IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), has introduced two new standards—IEEE 1701 and IEEE 1702—to create a multi-source plug and play communications environment for diverse smart metering devices in India for the first time. Both the IEEE 1701 and IEEE 1702 standards provide lower layer communication protocols for LAN/WAN ports and telephone ports used with utility metering. According to IEEE, “both standards solve the problems associated with single source systems and with multi-source systems based upon proprietary communications protocols. Electric, water, and gas utilities and corresponding vendors can realize cost savings which ultimately shall benefit the client consumers of the utilities.”
Energy industry, regulators and law makers have focused on interoperability of smart metering systems in India and the need for standards to help construct a secure smart meter communications infrastructure.
William Ash, IEEE-SA’s Strategic Program Manager, explains, “The IEEE 1701 and IEEE 1702 standards are important to the utility industry because it will enable for true interoperability and will help accelerate Smart Meter deployment in India. Interchangeable meters promote faster and wider deployments of smart Meters and supporting services. Utilities are hesitant to ask one smart meter manufacturer to supply all of its needs and typically rely on more than one.”
IEEE-SA Chair for India SIG, Srikanth Chandrasekaran, adds: “Given the current problems facing Indian utilities in terms of revenue collection and the potential for rebalancing peak load, there is considerable incentive for adoption of Smart meters on mass scale. The Government’s current Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Program is effectively a forerunner for a Smart Metering program, given that it includes the enablement of power systems via introduction of [information and communication technology], with the primary goal of mitigating losses associated with energy theft and operating inefficiencies. Adoption of the IEEE 1701 and IEEE 1702 standards by utilities will play a key role in determining the attributes and operating characteristics of advanced metering infrastructure in the country.”
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