Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Smart Power Directorate established at IETF

As a result of the Smart Grid Bar Bof at IETF 76 in Hiroshima, Smart Power directorate has been established at IETF.

Smart Power Directorate

Advice and Coordination
Reports to the General Area Director (currently the IETF Chair), and provides coordination between the IETF and others working on Smart Power.

Charter
There are many initiatives to couple delivery of electricity with the data communications used to control and monitor the electricity generation, delivery infrastructure, and consuming devices. The U.S. Smart Grid is one such initiative. A smart grid includes an intelligent monitoring system that keeps track of all electricity flowing in the system, and it employs two-way communications to reduce cost, improve reliability, and increase transparency.

Recognizing that a smart grid has many similarities to the "Internet of Things", developments associated with the use of Internet protocols to connect many devices without human users can be applied without enhancement to a smart grid.

The Smart Power Directorate provides review and coordination on the use of Internet protocols to provide smart grid communications. The goal is to point other organizations to relevant IETF documents and provide review of documents from other organizations that depend upon Internet protocols. If the directorate identifies a gap that requires new work in the IETF, the directorate will raise the issue with the IESG. The directorate will not develop new protocols or enhance existing ones. This review and coordination will require expertise from all of the Areas in the IETF.

Mail List
The Smart Power Directorate can be reached at smartpowerdir@ietf.org.

Source: IETF

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