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Jamaica Utility Orders EMS from OSI

Open Systems International, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Jamaica Public Service Co. Ltd. (JPS) of Kingston, Jamaica, to be the supplier of its next-generation Energy Management System (EMS) technology to be installed in Kingston.

JPS is an integrated electric utility company and sole distributor of electricity for Jamaica. It is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, and purchases power from a number of independent power producers. JPS owns and operates 28 generating units, 54 substations and approximately 14,000 km of transmission and distribution lines. JPS will maintain and upgrade the hardware and software in Jamaica without reliance on any third-party hardware or software supplier. The new system replaces a current RANGER EMS system supplied by ABB.

The proposed system is based on OSI’s Monarch distributed open architecture and includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, Automatic Generation Control and Dispatch (AGC), Historical Information System, Transmission Network Analysis, Unit Commitment, Inadvertent Accounting, Transaction Scheduling, Calculation and Trending subsystem, Web-based Graphical User Interface, Disturbance Data Collection, High Capacity Data Historian, Load Shed and Restoration, Short-Term Load Forecast, Operator Training Simulator and DNP and ICCP communications, and will also include the development of a backup/disaster recovery control system to be located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the country’s other major city.

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