Based on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62056 DLMS/COSEM suite of international standards, IDIS Companion Specifications define precise Use Cases and Options to ensure 100% interoperable smart meter devices. The Companions Specification is supported by an independent, proven, and test-driven conformance and interoperability process through certification provided by the IDIS Association. The key benefit for utilities is the enablement of multi-vendor sourcing of devices with guaranteeing end-to-end interoperability and interchangeability. Furthermore, the IDIS Companions Specifications and testing approach could be extended to incorporate new requirements and specific use cases of utilities whilst still leveraging a proven and open-standards approach.
The IDIS Standard
constantly evolving to meet changing requirements
Since its inception, the IDIS companion specification has evolved through 3 baseline ‘packages’ that enables a core set of key use cases to operate across various underlying communications technologies.
was focused on optimized use cases for narrow-band power line communication networks.
introduced Internet Protocol (IP) as the underlying communication
Extend functional and non-functional use case, keeping track with market demands
Compliance Testing and Use Cases
The IDIS Association offers a product compliance testing process via an independent facility. Devices are tested via a well-respected third party, with 40 certified devices currently holding the IDIS test label. The IDIS conformance test gives utilities the confidence that multiple vendors are qualified for the relevant baseline IDIS specification.
Conformance test reports clearly identify the type and manufacturer of the device; the extensions, and the additional options supported by the device.