Three Utilities Choose CES Software to Streamline Operations

CES International, a developer of operations management software for the utility industry, recently announced three international contracts, the first of which is an extension on a multimillion-dollar contract with Australia’s United Energy. The other two contracts came through CES International partners Siemens and Foxboro Co., a unit of Invensys Process Automation. Siemens sold CES International’s Centricity software suite to New Zealand utility Vector Energy, while Foxboro inked a Centricity deal with Middle Egypt Electric.

Centricity is a software system that streamlines and automates the process of fielding customer calls, dispatching repair crews and managing crews in the field restoring electrical power.

The extension on the United Energy contract calls for CES International to provide outage-management and crew-dispatch functionality. Earlier this year, United Energy went live with a new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system linked to CES International’s OpsCentricity InterSys and Operator’s WorkSpace modules. Those modules provide control-room users with a seamless, integrated view of network data fed from a graphical information system.

In the Siemens-led project, Vector will implement the full CES International Centricity suite, enabling the Auckland-based utility to effectively manage day-to-day network operations and significantly reduce restoration time by more accurate fault analysis during power outages.

Simon McKenzie, Vector’s general manager of network development, said the implementation of Centricity will complete a core network information system strategy to integrate the utility’s geographic information system, customer information system and operations systems to deliver superior network performance, information and service to customers.

In the Middle Egypt deal, Foxboro will supply and install both an operations management system from CES and a SCADA system, giving Egypt’s Minea and Assuit region a secure, reliable and cost-effective power distribution system.

The systems will enable Middle Egypt operators, located at a central control station, to monitor critical information in real-time and deliver it, as needed, to service crews, customers, planners, managers and executives.

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