DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, Enverv, Inc., NXP Semiconductors, Siemens and State Grid Electric Power Research Institute Join the PRIME Alliance
5th September 2012: Five more organisations DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, Enverv Inc., NXP Semiconductors, Siemens and State Grid Electric Power Research Institute join the PRIME Alliance. “We are pleased to welcome these new members to the Alliance, as they broaden and diversify our organisation, and look forward to their contribution” said Miguel Angel Sanchez Fornie, President of the PRIME Alliance and Director of Control Systems and Telecom, Iberdrola. “As a professionally managed organization, the full focus of member volunteers is concentrated on the PRIME Alliance’s technical and promotional work, collaborating with Standardization bodies, improving technical specifications, taking market requirements and lessons learnt from deployments and building them into the PRIME Technology roadmap”
PRIME Alliance AISBL is a not-for-profit organisation, funded and run by its members, since 2009. An industry-driven specification and interoperability effort, the goal of the Alliance is to provide a framework in which the smart metering and smart grid industry have access to open detailed non- proprietary technical specifications in order to develop fully interoperable solutions, to allow multiple vendors to be operational within the same distribution network, in one common system architecture. Today, PRIME reflects the first fully open, multi-vendor interoperable smart metering system in the world that has been successfully tested in live networks.
The Alliance attracts some of the most well-known key industry players that are now active members in this industrial partnership, working together to advance the specification, promote adoption and increase the number of PRIME certified products available today. Our growing worldwide membership includes Utilities, Meter and Chipset manufacturers, IT, Service and other Smart Grid industry related companies.
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of nearly 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification. As an objective and impartial knowledge-based company, we advise and support organizations along the energy value chain: producers, suppliers & end-users of energy, equipment manufacturers, as well as government bodies, corporations and non-governmental organizations. DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is part of DNV, a global provider of services for managing risk with more than 10,000 employees in over 100 countries. For more information on DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, visit www.dnvkema.com.
EnVerv is a fabless semiconductor company in the United States with headquarters in San Jose and sales offices worldwide. Enverv’s PLC System on Chip (SoC) solutions enable high performance communications via Low-Voltage (LV) and Medium-Voltage (MV) power lines with the goal of providing efficient and effective communications means for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) as well as other power line-based smart control and monitoring applications. EnVerv’s current portfolio of products comprises Meter/modem, Data Concentrator and In-Home Display chips all supporting 4GPLC(TM), G3-PLC and PRIME standards. Website address www.enverv.com.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. In Smart Grids, NXP offers a wide range of system solutions for energy usage monitoring, security, pre-payment and communications based on standards such as NFC, ZigBee and OFDM PLC. NXP also provides key building blocks such as microcontrollers, display drivers, real-time clocks and energy-efficient power supplies. Additional information is available at www.nxp.com.
The Siemens Smart Grid Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supplies power providers and network operators, industrial enterprises, infrastructure elements and cities with products and solutions for intelligent and flexible network infrastructures. To meet growing energy needs, the networks of today and tomorrow must integrate more and more renewable energy sources and ensure bi-directional energy and communication flows. Smart Grids help make it possible to generate and use power efficiently and on demand. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/smartgrid
State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)
SGEPRI is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research institution in China, directly affiliated to State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). SGEPRI conducts research and development in all fields of the power system and its relevant fields .As a major player in Smart Grid in China, SGEPRI provides mature technology and services for China`s smart grid construction. In PLC field, as the industry leader and standard setter, SGEPRI is the promoter of the developments of PLC in China. Website address: www.sgepri.sgcc.com.cn
About PRIME Alliance
PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) Alliance was created in 2009 to define an open and future-proofed communications PLC-based infrastructure to support large scale smart metering and other smart grid deployments. The goal of the Alliance is to provide a framework in which the smart metering and smart grid industry have access to open detailed technical specifications in order to develop fully interoperable solutions, which would allow multiple vendors to be operational within
the same distribution network in one common system architecture. Detailed technical specs include Physical PHY layer and Medium Access Control MAC layer specifications.
PRIME Alliance provides a forum for the definition, maintenance and support of an open and comprehensive standard for narrowband power line for Smart Grid products and services. The mission of the Alliance is to accelerate the demand for products and services based on this worldwide standard and promote the broad adoption and use of the specification while certifying multi-vendor interoperability and compatibility with the global standard. The Alliance is open to all potential partners who agree to actively support and promote an open and public specification for the benefit of the end-user and all industry stakeholders. Visit www.prime-alliance.org for more information or to join the Alliance.
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