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Why Outage Management Must Change


By: Gary Ockwell, ACS Chief Technology Officer

In the not-too-distant past, utility distribution networks were managed by two non-competing technologies: outage management systems (OMS) and distribution SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition). Today, this modelis changing rapidly. Smart grid advancements have brought new combinations of advanced technologies, often working together in a real-time operation or a real-time network. In the smart grid, the technologies that are applied must work together dynamically; by their very nature, they must adapt to changes in the grid in a coordinated fashion. Changes to the network brought about as a result ofone technology or system usually will have an effect on another system, but there remains only one real-time network state at any given time... 

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