Grid communication: S&C-Tantalus form strategic alliance


US headquartered S&C said the strategic relationship will allow utilities to support grid optimization and rapid self-healing solutions through the use of a layered communication architecture.

Under the alliance, the two agreed that they will integrate their services and solutions to help utilities reach their grid reliability targets.

The smart grid communications technology provider with offices in the US and Canada, Tantalus, will provide its’ DA-1710 Bridge Modem which will be used in S&C’s IntelliCap 2000 Automatic Capacitor Control solution to facilitate grid optimization applications such as Volt-VAR Optimization.

In a joint statement, S&C and Tantalus said they believe the “joint capability allows utilities to automate capacitor controls and voltage regulators to reduce peak demand, maximizing the value from their TUNet AMI communications investments.”

In addition, S&C’s SpeedNet portfolio of communication solutions will be integrated with TUNet communications to form S&C’s IntelliTeam SG Automation Restoration System enabling grid’s automatic self-healing operations.

Donivon Hettich, director for Grid Control and Connectivity at S&C, said:  “In order to deliver rapid, self-healing distribution automation applications, a communications network must provide crucial elements, such as high throughput and low latency.”

Smart grid automation

In other smart grid automation news, US smart communications platform company Trilliant in 2015 revealed a strategic partnership with a provider of industrial automation solutions for utilities.

Trilliant said it will work with Canadian headquartered Bit Stew Systems, producer of a platform for software defined operations for the industrial internet.

Under the partnership, the two agreed that Bit Stew’s product Grid Director will be offered alongside Trilliant’s Smart Communications Platform.

Combined grid software solution

Metering & Smart Energy International reported that when operating as an integrated solution, Grid Director will receive data from the Trilliant platform and present it in a unified view to the operations center as well as combine it with data from other disparate sensor systems in the field.

Mike Mortimer, senior vice-president of Global Sales at Trilliant, said: “Trilliant and Bit Stew are developing and deploying powerful solutions to help utilities make sense of the increased data they are receiving from their smart grid deployments to further leverage the high capacity of the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform to deliver more data, more frequently.

“Together, our technologies deliver both immediate benefits to those just starting their deployments as well as those that want to be able to leverage all of their needed data in the future.”