Utility companies integrate their IT and OT environments to increase their ability to actively capture, store & share data, providing more flexible control and a greater ability to automate and digitize processes. OMNETRIC has been working on the forefront of IT/OT integration together with our customers realizing these benefits.
Projects related to the integration of low voltage grid data with medium & high voltage data typically include
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS)
- Meter Data Management Systems (MDM)
By integrating these systems, grid operators gain a holistic view of their entire network, all the way from the point where energy enters their network to where it is being consumed. This enables
- better monitoring of the system and
- estimating potential failure impact, leading to
- faster response and fault recovery
Furthermore, it gives network planners the opportunity to create
- more accurate distribution planning models and
- plan more efficient maintenance schedules
Additionally, we see that many challenges are dealing with information regarding grid assets, such as quality of data, availability of data, and establishing single source of truth information models.
By integrating data planning & operation systems into Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, companies become more effective in understanding the status - age/health index - and performance - probability of failure - of their assets.
This allows for predictive asset management and preventive maintenance, and in the longer term improves strategic investment planning.
These are just some examples of the many different types of use cases and projects we encounter at our clients, involving various types of systems, data sources and vendors. However, they all have in common that getting more done with existing systems and data starts with integrating them.