Smart Grid

July 11, 2013

Commercial Customers' Big Data Now Easier to Manage in Big Apple

Following a successful yearlong pilot program, Newton, Massachusetts-based Ambient (News - Alert) Corporation has contracted with the utility, Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) to provide application development and communications equipment to replace discontinued technology for commercial and industrial metering in the New York City metropolitan area.

The Ambient Smart Grid communications platform transforms the distribution grid into a series of data points—enabling utilities to more efficiently manage a vast amount of distributed data.  Ambient's Smart Grid Nodes are a key component of the solution.  These are equipped with powerful processing and storage capabilities that allow for local management and control of smart grid data. This means that the utility can control which data are sent back to operations, which can be stored locally and which can be discarded – all leading to a significant reduction in the ongoing communications costs of transmitting such data to the back office.

Above, Con Ed on the job in New York City (photo courtesy of Consolidated Edison).

Indeed, Ambient's Smart Grid Node family facilitates real-time data communication for multiple applications, in parallel——among them, smart metering, distribution automation, and power quality monitoring for voltage optimization.

"Consolidated Edison needed a solution to interface with Commercial and Industrial (C&I) meters at remote customer premises to collect and transmit data directly to their control center. Ambient's Smart Grid Nodes were selected due to their ability to meet all the specified criteria," stated David Masters, Ambient's chief technology officer. "In addition, Ambient developed an application hosted locally on our node to collect, store, and transmit data from the meters."

"It is a testament to the versatility of our communications and applications platform that Consolidated Edison selected Ambient for this commercial and industrial project," said John J. Joyce, president and CEO of Ambient Corporation.

Con Edison continues to fortify and replace equipment in order to offer greater reliability and faster response during severe weather events. This past Sunday, July 7, Con Edison’s overall electric use peaked at 11,241 megawatts (MW) at 6 p.m. today, eclipsing the all-time Sunday record of 10,866 MW on August 14, 2005. The all-time peak record is 13,189 MW, which occurred on July 22, 2011 at 4 pm.

Con Edison provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County.

Edited by Blaise McNamee