ZigBee Smart Energy is the world’s leading wireless HAN standard which was developed by a consortium of utilities, suppliers and technology companies in order to connect common devices to the Smart Grid, including utility meters, thermostats, appliances and plug-in electric vehicles. Last year the United States Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected ZigBee Smart Energy as an initial interoperable standard for HAN devices.
ZigBee Alliance chairman Bob Heile notes, “Working with the IPSO Alliance will speed our development work on ZigBee Smart Energy. By using IP technology, ZigBee Smart Energy will give utilities more flexibility in future Smart Grid deployments.”
ZigBee Smart Energy improves energy efficiency by enabling consumers to choose interoperable products from different manufacturers in order to manage their energy consumption more efficiently. The solution also helps utilities implement advanced metering and demand response programs that improve energy management and efficiency, while remaining flexible enough to adapt to evolving government requirements.
In addition to IPSO, ZigBee Smart Energy is also collaborating with DLMS, EPRI, ESMIG, and HomePlug Powerline Alliance to expand this standard for HANs.
Geoff Mulligan, IPSO Alliance chairman, says, “We have been playing an active role in this space and our contributions to ZigBee Smart Energy and the ZigBee IP specification will help speed adoption of the Smart Grid.”
The IPSO Alliance promotes the use of Internet Protocol (IP) in smart objects and membership is open to any organization supporting an IP-based approach to connecting smart objects.