Cisco, German utility Yello Strom team for Smart Grid pilot project
By Camille Ricketts on October 5, 2009
Cisco Systems has recently stepped up its participation in the Smart Grid — the formation of a cleaner, more efficient electrical grid. Two weeks ago, it formed a coalition of Smart Grid companies that agreed to ensure interoperability between their devices and services. Today, it announced that it is partnering with top German utility Yello Strom, to roll out a Smart Grid pilot program aimed at giving energy consumers the information they need to cut their usage and electrical bills.
The program will cover about 70 German homes and businesses, which will be outfitted with smart meters and IP networks designed to transmit data about energy consumption to the utility and its customers in real time. They will also receive home energy management dashboards, slicing and splicing this data, indicating how much energy various appliances are using, and giving users the ability to set rules for their buildings. For example, a homeowner in the program would be able to say it only want to run their clothes dryer during off-peak periods when electricity is cheaper.
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