San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. and Geneva, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — November 24, 2009 – Two industry standardization bodies the ZigBee® Alliance and DLMS User Association are to collaborate on metering data compatibility.
The two groups will define a method to transport IEC standard DLMS/COSEM messages sending metering data through ZigBee Smart Energy networks. The result will expand ZigBee Smart Energy to support complex metering applications, and will provide utilities and energy service providers with a standard for a variety of smart grid energy management and efficiency programs and services.
“This is an opportunity to enhance the profiles of both ZigBee and DLMS in the eyes of our potential customers,” said Gyozo Kmethy, president of the DLMS Users Association. “DLMS already has other transport options available so the addition of ZigBee Smart Energy adds another compelling option.”
“Our agreement with the DLMS UA is another important move to expand ZigBee Smart Energy’s position in the global energy markets,” added Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Utilities in Europe, North America, Australia and other regions are looking at ZigBee Smart Energy to deliver home area network connectivity to their smart grid programs.”
ZigBee Smart Energy enables wireless communication between utilities and common household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances.
The DLMS/COSEM standard suite (IEC 62056/EN 13757-1) is the most widely accepted international standard for utility meter data exchange.