This can be complex when standards developed by different standards development organizations (SDOs), and even different groups within a given SDO have varied semantic models and architecture references.
IEC Systems Committees (SyC) aim to provide industry with a consistent, thorough and easy to use portfolio of Standards, while supporting the technical committees which develop the Standards. They are comprised of experts on working and advisory groups which liaise with other IEC technical committees and SDOs in the specific fields, such as active assisted living (AAL), smart cities, low voltage direct current (LVDC), smart manufacturing and smart energy.
The SyC smart energy has created a business model, which would help SyCs to achieve this and also enable industry to understand and better use Standards, as well as be aware of what is in the pipeline.
“If industry knows what’s available, what it needs and what changes and new Standards are on the horizon, this will more likely favour the broad effective adoption of Standards”, said Richard Schomberg, Chair, IEC SyC smart energy.
Moving with the times, the business model considers the fact that systems are constantly evolving and require continual feedback and input to be able to adapt to the latest market requirements.
Additionally, many TCs have increasing liaisons with other TCs and SDOs, and they work on multiple projects, and they can be involved with several SyCs. Consequently, SyCs would greatly benefit from using similar or a common business model.
The added value of the business model will be achieved with a new approach to the Standards development process itself and include:
“The SyC is organizing forums that offer many benefits because they allow the cross communication of all stakeholders, while supporting and offering a broader view of TC/SC activities”, said Schomberg.
IEC SyC smart energy began in 2009 as a strategic group. It has since evolved into a Systems Committee with six groups covering generic smart grid requirements, roadmap, standards development plan, methodology and tools, TC forum and more. Drawing on almost a decade of experience, the new business model has been developed through a series of workshops with ten TCs that are most relevant to smart energy.
Find out more about IEC Systems Committees.