Austin, Texas, September 13, 2010 – Silver Spring Networks announced the launch of its newly enhanced Distribution Automation solution.
Built upon the Silver Spring IPv6 Smart Energy Platform, this commercially available release delivers on the stringent performance requirements for DA applications and adds new comprehensive management and security features.
The DA communications solution is the latest offering from Silver Spring that demonstrates the value of its unified infrastructure, the Smart Energy Platform.
The announcement is the result of years of extensive testing, including field deployments by Silver Spring client American Electric Power.
In 2008, AEP began deployments of Advanced Metering and DA in its Ohio service territory through its AEP Ohio gridSMART Demonstration Project and has been instrumental to verifying system performance.
“AEP was keenly interested in leveraging the Silver Spring Advanced Metering network technology as a springboard to Distribution Automation since utilizing common infrastructure and back office systems eliminates duplicate deployment efforts and lowers overall operations and maintenance costs,” said Scott Osterholt, Manager, Advanced Distribution Facilities and gridSMART Project Leader for AEP Ohio.
By concentrating its efforts on a single unified network instead of separate communications systems, AEP Ohio enabled a number of smart grid applications to share the benefits from a single investment, lowering the total cost of ownership of AEP’s gridSMART initiative.
A single Silver Spring network in Columbus, Ohio supports AMI, volt/VAr optimization, automated feeder restoration, distribution asset management, and, soon, Community Energy Storage applications.