OSI to supply SCADA system to EPB of Chattanooga

  • June 21, 2011
  • OSI Software, Incorporated
  • News

June 21, 2011 - Open Systems International (OSI) has been awarded a contract by EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, to supply an advanced Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition and Distribution Management System (SCADA/DMS) based on OSI’s monarch/SGP (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture Smart Grid) platform. Recipient of a federal stimulus grant from the US Department of Energy, EPB has embarked upon an unprecedented Smart Grid project for Chattanooga, Tennessee and parts of surrounding counties. Leveraging their recently completed 1Gbps fiber network (among the fastest internet pipelines in the world), EPB’s Smart Grid is set to encompass the deployment of more than 170,000 smart meters for Chattanooga homes and businesses by fall of 2012. OSI’s technology will play an important central role in automating EPB’s distribution operations. The SCADA functionality includes an advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI), as well as OSI’s Remote Console GUI; Calculation; Real-time and Historical Trending; Disturbance Data Collection; Data Engineering and Maintenance; Alarm Management; Advanced Data Presentation; Communications Front-end Processor; Inter-control Center Communications Protocol; Historical Information System and Data Archiving; Short-Term Load Forecasting and Load Shedding. OSI Spectra Advanced Smart Grid DMS functionality includes full integration with GIS, OMS, and AMI/AMR systems as well as supporting Distribution Electronic Mapping; Switching Order Management; Fault Isolation and Service Restoration; Feeder Reconfiguration; Distribution Power Flow, Volt/VAR Control and Demand Response functionality. “EPB is excited about the opportunity to partner with OSI in the implementation of SCADA and DMS products. Both Smart Grid projects will enhance our situational awareness and automation capabilities by leveraging our fiber optics communications network to provide near real-time access to system critical information and remote control of electric system equipment. The products will improve EPB’s operational efficiency through fault isolation and restoration, energy management, resource allocation and asset management,” said Clint Wilson, EPB Manager of Special Projects. “OSI is very pleased by EPB’s selection of our technology for such an important Smart Grid implementation project. We are impressed by the vision EPB has put forth to implement perhaps the first truly pragmatic Smart Grid distribution network in North America and are grateful to be able to play an important role in making this vision a reality. We welcome EPB to our growing family of SCADA and DMS users and we look forward to a very successful project,” said Bahman Hoveida, OSI President and CEO. A non-profit entity of the City of Chattanooga, EPB was established in 1935 for the sole purpose of providing electric power to the people of the greater Chattanooga area. Today, EPB is still one of the largest publicly-owned providers of electric power in the country, serving more than 170,000 residents in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties. EPB electric sales revenue was $457 million in 2008. 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 individual software and hardware products and Smart Grid Solutions for utility operations internationally. OSI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  

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