OSIsoft Announces Its Selection as the Operational Data Management and MDUS for Consumers Energy

After nearly two years of extensive testing, Consumers Energy has chosen the OSIsoft PI System and OSIsoft MDUS as the operational data management and meter data unification and synchronization (MDUS) system vendor

San Leandro, California-March 21, 2011 - OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com), the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced its selection by Consumers Energy, a Jackson, Mich.-based electric and natural gas utility, as the vendor for their Operational Data Management system which includes the OSIsoft Meter Data Unification and Synchronization (MDUS) for integration with SAP for Utilities solutions. Consumers Energy will have approximately 2.4 million meters in its production system. The OSIsoft technology will be used in support of the utility’s distribution and operations as well as providing meter data capture and integration to the enterprise.

Consumers Energy performed functional and performance testing at its Smart Services Learning Center (SSLC) dealing with SCADA and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) devices before choosing the OSIsoft products. The SSLC is also the testing center for the SAP Lighthouse Council assuring interoperability between SAP and MDUS vendors. At Consumers Energy, OSIsoft’s MDUS includes bi-directional interfaces to multiple AMI systems. These PI AMI interfaces automatically discover meters, configure data points, collect meter and event data, and broker commands, such as on-demand reads, pings, connects and disconnects. The PI System is a real-time infrastructure that can manage large amounts of time based data providing data collection, analytics and visualization. Consumers Energy will be using the PI System for data collection and analysis of its 1,200 distribution substations. The combination of uses for meter data and distribution systems allow for the end to end viewing of operations.

OSIsoft MDUS integrates AMI head-end systems with SAP for Utilities solutions. Used in combination with SAP AMI Integration for Utilities software, OSIsoft MDUS makes it feasible for customers to obtain real-time meter data from the smart grid. This allows customers to benefit from capabilities on the smart grid, such as optimized meter to cash, extended customer service, time of use billing and demand-side management.

“Developing an architecture based on layered solutions is a strategic direction for Consumers Energy,” said Wayne Longcore, director of enterprise architecture and standards for Consumers Energy. “The PI System real-time infrastructure provides a uniform architecture layer that can be used for all operational data. Its features of high-availability, flexibility in support of interfaces, endpoint-level security and an ability to monitor IT assets, meter data and SCADA systems help us design a more secure and reliable system.”

"Consumers Energy selected OSIsoft only after review both within our laboratory environment and our test meters in the field,” said Susan Swan, the utility's vice president of smart grid development. "We are pleased they are on board as our operational data management and MDUS provider."

“OSIsoft has been a leader in providing real-time infrastructure for the smart grid,” said Ron Kolz, senior vice president of sales and business development for OSIsoft. “Demand response solutions require a complete picture of what is happening in all aspects of the smart grid in real-time. This is what OSIsoft is providing from generation, transmission and distribution to the smart meter.”

About OSIsoft, LLC
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 107 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.

Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. For more information about Consumers Energy, visit www.consumersenergy.com.


Jessica Soza

Roger Morgenstern
Consumers Energy