Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been awarded a contract by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO) to implement a SCADA/DMS system, integrated with other SMECO systems as integral additions to its Smart Grid enterprise systems.
SMECO is one of the ten largest customer-owned electric cooperatives in the nation and has been ranked as top among mid-sized utilities in the JD Powers survey of customer satisfaction with electric utilities for the past 6 years. The new SCADA/DMS will add advanced capabilities that will provide SMECO with both the visualization of the current network operating conditions and optimal solutions to further improve reliability and efficiency.
"SMECO has an impressive track record in customer service and smart grid commitment," said Hormoz Kazemzadeh, Vice President of Distribution and Smart Grid at OSI. "We are very excited to have been selected by SMECO to implement our advanced DMS solution and support SMECO's efforts to realize the benefits of a smarter grid."
"We are looking forward to working with OSI to develop a state-of-the-art SCADA system for SMECO, so we can monitor and manage our electric system more intelligently," said Ken Capps, Vice President of Engineering and Operations. He added, "As a cooperative, everything we do is for our customer-members. We need the ability to integrate SCADA with advanced switching equipment and metering technology and we want to be able to use analytical and decision-making tools that will help us maintain an efficient, reliable electric system."