Brisbane, Australia – 15 March, 2017 – Today at the 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference, presented by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) highlighted the importance of open standards-based platforms to connect industrial IoT devices in Australia. Silver Spring’s standards-based IoT platform supports a range of smart city, smart energy and other industrial IoT applications and services focused on improving system reliability, increasing energy efficiency, lowering operational costs, extending equipment lifespans, and enhancing citizen safety and quality of life.
As one of the world’s highest emitters of greenhouse gases, Australia has an opportunity to renew its focus on urban innovation and sustainability initiatives that starts with modernizing costly, aging city infrastructure. Street lights, for example, can consume as much as 40 percent of a city’s energy budget, according to Navigant Research. While these traditional street lights account for the majority of Australia’s outdoor lighting, smart street lights can help drive reductions up to 25 percent in energy consumption and can help lower maintenance costs by up to 25 percent when compared to street lights without network controls.
“While Australian cities are considering the positive environmental impact that IoT solutions can bring, it can be a challenge to enable seamless integration and coordination across numerous city departments and projects,” said Alex Beveridge, Head of Sales for Australia and New Zealand, Silver Spring Networks. “Smart cities platforms are a crucial ingredient in achieving Australia’s ambitious environmental goals, and an open, standards-based infrastructure gives cities the best foundation to meet these challenges. The multi-application platform approach enables seamless integration and coordination across numerous city departments and projects, maximising community value and return on investment.”
Australian Cities Assess New IoT Devices Through Silver Spring IPv6
Some cities in Australia are already taking steps towards smart city and other industrial IoT services. For instance, in Sydney, Silver Spring Networks is working through its local go-to-market partner Gerard Lighting, to connect an outdoor lighting control system for the City of Ryde, where Silver Spring technology permits each luminaire to be controlled remotely via a leading edge wireless access point (WAP).
“Leveraging open standards technology has allowed us to take a fast-tracked and collaborative approach with this project,” said Anthony Ogle, Manager Asset Systems, City of Ryde. “Smart street light platforms and solutions from Silver Spring Networks will help further reduce the council’s energy consumption, and sets up Ryde and its Macquarie Park CBD to be one of the most innovative cities in Australia.”
In Melbourne, for a joint trial between the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA), CitiPower and Silver Spring Networks, air quality sensors are being placed atop street lamps on the Queen Street Bridge. Citipower is leveraging its existing Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform, used to connect smart electric meter customers, to help the EPA collect the air quality data that measures smoke, fine dust and vehicle exhaust pollutants.
“The collection of this data through our mesh radio communications network will improve not only liveability for urban dwellers but also for those living in regional Victoria,” said Steven Neave, General Manager Electricity Networks, CitiPower and Powercor. “For instance, we are exploring opportunities with the EPA to deploy air quality sensors as bushfire detection devices in high bushfire risk areas.”
Silver Spring is a proven leader for smart cities and IoT programs globally, with announced smart street light projects with leading U.S. utilities including Baltimore Gas & Electric, ComEd, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings Inc., and Florida Power and Light Company, for what is believed to be the largest connected street lighting project in the world, totaling nearly 500,000 networked street lights across Miami and South Florida. Silver Spring also connects critical infrastructure devices in cities such as Copenhagen, Denver, Glasgow, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, Providence, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Washington D.C., among others.
For more information on Silver Spring’s Smart City solution, please visit www.silverspringnet.com/smartcities.
The Street Lighting and Smart Control Conference is being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from March 14-17. For more information, please visit http://streetlightingconference.com.au.
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Silver Spring Networks enables the Internet of Important Things™ by reliably and securely connecting things that matter. Cities, utilities, and companies on five continents use the company’s cost-effective, high-performance IoT network and data platform to operate more efficiently, get greener, and enable innovative services that can improve the lives of millions of people. With more than 25.5 million devices delivered, Silver Spring provides a proven standards-based platform safeguarded with military grade security. Silver Spring Networks’ customers include Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, ComEd, Consolidated Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, and Singapore Power. Silver Spring has also deployed networks in Smart Cities including Copenhagen, Glasgow, Paris, Providence, and Stockholm. To learn more, visit www.ssni.com.
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