Silver Spring Networks has announced the availability of an advanced faulted circuit indicator integrated into its standards-based Smart Energy Platform. According to the company, this new distribution automation (DA) solution “provides utilities much deeper insight into the operational conditions of their smart grid, providing real-time, location-aware intelligence on the integrity of their distribution lines. These ongoing operational alerts and data help utilities reduce overall costs, improve operational efficiency, and speed response times when power outages occur.”
Silver Spring has enhanced its GridScape network management application to support configuration and management of the Silver Spring Communications Module embedded within the advanced grid sensor. Designed by Sentient Energy, the Master Monitor 2 (MM2) device installs easily on overhead power lines. As part of the Silver Spring Partner Program, the two companies worked closely together to integrate the device with Silver Spring’s technology.
Anil Gadre, Silver Spring Networks Executive Vice President of Products says, “Silver Spring continues to deliver even more value to our utility customers with this unique DA solution integrated into our open networking platform. This is a great example of how one networking platform can serve the needs of DA, in addition to AMI and DR, and provide huge leverage to our customers because of that unified, proven, and extensible platform.”
Silver Spring is reselling the Sentient MM2. The device, as well as Silver Spring GridScape 1.3 with support for managing Silver Spring communications in MM2 devices, is currently available.