Silicon Valley Power has started using Siemens’ EnergyIP MDM Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to address utility concerns. Its use has expedited daily activities by 85% and is projected to save up to $100 000 annually.
Silicon Valley Power, a not-for-profit municipal electric utility in Santa Clara, California, is making use of the SaaS from Siemens.
The SaaS conforms with Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR level one cybersecurity guidelines.
Its new user interface aims to help streamline operations for Silicon Valley Power and make accessing and monitoring data faster and more efficient.
This is estimated to save staff up to 85% of the time formerly spent doing everyday tasks and routines. It also translates into potential cost savings of roughly $100 000 per year.
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Siemens’ EnergyIP MDM SaaS
Pre-installed and pre-built, Siemens’ SaaS uses AWS cloud platform to host utilities’ data.
Utilities pay a subscription fee for using the system and obtain high quality data for billing. The service is compatible with any manufacturer’s smart meter and can work for any size utility with the ability to scale as required.
Tim Lynch, Silicon Valley Power’s electric division manager, commented on the announcement in a statement, “We [can now] upgrade our system virtually while also reducing our cost of ownership. Plus, moving to the cloud has lightened the workload significantly for our infrastructure staff and will provide additional process efficiency improvements.”
Sabine Erlinghagen, CEO of Grid Software at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, added, “We are proud that Silicon Valley Power has chosen Siemens EnergyIP MDM SaaS offering to support its transition to SaaS for grid operations.
“The benefits of this transition to the cloud are that users don´t have to deal with infrastructure, hardware, or system upgrades any more. As maintenance with real-time software and security updates is part of the subscription service, the meter data management system is kept cyber resilient, too.”
The news comes as Silicon Valley Power was recognised by the American Public Power Association (APPA) with a two-year smart energy provider designation.
The designation is provided to those demonstrating a commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives, supporting the goal of safe, reliable, low-cost and sustainable electric services.