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Lots of news about Cisco's entry into the smart grid and building automation industry. Below is a collection of links across my desk this month.

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Smart Grid: Cisco Connected Grid Launch
Sandeep Vij, vice president and general manager of the Cisco Converged Building Systems Business Unit, announces the evolution of Cisco's Smart Connected ...

How Cisco Plans to Own the Smart Grid   Jesse Berst [editor@smartgridnews.com]  I've been talking to Cisco executives about their plans for the Smart Grid for a while now. As you might imagine the company is thinking big. If it gets its way, it could change the playing field forever. There's good news in that for utilities, and also some bad. This special issue examines it all.

Cisco Network Building Mediator User Guide
Describes an overview of the Building Automation System .... This chapter provides a detailed overview of Building Automation System (BAS), ...

PlantPROCORE Audience
This guide is for the experienced system administrator responsible for configuring and maintaining the
Cisco Network Building Mediator.
Organization
This guide is organized as follows:

Chapter 1
Introduction Describes an overview of the Building Automation System (BAS), Mediator system, and Mediator Operating Environment (MOE) system software.
Chapter 2
Getting Started Describes how to install, physically connect, and configure the Cisco Network Building Mediator and its software.
Chapter 3
Using configTOOL Describes how to start, configure, and use configTOOL.
Chapter 4
Configuring Ports and Protocols
Chapter 5
Using perfectHOST Describes the supervisory control capabilities of the Cisco Network Building Mediator and how to use perfectHOST graphical programming software to program the Cisco Network Building Mediator.

Cisco aims to shrink energy costs with Connected Grid
Mediator is just one of several new products in Cisco's Connected Grid ... which links many disparate building automation systems and protocols over the IP. ...

Las Vegas - Imagine if the utility company in your area presented your company with a $2 million rebate cheque just for turning down the lights when they asked?

That's exactly what happened to NetApp, a networking storage vendor, after using Cisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) Network Building Mediator product. According to Sanket Amberkar, marketing manager, Smart Grid Solutions, for Cisco Systems utility companies in Canada and the U.S. provide incentives to users to shed loads.
Mediator is just one of several new products in Cisco's Connected Grid portfolio, which was made available at the Cisco Live! Conference, held here. Connected Grid aims to help business and home owners better monitor, manage and cut down energy consumption.

Airport Uses Network Virtualization to Consolidate and Scale ...
Therefore a parallel network based on Cisco Catalyst 6500 switches and .... Building automation is administered by the owner and spans across all buildings. ...

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