Enhanced smart grid support: The application provides the necessary operational framework to integrate more tightly with smart switches and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems on the grid. This functionality helps utilities support "self-healing" operations to restore customers’ power automatically, increasing customer satisfaction and meeting key performance indicators (KPIs) by diminishing sustained outages.
Increased security: Oracle Utilities Network Management System helps utilities meet today’s increasingly tight security requirements. The new release provides more secure network connectivity, database transactions and user authentication. For example, the solution now ties directly into a utility’s active directory or open Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), rather than requiring separate passwords for the network management system.
The new release also enables enhanced damage assessments (DA), expanded outage management alerts and advanced analytics for suggested switching and Volt/VAr optimization.
Oracle will host a live Webcast, “The Evolving Smart Grid: Optimizing Your Distribution Network,” on August 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. PDT to discuss how Oracle Utilities Network Management System can support utilities’ smart grid initiatives. Additional details and registration information can be found here.
“The need for cyber security becomes more evident as the smart grid comes to fruition. Oracle Utilities Network Management System 1.10.0 continues to expand the application’s cyber security functionality by providing more secure network connectivity, database transactions and user authentication – helping utilities comply with growing cyber security requirements,” said Chuck Newton, president, Newton-Evans Research.
“Oracle is committed to providing utilities of all types and sizes with the necessary tools to accelerate network restoration, improve operational efficiency, enhance system reliability and better manage distribution assets. The new release takes Oracle Utilities Network Management System to the next level by building out critical features focused on reducing the duration of outages through self-healing capabilities and increasing customer satisfaction,” said Stephan Scholl, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.
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