Cisco, Itron to jointly design US smart energy grid communications

Networking giant Cisco today announced an alliance with Itron, a Liberty Lake, Wash.-based utility metering technology company, to develop secure Internet Protocol (IP) communications technology for so-called smart energy grids that connect wired and wireless networks.The two companies will jointly develop a reference design for standards-based secure communications technology that Cisco plans to incorporate into its Network Interface Cards and other networking gear.To read this IT World report in full, see:

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