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October 28, 2011

BELCO Selects BRIDGE as Smart Grid Integration Partner
By Carolyn J Dawson
TMCnet Contributor

Bermuda Electric Light Company also known as BELCO has selected BRIDGE Energy Group to be its Smart Grid integration partner. An announcement in this regard has been made by the Trusted Advisor and Implementation Partner in Smart Grid Integration and Utility Software Solutions, BRIDGE Energy Group. BELCO is the sole supplier of electricity in Bermuda.

The first phase of BELCO’s Enterprise Application Integration or EAI project has been awarded to BRIDGE. BELCO’s Enterprise Asset Management or EAM to Geographic Information System or GIS integration will be supported by the EAI project. BELCO will be defining its Information Technology and Operations Technology roadmap for the next several years through this strategic EAI project. BELCO is also preparing to implement a Smarter Grid.

In a release, Christian Blais, VP of Technology at BELCO, said, "We were impressed by the breadth of BRIDGE's experience in Integration as it relates to Transmission and Distribution for Electric companies, as well as their deep understanding of the Utility domain. In particular, we are pleased to see that BRIDGE has been able to right-size its approach to meet BELCO's specific needs and processes."

Utility-centric standards such as CIM and IEC61850 are used by BRIDGE. This experience along with its own open Smart Grid Reference Architecture or openSGRA will be used by BRIDGE for BELCO project. A close examination of BELCO's business processes will be included in the first phase. Two critical applications, BELCO's asset management system and geographic information system will be then integrated by BRIDGE.

Tony Giroti, CEO of BRIDGE, said, "BRIDGE is pleased to work with the team at BELCO in adopting a standard approach to integration that supports a future state of massive technological and business change. BRIDGE will leverage its eFAME methodology to gain a holistic end-to-end view of how cross functional business processes, such as asset management and GIS, are tied together."

BELCO will be able to leverage more advanced asset management practices in the field with the BRIDGE supported EAM-to-GIS integration. Apart from improved data quality, more actionable business intelligence will be leveraged by the integration.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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