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Next-gen Smart Energy requirements previewed

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smart Energy? requirements market documentation? wireless communication?

The Zigbee Alliance and HomePlug Powerline Alliance have made available to the public the next-generation market requirements document for Smart Energy and supporting use cases. Smart Energy enables both wired and wireless communication between utility companies and everyday household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances.

The document details the next-generation of functionality envisioned for the Smart Grid with accompanying consumer control. It includes insight to a variety of use cases including plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging, installation, configuration, firmware download for home area network (HAN) devices, prepay services, user information and messaging, load control, demand response, and common information and application profile interfaces for wired and wireless HANs.

Cooperative development
The requirements were jointly developed by Zigbee Alliance members, HomePlug Powerline Alliance members, utilities, regulators, suppliers and technology providers as a foundation for an enhanced Zigbee Smart Energy profile and as the basis for global standards development by other organizations.

The collective experience of members was tapped for the development and deployment of the existing wireless Zigbee Smart Energy standard. Certified products and services based on this standard are available for use today from various Zigbee members. The standard is supported by a comprehensive certification process that delivers secure, robust, reliable, plug and play interoperability with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and Smart Grid applications.

Electric utilities "prefer Zigbee compared with other in-premise standards," according to a report on "Smart Metering Technology" by Chartwell. "No other technology standard garnered such a large share of preference. To date, Zigbee Smart Energy has been selected by leading utilities to reach approximately 40 million homes and businesses across North America in the next few years as part of ongoing Smart Grid and Advanced Metering Infrastructure deployments. Zigbee Smart Energy has also been selected as the HAN technology standard by utilities and regulatory agencies in the European Union, Australia and Asia." the report claimed.

"We are sharing these new requirements as part of Zigbee's outreach to assist the many Smart Grid standardization efforts underway around the world," said Bob Heile, chairman of the Zigbee Alliance.

The Smart Energy market requirements document is available for review at

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