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Silver Spring expands Mexico’s smart grid

It will help utility company CFE protect revenue as well as improve reliability and help customers with energy management

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Advanced metering will help Mexico City residents address energy efficiency
Advanced metering will help Mexico City residents address energy efficiency

Silver Spring Networks is expanding its smart grid activity in Mexico City for Comisión Federal de Electricidad’s (CFE) ‘Reducción de Pérdidas de Energía en Distribución’ (Loss Reduction Projects on Distribution) smart grid programme, in partnership with Tecnologías EOS.

 

Spring Networks’ standards-based wireless IoT technology will be integrated into EOS subsystems to connect approximately 92,000 advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) devices across Mexico City’s Southern District and approximately 71,000 AMI devices in Southeast Mexico through cabinet-based solutions.

 

CFE, the largest utility in the Americas, serves more than 40 million customers across 16 divisions throughout Mexico. With today’s announcement, Silver Spring will be present in three of CFE’s divisions. In 2015, Silver Spring announced its selection to connect 140,000 AMI devices in Mexico City’s Central District. CFE recently unveiled its 2017-2021 Plan, which includes a $13.7 billion investment in distribution networks, including modernisation and the development of a smart grid.

 

Silver Spring has partnered with Tecnologías EOS at CFE to integrate Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform and SensorIQ, an application for data collection and delivery to enable remote reading, command, and control of the meters housed in a cabinet to help prevent non-technical loss for residents and businesses. The cabinet solution will also enable Tecnologías EOS to provide remote indoor displays to help customers monitor their energy usage.

 

“Silver Spring Networks’ deployment in Mexico delivers on its promised benefits by helping CFE improve the reliability of its service and give its customers the tools to better manage their energy usage,” said Bernardo Castro Inclan, CEO, Tecnologías EOS.

 

“Its proven multi-application network delivers the security, scalability, performance and range required to meet the unique needs of these service areas dramatically varied dense urban and remote rural topographies.”

 

Dave Whalen, General Manager, Americas, Silver Spring Networks, commented: “Advanced metering helps address inefficient use of energy, improves grid reliability, lowers pollution, and enables the utility to deliver better quality of service for increased customer satisfaction. CFE’s success with loss reduction through its use of smart grid solutions provides a clear example for other energy providers in high-growth markets that are looking to modernise their infrastructure while maintaining profitability.”

 

With more than 26 million enabled devices delivered, Silver Spring works with utilities on five continents including AEP Ohio, AusNet Services, Baltimore Gas & Electric, CESC Limited, CitiPower and Powercor, ComEd, Consolidated Edison, CPFL Energia, CPS Energy, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Florida Power and Light Company, Pepco Holdings Inc, and Singapore Power, to deliver its proven, reliable and IPv6 standards-based platform.

 

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