QualityLogic to Offer OpenADR 2.0 Training

Simi Valley, CA – June 25, 2013 – QualityLogic (www.qualitylogic.com) today announced the scheduling of the first public Training Workshop for developers of OpenADR 2.0 certified products and implementers of Demand Response (DR) programs on September 23-24 in Simi Valley, California. The workshop, led by QualityLogic CTO Jim Zuber, features hands-on experience with OpenADR technology and test tools.

Attendees of the two-day workshop will gain conceptual, detailed technical and hands-on understanding of what OpenADR 2.0 is and how it works. Participants will become familiar with OpenADR 2.0 technology; Certification Profiles “a” and “b”; the formal conformance certification program; and the pre-certification tests and tools for these profiles and OpenADR 2.0 specifications. Workshop participants will also learn how OpenADR 2.0 based solutions can be used to automate typical utility DR programs.

The registration fee is $1,495 for the two-day workshop. Participants who register on or before August 14 will be eligible for a $200 early-bird discount, and OpenADR Alliance members receive an additional $200 discount.

QualityLogic is the official test tool and technical training partner of the OpenADR Alliance. The workshop is a public version of the successful exclusive workshops QualityLogic has presented for numerous early adopters of OpenADR technology.

About QualityLogic

QualityLogic is the testing partner for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration, the largest project of its kind in the U.S. and was selected by the OpenADR Alliance to develop a conformance and interoperability test tool for OpenADR compliant products, and by Itron to develop and conduct testing for its ChoiceConnect® ERT® Certification Program. The Company offers interoperability, conformance, and certification test solutions for SEP 2 and other Smart Energy technologies and is an active participant in Smart Grid standards activities, including the OpenADR and ZigBee Alliance, Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability, UCA OpenSG, SGIP, GWAC, MultiSpeak and others.

QualityLogic’s business is to accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies through enabling interoperable products.

For more information, visit www.qualitylogic.com.

About the OpenADR Alliance

The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR standard for price- and reliability-based demand response.

More information can be obtained at http://www.openadr.org/

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SEP 2 Application Protocol Conformance Test

QualityLogic (www.qualitylogic.com) has announced it has begun shipping the first commercially-available conformance tests for Smart Energy Profile 2.0 – the SEP 2 Client Functional Test Suite (FTS) and the SEP 2 Server FTS. The currently-shipping versions of these tests support Demand Response Load Control, Pricing, and Messaging, as well as other Support and Common Resources defined in the recently published SEP 2 Application Protocol Specification. Companies can purchase the tests for use in their lab or send their devices to QualityLogic’s lab to execute the test.

“QualityLogic is a member of the ZigBee Alliance. We’ve been working with SEP 2 since 2011 and contributed to the SEP 2 Application Protocol Specification,” said Dave Jollota, QualityLogic president and CEO. “Last year we released our SEP 2 Client and Server Ad Hoc Testers, which are now being used by device manufacturers and utilities around the world to create real-world SEP 2 scenarios and validate conformance to the protocol specification. We are pleased to make these functional test suites available to companies who have a need to test SEP 2 now.”

The SEP 2 Client and Server FTS consists of several suites of self-contained, pass/fail test cases so users can run a single test case without other dependencies. During the test process, the QualityLogic FTS takes the role of a client to test SEP 2 servers and vice versa. Full protocol analysis is performed when the test case is executed so that SEP 2 implementers know whether their implementation conforms to the protocol.

ZigBee Alliance Completes SEP 2 Standard

The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies, creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced it has completed development and ratified the Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2) standard.

SEP 2 provides IP-based information and control for energy management in Home Area Networks (HANs), for both wired and wireless networks. SEP 2 supports new capabilities such as control of plug-in and hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging, deployments in multi-dwelling units such as apartment buildings, support for multiple energy service interfaces into a single premises and support for any transport based on IETF IP compliant protocols such as the recently announced ZigBee IP.

Work on SEP 2 was initiated in conjunction with the HomePlug Alliance and, over the course of its development, has included the active participation of many outside industry groups and stakeholders in addition to members of the ZigBee Alliance.

“This is the culmination of tremendous work by a dedicated group of world leading experts in the Smart Energy Working Group of the Alliance,” said Tobin J.M. Richardson, chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “Now that the standard is done, the Alliance and our partners are working hard to complete the test plans and tools necessary to certify SEP 2 products.”

