Communications, IT, and Smart Grid Automation
The marketplace today expects reliable electric service, prompt and accurate responses to customer problems, and efficient business processes and reporting. Many new automation software packages are now available to improve metering, outage, work management, and reliability processes, and one of the keys to a utility’s success is its ability to take advantage of these new programs. The choices – and the ramifications of making a poor choice – have never been greater.
Power System Engineering, Inc. (PSE) has the expertise to assist utilities in uncovering the greatest need, identifying which software packages integrate well and best complement the utility’s existing capabilities, and selecting a vendor (or vendors) that make the strongest fit.
In addition, utilities must be able to identify the most attractive communications infrastructure technology for such automation programs as SCADA, DA, AMI, and mobile field force automation applications. This can be a challenge, but PSE’s expertise in this area can help ensure that the software is operated on the most reliable communications system appropriately sized for today with an eye toward scalability for the future.
PSE can lead or assist your utility with the following type of communications and automation studies:
- Migration to IP Networks
- Mobile Voice and Data
- Point-to-Multipoint Data
- Strategic Communications Plans
- Wireless Spectrum Design and Acquisition
- Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
- Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)
- Customer and Financial Information System (CIS & FIS)
- Demand-side Management Impact
- Demand Response
- Distribution Automation
- Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Mobile Work Management (MWM)
- Motor Controls and Automation
- Outage Management System (OMS)
- SCADA Checkup
- Substation Automation
Unlike many engineering firms and system integration companies who align themselves with particular suppliers, PSE is truly an independent consultant with the primary responsibility of representing the interests of its clients.