IBM will provide program management and networking services for the network, which will connect transmission substations to Vermont's distribution utilities. IBM said the network will relay information about usage, voltage and potential outages.
IBM said the network is based on Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Transport platform and its family of Carrier Ethernet aggregation and delivery switches.
“It's another concrete step toward our long-term goal to make Vermont a national model for energy policy ““ a source of best practices and technical assistance as the smart grid rolls out nationwide,” said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.