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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 Continues its Momentum in the Energy/Smart Grid Market

Cisco’s Connected Energy Group is exhibiting at the DistribuTECH conference taking place this week in San Diego, where it is making some exciting updates as well. Building on progress made in 2010 and expanding its smart grid activities in substation and home, Cisco is announcing partnerships with leading smart grid industry players ECOtality and Cooper Industries.

Cisco and ECOtality have completed the development for integrating the Blink Network charger interface with Cisco’s Home Energy Management Solution (HEMS).  http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/prod_013111c.html

Additionally, Cisco announced a strategic relationship with Cooper Industries where Cooper will incorporate Cisco’s Connected Grid products into their substation automation solutions.  http://www.cooperpower.com/news/pr.cfm?NewsID=247

Cisco’s vision is for information technology to transform how the world manages its energy and environmental challenges.  The goal of Cisco’s Connected Energy Group is to build an extensive product and services portfolio, based on a smarter, connected energy grid, that will bring this vision to reality.  Within the last year Cisco has made important steps to further its commitment to the energy/smart grid market with several strategic announcements, product introductions, key partnerships and acquisitions. Cisco continues that momentum this week through its partnerships with ECOtality and Cooper Industries.

For more information:

 - Cisco Connected Energy:

http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/energy/external_utilities.html

- ECOtality: http://www.ecotality.com

- Cooper Industries: http://www.cooperindustries.com

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