Monday, June 29, 2009

How to Get Involved w/ Standards Development

(This post is excerpted from the ANSI Group Discussion Forum on LinkedIn at

I think it is worth mentioning generally how a person goes about identifying a group to work with on standards development; how for example would we figure out who is currently working on standards for doors or hardware? And what is generally the procedure when someone wants to volunteer to contribute to a standards activity? I posed these questions to my colleagues at ANSI.

In response, to find out whether a developer works within a particular area, the public can search the pdf file we post of ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers and their scopes: The lists include contact information at the standards developer along with the scope of activity.

Similarly, people can search for individual standards based on keywords at Contact information (including usually a website and a person) from the posted list of developers can be used to connect to a developer/specific standards activity.

Hope this helps!

I wanted to test this process out for myself. So here's what I found: There are 5 groups working on door standards. BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association); DASMA (Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association); NAAMM (National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers); SDI ASC A250 (Steel Door Institute); WDMA (Window and Door Manufacturers Association). And all their contact information is shown at the link

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Emergency Notification System Call Volume Testing Procedure Now Available Free

A testing process related to Emergency Notification System (ENS) Call Volume over wireline networks was released by ATIS, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions. This best practices document addresses the issues associated with increased traffic volumes during times of crisis and is the first in a larger suite of guidelines.

The testing procedure according to ATIS, "will assist in the facilitation of efficient delivery during emergency mass notifications over the public switched telephone network." Best Practices for Emergency Notification System (ENS) Call Volume Testing Procedure: Wireline is available for free.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Smart Grid Interoperability Standards

Smart Grid Interoperability Standards are available online. ANSI added links to download all the documents on the list shown below of recognized standards published in NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework: Release 1.0. Additional related information follows after the list of Smart Grid Interoperability Standards.

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and Smart Grid end-to-end security
AMI-SEC System Security Requirements

Revenue metering information model
ANSI C12.19/MC1219 American National Standard For Utility Industry End Device Data Tables

Building automation
BACnet ANSI ASHRAE 135.1-2009 Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet
ISO 16484-5 Building automation and Control Systems

Inter-control center communications
IEC 60870-6 / TASE.2 Telecontrol equipment and systems - Telecontrol protocols
IEC 60870 Telecontrol equipment and systems.

Substation automation and protection
IEC 61850 Communications Networks and Systems in Substations

Application level energy management system interfaces
IEC 61968 Application Integration at Electrical Utilities
IEC 61970 Energy Management System Application Program Interface EMS-API

Information security for power system control operations
IEC/TS 62351 Power systems management and associated information exchange - Data and communications security

Phasor measurement unit (PMU) communications
IEEE C37.118 IEEE Standard for Synchrophasors for Power Systems

Physical and electrical interconnections between utility and distributed generation (DG)
IEEE 1547 Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems

Security for intelligent electronic devices (IEDs)
IEEE 1686-2007 IEEE Standard for Substation Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) Cyber Security Capabilities

NERC CIP 002-009 Cyber security standards for the bulk power system
CIP-001-1 Sabotage Reporting
CIP-002-1 Critical Cyber Asset Identification
CIP-002-2 Cyber Security - Critical Cyber Asset Identification
CIP-003-1 Security Management Controls
CIP-003-2 Cyber Security - Security Management Controls
CIP-004-1 Personnel & Training
CIP-004-2 Cyber Security - Personnel & Training
CIP-005-1 Electronic Security Perimeter(s)
CIP-005-2 Cyber Security - Electronic Security Perimeter(s)
CIP-006-1 Physical Security of Critical Cyber Assets
CIP-006-1a Physical Security of Critical Cyber Assets
CIP-006-2 Cyber Security - Physical Security of Critical Cyber Assets
CIP-007-1 Systems Security Management
CIP-007-2 Cyber Security - Systems Security Management
CIP-008-1 Incident Reporting and Response Planning
CIP-008-2 Cyber Security - Incident Reporting and Response Planning
CIP-009-1 Recovery Plans for Critical Cyber Assets
CIP-009-2 Cyber Security - Recovery Plans for Critical Cyber Assets

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards

Cyber security standards and guidelines for federal information systems, including those for the bulk power system
NIST Computer Security Resource Center NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53, NIST SP 800-82

Price responsive and reliability DR event information
Open Automated Demand Response (Open ADR) Communication Specification
OpenADR Specification Documents

Home Area Network device communication, measurement, and control
Framework for Security Technologies for Home Network

Home Area Network (HAN) Device Communications and Information Model
ZigBe Alliance
Zigbe HomePlug Smart Energy Profile Technical Documents

There are additional standards and organizations related to the Smart Grid:
ISO Building Automation and Control Systems Standards
NIST Wiki on Smart Grid
AMI-SEC Task Force Overview develops security guidelines, recommendations, and best practices for AMI Advanced Metering Infrastructure Security
DNP Forum for Distributed Network Protocol

SGIP (Smart Grid Interoperability Panel) Catalog of Standards

IETF RFC6272: Internet Protocol Standards for Smart Grid
NAESB REQ18/WEQ19: Energy Usage Information
SAE J 1772-2010: Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler
SAE J 2836/1-2010: Use Cases for Communication Between Plug-in Vehicles and the Utility Grid
NEMA SG-AMI 1-2009: Requirements for Smart Meter Upgradeability
NISTIR 7761L Guidelines for Assessing Wireless Standards for Smart Grid

A new series of articles about Smart Grids has just been posted on this blog, going into the technologies, features, and economics behind the development of Smart Grids.