Drummond Group's CEO, Rik Drummond, Selected for Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board

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Drummond Group Inc. announced today that their CEO and Chief Scientist, Rik Drummond, has been selected to serve on the new Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board (SGIPGB) which will provide technical support to the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as it coordinates standards for a modernized electric power system. Rik was voted the inaugural representative of the Testing and Certification Vendors stakeholder category.

Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), the trusted interoperability test lab, announced today that their CEO and Chief Scientist, Rik Drummond, has been selected to serve on the new Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board (SGIPGB) which will provide technical support to the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as it coordinates standards for a modernized electric power system. Rik was voted the inaugural representative of the Testing and Certification Vendors stakeholder category.

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) is a newly chartered membership-based organization to assist NIST in the ongoing coordination, acceleration and harmonization of standards development for the Smart Grid. The SGIPGB will manage and guide the SGIP through prioritizing its work and then arranging for the necessary resources to effectively complete their efforts. SGIPGB consists of distinguished and highly qualified leaders from across the energy industry elected to serve in various stakeholder categories.

In his two and a half years as the original chairman of the GridWise Architecture Council, Mr. Drummond guided and shaped the Council as one of the primary advocacy bodies for a smart electric grid. He remains an instrumental member in advancing the benefits of improving the operation and interoperability between automation systems needed to enable smart grid applications. Through his efforts with the Council, he was awarded the Smart Grid Award for "Outstanding Leadership in the Advancement of a Smart Grid."

Mr. Drummond has led the DGI's technical and research strategies while steering DGI to constant growth and innovation. He is a widely respected thought leader in the eBusiness industry with over 30 years of experience and a driving force in the technical standards bodies and vertical industry groups supporting B2B commerce. He also has hands-on knowledge and insight from his front seat view within DGI which paves the way for software and firmware vendors to work together in the goal of interoperability.

Mr. Drummond was also the chair of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) WG, which produced the AS2 standard (RFC 4130) that allowed the transmission of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) to move from VANs (Value Added Networks) to the Internet, saving companies millions of dollars in transmission fees. Today, AS2 is the "workhorse" for many Fortune 500 companies. The AS2 standard is one of the most widely implemented B2B internet messaging standards around the globe due mainly to the high degree of interoperability ensured by yearly certification administered by DGI.

ABOUT DRUMMOND GROUP INC.
Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) is the trusted interoperability test lab which works with standards groups, software/firmware vendors and industry groups to drive adoption of standards by offering global interoperability and conformance testing, and certification. DGI facilitates these testing services under association-branded certification programs and its own Drummond Certified® program. Founded in 1999, DGI also represents best-of-breed in strategic interoperability consulting recognizing the challenges of interoperability for industry over the product life cycle.

  •     DGI provides interoperability certification for M2M or business-to-business (B2B) standards which are used for the Fortune 500 financial information flow, representing billions of dollars per year. Cyber security of data transfer is critically tested.
  •     Drummond Group tests for the Liberty Interoperable program and KANTARA to provide interoperability testing for Identity information exchange for the US government and the global leaders in identity.
  •     Drummond Certified® software and firmware is required in RFP's around the globe to ensure seamless, secure, interoperable products which make implementation easy, thereby significantly reducing costs.

For more information, visit http://www.drummondgroup.com. or send email to info2 at drummondgroup.com.

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