San Leandro, California – January 25, 2012 – OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com) the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced its selection as one of the technology providers to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s (WECC) Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP). The OSIsoft PI System will provide the data collection and management infrastructure required by WISP in several areas related to storing and visualizing data that has been collected for use by grid operators to monitor the Western Interconnection.
Funded in part by a grant made available to the USDOE American Recovery and Reinvention Act of 2009 (ARRA), WISP is designed to improve the reliability and efficiency of the bulk electric system in the Western Interconnection. WISP involves high speed measurement of electricity grid properties using phasor measurement units (PMU). Measurements from over 300 PMUs will begin to be collected and archived in OSIsoft’s PI System over the course of the project. Other aspects of the program include advanced analysis tools performed on the data in near real-time to detect evolving disturbances in the grid. WISP, scheduled for completion in March 2013, will act as an early warning mechanism allowing grid operators to take actions to help avoid wide spread blackouts. When completely deployed, the PI System will collect data from over 2,000 unique signals at an aggregate rate of over 150,000 measurements per second.
In addition to PMU data collection and management, the OSIsoft PI System also provides analytic and visualization tools to WISP. The OSIsoft PI System will assist WISP in the creation of a Wide Area Visulization tool for WISP participants allowing for integration of PMU data with traditional grid information. “Advances in software and hardware are greatly improving our ability to monitor our grids and greatly increase reliability. Recent advances in the PI System bring the computing speed and scale required for WISP”, says Dr. Chuck Wells, OSIsoft’s Center of Excellence engineer.
OSIsoft (www.osisoft.com) delivers the PI System, the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure, for management of real-time data and events. With installations in 110 countries spanning the globe, the OSIsoft PI System is used in manufacturing, energy, utilities, life sciences, data centers, facilities, and the process industries. This global installed base relies upon the OSIsoft PI System to safeguard data and deliver enterprise-wide visibility into operational, manufacturing and business data. The PI System enables users to manage assets, mitigate risks, comply with regulations, improve processes, drive innovation, make business decisions in real-time, and to identify competitive business and market opportunities.
Founded in 1980, OSIsoft, LLC is headquartered in San Leandro, CA, with operations worldwide and is privately held. Learn more about OSIsoft and the PI System at www.osisoft.com/sustainability.
The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) is the Regional Entity responsible for coordinating and promoting bulk electric system reliability in the Western Interconnection. In addition, WECC provides an environment for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its members. WECC is geographically the largest and most diverse of the eight Regional Entities that have Delegation Agreements with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. WECC's service territory extends from Canada to Mexico. It includes the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico, and all or portions of the 14 Western states between.