CESC Limited, India’s leading fully integrated electrical company with over 2.9 million customer connections and serving over 17 million people in the state of West Bengal, today won the ‘Smart Grid Project of the Year’ award at the Asian Power Awards for its program with Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI). Silver Spring is deploying StarfishTM, its IPv6 public cloud IoT network and data platform, for CESC in Kolkata for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) applications. Through Silver Spring’s Operations Optimizer solution, a powerful analytics application that creates insights from a variety of data sources, the program will further help CESC improve grid reliability, reduce energy loss and ensure billing accuracy.
Silver Spring and CESC are also collaborating through Starfish to offer smart grid and smart city services to other organizations in West Bengal and throughout India. Starfish can help utilities, energy service providers, cities, commercial enterprises and developers access a reliable, secure and scalable IoT network and data platform that has already connected millions of devices on five continents.
“IoT is central to CESC’s strategy to modernize Kolkata and its surrounding areas to increase the value of service, drive new customer and city applications, and unleash creativity for new applications that the industry has not yet developed,” said Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, CESC. “We’re extremely proud to have been acknowledged by the industry as the ‘Smart Grid Project of the Year’ for our work with Silver Spring Networks. It is through innovation like theirs that we aim to expand our services to, and improve the quality of life of, our customers.”
“New innovations in technology are heightening customer expectations for services such as energy management and city operations. CESC has recognized that global trend and set the bar for world-class services in India through modernization of their grid using IoT technology that is proven, reliable, secure and scalable,” said Eric Dresselhuys, Co-founder and EVP of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks. “We congratulate CESC on its initiative to create a new benchmark for performance and reliability in India, on par with some of the top utilities in the world, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to help offer new applications in the future.”