Silver Spring Networks Selected by Unison for New Zealand Smart Grid Deployment

Australia, New Zealand, North America, United States

Open IPv6 Networking Solution Helps Improve Grid Reliability, Increase Automation, and Enhance Benefits for Consumers

27/08/2012 — HASTINGS, New Zealand & REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE)

Silver Spring Networks, a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, today announced that it has been selected by Unison for a smart grid project in New Zealand. Silver Spring’s standards-based IPv6 networking solution will be deployed across the entirety of Unison’s service territory (in Hawke’s Bay, Rotorua and Taupo). Unison’s smart grid roll out is expected to deliver improved reliability and service for consumers, provide enhanced management of power grid assets, and enable greater overall energy efficiency.

“We are honored to partner with Unison to deliver the standards-based networking platform underpinning its innovative smart grid strategy,” said Scott Lang, CEO of Silver Spring Networks. “Unison is deploying a smart grid infrastructure upon which it can deliver future innovations to customers and is helping establish New Zealand as a global benchmark for modern, efficient, and smarter energy networks.”

“Silver Spring Networks is recognized as a global leader in this field. Silver Spring’s standards-based infrastructure allows us to leverage a single platform to provide many smart grid applications and solutions,” said Ken Sutherland, Unison Group Chief Executive. “Linked in to our fibre backbone, Silver Spring’s networking platform will become the cornerstone for our smart grid by enabling real-time communication with network devices, as well as real-time monitoring of the status and quality of customer supply.”

The deployment leverages Silver Spring’s Gen4 networking technology, providing increased performance, reliability, and security. Silver Spring’s standards-based IPv6 networking platform supports a range of solutions and applications focused on increasing power grid performance and improving energy efficiency. Silver Spring’s proven technologies, growing partner ecosystem, and broad customer adoption have led to more than 12 million homes and businesses networked on its Smart Energy Platform worldwide.

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About Unison

Unison Networks Limited – trading as Unison – owns, designs, manages and operates the electricity network that serves the Hawke’s Bay, Taupo and Rotorua regions. The network spans over 9,000km and supplies over 108,000 connected customers with approximately 1,678 GWh of electricity per annum, making Unison one of the larger electricity distribution businesses in New Zealand. Unison has been serving the community and providing a service in this industry sector for over 80 years.

About Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks is a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks. With its pioneering IPv6 networking platform, Silver Spring has connected more than 12 million homes and businesses throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency for the planet. Silver Spring’s innovative products enable utilities to gain efficiencies, integrate renewable energy sources and empower customers to monitor and manage energy consumption. Silver Spring Networks is used by major utilities around the globe including Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc. and United Energy among others. For more information please visit


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