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ResilientGrid launches COVID-19 Quick Start Remote Visualization program for utility operators

Information communication technology concept.Credit: Resilient Grid

ResilientGrid this week announced the launch of the COVID-19 Quick Start Remote Visualization program, which it says is designed to quickly and efficiently extend a utility’s important operation center data to their remote employees.

With the global outbreak of COVID-19, many people are working from home in ways they never have before. This change in work location can bring multiple challenges including secure access to operations software and the fact that many systems that are designed for grid operators to use on large video walls must now be viewed on laptops.

Utility IT networks may face increasing congestion as these employees access more tools from more diverse locations at the same time. Due to licensing restrictions and other limitations, access to these tools may be limited or denied. Ultimately, companies may have to choose between their remote employees being able to access needed information and the health of their internal networks and compliance.

Recognizing that this is a problem that it says it has already solved in the industry, ResilientGrid created the Quick Start Remote Visualization program, designed to help utilities get through this gap period of widespread telework caused by the COVID-19 virus.

The solution allows remote employees who need real-time awareness of the state of the grid to have it, while reducing the impacts to their IT networks and maintaining compliance with their licenses, in a way that is compliant with the industry’s complex cybersecurity regulations.

“The Quick Start program is the same approach we built for SAFNR, that allows regulators to see the power grid across the U.S.,” said Mike Legatt, PhD, ResilientGrid’s CEO and Founder.

“We’ve formulated this as an emergency response to the situation, priced so that utilities of any size can easily move ahead without major capital expense or project management time. It is deployed in a turnkey fashion to support onboarding within days,” he added.