Monday, September 20, 2010

IBM Names Partners for Smart Grid Networks

IBM announced plans to deliver comprehensive communications to help utilities transform into "smart" grids. The goal is to provide a secure and scalable communications infrastructure integrated from the data center all the way to the sensor or smart meter.

IBM will provide consulting, design and implementation services using network technology from partners, including ADVA Optical Networking, Alvarion, Ciena, Cisco, Itron (in North America), Juniper Networks, Landis+Gyr (in North America), Motorola, RuggedCom, Sensus and Trilliant. All partners are either IBM SAFE (Solution Architecture for Energy & Utilities) validated or committed to validation as part of participation in the partner ecosystem.

"IBM was among the first companies to recognize the benefits of marrying information technology with the electricity grid," said Guido Bartels, General Manager, Energy & Utilities Industry at IBM and Chairman, GridWise Alliance. "Given our experience with more then 150 smart grid projects around the world, we are now building on that leadership by providing the first comprehensive global communications services offering of its kind."