A call to action for global standards

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: Worldwide standards made the Internet miracle happen. Worldwide standards can help the smart grid blossom too. Especially if those standards can be adopted more quickly than is currently the case. (Just witness the Smart Energy Profile fiasco.)

 

We hope that all corporations and governments are listening. Especially China. - By Jesse Berst

 

Five leading standards organizations have called for support for a set of principles that provides a "modern paradigm" for global open standards to encourage innovation and borderless commerce.

 

The organizations, IEEE, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Society and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released their "OpenStand" principles which are based on "the effective and efficient standardization processes that have made the Internet and Web the premiere platforms for innovation and borderless commerce." In a statement, the group said those standardization processes have been proven effective in encouraging competition and cooperation, supporting innovation and interoperability and driving market success.

 

They are calling on governments, organizations, corporations and technology innovators to endorse the principles which are intended to extend throughout the global economy's array of technology sectors and markets and to be an example for worldwide adoption of standards. One of those technology sectors is, of course, smart grid which is populated by a number of technologies like communications, IT, EVs, electricity generation and transmission. The basic principles are:

 

·         cooperation among standards organizations;

 

·         adherence to due process, broad consensus, transparency, balance and openness in standards development;

 

·         commitment to technical merit, interoperability, competition, innovation and benefit to humanity;

 

·         availability of standards to all, and

 

·         voluntary adoption.

 

 

"New dynamics and pressures on global industry have driven changes in the ways that standards are developed and adopted around the world,” said Steve Mills, president of the IEEE Standards Association. "Increasing globalization of markets, the rapid advancement of technology and intensifying time-to-market demands have forced industry to seek more efficient ways to define the global standards that help expand global markets. The OpenStand principles foster the more efficient international standardization paradigm that the world needs."

 

Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., and WASHINGTON, D.C., United States; GENEVA, Switzerland, and http://www.w3.org/ —29 August 2012—Five leading global organizations—IEEE, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)—today announced that they have signed a statement affirming the importance of a jointly developed set of principles establishing a modern paradigm for global, open standards. The shared “OpenStand” principles—based on the effective and efficient standardization processes that have made the Internet and Web the premiere platforms for innovation and borderless commerce—are proven in their ability to foster competition and cooperation, support innovation and interoperability and drive market success.

 

IEEE, IAB, IETF, Internet Society and W3C invite other standards organizations, governments, corporations and technology innovators globally to endorse the principles, which are available at open-stand.org.

 

The OpenStand principles strive to encapsulate that successful standardization model and make it extendable across the contemporary, global economy’s gamut of technology spaces and markets. The principles comprise a modern paradigm in which the economics of global markets—fueled by technological innovation—drive global deployment of standards, regardless of their formal status within traditional bodies of national representation. The OpenStand principles demand:

 

·         cooperation among standards organizations;

 

·         adherence to due process, broad consensus, transparency, balance and openness in standards development;

 

·         commitment to technical merit, interoperability, competition, innovation and benefit to humanity;

 

·         availability of standards to all, and

 

·         voluntary adoption.

 

“New dynamics and pressures on global industry have driven changes in the ways that standards are developed and adopted around the world,” said Steve Mills, president of the IEEE Standards Association. “Increasing globalization of markets, the rapid advancement of technology and intensifying time-to-market demands have forced industry to seek more efficient ways to define the global standards that help expand global markets. The OpenStand principles foster the more efficient international standardization paradigm that the world needs.”

 

Added Leslie Daigle, chief Internet technology officer with the Internet Society: “International standards development for borderless economics is not ad hoc; rather, it has a paradigm—one that has demonstrated agility and is driven by technical merit. The OpenStand principles convey the power of bottom-up collaboration in harnessing global creativity and expertise to the standards of any technology space that will underpin the modern economy moving forward.”

 

Standards developed and adopted via the OpenStand principles include IEEE standards for the Internet’s physical connectivity, IETF standards for end-to-end global Internet interoperability and the W3C standards for the World Wide Web.

 

“The Internet and World Wide Web have fueled an economic and social transformation, touching billions of lives. Efficient standardization of so many technologies has been key to the success of the global Internet,” said Russ Housley, IETF chair. “These global standards were developed with a focus toward technical excellence and deployed through collaboration of many participants from all around the world. The results have literally changed the world, surpassing anything that has ever been achieved through any other standards-development model.”

 

Globally adopted design-automation standards, which have paved the way for a giant leap forward in industry’s ability to define complex electronic solutions, provide another example of standards developed in the spirit of the OpenStand principles. Another technology space that figures to demand such standards over the next decades is the global smart-grid effort, which seeks to augment regional facilities for electricity generation, distribution, delivery and consumption with a two-way, end-to-end network for communications and control.

 

“Think about all that the Internet and Web have enabled over the past 30 years, completely transforming society, government and commerce,” said W3C chief executive officer Jeff Jaffe. “It is remarkable that a small number of organizations following a small number of principles have had such a huge impact on humanity, innovation and competition in global markets.”

 

Bernard Aboba, chair of the IAB: “The Internet has been built on specifications adopted voluntarily across the globe. By valuing running code, interoperability and deployment above formal status, the Internet has democratized the development of standards, enabling specifications originally developed outside of standards organizations to gain recognition based on their technical merit and adoption, contributing to the creation of global communities benefitting humanity. We now invite standards organizations, as well as governments, companies and individuals to join us at open-stand.org in order to affirm the principles that have nurtured the Internet—and will support its continued growth and future evolution."