Powel introduces new smart grid solution that effectively handles events and alarms

Powel MOBI gives utilities a better overview over events and discrepancies from smart meters and in the low voltage network. 

Powel is launching a new system solution that simplifies and automates handling of the increased amount of network information that follows the smart meter rollout. Powel MOBI (Meter Operations Business Intelligence) gives an overview over events and alarms in the low voltage grid, combined with insight into grid- and communication topology. 

The rollout of smart meters is causing an extreme increase in the amount of information that utilities have to handle. This development places significantly higher demands on IT-systems handling this data.

Powel MOBI ensures quick and efficient processing of alarms and events from smart meters, and shows the system status in a map. MOBI systemises available real-time information from meters and the grid, and offers customers more insight and better operative control. Based on predefined rules, a range of processes can also be completely automated. 

Everything from system errors detected in a meter, via communications- and validation errors are handled and systemised in MOBI according to given rules, and are automatically sent to the relevant actor or a different system.

Whether the problem is asymmetric voltage, power failure, phase failure or ground fault, the system will categorise according to individual errors or a group, as well as separating and filtrating according to degree of severity. Serious events can for example be sent directly into the DMS (distribution management system). Alarms that are due to planned events such as disconnections can also be handled in such a way that the system understands that these are connected incidents.

“The amount of data becomes so large that relevant information will be overlooked if everything is to be handled manually,” says Arne Ljones, Solution Architect, Powel. “Take a recurring mistake on a measuring point, for example. You may not notice that this is a recurring mistake, and the consequence is that you spend a lot of time and money fixing a unit that should just be replaced.”

Furthermore, manual work is difficult when several things happen at once. Say that a transformer station loses power, causing 1000 meters to send alerts. At the same time, somewhere else, 15 meters are reporting low voltage due to phase failure. How do you ensure that these 15 alarms do not get lost in the 1000?

“Some utilities tell us that they will receive large amounts of information with the rolling out of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), but they are unsure of how to handle all this information, says Ljones. Up until now, the plans for handling the data stream from these events are lacking. The result is that valuable grid information may go missing. An investment the size of AMI has to give more value for the utilities than just a better basis for invoicing.”

MOBI is a flexible solution consisting of a configurable set of rules that can be extended with new processes based on the needs of our customers. The map solution, based on ArcGIS technology from Esri, gives a total overview over errors and events. In addition to this, the map solution can be expanded by several map layers, according to need.

Norway’s largest AMI partnership, Validér, has purchased Powel MOBI as a part of their central system for handling events related to collecting and validating meter data. Powel will now also offer MOBI with smart grid functionality. With automated processes tied to discrepancies in the low voltage grid, utilities can offer better quality of delivery to customers and better customer follow up without a significant increase in staffing levels.



About Powel
Powel AS, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, delivers business-critical software solutions specifically designed to help utility companies and public sector improve daily operational processes and service quality. The company is a market leader with offices in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and Chile. Founded in 1996, Powel is a privately held company with 380 employees. For more information, visit www.powel.com