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Standards and the Smart Grid

“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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