Lockheed Martin and Dominion Resources, Inc. have co-developed a new smart grid technology called VirtuGrid, which will enable remote detection of power outages for faster mapping and response. This collaboration between the two companies brings together Lockheed Martin’s trusted expertise in technology and Dominion’s experience in distribution engineering.
VirtuGrid enables data, including voltage, power, energy readings, GPS location, phase and circuit connectivity, to be sent from the remote location to the substation over the same path as the power. VirtuGrid facilitates control and timing of remote communications with multiple types of communication networks with very low bandwidth usage.
“VirtuGrid will help utilities map the connectivity of the electrical distribution grid,” said Roger Flanagan, director of energy services for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions business.