Alliance Collaboration Will Improve Smart Grid System Interoperability

The agreement between two alliances, OpenADR and Wi-Sun, will see a major improvement in energy efficiency programs.
Published: Thu 13 Mar 2014

The OpenADR Alliance and Wi-SUN Alliance have reached a liaison agreement to accelerate the rollout of energy-efficient program offerings.

The OpenADR Alliance helps foster the development, adoption and compliance of open automated demand response standard through collaboration, education, testing and certification.

The Wi-SUN Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power wireless utility products based on open global standard IEEE 802.15.4g. Its membership is open to all corporations.

Enabling seamless connectivity

Through this agreement, the two organizations will be working together to enable interoperability between smart utility networks and utility demand response programs, based on the OpenADR specification.

"Both the Wi-SUN Alliance and the OpenADR Alliance are finding growing acceptance of their respective specifications globally," said Barry Haaser, managing director, OpenADR Alliance. "It is important to enable interoperability between the two specifications to provide seamless connectivity between Wi-SUN based smart-utility networks and OpenADR based automated demand response programs."

"This agreement will help energy providers deploy smart utility networks and automated demand response programs cost effectively and with confidence," said Phil Beecher, chairman, Wi-SUN Alliance. "The two industry standards are highly complementary, offering utility companies more flexibility in their demand response and energy management program offerings."

OpenADR and Wi-SUN will collaborate with their respective members and offer incentives to encourage joint participation in complementary activities.

Consumers want a single solution

Consumers are interested in smart home technologies and research shows that the majority of them are specifically interested in smart home bundles, where services like home automation, energy management, and security are combined in a single solution. It therefore makes sense that interoperability will enhance this seamless integration in to the home.

According to Tom Kerber, Director of Research on Home Controls and Energy at Parks Associates, an overwhelming majority of households are interested in energy management as part of a broader offering of smart home solutions.

Says Kevin Meagher, Vice President and General Manager of Iris Smart Home at Lowe’s: “We believe it’s important for companies to seriously start thinking about how they can approach this market with innovative products, services and broader value propositions that will appeal to the average consumer and scale to meet their needs over time.”

The convergence of utilities, telecom, cable operators, security service providers, thermostat, and appliance manufacturers in the connected home is bound to shape innovative single smart home solutions for the consumer.

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