Friday, September 24, 2010

IETF Energy Management (EMAN) Working group approved!!

Energy Management (eman) working group


Energy management is becoming an additional requirement for network management systems due to several factors including the rising and fluctuating energy costs, the increased awareness of the ecological impact of operating networks and devices, and the regulation of governments on energy consumption and production.
The WG will investigate existing standards such as those from the IEC, ANSI, DMTF and others, and reuse existing work as much as possible. The EMAN WG will work on the management of energy-aware devices, Covered by the following items:

1. Requirements for energy management.
The EMAN WG will develop a requirements document that will specify energy management properties that will allow networks and devices to become energy aware. In addition to energy awareness requirements, the need for control functions will be discussed. Specifically the need to monitor and control properties of devices that are remote to the reporting device should be discussed.

2. Energy management framework.
The EMAN WG will create a framework document that will describe extensions to current management framework, required for energy management. This includes: power and energy monitoring, power states,
power state control, and potential power state transitions. The framework will focus on energy management for IP-based network equipment (routers, switches, PCs, IP cameras, phones and the like).
Particularly, the relationships between reporting devices, remote devices, and monitoring probes (such as might be used in low-power and lossy networks) need to be elaborated. For the case of a device reporting on behalf of other devices and controlling those devices, the framework will address the issues of discovery and identification of remote devices.

3. Energy-aware Networks and Devices MIB document
The EMAN WG will develop a MIB module for monitoring energy-aware networks and devices. The module will address devices identification, context information, and potential relationship between reporting
devices, remote devices, and monitoring probes.

4. Power and Energy Monitoring MIB document The EMAN WG will develop a document defining managed objects for monitoring of power states and energy consumption/production. The monitoring of power states includes: retrieving power states, properties of power states, current power state, power state transitions, and power state statistics.
The managed objects will provide means for reporting detailed properties of the actual energy rate (power) and of accumulated energy. Further, it will provide information on electrical power quality.

5. Battery MIB document
The EMAN WG will develop a document defining managed objects for battery monitoring, which will provide means for reporting detailed properties of the actual charge, age, and state of a battery and of battery

6. Applicability statement
The EMAN WG will develop an applicability statement, describing the variety of applications that can use the energy framework and associated MIB modules. Potential examples are building networks, home energy
gateway, etc. Finally, the document will also discuss relationships of the framework to other architectures and frameworks (such as smartgrid).
The applicability statement will explain the relationship between the work in this WG and the other existing standards such as those from the IEC, ANSI, DMTF, and others.

IoT Expert Group

by Duncan Wilson - EmTech Primer Blog

"For the past couple of days I have been in Brussels at the first meeting of the Internet of Things Expert Group. Introduced by Gerald Santucci and hosted by Manuel Mateo from EC DG INFSO the meeting introduced the background to the group and actions needed going forward. The focus of the group is to deliver policy recommendations to EU in 2 years time. The group has been established as a result of a previous expert group on RFID (2007-2009). It has stakeholders from a diverse range of industries (see list at bottom) and a framework for discussion has been presented as a result of EC research on this theme over past 5 years. The main action points include:

- governance (how is identification structured, who assigns ID, who is accountable, what decentralised architecture, socio economic implications such as access and exclusion)

- privacy and protection of personal data (communications on trust and privacy, "right to silence the chips", "privacy by design" ie one of the primary technology blocks from outset not added in as required functionality later)

- trust, acceptance and security [individual | business] (following ENISA work on identification of risks)

- standardization (extend existing to cover IoT, develop / extend new given emerging IoT)

and the group will also:

- feed opinion into FP7 projects and CIP's for innovation / pilot projects
- institutional awareness - inform other European institutions about IoT
- international dialogue - japan, china, korea, usa
- waste - pros and cons in recycling process
- focus on development - monitoring introduction of IoT tech (Eurostat starting to monitor)"

More: EmTech Primer blog post

More info on IoT Expert Group:
Expert Group on the Internet of Things set up ,
Communication from the Commission entitled ‘Internet of Things — An action plan for Europe
Council is part of the High Level Group on IoT from the European Commission

ZigBee Alliance Establishes New European Headquarters - SensorMag

EU headquarters will focus on driving Smart Grid standardization efforts and addressing EU specific market needs for ZigBee Alliance members.

SAN RAMON, CA -- The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions supporting energy management in residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications, announced Larry Taylor as director of European standards development and the head of its new European office located in Cambridge, U.K. Taylor, who has more than 20 years of experience with International Standards, will lead a team responsible for expanding the Alliance's efforts in addressing the European Union (EU)'s specific needs in energy management standards and Smart Grid activities. The European HQ will also focus on supporting its growing European-based membership and expanding its growing role in EU implementations of ZigBee Smart Energy in wireless advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and home area networks (HAN).

More than 150 Alliance members, or 40 percent of the Alliance's membership, have European operations focused on ZigBee-related projects. The European HQ will help foster new partnerships with energy-related EU organizations while bolstering efforts with existing collaborations with the European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) and the Device Language Message Specification (DLMS) User Association. The European HQ will expedite ZigBee's growing emergence as the leading choice for wireless EU Smart Grid projects and promote greater adoption of other innovative ZigBee standards offering solutions for consumer electronics, home automation, health care and telecom.

More: SensorMag
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