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July 28, 2009

Welcome to the Smart Grid Portal

By Shidan Gouran (ICP)
Co-founder, Intelligent Communications Partners
Today marks the launch of a new venture between TMC and Intelligent Communications Partners, which itself is a new entity. Intelligent Communications Partners is a venture between ourselves – Jon Arnold (News - Alert) and Shidan Gouran – to pursue the smart grid opportunity that we feel is unfolding now.

Our venture is new, and you can read a bit more about us in today’s press release, which is posted here on the portal.
We’re very excited about our venture, and we’re equally excited about our partnership with TMC (News - Alert), which has two components. One is this portal, which we intend to build into the go-to resource for smart grid thought leadership. ICP’s vision is to build an engaged community around the intersection of utilities, telcos and IT, and the smart grid portal will be the focal point. We believe there is a great opportunity here to combine our smart grid focus with TMC’s industry reach and editorial resources.
This is our first contribution to the portal, but you’ll soon see a growing variety of original content that will complement TMC’s industry news feeds as well as the company’s own unique editorial contributions. In time, we will have regular podcasts, videos, guest contributions, Q&A segments with leading executives and other forms of content that will make our portal a prime destination for both smart grid and smart home thought leadership.
The second component to our partnership is the “Smart Grid Summit,” which launches during TMC’s ITEXPO West 2009 this September in Los Angeles. Being a launch event, it will be a one-day summit, held on the first day of the ITEXPO (News - Alert) – Tuesday, Sept. 1. There will not be any exhibitors – only content. We are putting together five distinct panel sessions, and expect this to be just the beginning of an event that will develop into a full-fledged conference in 2010. These sessions are firming up rapidly and we expect to launch the Smart Grid Summit Web site later this week, at which time TMC will be ready to process registrations.
That’s our news for today, and we hope you’ll join us in helping bring our Smart Grid vision – and yours as well – to fruition. We’ll be contributing regular items to this portal over the next few weeks, and as you can see on this Web page, an e-Newsletter will soon be available for subscription. So, if you can’t get to this portal on a regular basis, the newsletter will be another way to stay up-to-date.

Don’t forget to check out TMCnet’s White Paper Library, which provides a selection of in-depth information on relevant topics affecting the IP Communications industry. The library offers white papers, case studies and other documents which are free to registered users.

Shidan Gouran is co-founder of Intelligent Communications Partners (ICP), a strategic advisory consultancy focused on the emerging Smart Grid opportunity. To read more of his Smart Grid articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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