A new ‘ecosystem’ is emerging in the Smart Grid where many application developers will want to collect data from, not only customer premises, but also integrate that data with information from markets, utilities and other sources. Of course, security of the data and controlled access to that data (as well as its derivatives) is a crucial concern. JDS Management Software has been involved in developing secure architectures that can be used by a host of developers (Utilities, Third Party Application Developers, SaaS Companies, and others) to deliver solutions.

Data collection from, and configuration/management of very large numbers of systems is a concept that is well understood in the IP Management domain and transfers well to applications in this new environment. Lessons learned over the past 20 years can greatly speed time to completed software that will scale and meet reliability requirements for the Smart Grid.