects that IEEE-SA approved is IEEE P2030.4™ – Draft Guide for Control and Automation Installations Applied to the Electric Power Infrastructure. When completed, this document is designed to provide guidance in applying the smart grid interoperability reference model (SGIRM) of IEEE 2030 – Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), and End-Use Applications and Loads – in the development of control and automation components for the smart grid. IEEE P2030.4 is planned to outline the requirements of designing control and automation applications while adhering to a common open architecture.

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