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Company Launches Smart Grid Ecosystem with More Than 25 Partners and Announces Customer Technical Advisory Board, Grid Security Services

SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 17, 2009 - Cisco today announced further steps in its efforts to enable development of an end-to-end, highly secure Smart Grid communications infrastructure that will help utility companies and their customers optimize energy supply and demand, improve smart grid security and reliability, and reduce operational costs.

Facts/Highlights:

Cisco is creating the Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem to facilitate the adoption of Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications standards for smart grids that will benefit the energy industry as well as business and residential customers.

The members of the Cisco Smart Grid ecosystem include system integrators, technology vendors, power and utility integrators, service providers, and services and sales vendors who represent various elements of the Smart Grid infrastructure.

Ecosystem members will work with Cisco to support interoperability testing and enable industry migration to an IP-based infrastructure for smart grids and energy management applications, all the way from generation to businesses and homes.

This effort will help reduce the cost and complexity of deploying multivendor smart grid communications infrastructure solutions for both utility companies and ecosystem members.

PlantPROCORE The initial list of companies who are part of this open ecosystem includes: Accenture, AeroScout, Arcadian Networks, AREVA T&D, Cable&Wireless Worldwide, Capgemini, Coleman Technologies, EMC, Echelon, EnergyHub, GE, GridPoint, Infosys Technologies, Itron, Landis + Gyr, OATI, Oracle, OSIsoft, Pulse Energy, Proximetry, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), SecureLogix, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Skyline-ATS, Telvent, Verizon, Watteco, Wipro, and World Wide Technology, Inc.

Cisco is working with utility customers around the world to define and develop intelligent, highly secure communication architectures for electrical systems.

In support of its Smart Grid efforts, Cisco is introducing grid security services and solutions.

For more information on Cisco's Smart Grid strategy: http://www.cisco.com/go/smartgrid

Cisco Ecolibrium blog: http://blogs.cisco.com/green

For supporting quotes from dozens of industry leaders and customers, please see http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2009/prod_091709.html?sid=BAC-NewsWire

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