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IEEE initiates standard-making process for smart grid fiber-optic components

IEEE recently announced the formation of three working groups to develop technology standards that will assure improved performance by key fiber-optic components in the Smart Grid.


April 27, 2011  


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IEEE recently announced the formation of three working groups to develop technology standards that will assure improved performance by key fiber-optic components in the Smart Grid.

Proposed standard IEEE P1591.1 — Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Groundwire (OPGW) — provides numerous processes and procedures for hardware that will be used with OPGW (Optical Ground Wire) cables. It covers construction, mechanical and electrical performance of the hardware as well as test requirements, environmental considerations, and acceptance criteria for qualifying the hardware.

“The standard enables the best use of OPGW by assuring that users will have complete and accurate information about the types of hardware, specifications for hardware and acceptance testing for qualifying hardware,” the organization said. “It will simplify procurement practices and standardize testing to assure product quality.”

Proposed standard IEEE P1591.2 — Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for All-Dielectric Self-Supporting (ADSS) Fiber Optic Cable — will address the lack of a hardware standard that has resulted into ADSS cable failures caused by using hardware incorrectly.

Proposed standard IEEE P1591.2 — Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for All-Dielectric Self-Supporting (ADSS) Fiber Optic Cable — will address the lack of a hardware standard that has resulted into ADSS cable failures caused by using hardware incorrectly.