In February, I had blogged about the emergence of the smart energy arena, made up of an ecosystem stretching from the utility to your home including connected devices such as data concentrators, smart meters, home gateways, smart appliances etc.
A common standard that outlines the requirements regarding connectivity and intelligent communication between these devices is the Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2.0 specification. Late last month, SEP 2.0 was ratified and is now available for download from the ZigBee Alliance’s website.
SEP 2.0 has a number of changes compared to its previous rev (v1.1) including support for multiple standards (ZigBee, Wi-Fi), an expanded list of Function Sets including Demand Response & Load Control, Price, Metering and more. Check out this EE Times article for an overview of the SEP 2.0 standard.
As increasing number of manufacturers join the ranks of designing smart energy and IoT (internet-of-thing) devices, it is useful to be aware of the requirements to design a SEP 2.0 compatible device.
At Mentor Embedded, we have been working closely with customers designing SEP 2.0 compatible devices and fully understand the demands of such a project. Nucleus is the RTOS of choice in these applications, offering a breadth of connectivity, networking and security features necessary to design a SEP 2.0 compatible device.
Please review this video for an understanding of the hardware and software strategies involved in designing SEP 2.0 compliant embedded devices.