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Silver Spring expands developer programme

The developer programme aims to accelerate innovation for the Internet of Important Things

Silver Spring has announced plans to network more than 30,000 LED lights in Guangzhou
Silver Spring has announced plans to network more than 30,000 LED lights in Guangzhou

Silver Spring Networks has expanded its Internet of Things (IoT) developer programme to Europe and the Middle East. It is one of a number of announcements the company made on the first day of Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC17) in Barcelona.


In a joint announcement with Guangdong Rongwen Energy Technology Group (Rongwen), it also explained how it is planning to connect smart LED street lights in the city of Guangzhou in China. The company also announced that it has earned certification from the TALQ Consortium for its smart city platform, Streetlight.Vision (SLV) Central Management System (CMS).


It hopes expansion of the developer programme into the new regions will help accelerate innovation for the ’Internet of Important Things’, by unifying the development process and increasing the number of solution partners with access to its standards-based platform.


“Connected devices have increased exponentially in the last few years, and are set to grow even more with the adoption of Industrial IoT applications. By offering developers a proven platform on which to create new solutions, they can focus their innovation on game-changing applications to solve real-world challenges,” said Itai Dadon, senior director of IoT Product, Silver Spring Networks.


“We view these new regions as critical to the growth of the Internet of Important Things and are excited about the future of the programme and the potential it holds for the broader smart cities and IoT ecosystem.”


Industry leaders in Europe, such as Dublin-based ESB Telecoms, are also showing their support for the expansion of the developer programme.


“Ireland can be at the forefront of IoT in Europe with a standards-based network planned for municipal, commercial and industrial customers to connect smart cities and other IoT applications and devices,” said Rory McGowan managing director of ESB Telecoms.


“With the launch of Silver Spring Networks’ developer programme in Europe, we’re excited about the possibilities this will present for developers locally to create real-life apps that can reduce operating costs, help improve efficiencies and create new revenue streams in industries that are looking to capitalise on the IoT opportunity.”


The developer programme is open to new and existing customers and developers who are building the next-generation of sensors, actuators, devices, and applications within the smart utility, smart city, and industrial IoT sectors.


Since the launch of Silver Spring’s developer kits in May, more than 60 developers have started working to integrate their IoT solutions. D3 LED, a LED digital signage manufacturer, and eLichens, a start-up company based in France and Silicon Valley that develops low-power air quality monitoring sensors, are two examples of companies have leveraged developer kits and tools to create IoT applications and services.


Meanwhile, through its go-to-market partnership with Rongwen, one of the largest smart LED street light providers and operators in China, Silver Spring is planning to network more than 30,000 LED street lights in Guangzhou. According to Rongwen, its efficient and patented LED street lights and outdoor lighting controls, combined with Silver Spring’s StreetLight.Vision CMS, will increase the city’s energy savings by more than 70 per cent.


The project is China’s first smart city project using Silver Spring’s secure, reliable, IPv6 platform and Wi-SUN standards-based mesh technology, built on the IEEE 802.15.4g specification.


Guangzhou, which is China’s third largest economic hub and a major foreign trade port, has committed to reducing its carbon emissions up to 45 per cent by the end of the decade.


“Rongwen is using Silver Spring’s pioneering smart city platform to provide seamless IoT connectivity to more efficiently operate existing city-wide resources to achieve immediate cost-savings and speed time to value for smart city initiatives,” said Zhixiong Lee, general manager of Rongwen.


“As one of the early movers in smart street lighting system integration, Rongwen is the first company in China that adapts and deploys internationally recognised smart city technologies. We believe that the scalability and sustainability of this system will allow cities such as Guangzhou to grow their network to millions of devices in the future.”


The TALQ Consortium includes leading outdoor lighting controls vendors, and has established a global standard to enable interoperability between CMS interfaces and outdoor lighting networks (OLN). Over the last two years, it has invested in building a robust certification tool, and Silver Spring is one of three companies globally to complete the certification process to have a product that is fully TALQ-certified.


This certification demonstrates that Silver Spring’s standards-based technology can drive interoperability for outdoor lighting networks, which have become critical in building a foundation for additional IoT services and applications for smart city programmes around the world.


SLV helps customers leverage an existing street light network and transform it into a smart city platform by enabling remote command and control, along with real-time monitoring. It helps municipalities, utilities, energy service companies, and contractors to lower energy consumption, reduce maintenance costs, and improve lighting reliability and public safety.


You can find Silver Spring Networks at Booth F643 at Smart City Expo World Congress.


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