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Powering Up Energy Management Tools for Consumers: What Do You Think?

…user has insight and control over peripheral devices such as thermostats, intelligent sockets and, ultimately, smart appliances like refrigerators and water heaters. I’m particularly excited about this for two reasons.  For Cisco, the HEC is a core solution in our Cisco Connected Grid portfolio and will play a key role in our end-to-end architecture for the smart grid. For consumers, it gives us visibility into how our energy use arou…


Cisco #1 on Greenpeace Ranking of IT companies

…om the previous version by demonstrating the effectiveness of its greenhouse emissions-saving solutions such as smart grid technology and office energy management.” – Greenpeace For more information on Greenpeace’s rankings and on their “Cool IT” program, please visit: The rankings: More information on Cisco’s Smart Grid technology here. Information on Cisco’s energy m…


Another Smart Hire for Cisco Smart Grid Team

In March of this year I was thrilled when Jeff Taft from Accenture joined Cisco’s Smart Grid team as the Global Smart Grid Architect.  As a 25 year veteran of the energy and technology sectors, I knew this globally recognized expert would help accelerate Cisco’s Smart Grid strategy. Today, I am equally excited about Paul De Martini joining the Cisco Smart Grid team as Chief Technology Officer.  Paul joins us from Southern C…


Better City, Better Life: Cisco Showcases Smart+Connected Communities at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

…ased include: personal TelePresence and green home control for the home, virtual classroom, virtual healthcare, smart travel station, connected bus and smart grid. It’s important to note of course that these are not just demos. Cisco Smart+Connected Communities are being built in places such as Incheon, Korea and the State of Colorado in the US. If you happen to be in Shanghai anytime between May 1 and October 31, do drop by the Cisco Pavil…


Don’t blame the computer

…igger implications when applied to large-scale systems.  As the economic and environmental advantages of smart grid applications for energy infrastructure replace older legacy systems, hardware and software will increasingly decide for us how power is balanced, provided, and billed.  Smart grid providers will face the considerable challenge of protecting against the risk of software flaws that could potentially contribute to failu…