Energy company Alstom Grid is to work with chipmaker Intel on the development of technologies for smart grids and smart cities.
The two companies aim to focus on embedded intelligence and IT systems security in order to speed up the deployment of smart-grid infrastructure.
The deal is described as the fruit of three years of project collaboration.
“We are very excited to team with Intel to tackle the challenges presented by embedded intelligence and smart grid security, two of the key game-changers for the deployment of future grids,” said Patrick Plas, senior vice president for power electronics and automation at Alstom Grid (Levallois-Perret, France).
“Intel’s subsidiary McAfee will help us reach our next step in the smart grid challenge, with specialized know-how in software solutions for cyber security management and embedded technologies,” he explained.
Alstom says that the use of smart grid intelligence will help operators and consumers to optimize electricity usage and improve the prospects for renewable energies – which must rely on real-time monitoring to harness energy when and where it is created.
“Collaboration between Alstom and Intel [Santa Clara, CA, USA] will give the industry the right tools to accelerate adoption and deployment of a secure smart grid,” said Lorie Wigle, the vice president of the security fabric program for McAfee.