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Smart meter uses IP platform

Posted: 06 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart grid? energy? internet protocol?

Itron Inc. and Cisco are joining forces to deliver an Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications platform to the smart grid market that will make energy distribution more consistent and reliable across the electric distribution system and into homes and businesses.

The two companies will collaborate on solutions that will transition smart metering technology into an open and interoperable, enterprise-class network for utilities. Specifically, they will develop a standards-based, highly secure technology for full IPv6 implementation of field area communications to support smart metering, intelligent distribution automation and interfaces to the customer premise. Such an approach will help ensure consistent and interoperable wired and wireless communications among the various components of the smart grid, enabling utilities to scale to meet the demands of increasingly empowered customers and highly distributed generation portfolios.

Under terms of the agreement, Itron and Cisco will jointly develop the reference design that defines a standard for smart grid field area and smart metering network communications using IPv6 which integrates network security into its framework; allows for simplified processing of data by routers and other network devices; and offers a wealth of extensibility options over IPv4.

Itron will license and embed Cisco IP technology within its OpenWay meters as well as distribute Cisco networking equipment and software as part of its smart meter deployments. Itron will continue to provide the complete solution and maintain its customer relationships.

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