Redwood City, Calif., May 7, 2012 — Elster, Itron, Inc., Landis+Gyr, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan and Silver Spring Networks announced that the IEEE released the 802.15.4g radio standard, a global wireless networking standard enabling interoperable communications between certain smart grid devices, including smart meters and smart home appliances.
The new standard represents a huge leap forward in establishing common and consistent communication specifications for utilities deploying smart grid technologies.
This standard, published on April 28, 2012 is an important fundamental standard for the large-scale networks that characterize the smart grid. The standard's baseline specifications for wireless communications will allow millions of devices to interoperate with each other in mesh, star, point-to-point or any other topology.
Key industry players Elster, Itron, Landis+Gyr, NICT and Silver Spring Networks were active participants in shaping the standard, striving to ensure backward compatibility with existing deployed devices, and ensuring that features necessary for long-term operation were represented.
An internationally recognized ecosystem contributed to the development of the standard and included smart grid platform providers, equipment vendors, silicon suppliers, electric and gas utilities, and government research, standards and regulatory agencies. The standard is already supported by products from a large number of global vendors and is expected to rapidly gain worldwide adoption.