SGIP Announces Ratification of OpenFMBTM by North American Energy Standards Board

Wakefield, Mass., March 10, 2016 – The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) announced today that the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMBTM) was ratified as a standard through a NAESB Retail Market Quadrant member vote on Monday, March 7, 2016.

OpenFMB™ provides a specification for power systems field devices to leverage a non-proprietary and standards-based reference architecture to reduce implementation complexity and integration costs. OpenFMB™ achieves this by enabling communication between distributed intelligent nodes through loosely coupled, peer-to-peer messaging at the grid edge. Through a scalable publish-subscribe architecture, OpenFMB™ applications interact with each other and with adapters to existing end devices.

“We are pleased that through the hard work of the OpenFMBTM working committee this milestone has been met — taking OpenFMB™ beyond a collective work to a standard,” said Aaron Smallwood, Director of Technology Operations at SGIP. “We will continue moving forward and build upon our successful demonstrations and now ratified NAESBstandard to apply OpenFMB™ to more use cases and broader applications.”

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The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) is an industry consortium representing a cross-section of the energy ecosystem focusing on accelerating grid modernization and the energy Internet of Things through policy, education, and promotion of interoperability and standards to empower customers and enable a sustainable energy future. Our members are utilities, vendors, investment institutions, industry associations, regulators, government entities, national labs, services providers and universities. A nonprofit organization, we drive change through a consensus process.

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