Smarter Grid Solutions

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Smarter Grid Solutions Deploys Vortex OpenSplice in Active Network Management Portfolio to Deliver More Efficient Power Distribution Solutions

Vortex OpenSplice provides high performance, real-time data sharing for next generation smart grid and power management systems

Smarter Grid Solutions is deploying Vortex OpenSplice in its Active Network Management product portfolio to deliver more efficient power distribution solutions.

Smart Grids are increasingly being seen as a solution for the challenges currently being faced by power companies and utilities, from connecting higher volumes of renewables and low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles and demand response, to finding more economic ways to meet peaks in electricity demand.

Smarter Grid Solutions' patented Active Network Management (ANM) technology can help the power industry overcome many of the technical challenges involved in delivering a smart grid.  ANM allows power distribution networks to be managed in real-time, thus maximizing existing infrastructure capacity through active management of power generators and associated network assets.  This allows for predictable, efficient power flow through grids, and reliable power for end users.

Due to the increasingly distributed nature of power generation, real-time management of these systems is required in order to avoid grid malfunctions.  Renewable power is partially responsible for the increasingly distributed nature of power generation, as power distributors seek to take full advantage of it by monitoring real-time changes in demand and matching supply efficiently to meet this demand.  To cater for this, Smarter Grid Solutions needed a solution that could provide high levels of real-time data and system scalability to accommodate far greater numbers of generators than is currently possible.

Vortex OpenSplice is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group's (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  Vortex OpenSplice has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time data-processing systems.

Vortex OpenSplice was chosen by Smarter Grid Solutions as it allowed it to leverage the performance and scalability benefits that are inherent in the product.  The extensive quality of service (QoS) support in Vortex OpenSplice helps guarantee predictable and reliable delivery of real-time data, which is vital in energy distribution management.  The scalable nature of Vortex OpenSplice enables Smarter Grid Solutions to integrate their network management technology into an increasing variety of energy grids regardless of size.  This results in increased efficiency and helps maximize the capacity of current infrastructure.

"As a company, Smarter Grid Solutions is proactive in selectively leveraging proven, best of breed technologies and approaches to the design, development and deployment of our industry leading solutions.  The increasing penetration of smart Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and associated high dependence upon these network assets means that both innovative and scalable control philosophies are needed in both the near and medium term to enable a whole new raft of service capabilities for energy provision, storage and delivery.  Smarter Grid Solutions is increasingly embedding the DDS standard within their product portfolio, both within the platform at the Inter-Process Communications layer and as a key mechanism for real-time data exchange, with intelligent nodes dispersed upon the physical power networks.  The provenance of Vortex OpenSplice has been invaluable in the evolution of the ANM Platform and operates at the heart of the company’s mission critical systems, currently deployed in both the UK and North America," said Neil McNeill, Head of Technology, Smarter Grid Solutions