Automation Awards

Automation Awards

Carolina Power & Light (CP&L) has selected Alliance Systems` mobile workforce management software to improve the utility`s emergency and service response time. Alliance`s Resource Management System has been the keystone for the effective management of CP&L`s workforce of more than 220 field service personnel. The system, originally developed by Motorola in 1989, has been enhanced by Alliance Systems into a software package containing a powerful set of features that improves field workforce productivity and streamline management and tracking processes.

Advanced Control Systems (ACS) announced the acceptance for delivery of a complete SCADA master and remote station system equipped with Distributed Network Protocol Version 3.0 (DNP 3.0) to the Department of Energy`s Nevada test site. This is the fifth delivery of an ACS system with DNP 3.0 since January 1996. The full function support and open communications protocol allows the system to execute advanced features of DNP such as report-by-exception and unsolicited or quiescent operation regardless of third-party devices. The software can also be shipped to upgrade an existing RTU to communicate with existing third-party intelligent electronic devices.

Systems & Computer Technology has signed software and services contracts with Southern Indiana Gas & Electric (SIG&E) and Toronto Hydro. The agreements are for the deployment of the BANNER customer information, customer contact and electronic work Queue systems and related implementation, support and maintenance services. SIG&E provides electric and gas services to 135,000 customers in Indiana. Toronto Hydro provides electric service to 229,000 customers in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cegelec ESCA Corp. and Manitoba Hydro signed a contract for an energy management system (EMS) to be installed at a new control center to be constructed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The highlights of this delivery include the EMS system for a new control center, an emergency back-up system and a historical information system based on relational database technology. Manitoba Hydro has also purchased Cegelec ESCA`s product for interchange transaction scheduling and energy accounting.

Nebraska Public Power has chosen Gentry System`s Utility Design System software for a pilot program to develop and study more effective tools to facilitate and enhance operations for comprehensive electrical design and work order preparation. The software, running with AutoCAD, will provide the electric design and drafting, design engineering, modeling, cost estimating and material ordering for all overhead and underground electric construction documents. The system will be completely configured to Nebraska Public Power`s needs and will use its in-house standards to provide a rule-based system for all construction engineering needs.

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