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NEMA publishes ANSI C12.22 Protocol Specification.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 09, 2009 - Advancing interoperability among communications modules and meters, ANSI C12.22 Protocol Specification for Interfacing to Data Communication Networks describes process of transporting C12.19 table data over variety of networks. C12.22 uses AES encryption to enable strong, secure Smart Grid communications, including confidentiality and data integrity, and it is also fully extensible to support additional security mechanisms industry may require in future.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA Publishes ANSI C12.22 Protocol Specification for Interfacing to Data Communication Networks

Press release date: Mar 24, 2009

ROSSLYN, Va., March 24, 2009-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI C12.22 Protocol Specification for Interfacing to Data Communication Networks.

This new application-level standard describes the process of transporting C12.19 table data over a variety of networks. The wide variety of information that it covers will be necessary in the implementation of the Smart Grid. This new standard will advance interoperability among communications modules and meters. C12.22 uses AES encryption to enable strong, secure Smart Grid communications, including confidentiality and data integrity, and it is also fully extensible to support additional security mechanisms the industry may require in the future.

Multiple vendors offer communication technologies that work in conjunction with C12.22, allowing utilities to choose options that make the most sense for their budget, objectives, and service territory. Open standards like C12.22 help utilities evolve their systems over time by enabling new technology to interoperate with existing infrastructure.

"As a standard protocol used for the Smart Grid, ANSI C12.22 is the latest in a series of extremely successful and widely implemented standards," said Ed Beroset, chairman of the committee that produced the standard.

Said Ed May of the Electrical Metering Section, "Interoperability allows utilities to utilize multiple communication networks or change communications technologies while maintaining their investment in the meter. In this way, we believe that open standards in general, and ANSI C12.22 in particular, help protect the investment that utilities, ratepayers, and shareholders make in advanced metering."

The contents and scope of ANSI C12.22 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $160, by visiting www.nema.org/stds/c12-22.cfm, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or on the web at global.ihs.com.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association's Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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