Bob Heile,
Chairman,
ZigBee Alliance
 
San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 4, 2010 - The draft 0.7 document of ZigBee Smart Energy™ version 2.0 is now available for public download and comment, the ZigBee Alliance has announced.

This draft is being provided in conjunction with the Alliance’s previously announced commitment to collect public comments on the standard in addition to the input from the broad stakeholder community already actively engaged in its development. The release of the draft 0.7 document has been accelerated to meet the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards review timeline.

Since its initial release in May 2008, ZigBee Smart Energy has been a leading choice for implementing AMI and smart metering on home area networks (HAN). In January 2010, ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 was included in the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0.

The ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 development process continues concurrently on multiple levels to ensure rapid progress. This multi-pronged effort offers opportunities for all smart grid stakeholders to provide public comments and feedback that ensures ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 satisfies the varying requirements of the evolving smart grid.

"By publishing the draft 0.7 document of ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0, we continue our commitment to involve the entire smart grid community in the development of this standard," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "Our members look forward to rapidly completing a very market relevant Smart Energy 2.0 standard."

ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 will provide an IP-based energy management solution that expands opportunities for use that build upon the momentum currently underway in the industry today.
 
The Alliance will accept comments on the draft 0.7 document of ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 until June 4, 2010. The Alliance continues to accept public comments on the ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 Technical Requirements Document (TRD) until May 7, 2010. Comments for both documents will be reviewed and considered as part of the ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 draft 0.9 creation process.