San Mateo, CA, February 5, 2007 – Silver Spring Networks today announced the commercial availability of the GE I-210™ Demand/TOU and Energy-Only meters equipped with the Silver Spring Networks’ Network Interface Card (NIC). This is a significant step to realizing the advanced utility network, as this combination provides the intelligent endpoints and two-way communication of usage details characteristic of the next generation utility network.
The I-210 combined with the Silver Spring Networks’ NIC provides utilities with a cost efficient networked metering solution. GE’s advanced meter design is a powerful combination of accuracy, affordability and reliability and provides the measurement tool to deliver equitable customer billing and dependable maintenance free operation. The I-210 Demand/TOU equipped with the Silver Spring Networks’ NIC delivers on-demand reads, multi-channel interval data, Time of Use (TOU) with full calendaring, power outage and restoration alarms, events logs and more. The Demand/TOU supports extended metering functions more traditionally found in commercial and industrial meters for residential and “smart metering” applications. The I-210 Energy-Only meter equipped with the NIC provides on-demand reads with multi-channel data and event logging.
With Silver Spring Networks’ NIC inside, utility operators can remotely upgrade network firmware, reprogram metering parameters and monitor device operations from one’s desk – no need for field visits. SSN-enabled I-210 meters also act as a network relay for gas, water or other electric meters in the field, extending network coverage and reliability.
The delivery of cost-efficient, reliable services is one of the biggest challenges facing utility companies today. The I-210 meters equipped with SSN NIC solves this by enabling a highly flexible and extensible, IP-based, 2-way advanced utility network that covers the territory from the data center to the customer premise. With the I-210 and Silver Spring Networks’ advanced network in place, utilities can communicate more efficiently with their customers and meet the challenge of delivering low-cost, reliable services.
“Utilities looking to minimize costs while increasing efficiency and services are demanding more from their meters and networks. This new offering enables advanced metering and two-way communications – these are the meters of the future,” said Scott Lang, CEO of Silver Spring Networks. “The I-210 meters equipped with the NIC will enable utilities to connect to their customers and to offer advanced applications, improving service delivery and customer satisfaction.”
I-210 meters with Silver Spring Networks NICs are available from GE in multiple forms.
About Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks, the leader in IP networking, connects utilities with their customers over a two-way, real-time network, enabling innovation and change. Utilities can enhance the way they interact with customers. Customers are empowered to manage their energy more efficiently. The quality and reliability of delivery is improved and costs are lowered. Using this IP-based network, utilities can deploy a scalable, reliable infrastructure from the substation to the customer premise and implement advanced metering, distribution automation, demand response and other applications at a fraction of comparable costs. An open, IP -based network lowers not just capital costs, but total cost of ownership over the life of the system. When planning the network of tomorrow, it helps to partner with a company that makes it available today. For more information, visit: www.silverspringnet.com.