Czech Electricity Transmission System Operator, EPS, Implements Situational Intelligence for Grid Visualization and Analysis
Space-Time Insight Software Powers Solution Developed by Unicorn Systems
San Mateo, CA. – Space;Time Insight, the leading provider of next;generation situational intelligence solutions, today announced that ;EPS, the operator of the electricity transmission system in the Czech Republic has successfully deployed Situational Intelligence System Solution (called SGS) developed by Unicorn Systems. SGS provides CEPS control dispatchers with near real-time geospatial and intuitive visual analytics capabilities, enabling them to make quicker and more effective decisions in control of the electrical transmission system.
EPS's mission is to ensure the reliable operation and further development of the Czech transmission system, facilitate international cooperation with regard to interconnected networks and provide transmission system users with electricity transfer, system services and non-discriminatory access to the transmission system at competitive prices. The innovative SGS system visualizes and analyzes massive volumes of data contained in Information Technology, Operations, and GIS systems across space, time and node. By providing more comprehensive, timely, and actionable insight into the operational state of the electricity system infrastructure, the system enables ČEPS to lower risk and increase transmission system reliability and safety.
In the words of Jiří Rýznar, Head of Energy Control and Information Systems Department in ČEPS, a spokesperson for ČEPS, "Using situational intelligence our dispatchers can ensure that at any given moment the generation and consumption of electricity is balanced. The software also helps us renew, maintain, and develop the transmission system, and grant to all electricity market participants, more reliable and safe access to the transmission network, subject to equal and transparent conditions."
In the primary implementation, SGS obtains meteorological information (temperature, lightning, wind direction and force, frost, sunlight, etc.), information about failures in the transmission system, and visually overlays those on the transmission system of the Czech Republic (posts, transmission lines, distributors). The data obtained is displayed in near-real time and historical information and predictions are shown for a 48-hour period. This gives dispatchers an immediate overview of the meteorological influences on the transmission network in user-selected places and times, and makes it possible to rapidly and precisely identify failure points.
The system was developed and deployed using Space-Time Insight‘s situational intelligence software by Unicorn Systems, a strategic partner of Space-Time Insight in the Central and Eastern European region.
As Rob Massoudi, Senior Vice President, Business Development for Space-Time Insight noted: "Space-Time Insight‘s situational intelligence solutions combined with the expertise of partners like Unicorn Systems are helping companies around the world better manage and protect their critical infrastructure while providing enhanced reliability and safety to their customers."
"I am very happy that we have managed to complete the SGS deployment at ČEPS so quickly and according to plan. With it, dispatching staff have acquired another tool to helps them respond to unforeseen situations faster and more accurately. Situational intelligence is a promising field that offers our company a number of opportunities in other European countries as well," said Jan Konrád, International Services Director, Unicorn Systems.
About Unicorn Systems
Unicorn Systems is a renowned European company providing the largest information systems and solutions in the area of information and communication technologies. The company focuses on providing high added value and a competitive edge to their clients for many years. They have been operating in the market since 1990 and since then have created a series of high-end, large-scale solutions that are extended and used among the most important companies in a variety of sectors – including the banking, insurance, telecommunications, energy, industry, commerce and public sectors.
ČEPS, a joint stock company, is the sole Czech Transmission System Operator and holds an exclusive licence to that effect granted by the Energy Regulatory Office under the Energy Act. The Company is responsible for the maintenance and upgrading of 41 substations comprising 71 transformers, which allow electricity to be supplied from the transmission system to the distribution network, as well as 400kV lines with a total length of 3508km and 220kV lines with a total length of 1910km. ČEPS is a member of relevant European international organisations. The Company is responsible for maintaining the balance of electricity supply and demand within the Czech power system in real time (system services) and for organising cross-border power exchanges including transits. ČEPS has traditionally been closely involved in the creation of liberalised electricity markets both in the Czech Republic and Europe. Additional information is available on www.ceps.cz.
About Space-Time Insight
Space-Time Insight transforms vast quantities of disparate information into intuitive visual displays that businesses can use to make informed real-time decisions. From traditional transmission, communications and transportation networks to Smart Grids and Cities, the company's next-generation situational intelligence solution is making critical infrastructure smarter, safer and more reliable. With Space-Time Insight, enterprises can visualize and analyze their resources across location and time, rapidly respond to disruptions in service, and lower risk while increasing customer satisfaction and profitability. Major organizations around the world rely on the company's high performance software to gain actionable insights into their businesses and make real-time operational decisions. Space-Time Insight partners with leaders in the industry including Accenture, EMC, Esri, IBM, OSIsoft, SAP and Unicorn Systems. Space-Time Insight is privately held and based in San Mateo, CA. For more information, visit http://www.spacetimeinsight.com.