More than two dozen IEEE standards are key to allowing your smart appliances, devices, and plug-in cars to work together seamlessly. The standards deal with the countless technical considerations required to support a multitude of networks and interfaces in your home.
Perhaps the most important standards of all describe what will power your home: a smart grid. The grid is expected to reduce or even prevent power outages by anticipating equipment failures and rerouting electricity transmission to compensate.
These standards cover such functions as load control, data analysis, and security management. They also address the creation of a common technical platform.
The smart metering standards ensure two-way data communications among all the components so that information about the grid’s condition can be shared and acted upon.
For those using renewable energy sources for power, there are standards that describe how to connect these sources to the grid.
There are also standards that allow you to access the Internet and ensure you can stream video, including 3-D video, on devices from anywhere inside the home.
Finally, standards for a bidirectional vehicle-to-grid interface will enable an electric car to take energy from the grid when it is being charged and put it back on the grid when it is in the garage.
For more information, visit the IEEE Standards Association website.
This article is part of our December 2015 special report on smart homes.