Cisco Drives Partner Success with Connected Grid Developer Program

2012-10-09 09:47:43

Accelerates Technology Partners' Ability to Develop Interoperable Smart Grid Solutions with Cisco
Cisco has launched a smart-grid focused developer program that is helping technology partners accelerate development efforts by providing access to developer tools, resources, and go-to-market support. This new Connected Grid Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) community enables partners to develop solutions that integrate with the Cisco GridBlocksTM architecture and Connected Grid solutions to support advanced smart grid capabilities.

Cisco has negotiated Connected Grid 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, Symmetricom.
Interoperability and verification testing: Cisco and/or partner certify the product as interoperable to help access to new markets. Partner may list the product as “Cisco Compatible.”

Cisco and partner integration: Cisco and the partner products can share data through an API, allowing solutions to be built on top of the Cisco network.

Embedded Technology and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): Cisco licenses technology to be embedded into the partner product. Cisco supports the partner to develop their solution and certifies its compatibility.

“Cisco is committed to help the utility industry achieve its strategic grid modernization objectives while reducing operational expenditures,” states 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.”

Cisco has negotiated Connected 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, Symmetricom.

CDN partners benefit from access to Cisco’s depth of networking and technology experience. The program can provide developer resources and technical support, reduced development costs through discounts on Cisco products for development, “Cisco-Compatible” interoperability verification and certification, and go-to-market support with partner programs and sales enablement through access to Cisco sales and channel teams. Examples of how Cisco partners have utilized the program are:

1.Itron has delivered a validated solution to support the rollout of smart meters for BC Hydro's 1.9 million electricity customers. Itron embedded the Connected Grid Endpoint Reference design into its OpenWay meters enabling communications and management over a multi-service IPv6-based communications architecture.

2.SUBNET Solutions and Cisco have performed solution and integration testing between the Cisco Connected Grid routers and switches and SUBNET's Unified Grid Intelligence applications to enable password management and access control of the Connected Grid products.  This solution provides utilities with an expanded NERC CIP compliance solution for their grid monitoring & control devices as well as Cisco network devices. 

3.OSIsoft is able to provide mutual customers the ability to extend their PI System as a long-term data archive and analysis infrastructure for data derived from Cisco's purpose built network monitoring and management solution.
The Connected Grid CDN program is one of the most comprehensive in the industry and gives partners the ability to develop interoperable solutions in the following technology sub-communities:

IP-Enabled Grid Devices: OEM developers can embed Cisco network technology as a way to provide standardized interoperability while creating a common layer of networking services for a diverse set of devices. (e.g. smart meters, distribution automation sensors and control devices, IP-enabled smart objects)

Field Area Network: Partner solutions can integrate with Cisco’s ruggedized 1000 series Connected Grid series routers and utilize the highly secure, multi-service communications architecture to  connect and manage millions of endpoints.

Grid Security and Management: Partners can reduce risk and accelerate system design for their security solution offerings through certified interoperability with Cisco enterprise-class security and network management products.

Transmission and Substation: Partner solutions can integrate with Cisco’s ruggedized 2000 series Connected Grid series routers and 2500 series Connected Grid switches to utilize highly secure, multi-service wide area networking (WAN) architectures and solutions for substation automation to help utilities increase security, reliability and lower operation costs. 

Data Center Operations: Opportunities are available for application software partners in the areas control center applications, outage management, data center and back-office applications, data analytics and visualization, grid operations and business services.
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