The purpose of this document is to define the application protocol to enable utility management of the end user energy environment, including things like demand response, load control, time of day pricing, management of distributed generation, electric vehicles, etc.This standard defines the 'APPLICATION' layer with TCP/IP providing functions in the 'TRANSPORT' and 'INTERNET' layers to enable utility management of the end user energy environment, including things like demand response, load control, time of day pricing, management of distributed generation, electric vehicles, etc. Depending on the physical layer in use (e.g., IEEE802.15.4, IEEE802.11, IEEE1901, IEEE1901.2), a variety of lower layer protocols may be involved in providing a complete solution. Generally, lower layer protocols are not discussed in this standard except where there is a direct interaction with the application protocol. This standard defines the mechanisms for exchanging application messages, the exact messages exchanged including error messages, and the security features used to protect the application messages. With respect to the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) network model, this standard is built using the four layer Internet stack model. The defined application protocol is an IEC 61968 common information model  profile, mapping directly where possible, and using subsets and extensions where needed, and follows an IETF RESTful architecture [REST].
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