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Cisco and Alstom to develop digital substations

Firms will integrate cyber-security and substation automation system

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The partnership will see the firms work on digital substations secured against cyber attack. (GETTY IMAGES)
The partnership will see the firms work on digital substations secured against cyber attack. (GETTY IMAGES)

Alstom Grid and networking specialist Cisco have announced a commercial and technology agreement that will see the two companies work together on developing digital substation solutions for electrical grids. The firms are set to combine Cisco’s substation-grade “Connected Grid” routers and switches – which include cyber-security functions – together with Alstom’s “DS Agile” control system for digital substation automation.

Speaking on the deal, announced at this year’s CIGRE event, Patrick Plas, Alstom Grid’s senior VP of grid power and automation, said, “This partnership between Alstom and Cisco brings our digital substation offering to yet another level of performance and reliability for our customers. We very much look forward to implementing its next steps and move towards the commercial roll-out of the solutions.”

The firms have said that the new technology will increase security in smart-grid enabled digital substations, providing operators with the ability to detect and combat possible cyber threats across the whole grid infrastructure.

Operational and maintenance costs should also be lower, with utilities able to use multiple applications over a common network infrastructure. Wired and wireless communications will be supported across the same network, allowing for preventive maintenance programmes that can lower maintenance costs.

“Cisco has always recognised the need to develop sustainable partnerships in the effort to achieve a smarter grid. Cisco’s collaboration with Alstom brings together two sets of complementary technologies that will allow our joint customers to secure their operations, achieve cost savings and extract greater value from existing technology infrastructure. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Alstom in developing the most cost-effective substation solutions for the industry,” added Lionel Chocron, VP and GM of Cisco’s Connected Energy Networks.
 

 

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