SEP 2 is supported by many stakeholders across the energy supply ecosystem, including manufacturers of smart meters, appliances, programmable thermostats and other devices in homes, utilities, energy service providers as well as various government and standards organizations around the world.

“The vision of the smart grid is to enable empowered consumers and a more stable, reliable and efficient energy supply,” said Dr. George Arnold, Director of Standards Coordination Office, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). “The ratification of SEP 2 by the ZigBee Alliance represents a significant step in enabling that vision and the evolution of the 21st century smart grid.”

“The collaborative work and tireless efforts of the working group have ensured a state of the art standard that meets the needs of a broad set of stakeholders leading to products and solutions that will benefit the consumers, industry and environment,” said Robby Simpson, Ph.D., System Architect, GE Digital Energy and Chair of the SEP 2 Technical Working Group.

The IEEE 2030.5 (SEP 2) standard is available at https://webstore.ansi.org.

Free Webinar

The Alliance hosted a free public webinar, “Smart Energy Profile 2 – IP based Energy Management for the Home.” The recording is available at www.youtube.com.

ZigBee: Control your world

ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org.

OpenADR Standard Gaining Momentum Worldwide

OpenADR Alliance reaches 100-member milestone through growing global interest.

The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) Smart Grid standard, today announced the addition of several new members to bring total membership to 100. New members from Japan, Europe, and North America – representing utilities, independent system operators (ISO), regulators and control suppliers, signify a growing interest worldwide in the OpenADR 2.0 standard. The growing global interest in OpenADR will help accelerate the worldwide adoption of automated demand response solutions and enable utilities, system operators and customers better manage peak energy demand.

New member companies include: Alpha Systems, Inc.; Austin Energy; California ISO; CALM Energy, Inc.; CastleOS Software, LLC; Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems Division; Connexx Energy; Daikan McQuay, Daintree Networks, EcoFactor, Eneres Co., Ltd.; Enlighted Inc., GRIDWIZ, Hitachi, Ltd.; IC Systems; Institute for Information Industry; MelRok, LLC, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.; Nxegen, LLC; OMRON; Pacific Controls; Plimoth Bay Controls, LLC; Power Assure; Powerit Solutions; Schneider Electric; The Institute of Applied Energy; THG Energy Solutions, LLC; TOSHIBA Corporation; Tridium Inc.; TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.; Ventyx.

To view all sponsor, contributor and adopter members please visit, www.openader.org/members

“As our membership continues to expand worldwide, so does our ability to accelerate the market for standards-based automated demand response,” said Barry Haaser, managing director, OpenADR Alliance. “Our goal is to deliver OpenADR-compliant products and services that provide seamless and more efficient connections between wholesale electricity markets, aggregators and customer loads.”

“Schneider Electric has followed the development of OpenADR since LBNL’s initial development because it fills the need for a standard method of energy communications between provider and customer,” said Phil Davis, senior manager, Demand Resource Center, Schneider Electric. “This is a critical practical tool necessary to support a sustainable energy future.”

“Austin Energy is developing and beginning implementation of demand response programs that provide customers choices and options through open standards such as those developed by the Open ADR Alliance,” said Scott Jarman PE, consulting engineer, Austin Energy. “Open standards are a foundational component of our plan that we believe will benefit the industry, utilities, and consumers. The benefits of increased grid reliability and meeting increasing demand in a cost-effective manner are key attributes, however we see synergies in other areas such as customer engagement that we are beginning to explore and understand,” he added.

The OpenADR 2.0a specification was released in August of 2012. The OpenADR 2.0a profile specification was designed to support the simplest devices installed in commercial, industrial and residential environments to enable broad-based and completely automated participation in DR events. The OpenADR 2.0b draft profile specification is available for download on the OpenADR Alliance website – http://www.openadr.org/specification. OpenADR 2.0b is designed for high-end embedded devices that can support most DR services and markets and includes a flexible reporting (feedback) mechanism for past, current and future data reports.

About the OpenADR Alliance

The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR standard for price- and reliability-based demand response. More information can be obtained at http://www.openadr.org/

PDF Test Suite Update Now Available

QualityLogic announced today that an update to its popular PDF Application Test Suite (ATS), including applications running under Windows 8, is now available. Test files for Adobe CS6, Microsoft Office 2013 and others are included. The suite tests products that consume the PDF file format, such as PDF-direct printers or MFPs, or software that views, edits or pre-flights PDF files.

