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OSI to supply Energy Management System to New Brunswick

August 5, 2010 - Open Systems International will replace the Energy Management System (EMS) and Supervisory Control and Acquisition (SCADA) system for the New Brunswick System Operator (NBSO) in New Brunswick, Canada.

NBSO is a not-for-profit independent corporation whose primary responsibilities are to ensure the reliability of the electrical system and to facilitate the development and operation of a competitive electricity market in New Brunswick. As Reliability Coordinator for the Maritimes Area, NBSO is the authority responsible for the operation of the Bulk Power System in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and a portion of northeastern Maine.

The new system for NBSO will be replacing a legacy system supplied in the 1990s by Telegyr/Siemens. The new EMS is based on OSI's monarch distributed open architecture; including advanced EMS/Transmission monitoring and optimization Applications with functionality such as Network Security Analysis, Topology Processor, State Estimator, Contingency Analysis, Penalty Factor Calculation, Power Flow, Optimal Power Flow, Automatic Generation Control, Economic Dispatch, Reserve Monitoring, Production Costing, Switching Order Management, Operator Training Simulator, NERC Performance Monitoring, and System Interfaces to various corporate systems including Outage Management, Weather System, Market Management, Permit Management, and Corporate Data Warehouse/Historian.

“OSI is very excited about this strategic project. OSI's transmission customers are a fundamental part of our business and we welcome a new Transmission System Operator to our family of users. OSI's secure and high performance platforms, including our superb Transmission Analysis applications, are the cornerstone of successful operations of many utilities. OSI welcomes the opportunity to serve NBSO and we look forward to very successful and on-time project,” said Bahman Hoveida, President and CEO of OSI.

"A thorough evaluation process demonstrated to us that the OSI system can best do the job. We are very impressed with the monarch architecture; a modern, modular design, that's well suited to an ever changing industry. We're looking forward to working with OSI in the coming months to replace our legacy EMS system," said Neal Hickey, Director of Information Technology Services, New Brunswick System Operator.

The New Brunswick System Operator (NBSO) is an independent statutory corporation created under New Brunswick's Electricity Act on October 1, 2004. Under the Act, NBSO is responsible for the adequacy and reliability of the integrated electricity system, and for facilitating the development and operation of the New Brunswick Electricity Market. These responsibilities take the form of operation of the NBSO-controlled grid and administration of the Open Access Transmission Tariff (Tariff) and the New Brunswick Electricity Market Rules.

OSI 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) and Generation Management Systems (GMS); as well as individual software and hardware products and Smart Grid Solutions for utility operations internationally. OSI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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