Smart Grid Forum announces utilities and communications working groups


Michael Khalilian,
President, NGN Forum
Denver, CO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 8, 2011 – The Smart Grid Forum, which focuses on the role of next generation networks and applications in the development of smart grids, has established working groups in the areas of security, infrastructure and network management, green energy, applications development, business intelligence, and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

A companion to the NGN Forum and IMS Forum, an industry association dedicated to the advancement of IP multimedia subsystem applications and service interoperability, the Smart Grid Forum is aimed to bring together communications service providers, integrators and suppliers with utilities to discuss the building, monitoring and securing of utility networks as they pertain to smart grid, and to create best practices for collaboration.

The working groups will cover the following areas:

  • Security: The security group will develop best practices and standards for the security of customer information and the networks that manage that information, as well as, the secure transmission and distribution of energy globally.
  • Infrastructure/network management: The infrastructure/network management group will enable network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to collectively meet and discuss best practices around the rollout of utility networks.
  • Green energy: The green energy group will focus on innovation in the delivery of energy efficiency management, renewable energy solutions and best practices.
  • Applications development: The application development group will identify and integrate applications to further smart grid technologies. Topics may vary from M2M, cloud deployments, energy efficiency, to electric vehicle, to time of use pricing and management.
  • Business intelligence/AMI: The business intelligence/AMI group will concentrate on effective reading of AMI data and work with utilities on how to leverage that data intelligence for improved operational efficiency and customer experience.

In addition a Utilities and Integrators Advisory Board will help address industry challenges and provide insight to lead and develop strategies to drive and guide Smart Grid Forum working groups. Further a testing, interoperability and Plugfest group will accelerate interoperability and develop test plans for validation through Plugfests.

“With the rapid advancement of the smart grid and smart meter deployment across the U.S. and globally, utilities will benefit from the know-how of the telecommunications industry,” said Michael Khalilian, president of the NGN Forum. “Utilities can utilize this knowledge of applications development, infrastructure, network management, and OSS/BSS/security to help them manage their new interactive customer relationships.”

Industry members are invited to participate in any of the technical working groups and become a member of the Smart Grid Forum.