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Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), an association composed of utilities, developers and integrators to promote open standards for the smart grid, has announced two initiatives to drive adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) as a standard for smart meters and smart grid devices.

According to ESNA, OSGP is a family of specifications published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and an efficient data representation and interchange protocol that delivers effective throughput on narrowband power line communications and other links.

ESNA has partnered with Gurux, a company specializing in device communications protocols, to provide utilities with the ability to access OSGP-based smart meters using the DLMS/COSEM application data model using IEC 62056 parts 47, 53, 61 and 62.

According to the association, OSGP DLMS/COSEM interoperability allows utilities to choose a common data model for smart meters to lower IT integration costs.

To further speed and promote the adoption of OSGP as an open standard, ESNA has signed a memorandum of understanding with DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability to offer OSGP conformance and interoperability test services.

ESNA says this partnership will provide vendors with third-party validation of their OSGP implementations that can complement their internal test efforts.




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