Silver Spring Networks to build network canopy for future smart city applications

John Marcolini of Silver Spring Networks

Today at the IES street & area lighting conference, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. announced that Acuity Brands, Inc., through its subsidiary Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc., is a new technology and channel partner. Acuity Brands’ field sales organisation will deliver Silver Spring’s technology for smart street lights and smart city servicesas part of its turn-key offering for large-scale customers including utilities and cities. This includes Silver Spring’s Gen5 networking platform, Streetlight.Vision control management software (CMS), and the ability to provide end-customers smart lighting and smart city solutions delivered through Silver Spring’s Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform. Silver Spring’s NaaS platform allows cities and utilities to avoid upfront capital equipment and deployment costs as well as reduce operational and management expenditures.

The two industry leaders also announced upcoming U.S. availability of their integrated street light solution, the DTL® DSN intelligent photocontrol from Acuity Brands. The solution integrates Silver Spring’s standards-based, IPv6 networking platform with an enhanced version of the DLL Elite™ long-life, LED-compatible photocontrol from Acuity Brands. The DTL DSN intelligent photocontrol offers customers enhanced control features including remote brightening and dimming.

“We’re delighted about our partnership with Acuity Brands which will allow us to extend our proven platform for large-scale customers, and to help these customers more quickly improve reliability of their services, better manage operating costs and drive new energy savings and sustainability initiatives,” said John Marcolini, vice president, Product Management, Silver Spring Networks.

“We believe that collaboration is a key aspect for both cities and technology companies working in the smart city market, and this approach will help ensure that innovation and the benefits it provides to customers remain the key focus. Our platform offerings allow deployments of applications such as street lights to evolve over time, giving our customers flexibility to add new smart city services in the future.”

Providing a common foundation for smart city, smart utility and industrial IoT applications enables the platform benefits to increase with each new application that is added.

For example, by deploying an initial application such as smart street lights across a city, a broad network canopy is created that can be leveraged to connect additional applications such as smart traffic systems, environmental sensors, and digital signage. With the network infrastructure already in place, new applications and services can be brought to market at an accelerated pace, with a lower cost barrier to entry.

A proven leader for smart city programs globally, Silver Spring Networks delivers smart street lights for North America and Caribbean utilities including Baltimore Gas and Electric, ComEd, Jamaica Public Service Company, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings Inc., and Florida Power and Light Company, for what is believed to be the largest connected street lighting project in the world.

Silver Spring also connects critical infrastructure devices in cities such as Bristol, Copenhagen, Dubai, Glasgow, Halifax, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, Providence, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Washington D.C., among others.

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