A New Era in Grid Automation

SCADA (Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition) systems cannot just be replaced, but must be incrementally modernized, where emerging edge computing frameworks are a key element, but not the entire solution.

Convergence

The brute force integration of SCADA with modern IT /OT is ineffective, costly, and complex. SCADA and edge-computing platforms must converge to achieve edge-node automation

Global Scope

SCADA is vast. Its use spans industrial, transportation, manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors. Its architectures is outdated, and is stymied by modernization gridlock.

Transparent Insertion

Risk Reducing Technology Insertion with an Integrated Modernization Model enhances customer value, regulatory reform, ease of use, and future-proof deployment.

The Problem

Grid Overload

The U.S. electric power grid transmits high-voltage, bulk power from central generation sources to over 70 thousand substations which distribute medium-voltage power into 140 million low-voltage customer meters.

Outdated, static grid design principles did not foresee modern, dynamic grid requirements. The grid is now unable to keep pace with residential, commercial, industrial, digital, and transportation demand growth projected to triple by 2050. Unfortunately, the risk of future grid failures is growing faster than projected capacity requirements.

Integrated Modernization

A viable grid modernization pathway requires an integrated model considering:

  • Business (system, market, adoption … )
  • Technology (standardized, modular, user-defined … )
  • Stakeholders (public/private, policy/regulation … )

Features

What We Offer

  • Risk Reducing Technology Insertion
  • Integrated Modernization Model

Enhances customer value, regulatory reform, ease of use, and future-proof deployment.

SCADA Modernization

Closed-loop autonomy, transforming legacy SCADA manual remote control into ‘fly-by-wire’ robotic operability.

Node Controllers

Distributed intelligent control enables semi-autonomous, simultaneous state management integrity.

Edge Computing

High-bandwidth data flows to improve state management performance.

Outcomes

Grid Modernization

Grid modernization must improve efficiency, reliability and resilience through increased situational awareness, dynamic control efficiency, reduced outage propagation, and improved response to disturbances all under a secure umbrella. Evolving legacy SCADA control is key.

Optimal grid modernization vision is depicted in its “2021 Future of U.S. Electricity” report. Tiered-hierarchy transition introduces intelligent grid-edge control. Distributed transition creates microgrid-like modules that “island” during disruptions. Decentralized transition occurs when all modules adaptively collaborate as peers

State Management

End-to-end state management integrity must provide real-time situational awareness for human operators and enable autonomous response vectors. An integration framework
is required to encapsulate current operating silos of vertically-integrated fragmentation.

De-Fragmentation

Grid state management de-fragmentation is the only means to address an accelerating pace of grid change (rapidly growing loads, shift to decentralized generation, and attacks by nature or bad actors)

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