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Loading... A new report from Pike Research forecasts that 276 million smart grid communications nodes will be shipped worldwide from 2010 to 2016, with annual shipments increasing dramatically from 15 million in 2009 to 55 million by 2016... this will represent a total industry investment of $20.3 billion during the seven-year forecast period, with annual revenues increasing from $1.8 billion in 2009 to $3.1 billion by 2016..."

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Smart Grid Companies The smart grid dream team: Surprising results?

Jun 29, 2011

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In our Smart Grid Dream Team Challenge you had your chance to propose a merger of two companies you think should be joined at the smart grid hip. Our editors pared the nominations to the selection that appears below; the words are those of the person who suggested the match. Check them out and then vote for the union you think could create the ultimate smart grid dream team.

·         GE and Silver Spring Networks -- Two companies I see so closely aligned in terms of competency, compatibility, and vision that some may already view the demarcation line between them as being dotted rather than solid leads to my "Dream Team" nomination... GE and Silver Spring Networks. (More about GE smart grid)
·         Ambient and Cisco -- Utilities Telecom Council gave Ambient Corp. a Top Smart Grid Award this year and Cisco could take them to new levels with a merger. (More about Cisco smart grid)
·         GE and Infrax Systems -- GE should buy Infrax Systems.  They have a team of heavyweights … they have solutions that are recommended by several government agencies and keep upgrading to stay on top.
·         Silver Spring Networks and iDirect -- I would suggest that a ROCKING pairing would be Silver Spring Networks and iDirect.  SSN still represents the "smartest guys in the room" approach to smart grid integration; and iDirect has the best next-gen satellite technology... Brains and beauty (a.k.a. ubiquity).  What's not to like? 

Do you see a dream in the mix? Vote in the Quick Poll and add any comments in the Talk Back form below.

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