IP-Based Energy Management for Homes


IP-based energy management for homes: a review of the ZigBee Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2) Standard

BY RYAN MALEY, ZigBee Alliance

As the Smart Grid evolves and needs of the market shift with new technology possibilities, the importance of adopting networking standards that ensure interoperability between systems becomes critical for North American electric utilities, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users alike. There are many stakeholders across the energy supply ecosystem that are working together to support this process of offering utilities and energy service providers smart choices in the creation of Home Area Networks.

The ZigBee Alliance has completed development and ratified the Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2) standard, which provides internet protocol (IP)-based information and control for energy management in home area networks (HANs) for both wired and wireless networks. SEP 2 is designed to be transport agnostic, and can operate over any IP-based stack and different physical layers. The SEP 2 standard is designed to help ensure a more stable, reliable and efficient energy supply in the 21st century Smart Grid and empower consumers to take control of their energy consumption.

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