Network platform and solutions provider, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. said yesterday that it has been selected by American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program.

AMP is a non-profit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133 municipal electric utilities in nine states. Collectively, AMP members serve more than 645,000 customers.

For the initial phase, Silver Spring will deploy its standards-based IPv6 network platform and solutions to AMP to help its member municipalities provide better customer experience and service for 60,000 electric and 30,000 water customers.

Additionally, Silver Spring will deliver SilverLink Control Platform and SilverLink Applications through Software-as-a-Service to help with rapid implementation, to minimize deployment risk, and to reduce the total cost of ownership.

“AMP’s AMI program is designed to be another tool to assist member communities in maintaining a high level of customer service, said Marc Gerken, AMP President/CEO.”

“This partnership with Silver Spring Networks facilitates the two-way communications technology that can help with our near-term goals such as enabling grid reliability, outage management and remote connect/disconnect, while providing a foundation that can enable the deployment of future smart grid and smart city services at the pace that benefits our membership,” he added.

“Serving over 48 million people in the U.S., the public power sector has an opportunity to amplify its customer-centric vision through advanced smart grid technology,” said Eric Dresselhuys, EVP of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks, in prepared remarks.