San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 20, 2009 – The ZigBee® Alliance has announced that it is proposing use of the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a basis for an IEC standard.
ZigBee Smart Energy enables wireless communication between utility companies and common household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances, improving energy efficiency by allowing consumers to choose interoperable products from different manufacturers and helping utility companies implement new advanced metering and demand response programs.
The deployment of an estimated 30 million ZigBee equipped smart meters is underway in North America. Working with the IEC on an even broader global standardization will benefit the energy sector and public by placing more emphasis on energy management and smart grid development, the Alliance said in a statement.
“The ZigBee Alliance is doing heavy lifting in the industry, offering new possibilities for seamlessly integrating the HAN with the electric system to deliver long-awaited value and functionality as part of a larger smart grid,” commented Richard Schomberg, convener of the IEC Smart Grid Strategic Group.
Greg Robinson, convener of IEC TC57 Working Group 14, added, “Basing and harmonizing the ZigBee Smart Energy profile on the IEC common Information Model (CIM) would improve data fidelity and minimize overall life cycle costs for exchanging information among home area networks, metering systems and utility back office systems.”
“ZigBee Smart Energy is in wide use today,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Our goal will be to ensure the highest level of compatibility with all ongoing, and soon to begin, deployments of ZigBee Smart Energy.”