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Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and Cisco are taking a holistic approach to providing reliable computing and networking infrastructure as a foundation for operations on a smart grid.


The two companies say smart grids will enhance automation and intelligence at critical points within the Meralco network. "Legacy grid infrastructure, rising power generation costs and emerging technologies are driving the company to pursue a new and more intelligent distribution network. We needed an IT infrastructure that is robust, flexible and highly secure yet cost-effective,” says Marthyn Cuan, Meralco's CIO and vice president. “In an industry made even more challenging with deregulation, we remain committed to providing our customers with the best value in energy, products and services and at the same time to run the business effectively and efficiently," adds Cuan. 

At the core of the smart grid transformation is the use of intelligent communication networks as the platform that enables grid instrumentation, analysis and control of utility operations from power generation to trading, to transmission and distribution and to retail. "The past 18 months have been good for Meralco. We saw record energy volume growth and we have passed our 5 millionth customer. As our customer base increases, the corresponding demands for quality power and services necessitate that we improve current capabilities,” says Cuan.

Cisco says it is in a unique position to help energy organizations make the transformation to smart grids. “From a technology standpoint, our connected grid portfolio includes networking equipment, computing platforms, integrated software services and professional services that cover the spectrum of functional requirements for a scalable, reliable and highly secure smart grid. The products span the different segments of the grid from the generation facility infrastructure to the data center to the smart meters, creating a true end-to-end, converged and interoperable solution," says Stephen Misa, managing director for Cisco in the Philippines.


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