Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Silver Spring and Genus collaborate on smart meters in India and Singapore

Steve Rogerson
September 12, 2017
Silver Spring Networks is partnering Genus Power Infrastructures, a smart meter provider in India and south-east Asia, to integrate the California company’s standards-based IPv6 network interface cards into its single- and three-phase smart electric meters.
Silver Spring’s technology is based on Wi-Sun standards-based mesh, built on IEEE 802.15.4g.
Silver Spring-enabled Genus smart electric meters will be deployed to support a portion of several previously -announced regional smart grid programmes in Asia. These include CESC in India, where Silver Spring will provide two-way advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in the Bharatpur and Kota franchise service areas, and Singapore Power, where Silver Spring-enabled devices will be deployed to connect additional AMI customers.
“Ensuring technology interoperability through an open standards-based platform allows our customers flexibility and choice of a range of local and global partners,” said Alex Beveridge, general manager for Asia Pacific at Silver Spring Networks. “We’re pleased to add Genus to support our customers in providing the highest quality connected devices, while delivering smart grid benefits to consumers in India and Singapore.”
The agreement with Genus expands Silver Spring’s ecosystem of meter choices in Asia to nearly two dozen, offering utilities device diversity, choice and value to achieve their business goals.
“By working with Silver Spring Networks, we are delivering smart grid benefits to some of the highest profile programmes in the region,” said Jitendra Aggarwal, joint managing director at Genus Power Infrastructure. “Standardising on Silver Spring technology is helping Genus expand its reach internationally, while offering other energy providers in the region a framework for how to deliver higher quality smart meters and devices with proven IoT solutions.”
Silver Spring’s technology is being integrated into Genus smart meters to enable secure and reliable wireless networking connectivity between home and business customers and the back-offices of utilities. The communications and computing modules will help form a highly resilient mesh network for utilities, providing access to demand, consumption, time-of-use and interval data, alarms, and power-quality data from Genus smart meters.
“Silver Spring’s technology couples standards-based, military-grade security with local standards to unlock the highest value at the lowest risk for our customers,” said Kavita Sinha, general manager in the India region for Silver Spring Networks. “We are proud of our work with Genus to deploy the first IS-16444 compliant meters at a commercial scale in India.”
With more than 26.7 million enabled devices delivered on five continents, Silver Spring works with some of the world’s energy and utility providers including AusNet Services, Baltimore Gas & Electric, CESC, CFE, CitiPower & Powercor, ComEd, Consolidated Edison, Dubai Electric & Water Authority, CPFL Energia, Florida Power & Light, Jamaica Public Service, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Singapore Power and United Energy. Silver Spring has also deployed networks in smart cities including Copenhagen, Glasgow, Paris, Providence and Stockholm.
Genus is the largest manufacturer of electronic energy meters in India with an installation base of more than 44 million meters working satisfactorily in field. The company is a pioneer in the development of anti-tamper electricity meters. It has in-house research and development.