27 Jan '14, 5am

Silver Spring Promises the Grid Network as Computing Platform

Silver Spring Promises the Grid Network as Computing Platform

We’ve long heard rumblings from Silver Spring Networks (SSNI) of a big project in the works, one that puts its millions of connected smart meters, its IP-based networks and its cloud computing architecture to use in a way not yet seen in the smart grid. On Monday, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company revealed how it will put that vision into practice. It’s called the SilverLink Sensor Network, a reimagining of the role of smart meters, grid sensors, home energy monitors and other devices at the grid edge . Silver Spring sees these not as discrete devices, sending data through disparate channels up to constrained utility back-office systems, but as virtual nodes of a distributed intelligence platform, able to collect, process and trade data between themselves a bit like Web servers do today. This is a faster, cheaper and more agile way to link real-time data collection an...

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