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OSI Announces its OpenXphere™ Architecture, Intended as a Unified Operations Technology Network Management Platform Across an Entire Enterprise

In response to popular demand from multi-asset-class utilities requiring a single, unified technology platform to manage the entirety of their operations and assets, OSI has introduced the latest release of its OpenXphere™ architecture. Powered by OSI's field-proven monarch™ and CHRONUS™ technologies, OpenXphere represents a consolidated and unified mission-critical, real-time solution for managing generation, transmission, distribution, gas, water, renewables, IoT, substation, and other assets—all supported on the same OT architecture, delivered via either on-premise or cloud deployments (private and public).

OpenXphere can also serve as a hyper-scalable platform for industrial process companies managing local or remote IoT devices. Larger multi-company utilities, as well as RTO or ISO organizations, seeking a newer elastic technology platform will benefit from this architecture due to its outstanding resiliency, capacity, scalability, elasticity, and throughput.

OpenXphere offers advanced mathematical optimization and AI-based analytics, as well as secure web connectivity for dissemination of data and situational awareness across an entire enterprise. It supports advanced analytics for the optimization of network operational data using a range of optimization and decision/control algorithms for transmission, generation, and distribution networks—including the optimal management of renewables and microgrids.

The platform can be deployed on premise, on a private cloud architecture, or it can be deployed on public clouds such as Amazon AWS® or Microsoft Azure®. Distributed communications interfaces are supported to manage communications with legacy RTUs or PLCs, as well as modern protocol devices, intelligent controllers, and edge devices. Web-based advanced user interface technologies are supported to provide operations, engineering, and management interaction with the assets monitored. OpenXphere supports a variety of mobile devices to securely share real-time information with field crews, remote personnel, management and corporate staff, and customers.

Advanced Transmission Security Analysis and Advanced Distribution Analysis applications are supported for network connectivity analysis, power flow calculations, contingency analysis, state estimation, fault calculations, fault isolation and service restoration, voltage/VAR control, and generation dispatch of traditional power plants and renewable generation.

The platform has immense capacity and elasticity: It supports a distributed database and applications environment capable of supporting systems in excess of 20M I/O points and thousands of potential users, and it features a high-performance historian specifically designed to handle massive time-series measurements and data sets. Traditional OT network analysis and optimization algorithms, as well as AI-based analytics, are supported to perform conditions-based monitoring, anomaly detection, stability/strengths determination, renewables forecasting, etc. An integrated business intelligence (BI) suite is supported to present crucial information to operators and users with superb intelligence, situational awareness, analytics, and trend predictions. OpenXphere also supports state-of-the-art industrial security technologies and the latest NERC and NIST requirements. It can be offered with mission-critical resiliency, supporting availability requirements from 99.99% to 99.999%.

"We have seen utility organizations deploy a half-dozen real-time OT platforms for their various asset classes, and an added set of analytics and BI or mobile tools from another half-dozen suppliers," said Bahman Hoveida, OSI's CEO and CTO. "These dissimilar technologies are inherently unable to scale with the modern needs of most utility companies and require a great deal of integration, coordination, support training, and maintenance, not to mention the large, disjointed, and redundant independent hardware platforms required for each of these technologies. OpenXphere provides a cohesive on-premise or third-party cloud architecture to host all OT requirements on a single platform. This minimizes the number of platforms, suppliers, and technologies a utility has to manage, delivering tremendous economies in cost of ownership, support, and maintenance, as well as the agility to implement and deploy solutions for new requirements. It also ensures up-to-date and frequent technology refreshes. We have several customers who have already successfully adopted the OpenXphere platform, bringing together on a single software and hardware platform their operations for transmission, distribution, gas distribution, gas transmission, water distribution, and telecom management."

Open Systems International (www.osii.com)— headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota—provides open, state-of-the-art and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Network Management Systems (NMS), Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), Outage Management Systems (OMS), Generation Management Systems (GMS), Substation Automation (SA) Systems, Data Warehousing (Historian) Analytics, Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS), Situational Awareness Systems, individual software and hardware products, and Smart Grid solutions for utility operations. OSI's solutions empower its users to meet their operational challenges, day in and day out, with unsurpassed reliability and a minimal cost of technology ownership and maintenance.

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