Smart Grid

December 28, 2012

Silver Spring Extends Smart Energy Platform to Support Natural Gas Customers

Redwood City, Calif.-basedSilver Spring Networks has expanded the capabilities of its Smart Energy Platform to support commercial and industrial (C&I) natural gas users.

The new Silver Spring Commercial and Industrial Gas Interface Management Unit (IMU) supports a broad array of C&I natural gas endpoint devices. The company also is offering a new version of its existing Residential Gas IMU solution to support additional communications options and more cost-effective alternatives.

Powered by Silver Spring firmware, the Gas IMU extends information and control networks from the central office to customer premises. This advanced network provides a scalable platform—compatible with a wide variety of gas meters—that supports a wide range of value-added applications and services for the next generation of utility services. Ideal for both new installations and system upgrades, the IMU:

  • Reduces labor costs with its remote metering capabilities
  • Increases uptime and improves customer service with pro-active alerts for leaks, meter tampering and other critical events in real-time
  • Integrates seamlessly with water and electric applications, for greater efficiency

 “Silver Spring’s IPv6 networking platform connects more than 13 million homes and businesses worldwide, so it’s a natural step for us to extend support to C&I natural gas customers and to broaden the communications options for residential gas users,” said C.J. Boguszewski, head of AMI Solutions, Silver Spring Networks.  “We are now delivering fully encrypted, two-way communications for natural gas systems—helping utilities unlock more value from their smart grid investments and deliver more advanced energy services to all of their customers.” Silver Spring Networks is used by major utilities around the globe including Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, CPFL Energia, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc. and United Energy, among others.

In related news, a new market study from Wellingborough, England-based IMS Research has revealed that revenue for theglobal gas meter market is set to cross the $2 billion mark in 2013. Most developing countries are focusing on introducing new advanced metering initiatives and infrastructure, which is expected to propel the market revenue to surpass $2.7 billion by 2016.

Edited by Jamie Epstein