ABB has agreed to integrate software from Sweden's GoalArt into its systems for the management of power networks, to strengthen grid reliability by helping utilities improve their handling of alarms.
In a power grid, a fault typically triggers many others and each of these sets off an alarm. GoalArt's software helps the operators of power networks, as well as industrial systems and complex technical products, to understand and manage faults in a timely, safe and efficient manner.
"ABB's partnership with GoalArt will enhance the ability of our customers to respond quickly to faults in the system and maintain the reliability of their operations," said Neela Mayur, Product Manager of Network Manager. "The new software automatically pinpoints the main cause of a disturbance so that operators can fix it rapidly."
ABB has begun testing the software in a pilot project with the New York Independent System Operator, the operator of the state of New York's bulk electricity grid. NYISO has been using ABB's Network Manager SCADA/EMS (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Energy Management System) to control its power network since 2005..