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

23 November 2015

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

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

Stirling, UK – November 23, 2015 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that Smarter Grid Solutions is deploying its 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.

PrismTech’s 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.

"Smart Energy is emerging as an important market for Vortex OpenSplice as it is ideally suited to meet the demanding real-time data sharing requirements of distributed power management systems," said Lawrence Ross, CEO, PrismTech.  "We are very pleased that we could provide Smarter Grid Solutions with the high performance and real-time scalability that they needed for their product."

About PrismTech

PrismTech's customers deliver systems for the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet and advanced wireless communications. PrismTech supplies the software platforms, tools and professional services they need to build solutions with the required: platform coverage, performance, scalability, efficiency, flexibility and robustness.  PrismTech's customers service many market sectors, including: industry, energy, healthcare, transportation, finance, aerospace and defense.

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About Smarter Grid Solutions

Smarter Grid Solutions provides products and consultancy services that enable distribution utilities and developers to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER). The company’s world-leading Active Network Management (ANM) technology delivers a unique distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), that uses real-time functionality to manage and control the operation of DER and other grid edge devices. It is the only DERMS solution to feature fast-acting response, guaranteed time bounding, adequate fail safes and predictable operation. Smarter Grid Solutions' DERMS products are transforming the utilization and resiliency of the grid, and managing connected customers at greatly reduced cost, without compromising safety and security. The company supports customers worldwide from its offices in New York, London and Glasgow UK.

Smarter Grid Solutions was formed in 2008, originating from the world-renowned Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of Strathclyde. It established its offices in New York in 2013, and is now an active contributor to the development of the Smart Grid in many parts of North America.