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Beyond MQTT: A Cisco View on IoT Protocols

A core part of Cisco’s Internet of Everything narrative is the Internet of Things—what we view as the latest wave of the Internet -- connecting physical objects in ways that help us analyze and control our environment to provide better safety, comfort, and efficiency.

This is not a new concept—RFID was introduced in the late 1960s—but it has reached a tipping point for IP connectivity, driven by advances in sensor technology, IPv6, and electronics miniaturization.

Amid this move toward IP, Cisco is continuing its long-standing participation in OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) by participating in the effort to produce an MQTT standard. Read More »

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Cisco Connected Grid Update

2012 was an exciting year for Cisco’s Connected Energy business.

Cisco entered the Smart Grid space 3 years ago and we have seen significant customer momentum.  We now have more than 250 customers worldwide. These include advanced metering infrastructure, substation and utility data center deployments in North America and wide area, substation, and distribution networks in Europe and Asia.  In 2012, we had over 175 production deployments and picked up the UTC Best Smart Grid Products/Solutions for FAN and Substation as well as the Frost & Sullivan innovations awards. Our Connected Grid Cisco Developer Network of partners continues to grow as well and we will be announcing more members in the coming months.  

Last Wednesday we announced an expansion of the Connected Grid Portfolio. The new offerings include the Cisco® Utility Operational Network solution, Cisco Connected Grid Design Suite, and Cisco Incident Response and Workforce Enablement solution. These three new solutions will help utilities modernize, manage, and improve everyday grid operations. Read More »

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‘Power Up’ Your Profits in 2012 with Cisco’s New Connected Grid Portfolio

January 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm PST

Dodging downed power lines isn’t fun. But building a self-healing, reliable smart grid to help eliminate costly downed power lines is. And it just got easier to build your business in the utilities sector with our newly expanded Connected Grid portfolio of solutions and services.

This “whole offer” pumps up Cisco’s relevancy in this market segment—and, more importantly, puts our partners at the forefront of this important transition.

With the Connected Grid portfolio, you can offer customers the end-to-end intelligence they need to update the world’s electrical grids. And the entire process begins with the all-inclusive blueprint known as the Cisco GridBlocks Architecture.

This brand-new architecture provides a forward-looking view of integrating the electrical grid, as well as specific network deployment guidance. It also includes a framework to help with the design and deployment of comprehensive grid management and security solutions.

So don’t think this innovative, multi-service communications platform—the utility industry’s first—is reserved solely for partners already working with customers in this space. It provides an excellent opportunity for partners who want to generate new sources of revenue.

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Modernizing the Grid: a Conversation with Cisco’s Connected Energy Customers and Partners

Cisco recently sat down with Richard Creegan of Itron, Gary Murphy of BC Hydro and Dave Geier of SDG&E to discuss the current state of the smart grid transition and to get their perspectives on the new set of offerings in Cisco’s Connected Grid portfoli0. Through a host of new solutions, services and partnerships for utilities, Cisco aims to provide a common communications and network platform to help utilities move forward with grid modernization efforts.                                                                                     

We began with Itron, which joined with Cisco in 2011 in an effort to combine expertise and offer a fully-compliant IPv6 Field Area Network (FAN) solution to the industry. 

CiscoThe alliance between Cisco and Itron has produced its first solution for the utility industry. Can you talk a little about why you felt this union made sense?

Itron: Both Cisco and Itron have their own unique expertise. When it comes to Cisco, information technology is core to what they do and it elevates the value of what we offer to customers. Combined with Itron’s proven expertise in delivering operational technologies that utilities use to run their businesses, this partnership established a vision to create a smart grid platform that will help move both companies forward.  

 Next we turned to BC Hydro and SDG&E, two utility companies who are both utilizing Cisco’s new FAN solution. 

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Cisco and Harris Corporation Help Improve Electrical Infrastructure in Western U.S.

As electrical outages plague the East Coast after Hurricane Irene, it’s interesting to think about how technology could transform our energy future.  In one example, Cisco is collaborating with Harris Corporation, an international communications and IT company, on a five year contract to provide a Wide Area Network (WAN) for the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), the North American Regional Entity. WECC is responsible for coordinating the bulk electric system reliability for the Western U.S., Canada and part of Mexico, as well as the largest and most diverse North American Electric Reliability Corporation Regional Entity.
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