Silver Spring Networks, Inc. has extended its Speed-to-Value smart infrastructure program to municipal utilities. Silver Spring also announced that it is delivering its smart street light solution to help smaller municipalities leverage advanced smart city technology to lower operations and management costs, reduce energy usage, and improve the reliability of their public lighting infrastructure.
“Rather than settling for aging technology that is nearing obsolescence, municipal energy providers can now access world-class smart grid and smart city solutions, and roll them out at whatever speed they wish because of breakthroughs in networking technology and our Network-as-a-Service offering,” said Don Reeves, executive vice president of Products, Engineering, and Managed Services at Silver Spring Networks. “Our multi-application, proven, scalable, and secure networking platform already connects over 18.5 million devices for utilities and cities around the world. We’re dedicated to continuing to bring some of the industry’s most advanced technologies to the millions of citizens that are served by the nation’s public power providers.”
Enabled by its MicroAP technology, which integrates cellular capability, Silver Spring can modularly deploy an IPv6 smart grid network canopy covering a municipal or cooperative utility’s entire service territory. These providers can then scale out their programs in a flexible fashion that meets the unique needs of their particular municipality, and easily connect new customers as their smart grid programs expand. From as little as a single commercial and industrial (C&I) customer to an apartment complex or city block, this canopy allows energy providers to add new participants to the smart grid network, regardless of customer type or geographic location within the service territory.
Silver Spring’s expanded Speed-to-Value program enables municipal and cooperative utilities to simply add additional MicroAP’s to their existing smart grid network canopies as they modularly expand their programs. This allows energy providers to deploy their smart grids at the pace and scale that makes the most sense for their unique environments, easily and quickly add new customers and services, and create “opt in” programs. This approach enables efficiencies in system design, logistics and deployment that reduce project timelines by an estimated 15% to 30%, while allowing utilities with constrained budgets to focus their efforts on delivering the highest ROI applications at the pace their business needs demand.
The same smart grid network canopy also supports advanced Grid Reliability and Distribution Automation applications for improved outage restoration. The real-time nature of the network helps provide consumers with their personalized energy data in a much more engaging and timely basis, enabling the possibility of advanced time-of-use or other incentive based pricing offers.