Aclara Technologies has launched iiDEAS® Operational Data Management System. iiDEAS, which is an acronym for “Intelligent Infrastructure: Data, Efficiency, Analytics and Services,” is a pivotal technology platform that allows utilities to realize the full potential of true Smart Infrastructure Solutions (SIS).
SIS elevates the use of technology in distribution networks from automated metering infrastructure (AMI), which is the current state of the industry, to a far more advanced and holistic approach. SIS incorporates a range of technologies that enable utilities to monitor the state of their distribution network, analyze the data, and communicate to the utility so that measures can be taken to optimize operations, preempt problems, or respond to issues quickly and efficiently.
The open iiDEAS platform provides a centralized repository to aggregate data collected from multiple sources such as meter-reading networks, sensors, back-office systems, geospatial information systems (GIS), and weather feeds. Single service as well as combination utilities can access data from multiple utility-specific systems through iiDEAS’ comprehensive user interface to optimize their distribution networks, lower operating costs, and increase service reliability. By offering a single collection and distribution point for information, iiDEAS facilitates utility solutions such as loss analysis, voltage analysis, power billing, demand management, meter exchange, transformer load analysis, and customer presentment.