James Gilb,
Chair, 802.24
Smart Grid TAG
 
Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 18, 2012 - IEEE has announced the formation of the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid Technical Advisory Group (TAG), along with updates to four standards in the IEEE 802 family and a new standards development project.

The new TAG is intended as a collaborative umbrella organization for the multiple IEEE 802 working groups (WGs) and will liaise with key smart grid ecosystem stakeholders, such as regulatory agencies, other standards development bodies and industry organizations.

The IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG’s goal is to help resolve questions and challenges regarding the use of IEEE 802 standards in smart grid applications. Primary responsibilities and activities will include facilitating coordination and collaboration among the IEEE 802 groups and providing conference and event speakers to address the use of IEEE 802 standards in smart grid applications. Additionally, participants will cooperatively develop a range of materials such as white papers, guidelines and presentations.

“As foundational elements working at the lower layers to connect devices together, IEEE 802 standards are applicable in a wide variety of environments,” said James Gilb, chair of the 802.24 Smart Grid TAG. “IEEE 802 holds nearly unlimited potential for relevance within smart grid applications. By providing needed guidance, expertise and other resources relating to these standards, the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG will help ensure continued innovation and advancement of the smart grid.”

Among the IEEE 802 WGs taking part in the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid TAG are the IEEE 802.1 Higher Layer LAN Protocols WG, IEEE 802.3 Ethernet WG, IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN WG, IEEE 802.15 Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) WG, IEEE 802.16 Broadband Wireless Access WG, IEEE 802.18 Radio Regulatory TAG, IEEE 802.21 Media Independent Handoff WG and IEEE 802.22 Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN) WG.

The new IEEE 802 standards include:

  • IEEE 802.15.4g-2012 – IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks – Part 15.4: Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (LR-WPANs) Amendment 3: Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for Low-Data-Rate, Wireless, Smart Metering Utility Networks. The standard, an amendment to IEEE 802.15.4, provides carrier grade wireless communications connectivity for very large scale smart metering applications and advanced metering infrastructure used in smart grids.
  • IEEE 802.16-2012 – IEEE Standard for Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access Systems. The standard, which updates the WirelessMAN-OFDMA air interface IMT-2000, specifies the air interface, including the medium access control and physical layers (MAC and PHY), of combined fixed and mobile point-to-multipoint broadband wireless access (BWA) systems that utilities can use for machine-to-machine smart grid applications. Further enhancement relevant to smart grid applications are provided in IEEE 802.16p-2012, an amendment providing “Enhancements to Support Machine-to-Machine Applications.”
  • IEEE 802.16.1-2012 – IEEE Standard for WirelessMAN-Advanced Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access Systems. The standard, a new standalone version of the technology first specified in IEEE 802.16m-2011 and designated IMT-Advanced, provides an enhanced air interface and improved capacity for metropolitan area networks that utilities can use for smart grid machine-to-machine communications, as well as mobile voice-based applications, with support for Ethernet as well as IP interfaces. Further enhancement relevant to smart grid applications are provided in IEEE 802.16.1b-2012, an amendment providing “Enhancements to Support Machine-to-Machine Applications.”

The new standard that will be developed is IEEE P802.21d – Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks—Part 21: Media Independent Handover Services Amendment: Multicast Group Management. This is intended to amend IEEE 802.21-2008 by adding support for simultaneous handovers of multiple users. Utilities will be able to use the standard to allow large groups of devices to handover from one network to another to ensure continuous connectivity and service reliability if a part of the network loses connectivity.