One of the last frontiers of automation in the utility operations is the "Substation". The advent of new communications and networking technologies has ushered in the era of substation integration into the utility experience, creating opportunities for improved reliability of service, minimized communications costs and overall cost reductions in substation maintenance and operations.
Manually operated substations can pose a greater cost burden on utilities due to a non-cohesive information picture to system operators. Use of legacy protocols, obsolete telemetry/communications equipment and limits in data transfer rates are rapidly giving way to modern protocols (DNP and IEC), new IEDs and new wide-area networking infrastructures using Frame Relay, Fiber, ATM and other emerging technologies. New substation integration standards give much promise to a new "Integrated Substation Utopia", allowing seamless plug and play automation, protection telemetry and automation systems.
OSI's substation automation strategy brings about a strong and flexible portfolio of enterprise solutions based on standard and open APIs and support for all modern protocols.
Our monarch™ platform, with its superb scalability, can meet the needs of small to very large substations by being able to securely monitor and control a few hundred to thousands of I/O points. A distributed network of I/O devices, as well as IP-based RTUs and IEDs, can easily and natively interface with the monarch automation platform. Use of the same monarch technology in the substation will facilitate your database, display and other system maintenance tasks and will conveniently produce commonality of maintenance between your Grid Control Center and all your substations. The monarch enterprise substation automation solution solves the operational and safety concerns that exist in other, disjointed substation automation offerings.
OSI's secure and IP-based OSIRIS™ remote terminal unit is an integral part of the OSI substation solution strategy. With unprecedented functionality, expansion and built-in security, this Linux-based RTU facilitates a common and uniform secure vision for substation I/O and communications.
For improved reliability and security, a hardened Linux-based substation automation solution can provide a formidable alternative to low-tier Windows-based solutions and off-the-shelf SCADA software.
The monarch system can serve as your common platform in your entire enterprise from the substation to your system control center. Use of standard protocols (DNP, IEC, Modbus, IEC 68150, etc.) and the use of built-in network security will provide you with the protection you need for managing your Critical Infrastructure.