Smart Grid Testing: A Stronger Partnership

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An enhanced agreement between the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and the Industrial Internet Consortium seeks to align energy and Industrial Internet architectures.

From building-energy management to microgrids and demand response, the use of the Internet of Things in smart grid applications is gaining traction. On Oct. 8, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) agreed to enhance alignment of IoT architectures and testbed activities for the smart grid.

“We believe that IIoT approaches are the future for the energy industry,” Sharon Allan, SGIP’s CEO and president, said in a press release. ” They can unlock opportunities for distributed intelligence in fielded systems, predictive maintenance, transactive energy marketplaces, and a variety of innovative solutions we haven’t even thought of yet.  The IIC is the perfect partner to ensure the energy industry achieves IoT interoperability within our own industry and can realize even greater interoperability opportunities outside our industry.”

The organizations agreed to map the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture to the EnergyIoT™ architecture. The IIRA provides a common approach for industrial Internet systems and guides design of IIC testbeds, including the Communication and Control Testbed for Microgrid Applications. The SGIP’s EnergyIoT™ strategy and its current Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB™) project, meanwhile, focus solely on the energy industry, although its architecture was developed and is consistent with the IIRA.

As part of the agreement, the IIC and SGIP also agreed to formal review of key energy deliverables.

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