IBM helps utilities modernize communications networks

Armonk, N.Y., September 21, 2010 – IBM announced it will help utilities modernize the underlying communications networks that enable them to deliver energy resources.

By providing complete consulting, design and implementation services with network technology from industry partners, IBM will deliver the first-ever comprehensive communications services offering of its kind.

This new offering will allow utilities to transform their networks and make the transition from traditional to smart grids.

With secure and scalable communications infrastructure integrated from the data center all the way to the sensor or smart meter, utilities can maximize service levels, better consolidate and manage security, execute network monitoring and management functions, manage assets, meet regulatory requirements and further accelerate the deployment of smarter grids – all while meeting cost objectives.

“One of the keys to success of any smart grid initiative is having the right communications networks in place,” said Bill Moroney, President and CEO of Utilities Telecom Council (UTC). “It is good to see a firm like IBM investing in global communications services to help utilities realize the full investment of their smart grid programs.”

IBM is now able to consult, design, integrate and implement a secure and scalable communications network. This universal approach allows utilities to have a complete view of their communications network, a network that provides the right bandwidth, availability and security measures for their smart grid projects.

“IBM was among the first companies to recognize the benefits of marrying information technology with the electricity grid,” said Guido Bartels, General Manager, Energy & Utilities Industry at IBM and Chairman, GridWise Alliance. “Given our experience with more then 150 smart grid projects around the world, we are now building on that leadership by providing the first comprehensive global communications services offering of its kind.”

IBM is making a global commitment to helping utility clients address their communications network challenges with a single consultative systems integration approach rather than a piecemeal offering. Recognizing that an array of technologies are required of smart grid communications networks, IBM has established partnerships that span core, backhaul and neighborhood area network requirements – both terrestrial and wireless.

These services are supported by partners ADVA Optical Networking, Alvarion, Ciena, Cisco, Itron (in North America), Juniper Networks, Landis+Gyr (in North America), Motorola, RuggedCom, Sensus and Trilliant.

All partners are either IBM SAFE (Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities) validated or committed to validation as part of participation in the partner ecosystem.

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