In 2009, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) Corporation, an entity that manages 80% of the power grid in California, commenced construction of a state-of-the-art control center that incorporates situational intelligence. Central to these efforts was the introduction of geospatial displays that function on several levels, to include displaying real time information about Emergency Services Sector (ESS) related events and disasters. The company that built the system for California ISO, Space-Time Insight, has recently released a series of videos documenting the effort. Find below a trailer for the series:
Additional videos, to include one dedicated specifically to crisis management can be found on the Space-Time Insight video page located here.
In addition, a two-page background document is available here.
Comment: The above featured video and supporting reference material bring to mind at least five different points about the apparent future of the Geospatial Revolution in the utility sector:
- Geospatial technologies and SCADA will become increasingly intertwined.
- Geospatial products and services will become less about applications run by trained professionals, and more about inclusive systems that provide basic analytical capabilities to information managers and decision makers.
- ESS related geospatial information will become an essential element of information in the control system of any well managed utility.
- In order to prioritize response efforts, emergency managers and responders will need real-time access to a geospatial "Big Picture" for each major utility within their zone of responsibility.
- In much the same way utility companies were at the forefront of efforts to introduce GIS technology, they are now on the cutting edge of efforts to introduce Common Operating Picture (COP) technology - something of great value to the ESS.