USNAP Alliance selects NTS as exclusive test tool developer and certification test lab


Rolf Bienert,
Technical Director,
USNAP Alliance
Morgan Hill, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 27, 2012 – The USNAP Alliance has selected the Calabasas, CA-based National Technical Systems, Inc. as its exclusive testing and certification lab partner.

In addition, NTS will develop a test tool to assist in the development and certification testing of USNAP certified products complying with the CEA-2045 Modular Communication Interface (MCI) standard. Official certification testing is scheduled to begin in approximately six months.
The USNAP Alliance was formed to provide manufacturers with a standard communications interface between consumer electronics products, such as meters, in-home displays programmable communication thermostats and major load appliances such as electric water heaters, HVAC, washing machines, and pool pumps. The latest version of the standard has been designed to allow manufacturers to move forward with the development and release of smart appliances without being locked into any particular communications standard.

USNAP has recently joined forced with EPRI under the guidelines of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to bring these specifications to the smart grid as a well-rounded standard. The specification is now also on the fast track to become an internationally recognized standard as CEA-2045 through the Consumer Electronics Association.

“NTS has the skills, capabilities, and experience that the USNAP Alliance was seeking when selecting a test and compliance partner,” said Rolf Bienert, technical director of the USNAP Alliance. “We look forward to support from NTS as our exclusive authorized independent test lab.”

Upon the completion and validation of the test specification, NTS will offer testing and certification services for manufacturers certifying products conforming to the CEA-2045 standard. NTS will concurrently develop a custom test tool that manufacturers can purchase from NTS and the USNAP Alliance enabling the manufacturers to test their products during the development phase to help speed certification and ensure compliance.