Chennai, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 14, 2011 - The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has officially introduced the two new standards IEEE 1701 and IEEE 1702, to create a multi source plug and play communications environment for implementation of diverse smart metering devices, in India.

With the introduction of the two standards, IEEE-SA aims to help address the issue of interoperability, which has impacted the pace and quantity of smart meter rollout to date. Both the IEEE 1701 and IEEE 1702 standards provide lower layer communication protocols for LAN/WAN ports and telephone ports, respectively, used in conjunction with utility metering. Both standards solve the problems associated with single source systems and with multi-source systems based upon proprietary communications protocols.

“Given the current problems facing Indian utilities in terms of revenue collection and the potential for rebalancing peak load, there is considerable incentive for adoption of smart meters on mass scale,” commented Srikanth Chandrasekaran, chair of IEEE-SA’s India SIG. “The government’s current Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Program is effectively a forerunner for a smart metering program, given that it includes the enablement of power systems via introduction of ICT, with the primary goal of mitigating losses associated with energy theft and operating inefficiencies.”

Adoption of the IEEE 1701 and IEEE 1702 standards by utilities could play a key role in determining the attributes and operating characteristics of advanced metering infrastructure in India.