Communications and knowledge converge in new smart grid agreement

Logica Australia signed an agreement with Cisco qualifying it to resell and deliver smart grid IP network design and infrastructure services to Australia’s energy and utilities companies.

The strategic relationship brings together Logica’s industry knowledge and Cisco’s network communications expertise for end-to-end networking solutions for energy and utilities clients who are planning network upgrades across their IT and operational networks to enable smart grids.

“Communications infrastructure will play a critical role in how energy, water and gas are delivered to consumers, as the need to manage consumption for a more sustainable environment continues to increase,” Logica CEO Asia Pacific, Colin Holgate said.

“Cisco recently launched its portfolio of ‘Connected Grid’ solutions and approached Logica for our in-depth knowledge of the energy and utilities market, our smart grid expertise, and unique technical capabilities across both the IT and SCADA networks,” he said.

Cisco will gain access to Logica’s client base, which includes 11 of Australia’s 13 energy network companies, seven of its eight gas companies and Australia’s largest water utilities.

“Helping energy and utility organisations take full advantage of the IP communication network to improve energy efficiency, provide high security and enhance service innovation for smart grids is critical to Australia’s environmental future. With its extensive Australian client implementation experience, Logica is key to successfully delivering this, and Cisco is very pleased to team with Logica in demonstrating the power of smart grids to the nation,” Cisco Australia and New Zealand vice president, Les Williamson said.

Logica is currently supporting the world’s first major national smart grid roll out with EDP in Portugal and is working closely with Australia’s energy distribution companies to help them develop their smart grid strategies.

Cisco’s recently introduced Connected Grid portfolio covers energy management from delivery to the home, including smart grid substation automation, home consumption control tools, SCADA security, virtualised data centres and robust back haul infrastructure.