Industry heavyweights drive adoption of wireless networking standard

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Key players in shaping the 802.15.4g radio standard released by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) include some industry heavyweights whose names you don't often see linked in the same press releases. (We've got in on page 2 in case you'd like to seeing for yourself.)

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Yet Elster, Itron, Landis+Gyr, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan, and Silver Spring Networks were all active participants in shaping the new global wireless networking standard that enables interoperable communications between certain smart grid devices, including smart meters and smart home appliances:

 

Those involved are calling 802.15.4g a huge leap forward in establishing common and consistent communication specifications for utilities deploying smart grid technologies. It's described as "an important fundamental standard for the large-scale networks that characterize the smart grid. The standard's baseline specifications for wireless communications will allow millions of devices to interoperate with each other in mesh, star, point-to-point, or any other topology."

 

There are already products that support the standard from a large number of global vendors and it is expected to rapidly gain worldwide adoption.

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Elster, Itron, Landis+Gyr, NICT and Silver Spring Networks Drive Adoption of IEEE 802.15.4g

Industry-wide collaboration promotes increased smart grid technology interoperability and spurs innovation

RALEIGH, N.C., LIBERTY LAKE, Wash., ALPHARETTA, Ga., TOKYO and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster (NYSE: ELT), Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), Landis+Gyr, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan, and Silver Spring Networks announced today that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) released the 802.15.4g radio standard, a global wireless networking standard enabling interoperable communications between certain smart grid devices, including smart meters and smart home appliances. The new standard represents a huge leap forward in establishing common and consistent communication specifications for utilities deploying smart grid technologies.

This standard, published on April 28, 2012 is an important fundamental standard for the large-scale networks that characterize the smart grid. The standard's baseline specifications for wireless communications will allow millions of devices to interoperate with each other in mesh, star, point-to-point, or any other topology.

Key industry players Elster, Itron, Landis+Gyr, NICT, and Silver Spring Networks were active participants in shaping the standard, striving to ensure backward compatibility with existing deployed devices, and ensuring that features necessary for long-term operation were represented. A significant, internationally recognized ecosystem contributed to the development of the standard and included smart grid platform providers, equipment vendors, silicon suppliers, electric and gas utilities, and government research, standards, and regulatory agencies. The standard is already supported by products from a large number of global vendors and is expected to rapidly gain worldwide adoption.

"True system interoperability, achievable by establishing open standards, will enable the future of Smart Grid platforms," said Ed Myska, president of Elster Solutions. "As one of the leaders of the IEEE 802.15.4g effort, Elster will continue to drive open standards together with the global community. Our universal platforms are designed with 802.15.4g, enabling the greatest flexibility for utilities, and we will continue to drive development of future Smart Grid standards."

"The smart grid is a complex ecosystem with interconnected devices, communication technologies and software. Standards help simplify this environment by enabling coexistence of multi-vendor components," said Simon Pontin, Itron Chief Technology Officer. "As a global smart grid influencer, we're advocating for standards that can be applied internationally as smart metering and smart grid continue to evolve at a rapid pace outside of North America."

"The recent approval of the 802.15.4g amendment is a giant step toward making it easier for the smart grid industry to adopt interoperable wireless communications technology," said Ruben Salazar, Landis+Gyr's Director of Research and Technology. "This amendment is one of the critical building blocks of a standards-based communication stack that will allow Landis+Gyr, as a global smart grid leader, to continue to advance solutions with multiple vendors and applications that meet the needs of the various geographical and regulatory environments around the world."

"It is very important to Japan's smart grid and smart meter systems that the IEEE has approved the TG4g radio standard. NICT was one of the major contributors to this standard, and we look forward to similar cooperation in other IEEE802 smart grid standards activities," said Hiroshi Kumagai, Vice President, NICT.

