KEMA opens Smart Grid Interop Lab

Erlanger, Ky., and Burlington, Mass., October 24, 2011 — KEMA officially opened its Smart Grid Interop Lab in Erlanger, Kentucky. The new lab is a dynamic testing center for smart grid technologies.

It is designed to simulate real-world conditions and test end-to-end functionality of smart grid elements, such as in-home displays, electric vehicle charging, smart meters and customer information portals. The lab plays an important role in the deployment of smart grids.

The lab provides independent testing of specific designs within a specific environment, enabling flexibility and innovation within existing smart grid programs and configurations. Energy and utility industry senior executives and government officials attended this celebratory event.

As the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as standardization and technology organizations in other countries and industry stakeholders work to define smart grid standards and an interoperable infrastructure, KEMA will ensure compliance and testing in the lab is in accordance with these initiatives. Interoperability testing will also provide critical measurement of cyber security performance within smart grid networks.

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