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Silver Spring Networks Inc. says it has undertaken several efforts to help simplify systems integration and accelerate deployment of smart grid technologies for municipal and cooperative utilities.

According to the company, it will be leveraging the MultiSpeak specification for interoperability and will also enable a pre-paid billing solution to help municipal and cooperative utilities augment services and increase the return on their smart grid investment.

“Supporting industry standards and interoperability, which significantly lowers costs and speeds time to deployment, is vital for this important group of utilities,” says Silver Spring’s Anil Gadre.

Specifically, the company’s latest efforts include the following:

MultiSpeak Support: Silver Spring has joined the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) MultiSpeak Initiative. The company says the MultiSpeak specification is a key standard for application interoperability and helps eliminate the costs and time associated with complex systems integration. Silver Spring’s UtilityIQ Advanced Metering Manager application is expected to support MultiSpeak in the second half of this year.

Interoperability with MeterSense: Leveraging MultiSpeak for interoperability, MeterSense, the meter data management solution (MDMS) from Harris Utilities, will interoperate with Silver Spring’s UtilityIQ Advanced Metering Manager application to help provide validation and estimation functions enabling utilities to improve customer service and operational efficiency.

Interoperability with MilSoft: Leveraging MultiSpeak for interoperability, MilSoft’s DisSPatch outage management solution (OMS) will interoperate with Silver Spring’s UtilityIQ Advanced Metering Manager application to enable utilities to better manage their power grids during service outages.

Interoperability with SmartGridCIS: Silver Spring says the SmartGridCIS pre-paid billing solution will interoperate with Silver Spring’s UtilityIQ Advanced Metering Manager application to allow utilities to reduce unpaid bills, increase net income and improve overall customer satisfaction. This solution can be deployed as a fully integrated solution to existing CIS/billing platforms, or as a stand-alone solution, designed for utilities that want to pilot a pre-paid billing system before making a larger investment, the company adds.



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