IEC Publishes New International Standard Defining OSGP Communication Profile for the DLMS/COSEM Suite of Standards
26 May 2020

IEC Publishes New International Standard Defining OSGP Communication Profile for the DLMS/COSEM Suite of Standards


OSGP Communication Profile Enables Interoperability of OSGP and DLMS Devices


Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 26 May 2020: The OSGP Alliance, a global non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and infrastructure for smart grid applications towards a future proof modern smart grid, is pleased to announce that IEC recently published a new International Standard defining the OSGP Communication Profile for the DLMS/COSEM suite of standards. This new standard was originally initiated under the EU Smart Metering Mandate M/441 and the associated project was managed by IEC’s TC13 WG14.


OSGP is targeted at utilities that want a multi-application Smart Grid infrastructure instead of a meter centric Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI). OSGP enables independent implementation of interoperable meters and other smart grid devices from multiple vendors on the same network, and helps utilities lower cost and enhance functionality by enabling multiple smart devices and applications to share a common infrastructure while avoiding vendor lock-in.


There are more than 5 million OSGP compliant smart devices deployed around the world from various suppliers, including devices from Networked Energy Services (NES), Apator, Gorlitz, and Mitsubishi Electric. The Tauron Smart City Wroclaw project is a great example of multi-vendor interoperability, where more than 400K OSGP compliant smart meters from multiple vendors are delivering metering data at greater than 99.8% communications performance each day with end-to-end AES 128 security.


This new International Standard (IEC 62056-8-8) applies to smart devices installed in the neighborhood area network, and promotes interoperability of protocols and devices from multiple vendors within a single integrated solution. It specifies an OSGP and ISO/IEC 14908 communication profile based on the OSGP lower layer stacks as part of the IEC 62056 DLMS/COSEM series and follows the rules defined in IEC 62056-5-3, 62056-1-0 and 62056-1-1. This new standard endorses the OSGP Alliance’s commitment to offer a solution that complies with multiple standards and protocols from IEC, CENELEC and ANSI.


“Utilities need solutions that are both secure and offer interoperability between systems and devices,” said Mark Ossel, OSGP Alliance Board Member. “This new IEC standard helps ensure that we can continue to offer true interoperability while offering today’s and tomorrow’s customers a choice of communication and metering devices within one integrated solution.”


“This new International Standard is a major achievement and could not have been accomplished without the commitment and dedication of the IEC TC13 WG14 project team and other key contributors to the project,” said Larry Colton, Director of DLMS UA Board and Director of Global Business Development and Marketing for NES. “This new communication profile for the DLMS/COSEM suite of standards, recognizes the high level of interest and penetration rate of OSGP based solutions for utilities in Europe and around the world, and expands the communication options for utilities looking for a smart grid and smart metering solution that can improve energy efficiency and sustainability.”



About The Open Smart Grid Protocol

The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) is a family of specifications published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) used in conjunction with the ISO/IEC 14908 control networking standard for smart grid applications. OSGP is optimized to provide reliable and efficient delivery of command and control information for smart meters, direct load control modules, solar panels, gateways, and other smart grid devices. With over 5 million OSGP based smart meters and smart grid devices deployed worldwide it is one of the most widely used smart meter and smart grid device networking standards. The OSGP set of public standards includes ETSI TS 104 001, CENELEC CLC/TS 50586, and IEC 62056-8-8.


About The OSGP Alliance
The OSGP Alliance, founded in 2006 as the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), is an independent global, not-for-profit association that promotes the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and related services and infrastructure for smart grid applications. Members include utilities, software, hardware and service providers, and solution integrators that share a common goal and vision for promoting open standards for energy demand side management, smart grid and smart metering systems. More information about the OSGP Alliance can be found at



Elly Kreijkes, Director