ELSTER DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO INTEROPERABILTY BY JOINING IDIS
Elster has cemented its long standing commitment to interoperability by joining the Interoperable Device Interface Specifications (IDIS) Industry Association. The global association maintains and promotes publicly available technical interoperability specifications based on open standards and supports their implementation in interoperable products.
Through its work with IDIS, Elster will again lead the promotion of technical interoperability specifications based on open standards. Elster already has a track record in IDIS involvement - its AS1440 and AS220 Smart Meters for electricity, combined with Power Line Carrier (PLC) module AM500, are already certified by the association.
“Interoperability is crucial and accelerates Smart Grid deployment as well as adoption of associated technologies” explains Kim Norgaard, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Elster Integrated Solutions International and Elster Electricity International. “Elster has long been an expert in co-developing and fulfilling open standards and this is demonstrated by the fact that our products achieved IDIS certification in record time. Our enhanced involvement with the association through membership will allow us to build on this foundation and further assist in the development of industry wide interoperability.”
According to IDC Insight’s latest Quarterly Smart Metering Tracker, global shipments in the second quarter of 2012 (2Q12) grew 33.6% over the previous quarter, and were up nearly 51.3% year over year. In light of this news it is in the industry’s interest to ensure its solutions are interoperable.
Elster is committed to continuing technological advances throughout the Smart Metering and Smart Grid sector. Its membership of IDIS closely follows the appointment of security expert Michael John as the Security Coordinator of the 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.
In addition, Frank Hyldmar, Executive Vice President, Elster Electricity, is president of the prestigious industry body ESMIG and a member of the EU’s Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF). ESMIG (European Smart Metering Industry Group) gives advice and provides its expertise to key stakeholders including the European Union, institutions, utilities and regulators, on all aspects related to Smart Metering across Europe. The SGTF was set up by the Commission at the end of 2009 is working towards the implementation of Smart Grid into the European market.
Elster is one of the world’s largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced Smart Metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.
Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.
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Geoffrey Riggs, Marketing Communications, Elster
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