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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Smart Networks - Key to Building Smart Grids

It was refreshing over the past few days to see and hear the market positive reaction since Trilliant’s announced acquisition of SkyPilot. I think this is a very clear statement from an established AMI vendor as to the smart grid market requirement for a complete communication strategy to augment good metering products. This combination of products and networks is required to build the right type of resilient, secure, standards-based foundation for operating the wide range of smart grid applications and systems.

I’m at the Utility Telecom Council conference today and it has been exciting to hear from both utilities and vendors that get the significant value in Tropos’ GridCom strategy. GridCom interest is continuing to grow and has garnered significant attention from vendors and utilities alike as they start to assess the importance of building a strong foundation for real time, two-way smart grid communications.

As today’s keynote speaker, Rusty Williams, UTC's Chairman of the Board and Manager of Information Systems Planning and Engineering for Southern Company Services told the audience, “Smart networks are a tool for improving the entire power industry, not just metering.”

Tom