IBM, VELCO to build smart grid communications network in Vermont
Spanning more than 1,000 miles, this advanced fiber communications network will connect transmission substations to Vermont's distribution utilities
San Antonio, Texas, January 24, 2012 — At the 2012 DistribuTECH conference, IBM and the Vermont Electric Power Co. announced an agreement to build an intelligent fiber optic and Carrier Ethernet communications and control network across the state of Vermont.
Spanning more than 1,000 miles, this advanced fiber communications network will connect transmission substations to Vermont's distribution utilities, delivering reliable electric service and the capabilities required for the state's future smart grid.
IBM will provide project management and networking services, part of its Intelligent Utility Network solution, to help VELCO improve the state's electric infrastructure. This new system provides the communications capability to relay information back to the utility about usage, voltage, existing or potential outages, and equipment performance.
Fiber transport and Carrier Ethernet systems will ensure reliability and security of the transmission network and allow utilities to improve power quality and avoid power outages or resolve them faster.
The communications network is based on Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Transport platform and its extensive family of Carrier Ethernet Service Aggregation and Delivery switches. With its peer-to-peer architecture, the new network will meet the demanding reliability and security requirements necessary for smart grid, as well as provide additional bandwidth to support the eEnergy Vermont initiatives in progress throughout the state.