Atlanta, Ga., October 8, 2001 – Coherent Networks, Inc., and Network Mapping Facilities SA (NMF), today announced their commitment to support the deployment of Coherent’s FastGate solution in the UK market.
Coherent Networks, a provider of advanced data-management solutions for power utilities, and NMF, a provider of utility network data conversion, migration, and integration tools and services, announced the agreement at the IEEE Transmission & Distribution conference in Atlanta, Ga.
NMF will distribute and support FastGate in Europe.
FastGate is a suite of software tools that integrates, enhances, validates and maintains data required by operations support systems. It will be a critical tool in helping UK power service providers to comply with the Information and Incentives Project (IIP) by the April 2002 deadline.
FastGate is already successfully deployed at companies such as PacifiCorp (owned by Scottish Power) and other North American utilities. Building on this, Coherent Networks is now actively establishing the infrastructure necessary to fully service and support customers in the UK.
“Over the last five years we have focused exclusively on working with utilities, gaining insight into the operations of more than 10 gas and electric utilities. We have applied all of this expertise to develop a software solution that adds real value,” said Larry Kuhl, Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development at Coherent Networks. “FastGate is a powerful tool to optimize UK customers’ system performance while helping them achieve IIP compliance. With its strong European reputation and presence, NMF is the ideal partner to distribute and support FastGate in the UK.”
In a fiercely competitive global marketplace, utility companies must focus on increasing efficiencies, reducing costs and boosting profits. By enhancing the accuracy and completeness of data delivered to key systems, FastGate enables utilities to improve operating efficiencies, enhance customer service, and meet the stringent reporting requirements of regulatory agencies.
The FastGate solution enables an effective level of communication between applications, and provides reliably integrated information from multiple sources. Because it provides configurable, pre-built imports to the CAD, GIS, customer-information and real-time systems, FastGate provides fast, reliable access to the primary data sources needed to drive outage management, engineering analysis, and other enterprise utility systems.
As an added challenge to UK power service providers, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) published the “Regulatory Instructions and Guidance” for the IIP in February 2001. This will establish a system of incentives and penalties designed to encourage UK electricity distributors to improve the service they provide to network customers.
Companies will be required to report on the number and duration of interruptions to supply based on more accurate and consistent input and output measures. Performance reports will be required at a level of accuracy that can only be achieved through full customer-to-network connection. FastGate will be a powerful tool for providing the high-quality data, including the automated creation and management of customer-to-network connectivity, needed to meet these new demands.
“The Information and Incentives Project is causing additional pressure, in terms of both incentives and penalties, to the various UK distribution businesses,” said Joseph Spear of NMF, spokesman for the FastGate product in Europe. “FastGate is uniquely positioned to relieve this pressure by creating an accurate LV (low voltage) customer connectivity model. And NMF is uniquely positioned to support FastGate implementations in the UK and all of Europe.”
Configurable FastGate gateways allow import of data from diverse sources, enhancement and development of the data, and export of the integrated, high-quality product to a wide range of systems used to manage the quality of service provided to customers:
* Import Options: FastGate’s configurable import suite provides fast access to the major GIS applications–including those produced by Intergraph, GE Smallworld, and ESRI–and to the CAD systems. Configurable, “90 percent done” imports are also available for the industry-standard relational databases such as Oracle or SQL Server, which are typically used to store customer-related data.
* Data-Development Processes: FastGate’s proprietary data-enhancement processes allow automated error detection and error correction, setting of object attributes and relationships, creation of electrical connectivity, creation of customer-to-network, and validation of data against standard electrical rules and against rules specific to the target system. Data drawn from multiple sources can be seamlessly integrated for delivery in the target system’s required format.
* Export Options: FastGate gateways are built to meet the specific requirements of CYMDIST, M3i Net, InService, PowerOn, CADOPS, and other utility-oriented systems. With the ability to access data from a wide range of source systems, integrate the data, and validate it to the requirements of particular targets, FastGate provides the highly accurate, complete information needed to optimize the performance of target applications–and to get key systems up and running fast.
Coherent Networks, Inc. and NMF SA are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Coherent Networks International.