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GE Energy and SUBNET Solutions Inc. Team Up to Improve Cyber Security for a Smarter Grid

SUBNET Solutions Inc. | July 21, 2009

GE Energy and SUBNET Solutions Inc., announced a collaboration today to help improve cyber security across a smarter grid, which is inherently more open as it marries information and automation technologies with our current electrical infrastructure. Smart grid technologies deliver greater productivity and efficiencies, optimize renewable energy sources and empower consumers to manage energy usage and save money.

Many smart grid experts agree on an open, standardized foundation for networking North America’s next great infrastructure-the smart grid. The adoption of open technology standards has served as a catalyst for innovation, helping build remarkably interoperable foundations that drive the economy, ranging from the familiar electricity socket to the transformative information superhighway that is the internet.

Because the potential for cyber attack on the grid increases as the network becomes increasingly automated and "open," GE and SUBNET have collaborated on a robust, flexible solution enabling streamlined information access, while overcoming the security challenges inherent in open systems.

"A fundamental element for creating smarter power grids is expert use of digital and information technologies that connect utilities in real-time to all the key components of the power grid; from generation to the consumer. Today, solutions need to provide this live holistic view of the power system and meet or exceed critical cyber security requirements," said Ameen Hamdon, president of SUBNET Solutions Inc. "By combining our proven technologies with that of GE’s, we are creating a best-in-class solution to provide secure real-time information access from the substation level to the enterprise."

SUBNET’s software seamlessly integrates with GE’s proven D400* workstation for a new substation gateway product-the D400-S*-to deliver a unified and intelligent architecture with the ability to evolve as customers’ needs grow. The D400-S is compliant with NERC-CIP standards, CIP-002 through CIP-009, which provide a cyber security framework for the identification and protection of critical cyber assets to support reliable operation of the bulk electric system.

GE’s D400 solution is a secure, substation-hardened gateway that collects metering, status, event and fault report data from serial or LAN-based intelligent electronic devices. SUBNET’s flagship products, EnterpriseSERVER.NET™, SubstationSERVER.NET™ and Substation Explorer™, are "hardware independent" software applications that easily integrate with utilities’ existing infrastructure to provide flexible and secure access to remote substation information.

"For the smart grid to be viable and safe, security measures must be taken to protect the communications networks that enable utilities to remotely control the electrical network," said Sisir Padhy, general manager for GE Energy’s automation technologies. "Our collaboration with SUBNET is critical as we continue to expand our smart grid offerings. This new solution provides significant business benefits to utility customers in the United States, Canada and around the world."

About SUBNET Solutions Inc.
SUBNET Solutions Inc. is a global software product developer providing solutions for the electric utility industry that focus on Making Substations More Intelligent®. Founded in 1992, SUBNET provides intelligent solutions that securely connect real time electric utility field information with utility business systems to enable smart grid solutions. Over 200 utilities worldwide rely on SUBNET software to safely manage and monitor thousands of substations. Visit SUBNET’s Web site at

About GE Energy
GE Energy ( is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, with 2008 revenue of $29.3 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy works in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels. Numerous GE Energy products are certified under ecomagination, GE’s corporate-wide initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.

About GE

GE is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that is built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at GE is Imagination at Work.


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SUBNET Solutions Inc.

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GE Energy

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