The Smart Grid is a more reliable, environmentally friendly, economically viable and secure power grid. It is a multi-faceted and integrated solution to the problem of modern energy delivery that encourages consumer participation and incorporates small-scale distributed generation resources such as solar panels and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). It is also a vast information network that relies on high-speed two-way communications networks, increased digital monitoring and control of system assets, and advanced operations and real-time automation systems.
OSI defines the Smart Grid as an intelligent and interactive dynamic organism that reacts, interacts, incorporates, self corrects, and stabilizes itself around a new operating point.
In this new energy era, a new breed of utilities will emerge. OSI’s vision of the Utility of the Future is an agile and progressive enterprise that embraces modern technology and end-to-end integration with suppliers and consumers. It is an enterprise that maintains a substantial renewable energy portfolio, offers consumer-friendly Demand-Side Management (DSM) programs, and is engaged in pragmatic Smart Grid initiatives.
The Utility of the Future will require powerful and super-scalable automation systems to flexibly manage growth and maintenance of real-time operations. This has created a demand for a new generation of intelligent systems, operating platforms and application software that proactively manage grid reliability, grid security and consumer initiatives.
In response to this demand, OSI has created the ideal software platform for supporting Smart Grid initiatives: monarch/SGP™ (Smart Grid Platform). This secure, high performance platform is designed to process and analyze millions of data points in real-time from all levels of the electric power supply chain, whether it’s generation or consumption. In addition to SCADA, EMS, GMS and DMS applications, monarch/SGP supports a multitude of standard enterprise interfaces, such as MultiSpeak® and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) APIs, which would allow real-time integration of systems and components from different levels of the utility enterprise (AMI, OMS, etc).
In addition to providing a real-time Smart Grid platform, the OSI Smart Grid solution leverages the OSIRIS™ platform, a flexible and multi-functional Remote Information System, for local substation data gathering and other advanced applications. The OSI Smart Grid solution also includes a growing list of software product suites that will support the intelligent decision making process throughout the Smart Grid. These include:
- Advanced Intelligent Analytics
- Advanced Visualization Tools
- Outage Management System
- Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) data processing
- monarch Security Shield
OSI is an active member of the GridWise Alliance which advocates a vision of an electric system that integrates the infrastructure, processes, devices, information and market structure so that energy can be generated, distributed, and consumed more efficiently and cost effectively; thereby achieving a more resilient, secure and reliable energy system. Its members include utilities, IT companies, equipment vendors, new technology providers and educational institutions. www.gridwise.org