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15 IoT Acronyms Utilities and Smart Cities Need to Know

As a follow up to our first blog on IoT acronyms, we wanted to expand the library to include common phrases from across the networking and utilities sphere.

Written by Julie Terry 

It seems as if the world of IoT is constantly expanding, making it a challenge to keep up with the ever-expanding vocabulary. As a follow up to our first blog on acronyms that utilities need to know, we’ve created a second round up of commonly used terms to serve as a reference. With Gartner predicting there will be more than 20.4 billion IoT devices on the market by 2020, understanding the nomenclature might come in handy.

NAN – Neighborhood Area Network:  Trilliant’s neighborhood area network is a standards-based, high-bandwidth wireless AMI tech that provides a secure, scalable networking solution. NAN uses a mesh network to aggregate meter communications, providing enhanced security and quality.

FAN – Field Area Network: This type of network helps to enable continuous monitoring and control of energy distribution networks in order to enhance delivery. Based upon a two-tier architecture that generates IP network services, FANs can support AMI, distributed automation and more.

HAN – Home Area Network: As the name might suggest, these networks are often located within an individual’s home or a business. This network allows for a customer’s qualified energy monitoring device to connect to a smart meter. This connection allows the customer to monitor their real-time energy usage, helping them to better understand their individual consumption.

OSDI – Open Smart Device Interface: OSDI describes the interface between Trilliant’s end device radio module and our ecosystem partners’ end device. Trilliant’s OSDI is what allows our technology solutions to be compatible with a multitude of devices. The OSDI is a radio card that can be implemented into electric meters, lighting controllers, and other smart devices.

SAL – Trilliant’s Smart Access Layer: This is a Trilliant-specific API that allows our products to communicate with meters.

FLC – Functional Level Command (SEAL interface): The smallest operation which can be exposed by the driver to aid in building a business process in the customer domain.  The SAL specification is expressed as a set of FLC’s and how to orchestrate them.

EMeter – Electric Meter: Term used most often in the United Kingdom to describe the smart meters used across the country.

GMeter – Gas Meter: Similar to electric meters, gas meters are used to measure the use of natural gas in residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Because gas can be difficult to measure, gas meters measure a defined volume allowing for accurate readings.

uHES – universal Head End System: With both hardware and software components, a Head End System allows a stream of meter data to brought back to a utility company through their advanced metering infrastructure.

Network Edge: This refers to the outside tier of the hybrid communications networks, that attaches directly to the devices being connected.

IoT Edge Device: An edge device is a device which attaches to the network edge. Examples include electric meters, streetlight controllers, roadway sensors, and other smart grid and smart city devices.

OTA – Over the Air: Trilliant’s networking solution allows us to provide firmware or program updates to our devices Over the Air, meaning no site visits for system updates. This feature helps to streamline updates and creates less ‘on-the-ground’ work once the technology is deployed thus saving the utility money.

API – Application Programming Interface: APIs are the technical interface that allow different applications to work with one another. At Trilliant, APIs are what allow our platform to be device agnostic. Utilizing APIs allows our platform to export and warehouse data from various kinds of smart city devices.

IHD – In-Home Display: In-Home Displays, or IHDs, are in-home devices that allow residents to monitor their energy usage in real time and provides an interface by which the resident can communicate directly with the utility.

TLS – Transport Layer Security: This is a protocol that provides communication security between applications and a remote server. These systems enable privacy and protection for the data that’s being transmitted between different applications.