Lockheed Martin has become a promoter member of the IPSO Alliance, a non-profit association of more than 50 members from leading technology, communications, and energy companies. The Alliance’s mission is to enable the foundation for a network that will allow any sensor-enabled physical object to communicate to another. Larry Easton, director of Lockheed Martin’s Ventures for Information Systems and Global Solutions-Defense, says, “Collaborating with the IPSO Alliance will help ensure cross-vendor interoperability as well as promote greater use of IP-based Smart Grid solutions. IP has proven itself as a stable, reliable and scalable technology and we believe that Internet Protocol for smart objects will enable new functionality for mission critical applications.”
NorthWestern Energy has selected Lockheed Martin’s SEEsuite Smart Grid Command and Control platform to provide demand response management and integrated situational awareness for its participation in a new $178 million smart grid project. NorthWestern Energy is participating in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which involves more than 60,000 customers in five states. The purpose of the project is to test new combinations of devices, software, and advanced analytical tools to improve the grid’s reliability and performance.
A new report by Smart Grid Analysis (SGA), microgrid Markets and Opportunities, concludes that major energy players such as Cisco, GE, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Siemens and Verizon, will partner with smaller specialist firms in pursuing microgrid opportunities that are expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2015. SGA is a NanoMarkets’ group dedicated to analyzing emerging market and technology opportunities in the Smart Grid.