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US firm offers smart grid solutions to Brazil

Californian Silver Spring Networks extends smart grid offerings for Brazilian utilities

Silver Spring Networks is providing its grid solutions to Brazil

A US company has unveiled a series of smart grid solutions for Brazil. Californian firm Silver Spring Networks, which is a platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, has expanded its portfolio with offerings designed for the Brazilian market.

The solutions, which are specifically designed for Brazilian utilities, aim to cut costs and increase operating efficiency for companies in the BRIC country. This includes the company’s open, IPv6-based networking platform, which has connected more than 12 million homes and businesses worldwide and enables utilities of all sizes and across all geographies to deploy the broadest array of smart grid applications atop a common platform.

"Silver Spring is committed to delivering solutions to meet the unique needs of Brazilian utilities," said Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks. "Leveraging these great products on a highly reliable, IPv6 networking platform will empower our clients to meet the ANEEL mandates while improving operational efficiency and revenue realisation, while also delivering ever greater value to all of their customers."

Grid modernisation

As part of the Silver Spring Partner Programme, Silver Spring has integrated its standards-communication based communications solutions into its Elster A3 RBR, Itron SL7000, Landis+Gyr E-series residential, and Nansen's Spectrum M and Spectrum K residential metering family, which are each tailored to AMI solutions specifically designed for Brazilian utilities.

 The company said these solutions will enable Brazilian utilities to not only meet the requirements of the recently published ANEEL mandate but to also unlock more ROI (return on investment) from their existing smart grid investments.

Silver Spring Networks said: “Leveraging their existing infrastructure, Brazilian utilities can gain greater insights into the operations of their electrical grid, which reduces overall costs, increases operating efficiency, enhances security and safety, and establishes a networking foundation for future grid modernisation investments.”

Brazil is currently putting smart grid development as a high priority. In May this year, the Brazilian arm of a US firm announced plans to start a three year smart grid programme for the country.