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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…

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Cisco: Lighting up the Smart Grid

…pearance at this event (booth #2037), I’m excited to report progress on a number of fronts related to our Smart Grid business. We are working with new customers, adding talent to our team and engaging with partners to put into place the pieces of a comprehensive, Smart Grid strategy.  Yesterday, we announced an exciting new engagement with ENMAX, a leading Canadian utility that serves more than 600,000 customers in the Calgary reg…

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Smart Grid & Spectrum – Setting the Record Straight

One of the key policy debates now ongoing in Washington DC is whether to set aside spectrum for use in the smart grid – spectrum that the utilities could themselves use for their own deployments.  In a recent filing at the FCC, Cisco provided its thoughts on how the FCC might evaluate policies to promote and accelerate the use of smart grid technologies across the country.  As it turns out,  a portion of our filing was misre…

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A Culture Shift: IT Security to Smart Grid Security

With the global excitement and opportunity of the Smart Grid, a lot of historically IT-focused companies, including Cisco, are entering the market. It’s important to note that there are unique characteristics of the grid when attempting to apply IT security solutions. In this post I’ll focus on the primary goal of power generation and delivery: reliability. In subsequent posts I’ll discuss other security requirements of the…

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From IETF 76 Japan to the Internet of Things!

…s or IoT. At the IETF 76 held in Hiroshima, Japan, one of the Birds of a Feather sessions I had attended was on Smart Grid co-chaired by Fred Baker, Cisco and Tim Polk, NIST. The question to answer is “Where should the Smart Grid standardization occur and what role will the IETF have in its standards development?” The topic is still open, and the Internet Society published a great list of hotly debated issues at IETF 76. When we thin…

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