IEC to launch online smart grid standard mapping solution


Richard Schomberg,
Chairman, IEC Smart
Grid Strategic Group
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 22, 2010 – The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has announced that it is to launch an online smart grid standard mapping solution that will enable smart grid standards to be mapped according to their role in the smart grid.

The multidimensional interactive tool is intended to enable smart grid managers to identify and position IEC international smart grid standards, and identify possible interactions and overlaps. Users will be able to search for standards by pointing to areas or links between elements of the electric system.

The solution is expected to be launched by the end of 2010 or early 2011.

To date more than 100 IEC standards have been identified as relevant to the smart grid, with core standards including:

  • IEC/TR 62357: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • IEC 60970: Common Information Model (CIM)/Energy management
  • IEC 61850: Substation automation
  • IEC 61968: Common Information Model (CIM)/Distribution management
  • IEC 62351: Security
  • IEC 62056: Data exchange for meter reading, tariff and load control
  • IEC 61508: Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems

“For the first time anybody working on smart grids, anywhere in the world, will be able to quickly navigate through the interoperability standards they need to build smart grid projects, products and technology,” said Richard Schomberg, chairman of the IEC Smart Grid Strategic Group. “This approach is unique in that computers will do the heavy lifting, dealing with the full complexity of the task, on behalf of the users. It provides the foundation for a sustainable evolution of the global smart grid standards portfolio.”

The solution will be constantly updated, with new use cases and standards. It is also intended that other organizations will be able to add their own standards in layers in addition to the IEC standards.