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TIA utility networks standards developing committee formed

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has announced the creation of a new engineering committee, TR-51, to develop standards for Smart Utility Networks.


February 2, 2011  


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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has announced the creation of a new engineering committee, TR-51, to develop standards for Smart Utility Networks.

TR-51 has been formed with the goal of bringing together utility companies and the ICT community to develop standards for Smart Utility Networks technology, TIA said in a release. The committee will focus on efficient access technology with a mesh network topography,.

“The work of this group is to develop standards for the relevant interfaces from the smart meter to the utility networks,” said Cheryl Blum, vice president of technology and business development with TIA. “We are particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity to work closely with utility and ICT companies to develop these standards.”

The standards are intended to provide the utilities with another tool to improve services to their customers. During the TR-51 standards process, TIA will work to incorporate the best of the applicable existing standards in order to develop an integrated multi-layer standard, which will cover layers I through IV, the organization said.