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CISCO and Google Going SMART

May 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Further news about IT big players entering the heavily funded SMART GRID market space, CISCO officially unveiled its first end-to-end smart grid solution and strategy (HERE) , The networks giant official press release states that :

“Cisco’s plan establishes a complete communications fabric from electrical generation to business and the home based on Internet-Protocol standards. This will build intelligence, resiliency and two-way communications into an electricity distribution system that has been traditionally fragmented”.

My Comments on the news:

– CISCO’s purchase of (Pure Networks allowed them to acquire the rights for the HNAP (Home Networks Administration Protocol) that will allow Home appliances to speak and connect seamlessly together. think about it as Upnp meeting Apple’s Bonjour.this helped them offer a complete end to end solution.

– Google’s recent Venture Investment in the much talked about , Smart Grid networking specialists SilverSpring , Signaled a genuine intention to compete in the SMART GRID lucrative space.

– Google and GE Partnership for the Smart Grid Plug in – Allowing you to Watch your Home appliances energy consumption online – (See my post on may 7th about the topic: IT-powerhouses-sees-the-smart-grid-as-a-booming-business)

– The US Stimulus Package will inject 11 Billion$ into the Smart Grid as research and implementation funds within the next few year

I can only say that a vulnerability in your chrome browser or IP softphone can make you loose all your money, But a vulnerability in mission critical systems running the energy sector can cause millions of people to suffer a complete blackout and perhaps human lives…are we as an IT industry ready and up to a challenge where patching might be just too late.

2003 US-Blackout

2003 US-Blackout

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