Denver, CO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 7, 2010 – The NGN (Next Generation Networks and Communications) Forum has launched a Smart Energy Forum, which will focus on IP services used to power the smart grid, home grids and alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.
Specifically the Smart Energy Forum will focus on NGN energy applications and communications services for smart grid and renewable energy apps such as security, billing and integration services. It will explore all types of energy apps that employ IP services for smart metering, billing and transport of energy.
The Smart Energy Forum also will develop guideline documents to help guide the industry in its adoption of this technology as well as enhancing NGN/IMS interoperability to include smart energy apps requirements.
Initial member companies involved in the new Smart Energy Forum include Alcatel-Lucent, Aricent, D2 Technologies, Dept Of Energy-NAVARRO-NREL, Hewlett Packard, Marben Products/NE Technologies, Mu Dynamics, RADVISION, Sonus Networks, Sprint, Symantec, Tech Mahindra, Telcordia, T-Mobile and Wipro Technology.
“Utility companies have traditionally developed their own networks and communications systems,” said Michael Khalilian, NGN Forum chairman and president. “However, they are now looking toward the telecommunications industry for apps, technology development, and OSS/BSS/Security to help them manage consumer demand. A number of major telecom operators and vendors are driving the initiative to expand into the highly lucrative energy management and applications field."
Going forward, the NGN Forum will focus its activities on the two main areas – next generation communications, including IMS, SDP, 4G, VoIP, RCS/RMS, IP video, IP billing, and IP security, and NGN energy applications.
The NGN Forum is a global telecommunications association devoted to next generation networks and communications service delivery and interoperable IP multimedia subsystem services architectures and solutions including smart energy/smart grid.