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Cisco, Meralco team up for smart grid dev't

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart grid? distribution network? enterprise computing? grid instrumentation?

Cisco and Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the Philippines' largest power provider, are working on a holistic approach to providing reliable computing and networking infrastructure as a foundation for operations on a smart grid.

Meralco hopes that investing in enterprise computing and smart grids will enhance automation and intelligence at critical points within its network. This, in turn, will enable the company to reach a higher efficiency in its operations utility and deliver improved services to its customers.

Marthyn Cuan, Meralco's vice president, noted that legacy grid infrastructure, rising power generation costs and emerging technologies are driving the company to pursue a new and more intelligent distribution network. An IT infrastructure that is robust, flexible and highly secure while being cost effective was needed.

In teaming with Cisco, the 109-year-old company will again lead the way for utility companies in the region by harnessing technology to develop a future-ready energy company for the Philippines.

At the core of the smart grid transformation is the use of intelligent communication networks as the platform that enables grid instrumentation, analysis, and control of utility operations from power generation to trading, to transmission and distribution, and to retail.

Stephen Misa, managing director for Cisco in the Philippines, stated that his company is in a unique position to help lead energy organizations make the transformation to smart grids. From a technology standpoint, the company's Connected Grid portfolio includes industry-leading networking equipment, computing platforms, integrated software services and professional services that cover the spectrum of functional requirements for a scalable, reliable and highly secure smart grid. The products span the different segments of the grid from the generation facility infrastructure to the data center to the smart meters, creating a true end-to-end, converged and interoperable solution.

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