Jose Iglesias, Vice President of Symantec CTO Office, Sustainability and Green Technology, says, “We believe that the Smart Grid Forum is a great mechanism for bringing interested communities together to help resolve the technical and business problems in deploying a Smart Grid. Clearly there are many challenges that need to be considered, this forum will help accelerate the resolution of many of them.”
NGN Forum President Michael Khalilian, explains, “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. Utilities can utilize this knowledge of applications development, infrastructure, network management, and OSS/BSS/Security to help them manage their new interactive customer relationships. The NGN Forum working groups will help to bring the experience and expertise of the telecommunications and information technology industry to the utility industry through the Smart Grid Forum.”
The Smart Grid Forum is designed 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.
The Smart Grid Forum aims to create best practices for collaboration between the industries through its work groups, which each has its own directives:
The security group will develop best practices and the secure transmission and distribution of energy.
The infrastructure/network management group will enable network equipment manufacturers to discuss best practices regarding the rollout of utility networks.
The green energy group will focus on innovation in the delivery of energy efficiency management, renewable energy solutions and best practices.
The application development group will identify and integrate applications to further smart grid technologies.
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
The Smart Grid Forum is the technical organization where utilities, energy solution providers, integrators and communications service providers collaborate on initiatives to further the development of a global smart grid through the development, management, and security of next generation networks and applications. T
A full list of working groups with descriptions can be found at www.SmartGridForum.org.