Silver Spring Networks smart grid heads to New Zealand


By: SGN Staff


New Zealand's WEL Networks has asked Silver Spring Networks to deliver and deploy the company's smart grid platform, including advanced metering and distribution automation, to enable the utility to provide reliable, efficient and affordable power to its residential and commercial customers.


The smart grid deployment in the Waikato region of New Zealand, initially intended to include 10,000 customers in its first phase, has extended the number to 45,000.


"Cost, performance and the ability to build atop a single, standardized platform are critical for WEL Networks' next-generation utility grid, said WEL CEO Julian Elder. "Silver Spring gave us the ability to deliver multiple smart grid applications over a single, open platform and utilize its advanced technology to meet the performance needs of our network, all with a cost profile that helps WEL effectively invest in modernization improvement for the benefit of our customers."


WEL is expected to benefit from Silver Spring's recently announced Gen4 networking technology. Silver Spring's product family embedding Gen4 technology include communications modules, access points and relays - and concentrate on increasing performance and improving the flexibility needed to meet utility requirements over vastly different service territories, deployment approaches and application needs.


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