Operational Data Management System (ODMS) is a centralized repository for all operational data that helps utilities to make quicker and better decisions.
A single view of utility operational data across the organization.
Eliminate data silos. We map all operational data sources so all users from multiple departments have a single view of clean, accurate data to fulfill business objectives and regulatory compliance.
Operational Data Management System Interfaces
Advanced Metering Infrastructure
The key benefit of AMI systems is the capture and transfer of data relating to the consumption (electricity, water, gas), events such as power quality and meter status. Such capability has resulted in the generation of an unprecedented data volume, speed of collection and complexity, which has resulted in the so-called Big Data Challenge. uCentra™ ODMS allows utilities to realize the hidden value and power in such data by providing a single source of truth across all utility departments with years of metering data for business processes such as rate case analysis, regulatory compliance and analytics.
Customer Information System
Most utility CIS systems were not designed to handle the complexities that accompany the smart grid, such as the deluge of smart meter interval data and dynamic or time-of-use rates. uCentra™ ODMS integrates the AMI meter data master, customer data master, billing history, rates, cycles and location/premise data to provide utilities with key customer insight. uCentra™ ODMS harvests this information to provide actionable intelligence on usage, billing and payment trends and provides a central repository for access across the organization enabling utilities to better serve their customers.
Outage Management System
Integration of AMI and SCADA status information to OMS can be a blessing during blue-sky operations, and a curse during a major outage. The torrent of data generated by smart meters and SCADA during a storm can devastate even the best OMS, requiring utilities to “pull-the-plug” between the systems – when they need it the most. uCentra™ ODMS provides the integration between AMI-SCADA-OMS and brokers outage events so they do not overwhelm the OMS. It also provides confirmed outage information to VEE functions to avoid creating estimated data to fill gaps in interval data stream where confirmed outages were recorded.
Integration of SCADA data to other utility operational data systems such as AMI and OMS allows utilities to maximize their investment, extending the value of systems by improving their efficiencies. Bellwether meters from AMI can be used for load management, Volt-VAR optimization and control, and Conservation Voltage Reduction. SCADA can pass breaker status information to OMS to automatically create a verified outage without running the outage prediction engine. uCentra™ ODMS provides a deep level of integration and a central repository SCADA historical information for access and analysis across all utility departments.
Geographic Information System
Utilities can achieve situational awareness through integration and synchronization of the GIS/EA connectivity model to uCentra™ ODMS. They can gain insight by viewing location of meter events (outages, tampers, blinks, low-battery, etc.), the location of analytic events (high/low voltage exceptions, overloaded transformers, delinquent customers, etc.), and when integrated with ALV to view location of service vehicles. All map layers are imported and can be turned on/off, and users can select what type of base map (topographical, satellite or street-level) to overlay the connectivity model.
Mobile Workforce Management
Utilities can streamline the work order process for dispatch, scheduling, routing, tracking, approvals, field photos (with markups) and sign-off. They can select and manage work orders for events directly from the uCentra™ ODMS Event Map. Our solution can covert the utilities existing work order forms into “smart forms” to ensure regulatory compliance. It has automatic data conflict detection, synchronization and version management in either offline or online scenarios. Runs on standard tablets and phones such as iOS Mobile Client and Android Mobile Client, and standard browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox.
Aggregating, collecting, validating and verifying wholesale delivery point meter data, in both interval and registry form, is essential for settlement. Wholesale data is also important for calculation and analysis of distribution system losses for electric, water and gas. With this interface in place, the utility can search, graph, and view their wholesale delivery data just like any other endpoint managed in uCentra™ ODMS.
Internet of Things
Connecting and collecting data is imperative to the Internet of Things (IoT) and serves as the foundation to the bigger purpose, which is utilizing the data from vastly disparate data sources inside and outside of the utility. The uCentra™ ODMS solution provides utilities with advanced data integration capabilities, advanced data analytics, consumer engagement and core operational data management capabilities to help maximize the benefits of SmartGrid and IoT solutions.