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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the UK, the city of Bristol has selected US company Silver Spring Networks to deploy its standards-based IPv6 wireless network to connect smart sensors and existing assets as part of ‘Bristol is Open’ smart city programme.

The project aims to create a ‘living innovation lab’ by leveraging data generated from Silver Spring’s IPv6 network to allow start-ups, entrepreneurs and academics to develop prototypes for new smart city applications and services.

Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of Sales and Global Development at Silver Spring Networks, said: “Silver Spring’s Internet-of-Things platform helps ensure ubiquitous connectivity across the entire Bristol metropolitan area and enables Europe’s hottest start-ups and brightest academics to trial new smart city applications and services that will help drive the future digital economy in the UK.

“Our commitment to open standards offers Bristol maximum choice of interoperable devices, software, and partners to help turn the living laboratory concept into reality, while providing start-ups with a global market place for their innovations.”

Leveraging smart sensor data

The platform, which is a joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, will be used to connect Bristol City’s streetlights, creating an intelligent street lighting network.

According to Silver Spring statement, the same ‘network canopy’ will also be used for other smart city applications such as parking meters, traffic light and congestion sensors, safety cameras, air quality sensors, weather sensors, public transport sensors, remote personal healthcare monitors and acoustic detection.

Commenting on the project, Paul Wilson, managing director of Bristol is Open, said: “We are building in Bristol the world’s first open programmable city, a groundbreaking project aimed at providing a platform for the development of applications that will promote innovation and deliver a better quality of life.

“… A variety of factors informed our decision [selection of Silver Spring Networks], one of which was Silver Spring Network’s ability to support an open Software Defined Network environment.”

IPv6 platform for NZ smart meter rollout

The deal is the second global deal for Silver Springs Network this month.

New Zealand electricity utility Mighty River Power chose the US company to provide advanced metering infrastructure for Trustpower, an electricity generator and energy and telecommunications retailer serving 225,000 customers across the country.