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[September 21, 2012]
Elster selects Cisco's technology for smart grid solutions
Sep 21, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Elster and Cisco have announced that Elster will offer smart grid solutions for field area networks using Cisco's Connected Grid Endpoint reference design.
The solutions will integrate the Cisco Connected Grid Endpoint reference design with Elster's EnergyAxis System. Through this integration of communication functions into advanced meters, utility customers will be provided with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) communications infrastructure. The combined solution will integrate the Elster's EnergyAxis architecture within the Cisco IPv6 RF Mesh reference design.
Cisco has developed a complete suite of communications solutions for the smart grid. These include the Connected Grid Endpoint reference design as well as a full suite of switching, routing, network management and security products for the Field Area Network, Transmission & Substations, and Grid Operations. Plus Connected Grid Services to architect and optimize Smart Grid communications systems.
With its Software-Defined Radio and advanced software based metrology, Elster's REXUniversal meter platform offers utilities the flexibility to deploy this device with the Cisco's GridBlocks Solution Architecture, the Landis+Gyr's GridStream architecture (previously announced), as well as the Elster's EnergyAxis Architecture.
"Cisco is committed to supporting our customers' need for interoperable vendor solutions," said Lionel Chocron, vice president, Connected Energy Networks at Cisco. "By licensing the reference design to industry leaders such as Elster, we are enabling utilities to combine AMI communications over a common, reliable and secure communications infrastructure."
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