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Silver Spring, GridSense promise utilities more cost-effective monitoring

Iain Morris
July 8, 2014
 
Smart grid specialists Silver Spring Networks and GridSense have teamed up to offer utility customers what they claim is a more cost-effective secure and intelligent range of transformer monitoring services.

The players are to integrate GridSense’s (Meadowbank, Australia) transformer monitoring technology with Silver Spring’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) networking platform to provide a more robust smart grid service for energy companies.

In a statement, Silver Spring said the new offering would provide “mission-critical intelligence for grid operation”, using in-depth data captured by the GridSense technology.

This should lead to major cost savings and operational efficiencies by allowing utilities to improve their use of grid assets and automate additional processes, claim the companies.

It should also allow utilities to make more informed decisions about grid management, using intelligence on energy measurement, theft detection and fault analysis.

“[GridSense’s] solution is easy to install to help utilities modernize their aging distribution infrastructure,” said Don Reeves, the executive vice president of engineering and managed services for Silver Spring. “The new solution will give utilities the ability to do continuous monitoring at the edge of the grid and send this intelligence back to the hands of the operators for immediate action, resulting in increased reliability for customers.”

GridSense will collaborate with Silver Spring through the latter’s Silver Spring Partner Program, which now includes more than 65 companies working on developing more sophisticated smart grid services.

“We are excited to partner with Silver Spring Networks … to bring utilities enhanced reliability and efficiency to the grid,” said Brett Sargent, GridSense’s president.
 
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