LiveData, InStep Software partner on smart grid management solutions

Exhibiting at DistribuTECH, companies feature solutions that cut costs by reducing excess power generation

LiveData Inc. and InStep Software LLC formed a strategic development and marketing partnership that stands to facilitate oversight, reduce costs and bring more efficiency to operators in the electric power industry's smart grid.

InStep Software is a provider of real-time data historian and predictive analytics software solutions. LiveData specializes in real-time smart integration technology.

The companies will be displaying their latest innovations at the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Jan. 29-31. DistribuTECH is the utility industry's leading smart grid conference and exposition, covering automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.

InStep's software technology is used to continuously monitor and record the current conditions of the electric power grid. Access to this high fidelity real-time and historical information enables power providers to reliably and efficiently operate their transmission and distribution assets.

The software provides the data management foundation for many critical power delivery applications including energy management, distribution management, wide area measurement, centralized remedial action schemas, AMI and online asset health monitoring.

LiveData software integrates data from diverse sensors, devices, and systems to deliver one global, real-time system health view of the utility services network. It interfaces with critical components of the distribution smart grid, including AMI (automated meter infrastructure) and DRR (demand response reserve). This is especially important because, while both provide the means to manage power flow and energy on the demand side, neither provides a way to geographically report power or telemetry loss or help on the supply side.

InStep Software and LiveData will integrate their technologies for the joint development of electric power industry solutions for integrating real-time data between measurement and monitors from different manufacturers. The collaboration has already resulted in an integrated solution that has been installed at Basin Electric Power Cooperative in North Dakota. The installation involves passing real-time generation data from LiveData RTI to InStep eDNA historian platform, which will help balance and predict the flow of power, resulting in cost savings and a reduction of excess generation.

The two companies offer complementary solutions for the next-generation utility services network, commonly known as the smart grid. For example, LiveData RTI, the company's real-time integration platform, collects, processes, and sends real-time operations data through a wide range of industry standard utility protocols such as ICCP, DNP, and UCA, OPC and others. InStep's eDNA historian archives and organizes this operations and asset health related data for interpretation, analysis and decision making.

Similarly, LiveData SmartGrid Manager provides real time visualization of operational, calculated, and event data, while InStep's eDNA provides historical visualization and reporting for that environment. The new LiveData - InStep partnership brings these complementary offerings together.

LiveData's smart grid solutions are the real-time platform of choice for hundreds of electric power utilities across the world. The company's products monitor, synthesize and respond to highly complex processes in real-time, spanning a broad mix of distributed devices, diverse vendors' systems, protocols, and databases. LiveData technology understands the applications that monitor and control operations—SCADA, DCS, DMS, EMS, OMS; and how to flow data to and between them, across all major public and proprietary protocols, such as: ICCP/TASE.2, DNP3, IEC 61850, OPC, Modbus and others.

InStep's eDNA software suite is an enterprise data historian platform for collecting, archiving, analyzing and reporting upon the real-time operational, asset health, and regulatory related information that is important to the success of most businesses. eDNA collects continuously streaming time series data from critical control, monitoring, and smart devices and then archives this data using an advanced storage and compression technology. Advanced user applications provide secure real-time visibility of this information so that anyone throughout the business can make informed and timely decisions.

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