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This very clever tagline is for an event called Distributech, perhaps the best North American event for professionals interested in electric transmission and distribution operations and I would say it’s an accurate statement since this year the event will celebrate its 20th anniversary.Of course, Distributech includes much more than just T&D now with the inclusion of gas and water utilities, engineering, power delivery equipment and related Information Technical to help the grid get smarter.
As an attendee for the last seven years I have seen Distributech grow as the grid got smarter, and over the last 3 years the number of attendees seems to have nearly doubled. The event moves between San Diego and Tampa every other year and I believe its about to outgrown its Tampa location.
IBM will have a very significant presence at Distributech in Tampa next where the event is being held at the TampaConvention Center Monday through Thursday. IBM has two speaking slots on Tuesday - first - Michael Valocchi will be a panelist on “How Your Customers Will Be Operating Your Grid” followed by Stephen Callahan who is moderating “Better Informed While In the Dark.”
On the exhibition floor, IBM’s presence will be under the banner of “Deliver Smart Power for a Smarter Plant” featuring eight demonstration pedestals many of those are highlighting software solutions from IBM’s energy and utility clients.
Here is quick summary of all eight:
Smart Meter, Smart Home, Informed Consumer
As the energy value chain continues to evolve, utilities and consumers will need to interact on an increasingly frequent basis. This new level of interaction will provide utilities with the operational insights into consumption patterns of their customers so that they can make better informed operational and planning decisions. At the same time, consumers will expect useful information on a timely basis so that they can make better decisions about their personal energy consumption. Oncor and IBM have partnered together to develop a scalable, interoperable environment which enables these enhanced business functions for the utility built on IBM’s Solution Architecture for Energy (SAFE) and the Zigbee Smart Energy Profile.
Optimizing the Energy Value Chain
The Optimized Energy Value Chain (OEVC) is a solution built on IBM’s SAFE framework that allows a utility to holistically manage its smart grid capabilities under one uniform, optimized framework. The solution supports an enterprise data model based on the Common Information Model (CIM) and uses optimized business processes that respond to ever changing business drivers. This demonstration includes a specific instantiation currently under development at Progress Energy as part of their DOE Smart Grid Investment Grant.
Securing the Smart Grid
As smart grid initiatives roll out Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI), many challenges arise around managing access control policies for these meters.Billing, Load Management systems, Demand Response Management systems and third party service providers all have a need to access metering data, which often contain Personally Identifiable Information elements that need to be protected.This solution provides an elegant way of managing and enforcing policy for meter access control and data protection. The solution offers centralized, application-neutral policy management, ease of change control and the convenience of having a central audit point for governance of AMI control.
Smart Grid Monitoringand Management
As intelligent devices are added to the smart grid, the challenge of monitoring and managing all of these devices in a harmonious manner is significant.This solution demonstrates a smart grid infrastructure featuring device management, industry standards integration and advanced business process capabilities, all hosted on IBM and Business Partner technologies.
Enabling Smarter Energy SolutionsIBM Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities(SAFE) Framework
How can you align technology to support your business transformation? The SAFE is a software platform that helps provide network visibility and control, process automation and business collaboration for solutions across the energy and utility value chain. SAFE is an approach to combine the industry standards and best practices, IBM software and solution accelerators, and Business Partner solutions that energy and utilities need to bridge the gap between their business and IT requirements. Learn how the IBM framework approach helps speed grid transformation and turns network data in actionable business information.
IBM Maximo® Asset Management SAFE Integration with ESRI, AREVA and IBM FileNet®
The Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities (SAFE) is a framework that includes both IBM software applications as well as offerings from IBM Business Partners. The demos will show the integration between IBM Maximo Asset Management and two SAFE partners; first, ESRI’s ArcGIS technology isembedded into Maximo to provide spatially enabledenterprise asset management and secondly a simulation with Areva’s Distribution Management System will alert operations staff of potential maintenanceissues. Finally, there is integration with IBM’s FileNet Enterprise Content Management solution.
IBM Maximo® Asset ManagementMeter Asset Management
With the growth of the smart grid, many utilities have a renewed interest in managing their new smart metersin an enterprise system as an “asset,” just as theymanage all of the utility’s other assets found intransmission, distribution and generation. Based implementation at Oncor, this demo shows the use of IBM Maximo Asset Management for the full meter asset management lifecycle, from receipt and installation to retirement.
Distribution Grid MonitoringEnergy Australia Case Study
Energy Australia, through its “Electrical Thinking” Program, is making its electricity distribution network digitally aware and enabling access to this newlyavailable data across the enterprise. The company expects that a digitally aware network will improve its ability to pinpoint faults by location and type; thereby speeding fault restoration times for customers, as well as providing data for preventative maintenance.This demo discusses how IBM has designed and put into production a new Distribution Monitoringand Control system (DM&C) to utilize over 12,000 DISCOS line sensing devices from IBM Business Partner PowerSense S/A.
It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere
If you are coming to Tampa, you may want to visit us on Wednesday for our “It’s Somewhere” cocktail reception at – you guessed it – .