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Microsoft announced it has developed a software reference architecture to help the Utility industry take a significant step in smart grid development. Called Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA), this reference architecture addresses technology integration throughout the full scope of the smart energy ecosystem. The Microsoft SERA for the smart energy ecosystem will help create a world where thousands of smart devices can seamlessly plug into the grid thanks to common standards and interoperability frameworks, just as the plug-and-play model allows thousands of devices to seamlessly plug into PCs today.
The Microsoft SERA provides a road map for utilities to help identify and solve the integration issues facing grid and energy ecosystem advancement. SERA helps utilities by providing a method of testing the alignment of information technology with their business processes to create an integrated utility. As a result households and businesses will have ready access to timely, user-friendly information that can help them make smarter choices about their energy use,
This is the second utility offering to be released from Microsoft in four months, following the announcement of Microsoft Hohm, an online application developed to enhance the experience of utilities’ customers and provide further insight into the supply and demand of residential energy use.
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