The PDF Application Test Suite comprises nearly 1,000 PDF files produced using 30 top-selling applications from Adobe, Corel, Microsoft and Quark. These files were produced using several different methods from a variety of producers and creators. QualityLogic’s rigorous, structured approach creates “real world” test pages that strenuously exercise the device or software.

“Software developers, printer and MFP companies, and their partners have used QualityLogic ATSs to test their products for over 20 years,” said Dave Jollota, QualityLogic president and CEO. “This new PDF test suite will help our customers not only improve their ability to consume and render PDF files in the real world, but will also make their testing processes more efficient and greener with better targeted testing.”

QualityLogic Announces Test Files for Adobe CS6 Applications

Simi Valley, CA (PRBuzz.com) February 20, 2013 — QualityLogic announced today that new Application Test Suite-Intermediate Files (ATS-IFs) for Adobe CS6 applications running on Windows 8 are available now. Test files for Adobe Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6, Photoshop CS6 and Acrobat XI are sold as a suite.

QualityLogic’s ATS-IF Suite for Adobe CS6 applications lets developers test any consumer (printers, RIPs, printer drivers, or software that views, edits, preflights, or converts to another file format) of these software application formats without developing their own test pages. QualityLogic’s rigorous, structured approach creates “real world” test pages that strenuously exercise the device or software.

“Software developers, printer and MFP companies, and their partners have used QualityLogic ATS-IFs to test their products with popular application packages for over 20 years,” said Dave Jollota, QualityLogic president and CEO. “We look forward to helping our customers ensure that their products are compatible with the latest operating systems and applications.”

QualityLogic began shipping its first ATS-IF test suite for Microsoft® Windows® 8 applications earlier this month. That suite, which includes Word® 2013, Excel® 2013 and PowerPoint® 2013, is the first of two suites planned for Office 2013 applications. The second suite of Office 2013 application test files (for Publisher® 2013, Visio® 2013 and Internet Explorer® 10), will be available in Q2-2013.

About QualityLogic

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.

• Smart Grid technologies and products must be interoperable to succeed, and QualityLogic is in the forefront of interoperability test solutions.

• IT departments in companies of all sizes look to QualityLogic to ensure their web applications or websites meet their quality objectives.

• Marketing groups rely on QualityLogic to provide independent validation of their competitive advantages.

• 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.

For more information, contact us.

First International Transactive Energy Conference and Workshop

Transactive Energy: Implementing the Future of the Electric System
May 23-24, 2013, World Trade Center, Portland, Oregon

Richland, Wash., and Portland, Ore. – Pacific Northwest smart grid leaders feel so strongly about the potential of transactive energy management to help the electric grid they have convened the first ever council and workshop to discuss the future of the concept. The GridWise® Architecture Council, with support from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Bonneville Power Administration, Smart Grid Northwest, Portland General Electric, and others, is pleased to announce the First International Conference and Workshop on Transactive energy to be held in Portland, Oregon, on May 23-24, 2013. Information about the workshop is available at www.gridwiseac.org and smartgridnw.org.

The goal of the conference and workshop is to bring together practitioners and researchers that have been involved in research, development of and deploying transactive energy techniques and business models. This forum is intended to facilitate accelerated development of transactive energy to enable scalable adoption of intermittent and distributed resources envisioned in grid modernization worldwide. The conference is part of the continuing work of the GridWise® Architecture Council to create a “Transactive Energy Framework” document as a tool for the industry. The meeting will include plenary sessions and breakout workshops covering a range of business, policy, architectural and technical topics related to the envisioned framework document. Related applications of transactive energy in building energy management and in the overall facilities to grid interface will also be included in the workshop discussions.

A number of research and development efforts related to transactive energy architecture, market designs, systems, services, pricing and standards are underway by universities, national labs, utilities and technology firms around the world. The term “transactive energy” refers to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market based constructs while considering grid reliability constraints. The term “transactive” comes from considering that decisions are made based on a value and these decisions may be analogous to — or literally — economic transactions.

