OpenFMB™ June Face-to-Face Meeting in Denver

By Aaron Smallwood, SGIP Vice President Technology

The OpenFMB use case task force held a face-to-face meeting on June 29th and 30th at the Hitachi facilities in Englewood, CO. Special thanks to our member company Hitachi for hosting and accommodating this extended meeting.

The OpenFMB in-person meeting focused on use case work sessions, developing an online code repository and information hub, as well as defining the use cases to be developed for the live OpenFMB demonstration during the Vendor Expo at SGIP’s 2016 Grid Modernization Summit November 7-10 in Washington, DC.

New SGIP members Red Hat and Hitachi rounded out the 20-person team that made substantial progress on 2016 OpenFMB milestones. We were also pleased to have Elizabeth Mallet with the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) join us for part of the meeting.  Before the end of 2016, we plan to publish our online repository, where OpenFMB code will be available to those interested for the first time.

The upcoming OpenFMB demonstration at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit will showcase new use cases in DER Circuit Segment Management, Microgrid Management and Management Services. The live OpenFMB demo at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit will be the next step in demonstrating multi-vendor peer-to-peer interoperability of grid devices.

Below are highlights of key accomplishments from the OpenFMB meeting:

  • Reviewed, revised, and fine-tuned the use case narrative
  • Finalized the scope of new cybersecurity functionality for the demonstration at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit—additions will include configuration and certificate management functionality
  • Discussed technology partners’ participation in the OpenFMB live demo in the Vendor Expo at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit.
  • Discussed OpenFMB data model

Many thanks again to Hitachi for generously hosting and accommodating our needs and thank you to all the participants who helped us move closer to our 2016 goals.