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Company Forms Smart Grid Ecosystem and Customer Technical Advisory Board Announces Grid Security Services

Thu, 09/24/2009 - 6:20am
Cisco announces further steps in its efforts to enable development of an end-to-end, highly secure Smart Grid communications infrastructure that will help Utility companies and their customers optimize energy supply and demand, improve smart grid security and reliability, and reduce operational costs.

Cisco is creating the Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem to facilitate the adoption of Internet Protocol(IP)-based communications standards for smart grids that will benefit the energy industry as well as business and residential customers.

The members of the Cisco Smart Grid ecosystem include system integrators, technology vendors, power and utility integrators, service providers, and services and sales vendors who represent various elements of the Cisco Smart Grid communications infrastructure.

Ecosystem members will work with Cisco to support interoperability testing and enable industry migration to an IP-based infrastructure for smart grids and energy management applications, all the way from generation to businesses and homes.

This effort will help reduce the cost and complexity of deploying multivendor smart grid communications infrastructure solutions for both customers and ecosystem members.

Cisco has joined the ZigBee Alliance to help drive the adoption of IP-based communications. As the leader in IP architecture, Cisco will support and participate in the development of ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile technology and products.

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