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A US municipal power utility has selected Silver Spring Networks to deploy its IoT networking platform Starfish for its advanced metering infrastructure programme.Silver Spring’s “Starfish” platform is a worldwide wireless IPv6 network service for the Internet of Things, providing scalable connections to devices and sensors using a wide variety of standards-based wired and wireless communication protocols.

[quote] The firm will begin deploying its IPv6 network to American Municipal Power (AMP) to help its member municipalities provide better customer experience and service for 60,000 electric and 30,000 water customers.[Pacific Power signs Silver Spring for AMI connectivity]

AMP will also leverage Silver Spring’s SilverLink Control Platform and SilverLink Applications through Software-as-a-Service to help with rapid implementation, to minimise deployment risk, and to reduce the total cost of ownership.

AMP is a non-profit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133 members in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland and Delaware.

Marc Gerken, AMP President/CEO, said: “Customer service is one of the hallmarks of public power and is thus a priority for AMP’s member communities.

“AMP’s advanced meter infrastructure programme is designed to be another tool to assist member communities in maintaining a high level of customer service. This partnership with Silver Spring Networks facilitates the two-way communications technology that can help with our near-term goals such as enabling grid reliability, outage management and remote connect / disconnect, while providing a foundation that can enable the deployment of future smart grid and smart city services at the pace that benefits our membership.”

Future smart city expansion

According to a company release, the Starfish network will provide a foundation for AMP’s member municipalities to implement smart grid and smart city applications in the future, such as smart traffic controls and smart parking management.

The release adds that the advanced meter infrastructure programme will allow municipals, both large and small to take advantage of the platform without the burden and cost of staffing and expertise.

Eric Dresselhuys, EVP of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks, added: “Serving over 48 million people in the U.S., the public power sector has an opportunity to amplify its customer-centric vision through advanced smart grid technology.”

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