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Standards and the Smart Grid

Jun 17, 2009, 01:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"The final challenge results from the fact that in the U.S, standards are driven by industry, and not government. That's fine when the standards-related goal is narrow (e.g., enabling mobile devices to communicate with wireless hubs) but not so adequate when the standards you need will need to come from 20 or 30 standards organizations, and all of those standards must play nicely together.

"That's the case, for example, when you'd like to convert an entire health and insurance ecosystem to adopt a suite of scores of standards to describe electronic health records in just a few years' time. Today, the infrastructure simply doesn't exist in private industry to pull it off, and in the U.S., at least, the government is on the short end of the learning when it comes to inspiring this level of collaboration (in contrast, Europe has been working on challenges like this for decades)."

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