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Liaison Agreement Focuses on ZigBee Smart Energy Meeting Automaker and Utility Needs

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 6:02am
SAN RAMON, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) today announced their collaboration on ZigBee Smart Energy™ standard development. Their efforts will make ZigBee Smart Energy the preferred technology supporting Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEV) and enabling essential vehicle to grid (V2G) communication and power capabilities.

  ZigBee Smart Energy is the market leading home area network and advanced metering infrastructure standard for the Smart Grid. The collaboration recognizes the important role SAE plays as the focal point for integrating automobile communication with emerging energy management requirements. Using ZigBee Smart Energy to define how PEVs and the grid interact, whether at the consumer's home or at a remote location, will be one of the goals the two groups address. Ultimately, this initiative will provide future PEV drivers with the real-time information needed to control their transportation energy use, manage their charging costs and receive utility incentives for participating in PEV programs. It also provides the essential control functions necessary to safely manage the charging of PEVs while maintaining grid integrity.

  "Adding ZigBee Smart Energy to PEVs will give automakers and utilities a common language to manage the charging, storage and use of energy in PEVs," said Richard Scholer, SAE Hybrid Vehicle Communications Task Force Committee Chair. "SAE's formidable task is to help coordinate the urgent efforts of many different companies, industries and disciplines. It realizes the faster standards appear, the sooner electric-powered vehicles can gain consumer acceptance as a new and reliable mode of transportation."

Work between the groups is already underway with completion targeted for this year when ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 is scheduled for completion.  SAE joins ZigBee Smart Energy development efforts, which are led by some of the largest utilities, suppliers and technology companies in the world.

 
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