OSGP Alliance replaces ESNA


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — (METERING.COM) — September 3, 2013 – The OSGP Alliance replaces ESNA (Energy Services Network Association), which was founded in 2006 as an association of NES users, as an independent global, not-for-profit association that promotes the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and related services and infrastructure for smart grid applications.

OSGP, which is available from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as ETSI GS OSG 001, is targeted at utilities that want a multi-application smart grid infrastructure instead of a meter centric automated metering infrastructure (AMI).

Specifically OSGP enables development of interoperable smart meters and other smart grid devices by multiple vendors, and a large selection of smart grid products for utilities.

OSGP provides secure, scalable control networking services for any device connected to the low voltage grid. It also supplies critical information about the condition of the distribution itself, which further improves reliability and lowers operating costs for utilities and network operators.

At the physical layer, OSGP currently uses ETSI TS 103 908 as its PLC standard; however the OSGP application layer is independent of the physical layer, so it is not tied to a specific communications medium.

For the networking layer, OSGP uses ISO/IEC14908-1.

For the data model, OSGP adapts the IEEE 1377 and the ANSI C 12 table structure for a networking protocol, not just for meters but for other utility related devices as well and adds extensions for security, authentication, and encryption.

The protocol supports the following capabilities:

  • End-to-end device communications and control
  • Three tier architecture for decentralized applications
  • Multi-vendor, multi-device interoperability
  • Reliable communications (>99.8%)
  • Automatic topology management
  • Rich power quality data to enable sophisticated smart grid applications.
  • Secure firmware upgrades over the network
  • Non-meter devices can use the OSGP infrastructure to communicate with the utility’s enterprise software.

OSGP is supported by a variety of meter and smart grid device suppliers that offer or plan to offer compliant solutions, including AEM (Romania), General Electric, Mitshubishi Electric, VIDCOM (Korea), Comintel (Malaysia), Holley Metering (China), ELO (Brazil), Ubitronix and Kapsch (Austria), Diehl and Görlitz with a Landis+Gyr-based solution (Germany), and Echelon (U.S.).