Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Cisco-enabled Smart Grid device? #
A Cisco-enabled Smart Grid device is a fully IPv6 capable, manageable, and secure member of the utility IP network or the global Internet. Cisco's embedded technology implements the device's network interface stack, leaving the device vendor to focus on the device's application and essential value.
What are some examples of IPv6 enabled Smart Grid devices? #
- Smart Meters -- Cisco is IP-enabling the next generation of Smart Meters. Itron is the first Smart Meter vendor to license Cisco's technology
- IEDs and Substation Sensors
- Distribution Automation sensors
- Public EV charging points
How is the technology embedded in the device? #
Cisco will initially license the technology as a software package consisting of the embedded OS as well as the network software stack. Future implementations may also include a self-contained Network Interface Card (NIC) or a software NIC for the vendor's OD environment.
What is the history of Cisco's technology for Smart Grid devices?#
In September 2010 Cisco acquired Arch Rock Corp. -- a pioneer in developing Wireless Mesh Sensor Networks. Arch Rock has made significant contributions to the standards efforts in IETF 6LoWPAN and IEEE 802.15.4e and g, and deployed a number of production mesh networks in diverse applications ranging from energy efficient data centers to the smart grid to commercial building energy management.