Silver Spring Networks Selects Exegin's ZigBee PRO Stack
February 26, 2009 — Silver Spring Networks, the leading provider of Smart Grid
networking technology and services, announced today an agreement to license the Exegin
ZigBee PRO protocol stack and Smart Energy profile.
By providing ZigBee-enabled home area networking (HAN) solutions for Smart Energy,
Silver Spring Networks further extends its leadership position in Smart Grid networking
beyond the last mile, into the home. Silver Spring's ZigBee-enabled smart meters will
allow two-way communication between the meter and a variety of devices in the home
including smart thermostats, in-home displays, and load controllers, giving consumers
the ability to monitor and control their energy usage in near real time.
"Silver Spring Networks is delighted to collaborate with Exegin," said John O'Farrell,
Executive Vice President, Silver Spring Networks. "We have established ourselves as the
preeminent Smart Grid networking solution by providing pervasive, reliable, responsive
connectivity to utility distribution devices. This relationship extends the network into
the premise, allowing utilities and consumers to leverage a rich ecosystem of ZigBee partners."
Silver Spring Networks selected Exegin's technology after a thorough examination of ZigBee
PRO stacks suitable for its HAN-enabled electric meters. Exegin, a pioneer in ZigBee
bridging and gateway implementations, offers a lean, yet efficient 32-bit ZigBee PRO
feature set ideally matched to Silver Spring Networks' high performance, future-proof
Network Interface Card.
"Our partnership with Silver Spring Networks provides Exegin with a solid foundation in
Smart Energy, the fastest growing segment of the ZigBee market," said Les Mulder, President
of Exegin. "We are especially pleased that our technology will help utilities and consumers
minimize their environmental impact."
"The partnership between Silver Spring Networks and Exegin punctuates the expanding
ecosystem of technology providers leveraging the ZigBee standard," said Benno Ritter,
Vice President of Marketing at the ZigBee Alliance. "Their combined efforts allow both
utilities and consumers to reap the benefits of time-differentiated pricing and networked
demand responsive applications."