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Digital Production Partnership (DPP)

Overview: The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) is an initiative formed by the UK's public service broadcasters to help producers and broadcasters maximise the potential of digital production and to help speed the transition to fully digital production and distribution in television. DPP is a not-for-profit partnership funded and led by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 with representation from Sky, Channel 5, S4/C, UKTV and BT Sport. The DPP authors major reports, holds public forums, and makes contributions to areas such as budgeting and training.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: July 30, 2014


Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA)

Overview: The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve the nation's surface transportation system. Founded in 1991, ITS America's membership includes more than 450 public agencies, private sector companies, and academic and research institutions. By engaging with Members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other government entities, ITS America serves as a resource for solutions that advance the nation's transportation system, such as accelerating the deployment of technology solutions and developing new innovations to meet the demands of future generations.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: July 23, 2014


Thread Group

Overview: Most of today's technologies rely on a single device to communicate with products around the home. So if that device fails, the whole network goes down. Today's technologies can also be difficult and confusing to set up. And since many devices around the home need to stay connected 24/7, they end up draining battery life quickly. Thread was designed to have these features: simple for consumers to use, always secure, power-efficient, an open protocol that carries IPv6 natively, based on a robust mesh network with no single point of failure, runs over standard 802.15.4 radios, and designed to support a wide variety of products for the home: appliances, access control, climate control, energy management, lighting, safety, and security.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: July 16, 2014


Open Interconnect Consortium

Overview: The Open Interconnect Consortium is defining the specification, certification & branding to deliver reliable interoperability. This standard will be an open specification that anyone can, and it will include IP protection & branding for certified devices (via compliance testing) and service-level interoperability. There will also be an Open Source implementation of the standard which will be designed to enable application developers and device manufacturers to deliver interoperable products across Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Tizen, and more. OIC's goal is to define a comprehensive communications framework to enable emerging applications in all key vertical markets, to enable multiple new modes of communication (such as Peer-to-Peer, Mesh & Bridging, Reporting & Control, etc), to include a consistent implementation of identity, authentication and security across the modes of User ID, Enterprise / Industrial ID & Credential. Founding members of OIC include Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: July 9, 2014


India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)

Overview: A public/private initiative of Ministry of Power and Government of India for accelerated development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector. ISGF was set up in 2010 to provide a mechanism through which academia, industry, utilities and other stakeholders could participate in the development of Indian smart grid systems and provide relevant inputs to the government's decision-making. Its mission is to help the Indian power sector deploy smart grid technologies in an efficient, cost effective, innovative and scalable manner by bringing together all key stakeholders and enabling technologies; to create a platform for public and private stakeholder members, research institutions and power utilities to exchange ideas and information on smart grids and develop use case scenarios for India; to bring together experts from regulation, policy, and the corporate sector to build support for smart grid policies; to conduct research on the capabilities of smart grids in the Indian context through case studies, cost-benefit analysis, study of technical advancements in renewable energy sources and other ancillary activities; and to make recommendations to the Government, Regulators, Utilities and Consumers through reports, white papers, technical seminars, etc.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology of Brazil (INMETRO)

Overview: The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) was created in 1973 to support Brazilian enterprises, increase their productivity, and increase the quality of goods and services. Inmetro's major tasks are to improve the quality of life of the ordinary citizen, as well as encourage competitiveness of the economy through metrology and quality; provide technical support to Conmetro, the National Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality Council responsible for establishing the national policies on metrology and quality; to implement the national policies on metrology and quality set by Conmetro; to maintain the national measurement standards in the country; to establish and maintain their metrological traceability to the units of the International System of Units (SI), by participating in international or regional comparisons establishing their equivalence to internationally accepted standards or to standards of other countries; and development of conformity assessment programs in the areas of products, processes, services and personnel, mandatory or voluntary, which involve the approval of regulations.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


