Open Standards and Open Source for the SmartGrid
The electrical power industry has seen a number of changes in its lifetime and in recent years the industry has seen dramatic changes as privatisation; energy markets; distributed and renewable generation; dynamic control and automation; and bi-directional “smart meters” have all increased the complexity of operating the grid and introduced new challenges for collecting and analysing data and integrating a wide variety of systems.
Open Grid Systems has developed an Eclipse/OSGI based model-driven data management application for the power industry that has leveraged Model Driven Architectures (MDA) to help utilities and vendors manage and integrate data from a myriad of data sources.
We’ll talk about how we:
We are a small company and we’ll talk about how the use of the Eclipse frameworks has allowed us to provide feature-rich applications that compete with similar products from large, multi-national companies (with large development teams and larger budgets). We’ll discuss the problems with dealing with an industry that deals in 10-20 year time scales and where the problems around vendor lock-in are still significant but how the use of international standards can enable small companies to make in-roads.
Finally we’ll talk about the challenges in combining the Eclipse open source libraries, our own open source libraries and proprietary plugins and services with the need to create a viable commercial tool.