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Silver Spring expands into China

Silver Spring Networks technology will allow the lighting provider to integrate sensors and controlling devices for city management, traffic control and environmental monitoring

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Silver Spring takes a great leap forward
Silver Spring takes a great leap forward

Networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, Silver Spring Networks, continues the spread of its global reach by partnering with Rongwen, one of the largest smart LED street light providers and operators in China.


Rongwen will deliver Silver Spring’s Gen5 IPv6 networking platform, Streetlight.Vision 6 (SLV6) device control and management software, and third-party partner control offerings through Silver Spring’s network-as-service and software-as-a-service models.


This solution bundle will afford cities and lighting operators all the benefits of a broad based smart city platform without having to build and manage the network themselves, and thereby reducing the need for capital outlay and specialist IT knowledge.


To date, Rongwen has deployed over 250,000 controllable LED street lights in its home country under the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) business model. It is also active in emerging markets across Asia and South America


China lays claim to the largest street lighting market in Asia Pacific with over 35 million streetlights and, according to Navigant Research, the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) emphasises the primacy of ICT and sustainability initiatives through smart infrastructure.


Li Zhixiong, General Manager, Rongwen said: “Rongwen aims to help drive the adoption of smart lighting and smart cities in China, as well as emerging markets throughout Asia and South America, as more cities opt for energy efficiency, public health, safety initiatives and sustainability initiatives through smart infrastructure.


“Silver Spring Networks’ world-patented technology can allow us to integrate various sensors and controlling devices for city management, traffic control, environmental monitoring and efficient control and management of new energy infrastructure. We look forward to offering our customers Silver Spring Networks’ innovation to enable our cities to be smarter and more efficient, with its already established track record of delivering programs at-scale in iconic cities around the world.”


Vice President of smart lighting and smart cities at Silver Spring Networks, Brandon Davito, commented: “As more and more operators look to modernise their lighting infrastructure and accelerate their path to smart cities, they are turning to Silver Spring’s platform and solutions.


“We are proud to be working with Rongwen to help cities in China and outdoor lighting operators in other regions more rapidly deploy smart lighting and smart cities programs, and who can leverage Silver Spring technology that has been proven to connect millions and millions of devices.”


Silver Spring’s pioneering IPv6 networking platform, with over 22.9 million Silver Spring enabled devices delivered, connects utilities to homes and business throughout the world. Its customers include major global utilities such as Singapore Power, Progress Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison and Consolidated Edison among others.

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