The IDIS association stands for interoperability

The world goes smart. In tomorrow’s smart world, smart meters form the foundation of an interconnected system expanding from smart metering to smart grids and smart home applications. To secure the interoperability required to ensure a seamless flow of data and smooth upgrades towards new applications, three smart metering industry leaders have founded the IDIS (Interoperable Device Interface Specifications) Industry Association in Zug, Switzerland to make interoperability a reality in the smart metering industry.

The IDIS association develops, maintains and promotes publicly available technical interoperability specifications, known as ‘IDIS specifications’, based on open standards and supports their implementation in interoperable products. The association manages, administers and protects the IDIS quality label and supports rigorous interoperability testing to ensure high quality standards.

Considering the variety of technical smart metering standards currently available, a commitment to developing interoperable products based on these standards is crucial. Standards guarantee open technology but they do not guarantee the availability of products which are tested for interoperability. Therefore, IDIS is committed to specifying how the existing and evolving standards are used in products and to providing the necessary testing environment required to achieve truly interoperable products. Further, IDIS members are committed to making interoperability tested IDIS products available in the market.

“With the founding of the IDIS association we step on virgin soil in the smart metering industry. We are aware that the goals we have set are challenging but the telecom industry has demonstrated that it is possible to achieve them. We plan to release the IDIS specification in the second half of 2010 as well as interoperability testing facilities,” says Oliver Iltisberger, President of the IDIS Association.

IDIS is an association for smart metering companies which are committed to providing interoperable products based on open standards. IDIS membership is open to any legal entity providing conformance tested IDIS equipment. Its current members include Elster, Iskraemeco, Itron and Landis+Gyr.

About IDIS

The Interoperable Device Interface Specifications (IDIS) Industry Association is a non-profit, association established to maintain and promote publicly available technical interoperability specifications based on open standards and supports their implementation in interoperable products. IDIS is an association for smart metering companies which are committed to providing interoperable products based on open standards. Its current members include Elster, Iskraemeco, Itron and Landis+Gyr.

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