Through the collaboration, the companies intend to provide an interoperable, open and flexible networking platform for the development of next-generation smart grid applications for utilities and consumers.

Freestyle Technology’s Zigbee-enabled smart water meter module allows utilities to leverage the Silver Spring networking platform and advanced metering solution to remotely communicate, manage and support water meters without expensive and extensive duplication of infrastructure and maintain security, data separation and privacy.

Freestyle Technology’s open application and distributed platform links communications, metering and other sensory systems across transmission, distribution, retail and consumer networks.

Silver Spring’s IPv6-based Smart Energy Platform enables two-way connectivity between utilities and their customers and provides better distributed monitoring and management of critical networks, including water.

Silver Spring CTO Raj Vaswani said the agreement will allow the company to integrate smart grid applications that provide control and monitoring to new devices on the grid.