Silver Spring Networks Expands Ecosystem to Include Smart Water Meter Module
Redwood City, CA, August 16, 2011 and Melbourne Australia, August 17, 2011 – Silver Spring Networks and Freestyle Technology today announced they have executed an agreement to further strengthen their relationship by integrating the Freestyle Zigbee-based smart water meter module with the Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform. This partnership supports Silver Spring’s and Freestyle Technology’s vision of providing an interoperable, open and flexible networking platform that enables the development of next-generation smart grid applications for utilities and consumers.
Providing clean and reasonably priced water is a challenge for water utilities around the world. By gaining visibility in water usage, utilities and consumers alike can better manage consumption as well as more quickly and accurately identify leaks, optimize water flow and the distribution of water to customers. With Freestyle Technology’s Zigbee-enabled smart water meter module, utilities can leverage the Silver Spring networking platform and Advanced Metering solution to remotely communicate, manage and support water meters without expensive and extensive duplication of infrastructure and maintain security, data separation and privacy.
Freestyle Technology’s open application and distributed platform links communications, metering and other sensory systems across transmission, distribution, retail and consumer networks. Silver Spring’s secure, proven, IPv6-based Smart Energy Platform enables 2-way connectivity between utilities and their customers and provides better distributed monitoring and management of critical networks, including water. The smart water meter module is the first joint project for Freestyle and Silver Spring and will help utilities reduce meter reading costs, reduce estimated bills, improve billing accuracy and more quickly identify water leaks and backflow.
“Silver Spring’s open, scalable and secure networking platform combined with Freestyle’s solution provides distributed intelligence throughout interconnected smart grids. The environment enables devices to operate automatically, for optimal energy management based on information available locally and from connected systems,” said Andrew Donaghey, Chief Executive Officer at Freestyle Technology.
“Our partnership with Freestyle underscores our commitment to developing an extensive ecosystem that delivers innovative, best of breed solutions for the smart grid” said Raj Vaswani, Chief Technology Officer at Silver Spring. “This agreement will allow us to integrate cutting-edge smart grid applications that provide control and monitoring to new devices on the grid.”
About Freestyle Technology
Freestyle Technology Pty. Ltd. is an Australian company based in Melbourne, Victoria, which has developed an advanced application environment, which when used in the Electricity sector provides unprecedented levels of information and interactivity to utilities and their customers. The platform is operational in Australia and United States. It can be utilized with any communications and metering solution thus providing a range of new facilities and capabilities across networks. For more information about Freestyle Technology please visit the corporate website at www.freestyletechnology.com.au.
About Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks provides a leading networking platform and solutions that enable utilities to transform the power grid infrastructure into the smart grid, helping utilities to achieve operational efficiencies, reduce carbon emissions and empower their customers with new ways to monitor and manage their energy consumption. Silver Spring provides the hardware, software and services that allow utilities to deploy and run multiple smart grid solutions, including Advanced Metering, Distribution Automation and Demand Side Management, over a single, unified network. Silver Spring’s Smart Energy Platform is based on open, Internet Protocol (IPv6) standards, allowing continuous, two-way communication between the utility and devices on the grid. Silver Spring has numerous deployments with leading utilities around the world, including Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and United Energy Distribution, among others. For additional information, please www.silverspringnet.com.
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