PrismTech's Vortex is used to meet the demanding real-time data sharing requirements of the next generation of distributed energy power management systems.
The energy and utilities industries are one of the most advanced and sophisticated users of Industrial Internet and Internet of Things systems. Major challenges for the energy and utilities sector are to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon footprint, and to integrate renewable and distributed energy resources. As a result this is driving investment in technology enabled solutions such as smart grids.
To transform existing grids into smart grids, utilities are deploying a series of intelligent devices, communication networks, and application software. Utilities have been testing, piloting, and deploying a myriad of smart technologies from automated meter infrastructure (smart meters), smart gas and water metering, energy efficiency programs, demand response, integration of renewable energies and distributed generation, to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Among the main drivers for utilities deploying smart grids are operational effectiveness, operational cost reductions and improving customer service. However the strongest driver is compliance to regulations, e.g. smart grids are a means to an end to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; increase the share of energy consumption produced from renewable resources and to improve energy efficiency.
Some of the key issues that need to be addressed by the next generation of smart grids are data connectivity, scalability, real-time performance and Qualities of Service (QoS).
A key tenet of PrismTech's Vortex product suite from its inception has been to deliver "the right data to the right place at the right time." In smart grids this means delivering a high quality, scalable, low-latency, real-time information infrastructure. This in turn delivers improved performance, data quality, data compliance and at the same time reduces costs.
Vortex is a proven solution for the real-time data and information requirements of smart energy and utilities industries. Example applications include:
- Smart meters, grid sensors
- Meter data management and grid management systems
- Neighborhood / wide area networks (wireless/mesh)
- In-home displays, smart thermostats, smart appliances
- Customer relationship management systems, analytics and customer portals
- Vehicle to grid
- Plug-in electric vehicle smart charging systems
- Smart pipes, smart centers/remote operations centers.