Molly McCluskey of Fierce Smart Grid reports, “It’s not enough to collect data from smart grids. Utility executives must know how to use that data across a broad range of applications, especially as the technology, and the data it harnesses, becomes more advanced. That was the message of a keynote speech by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, director of the Smart Grid Center at Texas A&M University, delivered at Euro Con 2013, hosted by IEEE and the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.”

McCluskey continues, “Kezunovic cited the GridWise Architecture Council’s Interoperability Stack, which proposes an interoperability framework across eight categories. Broken down across three general categories — organizational, information, and technical — harnessed smart grid data can be effectively used to streamline operations across a wide variety of functions. Sub-categories include economic/regulatory, business objectives and business procedures under the organizational heading. Business context and semantic understanding fall under the information category. Finally, syntactic interoperability, network interoperability and basic connectivity are classified under the technical heading. Several issues are addressed across each subcategory, including shared meaning of content, resource identification, time synch, security and privacy, quality of service, etc.”

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