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August 28, 2012
Cisco News - Alstom and Cisco Combine Strengths to Develop Next-Generation Substation
By Cheryl Kaften, TMCnet Contributor
Alstom Grid and Cisco (News - Alert) have signed a commercial and technology agreement to develop the next generation of digital substation solutions for electrical grids. This collaboration will leverage Paris-based Alstom's smart grid expertise in digital substation solutions with Silicon Valley-based Cisco's capabilities in connected grid solutions and Internet Protocol (IP) communication technologies.
Together the two companies will create a new level of IP-based communication performance for integrated cyber security, distributed monitoring, and controls, using Cisco's ruggedized substation-grade Connected GridT routers and switches with communications and cyber-security functions, and Alstom's cutting-edge DS AgileT control system for substation automation.
The benefits for electric utilities and substation operators will include:
Patrick Plas, senior vice-president, Grid Power and Automation, at Alstom Grid commented, "This partnership between Alstom and Cisco brings our digital substation offering to yet another level of performance and reliability for our customers. We very much look forward to implementing its next steps and move towards the commercial roll-out of the solutions." "Cisco has always recognized the need to develop sustainable partnerships in the effort to achieve a smarter grid. Cisco's collaboration with Alstom brings together two sets of complementary technologies that will allow our joint customers to secure their operations, achieve cost savings and extract greater value from existing technology infrastructure," remarked Lionel Chocron, vice-president and general manager, Connected Energy Networks, Cisco.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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