Silver Spring Networks Joins Hands with Philips Advance Technology to Lower Costs and Simplify Networked Street Lighting

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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REDWOOD CITY, CA: Silver Spring Networks, a pioneer in networking technologies with specialties in IoT (Internet of Things), has released its announcement regarding its inter-operation development of a networked LED street lighting solution collaborating with Philips Lighting, through its Philips Advance Xitanium SR driver for outdoor lighting. The product is being developed by Royal Philips—a global leader in delivering lighting solutions. The new product is expected to trim down on the cost and complexity factors of connected lighting, at the same time give customers an expanded list of choices. This is believed to open up the path to smart cities for municipalities, utilities, transportation departments, and other street light network operators, according to silverspringnet.com.

The newest innovation in their line will have the Philips Advance Xitanium SR LED driver as the base-platform. Coupling with this is Silver Spring’s IPv6-based Gen5 networking platform for large-scale wireless sensor networks. It also holds an additional Outdoor Lighting Control (OLC)—a component from Silver Spring, based on the NEMA 7-pin socket for integration by OEMs into light fixtures. The solution will take smart street lighting to the next level, where operators can leverage the industry’s latest IoT technology by establishing a platform for future smart city applications and services.

The Philips driver in question, has become the industry standard for bridging the gap between drivers and sensors digitally. This has led to an overall reduction in the need for multiple components mitigating incompatibility issues and time-consuming configurations. These drivers will enable light fixtures to act as a wireless node, providing a fast, easy and cost-effective way to add intelligence to LED luminaires and gaining insight into the data they can provide.

Silver Spring’s pioneering IPv6 networking platform, with over 22.9 million Silver Spring enabled devices delivered, is connecting utilities to homes and business throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency for the planet. Silver Spring’s innovative solutions enable utilities to gain operational efficiencies, improve grid reliability, and empower consumers to monitor and manage energy consumption.

“As billions of devices become smaller and smarter, analytics and other applications move to the edge, and large-scale networks become cost-effective to deploy and manage, it is becoming increasingly apparent that intelligent outdoor lighting is a catalyst for broader IoT networks,” Brandon Davito, Vice President of Smart Cities and Lighting, Silver Spring Networks affirmed. “We are proud to utilize technology from a leader such as Philips to make it even easier to unlock these benefits for our customers and communities.”