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An interoperable framework for an evolving smart grid

by Tim Appleton - Jan 28, 2013
An interoperable framework for an evolving smart grid

Like any wide-scale technology initiative, the smart grid is constantly evolving. Utilities are realizing of course that they need to evolve as well, to control their operations and maintain their infrastructures. Technologies such as phasor measurement units (PMUs) are now being deployed across the grid, providing utilities with valuable data to improve efficiency and reliability. But the management of these systems and the copious data they produce presents a real challenge. To help tackle this problem, Dell, Intel, National Instruments, Microsoft, and OSIsoft have come together to provide the tools and infrastructure solutions utilities need to precisely manage their T&D systems. Behind this solution is an intelligent new technology framework from Intel to ensure interoperability.     

The Smart Grid Data Management Solution is an intelligent end-to-end synchrophasor data management solution that measures the health of the grid to improve system reliability and reduce costs. It’s an open, nonproprietary architecture that increases compatibility, integration speed, interoperability with legacy systems, and maintainability. Since it uses high-volume standards-based systems, it is also cost-effective. The solution components have been validated and tested, further reducing utilities’ engineering and development costs and risk. Furthermore, utilities can start small and grow at the pace that meets their needs, because the solution scales to any-sized PMU deployment.

Announced last September, the Intel® Intelligent Systems Framework is a set of interoperable capabilities to help utilities better connect, secure, and manage intelligent devices, helping them turn data into improved services and increased revenue. The Smart Grid Data Management Solution is a great example of the Intelligent Systems Framework in action, as the PMUs from National Instruments as well as the management servers from Dell that provide computing, networking, and storage are framework-certified. The framework features fundamental capabilities, delivered by components that address connectivity, manageability and security, including software and middleware from Wind River and McAfee.

To learn more about the Smart Grid Data Management Solution and the Intelligent Systems Framework, view the video below. And if you’ll be at DistribuTECH next week, I encourage you to stop by booth #1231 to see an exciting demo of the Smart Grid Data Management Solution.   

Tim Appleton
Head of Business Development
Intelligent Systems Group, Energy Sector
Intel

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