Colombia Inteligente Initiative

Overview: The Colombia Inteligente (Smart Colombia) Initiative is a non-governmental program whose objective is to establish different strategies for a successful implementation of smart grid technology in Colombia. The program started in 2009 and has developed a conceptual basis for years to come. A critical factor in the success of the Colombia Inteligente Program is to identify the drivers for smart grid implementation based on the country needs and expectations. Environmental concerns, increasing electricity consumption, security of energy supply, aging infrastructure and significant advances in communication and information technologies have been identified as major drivers for smart grid deployments worldwide.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


Rx-360

Overview: Rx-360 is a not-for-profit consortium led by volunteers from the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry including both manufacturers and suppliers. The purpose is to enhance the security of the pharmaceutical supply chain and to assure the quality and authenticity of the products moving through the supply chain. The organization's mission is to protect patient safety by sharing information and developing processes related to the integrity of the healthcare supply chain and the quality of materials within the supply chain.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA)

Overview: JSCA promotes the domestic and overseas dissemination of smart community technologies while addressing issues that are difficult for companies or organizations to resolve by themselves, such as standardization and proposals for new social systems. A smart community is a community where various next-generation technologies and advanced social systems are effectively integrated and utilized, including the efficient use of energy, utilization of heat and unused energy sources, improvement of local transportation systems and transformation of the everyday lives of citizens. JSCA facilitates collaboration among a wide range of relevant parties, provides information and contributes to the preparation of roadmaps. JSCA is working to facilitate the development of smart communities through collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors in Japan by planning and implementing activities that contribute to Japan's economy. Such activities include fulfilling local government needs, and overcoming potential barriers and issues as well as sharing information on public financing for smart grid technology development.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


European Union Smart Grid Coordination Group

Overview: A collaboration between the European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), i.e. CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. The Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-GC) accepted the standardization Mandate M/490 on smart grid standardization and worked to coordinate the ESOs reply to M/490. The European Commission mandate M/490 highlights the following key points: the need for speedy action; the need to accomodate a huge number of stakeholders and to work in a context where many activities are international. SG-CG produced reports (approved by the CEN and CENELEC Technical Boards in 2012 and by ETSI Board in 2013) on sustainable processes, a first set of consistent standards, reference architecture; and investigated standards for information security and data privacy.

Specifications: Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/gas_electricity/smartgrids/doc/xpert_group1_security.pdf

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Current Status: Inactive

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


Korea Smart Grid Standardization Forum

Overview: The Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA) launched the Smart Grid Standardization Forum in 2014 to support standards development of Jeju Smart grid test-bed consortia and strengthen the private sector's cooperation for standardization.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Overview: Founded in 1889, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the State public service commissions who regulate the utilities that provide essential services such as energy, telecommunications, water, and transportation. NARUC programs include Grants & Research programs with funding from several Federal agencies, to programs provide opportunities for NARUC members to better participate and understand regulatory issues; International Programs largely funded in cooperation with the USAID, to provide information exchanges with energy regulators in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean; Federal Government Collaboratives which are geared to ensuring that consumers are receiving the highest quality of service at fair, just and reasonable prices; and a Nuclear Waste Program Office to be involved in the difficult challenge of implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act as it relates to spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear reactors.

Specifications: Available at: http://www.naruc.org/About/Proposed-Policies-and-Procedures-Final-November-2013-docx.pdf

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Overview: Founded in 1972, the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization that conducts research, development and demonstration (RD&D) relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Overview: NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. The vast majority of NRECA's members are, as well as generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives that supply wholesale power to their distribution cooperative owner-members. Distribution and G&T cooperatives share an obligation to serve their members by providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service. The majority of co-ops distribute electricity to consumers through low-voltage residential lines that cover more than 75 percent of the nation's land mass. Many of these distribution co-ops, as they're called, have joined to create co-ops that provide them with generation and transmission services.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Overview: EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Members provide electricity for 220 million Americans and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Organized in 1933, EEI provides public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, and essential conferences and forums.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 18, 2014


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