IBM and Cisco have announced a pilot smart grid project for 500 households in Amsterdam to increase energy efficiency. The program is part of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative which endeavors to make Amsterdam a more sustainable city.
The IBM and Cisco will take part in a consortium to implement smart metering and home energy management technology in homes to give customers the feedback necessary to reduce their energy usage. Cisco will provide IP-based management solutions enabling real-time, secure monitoring of appliances and energy systems while IBM will provide software and web-based technology.
Marthin de Beer, SVP of Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group, said “…cities like Amsterdam recognize the opportunity in using the standards-based intelligent communications network as a platform for economic development, better city management and improved quality of life for citizens. With this pilot, we hope to demonstrate how smart and connected communities can be more energy conscious and more green.”