"Since our inception, Silver Spring has been committed to delivering an open, standards-based smart grid networking platform on behalf of customers and we were pleased to help address the critical need for an appropriate wireless standard to do so," said Raj Vaswani, Chief Technology Officer at Silver Spring Networks. "We congratulate the global smart utility network community for coming together in support of this standard and enthusiastically support its expanding adoption."

About Elster
Elster (NYSE: ELT) is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services - key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets. Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications. For more information about Elster, please visit http://www.elster.com/.

About Itron
Itron is a leading provider of energy and water resource management solutions for nearly 8,000 utilities around the world. We offer end-to-end solutions that include electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. With more than 9,000 employees doing business in more than 130 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. To realize a sustainable future, start here: www.itron.com.

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, a standalone growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.

About NICT
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) is the sole administrative agency of ICT in Japan. NICT promotes the full spectrum of research and development from basic to applied research with an integrated perspective, and thus promotes the advancement of Japan as an intellectual nation that leads the international community. Moreover, NICT forms close ties with the academic and business communities in Japan as well as with research institutes overseas and returns its R&D findings to society in a broad range of fields. For more information visit www.nict.go.jp/en/index.html

About Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks is a leading smart grid networking platform technology and solutions provider. We have connected over 11 million homes and businesses throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency for the planet. Our innovative products enable utilities to gain efficiencies, integrate renewable energy sources and empower customers to monitor and manage energy consumption. Silver Spring Networks clients include Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric and Pepco Holdings, Inc. among others. For more information please visit www.silverspringnet.com.

SOURCE Elster; Itron; Landis+Gyr; NICT; Silver Spring Networks

 

 

May 07, 2012 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

IEEE 802.11â„¢ Expanded to Support Faster, Higher-Quality, Simpler Wireless LAN Communications in More Environments

IEEE-SA Standards Board Approves New Revision of Wireless LAN Standard
Leveraged in Devices and Networks Around the World

CTIA WIRELESS 2012

NEW ORLEANS--()--IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced the publication of IEEE 802.11™-2012, which defines the technology for the world’s premier wireless local area network (LAN) products.

“IEEE 802.11 is obviously a standard of tremendous impact for developers and users of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, service providers, the global smart-grid community, manufacturers, healthcare workers and retail service providers around the world”

The new IEEE 802.11-2012 revision1 has been expanded significantly by supporting devices and networks that are faster, more secure, while offering improved Quality of Service and, improved cellular network hand-off. IEEE 802.11 standards, often referred to as “Wi-Fi®,” already underpin wireless networking applications around the world, such as wireless access to the Internet from offices, homes, airports, hotels, restaurants, trains and aircraft around the world. The standard’s relevance continues to expand with the emergence of new applications, such as the smart grid, which augments the facility for electricity generation, distribution, delivery and consumption with a two-way, end-to-end network for communications and control.

“IEEE 802.11 is obviously a standard of tremendous impact for developers and users of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, service providers, the global smart-grid community, manufacturers, healthcare workers and retail service providers around the world,” said Phil Solis, research director with ABI Research. “In the 15 years since the standard’s original publication, we’ve seen wireless networking evolve from a curiosity and nice-to-have capability to a must-have feature for doing business in a wide range of industries around the world. It’s a capability that today is expected to be embedded in almost any communications device, and it’s a service that’s expected to be available to employees and customers almost anywhere in the world.”

IEEE 802.11 defines one MAC and several PHY specifications for wireless connectivity for fixed, portable and mobile stations. IEEE 802.11-2012 is the fourth revision of the standard to be released since its initial publication in 1997. In addition to incorporating various technical updates and enhancements, IEEE 802.11-2012 consolidates 10 amendments to the base standard that were approved since IEEE 802.11’s last full revision, in 2007. IEEE 802.11n™, for example, defined MAC and PHY modifications to enable much higher throughputs, with a maximum of 600Mb/s; other amendments that have been incorporated into IEEE 802.11-2012 addressed direct-link setup, “fast roam,” radio resource measurement, operation in the 3650-3700MHz band, vehicular environments, mesh networking, security, broadcast/multicast and unicast data delivery, interworking with external networks and network management.

