The UNH-IOL Announces Pilot Program for IEEE 1588 Power Profile Certification Testing

DURHAM, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#Certificationlt;/agt;–The University
of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory
(UNH-IOL), an
independent provider of comprehensive standards-based testing services
for the networking industry, today announced the Power Profile
Certification Pilot Program where device manufacturers can test their
products against the Test Suite Specification (TSS) which was jointly
developed with support from the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) and the IEEE 1588 Power Profile Conformity Assessment
Steering Committee. This pilot is jointly offered by UNH-IOL and IEEE
Conformity Assessment Program’s (ICAP). All participating entities in
the pilot program may submit eligible devices for early certification by
IEEE. The UNH-IOL is the first test house authorized by IEEE to offer
Power Profile Certification Testing.

“Under the guidance of a community of experts from industry and NIST, we
have developed the first IEEE 1588 Power Profile Certification program
to aid in the adoption and validation of this technology in the Smart
Grid, be it applied to distributed measurement and control applications
such as synchrophasors, distribution grid and microgrid control, or
event and data recording, the criticality of reliable and accurate time
within the grid has never been higher,” Bob Noseworthy, Chief Engineer
at UNH-IOL continues. “We expect this effort to continue to grow and
expand to meet the needs of utilities today and in the future, and
welcome involvement from all stakeholders and interested parties.”

IEEE 1588TM defines the Precision Time Protocol (PTP), a
network protocol that enables precise synchronization of the real-time
clocks of devices in networked distributed systems. The IEEE 1588 Power
Profile Certification Program evaluates conformance to the IEC/IEEE
and IEEE
profiles of the IEEE
standard. The program will ensure networks meet
requirements for the Power Utility Automation Profile (IEC/IEEE
) and the Power System Applications Profile (IEEE
) to support precise timing in substations and between
substations, in large geographical areas.

“As a utility serving more than three million customers, we need a
device to conform to the standard and behave in a predictable manner,”
explained Eric Oh, P.Eng. Senior SCADA Engineer and Technical Lead at
AltaLink. “By engaging with the IEEE 1588 Power Profile Conformity
Assessment Program, we are able to influence and drive standardized
testing, improving our ability to qualify equipment more efficiently.”

Products that successfully undergo the IEEE 1588 Power Profile
certification program will provide increased confidence to end-users of
meeting all mandatory requirements of the standard and thus being
interoperable. A common time base across the grid is essential for
reliable, robust, and accurate synchronized measurement and control for
power systems reliability and resilience throughout the world.

For more details about the UNH-IOL Pilot Program for IEEE 1588 Power
Profile Certification Testing, please visit the UNH-IOL IEEE 1588
Testing Program web

About the UNH-IOL

The UNH-IOL is dedicated to being the world’s premier data networking
resource. Beginning in 1988, the UNH-IOL has built a multimillion dollar
testbed and developed testing solutions to help companies efficiently
and cost effectively deliver products to market. UNH-IOL’s services fit
the needs of the market, while maintaining broad, comprehensive
interoperability and conformance testing of networking, data,
telecommunications, and storage products. The industry relies on
UNH-IOL’s extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation,
28,000+ square foot facility, and 100+ students who represent the future
interoperability testing and verification.
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