Cisco (San Jose, USA) is hoping to accelerate the development of smart-grid technology with the launch of a developer program that provides participants with access to tools, resources and go-to-market support.
Called the Connected Grid Cisco Developer Network (CDN), the program allows partners to develop services that can be integrated with Cisco’s GridBlocksTM architecture and Connected Grid solutions to support advanced smart-grid capabilities.
Cisco says it has already negotiated CDN agreements with Alstom Grid, Alvarion, BitStew, Cooper Power Systems, DNV KEMA, Elster, InfoBlox, Itron, LogRhythm, M2M Telemetria, Meinberg, OSIsoft, Proximetry, QinetiQ, Space-Time Insight, Subnet Solutions and Symmetricom.
The maker of internet routers and switches is offering a number of services through the program, including interoperability and verification testing, to help product developers access new markets, and partner integration, so that developers can share data through an API.
“Cisco is committed to help the utility industry achieve its strategic grid modernization objectives while reducing operational expenditures,” said Lionel Chocron, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Connected Energy Networks business unit. “The Connected Grid CDN program enables technology partners to benefit from Cisco’s deep networking and security expertise to develop and bring to market interoperable standards-based solutions that will make the smart grid and all of its benefits a reality.”
CDN partners also benefit from reduced development costs, through discounts on Cisco products, and access to Cisco sales and channel teams.
Cisco provides a number of examples of companies with which it has collaborated on smart-grid technology. Itron (Liberty Lake, USA), for instance, used Cisco’s Connected Grid Endpoint Reference design for smart meters it developed for the 1.9 million electricity customers of BC Hydro (Vancouver, Canada).
“It is through Itron and Cisco’s extensive collaboration that we have been able to deliver the first multiservice communications infrastructure to utilities,” said Philip Mezey, president and chief operating officer of Itron Energy. “Our vision of truly open, interoperable communications has become a reality, and now utilities can deploy a foundational platform that enables ‘plug and play’ interoperability of smart-grid applications and devices.”