“The new IEEE 802.11 release is the product of an evolutionary process that has played out over five years and drawn on the expertise and efforts of hundreds of participants worldwide. More than 300 voters from a sweeping cross-section of global industry contributed to the new standard, which has roughly doubled in size since its last published revision,” said Bruce Kraemer, chair of the IEEE 802.11 working group. “Every day, about two million products that contain IEEE 802.11-based technology for wireless communications are shipped around the world. Continuous enhancement of the standard has helped drive technical innovation and global market growth. And work on the next generation of IEEE 802.11 already has commenced with a variety of project goals including extensions that will increase the data rate by a factor of 10, improve audio/video delivery, increase range and decrease power consumption.”

IEEE 802.11 is available for purchase for $5 at the IEEE Standards Store. For more information about the IEEE 802.11 working group, please visit http://standards.ieee.org/develop/wg/WG802.11.html.

IEEE-SA is exhibiting in booth #4013 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans during International CTIA WIRELESS®2012, 8-10 May.

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1 IEEE 802.11™-2012 “Standard for Information technology--Telecommunications and information exchange between systems Local and metropolitan area networks--Specific requirements Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications”

 

 

May 03, 2012 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

CEA-CEDIA Committee Approves Home Theater Video and Smart Grid Installation Standards

 

ARLINGTON, Va.--()--The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s (CEDIA)® R10 Residential Systems committee today announced new standards to enhance the home theater experience and to provide the industry with an understanding of the issues related to smart grid devices.

“The revision of CEA/CEDIA-CEB23-A outlines theater installation and performance recommendations for the design of high-performance home theaters to meet or exceed the commercial theater experience.”

The updated CEA/CEDIA-CEB23-A: Home Theater Video Design standard will help professionals design, install and calibrate home theater systems to meet consumers’ growing needs and maximize the home theater viewing experience to meet or exceed the commercial theater experience.

“A successful home theater experience will realistically reproduce images created by the director and allow the viewer to become fully immersed in the program material,” said Dave Pedigo, CEDIA’s senior director of technology. “The revision of CEA/CEDIA-CEB23-A outlines theater installation and performance recommendations for the design of high-performance home theaters to meet or exceed the commercial theater experience.”

The approval of the new joint CEA/CEDIA-CEB29: Installation of Smart Grid Devices standard will provide a basic understanding of many of the issues related to the proper installation, protection and connection of smart grid devices.

“As devices become more interconnected through the smart grid, the importance of proper installation practices regarding electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic interference increases,” said Brian Markwalter, senior vice president, research and standards, CEA. “The new smart grid bulletin should be seen as a starting point for consumers, installers and companies involved in the buying, developing or installing of smart grid technologies and devices.”

CEA leads technology manufacturers in fostering consumer electronics industry growth by developing industry standards and technical specifications that enable new products to come to market and encourage interoperability with existing devices. CEA maintains an unmatched reputation as a credible and flexible standards-making body and has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Through more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups, CEA’s Technology and Standards program provides a unique and efficient forum in which technical professionals throughout the industry develop a unified technology roadmap and address technical issues critical to CE industry growth. For information about CEA Technology and Standards, visit CE.org/standards.

The updated CEA/CEDIA-CEB23-A: Home Theater Video Design and the new CEA/CEDIA-CEB29: Installation of Smart Grid Devices are available in the CEDIA Marketplace at www.cedia.org/marketplace or from CEA at http://www.ce.org/Standards/Standard-Listings/R10-Residential-Systems.aspx.

About CEDIA:

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA Members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s website at www.cedia.org.

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development, and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: https://www.facebook.com/#!/CEAfeed; http://twitter.com/ceafeed; http://blog.ce.org/.