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Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework



Michaela Iorga, Scott Shorter


As electric utilities turn to Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMIs) to promote the development and deployment of the Smart Grid, one aspect that can benefit from standardization is the upgradeability of Smart Meters. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard SG-AMI 1-2009, "Requirements for Smart Meter Upgradeability," describes functional and security requirements for the secure upgrade--both local and remote--of Smart Meters. This report describes conformance test requirements that may be used voluntarily by testers and/or test laboratories to determine whether Smart Meters and Upgrade Management Systems conform to the requirements of NEMA SG-AMI 1-2009. For each relevant requirement in NEMA SG-AMI 1-2009, the document identifies the information to be provided by the vendor to facilitate testing, and the high-level test procedures to be conducted by the tester/laboratory to determine conformance.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7823
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Smart Grid, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, cybersecurity, upgradeability, test framework, testing


Iorga, M. and Shorter, S. (2015), Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed February 29, 2024)
Created March 2, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018