Communication infrastructure to support AMI implementation


Hands ShakingMiami, FL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 11, 2007 – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has signed an agreement to deploy an advanced, two-way IP-based networking communication infrastructure in support of its implementation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart grid vision with Silver Spring Networks. Florida Power & Light Company, the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc., serves 4.4 million customer accounts in Florida. Silver Spring Networks is a supplier of standards-based IP networking products.

When completed, the 100,000 electric meter project is expected to be one of the largest IP-based AMI networks in the country. Silver Spring Networks will provide FPL with a variety of advanced networking products and support services designed to provide full two-way wireless network communications to the customer’s meter. The implementation will be in two phases and will include both residential and small commercial customers.

“FPL has been exploring the financial, commercial and technical viability of AMI solutions and other smart grid applications for many years,” said Dennis Klinger, FPL Chief Information Officer. “Silver Spring Networks’ approach of delivering an open architecture which utilizes proven IP technologies should provide the platform for future innovation to support multiple utility applications.”

“This technology should provide a flexible and scalable solution to meet FPL’s current operational requirements for AMI and establish a foundation for enhancing how we can interact with our customers about their energy usage information,” said Marlene Santos, FPL Vice President of Customer Services. “An IP-based network should enable us to add new products and services as they become available and deliver value to our customers over the long term.”