From theory to practice

Traditionally, power system operations have been centrally managed with a focus on maintaining adequate capacity, power and reliability through bulk power markets and wholesale generation and transmission-centralized operations. Distribution and retail operations have generally been based on a one-way supply model with little or no operational or market-based mechanisms for adjusting the demand side of the system. This structure is inadequate for future high penetrations of intermittent renewable and distributed energy resources (DER) integrated conventionally or through micro-grids. Distributed and hierarchical controls, services and pricing methods spanning bulk power and distribution system operations, retail markets with coordinated reliability and economic objectives, are needed to enable the 21st century power system.

About the GridWise® Architecture Council

The GridWise Architecture Council was convened in 2004 by the Department of Energy with support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a volunteer council, the GWAC includes practitioners and leaders with broad-based knowledge and expertise in power, information technology, telecommunications, financial systems and other fields who are working together toward a coordinated GridWise vision—the transformation of the nation’s energy system into a rich, collaborative network filled with decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities.

About Smart Grid Northwest

Smart Grid Northwest is a trade association that enables and promotes the smart grid industry and infrastructure in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The Association works with stakeholders to craft and advocate for effective public policies that promote and grow the region’s smart grid industry and infrastructure. Through informational events, conferences, participation in regulatory and legislative deliberations and other forums, Smart Grid Northwest will be a catalyst for smart grid entrepreneurs and leaders to meet, interact, compare notes, and work together to grow and promote the industry in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Smart Grid Northwest is the first organization in the nation focusing on smart grid at the state level.

QualityLogic Confirms Adobe Leanprint Toner Saving

QualityLogic (www.qualitylogic.com), a leading provider of QA and QC test tools and services for imaging, telecommunications, eCommerce and smart grid industries, today announced the completion of a study comparing toner usage when printing typical business documents in popular applications with and without Adobe LeanPrint software. The results of the study showed that, on average, Adobe LeanPrint software reduced toner consumption up to 73.6 percent over conventional printing.

Adobe commissioned the study to validate their claim that LeanPrint software, an enterprise-class, software-only printing solution, keeps expenses in check without adversely affecting print volume. QualityLogic tested LeanPrint in three modes:

  • LeanPrint Super Saver shortens long, full-color documents by automatically altering the layout to be more space efficient. QualityLogic’s testing confirmed toner savings of 57.2 percent printing color documents in LeanPrint Super Saver color mode, and 73.6 percent printing color documents in LeanPrint Super Saver black and white mode.
  • LeanPrint Toner Saver significantly reduces toner consumption in color and grayscale printing without impacting the layout of the document. Toner savings on color documents were 30.5 percent when printing in color mode and 60% when printing in black and white mode.
  • LeanPrint Web Printing removes unwanted content from printed web pages and offers the user the choice to print with or without images.

“This QualityLogic study reveals significant differences in toner usage between printing directly from the application and through Adobe LeanPrint,” said Gary James, general manager, QualityLogic Services Business. “The QualityLogic team conducted extensive testing using a test suite that included over 4,000 pages to ensure accurate, reliable results.”

“Adobe prides itself on environmentally conscious behavior,” said Raman Nagpal, senior director and general manager, Adobe Print and Scan Business. “LeanPrint combines our commitment to the environment with our deep understanding of the print industry and results in reduced printing costs.”

QualityLogic’s James Mater Elected To GridWise Architecture Council

James Mater, co-founder and smart grid business general manager of QualityLogic Inc. (www.qualitylogic.com), has been elected to the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC). QualityLogic is a leader in promoting interoperability in the smart grid, and Mater has spearheaded that effort.

GWAC, a volunteer council, was established in 2004 by the Department of Energy with support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The GWAC comprises leaders in power, information technology, telecommunications, financial systems and other fields working together to transform the nation’s energy system into a rich, collaborative network filled with decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities. For this network to live up to its promise, all parts must interact, or interoperate, seamlessly, and QualityLogic is at the forefront of this effort.

In 2012, GWAC elected Mater as one of its first two Associate Members. He was honored by the Council for “Best Paper” at Grid-Interop 2009 for his work on the Interoperability Maturity Model, and for “Outstanding Technical Paper” for his efforts in promoting information interoperability in 2012.

“It’s a truly an honor to be elected a member of this ground-breaking organization,” said Mater. “I look forward to working with the GWAC at this new level to continue support for standards and interoperability in the smart grid.”

