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- 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 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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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 website.

About IEEE IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association, 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 website.

- 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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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 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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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 website.

About IEEE
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association, 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 website.