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Distribution Management Systems

Distribution operators today face challenges from both regulatory bodies and consumers to improve the reliability of electric service delivery to homes, businesses and industrial customers while keeping costs in check. Reliability and quality of service in terms of minimizing outages, maintaining acceptable voltage and reactive power profiles, reducing outage times and slowing down the growing cost of system operations have been important incentives for Distribution operators to look toward creative automation solutions.

Unfortunately, automating distribution operations presents challenges of a larger magnitude than those facing transmission operators. This is partly due to the larger size of distribution networks, sparser geography, lack of real-time information and lack of a consistent and up to date operating model.

Traditionally, distribution operators have relied only on IT information system solutions to cope with managing their distribution business. IT solutions such as GIS Systems, Outage Management Systems and Customer Information Systems, although important parts of managing an effective distribution operations business, lack a holistic treatment of the distribution management problem. A global Distribution Management strategy must rely on a holistic and total view of the entire distribution business.

The core of a successful Distribution Management strategy must be based on an effective "system integration" strategy relying on an "automation centric" approach. This approach provides a unified platform, as well as a unified user-interface for all of the tools required for reliable and efficient distribution system operations. The advent of new, cheaper communications and IP-based networking technologies is bound to extend the utility information network downstream from the feeder, and eventually all the way to the house meter and the home control systems on the residential side. The ability to acquire real-time information from each customer, and being able to control and impact the customer's energy usage with real-time pricing, will bring about a totally new distribution business model.

DMS Platform

OSI's monarch™ architecture provides for a flexible DMS platform that can run your business today and transition you into the new distribution business model as new technologies emerge. With an integration and "automation centric" approach, the monarch system will become your real-time integration bus, allowing you to easily tie various tools essential for running of your distribution business.

Examine why many distribution companies from India, China, the United States and other countries have selected OSI technology to run their Distribution business. Using our open interfaces and many open API's, as well as our SCADA and DMS applications, you will be able to obtain the greatest possible "Return on Investment" while effectively automating your distribution operation today and positioning yourself for the transition to a totally integrated distribution business.

Component modules comprising our Distribution Management solutions portfolio include:

Distribution Network Management
Load Management
GIS Interface
Switch Order Management
Fault Isolation and Service Restoration
Automatic Voltage/VAR Control
Short-Term Load Forecast
OSI Spectra
Advanced Distribution Management System
Spectra DMS
Distribution Management System
Spectra OMS
Outage Management System

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