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Ongoing research and development (R&D) and demonstration activities are resulting in the maturation of a number of SmartGrid systems, technologies and devices. Deployed SmartGrid systems are evident in the areas of Advanced Distribution Automation (ADA) and Active Network Management (ANM), although solutions available on the market are few in number. ADA systems tend to address reliability and security concerns, whereas ANM is concerned with the connection and operation of increased levels of distributed and renewable generation. This paper presents a model for the development of a SmartGrid solution or technology, with particular emphasis on ANM systems. The authors are well placed to present this material based on experience of developing an ANM solution in the UK from research and development through to full deployment.