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Washington Public Energy Utility Awards New SCADA Contract to OSI

Open Systems International, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Cowlitz PUD (Public Utility District No. 1) of Washington, for a comprehensive new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system.

Public Utility District No. 1 of Cowlitz County, Washington, is a publicly owned energy utility that provides low-cost, reliable electrical service to 48,200 residential, commercial, industrial and street lighting customers. Facing the increasingly rigid compliance requirements of NERC, WECC and other regulatory bodies—and seeking newer technology compared to its existing legacy SCADA system—Cowlitz PUD has decided to upgrade to a comprehensive new SCADA system based on OSI's next-generation monarch (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) technology.

The proposed new system for Cowlitz is based on OSI's monarch distributed open network architecture, featuring an advanced Microsoft .NET based Graphical User Interface and including SCADA, Real-time and Historical Trending, Communications Front-end Processing, Historical Information and Data Archiving, Secure Inter-control Center Communications Protocol, Real-time Calculations, Open Database Connectivity, Operator Training Simulator, Distribution Network Topology Analysis and SNMP communications interfaces.

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