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Colorado Springs Utilities Implementing New EMS and SCADA

Open Systems International, Inc. has been awarded a new contract by Colorado Springs Utilities to implement multiple new SCADA and Energy Management Systems to upgrade its electric system operations.

Springs Utilities, a community-owned utility, provides electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services to more than 650,000 customers within the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.

As a community-owned utility, Springs Utilities strives to maintain a high level of customer service. In line with this philosophy, Springs Utilities has selected OSI automation technology across three of its utilities to significantly enhance system operations; improve reliability; and reduce maintenance and operating costs.

The contract includes delivery of three monarch (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) platforms including OSI’s next-generation Microsoft .NET based GUI (Graphical User Interface); SCADA functionality; Real-time and Historical Trending; Communications Front-End Processor capability for DNP, Modbus and Vancomm protocols; Historical Information System and Data Archiving; Inter-control Center Communications Protocol; Load Control/Load shed. The electric Energy Management System includes advanced applications such as: Automatic Generation Control and Dispatch; Unit Commitment/Transaction Evaluation; Short-Term Load Forecasting; Network Security Analysis; Transaction Management System; and Voltage/Var Control.

Colorado Springs Utilities employs nearly 2,000 people and provides utility services to more than 650,000 combined metered customers in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Springs Utilities’ service area spans 500 square miles and encompasses residential, industrial, commercial and military/government customers.

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