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Silver Spring Networks Inc. has introduced a new smart grid solution that is designed primarily to enable municipal and cooperative utilities to deploy advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and other functionality.

The new Silver Spring Municipal and Cooperative Smart Grid Solution combines the necessary networking infrastructure, hardware, head-end software and professional services required to quickly initiate an AMI program. The suite enables utilities to improve operational efficiency, increase system reliability, and speed outage detection and service restoration.

Silver Spring is currently partnering with CPS Energy, the largest combined electricity and natural gas municipal utility in the U.S., to deploy a smart grid network that includes AMI, distribution automation and demand response. The company is also working with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) on multiple smart grid applications.

"Silver Spring's open, standards-based networking platform gives us the foundation we need to deliver advanced smart grid services to all of Sacramento's citizens," says Paul Lau, assistant general manager of power supply and grid operations for SMUD.

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