NIST Interagency Report on AMI Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework

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The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has released a new report on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meter upgradeability test framework.

Draft report is available for download – click

As electric utilities turn to Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMIs) to promote the development and deployment of the Smart Grid, one aspect that can benefit from standardization is the upgradeability of Smart Meters. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard SG-AMI 1-2009, “Requirements for Smart Meter Upgradeability,” describes functional and security requirements for the secure upgrade—both local and remote—of Smart Meters. This report describes conformance test requirements that may be used voluntarily by testers and/or test laboratories to determine whether Smart Meters and Upgrade Management Systems conform to the requirements of NEMA SG-AMI 1-2009. For each relevant requirement in NEMA SG-AMI 1-2009, the document identifies the information to be provided by the vendor to facilitate testing, and the high-level test procedures to be conducted by the tester/laboratory to determine conformance.” – NIST

In specific, the report talks about the conformance tests for mandatory requirements applicable to smart meters, conformance tests for conditional requirements applicable to smart meters, conformance tests for optional requirements applicable to smart meters, non-testable requirements for smart meters, conformance tests for mandatory requirements for upgrade management systems, functional requirements for upgrade management system and smart meter tested together as a system-under-test.

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