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BRIDGE to Sponsor the Networked Grid and Join the Smart Grid Enterprise Architecture Panel

Dan Brancaccio, Senior Technical Architect at BRIDGE, to Present on the Panel for “The Smart Utility Enterprise: Software and Systems Integration Enabling a Seamless Utility Back-End”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and MARLBOROUGH, MA – May 3, 2011 – BRIDGE Energy Group, Inc., the trusted advisor and implementation partner in Smart Grid Integration and Utility Solutions, announced its sponsorship and participation in The Networked Grid. This two day event will be held on May 3-4th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA. The Networked Grid 2011 is Greentech Media’s premier summit, covering next-generation smart grid infrastructure and applications. This year’s conference will highlight the critical, emerging trend relating to the integration of intelligence in the power layer infrastructure itself, among other topics.

Dan Brancaccio, Senior Technical Architect at BRIDGE, will participate on the panel covering “The Smart Utility Enterprise: Software and Systems Integration Enabling a Seamless Utility Back-End.” The panel will delve into the gritty reality of implementing Smart Grid technology and discuss the on-the-fly retrofit of new technology into legacy systems. Mr. Brancaccio will help to further dissect the collision of Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), as smart devices begin to permeate the transmission and distribution infrastructure.

“I’m looking forward to gleaning a business dimension to the enterprise architecture discussion from experts like Dan and the other panelists,” said Chet Geschickter in a recent article on The Networked Grid. “The end game is to develop a Smart Grid enterprise ‘elevator pitch’ to explain the benefits of investing in new enabling infrastructure hardware and software to the business layperson – be it a regulator, executive, or ‘ratepayer.’”

For BRIDGE Energy Group, taking a holistic view at Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is nothing new. According to Colum Lundt, COO of BRIDGE, “In many cases, projects are being planned and budgeted on a compartmentalized basis – without an enterprise vision and strategy,” said Mr. Lundt. “Without a holistic enterprise level approach that views IT and OT integration as critical, an investment in one-off pilot projects may actually shortchange future benefits in other cross-cutting areas of Distribution Automation.”

As part of the event, the most current topics will be covered by additional experts in the industry and discussed by utilities, major corporations and vendors, policy makers, innovators, financial executives and more.

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