Cisco's Latest Consumer Play: The Smart Grid

[qi:_earth2tech] This week, Cisco made its first official move into the smart grid space as a partner in the $200 million Energy Smart Miami project. While the smart grid, which some have called the “Internet of energy,” might seem like a perfect opportunity for the networking giant to court utilities’ needs, the announced project offers Cisco its best opportunity yet to leverage its recent acquisitions in the consumer space — by providing devices and networking that will help residential utility customers manage their energy use.