Sacramento Utility Selects Space-Time Insight for Smart Grid Solution
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has implemented Space-Time Insight’s geospatial and visual analytics software to facilitate more efficient smart grid decisions by processing data in smart grid, distribution, outage, fire, and weather systems.
According to SMUD, “The situational intelligence solution was implemented as part of the Situational Awareness and Visual Intelligence (SAVI) initiative, designed to improve the speed and quality of data analysis and decision-making throughout the organization’s grid planning and operations department.”
SMUD is the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric utility, serving a population of 1.4 million across 900 square miles. Traditionally, the power company relied on paper maps and staff experience to manage the electric grid. That has change with the adoption of smart grid devices.
The Space-Time Insight system helps managers and operators respond more quickly to outages, efficiently develop switching plans, and make equipment maintenance and investments based on better information.
Paul Lau, SMUD assistant general manager of power supply and grid operations notes, “The volume of data generated by our smart assets made it clear that we had to continue to innovate to improve the reliability and safety of service to our customers. With common operational views, personnel across our organization can now implement more cost-effective asset planning and maintenance practices, collaborate as one team to respond rapidly to emergency situations and outages, and more readily understand the real-time impact of weather and fires on our daily operations.”
Space-Time Insight’s geospatial and visual analytics displays correlate data from a variety of sources including smart meters, switch sensors, and emergency systems. Inside SMUD’s Distribution Operations Center, the visualizations can be viewed on users’ desktops and mobile devices.
Space-Time Insight chief executive officer Rob Schilling adds: “As organizations like SMUD bring smart assets into their infrastructure, the static reports, spreadsheets and tools that inform decisions based on yesterday’s data are simply inadequate for running an operation. The whole point of collecting all this granular data is to use it to improve service reliability and efficiency. We commend SMUD for recognizing the value of this data and for taking the initiative to extract valuable insights from the smart technologies in which they are investing.”