GridBright Helps Con Edison Reduce Subway Delays Caused by Power Outages
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Con Edison, a regulated operating company of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), with support of GridBright, has gone live with STORM (Support Tool for Outage Restoration Management), an innovative new software solution that will help New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reduce delays and improve quality of life to New York's 5.7 million daily subway riders.
STORM is a proactive software solution that analyzes data from smart meters to detect and address problems in the electric grid before they become outages; in addition it will also detect when power has actually failed. GridBright, a systems integrator specializing in outage management, led the system integration team to enhance STORM to use data from more than 2,000 smart meter locations on the New York City subway system.
Thomas Langlois, project manager at Con Edison stated, "The STORM tool has already proved itself by proactively identifying subway supply issues before they caused service interruptions. GridBright's assistance in developing this tool on time and on budget is helping Con Edison deliver value to our customers and all users of the subway."
As part of this effort, Con Edison developed a mechanism to provide the MTA unparalleled visibility into their own electric service status. Con Edison also created new communications protocols to ensure that Con Edison operators and subway system operators have consistent real-time information regarding the power supply to the subway.
The STORM tool is the first phase of the multi-year OMS (Outage Management System) integration project that started with a contract award to GridBright in June 2017. The GridBright team is part of the ongoing multi-year deployment of smart meters under Con Edison's Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. The next phase of the GridBright efforts is integration between OMS and AMI that will provide additional critical benefits from AMI project.