Open Systems International, Inc. has been awarded seven contracts by a Joint Utility Procurement (JUP) project to deliver seven SCADA/EMS systems.
JUP members include: Gainesville Regional Utilities, Florida; Lakeland Electric, Florida; Memphis Light, Gas & Water, Tennessee; Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., North Dakota; South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Mississippi; City of Tallahassee, Florida; and Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc., Michigan.
The JUP group has been a voluntary membership program since the mid-1990s, between a group of utilities that wanted to collaborate on procurement and support of their SCADA/EMS systems. The utilities achieve economies of scale savings in the procurement, implementation and support costs as well as collaborative relationship between parties to assist in the long-term support of these systems. The utilities leverage not only the buying power of the combined utilities but also coordinate periodic system upgrades to ensure they stay current with the latest technology.
The seven new SCADA/EMS systems are based on OSI’s monarch™ (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) platform and include OSI’s next-generation, .NET based Graphical User Interface, SCADA, Historian and Generation Management and Transmission Management applications.