Energy Australia selects ConnectedGrid for its smart grid infrastructure

Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

EnergyAustralia, the largest energy network in Australia with 3 million customers, has selected Cisco Connected Grid solutions as the infrastructure platform for the delivery of a range of business-critical services in its major substations across its electricity network.
Cisco introduced the first offerings in May 2010 of  its Connected Grid portfolio of smart grid communications systems that includes purpose-built, ruggedised routers and switches that  form a resilient, manageable and secure network solution for the utility substation.

The Cisco Connected Grid routers and switches will help EnergyAustralia improve the reliability of the power supply by detecting and analysing faults quicker as well as decreasing response times. This Connected Grid solution provides a highly secure, scalable communications network to help utilities identify, isolate, diagnose and repair faults more quickly and efficiently. The solution will also help EnergyAustralia plan and develop energy management solutions and better integrate renewable energy into the grid.

Les Williamson, Vice President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand, said: “With 25 years of building intelligent networking technology infrastructures, Cisco has the deep expertise to help utilities realise the digital transformation of the grid while maintaining their investment in existing systems. With our Connected Grid solution at the core of its substations, we look forward to helping EnergyAustralia achieve its business and operational goals to build a smarter and more reliable electricity grid.”

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