Geneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- April 17, 2012 - Following the completion of the work of its smart grid focus group, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has established a Joint Coordination Activity on Smart Grid and Home Networking (JCA-SG&HN) as the focal point of its smart grid and home networking standardization activities.

The first meeting of the new JCA, which replaces and expands the former home networking JCA, will take place on May 9.

The scope of the JCA-SG&HN is the coordination, both inside and outside of the ITU, of standardization work concerning all network aspects of smart grid and related communication, including smart meters, home energy management and data concentrator, as well as home networking.

The JCA will provide a visible point of contact for smart grid and home networking activities in the ITU, coordinating these activities within the organization and seeking cooperation with other relevant bodies working in these fields. The JCA also will facilitate work assignments among the relevant ITU-T study groups and will facilitate harmonization of the related specifications and identify areas where specifications are needed.

The JCA-SG&HN is convened by Richard Stuart of Lantiq, with Les Brown of Lantiq and Stefano Galli of Assia acting as co-conveners.

The ITU Focus Group on Smart Grid was established in May 2010 to review standards for the smart grid. With deliverables including use cases for smart grid, requirements of communication, and smart grid architecture and overview, it was concluded in December 2011.

In its recent report on broadband and the low carbon economy, the ITU and UNESCO’s Broadband Commission highlighted the enabling role of ICT and broadband in smart grids.