San Francisco, May 4, 2011 — Silver Spring Networks launched a new application for proactive alerting of power quality issues. UtilityIQ Power Monitor leverages the distributed intelligence in Silver Spring networking devices to enable utility clients to monitor power quality metrics throughout their service territory.
Silver Spring clients can use smart grid devices already deployed, combined with distributed polling, to dramatically improve vital grid efficiency applications such as Conservation Voltage Reduction and Volt/VAR Optimization, achieving energy efficiency gains while improving customer satisfaction.
This new application provides Silver Spring clients with proactive notification of meter locations where voltage levels exceed or fall below expected levels. UtilityIQ Power Monitor works with Silver Spring firmware, UtilOS, to expand the capabilities of meters and other devices distributed throughout the grid, without requiring modification to any hardware or a field visit.
While some devices collect voltage data today, UtilityIQ Power Monitor augments these capabilities by allowing the utility to work only with the exception cases and avoid sifting through data from all meters.
Furthermore, through the distributed intelligence of the Silver Spring Communications Module, UtilityIQ Power Monitor features flexible configuration options that provide utilities with complete control over the boundaries at which they receive exception notifications. Consumers will benefit from improved quality of service through tightly maintained voltage levels and improved grid efficiency.
Silver Spring is partnering with a number of CVR and VVO application providers, expanding its robust ecosystem, to deliver the complete solution. Silver Spring will resell Precision Power from Dominion Voltage, Inc., a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, Inc. for CVR.
Silver Spring is also partnering with OSI to ensure interoperability of the Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform with OSI’s Open Systems International Monarch System. Utilities deploying CVR have been able to reduce energy waste by 2 percent to 3 percent, creating millions of dollars in savings for utilities and their customers.
Leveraging the distributed intelligence in Silver Spring Communications Modules deployed in smart meters to deliver exception-based voltage reporting offers many benefits over existing options.