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Silver Spring Networks entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Detectent Inc., a provider of utility data analytics solutions. Based in Escondido, California, Detectent’s SaaS, subscription, and software solutions help improve advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and utility grid operations, ensure revenue protection and deliver enhanced customer engagement programs.
Detectent’s solutions currently analyze data from more than 25 million water, gas, and electricity meters, in both AMI and legacy environments, from more than 20 utility customers across the United States. Detectent has been a Silver Spring partner since May 2014 with its solutions offered through Silver Spring’s SilverLink Sensor Network apps catalogue.
“Energy theft is a multi-billion dollar challenge for the utility industry. Coupled with operational improvements and enhanced customer engagement, there is a growing opportunity to unlock billions of dollars in value by applying data analytics solutions,” said Michael Madrazo, CEO of Detectent. “Silver Spring has a proven track-record with blue-chip utilities around the globe, has connected more than 20 million devices worldwide, and is delivering the next-generation platform to transform real-time smart grid data into knowledge and action. As we prepare to join the Silver Spring family, we are excited by the enhanced value we can create globally.”
Detectent’s utility analytics solutions will be offered both as a stand-alone solution or powered by Silver Spring’s smart grid big data platform — the SilverLink Sensor Network.
Excluding deal-related charges, Silver Spring expects the transaction to be neutral to non-GAAP earnings in 2015, and accretive beginning in 2016. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.