Cisco enhances energy management tools
At “CiscoLive!” in Las Vegas, Cisco unveiled new technologies that build on its recently announced connected grid portfolio, which the company says helps consumers and businesses better monitor and manage their energy consumption for cost and carbon savings, including an interface for the home environment. The Cisco Home Energy Management Solution features a home energy controller along with Cisco energy management services that, when provided by utilities to their customers, help consumers securely and reliably gain insight into, and easier control over, their energy use, says the company.
Cisco also announced key updates to its smart connected buildings portfolio, including the new Cisco Network Building Mediator Manager 6300—which enables centralized management of smart connected buildings across global enterprise operations—and the Cisco Network Building Mediator 3.1, which provides the platform for linking multiple disparate building automation systems and protocols over Internet Protocol and for allowing greater integration and visibility of energy flows across real estate and information technology.
“Utilities around the world are moving toward a more modern, efficient and environmentally friendly energy infrastructure,” said Paul Fulton, general manager, Cisco Prosumer Business Unit/Cisco Smart Grid. “Cisco's Home Energy Management Solution can be an integral part of that transition by helping utilities empower their customers to make choices about their consumption, understand the trade-offs related to time-of-use pricing, and be in better control of their energy efficiency. With its simple and elegant user interface, the Cisco Home Energy Controller is like a virtual energy assistant for consumers, giving them valuable information about—and more discretion over—their energy use. Cisco is excited to introduce this important addition to our connected grid portfolio.”
“Home energy management functionality is an important step in providing customers with an enhanced energy experience that is simply not achievable with today's analog grid,” said Gianna Manes, senior VP and CCO, Duke Energy. “Customers want to save money on their energy bills, but it has to be easy. With Cisco's proven expertise in Internet Protocol-based, open system networks, we're confident with our collaboration with them will result in a solution that provides our customers back-of-mind simplicity and real, back pocket rewards.”
For more information, go to www.cisco.com.
July 2, 2010 By John Gilson
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