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Planning and Architecture Solutions

Smart Grid technologies introduce unique and complicated new aspects to traditional utility planning activities. They stimulate the integration of functionally different organizations and lines of responsibility such as meter and distribution management, regulatory, compliance, communications, cyber security and, more critically, Information Technologies (IT) and Operations Technologies (OT). To maximize long term efficiency and realize the full potential of smart grid technologies, Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) leverages integrated approaches when planning and designing architectures and building utility technology and business roadmaps.

ACS has been on the leading edge of efficiently planning the introduction of new IT, OT and operations support technologies for smart grid utilities, data centers and telecoms. We understand the complexities and benefits of properly integrating and sequencing smart technologies at both the strategic and tactical level. Our roadmaps not only consider the financials, technologies and services they provide but how effectively a utility can operate and maintain those technologies by aligning the human and operational aspects for a holistic and workable multi-phased plan with governance gates reasonable for all stakeholders. Our planning adeptly integrates utility business strategy and portfolio management processes. ACS works closely with utilities to build roadmaps that allow growing stages of detailed planning, systems engineering and high-level design work to optimize commercially available and financially viable solutions.

ACS architecture consulting integrates traditionally diverse technology subsystems into a unified system considering smart grid device intelligence and limitations, back-office operations control systems and new wireless communications capabilities bound by enterprise goals and regulatory requirements. Our network and system architectures and planning ensure that smart grid devices can be properly managed end-to-end as organizational roles evolve to meet new business requirements.

ACS provides utilities with a repeatable process to plan, design, procure, deploy and - - always - - appropriately secure smart grid technologies. ACS helps ensure adequate and timely involvement of all relevant stakeholders, consistent application of enterprise policies and internal standards, and proper integration and interworking of new systems with existing infrastructure and stakeholder processes. We ensure the utility can leverage the greater network visibility and situational awareness smart grid technologies can provide under the guidance of a centralized and authoritative governance model. Our planning and roadmaps support both vendor-driven and utility-driven projects.

Our team would be pleased to discuss your specific planning and architecture roadmap needs with you. Please contact us at smartgrid@appcomsci.com.