Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cisco Launches Smart Grid Ecosystem

Cisco launched a Smart Grid Ecosystem to facilitate the adoption of Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications standards for smart grids. Initial members include system integrators, technology vendors, power and utility integrators, service providers, and services and sales vendors who represent various elements of the Smart Grid infrastructure.

Members of the Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem will collaborate on interoperability testing. The effort also aims to reduce the cost and complexity of deploying multivendor smart grid communications infrastructure solutions for both utility companies and ecosystem members.

The initial list of companies who are part of this open ecosystem includes: Accenture, AeroScout, Arcadian Networks, AREVA T&D, Cable&Wireless Worldwide, Capgemini, Coleman Technologies, EMC, Echelon, EnergyHub, GE, GridPoint, Infosys Technologies, Itron, Landis + Gyr, OATI, Oracle, OSIsoft, Pulse Energy, Proximetry, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), SecureLogix, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Skyline-ATS, Telvent, Verizon, Watteco, Wipro, and World Wide Technology, Inc.

In addition, Cisco has joined the ZigBee Alliance and will support and participate in the development of ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile technology and products.