It looks to me as if Cisco is bringing everyone together to come up with some sort of game plan going forward. I think KO is licking his chops. Itron and it's partners are also a part of this alliance, so now Echelon has an opportunity to show industry giants such as Cisco and IBM how our technology compares with Itron. Now, maybe Itron is catching up, but nothing that I read leads me to believe they are anywhere close to Echelon.
Todd Arnold, senior vice president for Smart Grid and Customer Systems, Duke Energy
"Duke Energy is pleased to further its relationship with Cisco by becoming a member of the Technical Advisory Board. Sharing industry perspective and best practices through this forum should help accelerate development of Smart Grid solutions that will transform the way electricity is delivered and consumed by the 11 million people Duke Energy serves across five states. Together, Duke Energy and Cisco can showcase what is possible with an advanced, intelligent electrical infrastructure."
Manuel Sanchez, chairman and CEO of Telvent
"Telvent is eminently prepared, today, to contribute to the Smart Grid Ecosystem and proud to be part of this consortium. Using a secure infrastructure that honors industry standards, the Ecosystem shows that open, extensible architecture components such as those in the Telvent Smart Grid Solution Suite can be fully integrated into electric grid topologies currently deployed and those modeled for the future. They connect the business information systems utilities rely on, and will accommodate the increased data volume expected in intelligent grid networks."
Ken Oshman, chairman and CEO, Echelon Corporation
"We have long been committed to leveraging IP standards to bring information from smart devices onto the Internet. We share the vision that smart buildings, home, and utility infrastructure, working together, are essential to achieve the promise of the smart grid and deliver the energy savings and efficiency gains we need to move industry forward. With tens of millions of smart, IP accessible smart devices already deployed in systems around the world we are pleased to join with Cisco in this effort"
Can't say I know how to interpret it but it certainly gives the Smart Grid movement some additional serious momentum. It terms of speeding up market acceptance and true order volume it must be a good thing.