Standardizations and Internet-of-Things
Telecommunications Industry Association is developing standards to ensure smart meters can communicate 

There are many visions of the future network but one of the common themes in every vision is ‘Everything Connected’ – all devices able to communicate directly with one another, writes Stephanie Montgomery, acting vice-president of technology and standards at Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

The dramatic growth of Internet of Things connected devices is inevitable – but questions remain about their ability to interact, especially across industry sectors.

A number of standardization efforts are in progress in the M2M and smart utility space.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has developed technical standards to support smart metering, and has partnered with other standards developing organizations (SDOs) globally through active engagement in the oneM2M partnership.

TIA standards

In the United States in 2012, 1,533 US electric utilities had 43,165185 advanced (‘smart’) metering infrastructure (AMI) installations. About 89% were residential customer installations.

The solution developed by TIA’s engineering committee on smart utility networks focused on developing air-interface, network, and conformance standards in support of smart utility networks.

The model uses a mesh technology solution to support the industry’s goals of low latency and 99% up time for data transfer. These standards provide solutions for two-way data transmission between devices and back office systems of the utility provider with a focus on improving services.

The TR-51 family of specifications defines the Physical (PHY), Data Link (MAC), Network, and Transport communication protocol layers required to support a range of Smart Utility Network (SUN) Applications including:

  • Small Home Area Network (HAN)
  • Large scale advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)
  • Networks Distribution Automation (DA) Networks.
  • Flexibility is provided to enable systems to be optimized for particular applications and regulatory domains.

The standard includes innovative..

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