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IEEE standards updates address smart grid wireless communications

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IEEE has announced updates to wireless communications technologies in the IEEE 802 family of standards, which will enable utilities worldwide to build the type of networks needed to connect millions of grid components and end-use devices that will operate on smart grids.

The new standards support the global utility industry's needs for smart grid data communications infrastructure and build on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) portfolio of more than 100 active IEEE standards or standards in development pertaining to the smart grid.

The new standards include:

  • A global standard that provides carrier-grade wireless communications connectivity for very large-scale smart metering applications and advanced metering infrastructure used in smart grids to support geographically diverse networks with minimal infrastructure that can potentially connect millions of end points.
  • A standard supporting worldwide deployment of innovative, cost-effective, interoperable and multi-vendor broadband wireless access (BWA) products, with Ethernet as well as IP interfaces, that utilities can use for machine-to-machine smart grid applications.
  • A standard which 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.

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