Space-Time Insight is Tapped by Southern California Edison Company for Cutting-Edge Smart Grid Project
Southern California Edison Company (SCE) has selected Space-Time Insight’s geospatial and visual analytics software to provide a centralized view of multiple technologies, assets and services deployed within its state-of-the-art Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration (ISGD) project. Space-Time Insight’s situational intelligence solution will serve as the “eyes of” this innovative initiative, enabling project stakeholders to quickly visualize, assess and plan to implement a diverse array of components—ranging from smart meters and advanced distribution equipment to renewable power sources, security networks, energy-efficient home appliances, solar systems, electric vehicles and more—are performing within a sophisticated smart grid.
Funded in part by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the U.S. Department of Energy, the ISGD project is designed to test and validate advanced smart grid technologies within a controlled environment. The effort is central to SCE’s vision of safely delivering reliable and affordable electricity, from generation and transmission, to distribution and consumption of energy by homes, businesses and vehicles. ISGD includes a variety of existing and emerging technologies that SCE deems essential to meeting state and nation-wide objectives regarding smart grid deployments and reduced carbon emissions.
“In line with our mission to provide reliable service to our customers, our aim with ISGD is to apply a variety of cutting-edge smart grid technologies that are modernizing how energy is generated, transmitted, distributed and consumed,” said Doug Kim, Director Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison. “With so many integrated technologies we need a visualization and analysis system capable of giving us insight into what’s working, what’s not and how we can continuously improve the interconnectivity and interoperability of all the systems involved in the project.”
ISGD involves a number of disparate components that produce large volumes of data in a range of formats at different times. This includes data produced by consumer devices such as smart appliances, photovoltaic solar systems and electric vehicles; feeds coming from advanced transmission and distribution equipment, smart meters and renewable power sources; and information generated by a complex high performance telecommunication system linking the California Independent System Operator with SCE’s back office, field networks and more. Space-Time Insight will be used to visualize, correlate and analyze the data from all these inter-connected systems and technologies. Using Space-Time Insight’s software, SCE will be able to understand critical aspects of the smart grid, such as the impact of electric vehicles on off-peak energy consumption, the cost and emissions savings of circuit voltage optimization, and many of the potential distribution system benefits. The results and findings will be of significant value to the broader smart grid at SCE, and in various state- and nation-wide initiatives.
“In complex operational environments like ISGD, understanding how all the pieces relate and impact each other is essential. Using situationalintelligence, SCE will be able to quickly analyze the performance of all assets within the smart grid, from end-to-end—a capability that has never before been offered in a single application,” said Rob Schilling, CEO, Space-Time Insight. “Space-Time Insight is honored to be a part of this amazingly forward-thinking project, and we look forward to helping SCE create a showcase that will serve as a model for therest of the nation.”
About Space-Time Insight
Space-Time Insight transforms vast quantities of disparate information into intuitive visual displays that businesses can use to make informed real-time decisions. From traditional transmission, communications and transportation networks to Smart Grids and Cities, our next-generation situational intelligence solution is making critical infrastructure smarter, safer and more reliable. With Space-Time Insight, enterprises can visualize and analyze their resources across location and time, rapidly respond to disruptions in service, and lower risk while increasing customer satisfaction and profitability. Major organizations around the world rely on our high performance software to gain actionable insights into their businesses and make real-time operational decisions. Space-Time Insight’s partners include Accenture, EMC, HCL, IBM, OSIsoft, SAP and Wipro. Space-Time Insight is privately held andbased in Fremont, CA. For more information, visit http://www.spacetimeinsight.com.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.