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Technology Package Supports Utilities Seeking Entry Point to Smart Grid

Telvent is offering its Smart Grid Solution components as a pre-configured package to help a single utility or group of utilities assess the value of Smart Grid technologies. This development, named Demonstration Project in a Box, will allow deployment of a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, distribution management system (DMS), outage management system (OMS), and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) - in a scaled integration that matches the utilities’ business case.

The Demonstration Project in a Box concept builds on Telvent’s already-popular Pilot-in-a-Box approach that provides electric meters, communications infrastructure, and head-end software in a fully working, low-cost and low-risk system. The Demonstration Project in a Box extends this concept, adding its Smart Operations Suite modules for SCADA, DMS, OMS and GIS, all interfaced with Telvent’s Smart Integration Framework.

Jeff Meyers, head of Telvent’s Smart Grid Solution initiative, reported that utilities will find the Demonstration Project in a Box useful in validating a specific business case. “The Telvent Demonstration Project will enable a utility to deploy smart grid technology in a range of scales, from a single feeder to a set of feeders to a group of substations,” he explained. “Further, it is modular in design, so the utility deploys the technologies it needs, no more and no less, to demonstrate a particular use case or set of use cases.” To illustrate, he described how a utility might deploy a Demonstration Project with AMI and OMS components to assess how smart metering can affect reliability and outage response, while another utility might implement SCADA and DMS together with voltage regulation and/or capacity controls to reduce or flatten voltage profile on specific feeders.

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