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San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco has announced expanded solutions in its Connected Grid portfolio based on the Cisco GridBlocks architecture. The three new products - the Cisco Utility Operational Network solution, Cisco Connected Grid Design Suite, and Cisco Incident Response and Workforce Enablement solution - are designed to help utilities modernize, manage and improve everyday grid operations.

Cisco Utility Operational Network includes a package of architecture, design services and products for utility wide-area networks and provides utility operators with a secure and flexible multi-point network, according to the company. Cisco Connected Grid Design Suite includes a set of hardware appliances, software applications and services to manage the complexity of new technology integration in substations by providing utility engineers with a unified view of electrical and communications networks. The Cisco Incident Response and Workforce Enablement solution includes a set of architecture services and products to improve field communications and coordination, the company adds.


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