IEEE and DKE host workshop in Offenbach, Germany as well as joining forces with other organizations to explore smart grid technologies and applications enabled through globally relevant standards.

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) announced yesterday the “STANDARDIZATION: LIVING IN THE SMART CITIES OF THE FUTURE eWork, eMobility and Connecting to Smart Grids” workshop co-hosted with DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE.

This exclusive event sees DKE and IEEE-SA are partnering for the first time to provide practical information on home networking, next generation mobility, smart cities, and their integration with smart grids.

The agenda features a cross-section of experts from DKE and IEEE-SA:

        -  Keynote
           Dr. Bernhard Thies, Chairman of the Board of Directors, DKE
           Secretary of the German National Committee of IEC and CENELEC.
        -  Introduction of IEEE-SA and its Smart City Activities
           Building consensus across many technologies.
           Dr. John Kulick, Senior Staff Consultant Corporate Standards and
           Siemens Corporate Technology, Siemens Corporation
           Vice-Chair, IEEE-SA Standards Board
           Trends in home networking and Smart Grid powerline communication
           Oleg Logvinov, Director Market Development, Industrial & Power
           Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics
           Member IEEE-SA
        -  Introduction of DKE and its Smart City Activities
           Smart Grid meets Smart Building - how standards can help to bridge
           the gap
           Dr. Rolf Apel, Manager Technology and Innovation, Siemens AG.
        -  IEEE-SA and DKE Perspectives on Next Generation Mobility and the
           eMobility: standards and technology - trends, issues, and the future
           impact of electric vehicles
           Paul Bishop, President & Chief Engineer, The Bishop Group.
           Chair, IEEE P2030.1(TM) Working Group.
           Standard Proposal for Resonant Inductive Charging of Electric
           Samuel Kiefer, CEO, Kiefermedia GmbH.

The workshop also features an interactive panel discussion and a tour of the new VDE Battery Test Center, which is included in the registration fee.

The DKE/IEEE-SA workshop will be held on 10th July 2012 at the Sheraton Offenbach Hotel, in Offenbach, Germany. For additional information and to register for the event visit:

IBM lead the way with 2000 Smart Cities.

Chris O’Connor, vice president of engineering and smart city products at IBM, recently talked about the smart city services they offer and a glimpse into the first generation of smart cities.

When “smart cities” are talked about today, they usually mean adding sensors to city infrastructure to gather information. Software analyses the data received and suggests actions to officials on how they can make the city run better. The software might have solutions to help residents conserve water, for example, or reduce traffic congestion.

Many sensors already exist for cities to use. There are monitors for water meters, elevators, stop lights, toll booths, buses, taxis and parking tickets, O’Connor said. Cities may also gather publicly available social media information from their residents, such as tweets and status updates.

IBM has used data from these sensors to better link the emergency response and transportation departments of Davao in the Philippines, so the two departments can work together in emergencies, O’Connor said. A system has also been set up by IBM for South Bend, Indiana, that monitors the water systems in the city and helps the city reroute storm runoff. The entire system runs in an IBM-run cloud service, so South Bend doesn’t have to install the software itself. 2,000 similar projects over the last few years, all set up by IBM.

The next generation of smart city systems should be able to cooperate better than they do now. O’Connor mentioned that at the moment, sensors in the same category usually can communicate with each other easily. A transportation device can’t talk with a water device as easily, so companies like IBM, are working to develop standards for the future that will run their systems using the same computing languages.