QualityLogic’s James Mater Elected to GridWise Architecture Council

Jan. 30, 2013PRLog — MOORPARK, Calif. — James Mater, co-founder and smart grid business general manager of QualityLogic Inc.,  has been elected to the GridWise® Architecture Council (GWAC). QualityLogic is a leader in promoting interoperability in the smart grid, and Mater has spearheaded that effort.

12069937-james-mater-qualitylogic-co-founder-director-and-gm-of-smart-grid-businessGWAC, a volunteer council, was established in 2004 by the Department of Energy with support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The GWAC comprises leaders in power, information technology, telecommunications, financial systems and other fields working together to transform the nation’s energy system into a rich, collaborative network filled with decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities. For this network to live up to its promise, all parts must interact, or interoperate, seamlessly, and QualityLogic is at the forefront of this effort.

In 2012, GWAC elected Mater as one of its first two Associate Members. He was honored by the Council for “Best Paper” at Grid-Interop 2009 for his work on the Interoperability Maturity Model, and for “Outstanding Technical Paper” for his efforts in promoting information interoperability in 2012.

“It’s a truly an honor to be elected a member of this ground-breaking organization,” said Mater. “I look forward to working with the GWAC at this new level to continue support for standards and interoperability in the smart grid.”

For more about the GWAC election, see http://www.gridwiseac.org/ For information about QualityLogic’s test tools and services for smart grid interoperability head over here.

ABOUT QUALITYLOGIC

QualityLogic is the testing partner for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration, the largest project of its kind in the U.S. and was selected by the OpenADR Alliance to develop a conformance and interoperability test tool for OpenADR compliant products, and by Itron to develop and conduct testing for its ChoiceConnect® ERT® Certification Program. The Company offers interoperability, conformance, and certification test solutions for other Smart Energy technologies and is an active participant in Smart Grid standards activities, including the OpenADR and ZigBee Alliance, Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability, UCA OpenSG, SGIP, GWAC, MultiSpeak and others.

Departments ranging from IT to Marketing look to QualityLogic to ensure the quality of their websites, provide independent validation of competitive advantages, and develop and execute certification programs for their partners.

For more information, contact us.

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SEP 2.0 Ad Hoc Testers Released

QualityLogic (www.qualitylogic.com) has announced the completion and release of its initial phase of the SEP 2.0 Client and Server Ad Hoc Testers. The currently-shipping versions validate the conformance of the Demand Response Load Control (DRLC), Messaging, and Pricing Function Sets to the Smart Energy Profile 2.0 Application Layer Specification, Version 0.9. The SEP 2.0 Client and Server Ad Hoc Testers are currently in use by companies around the world to validate that they are correctly implementing SEP 2.0 – the first step required to ensure interoperability.

The SEP 2 Server Ad Hoc Tester operates on a REST client to allow the user to explore server resources, and as DRLC client and a Text Messaging client to implement client-side function sets.

The SEP 2 Client Ad Hoc Tester initializes the top server resources, populates DemandResponseProgramList, MessagingProgramList and ResponseSetList resources, and continuously updates time-sensitive server resources.

QualityLogic is now developing test cases for its SEP 2.0 Client and Server Functional Test Suites (FTS) for the same function sets supported in the Ad Hoc Testers. The Client and Server FTS are scheduled for release in Q2-13. Support for additional function sets will be added to each product, based on market need, and provided to customers for an upgrade fee.

“SEP 2.0 will provide utilities, product vendors, and consumers with confidence in application and device interoperability,” said Dave Jollota, QualityLogic president and CEO. “We’re pleased to help the Smart Grid ecosystem get a head start with this important Smart Grid standard.”

ABOUT QUALITYLOGIC

QualityLogic is the testing partner for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration, the largest project of its kind in the U.S. and was selected by the OpenADR Alliance to develop a conformance and interoperability test tool for OpenADR compliant products, and by Itron to develop and conduct testing for its ChoiceConnect® ERT® Certification Program. The Company offers interoperability, conformance, and certification test solutions for other Smart Energy technologies and is an active participant in Smart Grid standards activities, including the OpenADR and ZigBee Alliance, Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability, UCA OpenSG, SGIP, GWAC, MultiSpeak and others.

Departments ranging from IT to Marketing look to QualityLogic to ensure the quality of their websites, provide independent validation of competitive advantages, and develop and execute certification programs for their partners.