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ITU introduces Smart Grid standards initiative

Some of the world’s biggest ICT companies have tasked a new International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ...


May 12, 2010  


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Some of the world’s biggest ICT companies have tasked a new International Telecommunication Union (ITU) group with identifying standards needs for new Smart Grid deployments, which will bring the benefits of digital technology to the existing electricity network.

 

ITU was asked by a group of key chief technology officers to accelerate work in the area of Smart Grid at a meeting of industry executives in Geneva in October 2009.

 

Agreement between a wider set of ITU members to push forward work in this area was reached at a January meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG).

 

“While work has been taking place in ITU-T Study Groups on this topic for some time, there was a need to engage with a wider community,” said Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.

 

“In this case, the Focus Group allows access to all stakeholders and in particular a key part of the Smart Grid equation — the electricity companies themselves.”

 

The Smart Grid will consist of product offerings based on both current and future telecommunication technologies for command and control, metering, and charging.

 

According to a study by ABI Research, the number of smart electric meters deployed worldwide will rise from a 2009 level of 76 million to reach about 212 million in 2014.