IEEE looks for standardisation of smart grid communications

IEEE looks for standardisation of smart grid communications
IEEE, one of the world’s largest organisations dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, has announced the formation of the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The newly launched entity is a collaborative that works with multiple IEEE 802 working groups (WGs) and will liaise with key smart grid ecosystem stakeholders, such as regulatory agencies, and other standards development bodies and industry organisations. 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,” said Bill Ash, Strategic Program Manager, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). “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.”
He added, “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, renewable 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.”
Smart Grid TAG will become an essential link and first point of contact for an array of smart grid constituencies, including policymakers, regulatory bodies, standards development organizations (SDOs), trade associations, and 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 variety of environments,” said James Gilb, Chairman, IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG.
IEEE 802 holds unlimited potential for relevance within smart grid applications. With its guidance and expertise, the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG will ensure continued innovation and advancement of the smart grid.

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