Today, at the Autovation 2012 conference in Long Beach, CA, Luxoft demonstrated the new version of its demand management automation platform, DMFusion 2.0. The software platform now enables small and medium-sized utility companies and the smart grid solution vendors that service them to confront the challenges of non-technical distribution losses and unbilled revenue and to substantially improve grid management. DMFusion can garner significant savings for both utilities and smart grid solution vendors by streamlining and improving decision making in both unforeseen and strategic events. The platform combines sophisticated data processing for real-time analysis with an easy-to-use visualization of key parameters in the grid, including assets, equipment, nodes and sub-grids. DMFusion comes with pre-designed workflows and built-in analytical modules that process big data streams in milliseconds, enabling more efficient grid management.
The DMFusion platform gathers key grid performance data from multiple sources using industry standards such as MultiSpeak® so that utilities benefit from faster deployment. Data collected from asset management and MDM systems enables more efficient grid component maintenance, and tight integration with billing systems and CIS adds loss detection functionality. The use of IEC 61850 adapters gives the platform the power to predict grid faults even with high-rate telemetry data streams. Thus, the more data that flows into DMFusion, the more value the platform provides by increasing control of assets, improving grid management, and enriching the understanding of the company’s KPIs. What’s more, DMFusion is designed for easy integration into the company’s existing back-end and front-end application systems.
DMFusion’s powerful visualization tool is easy-to-use and allows the operator to see grid components such as transformers, meters, RTUs, and PMUs right on the map. Using the intuitive interface, an operator can access the component parameters, and if the process is too fast for the user to make a decision, alerts will be issued that describe what happened. DMFusion is compatible with the leading visualization solutions from high-end tools such as Space-Time Insight to cost-effective open source products such as Open StreetMap.
For transmission system operators, DMFusion can prevent faults by predicting the overload on a sub-node. Uniquely for centralized grid management, DMFusion can process updates from up to 2,000 grid nodes every 20 milliseconds on average, and can detect a potential power grid fault and prevent it within 15 milliseconds, reducing the load for a specified time by taking corrective action or sending curtailment commands to the consumer’s equipment. Using the load forecast, a TSO can make an informed decision on how to balance the load by tapping into generation capacities or by managing the consumer’s load. DMFusion automates the entire process so that the right decisions can be made on-time using real-time data.
Energy retailers also benefit from deploying the DMFusion platform that provides easy enablement of dynamic pricing programs and improved client engagement capabilities. Effective load management is achieved when the customers are aware of current energy prices and incentives, as well as the critical events that may affect the services they use. DMFusion allows energy retailers to send energy pricing alerts to their customers’ mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices, or to Web-based applications, such as Facebook and Google. Consumers can monitor their energy usage more closely and save money by managing their energy consumption.
To learn more about DMFusion2.0 and Luxoft’s services and solutions for Smart Grid, distribution management, market management, demand response, mobile applications, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) integration, please visit http://www.luxoft.com/energy.