Cisco Builds on Connected Grid Portfolio
New Solutions Help Utilities Modernize the Grid, Manage Integration
Complexity and Improve Workforce Coordination
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/23/13 -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
today announced expanded solutions to its Connected Grid portfolio
based on the Cisco GridBlocks(TM) architecture to help utilities
modernize their electrical grid. The new portfolio includes the
Cisco(R) Utility Operational Network solution, Cisco Connected Grid
Design Suite, and Cisco Incident Response and Workforce Enablement
These three new solutions help utilities modernize, manage, and
improve everyday grid operations, by providing operational network
solutions for mission-critical grid monitoring and control systems;
unified electrical and communications network modeling and design
resources for rapid and reliable grid implementations; and integrated
communication solutions to improve coordination between field
personnel and enable faster service restoration. The Connected Grid
Strategy ties into Cisco's broader idea of the Internet of
Everything, connecting people, processes, data, and things.
New Connected Grid Solutions
-- Cisco Utility Operational Network Solution
-- Cisco Utility Operational Network Solution includes a package of
architecture, design services and products for utility wide area
networks that provides utility operators a highly secure and
flexible multi-point network to support grid modernization
-- Utilities are provided time-sensitive protection communications,
telemetry data, business information traffic, voice calls and
video streams delivered over a single network.
-- The new solution replaces the need to manage multiple aging
time-division multiplexing (TDM) based and siloed networks that
were built around rigid, point-to-point architectures that are
unable to handle multipoint power and information flows.
-- Cisco Connected Grid Design Suite
-- Cisco Connected Grid Design Suite includes a set of hardware
appliances, software applications and services to manage the
complexity of new technology integration in substations by
providing utility engineers with a unified view of electrical and
-- The new solution will help utilities accelerate deployment with
unified modeling, design, and configuration of these substation
networks. It also enables the post-deployment visualization and
performance monitoring of the network
-- The design suite improves reliability and compliance improves
while lowering deployment costs.
-- Cisco Incident Response and Workforce Enablement Solution
-- The solution includes a set of architecture services and products
to improve field communications and coordination.
-- Disparate fixed and mobile communication systems, IP-based
dispatch, and physical security systems are integrated to improve
coordination between utility field crews, dispatchers and remote
Cisco's Connected Grid strategy is to provide an end-to-end, highly
secure and interoperable networking infrastructure for electrical
grids that allows utilities to better manage power supply and demand,
improve the security and reliability of energy transmission, and
optimize operations. By delivering multiple applications over a
single, intelligent and highly secure platform; electric utilities
benefit from both lower total cost of ownership as well as create
value from new services and functional integration.
Cisco has more than 250 customers worldwide adopting the
GridBlocks(TM) architecture and Connected Grid solutions. These
include advanced metering infrastructure, substation and utility data
center deployments in North America; as well as wide area,
substation, and distribution networks in Europe and Asia.
-- Lionel Chocoron, vice president and general manager of Cisco Connected
Energy Networks business unit:
"Through our industry leadership on
security and system interoperability, Cisco has seen strong customer
and partner growth with utilities worldwide adopting the GridBlocks
architecture and Connected Grid solutions. These new solutions will
help utilities and our partners meet their grid modernization
objectives by enhancing automation and security across their
-- Roger Hey, Future Networks program manager, Western Power Distribution
"Project FALCON is a critical step in future networks program.
It's developing and testing out some of the tools for our tool kit,
and for the residents of Milton Keynes it will be improving the level
of service and performance of the network for our city."
-- Lu Hong, director, Automation Department at State Grid of China
"State Grid of China Corp. is leading the world by
deploying full IEC 61850 Digital Substation architectures. For such
large-scale implementation the management of IED configuration and its
communication network is very complex and time consuming. Cisco's
Design Suite enables our engineers to streamline substation network
discovery, design, modeling and testing processes. It also helps
validate and keep track of configuration changes, which meet our
operational needs very well."
-- Oscie Brown, general manager, SCANA Services, Inc.
enabled unified incident management for the PSNC gas business,
allowing us to centralize dispatch operations across three states and
50 different radio channels."
-- To learn more about the Cisco Utility Operational Network solution,
Connected Grid Design Suite, and Workforce solutions visit: Cisco
Connected Grid Services
-- Visit Cisco Utilities at: www.cisco.com/go/utilities or at booth 3314,
Hall D at the Distributech show next week.
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