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Silver Spring Networks Inc. has partnered with Metrix, a New Zealand-based metering service provider, to leverage the Silver Spring networking platform to deliver smart metering-as-a-service to retail energy providers.

The companies say Metrix, a division of Mighty River Power, has deployed more than 330,000 smart meters in the greater Auckland area and is expanding into other areas to meet the increasing demand for smart metering services.

The first joint deployment between Silver Spring and Metrix will be for Counties Power, a lines company serving more than 37,000 customers in New Zealand’s North Island. Counties Power is leveraging Silver Spring's Gen4 networking technology for smart metering and smart grid deployments.

In New Zealand’s disaggregated energy market, lines companies oversee energy distribution, while energy retailers are responsible for deploying smart meters to end customers. Counties Power and Metrix will partner to utilize Silver Spring’s networking platform and UtilityIQ head-end software to deliver smart metering-as-a-service to their energy retailer clients.

“Counties Power looks forward to using the Silver Spring and Metrix solution to improve the reliability and consistency of service for our customers,” says Neil Simmonds, CEO of Counties Power. “Counties Power will also use the platform and its new smart meters to minimize future network capital costs and, therefore, prices over the next decade.”

The joint Silver Spring and Metrix deployment with Counties Power is scheduled to begin later this year.




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