Quick Take: We just gave you the low-down on Alstom Grid and its push to expand out from the control center. Now here comes Telvent to up the ante. When vendors start leapfrogging each other like this, it is good news for utilities. The era of the "advanced DMS" is upon us and utilities owe it to themselves to learn more about these new possibilities. - By Jesse Berst
Telvent has made substantial upgrades to its Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS 3.3) that, the company says, makes it "the first-ever system to seamlessly merge full-feature distribution management, outage management and supervisory control and data acquisition solutions."
Telvent says the enhancements mean utilities can deploy DMS, OMS and SCADA with a common network model, security infrastructure, integration services and training platform all managed in a "unified, role-based user interface." The results? Improved reliability, safety and efficiency from automation that supports several functions such as energy loss minimization, improved demand management and emergency response.
"With our ADMS solution utilities benefit from the flexibility, simplicity and strategic approach of the most innovative solution we've released to date," said Ignacio Gonzalez, Telvent chairman and CEO.
The upgraded version also includes a better ADMS training simulator to help utilities bring operators and dispatchers up to speed in a variety of situations so they can do their jobs safely and reliably.
Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.