Santa Clara, CA gets smart meters and free citywide WiFi

More than one year after issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP), Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the utility owned by Santa Clara, California, has chosen Elster Solutions to install smart meters in businesses and residents throughout the city. The installation is scheduled to be completed by 2012. In addition, the free Wi-Fi access offered in some parts of the city, will be available citywide also by the end of 2012. Recall that SVP bought the assets of MetroFi, the service provider that had deployed Wi-Fi access points in Santa Clara.

Santa Clara is not the first city to install smart meters and offer free citywide WiFi. Ponca City, Oklahoma and Rock Hill, South Carolina have upgraded their smart grid infrastructure and are providing free WiFi to residents.


  1. Esme. When you make the statement “upgraded their smart grid infrastructure” when referring to other cities deploying smart meters, I hope you are stating that they are running their local IP (private wireless IP network) separate from their TCP/IP (Internet)WiFi network. Recently even Vint Cerf made it clear that TCP/IP was never meant for security and should not be used to support our critical infrastructure applications (the smart grid). See: