The US energy utility would deploy the technology in its up-state New York and New England electric operations control centers to manage the transmission and distribution networks in the region. This would facilitate a common platform for system support and operations.

Jens Birgersson, head of Network Management at ABB, a part of the Power Systems division, said: “We are delighted to work with National Grid. Network Manager is a market leader that enables reliable, secure and energy-efficient network operation, and is an ideal base for smart grid applications.”

ABB, as part of the scope for the project, is expected to provide design, engineering, software, hardware, system implementation and related services. The Network Manager platform includes the SCADA system, power system applications, user interface with advanced visualization and situational awareness, as well as an integrated operator training simulator. The Network Manager platform also has system integration capabilities, including the use of CIM (Common Information Model), and full system redundancy.

Masheed H. Saidi, executive vice president and chief operating officer for U.S. Transmission of National Grid, said: “This project is part of National Grid’s continuing investment in enhancing service and reliability for our customers.”