Advance Control Center

Wise Men has been working within the utility industry for 21+ years. We have extensive experience providing both development and managed services, with specialized expertise in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Smart Grid, Grid Modernization, Analytics and Analytic Platforms (Back Office and Edge), Production Support, ERP Systems and Systems Integration.

 

Our experience covers a broad range of solutions from IT systems setup and management to enterprise solution architecture, development and performance tuning. Wise Men has been working within the utility industry for 21+ years. We have extensive experience providing both development and managed services, with specialized expertise in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Smart Grid, Grid Modernization, Analytics and Analytic Platforms (Back Office and Edge), Production Support, ERP Systems and Systems Integration. Our experience covers a broad range of solutions from IT systems setup and management to enterprise solution architecture, development and performance tuning.

Advanced Control Center (ACC) for Utility Meter/Sensor Systems

Smart Grid, AMI and Sensor systems (Streetlights, Current and Voltage, etc.) are being deployed at utilities throughout the world.  Traditionally, each of these systems have implemented their own native head-end to interface with the underlying networked devices.  With very little standardization in the industry, these head-end systems are typically very specific to the networks and devices utilized within the solution. These specific head-ends are then integrated to the utility back office infrastructure to provide functionality for billing, planning, grid operation, customer support, etc.

 

Simultaneously, the Utility industry is also undergoing a transformation with many mergers and acquisitions, bringing together electric utilities from disparate regions, or combining electric and gas (water) or electric, gas and water utilities. As these new integrated utilities are combined, each utility often has their own, yet different AMI, smart grid or sensor systems. This has led to a very complex integration problems, where each system needs to be integrated to the utilities back office, while each smart grid or sensor system provides different interfaces and fundamentally operates differently.

 

Wise Men is proposing a new software application called the Advanced Control Center (ACC) which is implemented on top of any collection of head-end systems interfacing metering/sensor networks within the utility. The ACC provides the Utility a common interface, enabling simpler integration of acquired systems, with the added benefit of providing vendor independence when selecting new system devices, thus reducing operational training time and costs.

Existing Issues at Utilities

  • Smart Grid is rapidly expanding with Grid Modernization, integrating with DA devices, new edge intelligence, Smart Cities integration and expanding to IoT.
  • As more Grid Modernization infrastructures are implemented, ADMS, Planning Systems, Analytics and Streaming Analytics will NEED to be integrated. This will be very costly.

 

What is Advanced Control Center (ACC)

Advanced Control Center (ACC) provides an overarching integration for electric, gas, water, sensor, edge, systems etc. The ACC also provides a single view into the various systems, providing Utilities a unique operational view of integrated electric, gas, water, smart building, streetlight, and grid sensor systems.


ACC Interfaces

  • ACC integrates each downstream system, for eg. OpenWay Collection Engine, Sensus FlexNet headend, SSN Utility IQ etc. These are integrated using the system’s programmatic interfaces, keeping the underlying operation isolated to that given system and will be translated into a common set of data and operational procedures.