PRIME Alliance Field Test Proves Successful Multi-Vendor Metering
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Demonstrates Viability of Open Powerline Communications Standard in Enabling the Smart Grid SAN RAMON, Calif.--(Business Wire)-- PRIMEAlliance (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) announced today it has successfully demonstrated the first open standards-based, multi-vendor interoperable metering solution for the utility industry. This achievement proves that a multi-vendor open powerline communications standard can enable the Smart Grid by efficiently communicating between the utility companies and customer meters. The PRIME Alliance is focused on the development of a new open, public and non-proprietary powerline carrier communications solution that will support real-time smart metering functionalities and also provide the fundamental basis for intelligent distribution networks in an entire Smart Grid vision. The founding PRIME Alliance members are leading industry players who aim to turn this vision for an open and public solution into a commercially available solution. "The Smart Grid vision evolved into reality when we had proven test-cells operating in live distribution cells," said Tom Willie, PRIME Alliance vice chairman from member company Current Group, during a PRIME Management Group Meeting at the Metering, Billing/CRM Europe conference in Barcelona, Spain, last week. By demonstrating that open standards and multi-vendor interoperability for metering and in-home communications can be successfully achieved, PRIME demonstrated that the opportunity for utilities to build their Smart Grids from true multi-vendor solutions is unprecedented. "Legacy metering approaches required utilities to accept that the communications link between the meter vendor and meter collector was proprietary, in essence locking the utility into a single communications provider solution. Today`s milestone clearly proves that meter vendors and meter collector providers can now integrate open communications solutions that will speed the adoption, reduce the cost, and expand the capabilities of Smart Grid solutions for utilities," Willie said. The goal of the Alliance is to provide a framework in which vendors of meters, data concentrators, in-home devices, and chipsets could access fully open physical layer (PHY) and Medium Access Control (MAC) specifications in order to design fully interoperable solutions, which would allow multiple vendors to be operational within the same distribution network in one common system platform. The Alliance began the first field-based interoperability tests in multi-vendor environments this summer based on multiple chipset technologies in PRIME member Iberdrola`s distribution network. About PRIME Alliance The PRIME Alliance provides a forum for the creation of an open, single specification and standard for narrowband power line for Smart Grid products and services. The mission of the Alliance is to accelerate the demand for products and services based on the worldwide standard and promote the broad adoption and use of the specification while promoting multi-vendor interoperability and compatibility with the global standard. The Alliance is open to all potential partners who agree to actively support and promote an open and public specification for the benefit of the end-user and all industry stakeholders. Founding members are: Iberdrola, ST Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, Landis Gyr, Itron, Current Group, Ziv Group and Advanced Digital Design. Visit www.prime-alliance.org for more information or to join the Alliance. Texas Instruments/PRIME Alliance Thomas Hillmann, +49-816-180-4322 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2009
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