Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem - 30 Sep 2009


Cisco is creating the Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem to help accelerate the adoption of IP for utility communications networks. The members of the ecosystem include system integrators, technology vendors, power and utility integrators, service providers, and other vendors who represent various elements of the smart grid infrastructure, Cisco says.

The ecosystem currently includes 27 companies, including Accenture, Cable&Wireless, Capgemini, EMC, General Electric, Oracle, SAIC, Siemens, Verizon and Wipro.

They also formed a Smart Grid Technical Advisory Board made up of utility and energy companies from around the world. The board is intended to help Cisco align its product direction to customers' requirements.

The company is already working with Canadian utility ENMAX to help accelerate the deployment of Cisco Smart Grid and related energy management technologies.

They are also providing security services to utilities and participating in the ZigBee Alliance to help standardize IP-based communications within the energy industry.

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