The latest solutions will integrate the Cisco Connected Grid Endpoint reference design with Elster’s EnergyAxis System, which enables smart meters to act as sensors for Distribution Automation and Asset Management applications.

The company is looking to develop EnergyAxis communications firmware, would be able to operate within Cisco’s 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers and leverage application programming interfaces from the Cisco Connected Grid Network Management System.

Cisco Connected Energy Networks vice president Lionel Chocron said, "By licensing the reference design to industry leaders such as Elster, we are enabling utilities to combine AMI communications over a common, reliable and secure communications infrastructure."

Commenting on the collaboration, Elster Solutions president Ed Myszka said, "This announcement builds on Elster’s track record of collaboration and integration to deliver the next generation of interoperability needed by utilities as they deploy Smart Grid solutions."