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Siemens Tests RTUs, Relays, Recloser Controls on Silver Spring Network

Siemens Energy and Silver Spring Networks have announced the successful testing of the Siemens SICAM substation automation unit, including SICAM 1703 pole-top RTU, Siprotec line of relays and 7SR recloser control, over Silver Spring Network's Smart Energy Network.

As energy control and operation data become more valuable for daily analysis and real-time automation, leveraging this data for consumer and utility benefit is a strong focus for both Siemens and Silver Spring Networks.

Silver Spring's Smart Energy Network meets the critical requirements of a network supporting SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). Silver Spring's secure, IP-based transport is compatible with industry-standard protocols, such as DNP3 and IEC 61850. This high-density mesh network delivers ample bandwidth, low latency and ubiquitous coverage for distribution automation, advanced metering infrastructure and other Smart Grid applications. Leveraging a common network infrastructure significantly lowers both the capital and operational costs of implementing wide-scale distribution automation. The Smart Energy Network also provides distribution automation traffic prioritization, easy deployment and maintenance and centralized network management.

Silver Spring Network's solution allows Siemens substation controllers and distribution automation devices to communicate across the network using industry standard protocols specified by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), ensuring a robust, upgradable path to the Smart Grid.

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