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CESC and Silver Spring Networks Collaborate to Deploy Multi-Application Smart Energy and Smart City Network in Kolkata, India

IPv6 Smart Energy and Smart City Network Raises the Bar for the Subcontinent, Improves Reliability and Efficiency for the Benefit of Kolkata and Beyond

Kolkata, India – December 8, 2015 – 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, and Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI) today announced a collaboration to deploy an advanced, multi-application smart energy and smart city network in the city of Kolkata. Building on the two companies’ successful Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) demonstration project, this collaboration creates a framework to extend Silver Spring’s globally proven IPv6 / 6LowPAN networking platform throughout CESC’s service territory. The initial phase of the deployment will connect approximately 25,000 customers and automate CESC’s electricity distribution grid. Silver Spring’s proven-at-scale, standards-based platform will help ensure that CESC is able to provide the highest quality of services to its customers at the lowest risk.

“Silver Spring’s multi-application networking platform demonstrated the reliability and high-performance CESC requires to extend our smart energy and smart city leadership and become India’s top performing utility,” said Mr Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, CESC. “The versatility and flexibility of Silver Spring’s IPv6 networking platform helps enable CESC to reduce costs, improve reliability, and unlock even more benefits for our customers. Silver Spring’s proven platform is deployed at utilities around the world and in cities such as Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Miami, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, and Washington DC, and we are especially proud to lead Kolkata’s critical infrastructure network into the ranks of these iconic locations.”

“We are honored to work with a market leader like CESC. Their track record of performance and operational excellence will create a new standard in India and beyond. This program helps benefit all segments of CESC customers through increased grid reliability, improved efficiency, and greater customer satisfaction,” said Eric Dresselhuys, Executive Vice President and co-founder, Silver Spring Networks. “Silver Spring’s secure and resilient standards-based network will also help CESC achieve long-term success by establishing an open platform upon which additional smart energy and smart city applications and services can be quickly and cost-effectively deployed in the future.”

Additionally, the parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in offering smart grid and smart city services to other organizations in West Bengal and throughout India. By combining CESC’s demonstrated operational excellence and Silver Spring’s globally proven technology platform, the parties intend to bring the many benefits of networking infrastructure to an even wider segment of the market.

Silver Spring’s IPv6 networking technology allows utilities of all sizes to implement a wide range of smart grid applications using a common network platform throughout their service area. Silver Spring has pioneered the adoption of IPv6 networking technology, ensuring interoperability to help deliver higher quality, lower costs, and better overall value for customers and consumers. Silver Spring’s open standards-based platform, built on the IEEE 802.15.4g interoperability profile (Wi-SUN), integrates with a wide range of products and technologies from numerous global device partners.

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