The system, which correlates, analyzes and visualizes data in smart grid, distribution, outage, fire and weather systems, is the primary “face” of SMUD’s new distribution operations center.
The situational intelligence solution was implemented as part of SMUD’s Situational Awareness and Visual Intelligence (SAVI) initiative, which is designed to improve the speed and quality of data analysis and decision-making throughout the organization’s grid planning and operations department.
SMUD serves a population of 1.4 million across 900 square miles. For some time, the company has relied on paper maps — including a 100 x 25 ft. wall map — and the experience and knowledge of its personnel to manage the electric grid. But the recent adoption of smart grid devices generated an exponential increase in the volume of data, making manual operations infeasible and creating opportunities for real-time insight into grid performance.
The system helps managers and operators respond more quickly to outages, rapidly develop switching plans, and make more-informed decisions regarding equipment maintenance and investments.