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Smart Grid Essentials Course Available on NetSpace NOW!

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany made a new course available on the learning platform of the Cisco Networking Academy:

The 80 hours learning material provides insights on smart grid technology and reflects the technical regulation in Germany.

The course is available in German language at the beginning. Every existing instructor on NetSpace has immediate access to the new course material. Instructor training is not mandatory.

Why do we need an intelligent grid system?
We are experiencing a transition in energy supply all over the globe. Renewable energy sources produce more and more of the electrical energy demand in many countries. When we use solar and wind energy, energy providers face a significant challenge: Fluctuating energy production with changing weather conditions.

Intelligence in the grid system can help to balance the ups and downs in energy production and consumption. What will be installed in many countries over the next decade is known as a smart grid.

Grid system
Smart Grid is an Internet of Everything implementation in the energy sector
The smart grid system is a huge IT implementation program. While traditional meters were read out once a year, modern digital meters provide data every 5 minutes, every day, 12 months a year. Data about the actual household consumption and information about the grid situation has to be exchanged over an IP based network.

Electrical installers lack the competence to install a smart grid system
Traditional vocational education for electrical installers does not include competences to connect intelligent devices with the internet. But this is the qualification that millions of electrical installers all over the world will need in the next year.

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany developed a course material that will help to close the skills gap in electrical engineering. We are convinced that this will support individual employability and will help to roll our an intelligent grid infrastructure.

Smart Grid home installations

Smart Grid Essentials provides competences to install smart electrical devices
The 80 hours course explains the functionality and required devices of a smart grid home system. Students will learn how to connect smart meters with a home area network (HAN) and integrating smart meter gateways in a wide area network (WAN). Instructors can expect detailed installation procedures for smart meter installation and security aspects of a smart grid system based on German technical regulations.


This week: NetAcad Tech Webinars

We take the opportunity to warmly invite you, between the 30th of June and 3rd of July to participate once again in Tech Webinars, VoD, Knowledge Nuggets and The latest and greatest updates from Cisco Networking Academy.


A lot of things are happening inside NetAcad and new courses are beginning to arrive. Linux Essentials, the first Partner course is already available along with the new Community Primer. Moreover, new updates to CCNA Security are in the works.

Our quarterly Instructor Forum will cover all you need to know about updates in NetAcad.

We warmly invite you to join our sessions

IPD Summer Week invitation and schedule

5AHITN @Holodeck

August mit HTL VillachKnowing what abbreviations and certain names that do not have a meaning per se stand for is often the key into a professional field. We can now unravel the mystery of what our blog title implies right now:

On 27.11.2013 the 5AHITN of the HTL Villach (Higher Technical School) visited the Cisco Office in Vienna – the host: August Sarkany, product specialist for Unified Communications and Collaboration across several countries.

As an alumni of a HTL himself, he knows how to deliver topics like Cisco company history, video technology of today or Cisco certifications without boredom spreading widely.

The “Internet of Everything” and what this could be had to be part of the agenda. Interactive discussions about the following topics touched:

  • Connected devices and applications (example: Smart metering)
  • Smart phones
  • Data protection
  • Facebook / Skype / Smart phones

To speak about the importance of certifications should be part of any agenda when speaking to young talents. Why?  Simply because a Cisco certification considerably raises your value on the job market and clearly demonstrates that you can handle situations where knowledge needs to be reproduced fast.

Interesting details uncovered:
– Android Smart Phone share in HTL classes is over 80%
– Facebook is only used in closed groups for document/information sharing
– Skype is used for Group Chats and Desk Sharing only

Nota bene: The program of the class in Vienna also included visits at Microsoft, Opel and T-Systems.

HTL Villach HolodeckThanks for coming, we enjoyed the feedback from you!


Cisco Video Internet of Everything
Schüler der 5AHITN forschen an autonomen Robotern

PS: Before it is forgotten – Holodeck is the name of the Telepresence Room at the Cisco office in Vienna. Whenever you get a chance to visit a Cisco Telepresence Room, do take advantage of this opportunity!

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