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InovGrid
Evolution of the smartest
here’s a new paradigm in the electricity industry
sector. It is based on more efficient usage of energy,
supported on demand management, renewable and
micro generation (distributed production), reinforcing the role
of the consumer/producer and making room for an active
network management.
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ABOUT ENERGIAS DE PORTUGAL (EDP) DISTRIBUTION
EDP is a holding company for utilities that generate, transmit, and distribute
electricity. They rank among Europe’s major electricity operators and serve nearly
12 million customers in Portugal, Spain and Brazil.
CASE STUDY
THE CHALLENGE
KEY BENEFITS
EDP saw the need to increase intelligence, supervision and control of the network.
They wanted greater efficiency and quality of supply, and to allow for distributed
generation and electrical vehicles. They branded this effort InovGrid and sought to
introduce AMI improvements to their network management capability.
EDP strongly believes that InovGrid will bring significant benefits to customers, with
increased control over energy consumed, lower costs, increased flexibility of tariffs
and value added services.
The InovGrid project will respond to the challenges and opportunities, bringing
benefits to all users and stakeholders. These benefits will help them perform
efficiently, and effectively bring them to a new stage towards Active Network
Management.
UTLITIES
Consumer/producer
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Improved access to micro
generation
Reduced energy costs
Innovative tariffs and price plans
Supplier
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Ability to offer new services
Improved customer relationship
Reduced entry barriers
OUR ANSWER
Project ambition
Ultimately, InovGrid project will support six million customers located across
Portugal. Starting with a Smart City initiative in Évora (35.000 clients), there will be a
rollout across the country.
The project targets a Smart Grid since the early stage and encompasses smart
metering, distribution management and integration of micro generation (photovoltaic
and wind) and electric vehicles
InovGrid has been selected by the European Union
Commission and Eurelectric as a leading smart grids
reference project in Europe.
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Solution Overview
In consortium with two other technology providers, we provided a three-level
infrastructure for EDP Distribution:
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New AMI platform with Supervision/Control Room component using CGI
[email protected] solution
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Distribution Transformer Controller at secondary substation
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Energy Boxes (metering devices) on client premises
DSO
 Reduced network losses and
operational and maintenance costs
 Optimized network management
and control
 Optimized investment
 Improved quality and reliability
Regulator & National Economy
 Increased market efficiency,
competition and reliability
 Modern economy, sustainability
 Support for penetration of
renewable energy
 Boost to R&D and economy
Distribution Network Electrical Infrastructure
[email protected]
CGI was responsible for the delivery of the new AMI platform - [email protected]
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Collect and storage of all meter readings
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Services Platform, integrated with EDP technical and commercial systems
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Event and Incident Management for the new infrastructure monitoring
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Support for network management functionalities
We were also responsible for:
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Defining the functional and technical specifications for the overall InovGrid
Solution
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Working together with EDP to define new ’end-to-end’ business processes
empowered by new functionalities provided by AMI implemented on distribution
network
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Adapting the existing corporate systems (GIS, Outage Management, Asset
Management, Work Force Management, Billing System, Customer Information
and others) to the new processes integrated with [email protected], supported by
service oriented architecture.
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Creating value added functionalities in commercial and technical systems to
support the business case evaluation
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Supporting EDP in the definition, implementation and control the rollout process
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Implementing a SmartGrid Control Room and supporting daily operations
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We played a main role in:
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WHY WORK WITH CGI?
AMI implementation
[email protected] platform
New interfaces to support 30
‘end-to-end’ business processes
Impact and changes in existing
systems
Outage Management
Meter Asset Management
SAP IS-U
GIS
Work Force Management
Legacy Meter Readings System
Call Centre
Portal EDP
InovGrid Consortium
Our industry knowledge, technical excellence and global delivery expertise ensure
we have an excellent track record in the industry. We are known for our depth of
understanding of the markets in which we operate. By building on the extensive
experience and practical knowledge of our consultants, we are consistently at the
forefront of innovation in the utilities industry.
The solutions that we have developed will help you to evolve your operations and
realize the benefits that Smart makes possible. We understand, innovate and
continue to deliver. When projects are large, complex and critical, organizations
around the world trust CGI to make it happen.
For more information, please contact us at
[email protected] or visit www.cgi.com.
With 68,000 professionals operating in 400 offices in 40 countries, CGI fosters local accountability for client
success while bringing global delivery capabilities to clients’ front doors. Founded in 1976, CGI applies a
disciplined delivery approach that has achieved an industry-leading track record of delivering 95% of projects
on-time and on-budget. Our high-quality business consulting, systems integration and managed services
help clients leverage current investments while adopting new technology and business strategies that
achieve top and bottom line results. Visit cgi.com for more information.
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