Zigbee puts energy-saving standard forward to IEC

The ZigBee Alliance has put forward its smart-energy public application profile to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a basis for an IEC standard. 

The deployment of an estimated 30 million ZigBee equipped smart meters is underway in North America. The group hopes that working with the IEC on a global standard will extend its reach.
“The ZigBee Alliance is doing heavy lifting in the industry, offering new possibilities for seamlessly integrating the home-automation network with the electric system to deliver long-awaited value and functionality as part of a larger smart grid,” claimed Richard Schomberg, convener of the IEC Smart Grid Strategic Group.
“ZigBee Smart Energy is in wide use today,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Our goal will be to ensure the highest level of compatibility with all ongoing, and soon to begin, deployments of ZigBee Smart Energy. With its inherent Internet connectivity, use of global wireless frequencies and robust security, ZigBee Smart Energy is in deployment around the world.”
The ZigBee Alliance said it is working with a variety of organisations focused on smart grid technologies. They include the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, the European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) and Open Smart Grid.

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