The Department of Energy has selected a Pacific Northwest team, including interoperability testing partner QualityLogic Inc. (www.qualitylogic.com), to conduct a regional smart grid technology demonstration project. The five-year Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project will expand existing electric infrastructure and test new smart grid technologies with approximately 60,000 customers in five states.
The Northwest team combines energy providers, utilities, vendors and research organizations, and the study will involve metered customers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Total estimated cost for the project is $178 million, half of which DoE will provide through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project’s participants will provide the remaining funds.
The demonstration will use a rich set of technologies, protocols and application programming interfaces (APIs), all of which must work together. Smart grid technology includes everything from interactive appliances in homes to substation automation and sensors on transmission lines in a system that improves power delivery and use through intelligent, two-way communication.
Interoperability is a central factor in making the smart grid a working reality. QualityLogic will be responsible for interoperability testing and certification of Northwest Smart Grid Demo technologies. QualityLogic brings to the project more than 20 years of experience in developing proven methodologies for testing interoperability and conformance-to-standards for imaging, telecom and Internet technologies.
“QualityLogic’s specialty is solving complex interoperability problems by analyzing intricate technical specifications and standards and developing rigorous test solutions,” said Dave Jollota, CEO and President of QualityLogic. “We are excited to participate in the Northwest Smart Grid Demo team and look forward to contributing to its success.”
QualityLogic is a highly respected provider of testing products and outsourced quality assurance and engineering services. The Company provides a flexible menu of services at customers’ sites, at QualityLogic’s labs, or as managed services that scale to meet customers’ evolving needs. QualityLogic’s customers include technology companies around the world in a wide range of industries:
- Printer and MFP OEMs, ODMs and technology providers rely on QualityLogic test solutions to validate their products’ performance, conformance to industry standards, and interoperability with other hardware and software products.
- Network infrastructure equipment manufacturers, carriers, and telecom service providers use QualityLogic fax test equipment to ensure interoperability with fax traffic from traditional devices and across the Internet.
- IT departments in companies of all sizes look to QualityLogic to ensure their web applications or websites meet their quality objectives.
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