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CONNECTING INTELLIGENT DEVICES TO THE INTERNET OF IMPORTANT THINGS

The Silver Spring Network Platform is an open, standards-based all IPv6-enabled wireless network that provides unsurpassed, ubiquitous coverage.  It supports millions of devices at data rates of up to 2.4MBps, and our integration options come in a variety of form factors to fit the varying use cases presented by smart utilities, smart cities and enterprise IoT customers.  Range is extended through meshing capabilities provided by all continuously powered devices and some battery enabled devices.

Multiple layers of security are built into the infrastructure to safely connect devices and transport data. Unlike emerging IoT networks, our solutions have demonstrated the highest levels of performance and are backed with an SLA. Silver Spring offers a variety of connectivity options ranging from battery-powered modules for sensors to best in class modules featuring multi-megabit speeds and robust distributed processing, and all are designed for multi-decade operation in the most demanding enterprise IoT environments.

With Silver Spring Networks’ NIC, utility operators can remotely upgrade network firmware, reprogram metering parameters and monitor device operations, minimizing the need for field visits. We offer a broad selection integrated solutions for utilities and smart cities, including metering devices and street lights, from a variety of partners to maximize flexibility and vendor choice.

The NIC dynamically optimizes data rates to extend range as dictated by the environment and enables distributed intelligence within the network to support innovative applications and services. The latest generation of this solution, NIC 5, brings these self-forming, self-healing network capabilities already proven at scale to new applications requiring high data throughput and low latency response.

 

NIC

 

 

Proven, self-forming, self-healing network capabilities come to a new class of devices with Silver Spring’s Milli 5. Milli 5 removes many of the cost, power and size limitations traditionally associated with small, battery-powered edge devices, unlocking a new era of cost-effective connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

With multi-layer security, standards compliance and support for IPv6 addressing, sophisticated IoT operators can power a wide range of meters, sensors and monitors for years in the field. The economics and small size mean that utilities and cities can now make the business case to reliably connect almost any device on their networks, gaining asset-level communications for equipment such as transformers, light poles and other infrastructure.

Mill 5

 

 

The AP is the core network asset for delivering data generated by endpoint devices at the network edge and IT/OT systems—enabling high performance applications, network control and monitoring. Its flexible communication features extend the reach and coverage of the network to thousands of customer sites, and its support for up to 5,000 endpoints per access point dramatically lowers costs.


With proven, multi-layer security, the AP couples secure, reliable performance with open standards-based IPv6 communications. The AP offers multiple paths to each endpoint device through sophisticated mesh network routing that ensures greater reliability and redundancy. The AP also supports integration across multiple carriers to enable automatic WAN failover.

Access Point

 

The Silver Spring Relay works with the AP to deliver data generated by endpoint devices at the network edge and IT/OT systems—enabling high performance applications, network control and monitoring. Its flexible communication features extend the reach and coverage of the network. The Relay provides multi-hop capability between Silver Spring-enabled endpoint devices and the AP for seamless network coverage.

The Relay delivers the ubiquitous coverage, high performance and cost efficiency required for effective critical infrastructure application deployments. The Relay ensures maximum overall system performance by dynamically adapting the data rate to optimize information delivery over a long range, even in the most challenging environments. It couples secure, reliable performance with open standards-based IPv6 communications, enabling cities and utilities to cost effectively integrate mission-critical control and monitoring processes. The Relay ensures maximum overall system performance by dynamically adapting the data rate to optimize reliable information delivery over a long range, in even the most challenging environments.

 

Our MicroAPs and SocketAPs are game-changers for utilities, cities and industrial IOT customers interested in deployment flexibility. You no longer need to compromise on cost and performance to achieve the flexibility you need. These innovative solutions integrate cellular connectivity with Gen5 RF mesh technology to enable modular deployment of an IPv6 smart grid network canopy, to provide coverage for your entire service territory, including isolated or hard-to-reach locations. Flexible scalability means you can easily add customers, regardless of type or location. As the density of the deployment increases, additional MicroAPs and SocketAPs are easily added to ensure redundancy and performance.

MicroAP & SocketAP

 

The Bridge combines the performance, distributed intelligence and rapid integration necessary to address the most demanding critical infrastructure applications. The low latency, high data rate and quality of service address mission-critical control processes while delivering the cost of ownership advantages of a unified network. Extending range while dynamically adapting data rate allows cost effective automation of telemetry and control processes in the most challenging environments. With powerful on-board processing and storage capability, it enables distributed intelligence to transform data into action.

Bridges are versatile RF-based communication devices that used for many smart grid applications such as paired with reclosers, feeder switches, capacitor bank controllers and other distribution automation equipment to support low latency SCADA communications between operations center and DA devices. Bridges provide additional flexibility with multiple connection options, including support for dual-band mesh, as well as wired connections such as serial Distributed Network Protocol 3 (DNP3), DNP3/IP over Ethernet, or mixed serial/ Ethernet.

 

Silver Spring Networks’ IoT Edge Router is a hardware device that enables customers to securely connect a variety of city and utility devices—including those that require legacy-protocol support— across a common RF mesh network infrastructure using proven open standards and interfaces and networking protocol support. Support includes a secure and standards-based architecture for both IPv4 and IPv6 communications with Linux-based network-edge computing capability.

Includes Ubuntu Core Snappy software deployment and package management system from Canonical.

 

 

 

The Silver Spring Networks’ Milli 5 is a cost-effective, energy-efficient sub-GHz wireless communications device. The Milli 5 is optimized for a wide range of 802.15.4g network applications and is is the first in the family of such devices and may be integrated with battery-powered devices such as water meters, photocells, and logistics pallet tracking devices. It comes equipped with on-board firmware that supports communications in an IPv6 wireless mesh network. This Milli 5 based developer kit uses an Arduino shield for easy integration with any compatible Arduino R3 boards.

 

*Note: requires at least one AP device for RF mesh communication.

Milli Dev Kit with cord

 

 

The miniAP provides the same proven, multi-layer security, reliable performance and open standards-based IPv6 communications functionality as the AP in a smaller form factor and ruggedized enclosure. The miniAP offers multiple paths to each endpoint device through sophisticated mesh network routing that ensures greater reliability and redundancy. The miniAP integrates cellular connectivity with Gen5 RF mesh technology to provide a low cost IPv6 network canopy for developing your IOT solutions.

 

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