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Vermont Electric Cooperative Awards a New Smart Grid SCADA System Contract

Vermont Electric Cooperative has ordered a new SCADA system for its Vermont service territory. VEC’s intent for this project is to improve overall system functionality and reliability, to enhance security and compliance to regulatory requirements and to better integrate SCADA functionality with existing Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI), Outage Management System (OMS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) technology to build a cohesive integration platform for implementation of Smart Grid initiatives.

VEC’s new SCADA system will be based on OSI’s monarch (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) automation platform and is set to include the advanced functionality of OSI’s next-generation, .NET based Graphical User Interface (GUI), as well as OSI’s Real-time and Historical Trending; Communications Front-end Processor; Historical Information System and Data Archiving; Secure, Inter-control Center Communications Protocol; Calculation & Scripting Subsystem; Disturbance Data Collection and Virtual Remote Telemetry Unit software products, with MultiSpeak® 3.0 interoperable monarch interfaces to VEC’s existing AMI, OMS, GIS and IVRS systems.

“By integrating the OSI monarch system with VEC’s smart grid strategy, we can deliver greater value to our customers by leveraging existing technology, as well as, future innovations,” said Kris Smith, VEC’s Manager of SCADA-EMS.

VEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative, which was founded in 1938. VEC’s headquarters are in Johnson, Vermont, with service centers in Grand Isle, Newport and Richford. Today, VEC serves approximately 34,000 members with more than 37,000 retail meters in 74 towns in the northern part of the state. VEC has been a state and national leader in Smart Grid implementation, currently communicating with more than 33,000 smart meters via Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) technology.

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