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Silver Spring expands smart grid deployment in Mexico

Steve Rogerson
May 25, 2017
Silver Spring Networks is expanding its smart grid programme in Mexico City and adding more deployments in south-east Mexico.
The Californian company announced the expansion of its programme for Comisión Federal de Electricidad’s (CFE) ‘Reducción de Pérdidas de Energía en Distribución’ (Loss Reduction Projects on Distribution) smart grid programme, in partnership with Tecnologías EOS.
“Silver Spring Networks’ deployment in Mexico delivers on its promised benefits by helping CFE improve the reliability of its service and give its customers the tools to better manage their energy usage,” said Bernardo Castro Inclan, CEO at Tecnologías EOS. “Its proven multi-application network delivers the security, scalability, performance and range required to meet the unique needs of these service areas – dramatically varied dense urban and remote rural topographies.”
The standards-based wireless IoT technology will be integrated into EOS subsystems to connect approximately 92,000 advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) devices across Mexico City’s southern district and about 71,000 AMI devices in south-east Mexico through cabinet-based deployments. Silver Spring previously detailed the award to connect 71,000 AMI devices in south-east Mexico in August last year.
CFE serves more than 40 million customers across 16 divisions throughout Mexico. With today’s announcement, Silver Spring will be present in three of CFE’s divisions.
In 2015, Silver Spring announced its selection to connect 140,000 AMI devices in Mexico City’s central district. CFE recently unveiled its 2017 to 2021 plan, which includes a $13.7bn investment in distribution networks, including modernisation and the development of a smart grid.
Silver Spring has partnered with Tecnologías EOS at CFE to integrate its IPv6 platform and SensorIQ, an application for data collection and delivery to enable remote reading, command and control of the meters housed in a cabinet to help prevent non-technical loss for residents and businesses. The cabinet will also enable Tecnologías EOS to provide remote indoor displays to help users monitor their energy usage.
“Through our collaboration with Tecnologías EOS, CFE, the largest utility in the Americas, is deploying Silver Spring Networks’ smart grid in two of Mexico City’s three service districts,” said Dave Whalen, general manager at Silver Spring Networks. “Advanced metering helps address inefficient use of energy, improves grid reliability, lowers pollution and enables the utility to deliver better quality of service for increased customer satisfaction. CFE’s success with loss reduction through its use of smart grid provides a clear example for other energy providers in high-growth markets that are looking to modernise their infrastructure while maintaining profitability.”
With more than 26 million enabled devices delivered, Silver Spring works with utilities on five continents including AEP Ohio, AusNet Services, Baltimore Gas & Electric, CESC, CitiPower & Powercor, ComEd, Consolidated Edison, CPFL Energia, CPS Energy, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Florida Power & Light, Pepco Holdings and Singapore Power.