Yesterday, Siemens Energy and Silver Spring Networks announce the successful testing of the Siemens SICAM substation automation unit over Silver Spring Network’s Smart Energy Network. The testing solidifies the interoperable design of Siemens and Silver Spring Networks products.
The Smart Energy Network meets the critical requirements of a network supporting SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), and its secure, IP-based transport is compatible with industry-standard protocols. Leveraging a common network infrastructure significantly lowers both the capital and operational costs of implementing wide-scale distribution automation. The Smart Energy Network also provides distribution automation traffic prioritization, easy deployment and maintenance and centralized network management.
Silver Spring Network’s solution allows Siemens substation controllers and distribution automation devices to communicate across the network using industry standard protocols specified by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), ensuring a robust, upgradable path to the Smart Grid.
“Siemens products continue to be the market leader in interoperability across various network topologies, and this work with Silver Spring is another great example, ” said Siemens Energy, Inc. vice president of Energy Automation Mike Edmonds. “It brings continued confidence for Siemens customers that our products are designed to integrate seamlessly into their systems, for the long haul.”